Indie film's 'very brief' use of AI sparks backlash and calls for boycotts

Did the creators of a new horror movie make a deal with the artificial intelligence devil?

Screenwriter striking against use of AI in cinema
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For a movie that takes painstaking care to recreate the vibe and aesthetics of 1970s television, the firestorm engulfing the newly released indie horror film "Late Night with the Devil" is a thoroughly modern one. Co-written and directed by brothers Cameron and Colin Cairnes, the film's depiction of a talk show taping gone supernaturally wrong had earned rave reviews after screening during last year's SXSW festival. But since its wider debut this month, many viewers and critics have focused less on the film's practical effects and chilling narrative than its use of artificial intelligence-generated images during key moments of the story.  

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