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The Late Movies: Stephen Fry

Last week we featured Hugh Laurie on the Friday Late Movies, and many people requested a turn for Stephen Fry. Glad to accommodate! However, if we had a clip from each of Fry's show biz phases, we might blow our bandwidth. Here are a selected few, for your enjoyment. You can get more by following Fry's blog.

The Cellar Tapes

The Cellar Tapes was s TV version of the live show by the Cambridge Footlights Revue, starring a rather young Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and their friends from Cambridge University. Recorded in 1982.
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The Bell Dance

A routine from the TV series Alfresco, starring Fry and the usual suspects.
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The Silver Dick

Fry and Laurie give a fake award to John Cleese as part of The Secret Policeman's Ball in 1987.
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Who Wrote Ben Hur?

Fry gets a bit huffy about Ben Hur on the comedy quiz show QI, which he hosts.
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The Joys of Swearing

A segment from a celebration of Fry's 50th birthday. Contains swearing.
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Talking About America

On The Craig Ferguson Show a couple of years ago.
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Auburn vs. Alabama

Stephen Fry investigates that strange cultural phenomenon known as American College Football.
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Shagged by a Rare Parrot

Stephen Fry gives Mark Carardine a hard time after the Kakapo parrot attempts to mate with the zoologist. From the BBC series Last Chance to See.
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Stephen Fry, National Treasure

Jonti Picking of Weebles Stuff made a animation paying tribute to Fry. This would be an awesome intro to a show starring Fry, wouldn't it?
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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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