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Zack Snyder: A Positive Impact on the Film Industry

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As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, Zack Snyder is going through some family issues. His daughter Autumn committed suicide back in March and he was trying to deal with this pain by continuing to work on his upcoming film, Justice League. However, he announced last week he would be stepping down to be with his family. Many of the news stories I’ve seen written about the subject focus more on The Avengers director Joss Whedon taking over work on Justice League or the negative impact of Autumn’s death so I thought I’d try to keep this positive. This isn’t so much a news story but a celebration of what this man has achieved in only 13 years as a director in the industry.

Zack Snyder’s directorial debut was a remake of Dawn of the Dead back in 2004. The original film is a beloved cult classic so the very fact that remaking it was the first thing Snyder tackled is impressive by itself. What is more impressive is that the film did quite well. It’s currently sitting at a 75%, “fresh” approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The general consensus being that it was “A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero’s horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.” The film also grossed $59 million domestically and over $102 million worldwide.

Snyder proved to be great at creating faithful adaptations from other mediums as well. In 2007, Snyder released his film adaptation of the 300 comic book series by Frank Miller. While critics were mixed on the overall film, it was praised both for its stylized action and its faithful recreation of the imagery and scenes from the comic. Another film in which Snyder did the same was Watchmen, released in 2009. Based on the comic of the same name, Snyder managed to do twice as well as 300 commercially and seriously impressed fans of the comic with how accurate the adaptation was.

Since then, Snyder has made a few stand-alone films and sequels here or there but he really came into the public eye with his work on the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). He has directed Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and most of the upcoming Justice League. He was also heavily involved in production for Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman and is attached for various credits in the upcoming Aquaman, The Flash, Justice League sequel, and Gotham City Sirens. Most of the films in this series that have been released have had very mixed reviews, but it’s still very impressive how involved he’s been in the process. I’m personally not a big fan of the DCEU, but I can definitely appreciate the passion Snyder has for DC Comics and the competition it serves for Marvel Studios in keeping their films fresh and entertaining.

While only a director for a short time, Zack Snyder has made his mark on the industry. He’s proven he can be an excellent director with great respect for the material he works with and a very uncommon and inspiring drive. What he and his family are going through right now is horrible. I encourage everyone to keep the conversation positive and be as welcoming as possible when he decides to return to directing. My best wishes are with the Snyder family and Autumn’s mother, Denise Weber.

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In the TV show Fallout, would the “rule of thumb” really work?

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Walton Goggins’ character, who plays someone in the first episode of the new TV series Fallout on Amazon, mentions a “rule of thumb” when it comes to nuclear explosions.

According to the character known as “The Ghoul,” he learned in military school that if you raise your thumb and extend your arm toward the blast, you can tell if you are going to live or die. According to the rule, some Americans will be safe from the radioactive fallout if the mushroom cloud is smaller than their thumb. If the mushroom cloud is bigger than their thumb, they won’t be as lucky.

Many other survivors will probably ask you why you’re giving a mushroom cloud the big thumbs up. Is it worth it?

The idea has been looked into a bit thanks to the Fallout video game series, which caught the attention of physicists in their first year at the University of Leicester. They had heard a false rumor that the show’s mascot, Vault Boy, was giving a happy thumbs up to show support for the thumb rule. They wanted to find out if the rule was true.

The team looked at smaller blasts that would fit with the setting of the show and chose a 15-kiloton blast, which is the same size as the blast that happened when the US dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. The first thing the team did was figure out how far away you would have to be from the mushroom cloud for your thumb to cover the blast. They came up with a number that was about 12.6 kilometers (7.8 miles).

“Assuming the detonation occurred on the ground, the radius for avoiding all burns is 4.67 km [2.9 miles] away from the blast center, and the radius for radiation sickness symptoms is 1.56 km [0.97 miles],” the team said in their paper. “This would mean that you would be safe from the initial blast effects of radiation and burns.”

Even though you just saw a nuclear explosion nearby, that doesn’t mean you are safe. And that’s before you worry about nuclear winter. The radiation coming at you from the wind should be your main concern.

“Assuming an average wind speed of 24 km/h, the fallout would reach you within approximately half an hour if you were to be standing directly upwind.”

Getting caught in this wind will give you enough rads to make you sick. One more rule, though: run like hell. This might help you lower your dose.

“This investigation showed that if a 15-kiloton nuclear bomb was to detonate and your thumb extended at an arm’s length just covered the blast, you could survive most negative radiation effects by running laterally in the direction of the wind for a minimum of 1.65 km [1 mile] in half an hour, given that you are standing directly upwind from the blast,” the team said.

But this only works for a blast much smaller than the weapons the world has now. And even for smaller blasts, the rule probably won’t help because of the radiation that is released into the air and the fact that the wind can change quickly. Ruth McBurney, who is the executive director of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors in Frankfort, Kentucky, told Inverse that “shelter is the best thing to do if you think you might be in a place where fallout might be present or coming.”

More plans call for temporarily taking refuge in whatever is available, and then moving to better nearby shelters about 30 minutes after the blast. There are, of course, official rules about what to do during a blast. In short, you should stay inside and away from windows, wash your hands, and wait for more instructions. Please don’t condition your hair while you’re doing that.

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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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