50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing Celebrated by MagellanTV in Major 4K Documentary Film
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- The classic NASA film footage from the famed Apollo missions has undergone a transformative restoration, made possible only by the latest advances in artificial intelligence (A.I.). Now revealed in stunning clarity, the resulting images are part of a major new documentary film project titled "Apollo's New Moon," produced by online streaming service MagellanTV: The Age of Apollo.
The film, to be released in 4K Ultra-HD later this month, transports viewers onto lunar landscapes to show how the Apollo missions revolutionized scientists' understanding of how the solar system was built. It's based on an intensive effort by filmmakers to enhance NASA film footage and photographs using new generation image processing software. Pixel by pixel, frame by frame, powerful algorithms removed grain and enhanced detail, helping viewers imagine what it was like to step onto the lunar soil and ramble across the alien landscapes.
"The digital revolution that helped launch Apollo has enabled scientists to reveal the story of our planet's origins hidden in the astronauts' rock and soil samples," says the film's writer/director, David Sky Brody. "Now, new digital techniques empower us to immerse our audiences, letting them experience what these audacious voyages for science must have felt like on a very human level."
"Apollo's New Moon" is part of a larger collection of programs available on MagellanTV that bring to life the scientific, political, and personal dimensions of the Space Race. Called "The Age of Apollo," this expansive collection tackles subjects ranging from the political battle waged between the US and the USSR over moon exploration, the experiences of Apollo astronauts, the future of human space exploration, and more.
On the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, according to MagellanTV co-founder Thomas Lucas, "Our goal is to reveal how the 12 moon-walking astronauts transformed not only to our national identity, but our understanding of Earth, our solar system, and our place in the universe."
Harlem Globetrotters Select Oscar-Winning Actor, Heisman Trophy Winner And Slam Dunk Champion In 2019 Player Draft
Ambassadors of Goodwill also select WNBA forward Kristine Anigwe, 7'6" NCAA tournament standout Tacko Fall
ATLANTA, June 18, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- The world famous Harlem Globetrotters today held their 13th annual player draft, selecting a wide array of talented prospects that includes three standout collegiate players as well as a two-time Oscar-winning actor and a first-round pick in both the NFL and Major League Baseball drafts.
In all, the Globetrotters selected five players, led by 2019 College Slam Dunk Champion DaQuan Jeffries of the University of Tulsa; 6'4" WNBA forward Kristine Anigwe of the Connecticut Sun; 7'6" University of Central Florida center Tacko Fall; two-time Academy Award winning actor and former Division I basketball player Mahershala Ali; and Kyler Murray, a first-round draft pick in the MLB draft and the top overall pick in the NFL draft as well.
"The Globetrotters have always tried to draft athletes who are superstars on and off of the court," said Sweet Lou Dunbar, who is the Globetrotters' longtime director of player personnel and head coach. "It is important for players to excite fans with their outstanding athletic ability, but our players need to be more than that, too. This year's group of draftees really has what it takes to be Globetrotters."
Following is a full recap of the Globetrotters' draftees:
Eight current Globetrotter players have arrived on the roster as draft picks: "Ant" Atkinson (2007), "Firefly" Fisher and "Bull" Bullard (2008), "Thunder" Law (2013), "Beast" Douglas (2016), "Money" Merriweather (2017), "Sweet Lou II" Dunbar (2018) and "Champ" Thomson (2018). Celebrity picks have ranged from all walks of life, from international and domestic superstars (Tim Howard in 2009, Lionel Messi in 2011, and Neymar Jr. in 2016), Olympic champions (Usain Bolt in 2012, and Missy Franklin in 2016), baseball icons (Mariano Rivera in 2013, and Aaron Judge in 2017), and Hollywood icons (Kevin Hart in 2016).
The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 93 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 124 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. The American Red Cross is the official charity of the Harlem Globetrotters. Sponsored by Entenmann's ® Donuts, Ticket Galaxy, Tum-e Yummies and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.
Pilot program will deploy Nuro's unmanned delivery vehicles on Houston public roads
ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 17, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, and Nuro, the robotics company transforming local commerce, are partnering on autonomous pizza delivery using the custom unmanned vehicle known as the R2 later this year. The global leader in pizza delivery will use Nuro's unmanned fleet to serve select Houston Domino's customers who place orders online. This partnership will expand Nuro's autonomous delivery operations, which have safely and successfully been running in the Houston metro area since March 2019.
"We are always looking for new ways to innovate and evolve the delivery experience for our customers," said Kevin Vasconi, Domino's executive vice president and chief information officer. "Nuro's vehicles are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey. The opportunity to bring our customers the choice of an unmanned delivery experience, and our operators an additional delivery solution during a busy store rush, is an important part of our autonomous vehicle testing."
Select customers who order online from one of Domino's participating stores will have the opportunity to use Nuro's autonomous delivery. Once they have opted in, customers can track the vehicle via the Domino's app and will be provided with a unique PIN code to unlock the compartment to get their pizza.
"We are excited to expand our autonomous delivery service in Houston with Domino's delivery," noted Cosimo Leipold, Nuro's head of partner relations. "Domino's delivers millions of pizzas around the world every day, and the company shares our passion for focusing on the customer experience. We see incredible opportunity in offering Nuro's world-class autonomous technology to Domino's customers, accelerating our shared mission to transform local commerce."
