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Why being honest about AI stifles good storytelling.
Open any newspaper and you’ll find a profusion of articles and op-eds debating the future of artificial intelligence. Elon Musk is terrified of it. So is Jack Ma. Peter Thiel isn’t. The AI mania has even permeated the film world, which (the latest slew of “film is dead” articles warns us) will apparently not escape the automation boom. Of course, our public conversation about AI has long been tied to the cinema. As our own Sinead McCausland has pointed out, films have supplied the popular imagination with images and existential questions about AI since Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. But as AI gradually shifts from the realm of science fiction to that of reality, it’s worth examining the premises film has fed us about the technology, and asking whether they’ll serve us well in the coming decades.
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- Jake Orthwein
“Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
2001: A Space Odyssey plays midnights this weekend (April 28th and 29th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
1968 was a watershed year in American history and cinema. Director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke combined their geniuses to create 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that takes humans from the dawn of evolution to the edge of space and time. I saw this movie for the first time at the Esquire Theater on Clayton Road in a 1976 re-release. It was actually on one of their upstairs screens, a tight area that served as a balcony in that theater’s first decades. 2001: A Space Odyssey left this 14-year old dazed and confused – and I still am to this day.
The special effects, even by today’s standards are impressive even though »
- Tom Stockman
Between the horrors of the Baby Jane shoot, Joan’s Oscar-night stunt, and her and Bette’s natural antipathy, you would think that the last thing either of them would ever do would be team up again. But desperate times call for desperate measures. So, with the mortal enemies’ stars fading down to mere flickers, Sunday’s Feud: Bette and Joan found Davis and Crawford signing on to headline Bob’s new thriller, What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? How did it go? As if you don’t already know the legend, read on…
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Benedict Cumberbatch is a dad again!
The couple married on Valentine's Day 2014. Their first child, 21-month-old Christopher, was born on June 1, 2015.
Congrats to the happy family!
In October, Cumberbatch and his wife stunned on the Doctor Strange red carpet after the baby news broke.
Watch the video below for more.
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Taking over the baton from Logan and Patty Jenkins’ standalone Wonder Woman movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been elected the current cover star of Empire Magazine, and the outlet has today peeled back the curtain on not one, not two, but three all-new images for James Gunn’s spacefaring sequel.
Featuring Star-Lord and the rest of the gang, not to mention new looks at Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Ego, the Living Planet (Kurt Russell) in his humanoid form, the high-res pics are enough to stoke excitement for Guardians 2 without necessarily divulging any spoiler-sensitive material – and we wouldn’t have it any other way. One thing that will no doubt fuel conversation online is the inclusion of Karen Gillan’s Nebula, who can be seen rubbing shoulders with the Guardians and, perhaps most interesting of all, her estranged sister Gamora (Zoe Saldana) up above. »
- Michael Briers
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It’s getting to be that time of the month when DC starts rolling out solicits for comic books due to ship three months from now. As such, we’ve been given insight into upcoming issues of Trinity, Hal Joran and the Green Lantern Corps and Aquaman, two of which will begin new story arcs.
First, let’s take a look at Trinity, which looks to offer a nice alternative for those who may or may not be digging what’s going on over in the Justice League books. Normally, the focused is placed squarely on DC’s biggest guns – Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – but it seems the rest of their Jl cohorts will be joining them for the “All Along The Watchtower” arc. Francis Manapul has never been one to steer readers in the wrong direction, »
- Eric Joseph
This review is based off a volume that collects Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1-7
Although Green Lanterns continually astounds while charting new territory and focusing on rookies Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is more so for those who prefer a steady diet of meat and potatoes as it were; this is a series that takes familiar concepts and expands upon them. In other words, if you’re looking for a kickass story featuring your favorite ringslingers, you’re certainly in the right place.
Facing the daunting task of picking up where the New 52 left off, writer Robert Venditti reignites the Hal Jordan-Sinestro rivalry as the latter has now occupied Warworld, placing it at the center of the universe where Oa once stood. Yes, you will eventually reacquaint yourself with the likes of John Stewart and Kilowog, »
- Eric Joseph
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Production Photo of the Day: Today was the start of production for Avengers: Infinity War in Atlanta, and the Russo Brothers are already showing us trailers (via ScreenCrush): Hidden Camera Stunt of the Day: Speaking of the McU, Chris Evans surprised some comic shop customers to promote a Captain America-themed escape room for charity (via Geek Tyrant): Dream Casting of the Day: With the shortlist out on whom Warner Bros. wants for Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, BossLogic offers a look at his pick, James Marsden: Quick piece on James Marsden as Hal, he basically is Green Lantern looks wise, and in my opinion a very underrated actor with...
- Christopher Campbell
2016 was a huge year for Mahershala Ali. After making an impact on comic book fans with his impressive turn as Cottonmouth in Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage, the actor received a great deal of praise for his work in Moonlight, a bona fide Oscar favourite until La La Land came along.
Though he’s already signed up to star in Alita: Battle Angel, you have to believe that there’s more on the horizon for him, especially with his star on the rise. Could he possibly find himself in a superhero film next? There’s been no indication of that just yet, but it wouldn’t surprise us in the least and now, following the emergence of a shortlist of stars being considered for the role of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, some cool new fan art has made its way online that imagines what Ali could look like as John Stewart. »
- Josh Wilding
Ryan Lambie Jan 11, 2017
A 1997 episode of Pokemon contains an unexpected homage to Ray Bradbury's The Fog Horn - the loose basis for a pivotal 50s monster movie.
There's a certain pleasure in spotting pop culture references in animated shows aimed at kids, whether it's unmistakeable allusions to Goodfellas in Animaniacs or The dude from The Big Lebowski showing up in an episode of Powerpuff Girls. An early episode of the animated TV series Pokemon, meanwhile, took the unusual step of spending a large chunk of its duration on paying homage to one of America's most distinguished genre writers.
Mystery At The Lighthouse was the 13th episode of Pokemon, which made its first Japanese airing in 1997 and appeared on Us screens the following year. Arriving near the start of Pokemon's global explosion in popularity, »
10 items from 2017
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