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    À la croisée des mondes : nouveau trailer sublime pour l’adaptation de la trilogie culte

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek – Friday, 4 October - 08:08

Nouvelle bande-annonce pour la première saison très attendue de His Dark Materials : À la croisée des mondes . Attendue pour à partir du 5 novembre prochain sur OCS, la série nous plongera dans l’univers surnaturel de l’oeuvre culte de Philip Pullman. Coproduite par HBO et la BBC, la série reprendra les grandes lignes de l’oeuvre originale, et racontera l’histoire de Lyra, une jeune fille qui se lance dans un long et dangereux périple vers les royaumes glacés du Nord dans le but de retrouver des enfants disparus. Bien sûr, ce synopsis simple en apparence devrait être sublimé – tout comme l’oeuvre d’origine – par un enchevêtrement scénaristique proposant plusieurs niveaux de lecture, à la croisée des mondes entre complots politiques et univers fantastique façon british peuplé de sorcières, guerriers et autres créatures toutes droits issues du bestiaire de l’ heroic fantasy .

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On retrouvera un casting d’exception composé de Dafne Keen (Logan) qui prêtera ses traits à la jeune Lyra, James McAvoy (Split, X-Men) dans le rôle de Lord Asriel, mais aussi des noms comme Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Linn-Manuel Miranda (Le retour de Mary Poppins, Hamilton), ou encore Clarke Peters (The Wire). Pensée comme une trilogie, la série devrait suivre les trois livres d’origine durant trois saisons. Notons par ailleurs qu’ une deuxième saison a déjà été validée par HBO et la BBC , preuve de la confiance des producteurs envers ce nouveau projet d’envergure qui risque bien de s’imposer comme l’un des cartons de l’automne. Avis aux amateurs.

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    BBC drops first trailer for new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica – Monday, 30 September - 18:50

Martians invade Earth in The War of the Worlds , a new BBC adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel.

The BBC dropped the first trailer for its upcoming adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells science fiction novel The War of the Worlds . The three-part miniseries is set in Edwardian England—just a few years after Wells published his novel—and it looks to be a fairly faithful treatment of the source material, as the people of Earth fight to survive in the face of a Martian invasion.

(Spoilers for the 1897 novel below.)

First serialized in 1897, The War of the Worlds was published as a book the following year and has remained print ever since. Told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator, the story opens with astronomers on Earth observing what appear to be explosions on the surface of Mars through their telescopes. Soon after, a meteor falls to Earth, which turns out to be a capsule housing large, tentacled aliens. The creatures do not come in peace; instead, they use their tripod fighting machines to destroy much of the town of Woking and its surroundings with their heat rays and poisonous black smoke.

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    Un ancien de Game of Thrones sera le héros de l’adaptation du Disque-Monde de Pratchett

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek – Friday, 13 September - 16:20

Les Annales du Disque-Monde de Terry Pratchett, c’est 41 ouvrages de Fantasy pour un univers aussi dense que burlesque . L’oeuvre s’est rapidement hissée au panthéon des chefs-d’oeuvre du genre en incarnant l’antithèse parfaite de l’univers de Tolkien. Et forcément, à notre époque, les chefs-d’oeuvre ne restent pas longtemps au placard, avec une adaptation en série de la saga actuellement dans les cartons de la BBC. Pour les amateurs du genre, sachez que le projet se précise, puisque le nom du personnage principal est connu, et vous l’avez certainement déjà vu dans un des gros projets du genre : Game of Thrones. Ce seront donc Richard Dormer qui incarnera Sam Vines , le capitaine du Guet des Orfèvres dans la ville d’Ankh-Morpork, nous indique AlloCiné . Dans la saga romanesque, le personnage, fin psychologue, tente de protéger les habitants de la ville avec son équipe d’agents pour le moins… hétéroclite. Si le nom de Richard Dormer ne vous dit rien, rappelez-vous de Béric Dondarrion dans Game of Thrones , le borgne seigneur de la maison Dondarrion de Havrenoir tué à de nombreuses reprises mais chaque fois ressuscité par Thoros de Myr, prêtre du dieu rouge dans l’histoire imaginée par George R.R. Martin.

Il rejoint un casting déjà composé de Adam Hugill, qui incarnera Carotte Fondeurenfersson, JoEaton-Kent dans le rôle de Petitcul, Marama Corlett dans celui de Angua, Lara Rossi prêtera ses traits à Dame Sybil Ramkin, et enfin, Sam Adewunmi dans le rôle de Chicard. Produite par BBC America et Narrativia , une société de production créée par l’auteur Terry Pratchett lui-même, la série composée de six épisodes et basée sur le Disque-Monde devrait débarquer en 2020 sur nos écrans. Selon les dernières informations, le tournage devrait débuter très prochainement au Cap, en Afrique du Sud. En attendant l’année prochaine, croisons les doigts pour que BBC réussisse à conserver le ton satirique bien particulier de la saga, une caractéristique qui l’a longtemps rapproché de l’humour british des Monty Python.

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    Quibi is partnering with the BBC on international news show for millennials

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch – Wednesday, 11 September - 21:35

The BBC and Quibi are partnering to make a new daily international news show for millennials.

The two companies said that the new programming, which will be featured as part of Quibi’s “Daily Essentials” programming, will be filmed in the Beeb’s central London headquarters five days a week and each segment will be five minutes long.

