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The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science."Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable po...
Tags: Science Fiction, Space, Hollywood, Science, Biology, Innovation, Aliens, Evolution, Extraterrestrial Life, Wilson, Astrobiology, Don, Michio Kaku Bill Nye, Jonathan B Losos


Ranking the Shark Smarts of Horror’s Most Pernicious Predators

Sharks have been terrorizing big screen beaches for decades—way more than they do in real life, actually. But in Hollywood, you have to be more than just a regular old shark to get a fin up on the humans. Sometimes, being a movie shark means you’re a smarter predator. Other times, it leads you to make very bad shark…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Sharks, Sharknado, Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, The Shallows, The Meg


Disney's Developed Movie-Quality Face-Swapping Technology That Promises to Change Filmmaking

In a few short years, neural-network-powered automated face swaps have gone from being mildly convincing to eerily believable. But through new research from Disney, neural face-swapping is poised to become a legitimate and high-quality tool for visual effects studios working on Hollywood blockbusters.Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Disney, Research, Visual Effects, Disney Research, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Eth Zurich, Deepfakes


Research brief: New discovery allows 3D printing of sensors directly on expanding organs

In groundbreaking new research, mechanical engineers and computer scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a 3D printing technique that uses motion capture technology, similar to that used in Hollywood movies, to print electronic sensors directly on organs that are expanding and contracting. The new 3D printing technique could have future applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19.
Tags: Hollywood, Science, University of Minnesota


Tessa Thompson Will Use Dream Tech to Become the Ultimate Fencer in Balestra

Continue to give Tessa Thompson a sword, Hollywood. It’s the only way.Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Tessa Thompson, Dreams, Fencing, Swords, Marwan Kenzari, Lucid Dreaming, Imran Zaidi, Aron Eli Coleite, Balestra, Nicole Dorsey, Sword Fighting


Creating During Covid: Kevin Tong Talks Convention Woes and Home Set-Ups

The novel coronavirus pandemic’s effects have already been felt far and wide, in comic book publishing and sales, the gaming industry, Hollywood, and more. But it’s also, of course, affecting people on an individual level. To that end, io9 decided to talk to some folks about what the covid-19 pandemic has done to…Read more...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Science, Artists, Posters, Mondo, Kevin Tong, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Creating During Covid


A Delightful Tour Of Danny Trejo's Animal Crossing Island

In the first episode of “Danny’s Diary,” a new segment in Gary Whitta’s star-studded in-game talk show Animal Talking, see the power of Animal Crossing: New Horizons transform one of Hollywood’s toughest, most intimidating actors into an adorable butterfly-collecting islander. Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Nintendo, Kotakucore, Switch, Danny Trejo, Machinima, Gary Whitta, Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Animal Crossing Island, Animal Talking


The U.S. Space Force Is Losing a Trademark Battle With Netflix's Space Force

The real Space Force may be going down in flames against the fictional Space Force: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the newly founded military branch appears to be losing a trademark battle with the Netflix comedy show of the same name.Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Technology, Copyright, Netflix, Military, US military, Streaming, Air Force, Trademark, Space Force, Donald Trump Space Force, U S Space Force


The Story of Dune, David Lynch, and Hollywood's Most Notorious Pseudonym

Filmmaking is, occasionally, a labor of love. Mostly, though, it’s a labor of endurance, patience, and compromise—a lot of compromises—between directors and pretty much everyone else. When the system works, it’s nothing short of a miracle. When miracles won’t come, Alan Smithee steps in.Read more...
Tags: Video, Hollywood, Science, History, David Lynch, Hellraiser, Directors, Dune, Alan Smithee, Meet Joe Black


From zero to hero in 18 years: How SpaceX became a nation-state

SpaceX was founded in 2002 and was an industry joke for many years. Eighteen years later, it is the first private company to launch astronauts to the International Space Station. Today, SpaceX's Crew Dragon launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. The journey will take about 19 hours.Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, looks at SpaceX's journey from startup to a commercial space company with the operating power of a nation-state. Today is a historic...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Science, Technology, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Nasa, Engineering, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Innovation, Dubai, Airbus


Who Framed Roger Rabbit: An Oral History

Robert Zemeckis’ animated/live-action hybrid noir murder mystery broke boundaries of filmmaking technology and technique, and 32 years later it’s every bit as fresh, warm, and funny as it ever was. Starring Bob Hoskins as gumshoe PI Eddie Valiant on the trail of a sex scandal involving a Hollywood studio bigwig, Who…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Interview, Disney, Animation, Warner Bros, Robert Zemeckis, Oral History, Nostalgia, Steven Spielberg, MGM, Bob Hoskins, Looney Tunes, Christopher Lloyd, Eddie Valiant, Joanna Cassidy


