Since 2004, Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Thelma and Louise, GLOW) has been at the forefront of the conversation about representation on film. That’s when she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based organization which aims to educate content creators, marketers, and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconscious bias in entertainment.
She and her team have developed a new digital tool which uses artificial intelligence to check scripts for gender bias, and The Walt Disney Company has agreed to use that tool to assess all of its upcoming film and TV projects. Read more about the new tool below. Read More »
Digital de-aging is either the scourge of cinema or an exciting new tool for filmmakers, depending on whom you ask. But the effects in Martin Scorsese‘s new gangster epic The Irishman lie somewhere in between. This conversation comes on the heels of the technology’s busiest year yet, with studios smoothing out the faces of their stars in Captain Marvel, It Chapter 2, and Ang Lee’s upcoming Gemini Man. In each of the aforementioned films apart from Captain Marvel (thanks to Marvel Studios having almost perfected the tech), the de-aging has been roundly criticized, though perhaps not nearly as much as the effects in The Irishman.
When the first trailers for The Irishman were released by Netflix, the grumblings over Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci‘s silky-smooth skin and uncanny valley faces began, and were amplified when the streaming giant released stills of De Niro looking like a PS2-era video game character. But rest assured, the de-aging effects in The Irishman (mostly) work. At the very least, there is no other way that Scorsese could have made his latest masterwork.
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As technology advances and digitally de-aged actors begin to look less shiny and more human in big blockbuster movies, it’s becoming an exciting or a disheartening time for cinema, depending on who you ask. Are fully CG characters, like the digital recreations of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a touching homage to their legacies or cinematic sacrilege? Or is this just the future that Hollywood is heading toward?
Those are questions that are too tough to answer right away, but one that pioneering motion-capture performer Andy Serkis is attempting to draw more attention to. And, despite the technological innovations he himself has made as a digital actor, Serkis does think that the topic raises more “serious issues” than we may realize.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Netflix. Amazon Prime Video. Hulu. DC Universe. Shudder. The Criterion Channel. Vudu. CBS All Access. We’re already practically drowning in streaming services, and we haven’t even seen the official launches of AppleTV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Quibi, or Peacock yet. But now yet another streaming service is entering the fray, and it’s an unexpected player in this arena: Tinder.
Yep, the dating app is getting into the streaming game now with its first Tinder original series, an untitled show which debuts next month that centers on the end of the world. Could the apocalypse be triggered by the fact that there are too many streaming services? Tune in to find out! Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming series. Read More »
Four days. That’s the all-too-short amount of time we all lived in a world in which we could finally stop thinking about MoviePass, the movie ticket subscription company that changed the game in Hollywood but quickly shat the bed because of epic mismanagement within the company. But those four blissful days were interrupted this morning by the company shooting its zombified hand up through its grave, grasping wildly for air as it tries to claw its way back to the land of the living once again.
Ted Farnsworth, the financier and former CEO of MoviePass’s parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics, has submitted an offer to buy Helios & Matheson and its subsidiaries – which, yes, includes MoviePass, MoviePass Films, MoviePass Ventures, and Moviefone. Good grief. Read More »
No one likes an errant spoiler showing up while reading a movie review, but what if there were a tool designed to detect those spoilers? That’s what a group of researchers at the University of California, San Diego set out to make with their AI tool SpoilerNet, capable of accurately identifying sentences that are likely to give away major plot points. But in testing out their new spoiler tool, the researchers found that SpoilerNet had its job stacked against it.
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Sandbox VR, a company that offers full body virtual reality experiences, has announced that it will be launching a Star Trek Discovery VR experience this fall called Star Trek: Discovery – Away Mission. Similar to what we’ve seen from companies like The Void, Sandbox VR is blending virtual reality technology with tactile physicality, immersing participants in a way that goes beyond simply donning a headset and operating a hand-held controller. Check out the trailer for the new Star Trek Discovery VR experience below. Read More »
So much for Netflix and chill. For Android users, there will be no more chilling while you have the Netflix app playing, at least if you don’t want the streaming company to think that you’re a lazy couch potato. New reports suggest that Netflix has started tracking “physical activity” for certain Android users, to test how it “can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go.”
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Back in 2017, I caught a glimpse of the future.
During a visit to the set of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, we got a look at the technology the director and his team used to create the film’s locations in virtual reality. Using a video game engine called Unity, all of the movie’s sets were built as explorable environments that can be visited and scouted by simply donning a virtual reality headset. You can be standing in a sound stage in Playa Vista, California at 9am, and then, five seconds later, be looking around the African plains as the sun sets in the distance.
During our set visit interviews, some of The Lion King’s primary crew members shared their observations and insights about what other kinds of movies could be made with this technology and how it might change the way we think about entertainment moving forward. Remaking classic films is just the beginning – this could be a stepping stone to an entirely new form of experiential entertainment. Read More »
Every Doctor Who fan dreams about hearing that vworp vworp sound outside their bedroom window, and running outside to find the time-traveling alien reaching out their hand. Now that dream can become a reality with the new Doctor Who: The Runaway virtual reality film from the BBC and Passion Animation Studios. This Doctor Who VR animated film drops you right in the middle of the cosmic action, as Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor scrambles to save the universe from being swallowed by a black hole — with your help.
/Film got the chance to experience this 13-minute VR film at the Tribeca Immersive Virtual Arcade during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Here’s what it’s like to run with the Doctor.
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