Travel Voice Japan: Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept, kicks off in Japan, visualizing meanings and values of contents on a digital map

Travel Voice Japan: Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept, kicks off in Japan, visualizing meanings and values of contents on a digital map. “Tomoe Makino, the Institute president and former TripAdvisor Japan manager, explained, ‘Old Japanese cafe “Takemura,” for example, is not only a cafe but also has a variety of meanings, such as a scene in a novel by a Japanese famous novelist, a location of popular TV program or a location of a big-hit animation. You see the same place, but each of you consume different meanings from the place.’ In other words, meaning of the big-hit animation is a fresh tourism content for a fan of the novelist. ‘If you can enjoy seeing a particular place from the different viewpoints, tourism will be more fun,’ Makino said.” The English is a little hard to follow in a couple of places, but it’s more than solid enough to […]

Joplin Globe: Joplin couple buys Supertam, the Route 66 attraction in Carterville

Joplin Globe: Joplin couple buys Supertam, the Route 66 attraction in Carterville. “One of Missouri’s popular Route 66 attractions — a small museum dedicated to Superman but that also sells red, yellow and blue ice cream — will soon be reopened under new ownership. Chris and Andrea Briley, of Joplin, recently purchased Supertam on 66 from Larry and Barbara Tamminen, after the latter couple closed the business on May 8.”

Prospect: How intellectual property laws zapped the comic creatives

Prospect: How intellectual property laws zapped the comic creatives . “To understand the comics industry today—and indeed the derived films, television and video game spin-offs—perhaps requires an understanding of the law more than lore. What can be done with characters and storylines is strictly regulated by an intricate and lucrative system of permissions and licences. This dominance of law is not new; legal issues have dominated from the very beginning of superhero comics in the 1930s, because of the very nature of the creative and commercial process.”

Mike Shouts: The Transformers G1 Cartoon Series From The 80s Is Free To Stream On YouTube!

Mike Shouts: The Transformers G1 Cartoon Series From The 80s Is Free To Stream On YouTube!. “As you may have already known, this year marks the 35 years since the release of the first Transformers movie, The Transformers: The Movie. In addition to celebrating the animated movie’s 35th anniversary with theatrical screenings and releasing the movie in 4K UHD, Hasbro will stream all seasons of the 1984 original cartoon series on Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel.”

USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music.. “[Professor Shrikanth] Narayanan and team’s study was the first to apply deep learning models to the music used in a film to see if a computer could predict the genre of a film based on the soundtrack alone. They found that these models were able to accurately classify a film’s genre using machine learning, supporting the notion that musical features can be powerful indicators in how we perceive different films.”

Los Angeles Times: Behind Hollywood glamour, an Instagram account highlights darker side for workers

Los Angeles Times: Behind Hollywood glamour, an Instagram account highlights darker side for workers. “Hollywood’s return to production, after pandemic-induced closures caused thousands of job losses has been welcome to many in the industry. But the scramble to make up for lost time — combined with soaring demand for content from new streaming platforms — is taking a toll on crews. Below-the-line workers are putting in increasingly long hours, with the added pressure of making up for delays caused by COVID-19 outbreaks, [Ben] Gottlieb and other union representatives said.”

Tom’s Guide: How to block spoilers on social media

Tom’s Guide: How to block spoilers on social media. “The internet can be a perilous place at times, especially when it comes to pop culture. Everyone is so desperate to discuss something as soon as it’s released that social media is often littered with major spoilers. But you don’t have to ditch social media, or try to make time to watch all your favorite shows and movies as soon as they’re released. There are things you can do to avoid all those pesky spoilers on social media.”

Black Film Archive: Introducing BlackFilmArchive .com

Black Film Archive: Introducing BlackFilmArchive.com. “For the past year, I’ve spent most of my time pondering one question: What does it mean to make Black film history accessible? Today, I’m proud to launch Black Film Archive, an evolving project that serves as my current response to this expansive question. In its first iteration, Black Film Archive lists every* Black film made between 1915 and 1979 currently streaming with every description written by yours truly. This free platform and open resource has been created with you all in mind. There are over 200 films for you to discover… right now!”

BBC: BBC History release archive to mark 85 years of entertainment television

BBC: BBC History release archive to mark 85 years of entertainment television. “As part of its 100 Voices That Made The BBC archive project, BBC History has today launched its Entertaining the Nation Collection, offering a rare insight into broadcast entertainment across the years through newly released interviews from the BBC Oral History Collection, plus an array of rarely seen photographs.”

The Canadian Press: Conservatives delete ‘Willy Wonka’ ad from Twitter after copyright complaint

The Canadian Press: Conservatives delete ‘Willy Wonka’ ad from Twitter after copyright complaint. “The Conservative party has deleted an ad mocking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau from Twitter after a copyright infringement claim was made against it. The ad, which was released on Friday, depicted Trudeau’s face pasted on top of an image of a bratty character from classic children’s film ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’”

The Conversation: The more video streaming services we get, the more we’ll turn to piracy

The Conversation: The more video streaming services we get, the more we’ll turn to piracy. “We now have more than a dozen ‘subscription video on demand’ services to choose from, with many dozens more options available worldwide to anyone with a VPN to get around geoblocks. But all this competition isn’t actually making things easier. It’s likely all this ‘choice’ will see more of us turning to piracy to watch our favourite films and televisions shows.” Or maybe finding something else to watch? Just an idea.

Man of Many: ‘Nestflix’ is a Massive Fake Netflix for Made-Up Movies and Shows

Man of Many: ‘Nestflix’ is a Massive Fake Netflix for Made-Up Movies and Shows. “Jan Quadrant Vincent 16 is finally coming to streaming platforms…sort of. Web designer Lynn Fischer has just launched ‘Nestflix’, a streaming platform for movies that don’t really exist. The new service showcases fictional or ‘nested’ movies and shows that have appeared or been referenced in real-life media, rounding up the clips of flicks you wish were real.”

‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry’s Estate Brokers Sweeping Digital Archive Deal With OTOY (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)

Variety: ‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry’s Estate Brokers Sweeping Digital Archive Deal With OTOY (EXCLUSIVE). “The project will include key texts and documents from Roddenberry’s career (the show predicted tablet computers among many other gadgets, after all), as well as images, blueprints and models. The archive will span the flagship ‘Star Trek’ series, original films, and subsequent spinoffs. The immediate benefit of the archive will be the ability to generate NFTs from the collection for Trek diehards, as well as offer the public life-sized hologram installations that promise to be “indistinguishable from reality” via Light Field Lab.”

Engadget: IMDb TV now has standalone apps for Android and iOS in the US

Engadget: IMDb TV now has standalone apps for Android and iOS in the US. “IMDb’s free, ad-supported streaming service finally standalone mobile apps for iPhones, iPads and Android in the US. The Amazon-owned subsidiary released IMDb TV apps for LG Smart TVs, PlayStation 4, NVIDIA Shield and TiVo Stream 4K in March, following its recent expansion to Roku. Up until now, though, you’d have to fire up the IMDb app to access the service’s offerings on mobile.”