This New App Can Believably Insert Nic Cage Into Any Movie Ever Made

Nick Cage DeepFakes, YouTube
Nick Cage DeepFakes, YouTube

Film criticism is a highly subjective art form, but not many people will argue against the idea that any movie featuring Nicolas Cage is better for it. What if we were no longer burdened by the often-impenetrable logic of Cage and his managers choosing projects like The Wicker Man remake? What if we could recast Cage in movies made before he was even born?

These are heavy existential questions—and ones best handled by the Reddit community. Recently, The A.V. Club reported on a subreddit devoted to software that can map faces onto existing motion footage. This kind of “deep learning” technology makes it possible to alter video by grafting semi-believable features on actors already in the frame.

In a compilation posted to YouTube, you can see how this works. Here’s Cage “appearing” as Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Lois Lane:

Some clips are more polished than others. Cage is surprisingly well-rendered as Lois in Man of Steel, though Cage laid over John Travolta (who is playing Cage in Face-Off) looks like digitized Claymation.

Naturally, the software’s users haven’t restricted themselves to pursuing an all-Cage media landscape. There are already adult videos being treated with the technology to make it appear as though celebrities are engaged in explicit and provocative behavior, a potential legal and moral minefield that will likely grow as the technology improves.

Compared to that, inserting Cage into The Godfather (directed by his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola) or producing an all-Cage version of Pitch Perfect seems like a relatively tame pursuit. But Reddit will have to work overtime to meet the real actor’s pace. Cage appeared in five films in 2016, another five in 2017, and already has five films (and counting) set to be released in 2018.

[h/t IndieWire]

Fans Think the Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Hints at Iron Man's Death

© 2018 - Marvel Studios
© 2018 - Marvel Studios

Marvel fans are seriously concerned for Iron Man. While Tony Stark is one of the few Avengers we know survived Thanos's snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to imply that the sarcasm-prone superhero might not make it out of Avengers: Endgame alive.

The detail in question comes from the first Far From Home movie trailer, which features Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) carrying a large check from the Stark Relief Foundation.

The panic regarding Stark’s fate is over the signature on the check—which belongs to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), the co-founder of the foundation. Fans became concerned when they saw that Stark hadn’t signed the check, with many jumping to the conclusion that Stark wasn’t able to sign the check himself because he had died at some point during the events of Avengers: Endgame. While it’s not confirmed whether Far From Home happens after Infinity War or Endgame, fans aren't willing to take any chances.

A few in-the-know viewers pointed out that a relief foundation is not the same as a memorial foundation, and that the organization was most likely set up for Stark industries, not for a deceased Tony Stark. As Potts was named the CEO of Stark Industries in Iron Man 2, it would make sense that she is the one signing the checks. These are valid points, but anxious MCU fans won't rest easy until they know that Stark is alive and well.

While Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn't arrive in theaters until July 5, 2019, Marvel fans will get the answers to at least some of their key questions when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.

New Game of Thrones Teaser Might Hint at Jon Snow's Fate

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HBO

The latest Game of Thrones teaser was released on Sunday evening and fans are still finding new details to theorize about. The 90-second promo, which features Jon Snow and Sansa and Arya Stark, doesn't give much away, but one tiny detail has got people talking.

Fans were quick to notice that when Sansa, Arya, and Jon approach the statues that appear to be designed for them in the Crypts of Winterfell, Jon's looks particularly different. While Sansa and Arya's likenesses mimic what they currently look like, Jon's looks more mature, as if he's a much older man. While it may be a meaningless detail to some viewers, for others it seems to be pretty convincing proof that Jon will make it out of the final season alive, while his "sisters" may not be so lucky.

But would the creators of Game of Thrones—who have managed to keep seemingly all of the series' biggest secrets under wraps for going on eight seasons now—really drop that big a spoiler so far ahead of the final season's premiere date? Not everyone is convinced.

"I think people read into things too much," Redditor AprilUofA wrote. "I think them finding the statues in the crypt just symbolizes the fact that all three are going to be facing death next season. Jon's statue just looks 'older' because of his usual broody expression."

Another Redditor, Fried_Cthulhumari, attributed Jon's more mature look to his famously long locks. "It is notoriously hard to depict hair in sculptures," he wrote. "This is why ancient statues often had stylized hair or beards, and even when the hair is sculpted correctly, it tends to obscure the age or likeness the artist intended."

Whether the statue is a hint that Jon will prevail or just an imperfect likeness, we'll have to wait until Game of Thrones returns on April 14, 2019 to learn more.

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