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Saturday Night Live Casts Jim Carrey As Joe Biden for Upcoming Season



Jim Carrey, who has spent years slamming President Donald Trump with his artwork, will play Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live. NBC confirmed the news on Wednesday, shortly after Vulture published an interview with executive producer Lorne Michaels where he discussed what went into picking Carrey for the impression.

“There was some interest on his part. And then we responded, obviously, positively,” Michaels said. “But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and [head writer] Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and… [laughs], hopefully it’s funny.”

Carrey will join Alec Baldwin as Trump and Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, when Saturday Night Live returns on October 3 for five straight episodes before the election.

“I made the decision early on, or at least about a month ago, that we would do something we hadn’t done before, which was five shows in a row,” Michaels told Vulture. “Because there are four debates and then it’s Halloween, and that’s the weekend before the election. And sadly, if the election gets extended, then we’ll be doing six or seven shows in a row. Fatigue has been part of it, so we’re trying to make sure that everyone is safe and protected and looked after. The show will be compromised on some levels of production, but it will be recognizable as the show you’ve seen all these years.”

In addition to the casting news and the aggressive on-air schedule, NBC also revealed Saturday Night Live will work closely with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on health and safety protocols that allow for the show to have a limited in-studio audience.

Last week, NBC announced Saturday Night Live will return to Studio 8H inside New York’s Rockefeller Center after finishing the previous season with pre-taped episodes produced remotely. The last live episode of SNL happened on March 7, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic shut down live entertainment in New York and Los Angeles.

While the entire current cast of Saturday Night Live, including stars like Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon, will return for the new season, NBC also announced the show had added three additional feature players: Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, and Andrew Dismukes.

While Baldwin has played Trump since the 2016 election, Saturday Night Live has frequently swapped in actors to portray Biden, including former cast member Jason Sudeikis, Woody Harrelson, and John Mulaney.

“Obviously Woody did Biden on the first show last season and did it brilliantly,” Michaels said. “Jason has done it in the past. Part of it also is whoever does it has to basically relocate to New York because of quarantine. So, there were a lot of factors involved in that. But I’m thrilled Jim’s doing it.”

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Emmys 2020 ratings: Awards viewership sinks to all-time low




Sunday’s virtual 2020 Emmy Awards were also a virtual loser for ABC.

An average audience of 5.1 million viewers watched the socially distant ceremony, down from last year’s already record low of 6.9 million, according to TV Line. With few surprises — save for “Euphoria’s” Zendaya’s shocking upset in the Best Actress in a Drama category — and an uneven array of best and worst moments, returning host Jimmy Kimmel and the pandemic-sidelined virtual victors were unable to stop the ratings slide from 2019. It seems the cardboard cutouts on hand for Kimmel’s opening monologue may have been paying more attention than the folks who actually tuned in.

The coronavirus-hindered “Pandemmies” ceremony did feature some special moments for the viewers who did watch. The standout spotlights included a touching series-finale sweep of the big comedy awards by the cast of “Schitt’s Creek.” Other big winners included HBO’s “Succession” — which landed the top writing, directing and actor trophies — and “Watchmen” star and 2019 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), who accepted her fourth Emmy statue, this one for Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie.

The Emmys were the second awards to post a ratings drop this year. The hot-mess 2020 VMAs — the first live ceremony held during the coronavirus pandemic — nabbed just 6.4 million viewers last month.

Eugene and Daniel Levy and the rest of the cast accepted their multiple Emmys 2020 wins from Toronto.
Eugene and Daniel Levy and the rest of the cast accepted their multiple Emmys 2020 wins from Toronto.ABC

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15 Song Lyrics To Send Your Virgo Partner




Virgo’s not known for being the most romantic sign in the zodiac; in fact, the opposite is true. But here’s the real deal: they’re very romantic, it’s just that they show it in their own way. They don’t do the whole grand gesture or get all lovey-dovey. Their brand of romance is more subtle and all about actions that prove their commitment. But that’s not to say Virgo doesn’t sometimes appreciate a touch of the mushy stuff. This is why song lyrics to send your Virgo partner will touch their heart and let them know that you see how much they care in return.

