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Good news: We didn’t kill the woolly mammoths / “Dune 2” is confirmed / Only one Roman emperor out of 4 died of natural causes, in accordance with the Pareto Principle – Essential

“Dune 2” is as confirmed. Ann Sarnoff, CEO of WarnerMedia Studios, hinted that although the second part for the film directed by Denis Villeneuve has not yet received the green light, it is definitely on its way. “We will have a sequel for Dune? If you watch the movie you will see how it ends. I think you know the answer to the question, “she said in an extensive interview with Deadline this week.

Although the news is not exactly new, Villeneuve also reported in the month for Vanity Fair magazine that he would not have agreed to direct Dune if it doesn’t have two parts (and the movie really starts with the title Dune: Part 1), this is the first confirmation from an official of Warner Bros., the studio that produced the film, in this regard.

The feature film, which appeared yesterday in Romanian cinemas, simultaneously with those in North America, was applauded for 8 minutes at the Venice International Film Festival, where it was presented for the first time, and currently has a rating of 8.3 on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator, just like on IMDB.

Dune has already made a promising debut, grossing $ 36.8 million in the countries where it was launched before its official launch in the United States on Friday. If Warner Bros. officials they were waiting to see how the film was received before making an official announcement about the second part, things look promising. In fact, Villeneuve recently said that he is ready to start filming for Dune 2 next year.


Dune appeared on cinemas in Romania on Friday (PHOTO: WarnerMedia / Legendary Pictures)

“History of the World” will have a second part after 4 decades. American actor and director Mel Brooks will write and be the executive producer of a sequel for History of the World: Part I, the anthological comedy released in 1981 that became a cult film over the last 40 years. Moreover, the second part will come in the form of a series, Hulu already ordering 8 episodes.

Disney’s Searchlight Pictures studio and 20th Television will produce the series, and filming is expected to begin next year. It has not yet been announced the cast or who will direct the series, but Brooks says that “I can’t wait to tell you the real truth again about all the donuts that people have been fooled into believing are historical.”

History of the World: Part I was released on June 12, 1981, but unfortunately for film, it hit theaters on the same day as Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and a week before Superman II. The comedy was overshadowed by the two feature films and was poorly received by critics, proving a considerable commercial disappointment for the 20th Century Fox studio, reports Variety.

The remastered edition of the GTA trilogy will be released in November – and the improvements are huge. The GTA trilogy, officially named Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, finally has a release date, ending months of speculation and rumors that the remastered edition doesn’t even exist.

Package that includes remastered versions of Grand Theft Auto 3 and his widely acclaimed successors, Vice City and San Andreas, will be released digitally internationally for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and Nintendo Switch on November 11, 2021, and will be sold in physical format for Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One , Nintendo Switch and PS4 starting December 7th.

Each game in the trilogy has been improved in Unreal Engine, and will feature, among other things, brand new lights, higher-resolution textures and redesigned controllers to be more in line with GTA 5. Specifically, the movements, camera and control of the targets have been modified to be more familiar to gamers who may not have caught the games when they were first released, writes Twinfinite.


GTA franchise is one of the most popular in the history of gaming (PHOTO: Rockstar Games)

Good news: we didn’t kill the woolly mammoths. According to a research project that lasted 10 years and whose conclusions were published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, the last extinction 4,000 years ago was not due to excessive hunting by humans. It seems that the culprit is the speed with which the climate has changed: too fast for these furry relatives of elephants.

The researchers analyzed DNA samples of plants and mammoths found at 535 different sites of permafrost and sediments of Arctic lakes, providing insight into the animal communities and the transformations the environment has undergone over the past 50,000 years.

Mammoths have survived for 5 million years, successfully going through several ice ages, and have lived with humans for 30,000 years, being hunted by our prehistoric ancestors for flesh, bone, fangs and fur. But it seems that in the end they were killed by the climate.

“The most recent ice age, the Pleistocene, ended 12,000 years ago when glaciers began to melt and mammoth herds dwindled. It was thought that mammals began to disappear then but what I actually discovered is that they survived in different regions of the Arctic during the Holocene, the period we live in now, for a much longer period than humans realized. science, ”says Dr. Yucheng Wang, a professor at Cambridge University and lead author of the study.

The data suggest that climate change has led to a change in precipitation, leading to the formation of lakes, rivers and swamps. The vegetation in the regions where the mammoths lived has also changed, as they have more and more difficulty finding food. This has led to a decrease in genetic diversity over time, which has made it even more difficult for them to survive.

