Future of AI streamlined by online game

A new game that claims to break new ground – with a machine intelligence trying to communicate and collaborate with people rather than crush them. The game developed by the AI institute of the late Microsoft founder Paul Allen, which was set to go live online yesterday, is like Pictionary, with one side drawing a…

Sunrise records buys collapsed HMV

Canadian firm Sunrise Records has bought 100 stores, securing 1487 jobs, the collapsed music chain HMV, beating competition from Sport Direct owner Mike Ashley. But 27 stores will close, resulting in 455 redundancies. Sunrise Records CEO Doug Putman, said he was “ delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK”.…

Elvis and his mother Gladys

In Graceland, Bethan Roberts’s fictionalised recreation of the early life of Elvis Presley, and his close relationship with his mother Gladys.   At 22, 1957, Elvis already a huge star is called up for his military service, the novel looks into the performer’s chaotic   childhood with several chapters filled with grownup dilemas concerning show business,…

10 Oscar 2019 nominations for Roma and the Favourite

Oscar nomination list has big showing for Alfonso Cuaron’s magnificent Roma, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s bizarre restoration comedy The Favourite, both with 10 nominations. Including a best actress nomination for Olivia Colman.  A Star is Born and Vice has 8 nominations,  Black Panther with 7 nominations, 6 nominations for BlackkKlansman, there’s five for Green Book, the…

HMV files for administration, with 2000 job losses

This Christmas HMV has fallen victim slump in sales on the UK high street and customer changing habits including music streaming, and is filing for administration for the second time in six years, as shopper footfall dropped 3.1 per cent on Boxing Day compared with last year. His Master’s Voice, started trading in 1921, has…

Male dominated Hollywood golden years

The 1943 Western The Outlaw, while making the Texan Aviator and film mogul Howard Hughes became infatuated on its star Jane Russell’s breasts. Hughes had fired the film’s previous director, Howard Hawks, for not focusing sufficiently on Russell’s cleavage and decided to direct it himself. His first job was to apply his aeronautical engineering expertise…

Sondra Locke Actress dies aged 74

  Actress Sondra Locke, famous for making six movies with Clint Eastwood, has died at the age of 74. She earned an Oscar nomination for her first film, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, in 1968. Locke however, became romantically involved with Eastwood whilst making The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1975, but later went on…