SC-Built BMW Gets Wonderful On-Screen Role in ‘Black Widow’ | Business
A State-built Palmetto Bmw X3 go Hollywood.
With squeaky tires, drifts, a full-speed 180-degree turn and high-speed chase through central Budapest, the actresses Scarlett Johansson and Florence pugh battle an armored car and a crowd of motorcycles in an X3 stunt car built for the movie “Black Widow“, is now playing in theaters and on the Disney + streaming service.
While the X3 film version started out as a production vehicle at the Spartanburg County BMW plant, it was modified with roll bars in the chassis and roll bars in the wheel arches so that the tires n do not explode. The bumpers were reinforced, bars were installed inside the SUV to protect the occupants and some of the German automaker’s standard safety features – indispensable in daily traffic but causing yawns on the silver screen – had to be disabled.
“A car that runs well does not offer the same thrill on the screen as when the BMW X3 drifts around a bend” Darrin prescott, the director of the film’s second unit, said in a statement from BMW. “Black Widow” also includes a BMW Series 2 Gran Coupé, but it’s the X3 that gets the pursuit training. A video showing some of the stunts was posted on YouTube.
The superhero movie based on Marvel comics characters present Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, faced with a dangerous conspiracy linked to her past. “Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must face her spy story and the broken relationships left in its wake long before she becomes an Avenger,” according to a summary by Marvel studios.
So what happens to the stunt cars after filming is finished? Prescott said the vehicles are not allowed to travel on the road, so they will not appear in showrooms. Instead, “the vehicles remain in the possession of the studios or return to the manufacturer for recycling,” he said.
A real estate investor with four Auberge La Quinta hotels in South Carolina is checking its options.
CorePoint Inc hosting. announced last week that its board of directors has approved a plan to “consider a full range of strategic alternatives available to maximize shareholder value, including a potential sale of the company or other transactions.”
The Irving, Texas-based company had already divested about 170 of the 210 hotels it identified as “non-core” holdings, 25 of which were sold in the second quarter for about $ 143 million. 36 more homes are under contract in deals that are expected to generate approximately $ 220 million.
CEO Keith cline stated that “given the strong market interest in our assets, the Board of Directors has determined that the time has come to explore strategic alternatives in order to fully maximize value for our shareholders”.
In South Carolina, CorePoint has two hotels in Myrtle Beach, one in Greenville and another in West Ashley. They have a total of 579 rooms.
The Charleston property is the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charleston Riverview at Ripley Point. It was developed by a company upstate on the old Merritt Dredging Company. site and opened as Hampton inn in the late 1980s, next to the Californian dream restaurant on the Ashley River.
CorePoint was formed in May 2018, after La Quinta sold its management and franchise business to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts then transferred its real estate to the new publicly traded derivative company.
Despite all its bluster, an activist hedge fund that harasses Focus Advantage IncThe board of directors of. about their decision-making apparently didn’t quite resonate with other investors.
Shareholders in the Charleston tech company overwhelmingly approved every change or idea management put to a vote at last month’s annual meeting, according to a document filed with the Security and Trade Commission. The proposals included at least one that Indaba Capital Management had been demanding.
The San Francisco-based investment firm began publicly criticizing Benefitfocus’s board earlier this year for its corporate governance practices. He’s also called for a reshuffle from software developer Daniel Island, like exploring an outright sell-off, to help increase the stagnant share price.
Indaba controlled about 23 percent of the company’s debt when it began buying more than 3 million shares last fall, giving it a nearly 10 percent stake. After eight weeks of private talks between the two sides, Indaba threw its first hand grenade into the Benefitfocus bunker in February by filing a seven-page screed with federal stock market regulators. His complaints ranged from lucrative financial transactions involving company insiders, to misguided business decisions to a back-and-forth wave among senior executives.
Indaba did not respond to questions about whether a representative would show up at the annual meeting and raise concerns face to face with the board. Media were not allowed at the June 30 rally.
A Goose Creek-based endowment company doubled its line of credit.
Listed on the stock exchange HireQuest Inc. announced last week that it now has access to $ 63.2 million, including a 15-year loan of $ 3.2 million BB&T and SunTrust parent Truist Financial. The deal replaced a $ 30 million loan agreement.
Hirequest is a national franchisor of on-demand, temporary and commercial recruiting services.
The extended line of credit “will help fund the day-to-day operations of our existing franchisees. We also expect it to assist us in our strategic growth initiatives,” said the CEO. Richard hermann mentionned.
The company, which made two significant acquisitions earlier this year, has become a publicly traded company under the ticker symbol HQI in 2019 through its merger with Command Center Inc. It said its more than 200 franchisee-owned offices in more than 35 states and the District of Columbia provide jobs for 60,000 workers a year, mostly in blue-collar and service industries.
Night owls, take note
The retail giant that once operated under the slogan “Always low prices. Always” changed its slogan a few years ago to market itself as the place where people can “Save money. Live better.” “.
But Walmart is no longer “always” open.
The Arkansas-based company had started reducing its 24-hour opening hours at some stores before the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has forced drastic changes with much shorter operating hours.
Now that the worst of the coronavirus appears to be over, the retail juggernaut has decided it won’t be returning to 24-hour service for night owls anytime soon.
“Our store hours are 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, except where prohibited by law,” said a spokesperson for Walmart’s head office in Little Rock, Ark., In a statement. “We haven’t announced any plans beyond that.”
It’s almost the last call to Costco for a certain demographic.
The retail chain, which has two warehouse-style stores in the Charleston area and four more in South Carolina, is established to close the one-hour window it opened last year for members aged 60 and over, disabled or immunocompromised.
Costco created the special 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. buying window in March 2020 twice a week and then extended it to all days of the week in most locations as part of its response to the pandemic of COVID-19.
The Issaquah, Wash., Based retailer resumes normal hours on July 26.