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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 – 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 – described as'Photoshop for voice' – 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.


em Space Jam: A New Legacy /em Is Peak, Mindless Corporate Synergy

Slate

Here is a brief, not-nearly-complete list of Warner Bros. characters that appear in the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy: Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, Rick & Morty, Yogi Bear, Fred Flintstone, Space Ghost, the Matrix, Superman, Batman, King Kong, the Pink Panther, Pennywise the killer clown, the droogs from A Clockwork Orange, the Night King from Game of Thrones, and Rosey, the robot maid from The Jetsons. The complete roster runs to well over 100 entries, but this sampling should be enough to give you the flavor of what a random grab-bag of intellectual properties the movie presents. If the first Space Jam, released 25 years ago, was a brand summit between the Looney Tunes and the NBA, with Michael Jordan acting as the chief negotiator, its supercharged successor both literally and figuratively opens the vaults, zapping LeBron James into the "Warner 3000 Serververse," where all of the media conglomerate's holdings exist on the same plane. A New Legacy's villain and chief instigator is Don Cheadle's Al G. Rhythm, a Warner Bros. algorithm determined to get public recognition for his overlooked accomplishments. But what's noteworthy about the movie's garbage-dump of WB properties is just how arbitrary and non-algorithmic it feels. There's no apparent logic to what's included and what's left out, who makes the cut and who gets left to molder in some forgotten corner of the digital domain.


'Gotham Knights' is a Batman game without the Caped Crusader

Engadget

DC's Fandome event was intended as a replacement for the company's usual big presence at this year's cancelled San Diego Comic-Con, and within minutes the company came out swinging with its first big announcement: Gotham Knights, a video game about a city without Batman, where his various proteges have to step up to defend their home. In the action-adventure title the player will get to play as one of four prominent members of the Bat-Family: Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood. Bruce Wayne is dead, and it won't take long for the villains of Gotham City to figure out that Batman is gone too. Luckily, he's left behind plenty for his associates to work with, including a well-equipped headquarters and of course, the ever-faithful Alfred. The mechanics lie in the vein of games like Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4 and the Assassin's Creed series, with plenty of stealth and brawling, though we also get to see Batgirl drive a pretty sweet bike through the streets of Gotham. The one standout is that this game will be a co-op title, with players able to work together to clear areas and defeat villains -- in the gameplay footage shown, we got to see Batgirl and Robin make their way through a building taken over by perennial Batman villain Mr. Freeze.


Warner Bros. Planning On Using AI To Decide Which Movies to Make

#artificialintelligence

It seems Warner Bros. is taking data analytics out of their own hands and into those of an artificial intelligence system. The 96-year-old company has faltered in recent years due to allegations of executive misconduct and critical business mistakes. Warner Bros. has also bungled the development of some of their most valuable IPs, such as DC superhero films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. It's no secret that Warner Bros. has struggled to catch up with Marvel at the box office, but it's surprising just how far behind they really are. Justice League, a movie that was supposed to be the pièce de résistance of the DCEU, ended up costing the studio upwards of $100 million.


Warner Bros.' Kevin Tsujihara talks AT&T, self-driving Batman cars and the DC universe

Los Angeles Times

To say the entertainment industry has changed since Kevin Tsujihara became chief executive of film and TV studio Warner Bros. in 2013 would be an understatement. Netflix Inc. has become a disruptive force in film and television. Walt Disney Co. is about to become an even bigger giant when it absorbs much of 21st Century Fox and launches its own streaming service. Warner Bros. itself, at nearly a century old, is adjusting to new ownership under Dallas telecom behemoth AT&T Inc., which bought Time Warner Inc. (now called WarnerMedia) for $85.4 billion last year. The studio is coming off a strong year at the box office, grossing $5.6 billion globally with hits including "A Star Is Born" (which won the Oscar for best original song) and "Crazy Rich Asians."


5 more cool things from CES 2019: Batman Immersive Experience, digital license plates and more

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. LAS VEGAS – You enter the backseat of a tricked out BMW SUV X5, imagine it's a self-driving car of the future and look to be entertained. A movie screen pops up and offers you 270 degrees worth of choices – how about a visual Batman comic book, a movie trailer or a complete film? Sit in this BMW and listen to the sounds of multiple speakers pumping out stereo, and hi-def resolution on the screen, and let's face it – how could you argue that this wasn't really cool? The Batman Immersive Experience, from computer chip maker Intel and Batman owner Warner Media, is just one of five cool things we saw on the second day of CES previews.


What's on TV: 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' and 'Bojack Horseman'

Engadget

The NFL is back in action, and along with it we have a slew of fall TV shows returning. That includes bingeable (it's a word) options on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu like Bojack Horseman season five, The First, Forever and American Vandal season two. For gamers, the standard edition of NBA 2K19 is here, plus the latest Tomb Raider game, while Blu-ray fans can get Oceans 8 or Batman: The Killing Joke on 4K Blu-ray. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Richard's been tech-obsessed since first laying hands on an Atari joystick.


Feature and TV films

Los Angeles Times

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 TCM Tue. 7 p.m. Mean Streets 1973 Cinemax Sun. 6 a.m. Batman Begins 2005 AMC Sun. Throw Momma From the Train 1987 EPIX Sun. Die Hard 1988 IFC Sun. I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997 Starz Tue. Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 CMT Wed. 8 p.m., Thur. Total Recall 1990 Encore Thur. 2 a.m. A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Encore Thur. 2 p.m., 9 p.m. The World Is Not Enough 1999 EPIX Sat. 4 p.m. Look Who's Talking 1989 OVA Sun. Die Hard With a Vengeance 1995 IFC Thur. Oil-platform workers, including an estranged couple, and a Navy SEAL make a startling deep-sea discovery. A clueless politician falls in love with a waitress whose erratic behavior is caused by a nail stuck in her head. After glimpsing his future, an ambitious politician battles the agents of Fate itself to be with the woman he loves. To help a friend, a suburban baby sitter drives into downtown Chicago with her two charges and a neighbor. Two teenage baby sitters and a group of children spend a wild night ...


Uh oh, looks like that 'Justice League' Rotten Tomatoes score could be bad

Mashable

One day, 16 hours, 10 minutes and 0 seconds – that's how much time Warner Bros. is allowing between the embargo lift on reviews for Justice League and its first public screenings. And if history tells us anything, that means the most ambitious DC Extended Universe film to-date could also be among its worst-reviewed. SEE ALSO: 17 infuriating, logic-defying plot holes in'Batman v Superman' A couple of months ago, we took a look at the relationship between critics' embargo times and release dates (as well as other studio marketing behavior) and found a striking correlation: When they allow more than two full days for critical consensus to gather, the scores tend to be fresh (above 60%). And as you can see in our chart (at the bottom of this post), the scale slides in both directions. The embargo for Justice League reviews lifts Wednesday, November 15 at 2:50 a.m.


Ever fancied owning the Joker's costume from Batman?

BBC News

Some film memorabilia fetches millions of pounds at auction, but it can cost nothing to start a collection. A life-size replica of the Joker, as played by Jack Nicholson in the 1989 film Batman, leers down from a podium. His plum-coloured suit is unmistakable in its sinister glory. A few metres away, a mannequin sports a coral and maroon-hued cowboy outfit that looks like it's seen better days. It once belonged to fictional character Marty McFly and was worn by Michael J Fox in the 1990 film Back to the Future Part III.