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The most watched movies of the week: New releases and some unexpected classics


Wondering what everyone's been watching this week? Well, spring is in the air and so is action, action, action! Every week, the popularity of movies across streaming might be determined by promotions, star power, critic raves, social media buzz, good old-fashioned word of mouth, or a new addition to a beloved franchise. While the reasons may vary, you can't argue with the numbers that streaming aggregator Reelgood collected from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK. As it has for weeks, The Batman continues to reign supreme.

Fans of Val Kilmer Can Hear His Voice Again Thanks to Artificial Intelligence


Val Kilmer, the star of movies as wide-ranging as Top Gun, Batman Forever, Heat, and The Prince of Egypt, withdrew from the public eye following a throat cancer diagnosis and two tracheotomies which left his ability to express himself vocally severely impaired. He now speaks using a voice box. "Speaking, once my joy and lifeblood, has become an hourly struggle," Kilmer wrote in his 2020 memoir I'm Your Huckleberry, describing his voice as "Marlon Brando after a couple of bottles of tequila. But now, fans of the actor are able to once again hear his voice. Kilmer--who is returning to the big screen in the long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick later this year--has partnered with tech company Sonantic to generate a version of his speech using artificial intelligence, based on existing footage and recordings of his voice. "We all have the capacity to be creative," Kilmer says in the video below. "We are all driven to share our deepest dreams and ideas with the world.

Tomb Raider is back. Let Lara Croft enjoy raiding tombs again.

Washington Post - Technology News

The news came via developer Crystal Dynamics, the team that launched a well-received Tomb Raider reboot trilogy beginning in 2013. But although those games were enjoyed by millions, there was one person who didn't seem to share in the fun: Lara Croft. The reboot of Croft's character came amid a larger trend of "grounding" pop culture icons by giving them realistic motivations, and showing the gritty consequences of their adventures, a la Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins." The Crystal Dynamics team's depiction of Lara Croft was of a woman saddled with the legacy of her father, a famed but shamed explorer who was also an absent father, a new wrinkle in the father-daughter dynamic. Lara also wasn't raiding tombs by choice; instead, it seemed to be a burden and an obligation.

'After Yang' review: Colin Farrell shines in soft sci-fi that hits hard


Today, you could go to theaters for a DIY double-feature that nicely encapsulates the range of Colin Farrell. All you need do is pair The Batman -- in which a barely recognizable yet nonetheless riveting Farrell plays the dastardly Penguin -- with After Yang, in which the Irish actor plays a father rocked by ennui and grief. In the former, you see the alluring mischief that made Farrell a sought-after bad boy/hunk in the 2000s. In the latter, you see how his growth as an actor has developed with restrained yet poignant performances in arthouse films like The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster. But while The Batman aims to pull you to the edge of your seat, After Yang pushes us -- gently but firmly -- toward self-reflection on the meanings of life, love, death, and memory.

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?


The last time I saw my friend James was at the townie bar near our old high school. He had been working in roofing for a few years, no longer a rail-thin teenager with lank hippie hair. I had just gotten back from a stint with the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan. We reminisced about the summer after our freshman year, when we were inseparable--adventuring in the creek that sliced through the woods, debating the merits of Batman versus the Crow, watching every movie in my father's bootlegged VHS collection. I had no idea what I wanted to do next.

Books summary- ML design patterns


Design Pattern 4: Multimodal Input- Combining numerical, image and text based feature, e.g Price Gouging capture using item name and image. Design Pattern 5: Multilabel-To assign more than one label, e.g Ranked Genre. For multi-class Softmax is good enough which predicts an image as [0.9,0.08,0.02] In this case, sigmoid activation function is used in output layer which each indidual value in sigmoid array between [0,1].The main difference in output between the sigmoid model here and the softmax example in the Problem section is that the softmax array is guaranteed to contain three values that sum to 1, whereas the sigmoid output will contain three values, each between 0 and 1. Hierarchical labels can also be generated e.g Action - SuperHero- Batman which be handled by: 1. Use a flat approach and put every label in the same output array regardless of hierarchy, making sure you have enough examples of each "leaf node" label. Based on the high-level classification, send the example to a separate model for a more specific classification task.

Can artificial intelligence be harnessed to protect the public from random assailants?

The Japan Times

On the evening of Oct. 31, 25-year-old Fukuoka native Kyota Hattori -- wearing makeup and a purple and green ensemble to emulate the villainous Joker of "Batman" franchise fame -- boarded a Keio Line train at Keio-Hachioji Station, heading for central Tokyo. After spending half an hour meandering around Shibuya, which was packed with costumed revelers feting Halloween, Hattori headed back toward Hachioji, but reversed direction again at Chofu, where he changed to a Shinjuku-bound limited express train. Soon after the doors closed, according to eye witness reports, he removed a survival knife and liquids from a backpack. When a 72-year-old male passenger tried to intervene, Hattori allegedly stabbed the man and proceeded to pursue fleeing passengers, splashing them with lighter fluid, which he then ignited. The stabbing victim was hospitalized in a critical condition and 16 other passengers suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

AI recreates actor Val Kilmer's voice that was lost to throat cancer

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A British artificial intelligence (AI) company has recreated Hollywood actor Val Kilmer's voice โ€“ with amazingly realistic results. London-based firm Sonantic used the actor's voice recordings from throughout his career, which were fed to their AI to create the lifelike yet artificial mock-up. Film producers could potentially use the tool โ€“ described as'Photoshop for voice' โ€“ for voiceovers if they have a role in mind that would be suited to Kilmer's tones. Kilmer, whose career has spanned nearly four decades, has starred in blockbusters such as Top Gun, Willow, The Doors, Tombstone and Batman Forever. But after undergoing a tracheotomy in 2014 as part of his treatment for throat cancer, Kilmer's voice is now barely recognisable.

Val Kilmer finds his voice again ... thanks to AI


He was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and 1990s, starring in blockbusters such as Top Gun and Batman Forever, but Val Kilmer's voice was irreversibly changed by throat cancer five years ago. Now artificial intelligence has offered a solution. A British start-up called Sonantic has used AI to recreate Kilmer's voice based on recordings of the actor before his illness. The computer-generated voice can read any line of text with the subtleties in expression and tone that Kilmer himself would have used. Kilmer, 61, said that after listening to the AI model he felt that his voice had been restored "in a way I've never imagined possible", with the potential to now use the tool for voiceover work.

AI in Content Marketing: How to Combine AI With Content


A few years back, there was a widely shared meme about an epic artificial intelligence (AI) fail. Apparently, someone fed a few'Batman' scripts into a content generator and the result was mostly laughable with gibberish served up as dialogue. But as the technology became more sophisticated, so did the coherence and creative output. Early this spring, the completely goofy sci-fi film'Sunspring' was released, notable because it was completely written by AI. Beyond the fun or silly parts of AI creative writing efforts, there is a real need for using automated services to support your content marketing plan.