Zoë Bell Fights Nearly Every Famous Woman in Hollywood in This Quarantine Fight Scene

One big gap in all of our nerd lives during the drought in Hollywood releases brought on by the pandemic is the lack of good fight choreography. Crunchy, thrilling, silly, engaging fight scenes are some of my biggest delights in genre fiction, and oh, do I miss them. So does stuntwoman, actress, and stunt…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Stunts, Margot Robbie, Zoe Bell, Zoe Saldana, Fight Scenes, Fight Choreography


The best graphic novels for young scientists and thinkers

In addition to being fun, studies have shown that the visual language of graphic novels stimulates the brain in ways that complex text can.For some readers, information is easier to process through images than it is through text alone.These graphic novels are great for getting young readers into philosophy, technology, and other scientific narratives. If you're not on the graphic novel train by now, you're missing out. In addition to being a pathway to reading for those who see big groups of ...
Tags: Books, Comics, Hollywood, Science, Hedy Lamarr, History, Earth, Reading, Graphic Novels, Brain, Innovation, Stephen Hawking, Mind, Bob, Marie Curie, Newton


Ted Cruz Wants to Stop the U.S. Military From Helping Produce Hollywood Movies Censored by China

Senator Ted Cruz plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Defense from working on Hollywood movies where producers might censor scenes to appease the Chinese government. Hollywood producers have come under fire in recent years for changes to numerous films to ensure that they play in…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Movies, China, Ted Cruz, Top Gun, U S Department of Defense


The 2021 Oscars Could Be the Weirdest Oscars Ever

The movie industry has been turned upside down, and the people behind Hollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremony are scrambling to recalibrate. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a board of governors meeting to essentially figure out WTF to do about the 2021 Oscars.Read more...
Tags: Wtf, Hollywood, Science, Streaming, Oscars, Academy Awards, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Trolls World Tour


Workers at Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Vandalize Website After Getting Laid Off

Valence Media, the corporate owner of the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard magazine, laid off several writers, editors, and its entire IT staff on Tuesday. But some workers apparently still had access to the company’s websites on Tuesday night. Billboard magazine’s website was vandalized with an image from the movie …Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Bailout, Hacking, Airlines, Vox, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Vox Media, Vandalism, Vibe, San Diego Union Tribune, Media Rights Capital, The Verge, Steven Mnuchin, Steve Mnuchin


5 TV Shows That Infamously Rushed Their Endings

Television can be a rough business—just look at what’s happening right now, with social distancing guidelines shutting down productions across the country. Even under normal circumstances, how Hollywood runs means that shows have to end before their time, leading to botched storylines and clumsy epilogues. Here are…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, List, Rome, Game Of Thrones, Dollhouse, Quantum Leap, Finale, Pushing Daisies


Shining a spotlight on the history of gender imbalance in Hollywood

A new analysis reveals long-term trends in female representation in the US movie industry, including a sharp decline associated with the 'Studio System' era that dominated Hollywood from 1922 to 1950. Luís A. Nunes Amaral of Northwestern University, Ill., and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on April 1, 2020.
Tags: Hollywood, Science, US, PLOS ONE, Northwestern University Ill


Golden age of Hollywood was not so golden for women

By analyzing a century of data (1910 to 2010) in the American Film Institute Archive and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the researchers found that female representation in the film industry hit an all-time low during the so-called Golden Age.
Tags: Hollywood, Science, American Film Institute Archive


Ryan Gosling Is in Talks to Produce and Star in the Adaptation of Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary

When you wrote the book behind the hit The Martian, it turns out you become pretty popular with Hollywood. This might explain why there’s been a hot bidding war for Andy Weir’s newest novel, Project Hail Mary, before it’s even out. Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Ryan Gosling, Artemis, The Martian, Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary


10 Apocalypse Movies to Watch With Happy (or at Least Not Totally Depressing) Endings

Current events notwithstanding, Hollywood rather adores imagining the apocalypse on the big screen. Many doomsday movies end with total destruction; that rogue planet is just gonna go ahead and vaporize Earth, or those zombies are just gonna take over forever. But sometimes, filmmakers do find little rays of sunshine…Read more...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Science, Zombies, Earth, Apocalypse, Mad Max Fury Road, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Doomsday, I Am Legend, 28 Days Later, This Is The End, Bird Box, The Day After Tomorrow, Zombieland Double Tap


