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The Last Of Us on HBO Eventually Provides an Explanation of How the Pandemic Began

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The Last of Us does somewhat depart from the game in a few instances, such the addition of additional characters not present in the original.

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Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann are the creators of the HBO post-apocalyptic drama television series The Last of Us. A smuggler named Joel (Pedro Pascal) is charged with escorting the adolescent Ellie (Bella Ramsey) across a post-apocalyptic United States in this television series, which is based on the 2013 video game created by Naughty Dog.

Gabriel Luna plays Tommy, the younger brother of Joel, Merle Dandridge portrays Marlene, the resistance’s commander, and Anna Torv plays Tess, Joel’s smuggler companion.

In HBO’s The Last of Us, the fungus is not spread via bites but rather through touch with one of the tendrils in an effort by the showrunners to root the adaptation in reality.

A genuine fungus called Cordyceps invades insects’ bodies to feed and breed, leading the host to look for a humid microenvironment that fosters ideal fungal conditions.

The game never explicitly explains how the sickness was able to spread across species and cause an apocalypse, but merging the plots of the game with the program yields a clearer understanding.

Alberta served as the location for The Last of Us, which was reportedly the biggest television production in Canadian history, from July 2021 to June 2022. Produced jointly by Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, the Mighty Mint, and Word Games, it is the first HBO show based on a video game.

The first season has nine episodes that were co-written by Mazin and Druckmann, who also authored and co-directed the original game. David Fleming and Gustavo Santaolalla, who also wrote the game’s music, created the score.

Watch the Full Trailer here:

Their take on the pandemic

A scientist is interviewed at the beginning of the program who posits a theory on how a strain of the Cordyceps fungus may change, even if we do get a sense of how the illness spread so destructively.

When you are Sarah in The Last of Us, you can find a copy of the Texas Herald, the neighborhood paper, with a top page article on the epidemic.

The headline says, “Admittance increases at region hospitals! 300% increase attributed to unexplained sickness,” and the body of the article speculates that the infection may have originated in South America and spread there via imported crops.

Following that, it only takes a few months for 60% of people to die or contract this new lethal Cordyceps strain, with patients turning violent in an effort to transmit the illness at any cost to the host.

The program goes back in time to 2003, therefore even though the game’s opening scenes take place in 2013, the time jump places Joel and Ellie’s first meeting in 2023.

Interestingly, stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey took their time getting to know one another. The first time they met was during preproduction, and Ramsey described it as “very quick and meaningful.”

We bonded, yet we were wary of one another due to the importance of our connection. We became acquainted with one another as Joel and Ellie did.

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For About $200 Million, Justin Bieber Has Just Sold His Whole Music Catalog

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The whole music collection of Justin Bieber was auctioned for USD $200 million. According to Rolling Stone, the pop artist gave the Hipgnosis Songs Fund the rights to his songs. The sizable agreement covers 290 of his works that will be released by December 21, 2021. Therefore, the British investment and song management firm owns all of those beloved classics, such as “Baby,” “Love Me”, and even “Boyfriend”!

Leaving a Legacy

With this agreement, Hipgnosis has acquired a 100% interest in the publishing rights and the artist’s portion of the income from the 28-year-master old’s recordings, which are still owned by Universal Music Group. Additionally, they are entitled to neighboring rights, which apply to any public performances of his music. Following the announcement of the contract, Scooter Braun, Bieber’s longtime manager, said through CNN:  “Justin is truly a once in a generation artist and that is reflected and acknowledged by the magnitude of this deal. For 15 years I have been grateful to witness this journey and today I am happy for all those involved. Justin’s greatness is just beginning.”

From a Business Perspective

Bieber joins a lengthy line of musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Motley Crue, Sting, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have lately sold their libraries. Bieber is the biggest musician traded for in his generation, surpassing Springsteen, whose catalog was sold for an estimated $550 million. If you have something that’s popular, everyone wants to get in on it, according to Cynthia Katz of the legal firm Fox Rothschild, which has handled infamous deals like the sale of Motley Crue to BMG.

