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23 extremely underrated TV shows you should binge ASAP
In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal. Ever feel like you've discovered the greatest show ever, only to learn it's not getting nearly enough recognition? You're not alone! via Pocket
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4 hours ago by ChristopherA
GPU Accelerated Realtime Skin Smoothing Algorithms Make Actors Look Perfect - Slashdot
A recent Guardian article about the need for actors and celebrities -- male and female -- to look their best in a high-definition media world ended on the note that several low-profile Los Angeles VFX outfits specialize in "beautifying actors" in movies, TV shows and video ads. They reportedly use a software named "Beauty Box," resulting in films and other motion content that are -- for lack of a better term -- "motion Photoshopped." After some investigating, it turns out that "Beauty Box" is a sophisticated CUDA and OpenGL accelerated skin-smoothing plugin for many popular video production software that not only smooths even terribly rough or wrinkly looking skin effectively, but also suppresses skin spots, blemishes, scars, acne or freckles in realtime, or near realtime, using the video processing capabilities of modern GPUs.

The product's short demo reel is here with a few examples. Everybody knows about photoshopped celebrities in an Instagram world, and in the print magazine world that came long before it, but far fewer people seem to realize that the near-perfect actor, celebrity, or model skin you see in high-budget productions is often the result of "digital makeup" -- if you were to stand next to the person being filmed in real life, you'd see far more ordinary or aged skin from the near-perfection that is visible on the big screen or little screen. The fact that the algorithms are realtime capable also means that they may already be being used for live television broadcasts without anyone noticing, particularly in HD and 4K resolution broadcasts. The question, as was the case with photoshopped magazine fashion models 25 years ago, is whether the technology creates an unrealistic expectation of having to have "perfectly smooth looking" skin to look attractive, particularly in people who are past their teenage years.
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3 days ago by jonippolito
House of Commons: Monday 14 January 2019 Meeting started at 2.33pm, ended Tuesday 15 January 2019 2.18am
government  parliament  politics  television  news  streaming  europe  brexit  debate 
3 days ago by asaltydog
BBC - Culture - The Sopranos: A revolutionary show we’ll talk about forever
Twenty years on from when it was first aired, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong looks back at a drama so perfectly timed, it reinvented not only the genre, but how we watch TV.
TheSopranos  legacy  television  review  HBO  BBC  2019 
4 days ago by inspiral

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