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Choose or Die review – gory Netflix video game horror

The Guardian

It's strange that the silly but mostly tolerable horror Choose or Die was an acquisition rather than a homegrown Netflix original given how much it seems algorithmically modeled for the notoriously formula-obsessed platform. It stars Asa Butterfield, an in-house star thanks to the success of Sex Education. It also focuses on a cursed video game, making it a close cousin to the streamer's interactive Black Mirror hit Bandersnatch. It's a film destined to live its days in the "if you like" container. It'll probably fare well there as fans of the above might find just about enough here to play with although they might, like me, be a little surprised at just how nasty this quickie horror is, made with closer attention to the gore quotient than any level of creativity.


How to avoid 'Tinder Swindlers': 'Boy Meets World' star-turned-adult actress Maitland Ward on 'red flags'

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what clicked this week in entertainment. Netflix's viral true-crime documentary "The Tinder Swindler" had millions of viewers crying foul after it began streaming on the platform Feb. 2. The mind-bending story from director Felicity Morris, who also produced the Emmy-winning series, "Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer," chronicles the depths a Tinder user by the name of Shimon Hayut, now 31, would go to to charm women around the world into loaning him money – to the tune of an estimated $10 million. Hayut posed as Simon Leviev and claimed to be the son of a diamond mogul on the popular dating app. It was only when a group of women banded together to expose Leviev that his scheme was foiled, and he was ultimately convicted of fraud, theft and forgery.


'Black Mirror' creator's Netflix video game 'Cat Burglar' cleverly skips the obvious choice

Mashable

The only thing that changes is how your thieving cat gets past it. Circumventing the brick barrier that surrounds a fancy art museum is the first of several challenges that get thrown your way as Netflix's interactive cartoon Cat Burglar unfolds. The premise is simple: A sly feline is trying to steal a priceless, unseen work of art from a museum, but a lovable-yet-slow-witted guard dog is on duty. The success or failure of the heist is in the hands of the viewer, based entirely on your performance in a series of timed challenges. In your typical video game -- and Cat Burglar is definitely a kind of video game, make no mistake -- challenge comes from thematically and narratively appropriate gameplay.


Google is working on radar tech that could automatically pause Netflix

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google has unveiled technology that can read people's body movements to let devices'understand the social context around them' and make decisions. Developed by Google's Advanced Technology and Products division (ATAP) in San Francisco, the technology consists of chips built into TVs, phones and computers. But rather than using cameras, the tech uses radar – radio waves that are reflected to determine the distance or angle of objects in the vicinity. If built into future devices, the technology could turn down the TV if you nod off or automatically pause Netflix when you leave the sofa. Assisted by machine learning algorithms, it would also generally allow devices to know that someone is approaching or entering their'personal space'. Google has unveiled technology that can read people's body movements to let devices'understand the social context around them' and make decisions, such as flashing up information when you walk by or turning down volume on Radar is an acronym, which stands for Radio detection and ranging.


AI-Generated Andy Warhol to Narrate New Netflix Documentary Series

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Continuing a trend that has been controversial among filmmakers, a new Andy Warhol documentary series, coming to Netflix next month, will resurrect the Pop artist using artificial intelligence. In the show, Warhol can be heard reading from his diaries. That voice, however, is not the artist's own but rather the product of AI made to sound like him. Andrew Rossi, who created the series, titled The Andy Warhol Diaries, undertook this unusual measure with the Andy Warhol Foundation's permission, according to a trailer released by Netflix on Wednesday. The series also portrays the AI-generated narration as something Warhol himself would've wanted.


The Morning After: Marvel's Netflix shows will reappear on Disney , but only in Canada

Engadget

Marvel's first run of TV shows set in its cinematic universe, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, have found a new home beyond Netflix – if you live north of the border. The shows, set to disappear from Netflix on March 1st, will appear on Disney Plus in Canada, starting March 16th. However – without spoiling any surprises – some characters have managed to make notable reappearances in recent Marvel movies and shows. Hopefully, Disney can figure out exactly where to take these shows, and hey, give The Defenders the do-over it deserves. I won't be taking any questions on this matter.


Andy Warhol 'reads' his diaries as an AI in Netflix doc series trailer

Mashable

One of the most famous yet enigmatic artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol has continued to perplex the world long after his death in 1987. But a new Netflix series will attempt to decipher the artist's own writings in his own voice -- well, not exactly his voice. With Ryan Murphy executive producing and The First Monday in May director Andrew Rossi at the helm, the six-part limited series will chronicle the life of Andy Warhol through the artist's own writings, published posthumously by Warhol's diarist and longtime friend, Pat Hackett. According to the trailer, the series will have Warhol read some of his own words through AI technology, with the Andy Warhol Foundation's permission. It's an ethical conundrum that accompanied the Anthony Bourdain documentary, Roadrunner, which also recreated the famous chef's voice using artificial intelligence.


15 best anime series on Netflix to watch right now

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Then Netflix is the perfect place to dive in, boasting a massive library of terrific titles. The sheer quantity of these offerings can be daunting when looking for something to start watching, but have no fear! We've put together a list of the best anime currently on Netflix in order to satisfy any and all of your streaming desires. The following anime selections cover several different genres. Some are newer, but all are bound to get you hooked.


Netflix's 'The Cuphead Show!' is a perfectly cute waste of a video game

Mashable

It's hard to tell if the glass is half-full or half-empty when it comes to The Cuphead Show!. On the one hand, Netflix's new animated series shamelessly wastes its video game inspiration -- shoehorning iconic characters Cuphead and Mugman into a bland universe that could've been occupied by anyone or anything. On the other hand, the predictable program is so unimpeachably "fine" that seriously objecting to it feels like an equally silly misuse of energy. So what if some kid doesn't get why this cartoon is sort of a bummer? Created by brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, The Cuphead Show! kicks off its multi-season Netflix order with 12 episodes, less than 16 minutes each.


Artificial Intelligence: Deepfakes in the Entertainment Industry

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Ever since the first Terminator movie was released, we have seen portrayals of robots taking over the world. Now we are at the beginning of a process by which technology--specifically, artificial intelligence--will enable the disruption of the entertainment and media industries themselves. From traditional entertainment to gaming, this article explores how deepfake technology has become increasingly convincing and accessible to the public, and how much of an impact the harnessing of that technology will have on the entertainment and media ecosystem. What is a "Deepfake" and Why Does it Matter? The term "deepfake" refers to an AI-based technique that synthesizes media.