But how do you pick the right lyric to send a Virgo? Honestly, it’s pretty easy. It’s just about catering to the kind of love message that speaks to them. They believe in being there for the people they love and often go out of their way to do thoughtful and helpful things. They’re the first ones to offer a shoulder to cry on, and will step in and handle the practicalities of life when you need them. Because of this, lyrics that show appreciation for them, or that reinforce that the two that you are a team, will make Virgo feel the love. Also, their connection to Mercury, the planet associated with communication, means that words are powerful to Virgo. So, the next time you’re feeling the love and you want your Virgo to know it, text them one of these lyrics and watch them melt.

1. “More Than Enough” By Alina Baraz

“All that really matters is You keep showing up. Promise I’ll remind you that you Are more than enough.”

2. “Canada” by Lauv ft. Alessia Cara

“Waking up in your bed. It’s almost like I’ve been here forever. I’m obsessed with your brain. And I’d unfold it if you let me.”

3. “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe

“It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender. An emotional, sexual bender. Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better. There’s nothin’ better. That’s just the way you make me feel.”

4. “World We Created” by Giveon

“Tell me why you always overthinkin’. Not like me to switch up like the seasons. No, I haven’t had a change of feelings. You stay in the back of my mind.”

5. “All Me” by Kehlani ft. Keyshia Cole

“’Cause I love me around you (can’t be without you). And embraced all my flaws, even when you didn’t have too. Stay holdin’ me down, even when I’m not around.”

6. “Crowded Room” by Selena Gomez ft. 6LACK

“Baby, it’s just me and you. Just us two. Even in a crowded room. Baby, it’s just me and you, yeah.”

7. “Bigger Love” by John Legend

“Won’t ever give it up. We got a one-way ticket love. We ain’t going no place but up. Nothing can stop this. No one can top us. We got a bigger love.”

8. “Honeymoon Fades” by Sabrina Carpenter

“Unexpected, this thing that we fell into. Lie, so connected. You came at a time when my heart was selective. Didn’t have to choose my love was accepted, yeah.”

9. “Stuck With U” by Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber

“So lock the door And throw out the key. Can’t fight this no more. It’s just you and me. And there’s nothing I, nothing I, I can do. I’m stuck with you, stuck with you, stuck with you.”

10. “Hurry on Home” by Sleater-Kinney

“Hurry on home to me. I’ve set a place for two. Hurry on back to me. I’ve made my mood your mood.”

11. “After Hours” by The Weeknd

“Without you, don’t wanna sleep (fallin’ in). ‘Cause my heart belongs to you. I’ll risk it all for you. I want you next to me.”

12. “All of Me” by John Legend

“’Cause all of me, Loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections. Give your all to me. I’ll give my all to you.”

13. “Love Again” by Dua Lipa

“I used to think that I was made out of stone. I used to spend so many nights on my own. I never knew I had it in me to dance anymore. But goddamn, you got me in love again.”

14. “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and the Machine

“Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, I know I can count on you. Sometimes I feel like saying ‘Lord I just don’t care,’ but you’ve got the love I need to see me through.”

15. “End of the Earth” by Marina

“We’re all living in the same universe, where the stars collide as the planets turn. But I’ll give my love, I don’t care if it hurts. ‘Cause I’ll love you ’till the end. I’ll love you till the end of the earth.”

While Virgo loves messages that come directly from your heart the most, sometimes you need a little help getting the words just right to express how you truly feel. In that case, lyrics are the perfect way to communicate all your extra-special feels.

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People Are Testing Out Twitter’s Photo Preview Functionality And Many Results Seem Racist




Computers don’t really make mistakes. They look like they do sometimes, but they are just following the code and inputs that they were assigned… and sometimes there are some interesting inputs involved.

