Google expands AI-powered grammar checker in Docs to all G Suite users

Google today announced that its artificial intelligence-powered grammar checker will now be a native feature in Google Docs for all users of G Suite, its corporate suite of web tools and services. The grammar checker, which Google announced last July, is powered by machine translation, which is the same subset of AI tools that enable software’s natural language processing capabilities and the ability to translate text from one language into another.

At the time, the AI-powered grammar checker had to be turned on by a system administrator, meaning it wouldn’t be widely available by default. Now, Google says all G Suite users will see these suggestions popping up in Google Docs. Some of the common ones include usage of affect versus…

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An Even Longer, 3 Hour “Ultimate Cut” of Clive Barker’s ‘Nightbreed’ is Being Put Together!

Fans of Clive Barker‘s 1990 epic Nightbreed are no doubt intimately familiar with the many different versions of the film, which include the studio-edited theatrical cut, as well as a Director’s Cut released by Scream Factory in 2014. And then there’s the “Cabal Cut,” to date the longest cut of the film that’s ever been put together. But that’s about to change.

As reported by The Clive Barker Podcast, a brand new THREE HOUR “Ultimate” version of the legendary Cabal Cut is being put together, loaded with footage NO FAN has ever seen!

The site notes, speaking of the new version’s extended length…

That’s an hour longer than the Director’s cut and more than half hour longer than the Cabal Cut version that was released by Seraphim a couple of years ago.”

Some of the footage for this “Ultimate” cut has been pulled from newly discovered VHS dailies, which no one has seen. You can track the progress of this version of Nightbreed by following @nbcabalcut on Twitter, which looks to be the official account for the project. Each day, they’ve been tweeting out beautiful HD images to whet your appetite.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more!

Midian on fire. #nightbreed #cabalcut #horror #HorrorFilm

— cabalcut (@nbcabalcut) February 24, 2019

Scared ‘breed #nightbreed #cabalcut #horror #HorrorFilm

— cabalcut (@nbcabalcut) February 24, 2019

“Death everywhere, and you and me in the middle” #nightbreed #cabalcut #horror #horrorfilm

— cabalcut (@nbcabalcut) February 24, 2019

Peloquin prop about to be run over #nightbreed #cabalcut #horrorfilm #horror

— cabalcut (@nbcabalcut) February 23, 2019

Narcisse posing in a stolen hat #nightbreed #cabalcut #horror #horrorfilm

— cabalcut (@nbcabalcut) February 21, 2019

The dark past of humanity vs the Nightbreed. #nightbreed #cabalcut #horrorfilm #horror

— cabalcut (@nbcabalcut) February 17, 2019

New Vietnam

Back in 1975, Rev. Carl McIntire had the idea of bringing the Vietnam experience back to America by building a Vietnam theme park (to be called ‘New Vietnam’) in Florida, near Cape Canaveral. Needless to say, the idea didn’t go over well. Some details:

The village hootches will be built on stilts, surrounded by rice paddies worked by refugees dressed in native garb.
Adjacent to the village will be a rectangular special forces camp encircled by a moat and guarded by machine gun nests, punji stakes and fatigue-clad “soldiers” hired from the county. Inside will be a war museum of Viet Cong and American memorabilia.

Orlando Sentinel – Sep 11, 1975 (click to enlarge)

Philadelphia Daily News – Jun 12, 1975

Bob Ross Action Figure Unveiled by NECA

As revealed at Toy Fair in New York, Bob Ross is getting a clothed action figure from NECA, and he looks just as amazing as you would expect. Known for the art he regularly created on The Joy of Painting, Ross is one of the most beloved television personalities of all time. Though he is no longer with us, the legacy he left lives on thanks to the continued love of his fans and support from companies like NECA.

There have been many great reveals from NECA over the past several days. Mostly, the company’s new figures were of various horror movie characters, like Friday the 13th Part V‘s Roy Burns, Halloween II‘s Michael Myers, and It‘s Pennywise the Dancing Clown. A 2-pack featuring Sloth and Chunk from The Goonies was also unveiled, and it’s just too hard to say which announcement is the most exciting out of everything to be shown at the event.

You can take a look at some photos of the Bob Ross figure below!

From NECA:

“All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”

Bob Ross, beloved host of the mega-popular television show The Joy of Painting, is the latest addition to NECA’s line of clothed action figures. Millions of people around the world are familiar with his soothing voice and amazing ability to bring beautiful scenes to life from blank canvas to completion in each half-hour episode.

