"AlphaGo" pits man against machine.
"AlphaGo" pits man against machine.

The man versus machine board game battle doc "AlphaGo" comes out a winner

In space. In the sky. In past, present and future Los Angeles. In video games – as well as literally inside video games. In beautifully designed modern forest getaways and in R-rated Western LARPs. Ever since the days of silent film, the movies have found new places to take the fight between man and machine – and not to send you into a tinfoil hat-crafting craze of paranoia, so has reality. In the entertaining and engaging new documentary "AlphaGo," director Greg Kohs finds the latest battleground in this epic conflict of human versus robot, this war for the future.

A board game.

Sure, maybe not the fiery robo-pocalypse hellscape you were expecting, but "AlphaGo" still packs plenty of big ideas for the future’s potential – both tantalizing and terrifying.

For years, the technology wizards at Google DeepMind have wanted to great an artificial intelligence program with one goal: to defeat a human being in a game of Go. (Have none of you seen a sci-fi movie? First, the robots dominate Chutes and Ladders – then, the world!)

Go is no simple little contest, however. It’s an ancient game of seemingly black-and-white simplicity but infinite complexity. For a computer to master the thousands upon thousands of potential moves and strategic concepts involved would be a significant step forward for A.I. – not to mention a massive humbling for the human species. And after years of high-tech tinkering and testing, the board game to end all board games finally put its pieces on the table in 2016, pitting the AlphaGo program against international champion Lee Sedol in South Korea.

For the first third of Kohs’s documentary, however, it seems like the story will be about a different earlier match, featuring the computer facing off against Fan Hui, a fellow pro Go player. Hui, with his bright voice and beaming sense of hopeful humor, even makes a perfect human foil for the cold computer algorithms on the other side of the board. However, he gets destroyed pretty qui…

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Here's the first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Take a look at the first footage from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

It may be Milwaukee Day, but 4/14 marks a pretty massive day for a galaxy far, far away, as well. 

This morning, at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, director Rian Johnson, producer Kathleen Kennedy and stars Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran revealed the first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." And as you can see above, it looks real good.

The panel – hosted by "Beauty and the Beast" star Josh Gad – also revealed this absolutely gorgeous first poster. I want it on my wall yesterday.

After getting two "Star Wars" in two years, I'll admit the rush of getting a new installment has lost a little of its special luster. That being said, as merely the premiere of a massive blockbuster trailer, one that's guaranteed to be one of the biggest of the year, "The Last Jedi" is looking really good – not a huge surprise considering Johnson is a much better writer and director than Abrams (come at me, fanboys).

There's not a whole lot in terms of plot to go on – judging by the trailer, it's going to be mostly a long Rey training montage – but it does feature Luke Skywalker actually speaking this time ... including a big "The Jedi must end" bombshell near the end. So that seems like a big deal. As for the rest of the story, considering the movie doesn't come out until Dec. 15, we'll have plenty of time to dissect and pore over every frame of this trailer in the hopes of finding out more. 

And judging by how good it looks – such beautiful, grand imagery – that's fine by me. 

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The premiere date for the next season of "Game of Thrones" was revealed today. Very ... very ... very slowly.
The premiere date for the next season of "Game of Thrones" was revealed today. Very ... very ... very slowly.

Thousands watched ice slowly melt because "Game of Thrones" hates its fans

It's not quite watching paint dry, but it's about as close to it as popular culture should get. 

Starting at 1 p.m. today, thousands upon thousands of people began watching a massive block of ice melt very, very, excruciatingly slowly on Facebook as a part of a big reveal for the new season of "Game of Thrones." Fans were to type either "FIRE" or "DRACARYS " into the comments to shoot flamethrowers at the ice, and by the end, the premiere date for the new season was supposed to reveal itself. Or maybe it would be a message saying "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."

Apparently, however, nobody at HBO tested to see how long this would take. As it turns out?

Ice ...

... melts ...

... very ...

... slowly.

In other words, this is the most boring, laborious, self-serious and just overall worst thing HBO has done since "True Detective" season two. 

The process was even slower because of technical issues taking the stream offline for several minutes and splitting the broadcast between two different Facebook Live videos. But while watching ice barely melt may be terribly boring, watching people react on Twitter to people watching ice barely melt is tremendously entertaining.

By the way, in case you had better things to do today than watch ice turn into water while over-dramatic music played, "Game of Thrones" will debut on July 16.

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Watch Prince Fielder eat the best foods on his new show, "Fielder's Choice."
Watch Prince Fielder eat the best foods on his new show, "Fielder's Choice." (Photo: YouTube/Prince Fielder)

Take a first look at Prince Fielder's new food show, "Fielder's Choice"

From Amazon scoring an impressive collection of Oscar nominations for "Manchester by the Sea" to Netflix nabbing "The Irishman," the next – and frankly, probably last – collaboration between avid cinephile Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, it seems the world's biggest names are all headed to your small screens. 

And yet all of that pales in comparison to obviously the true biggest name to hit streaming services this year: Prince Fielder. 

Yes, the former Brewers slugger will premiere a new food show on Netflix and Hulu, obviously titled "Fielder's Choice." Fielder first brought up the idea of a cooking show in a post-retirement interview with ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, but now, thanks to Prince, we can have a look at actual footage for the show, featuring not a lot of cooking but definitely a whole lot of eating. (Even the cutlery isn't safe from the jaws of Prince!)

The show will feature Fielder and his wife touring the country, visiting restaurants and sampling some of the venues' signature dishes – often with fellow celebrities and sports stars in tow. For instance, that's definitely fellow ex-Brewer C.C. Sabathia chowing down with Prince in a few scenes, while Fielder's Instagram has teased appearances from slugging king Ken Griffey Jr. and actor Chazz Palminteri. So basically, it's a Guy Fieri food travel show minus the Guy Fieri.

Uh, that sounds great!

Plus, in case you'd forgotten – and, considering how sad it was, you'd definitely be forgiven if you tried to – the last time Fielder was in the public eye it was in a neck brace, tearfully retiring from baseball due to several serious neck injuries. It was depressing as hell, watching a guy who radiated joy playing the game and brought that contagious glee to fans across the sport – even from rival teams – betrayed by his body, stuck rigidly having to say goodbye far too early to the sport he obviously loved.

So it's just nice to see Prince back on screen again, smiling, happy and followi…

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