The show aims to catch viewers up with all the news from around the world in five minutes, according to the two companies.

“Since the BBC began life as a start-up in 1922 we have been focused on two things: innovating to reach our audiences in new ways; and providing trustworthy news and entertainment of the highest quality,” said BBC Global News chief executive, Jim Egan in a statement. “Technology is changing constantly, as is the world at large and we’re delighted to be working with an innovative new player like Quibi to bring young audiences a daily made-for-mobile global news update of the highest quality from our unparalleled network of international correspondents and experts.”

The BBC also has news programming distributed on Snap and Facebook’s Instagram. So the company seems to be covering its bases to ensure it doesn’t miss out on the potential next big thing in media platforms.

“BBC News is one of the most respected news brands around the globe, and in particular for millennials in America today,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder and chairman of the board of Quibi. “We’re proud to partner with them to create a daily international news report for Quibi.”

The deal with the BBC follows a July announcement that Quibi had also hooked up with NBC News for programming. As we reported at the time, that deal includes a six-minute morning and evening news show for Quibi’s service.

NBC News also runs a Snapchat news show called Stay Tuned that reaches millions, and recently launched its own digital streaming news network , NBC News Now, delivered through its NBC app.

The mobile-only streaming service is set for an April 2020 launch, and has already announced a big slate of programming from top-tier filmmakers and actors.

Some of the highlights include commitments from filmmakers Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro and Antoine Fuqua and producer Jason Blum to create series for the service, plus a show called “Inspired By” with Justin Timberlake.

As we’ve reported, subscribers to Quibi can also expect a show about Snapchat’s founding , an action-thriller starring Liam Hemsworth , a murder mystery comedy from SNL’s Lorne Michaels , a beauty docuseries from Tyra Banks , a Steven Spielberg horror show , a comedy from Thomas Lennon , a car-stunt series with Idris Elba and more.

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    The BBC is developing a voice assistant, code named ‘Beeb’

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch – Tuesday, 27 August - 13:41

The BBC — aka, the British Broadcasting Corporation, aka the Beeb, aka Auntie — is getting into the voice assistant game.

The Guardian reports the plan to launch an Alexa rival, which has been given the working title ‘Beeb’, and will apparently be light on features given the Corp’s relatively slender developer resources vs major global tech giants.

The BBC’s own news site says the digital voice assistant will launch next year without any proprietary hardware to house it. Instead the corporation is designing the software to work on “all smart speakers, TVs and mobiles”.

Why is a publicly funded broadcaster ploughing money into developing an AI when the market is replete with commercial offerings — from Amazon’s Alexa to Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby to name a few? The intent is to “experiment with new programmes, features and experiences without someone else’s permission to build it in a certain way”, a BBC spokesperson told BBC news.

The corporation is apparently asking its own staff to contribute voice data to help train the AI to understand the country’s smorgasbord of regional accents.

“Much like we did with BBC iPlayer, we want to make sure everyone can benefit from this new technology, and bring people exciting new content, programmes and services — in a trusted, easy-to-use way,” the spokesperson added. “This marks another step in ensuring public service values can be protected in a voice-enabled future.”

While at first glance the move looks reactionary and defensive, set against the years of dev already ploughed into cutting edge commercial voice AIs, the BBC has something those tech giant rivals lack: Not just regional British accents on tap — but easy access to a massive news and entertainment archive to draw on to design voice assistants that could serve up beloved personalities as a service.

Imagine being able to summon the voice of Tom Baker, aka Doctor Who , to tell you what the (cosmic) weather’s like — or have the Dad’s Army cast of characters chip in to read out your to-do list. Or get a summary of the last episode of The Archers from a familiar Ambridge resident.

Or what about being able to instruct ‘Beeb’ to play some suitably soothing or dramatic sound effects to entertain your kids?

On one level a voice AI is just a novel delivery mechanism. The BBC looks to have spotted that — and certainly does not lack for rich audio content that could be repackaged to reach its audience on verbal command and extend its power to entertain and delight.

When it comes to rich content, the same cannot be said of the tech giants who have pioneered voice AIs.

There have been some attempts to force humor (AIs that crack bad jokes) and/or shoehorn in character — largely flat-footed. As well as some ethically dubious attempts to pass off robot voices as real. All of which is to be expected, given they’re tech companies not entertainers. Dev not media is their DNA.

The BBC is coming at the voice assistant concept from the other way round: Viewing it as a modern mouthpiece for piping out more of its programming.

So while Beeb can’t hope to compete at the same technology feature level as Alexa and all the rest, the BBC could nonetheless show the tech giants a trick or two about how to win friends and influence people.

At the very least it should give their robotic voices some much needed creative competition.

It’s just a shame the Beeb didn’t tickle us further by christening its proto AI ‘Auntie’. A crisper two syllable trigger word would be hard to utter…

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    Give up your privacy, get an icecream!

    Westberliner Klappradpfarrer – Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 00:08

Give up your privacy, get an icecream!

Like being tracked? All your journeys through the city? Every single trip? No? But if you get an icecream? Yes? Good citizen!

This smartphone app shit is funded by the EU and the local government of Bologna. Why not pave some cycling paths instead?

#bologna #eu #bicycle #bbc #bike #surveillance #smartphone #bicicletta #bici #bellamossa #privacy #icecream