Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

Over the hills: Quentin Tarantino and the end of Hollywood as we know it

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is supposedly about 1960s Tinseltown but is actually a lament for a film industry that has been humbled by time, taste and technology It wouldnt do to talk about the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantinos Valentine to the film business of 1969. But you cant not talk about endings. The movie is nothing but grand finales a series of sunset farewells. One is for the culture that produced Tarantinos fictional faded male lead Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, another is for the blissed-out spirit of Sharon Tate, the actor murdered that year by the Manson Family, who is returned to the screen by Margot Robbie. And another is …

Bruce Lee’s daughter hits out at father’s portrayal in Tarantino film

Shannon Lee says that actor depicting Lee was directed to be a caricature in Quentin Tarantinos Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Bruce Lees daughter, Shannon, has hit out at the portrayal of her father in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantinos new film set in the late 1960s film industry, saying it was disheartening and uncomfortable. 2019 TV show Warrior, based on one of her fathers unmade projects. Lee added: What Im interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life. All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.

Using AI and Film to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians

Filmmaker Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour centers on the pale, calm face of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden holed up in a plain Hong Kong hotel room. Her latest star is even more impassive—an aluminum tear gas grenade—but it's seen amid surreal pulsating color. The 10-minute short, Triple Chaser, is named for that tear gas canister, a branded product of Florida’s Safariland Group that human rights groups say has been used by US border agents against migrants in Tijuana and by Israeli forces in Palestine. The film, a collaboration with the nonprofit Forensic Architecture, documents how that organization is devel­oping machine-learning software that could help uncover where Triple Chaser canisters are being launched or thrown. It also accuses prominent …

Sarah Jessica Parker reports ‘countless’ cases of on-set harassment

Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a big movie star Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about countless incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a big movie star that was only resolved after her agent threatened she would walk off the set. on the NPR Original Article : HERE ;

EU requires carmakers to add fake engine noises to electric cars

London (CNN Business)Electric vehicles have been hailed as part of the answer to the climate crisis, but for some people they represent a new danger. The sound, produced by an acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS), will be similar to that of a standard internal combustion engine, and drivers will be able to temporarily disable it if they want. The measure was passed by the European Parliament in 2014, according to a press release from the European Commission, and a five-year transitional period has now ended. From July 2021, the regulation will be to all new electric and hybrid vehicles registered in the bloc. “The government wants the benefits of green transport to be felt by everyone, and understands the concerns …

Uncovered: the 200m theme park, the businessman and the missing millions

A Guardian/ITV News undercover investigation raises concerns about Gavin Woodhouse, who is behind project endorsed by Bear Grylls A new 200m outdoor adventure park, which is being launched with the support of the celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls, is being fronted by a financier who has raised millions of pounds from private investors and whose businesses have a multimillion-pound black hole. The Afan Valley Adventure Resort in south Wales was granted owned and run by Gavin Woodhouse, a businessman who previously attracted tens of millions of pounds from small private investors in order to build care homes and acquire a hotel portfolio. Despite raising about 16m five years ago to build four new care homes, none are operational and three have …

A ‘Museum of Weed’ is coming to Hollywood

San Francisco (CNN Business)A 30,000-square-foot cannabis museum is coming to Hollywood. “Frankly, it feels like we’re at an inflection point … where the outcome isn’t fully decided,” Beals said. The exhibits also delve into the minutiae of the cannabis plant via an “interactive Plant Lab.” It won’t be fully interactive, though. No consumption of cannabis nor its various components — including the super-trendy cannabis compound CBD — are allowed. To strike a balance between the Snapchattable and the somber, the company drew from an eclectic mix of existing repositories, such as the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco and more culturally specific museums such as those dedicated to civil rights movements. Weedmaps’ multimillion-dollar venture has been more than a …

Mayor Pete Enlists a Silicon Valley Vet to Bring In the Money

Presidential campaigns get compared to a lot of things: a marathon, a film. Or a battleship. An iceberg. An "MRI of the soul." More recently, the metaphor of choice has been the tech startup. Even amid a growing backlash to Big Tech, evoking a no-nonsense startup retains some appeal, with its suggestion of scrappy agility, innovation, and single-minded focus. But at least one candidate takes the idea more literally: Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose campaign has rocketed from underdog to top-tier status seemingly overnight. “We want to build a campaign that’s a little disruptive, kind of entrepreneurial. Right now, it feels like a startup,” his campaign manager told the AP earlier this year. To help …

