Power Lunch: Rock stars and world leaders will be speaking at a News Corp executive retreat in Pebble Beach this weekend. And by rock stars and world leaders, we’re talking Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres, LAPD Chief William J. Bratton, Al Gore, Bono, Schwarzenegger and more.
In unrelated news, Fishbowl L.A seeks a weekend gig as a Pebble Beach caterer, waiter, housekeeper or caddy. E-mail us with leads.
Life Imitates Art:
After two seasons as a big inside joke on Entourage, an Aquaman movie might actually happen.
The best part of the story: “In one of the strangest twists of this life-imitating-art tale, the talent agent at the center of the informal Aquaman talks is Ari Emanuel, the brassy Endeavor partner on whom Entourage agent Ari Gold is based.”
Intelligent Acting: Producers are trying to expand the boundaries of computer animation, employing artificial intelligence technology “with the ability to create lifelike animated characters whose actions are guided by computers emulating human reasoning.”
The results are background characters — thousands of them — that can act autonomously to one another. In The Ant Bully, “some 2,000 angry ants watch closely, flexing their mandibles and twitching their antennae. Still others are shaking their heads and chatting among themselves until a loud gong brings them to silence . . . The ants came out looking so real it was almost creepy.”
Yes, but can they wait tables?