Scenes From the Frontline of Hollywood's TikTok Invasion

In December, a video blazed through gay Twitter of a teen doing the popular “Say So” dance, pioneered by TikTok star Haley Sharpe. Halfway through the video, the teen is interrupted by Laura Dern, her mother, who proceeds to finish the dance (and badly.) To date, the video has over 200,000 likes and 2,300 comments.…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Celebrities, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Haley Sharpe, Tiktok


James Bond’s Latest Film Release Has Been Delayed Due to the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has struck Hollywood and a very special agent.Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, James Bond, Daniel Craig, MGM, Bond 25, No Time To Die, Coronavirus, Covid 19


The psychology of shopping addiction

Shopping might be one of the most socially acceptable addictions, but it's still a very powerful one that up to 6% of our population struggles with.Shopping addiction is a predominantly female problem, with around 90% of shopaholics being women. The neurotransmitter dopamine (which is also activated when we indulge in addictive substances such as alcohol or addictive behaviors like gambling) floods our system when we buy new things. What is shopping addiction? According to this American Addict...
Tags: Psychology, Hollywood, Science, Happiness, Neuroscience, Debt, Mental Health, Brain, Depression, Innovation, Addiction, Emotions, Mind, Decision-making, American Addiction Centers, Cognitive Science


The First Candyman Trailer Provides New Terrors and Buckets of Blood

Hollywood did it with Freddy and they did it with Jason. They did it with Michael, Chucky, and Leatherface too. Now, finally, Hollywood is reimagining Candyman and your terrifying first look is here.Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Interview, Horror, Universal, Freddy, Candyman, Leatherface, Jordan Peele, Tony Todd, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Nia DaCosta, Jason They, Michael Chucky


The Invisible Man Reminds Us of Real-World Horrors But Fails to Live Up to a Long Legacy

Since Claude Rains first donned the moniker of H.G. Wells’ invisible man in 1933, Hollywood has struggled to raise the character above his sightless premise. Numerous takes on Rains’ character came out between the ‘30s and ‘40s, and the story has been adapted many times over since then. Now, with Universal hoping to…Read more...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Science, Horror, Domestic Violence, Universal, Leigh Whannell, Elisabeth Moss, Hg Wells, H G Wells, Claude Rains, The Invisible Man, Universal Monsters


A Tribute to NASA’s Katherine Johnson (RIP): Learn About the Extraordinary Mathematician Who Broke Through America’s Race & Gender Barriers

We don't call it a tragedy when a renowned person dies after the century mark, especially if that person is brilliant NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who passed away yesterday at the venerable age of 101. Her death is a great historical loss, but by almost any measure we would consider reaching such a finish line a triumphant end to an already heroic life. A prodigy and pioneer, Johnson joined the all-black “human computing” section at NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Comm...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Science, Film, College, America, History, Nasa, Atlantic, Mars, People Magazine, Johnson, Taraji P Henson, Facebook Twitter, Katherine, Alan Shepard


'Harriet' star Cynthia Erivo's sci-fi podcast is becoming a movie

Podcast adaptations have a mixed track record in Hollywood, but that isn't stopping Amblin Partners from being particularly ambitious. Steven Spielberg's outfit has bought the movie rights to Carrier, a sci-fi podcast created by Qcode and Dan Blank that stars Harriet actress and Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo. She'll both produce the movie and reprise her role as the truck driver Raylene, who discovers that her latest cargo is a threat to the planet that makes her a target.
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Oscar, Steven Spielberg, Harriet, Amblin Partners, Cynthia Erivo, Raylene, Dan Blank, Qcode


After Fantasy Island, Here Are 5 Other Retro TV Shows for Hollywood to Turn Into Horror Flicks

Fantasy Island is a horror movie now, thanks to the crafty upcyclers at Blumhouse—though, let’s face it, that TV show was already kind of creepy to begin with. Since our reality is silly now, we decided to round up some other vintage TV series ripe for transformation into big-screen horror movies.Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Horror, 1980s, Fantasy Island, Blumhouse, Alf, Small Wonder, Goofballery, Out Of This World, The Love Boat, Highway To Heaven


Alan Harris, the Actor Behind Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back, Has Died

Alan Harris was one of the most decorated extras and stand-ins in all of Hollywood. He doubled for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and for Terence Stamp as Supreme Chancellor Valorum in The Phantom Menace. He was a Stormtrooper in Return of the Jedi. He even modelled in the early screen tests for Boba Fett’s armor. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Hollywood, Science, Disney, Rip, Lucasfilm, Terence Stamp, Alan Harris, Anthony Daniels, Empire Strikes Back, Bossk, Bounty Hunters, Supreme Chancellor Valorum



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