Nuro is a robotics company transforming local commerce through driverless delivery. The company develops and operates a fleet of self-driving vehicles that deliver local goods of all kinds, from dinner to dry cleaning. Nuro's service helps merchants deliver goods to customers quickly, affordably, and safely. Led by world-renowned experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and product design, the company began making driverless deliveries to the public in 2018. Nuro has raised more than $1 billion in financing from investors including Softbank and Greylock and shares partnerships with leading brands such as Domino's and Kroger.
RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, June 14, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- On June 12th 2019, 4.6 million of spectators around the world were inspired by the images of Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico via the CBS long standing show, The Amazing Race. Contestants Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl finished first in the Croatia leg of the race that took place in the majestic harbor of the historic Split town and in front of the Adriatic Sea, host Phil Keoghan announced that they had won an amazing trip to this world class hotel.
The prize includes a 7-night stay at the arrestingly beautiful Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Resort in their Imperial Privilege Suite and a number of experiences specially crafted for the Amazing Race winners by their private concierge. Tyler and Korey will be free to explore Riviera's nearly 100 miles of coastline with beautiful white-sand beaches and brilliant turquoise colored waters, enjoy the experience of Cirque du Soleil's "Joyà" show, savor a 7-course private dinner by the beach and luxuriate with our exclusive spa treatments.
The Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Resort is nested at the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, home to mangroves and lagoons, ancient Mayan cities, ecological reserves and along the World's second biggest coral reef. The 540-room hotel is built on a grand old world 'hacienda' style, sprawling 330 acres of lush jungle and a beach over 2 kilometers long, it has 7 a la carte restaurants and the biggest outdoor pool in the Riviera. The resort is Earthcheck Silver certified.
The Codolá-Bonet family, owners, said, "Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Resort will be glad to welcome Tyler and Korey in a destination that will be a proper fit for these intrepid winners. Our beautiful resort, dedicated staff and the cultural richness of our destination will make their experience, one to remember."
The Amazing Race has been aired by CBS since 2001 and is into its 31st Season. The Show typically gets over 6 million viewers each season.
Valentin Hotel Group it's a family owned hotel company based in Mallorca (Spain), that operates +2,500 rooms and 11 hotels in Spain and Mexico.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Adds Sets From The Big Bang Theory For Fans To Relive Their Favorite Moments
Beginning June 28, Studio Tour Guests can step into apartment 4A, see the infamous elevator and visit the CalTech Physics Lab Cafeteria from television's #1 comedy series at Stage 48: Script to Screen.
BURBANK, California, June 13, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- After a hugely successful 12-year run as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history, with 279 episodes, original sets from The Big Bang Theory will be the newest addition to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood's (WBSTH) interactive soundstage, Stage 48: Script to Screen. Television's #1 comedy may have come to an end on May 16; however, beginning June 28, 2019, tour guests will be able to experience all the fun (and physics!) as they step into the original sets from this groundbreaking hit show.
Guests will be transported to Pasadena, California where the show is set and The Big Bang Theory gang focused their energy on scientific discoveries, science fiction and Siam Palace take-out in apartment 4A. There will be plenty of photo-ops for guests to enjoy including the Foyer between apartments 4A and 4B where Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) lived adjacent to the infamous elevator. Recreate Sheldon's signature knock or dare to sit in his designated "spot" (where he has "eternal dibs"). Explore the intricate level of detail the show's creators put into the design of this iconic set and reminisce about your favorite and most memorable moments.
Additionally, fans can peer into the CalTech Physics Lab Cafeteria where Leonard, Sheldon, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) often discussed the complexities of life and their relationships, in addition to comic book super powers. The Cafeteria set will also feature original costumes and from the larger cast including Penny, Amy and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch).
"We are thrilled to invite fans of The Big Bang Theory to step into these iconic sets from such a beloved show," said Gary Soloff, Director of Marketing, WBSTH. "There is nothing like being in the very spot that legendary film and TV shows were created and seeing authentic sets up close and personal. It's a truly emotional experience especially with a memorable show that has such a broad global following."
"For twelve seasons and 279 episodes, the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory found their home away from home on these sets on Stage 25," says Chuck Lorre, co-creator and executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, "We're thrilled that Apartment 4A and other Big Bang locales will remind visitors of all the laughter that took place on our show."
With the always evolving exhibits and experiences, WBSTH continues to offer their guests from around the world an intimate look at how Hollywood magic is made. Through behind the scenes tours and exclusive looks at costumes and props used in production, fans can get closer to some of their favorite films and TV shows such as Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Batman, Shameless, Casablanca, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and more.
About The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS, in addition to national syndication. Produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series was created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and is executive produced by Lorre, Prady, Steve Holland, Steven Molaro, Dave Goetsch, Eric Kaplan and Maria Ferrari.
About Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood gets you closer to the entertainment you love by taking you on the lot of a real working studio. As a recipient of Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Awards and recognized as one of the Top 25 Attractions in the United States, the Studio Tour gives guests a revealing look behind the camera at how Hollywood magic is made. From Friends and The Big Bang Theory to Harry Potter and Wonder Woman, fans get to explore the 95-year-old studio as they touch, tour and visit the real sets and sound stages on the iconic 110-acre backlot where the greatest names in entertainment made history.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the holiday seasons. Advanced bookings are strongly recommended and all children eight years or older are welcome. The Studio Tour is offered in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. For the best value, book your tickets online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling 818-977-TOUR (8687).
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