Taylor Swift, meanwhile, has chosen a totally different path. In 2019, after Big Machine Records, unknowing to her, sold her masters to her adversary Scooter Braun, the singer fought valiantly to regain creative control, even re-recording six of her first studio albums. She admitted that she made an attempt to repurchase them before the agreement with Braun was signed. Of course, not every singer is in to doing all the same the others do, but there lies the greatness of it all as money is always a powerful tool. A strategic move for singers, but it would be up to them to handle it all and prove their business prowess too!

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Sebastian Stan Says He’s Interested in Being Luke Skywalker One Day

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Sebastian Stan, who is most known for playing Bucky Barnes, or the Winter Soldier, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has developed a bit of a reputation in recent years for being essentially a perfect clone of a young Luke Skywalker. When you compare the two side by side, their similarities are startling. Mark Hamill himself has chimed in on the topic in the past, suggesting that Stan could easily be his kid.

What Could Be

So it seems sense that there has been constant pressure for Stan to portray a young Luke Skywalker at some time in the future. Face swaps, alterations, and fan art abound, making it obvious that the actor is well aware of how much the fans want to see him in the part. The higher-ups at Disney must have have seen the demand by this point, and fans have been really keen on showing the many possibilities on what can happen.

All The Possibilities

It was brought up in a recent interview with Esquire whether or not we may ever see our dreams come true, and he is technically not saying no:  “Look, it’s really kind. Never say never. Mark Hamill is my father, you know, and he knows that, and I call him every Christmas to tell him, ‘just want you to know I’m around,’” he stated.

Thanks to technology, Hamill was still able to appear in The Mandalorian as a younger version of Skywalker, but there’s only so much that can be done without it seeming completely ludicrous, so it’s by no means a long-term fix. We’ll have to keep to the face swaps for the time being since there are obviously no current formal intentions to cast Stan in the part, or at least none that can be disclosed at this point.

This isn’t the first time Stan has responded to the demand; in a Good Morning America interview from last March, given to promote The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he was asked if it was possible that the request would be granted. He replied, “If Mark Hamill calls me personally to tell me that he feels inclined to share this role with me then I’ll believe it,” when asked if it was possible.

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Usain Bolt Gets Scammed and Ends Up Losing Almost $12 Million

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Usain Bolt’s attorneys claim that the Olympic champion lost about $12 million from an account that was supposed to help him pay for his retirement. The 36-year-old had deposited the cash in a Stocks and Securities Ltd. account in Kingston, but on January 18, his attorney asserted that only approximately $12,000 remained of the millions that had been there. According to Linton P. Gordon, Bolt’s life savings were in the account, but since the money vanished, regulators have not gotten in touch with either him or Bolt.

A Huge Surprise

The day before Gordon revealed the money had vanished, the Jamaican Financial Services Commission announced that, in response to concerns of fraud claims, it had appointed its own temporary manager to the investment firm. A copy of the letter Gordon wrote Stocks & Securities Limited on January 16 demanding the money be returned within 10 days or the company will face civil and criminal action was made available to the Associated Press by Gordon.

Quite the Odd Occurrence

As the Jamaican Financial Services Commission continues to look into the company, Stocks & Securities Limited requests on its website that customers direct any questions to the commission. Earlier this month, Stocks & Securities Limited disclosed that it had learned of the alleged scam and stated that several of its clients may be missing millions of dollars. Nigel Clarke, the finance minister for Jamaica, noted that although the situation was concerning, it was also quite exceptional.

NIgel Clarke had then stated: “It is tempting to doubt our financial institutions, but I would ask that we don’t paint an entire hard working industry with the brush of a few very dishonest individuals.”  While the Financial Services Commission conducts its investigation, the company is permitted to continue operations, but all transactions require government authorization. After setting world records in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4×100-meter relay events, Bolt ended his athletic career in 2017.

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