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Created by Chris Carter, The X-Files first hit our TV screens back in 1993 and originally ran until 2002. Following in the footsteps of 2 FBI agents, this drama gave viewers an insight into the lives of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This was an interesting pairing, with Mulder convinced that the truth was out there. Meanwhile Scully was constantly skepitcal of the strange occurrences that the pair witnessed. Their opposing ideals made for a love hate relationship, which added an extra dimension to the show. Throughout the show’s 9 year run it won 5 Golden Globes, with Anderson and Duchovny both taking home awards in 1998.

What can we expect from the new series?

In 2016, after 14 years in the darkness, The X-files finally returned to our screens, an event that incited delight in the show’s devoted fans. But the excitement was short lived, with a mere 6 episode run. With fans left wanting more, it has now been announced that Mulder and Scully will return for an 11th season. This time the duo will appear in 10 episodes, with shooting due to commence this summer. But you’ll have to wait until the 2017-2018 season to see what cases Mulder and Scully will be taxed with next. The 10th season received mixed reviews with some feeling that, much like the X-files themselves, the show should have been shelved. But 20th Century Fox clearly believe. Duchovny, Anderson and Carter are also all back on board, but what mischief will they get into this time around?

Can The X-Files stand up to modern science fiction?

Science fiction and fantasy have come a long way since the 90’s. Not just in terms of the big budget blockbusters, but TV too. Shows such as Daredevil and Game of Thrones have really upped the ante, with breath-taking cinematography and even more startling budgets. So, can a predominantly script-driven drama really make it in the modern TV market? Ratings across the large season went from an initial peak of over 16 million viewers to a low of 7 million. Does this show the modern viewers need for something more fantastical? Or, have the viewers merely lost sight of the importance of a strong script? With The X-Files taking on the likes of The Waking Dead and Fargo this year, we’ll just have to let the viewers decide.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Fallout Season 2 has been confirmed as the show continues to captivate audiences, making it one of Amazon’s most-watched series

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Amazon has just made the exciting announcement that a second season of the highly acclaimed Fallout TV adaptation is in the works. Fans can look forward to another thrilling installment of the series, which will be exclusively available on the Amazon Prime streaming service. Confirmation has arrived regarding the second batch of episodes for the series, following the acquisition of $25 million in Californian tax credits.

In just four days after its release, Fallout has already captivated audiences, quickly becoming one of Amazon Prime’s most-watched TV shows of all time. It has garnered immense popularity, rivaling even the acclaimed season of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.

The Fallout TV show has caused a massive surge in sales for the newer games, resulting in a staggering 7,500% increase in purchases of Fallout 4 in Europe. Fallout 76, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas were also among the top 10 best-selling games across the continent last week. Next week, the highly anticipated PS5 version of Fallout 4 will be released, offering players an enhanced visual experience with new graphical modes. Additionally, players can look forward to exciting new content from the Creation Club.

Considering the potential for character development and narrative arcs, it would be intriguing to see where season two takes Lucy, Maximus, and The Ghoul. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s exciting to speculate on the possible directions their stories could go. We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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