According to the new model, humans had no impact on the final disappearance of mammoths. “We have finally managed to show that not only was climate change the problem, but that their speed was the last nail in the coffin – mammoths could not adapt quickly enough when the environment changed radically and their food became scarce,” explains Professor Eske Willerslev of Cambridge University, co-author of the study cited by IFL Science.


At least we are not responsible for the disappearance of mammoths (PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons)

Advanced discussions for a new series “The Sopranos”. David Chase, the creator The Soprano Clan, is in talks with HBO for a sequel to one of the most popular series in the history of American television. The information was also revealed by the CEO of WarnerMedia, Ann Sarnoff, in the interview he gave to the Deadline site this Thursday.

“We are talking to David about a new series about The Soprano Clan on HBO Max “, she announced, the decision probably having to do with success The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel feature film that tells the story of a young Tony Soprano. Although it has grossed just $ 11.4 million internationally in theaters since its October 1 release, the film has rekindled interest in the mob.

“See the Soprano Clan reappear in the top of the most watched series on HBO Max and already has a new life,” Sarnoff said, adding that “[The Many Saints of Newark] raised the franchise The Sopranos in a new way. You can’t just measure this at the box office. ”

The announcement comes after Chase recently signed a huge 5-year contract with WarnerMedia, to lead HBO, HBO Max and even Warner Bros. projects. Pictures, according to Collider.

Mel Gibson will play in “The Continental”. The American actor was chosen to star in the spin-off miniseries inspired by John Wick, the neo-noir film franchise starring Keanu Reeves. Although for years there has been talk of such a series revolving around the Continental hotel chain used by the killers in the John Wick feature films, Lionsgate officially confirmed in April that the project had received the green light.

Although it was recently announced that the miniseries will have only 3 episodes, each of them will have a budget that can compete with some movies, Mel Gibson will play a new character named Cormac. It seems that this will be one of the main roles, however The Continental will feature a young Winston Scott (Ian McShane plays an older version of him in the movies John Wick) in 1970s New York.

The decision to co-opt Gibson into the distribution of the miniseries has been criticized in the US on social media platforms, with some users recalling his controversial statements in the past. Gibson starred most recently in the film Boss Level, released earlier this year, while its last appearance on small screens was in 2008 in the documentary series Carrier, reports IGN.


Mel Gibson won an Oscar in 1995 for directing Braveheart (PHOTO: LMK / Landmark / Profimedia)

Only one Roman emperor out of 4 died of natural causes. Being the leader of one of the largest empires in the world might sound like a comfortable job, but according to a new study, Roman leaders had the most dangerous job in the world.

Of the 175 men who ruled the Roman Empire, only 24.8% died of natural causes, the rest being murdered, killed in battle or forced to commit suicide. Although it was no secret that many of those who ruled Rome died violently, new research published in the Royal Society Open Science also revealed that their fate was governed by the same mathematical principle that determines the severity of earthquakes.

“Although seemingly random, the power distributions of probabilities are found in many phenomena associated with complex systems, such as the size of craters on the moon, the magnitude of earthquakes, the frequency of words in texts, the market value of companies and even the number of followers. that someone has on social media “, says Francisco Rodrigues, one of the authors of the study conducted at the University of Sao Paolo.

The model to which the researcher refers is the so-called “Pareto Principle” or the 80/20 rule which states that for many events, about 80% of the effects are produced by 20% of the causes. For example, 80% of a company’s sales come from 20% of customers, 80% of a garden’s harvest comes from 20% of plants or, in the case of social media, 20% of accounts have 80% of followers.

As for the Roman emperors, the percentage of those who died violently is clearly disproportionate to those who died of natural causes. Among those who fell on the unfortunate side of this mathematical model are emperors like Claudius, poisoned by his wife Agrippina so that her son Nero could ascend the throne.

Nero in turn was famously overthrown and forced to commit suicide 15 years later. In contrast, a number of well-known Roman emperors, including Augustus, Vespasian, Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius, managed to stay on the other side of the Pareto Principle, dying out in more peaceful circumstances, IFL Science reports.


Nero was one of the most unpopular Roman emperors (PHOTO: Flickr)

Ah, and Sony released a this week new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the next title in the franchise Ghostbusters. The film will tell the story of a single mother and her two children who, after arriving in a small town, begin to discover their connections with the original ghost hunters and the secret left behind by their grandfather. The feature film will hit theaters on November 18, according to HeyUGuys.

PS: I guess you’ve already seen that the Indiana Jones V launch has been postponed to 2023, right?

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TAMMY SEWELL

Tammy Sewell is our Writer and Social at OICanadian.com. Tammy loves sports, she writes our celebrities news. She spends time browsing through several celebs news sources as well the Instagram. Email: Tammy@oicanadian.com Phone: +1 513-209-1700

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