Not too long ago, internauts were laughing at Google’s image search algorithms for showing African American doctors when searching for white American doctors.

This time around, it’s Twitter and its image cropping algorithms. People have begun noticing how Twitter crops images in a way that gives preference to people with white skin as opposed to those with black skin.

Turns out, there’s an AI-based algorithm for Twitter’s photo preview that centers pics in tweets

But it seems to prefer white people over black people, despite having both in the same image as seen below

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So, it all started when Twitter user Colin Madland was troubleshooting a colleague on a related matter but on a completely different platform. Turns out, the video conferencing program Zoom seems to get rid of a black person’s head if a custom background is used. It just considers the head a part of the background.

But it wasn’t until he posted some exemplary screenshots to Twitter for further troubleshooting that he understood that Twitter is also up to its neural networking shenanigans. He noticed how, on the mobile version, his long horizontal screenshot was cropped to only include him, and not his colleague.

Having noticed this, other people started creating pictures with white and black people in them with odd, elongated ratios to force the cropping algorithm to choose a centering position. And a little bit of unofficial experimenting showed that the system tends to prefer white faces over black ones.

After one user noticing this, it seems like all of Twitter started testing this feature out

Users simply started posting elongated images that include various faces and seeing the previews

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A number of tweeters tested this out with stock photos, politicians, and even cartoons, namely the Simpsons characters Lenny and Carl. More often than not, the photos were cropped in a way that showed a preference for white faces.

Back in early 2018, Twitter identified the problem of tweets showing sets of photos that are off-center. They have thus implemented a mechanism that is supposed to recognize the individual elements in a photo and to center on those instead of on the center. Prior to that, it was all run on facial recognition alone, and while not all photos have faces, they needed to improve.

Results vary to some extent, but most of them, however, seem to show a racial bias in Twitter’s AI

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Like many new technologies, it is not perfect. According to NITS studies, it was proven that today’s facial recognition software performs worse with non-white faces with a false identification factor of 10 to 100 for Asian and African American faces. So, there’s room for improvement.

Now, this is an understandable error and it’s not like the algorithm is purely biased, as some photo cropping results showed black faces too. Liz Kelley of the Twitter Communications Team also explained that the neural network was checked for any racial and even gender bias and there was none detected. However, there is clearly a need for more analysis and testing as these results seem biased.

Besides actual politicians people tested out a bunch of stock photos, whether edited or not

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CDO of Twitter, Dantley Davis, also said that it is 100% Twitter’s fault and no one should say otherwise, despite a number of people saying that this isn’t done on purpose—it’s an AI, after all—and fault is irrelevant because the focus should always be on fixing the problem.

For now, it is unsure as to what causes the algorithm to do what it does with preferring white faces over black ones. The only explanation is that it tends to look for the most prominent one in the photo.

One person tried out different colored ties and even inverted the colors with varying results

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Apparently, there is even a preference with animals just because they are of a bright color palette

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Twitter is aware of this problem is working on fixing it

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While Davis explained that the AI might be focusing on other additional variables to determine where to center the photo, others also hint that the aspect ratio, the background or the color scheme might also have something to do with it. This is, however, a non-scientific explanation that is yet to be confirmed or denied.

The issue caused a bit of a ruckus on the internet with individual tweets exemplifying the bias and some even calling the algorithm racist. Said tweets gained thousands upon thousands of likes and retweets, with one particular tweet comparing Mitch McConnell or Barack Obama getting over 185,000 likes.

The AI seemed biased even with cartoons as seen with Lenny and Carl from the Simpsons

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Same with dogs

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The algorithm wasn’t completely biased as there were results where it preferred black people

It was speculated that it may be because of the smile or the prominent faces, which are easier for the AI to pick up

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The only exception to the rule was this free-for-all where it was faces as well as objects

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