While the sheer length of the fourth and fifth Harry Potter books may have delighted wizarding fans who wanted more time in the magical world, the action-packed stories posed a serious challenge for filmmakers. To keep the movies to a reasonable length, some details (and characters) had to be cut.
While you may have noticed the big ones — Sirius’ lack of screen time, or what seems like one year’s worth of classes transformed into a quick montage — there may be crucial changes you missed.
Our CineFix series What’s The Difference takes you step-by-step and page-by-page through all the differences between your favorite movies and shows. Adaptations are a tricky game and something always gets changed, added or omitted in the process. Read more…
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Who knew a banjo solo belongs in a Justin Bieber song?
In their latest cover, Postmodern Jukebox put a bluegrass spin on Justin Bieber and Major Lazer’s hit song, “Cold Water.”
Lead vocalist Robyn Adele Anderson, back-up singers Kenton Fen and Jessica Freedman lighten up the song with a sweet a cappella feel.
“Cold Water” never felt so warm.
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We now know why Mobileye severed ties with Tesla over the summer: It didn’t believe the company took safety seriously enough.
Simply put, Tesla was “pushing the envelope in terms of safety,” the chairman of Mobileye, an Israel-based company that makes collision detection systems for dozens of automakers, said Wednesday.
“[Autopilot] is not designed to cover all possible crash situations in a safe manner,” Mobileye’s chief technology officer, Amnon Shash, told Reuters. He added, “No matter how you spin it, [Autopilot] is not designed for that. It is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system.” Read more…
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The species of alligator roaming Florida’s swamps and golf courses may be millions of years older than previously thought, scientists from the University of Florida said.
What’s more, the sharp-toothed reptiles we see today may be almost biologically identical to their millennia-old ancestors — an incredibly rare trait for most living species, according to a pair of studies shared with Mashable this week.
“What we saw 8 million years ago in Florida is virtually the same thing as what we have there today,” Evan Whiting, the studies’ lead author and a vertebrate paleontologist, said by phone from Gainesville. Read more…
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