This week, Microsoft released CaptionBot, the company’s attempt at showcasing the capabilities of Microsoft Cognitive Services. The promise and potential of CaptionBot is immense. By using natural language capabilities and image recognition software, CaptionBot can analyze any image and tell you what is happening within. CaptionBot joins How Old Do I Look? and What Dog? as Microsoft bots that have gained some amount of viral notoriety over the past couple years.
While CaptionBot can sometimes be startlingly accurate, it is clear there are still a few kinks to work out. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would analyze still images from some of the best films of 2015. The results are mostly bizarre, often hilarious, and sometimes profound. Note: All of the following captions were created by uploading images straight to CaptionBot.
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It’s easy to make fun of the MTV Movie Awards. I know this because I did so in the headline of this very article. And yet, when you really break it down, they’re no more ridiculous than the Golden Globes – if the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can come together to nominate a bunch of movies for statuettes, then why not allow the people running MTV to hand out buckets of golden popcorn to people they like?
So I hold no strong opinions on the 2016 MTV Movie Awards nominations. Are these the movies that I would have nominated for awards? Nah. But these most certainly are the movies MTV executives and producers think their audience wants to see nominated. In other words, welcome to an awards ceremony dominated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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This morning brought the always debatable Academy Award nominations for the year in film that was 2015. We’ve already run through the disappointing side of this year’s selections by pointing out those who were snubbed, but now we’d like to look on the lighter side and point out some of the surprises, especially Mad Max: Fury Road finding glory with no fewer than 10 nominations. So let’s check out the 2016 Oscars surprises after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
The long, exhausting journey through awards season continues today, as the Writers Guild of America announce their nominations for their 2016 honors. As it turns out, they like a lot of the same things the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild do, namely Spotlight, The Big Short, and Straight Outta Compton. They are, however, the only one of the three guilds to put Trainwreck in the race. Read the list of 2016 WGA Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
There are years when the awards race feels all but locked in by early January, when even the most casual Oscar followers can rattle off a list of frontrunners and the ceremonies themselves promise few surprises. This is not one of those years. True, there are a few titles that you can safely bet on making it to the final cut, like Spotlight and The Revenant. But there are a great many films still on the bubble. Some of them got good news today, as the PGA announced their nominations for the 2016 awards, and others just saw their odds get a little bit longer. Read the full PGA Awards nominations 2016 list after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
2015’s been a weird year for the movie awards race in some ways. Many of the films assumed to be shoo-ins early on have fallen short of their potential, freeing up the field for smaller, quirkier choices. But the race should come into clearer focus over the coming days, as the major awards start announcing their nominations one by one. Today, the Screen Actors Guild revealed their picks for the 2016 awards in the movie and TV categories. Read the full list of 2016 SAG Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Come Thursday, many of us, like many of you, will find ourselves around a dinner table with our distant relatives, reflecting on what we’re grateful for in our lives. But before we get to that, we thought we’d take a moment to think about the films we’re thankful for this year.
This isn’t a list of our favorite films of the year, or the best films of the year (though some of them are that, too). These are the films that surprised us, that gave us something we didn’t even know we needed, that seemingly willed themselves into being against all odds, or that just made us really, really happy. After the jump, join us in looking back at the movies to be thankful for in 2015, and then hit the comments to let us know which films you’re grateful for.
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Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
DreamWorks originally acquired the film rights to the popular Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell back in 2008 and the project has been a revolving door of writers ever since. However, it began to show signs of life when director Rupert Sanders became attached in early 2014, and it found some proper momentum when Scarlett Johansson accepted the lead role earlier this year. Now, with production set to begin early next year, screenwriter Jonathan Herman has been tasked with rewriting the screenplay.
Find more information on the new Ghost in the Shell writer after the jump.
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Devindra chats with Wilson Morales, editor of Blackfilm, and Guardian contributor Ben Westhoff about Straight Outta Compton. Spoiler: It’s one biopic you won’t want to miss. Check out Ben’s pieces on the inaccuracies of the film (with a little help from Ice Cube), as well his book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop.
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