The first thing Kevin Feige will tell you if you ask him about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's formula for success is that there isn't one. "I don't really know," he told me at a recent Spider-Man: Homecoming junket. "If we had it on a piece of paper like the Soup Nazi [from Seinfeld ] had his soup recipes on a piece of paper, it would sort of make it easier." SEE ALSO: That crazy 'Iron Man 2' Spider-Man fan theory is actually true, confirms Tom Holland Which is fair, I guess, but also deeply unsatisfying. Because over the past decade, the MCU hasn't just done well — it's done so well that it's shifted the entire industry's approach to franchises. No longer is it enough for a studio to churn out a series of sequels. Everyone wants a "shared universe" like the MCU. How it all began But according to Feige, Marvel never set out to do all that. "I will say we never said, 'We're going to make a cinematic universe,'" he said. "We said, 'We want to make a great Iron Man … [Read more...] about How to build a cinematic universe, according to Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige
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It seems as though babies might be on the cards for Sam Asghari and Britney Spears . The pair began dating in 2016 after meeting on the set of Britney's 2016 hit single Slumber Party, where Sam, 27, was her backup dancer. Since then, their relationship has gone from strength to strength as the pair often share adorable snaps together on social media. It's now reported that Sam is thinking about starting a family with the pop star as he's looking to take their relationship to a whole new level. “Sam would love to start a family with Britney,” a source told Us Weekly . “He’s always dreamt of having children and thinks he would be a great father. He’s a natural around little kids." What's more, the personal trainer is also reportedly thinking about putting a ring on it eventually. “Sam also sees marriage in his and Britney’s future when the time is right and they are able to wed without the restraints of her conservatorship and with the blessing of her family,” the … [Read more...] about Britney Spears’ boyfriend Sam Asghari ‘dreams of starting a family with her’
Of all the restrictions placed on Manitobans during the pandemic, those that restrict funerals and those grieving the loss of a loved one may be the most damaging of them all. “The health of people is my concern, the wellness of people, their mental wellness, which plays out physically, emotionally, spiritually. Those restrictions that are in place right now, I’m finding are detrimental to people’s mental health,” said David Klassen, a funeral director with Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service in Russell. Klassen noted an Alberta funeral that took place last year, where many people contracted COVID-19. But, he said, the funeral was not governed by a funeral director. “The families did it on their own. There are some, there are very few, but there are some communities where funeral directors aren’t actually present at the ceremony and the burial,” he said. “Kevin (Sweryd) from MFSA (Manitoba Funeral Service Association) will quickly tell you that best practices as far as funeral … [Read more...] about Funeral director worries for bereaved
So, same time again next year? Ordinarily, WandaVision season 2 would be a guarantee. It is, after all, one of Disney Plus ’ most successful series and has proven Marvel Studios can do for superheroes on streaming what it’s done for over a decade in theaters. But while the continuation of Wanda’s story in WandaVision season 2 seems like a natural next step, it’s actually going to take place elsewhere. In fact, Marvel has been surprisingly open about whether a new season is going to become a reality or if the sitcom setups in Westview are a one-and-done affair. So, let’s break down everything that has been said about WandaVision season 2 so far – and why the series isn’t likely to return (for now). Spoilers for the WandaVision finale follow! WandaVision season 2: Is it happening? In a word, no. Director Matt Shakman has been forthright on the possibilities of WandaVision season 2 streaming on Disney Plus. "We have no plans for WandaVision season 2 at all," … [Read more...] about Will there be a WandaVision season 2? Here’s what Marvel has to say
Empathetic AI? Source: Photo by Owen Beard on Unsplash with Meg Price I recently heard that coaches and helping professions like social workers are considered the last refuge against the ‘fact’ AI. But now AI is learning so fast it can theoretically learn and replace any human task. Even being empathetic ! Research from Harvard University recently suggested coaching can soon be automated. AI comes in many forms, from those little chatbots on websites to Alexa and many other automations that are proactive like the programs in Tesla that the driver talks to. But advances in conversational AI means we can now have conversations with technology that makes us ‘feel’ we are talking to a human that really listens and responds ‘intelligently’. So what? People still want to connect to people! The work of a coach or health care professional requires extensive professional, empathic, psychological, and other skills like human intuition . How could these … [Read more...] about Will AI Replace Coaches and Psychologists?