Standing at 8” tall and fully articulated, Bob Ross wears his signature look from The Joy of Painting and will create a happy little space on your shelf. He comes with a paint palette, 2 brushes, a palette knife, and a large easel display.

Bob Ross will ship in Q2 2019. You can see more pics and find out more info over at the official website.

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Official Photos of NECA’s Upcoming ‘They Live’ Action Figure Set Have Us Ready to Consume

It’s somewhat ironic that John Carpenter’s They Live is now spawning merchandise, as the film was of course an ahead-of-its-time takedown of consumerism, but nevertheless, we’ll gladly be spending the cash to get our hands on NECA‘s upcoming retro-style action figure two-pack based on the film, which was shown off at NY Toy Fair over the weekend.

Today, NECA provides full details along with an official image gallery.

For the first time ever in action figure form, see the aliens as they really are without the aid of technical sunglasses in this clothed action figure set, featuring a male and female alien.

Both figures come with the wristwatches that transport them to the alien command center, as well as television, magazine, newspaper and necklace accessories.

NECA’s They Live 2-pack will arrive Q3 2019. Check out more images below.

Stephen King Was Fine With That Major ‘Pet Sematary’ Plot Change

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Fans of Pet Sematary were surprised when the most recent trailer for the upcoming remake revealed a major plot change. Some people (like me!) were fine with it, but others felt it diverged too sharply from Stephen King‘s source material. But what about King himself? What does the Master of Horror think about such a departure? According to Pet Sematary star Jason Clarke, King is a-okay with the Pet Sematary plot change, which is a bit surprising, since King has spent the last 39 years complaining about the source material changes from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Spoilers for all-things Pet Sematary follow, especially if you haven’t watched the most recent trailer.

Anyone who has read Stephen King’s terrifying novel, or seen the 1989 film adaptation, knows that the plot of Pet Sematary involves a toddler being run down in the road by a truck, only to be brought back to life as a murderous zombie via a cursed burial ground. The toddler is Gage Creed, and his father – Louis Creed – does the deed of burying the corpse, even though he knows it’s probably a bad idea. The undead Gage then returns and goes on a killing spree. However, the upcoming Pet Sematary remake makes a major change: it’s not Gage who is killed by the truck and then brought back from the dead – it’s his older sister, Ellie. In King’s novel (and the 1989 film), Ellie survives, and is actually safe out of town when all the murdering starts.

Jason Clarke, who plays Louis Creed in the upcoming film, was recently asked by Flickering Myth about the big plot change. Clarke offered a kind-of-defense for the alteration, saying:

“It’s pretty easy to justify [the change]. You can’t play that movie with a three-year-old boy. You end up with a doll or some animated thing. So you’re going to get a much deeper, richer story by swapping for a seven-year-old or nine-year-old girl.”

This does make sense – I’d much rather see something believable on screen than a terrible-looking CGI killer toddler. Clarke also added that he’s not really concerned if the change angers some fans:

“As an actor, ultimately, you don’t care…It’s like saying ‘how do you approach playing a real person?’. You have to serve what’s on the page and what the director wants and what happens on the day. You don’t have any choice.”

But what of Stephen King? How did he feel about the change? “Stephen King didn’t have an issue with it,” Clarke said.

King is somewhat wishy-washy when it comes to movies that change his books. Sometimes, he’s magnanimous about. Other times, he’s particularly peeved. The most prominent example of this latter reaction is Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining. Kubrick changed a lot from King’s book, and King has never really gotten over it. The author was so annoyed that he eventually penned a miniseries remake of The Shining that stuck very close to the book. And guess what? It turned out to be kind of awful, and nowhere near as good as Kubrick’s film.

I’m glad King is fine with this change, but even if he wasn’t, I wouldn’t sweat it too much. Pet Sematary is my favorite King novel, and yet I’m perfectly happy with this change. For one thing, it’s going to make a story I know by heart seem somewhat new – and that’s exciting.

Pet Sematary opens on April 5, 2019.

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CBS Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Glean Viewers’ Emotional Responses to TV Shows

CBS’s research team is getting a faster read on how viewers respond emotionally to its TV shows — by using the dispassionate logic of machines. The broadcaster is using the data-analytics platform developed by New York startup Canvs, which uses proprietary artificial-intelligence processing to parse natural-language comments. CBS started using the Canvs Surveys tool to […]