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Los Angeles Times

Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts: Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' At Glastonbury Festival, Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating President Trump A Star Is Born: Randy Jackson turns 61 today Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Trevor Noah reflects on the Philando Castile verdict Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' and hopes'to honor the great work already done' "Star Wars" fan Ron Howard is "beyond grateful" to add his voice to the Lucasfilm franchise and hopes "to honor the great work already done" on the upcoming Han Solo film, which he inherited from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The Oscar-winning director proclaimed his love for George Lucas' universe and eagerness to take the helm on Twitter on Thursday following the official news that he would replace Lord and Miller on the untitled project after they were surprisingly ousted over creative differences with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. The "Happy Days" alum and his wife stood in line for two hours the day "Star Wars" was released in 1977: "It was all the things you dream you're going to experience in the movies." Howard, who had been approached by Lucas to direct "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" but declined, said of his dozens of directorial efforts, he is "probably" most proud of his own 1995 space odyssey, "Apollo 13."


Rise of AI-assisted art raises challenges notions of proprietary rights

The Japan Times

Artificial intelligence is finding its way into the world of music, literature and art, raising never-before-considered questions about a creators' role. A team of researchers from Nagoya University, led by engineering professor Satoshi Sato, caused a sensation in 2015 when a novel written by AI technology cleared the first round of a literary competition. The researchers first created a plot while the software wrote sentences based on it. The use of AI in creative endeavors, however, has raised questions about intellectual property.


China Tightens Online Video Controls, Jolting Investors

U.S. News

Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments about sensitive issues.


VidCon is more than just online videos

USATODAY

USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talks to people attending VidCon about how the annual convention of online video content makers has evolved. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talks to people attending VidCon about how the annual convention of online video content makers has evolved.


Sentiment Analysis of Movie Reviews (2): word2vec

@machinelearnbot

If we want to find similarities between words, we have to look at a corpus of texts, build a co-occurrence matrix and perform dimensionality reduction (using, e.g., singular value decomposition). Using so-called distributed representations, a word can be represented as a vector of (say 100, 200, … whatever works best) real numbers. And as we will see, with this representation, it is possible to model semantic relationships between words! This makes a lot of sense: So amazing is most similar, then we have words like excellent and outstanding.


'The Bad Batch' reveals a muddled but visually striking desert dystopia

Los Angeles Times

The title of "The Bad Batch," Ana Lily Amirpour's arid and feverish new movie, refers to the assorted undesirables who have been exiled by the U.S. government to a vast and barely habitable stretch of Texas wasteland. But it's still no country for old men or young women -- or, for that matter, a little girl named Honey (Jayda Fink) and her bunny rabbit, both token symbols of innocence in this dust-choked dystopia. Honey's father is a towering slab of muscle named Miami Man, a reference to his Cuban expatriate roots that is helpfully tattooed across his impossibly bulked-up chest. Punctuating its long stretches of desert-wandering indolence with quick, brutal spasms of violence, "The Bad Batch" eventually coalesces around the tenuous bond that forms between Arlen, armed with a pistol and a prosthetic leg, and Miami Man, who's handy with a cleaver and other sharp objects.


BabelOn is trying to create Photoshop for your voice

Engadget

But a startup from San Francisco called BabelOn is working on a particularly unique offshoot of this technology. Initially, the company wants to use its technology for things like improving dubbed films or localizing video games, but eventually it wants to be able to translate your speech in real time, say while you're on a Skype call. Imagine a game company wanting to localize an English voice-acting performance for other countries; BabelOn could let companies use the same voice actor and digitally create her dialogue rather than having to find a native speaker to rerecord the entire script. However, you can specify the desired emotional output of the translated performance; Hamilton called it an "emotional markup language."


Minority Report at 15 years: what did it get right?

#artificialintelligence

When "Minority Report" hit theaters on June 21, 2002, it arrived to an America -- and a world -- that feels equal parts familiar and alien. There are little minidiscs everywhere, from Anderton's home-based video player to the video records the precrime operatives use in their office. Perhaps the best vision of our future (or present) that "Minority Report" offers is its all-seeing world of eye-scanning subways, ads, store windows and cars. Amazon's test convenience store lets you walk in and out, automatically using facial recognition and automated cameras to charge your account.


Analyzing Oscar Data

@machinelearnbot

She graduated from the NYC Data Science Academy 12 week full time Data Science Bootcamp program taking place between April 11th to July 1st, 2016. Exploring the distribution of the MPAA Ratings we see PG 13 films have the highest box office receipts, followed by General Audience films, then PG and final rated R films. We see on the contrary those films rated R, have won the most Academy Awards, where films rated G for general audience have not won any Oscars in this dataset. I fit a logistic regression and received a significant coefficients for Box office tickets, IMDb Rating, Rank in Year, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Western.


Got a face-recognition algorithm? Uncle Sam wants to review it

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The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm." asks a posting on challenge.gov The goal of the Face Recognition Prize Challenge is to improve core face recognition accuracy and expand the breadth of capture conditions and environments suitable for successful face recognition. The government noted that there has been "enormous research" done in the field, and it wants "to know whether this rich vein of research has produced advancements in face recognition accuracy." The most accurate algorithms submitted to the government for the contest are eligible to split a pot of $50,000, according to the contest rules.