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Amazon Shows Off Alexa Speaking in the Voice of a Dead Relative

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor“Hey Alexa, what’s another word for ‘creepy’?”In a demo that has drawn comparisons to dystopian series “Black Mirror,” Amazon revealed that it has developed a way for its Alexa voice assistant to replicate the speech of a dead relative — based on less than a minute of recorded audio of the original person.The ecommerce giant showed off the new technology Wednesday at its re:MARS conference, Amazon’s global artificial-intelligence event for machine learning, automation, robotics and space. In a video demo shown at the event, a young boy says, “Alexa, can Grandma finish reading me ‘The Wizard of Oz’?” — whereupon a synthesized voice of the grandmother emanates from an Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.
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Jerry Seinfeld’s Pop-Tarts film gets all-star cast
“Unfrosted: The Pop-Tarts Story.”Seinfeld, 68, is starring, writing, directing and producing the origin story of the breakfast pastry — his first film in 15 years.He last lent his acting chops on the silver screen in 2007’s “Bee Movie.”On Wednesday, the Netflix movie’s delicious cast was announced and includes A-list stars that sound de-lite-ful.Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Hugh Grant, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Tom Lennon, Adrian Martinez, Bobby Moynihan, Max Greenfield, Christian Slater and Sarah Cooper are set to appear in the comedy, the Wrap reported.The flick will take watchers back to 1963 Michigan, and will chronicle the food manufacturing companies, Kellogg’s and Post, who are cereal enemies.“[It is] a tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar and menacing milkmen,” the logline for the movie said.The story follows the two brands as they compete to devise a pastry that will transform how kids eat breakfast for generations to come.Seinfeld co-wrote the film with Spike Feresten and Barry Marder and came up with the project idea during the coronavirus pandemic, Deadline reported last year.“Stuck at home watching endless sad faces on TV, I thought this would be a good time to make something based on pure silliness,” he told the publication.
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Melissa McCarthy Gives 'The Little Mermaid' Update and Teases New HGTV Show 'The Great Giveback' (Exclusive)
Melissa McCarthy is looking back at her time shooting with particular fondness!McCarthy recently sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner — alongside her cousin and HGTV co-star Jenna Perusich — to promote her new HGTV series, and she opened up about the seemingly bittersweet experience of wrapping filming on the long-awaited live-action remake.«I was so sad when it ended,» McCarthy shared. «That whole world, every single thing about it, from getting to work with [director] Rob Marshall to, like, every single part of that was like a like a wonderful dream that I did not want to wake up from.»McCarthy — who played the evil sea witch Ursula in the film -- added that some of her favorite highlights included «singing with an orchestra and [doing] things that I never have gotten to do in my life.»«And she's such an incredible villain,» McCarthy added.«She's iconic!» Perusich chimed in.«It was just a thrill. It was an absolute thrill,» McCarthy marveled.Meanwhile, McCarthy's equally excited about her new project with Perusich, , where the pair renovate homes for deserving people who have made a difference in the lives of those around them.According to the celebrated comic actress, the heartwarming show is meant to celebrate «remarkable people» whose «day-to-day life is just giving.»«Giving everything they have to other people.
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