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The grand-daddy of killer A.I.

Apr 18, 2014 11:18 AM PT

Screen Rant marks the release of the Johnny Depp film "Transcendence" (which, alas, has "stinker" written all over it) with a fine list of killer artificial intelligence from previous movies.  This is a subject dear to my heart, because I'm a lifelong science fiction fan, and also because I've said a number of unkind things to my computer over the years in moments of frustration, and they're really gonna come back to haunt me if A.I. takes over the world.

However, I have to blow the whistle on one tragic exclusion from Screen Rant's Top 10 Killer A.I. list.  Why no love for "Colossus: The Forbin Project" - arguably the original cinematic incarnation of the world-beating intelligent computer?  There were some ornery robots who came before Colossus, but it was really the first one that had ambitions to conquer and/or liquidate all of mankind.  I won't spoil the movie by telling you whether or not it succeeds.  It's well worth watching today, if you can find it, not least for the nostalgia value of seeing what the production designers of 1970 thought an intelligent supercomputer would look like.

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MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Off Air for Several Weeks Due to Car Wreck

Apr 14, 2014 1:48 PM PT

Their ratings already a train wreck, relatively prominent MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell will be off air for several weeks following a car accident while riding in a taxi overseas. MSNBC released the following statement.

Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country. They were transported back to the US – Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of doctors and expected to make a full recovery. Lawrence will be off from MSNBC for several weeks as he recuperates. Our thoughts and support are with the O’Donnell family and we look forward to having Lawrence back on the air soon.

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Model Heidi Klum Accused of "Cultural Appropriation"

Apr 11, 2014 9:50 AM PT

Super model Heidi Klum dressed up in a feather head dress and put some war paint on her face. She is now being accused of some new politically correct thoughtcrime called "cultural appropriation." It has to be a thoughtcrime because we all know that her intentions were totally unlike Kevin Costner's in "Dances With Wolves" -- a whitey who "honored" Indian with feathers and war paint.

The Left doesn't care about the sensitivity of Indians. It's all about feeling superior, because that's how you feel when accusing another of racism.

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Box Office: "Noah" Slowing Fast

Apr 11, 2014 9:42 AM PT
Though its budget was much larger than "Noah's", Russell Crowe's "Robin Hood" is considered a flop after grossing only $105 million in North America. Currently "Noah" is pacing a little ahead of where "Robin Hood" was after the same number of days, but "Noah" is now losing ground everyday. On its 10th day of release "Robin Hood" made $1.5 million, compared to "Noah's" $1.1 million. In fact, "Noah" has lagged behind and lost all week.
 
There's a chance "Noah" might fall short of the $100 million mark in North America, which would be a major disappointment.

Bait-and-switch only gets you through the first weekend.

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Kyle Smith: Colbert Is Not Funny

Apr 11, 2014 9:41 AM PT

I had to laugh as some of the commenters on yesterday's Top 5 actually freaked out after I pointed out how low Colbert's ratings are and that "The Colbert Report" is regularly beat by Adult Swim.

Why does math and science upset leftist's so?

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Left-Wing Muppets are Box Office Toast

Apr 11, 2014 9:40 AM PT

The box office chickens have really come home to roost for Disney's The Muppets. The divisive political partisanship that stunk up their re-launch a couple of years ago, has caught up to them in a fierce way with "Muppets Most Wanted."  After 20 days in release, the sequel has grossed only $41 million. The budget was $50 million, not including a probable $25 to $40 million promotion budget.

One big mistake Disney made with the sequel was in the casting of Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais -- two actors that carry an enormous amount of divisive political baggage.

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Mike Rowe gets a CNN show

Apr 10, 2014 1:21 PM PT

I was a big fan of Mike Rowe's "Dirty Jobs" TV show, and I think his activism on behalf of blue-collar jobs is both logical and inspiring.  It's good to hear he's coming back to television with a show on CNN, which could use a good stiff dose of what Rowe has to offer:

Mike Rowe’s new series Somebody’s Gotta Do It brings viewers face to face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum. In each episode, Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics – people who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand.

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