Deepfakes Are Getting Better, But They’re Still Easy to Spot

Last week, Mona Lisa smiled. A big, wide smile, followed by what appeared to be a laugh and the silent mouthing of words that could only be an answer to the mystery that had beguiled her viewers for centuries. A great many people were unnerved. Mona’s “living portrait,” along with likenesses of Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dali, and others, demonstrated the latest technology in deepfakes—seemingly realistic media generated using machine learning. Developed by researchers at Samsung’s AI lab in Moscow, the portraits display a new method to create credible videos from a single image. With just a few photographs of real faces, the results improve dramatically, producing what the authors describe as “photorealistic talking heads.” The researchers (creepily) call the result …

Worlds biggest investor accused of dragging feet on climate crisis

BlackRock, which controls $6.5tn in assets, urged to use its influence on planets biggest polluters When a letter from BlackRocks founder and chief executive, Larry Fink, landed in inboxes in January saying that the worlds biggest investor would no longer invest in companies that are not compliant with the history of embarrassing big companies. But while the message was fake, the concern behind it was not: environmental campaigners see BlackRock as a key obstacle to progress on meeting climate crisis goals. Now they are stepping up the pressure on the worlds biggest asset owner which faces its shareholders at its annual meeting on Thursday to use its influence on some of the worlds biggest polluters, as it has done previously …

Robocrop: world’s first raspberry-picking robot set to work

Autonomous machine expected to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers Quivering and hesitant, like a spoon-wielding toddler trying to eat soup without spilling it, the worlds first raspberry-picking robot is attempting to harvest one of the fruits. After sizing it up for an age, the robot plucks the fruit with its gripping arm and gingerly deposits it into a waiting punnet. The whole process takes about a minute for a single berry. It seems like heavy going for a robot that cost 700,000 to develop but, if all goes to plan, this is the future of fruit-picking. Each robot will be able to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers who manage about …

FCC Chair Backs T-Mobile and Sprint Deal, Clearing Hurdle for Merger

T-Mobile's proposed $26.5 billion merger with Sprint just cleared its first legal hurdle, as Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai says he will recommend that the agency approve the deal. The FCC will most likely follow his lead, but the deal still needs approval from the Justice Department, where antitrust enforcement staffers have expressed concerns, Bloomberg reports. In an announcement, Pai said Monday that the two companies agreed to expand their rural coverage if the merger is approved, by building a 5G wireless network that will cover 97 percent of the US population within three years and 99 percent of the country within six years. Pai says the new network will cover 90 percent of rural residents within six years. …

Anjelica Huston defends Woody Allen and Roman Polanski

Actor says she would work with Allen again in a second and that Polanski had paid his price for his behaviour Actor Woody Allen, and expressed sympathy for other controversial entertainment industry figures including Jeffrey Tambor. Crimes and Misdemeanors. Huston said she would work with him in again in a second, noting that two states investigated him, and neither of them prosecuted him. #MeToo campaign. Huston joins another in which she was a key figure having been present in her then boyfriend Jack Nicholsons house where the abuse occurred. (Huston was arrested the following day for cocaine possession.) Huston said Polanskis behaviour was part of a whole playboy movement at the time, and that approaching underage girls was de rigueur …

Camera firm distances itself from Tiananmen Square advert

Leica, whose biggest growth market is China, say short film was not officially sanctioned Western companies trying to do business in China learned long ago that they must bow, at least in part, to the political demands of an authoritarian state. So when the German camera-maker Leica Tiananmen Square crackdown appears to have been an extraordinary and potentially very expensive mistake. China is currently Leicas biggest growth market, told the dating back years and taking in several award-winning short films in a similar vein to the most recent one. One of the ads directors told the tank man photo that came to define the Chinese protesters peaceful showdown with heavily armed authorities. This film is dedicated to those who lend …

‘You don’t become less ambitious’: the female startup founders going public with their pregnancies

More female startup founders are blowing up conventional ideas that having a newborn and building a startup dont mix In late January, Amy Nelson, the founder of the Riveter co-working network, posted an ultrasound on Twitter. Thats my baby girl, she wrote. She arrives in June #proudmama. Though baby announcements arent uncommon on social media, for startup world, this tweet was surprising. Female startup founders have historically shied away from going public with their pregnancies. Investors the lifeblood of startup funding have frequently hesitated to bet on companies whose founder might soon be juggling a newborn. Nelson, however, is not keeping her pregnancy on the down-low. In 2017, she walked away from a high-powered litigation career, frustrated with widespread bias …