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Indiana Jones first burst into movie theaters in 1981. This first outing saw Harrison Ford take on the role of Indiana Jones. Raiders of the Lost Ark also saw the return of the Ford and Lucas pairing. This duo had previously worked together on American Graffiti and Star Wars, A formula which proved very successful, with the film going on to win 4 Oscars at the 1982 Ceremony. You don’t need much better advertising than that! Archaeologists might not have the best reputation, and you wouldn’t have been alone in wondering what Lucasfilm was up to, But Indie wasn’t just any old archaeologist. He was an adventurer. This first adventure saw Jones seeking out The Ark of the Covenant in the hope of saving mankind.

With gross taking in excess of $242 million and an armful of awards, Lucasfilm was keen to bring Indie back. In 1984 that’s just what they did, with the release of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. This time the eager adventurer found himself in search of a mystical stone, with things getting even more mysterious after the discovery of a cult. The trilogy completed in 1989 with the aptly named Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But in 2008, seeking comfort in the arms of a sure-fire win, Lucasfilm brought Indiana Jones back to the big screen. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull did get some tough feedback, included a Razzie win. But it still drew in gross profits of over $317 million. Now it seems that Disney, having taken over the franchise, are looking to cash in once more.

So, when can we see Indiana Jones again?

Disney was due to release the 5th installment of the Indiana Jones franchise in July 2019, but things have changed. With other big budget blockbusters to create including a live action version of The Lion King, Indie has had to take a back seat. He is now due to hit theaters in October 2020. Very little is known as yet about the story or cast of this next outing. Spielberg is back as director and, of course, Harrison Ford is back in the central role. Aside from that we are still left guessing. Could we even be set for a return from Karen Allen?

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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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