SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS TAPS HASBRO AS GLOBAL MASTER TOY LICENSEE FOR GHOSTBUSTERS™

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SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS TAPS HASBRO AS GLOBAL MASTER TOY LICENSEE FOR GHOSTBUSTERS™ New Product Line Launches in 2020 PAWTUCKET, R.I. AND LOS ANGELES – AUG. 21, 2019 – Today, Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, has been named the master toy licensee for Ghostbusters worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Hasbro will create a wide variety of toys inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties globally designed to appeal to both fans of the original franchise, and a new generation of Ghostbusters around the world. Hasbro’s Ghostbusters line will be available in 2020, aligning with the promotion of the highly anticipated new Ghostbusters movie that is slated for Summer 2020 in the U.S. The upcoming product line marks a return to the Ghostbusters franchise by Hasbro. From 1986 to 1991, Kenner, which is now part of Hasbro, created and marketed The Real Ghostbusters toy line, with many of the original developers from Kenner still working with Hasbro. More recently, Hasbro collaborated with Sony Pictures to create the Transformers Generations Collaborative: Ghostbusters Mash-Up Ecto-1 Ectotron which is currently available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop and HasbroPulse.com.  Additionally, a Transformers / Ghostbusters crossover comic series is now available from IDW. These collaborations honor both brands’ 35th anniversaries this year. “Ghostbusters is an iconic and beloved franchise and we are excited and honored to return to the brand as the global master toy licensee and bring new product to the next generation of fans,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President, Hasbro. “Drawing on Hasbro’s proprietary insights and culture of innovation, we are working closely with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to create a dynamic new toy line that we can’t wait to share with fans around the world.” “As we build up to release our new Ghostbusters film next year, it was a natural choice to work with Hasbro to develop an all-new line of toys that not only celebrates the new film but also brings us back to the roots of the original film and toy line,” said Jamie St

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SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS TAPS HASBRO AS

GLOBAL MASTER TOY LICENSEE FOR GHOSTBUSTERS™

New Product Line Launches in 2020

PAWTUCKET, R.I. AND LOS ANGELES – AUG. 21, 2019 – Today, Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, has been named the master toy licensee for Ghostbusters worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Hasbro will create a wide variety of toys inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties globally designed to appeal to both fans of the original franchise, and a new generation of Ghostbusters around the world. Hasbro’s Ghostbusters line will be available in 2020, aligning with the promotion of the highly anticipated new Ghostbusters movie that is slated for Summer 2020 in the U.S.

The upcoming product line marks a return to the Ghostbusters franchise by Hasbro. From 1986 to 1991, Kenner, which is now part of Hasbro, created and marketed The Real Ghostbusters toy line, with many of the original developers from Kenner still working with Hasbro. More recently, Hasbro collaborated with Sony Pictures to create the Transformers Generations Collaborative: Ghostbusters Mash-Up Ecto-1 Ectotron which is currently available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop and HasbroPulse.com. Additionally, a Transformers / Ghostbusters crossover comic series is now available from IDW. These collaborations honor both brands’ 35th anniversaries this year.

“Ghostbusters is an iconic and beloved franchise and we are excited and honored to return to the brand as the global master toy licensee and bring new product to the next generation of fans,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President, Hasbro. “Drawing on Hasbro’s proprietary insights and culture of innovation, we are working closely with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to create a dynamic new toy line that we can’t wait to share with fans around the world.”

“As we build up to release our new Ghostbusters film next year, it was a natural choice to work with Hasbro to develop an all-new line of toys that not only celebrates the new film but also brings us back to the roots of the original film and toy line,” said Jamie Stevens, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Consumer Products. “Hasbro has a proven track record of working with well-known IP to make a variety of high-quality toys and figures that appeal to people of all ages and we are excited to leverage this expertise to bring new product experiences to Ghostbusters fans around the world.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Arrives on Nintendo Switch

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Out Now 

It’s Time to Duel in this Nintendo Switch Exclusive for $39.99

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – August 20, 2019 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced its newest title, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, is now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch™. The most comprehensive Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) in franchise history is available now in stores and through the Nintendo eShop at SRP $39.99.

Exclusive to the physical retail version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, Duelists will unpack three brand-new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards: the Link Monster, Progleo, along with the Cyberse Monster Micro Coderand the Spell Card Cynet Codec

Based on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution allows Duelists to construct their own Decks from a selection of more than 9,000 cards, the most in any Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG video game. Creating a tailored experience for Duelists of all experience levels and those who are familiar with the six animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series, the game provides the opportunity to relive more than 20 years of Yu-Gi-Oh! history, in addition to tapping into some of the most memorable storylines from the shows.

Duelists can visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution web page for full retail information: https://www.konami.com/yugioh/lotd_le/us/en/.

Additional key features in Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution include:

  • Challenge other players with local-play or Nintendo Online
  • The addition of Link Monster cards not only change the way seasoned Duelists play their cards, but where they play them
  • Take on the roles of the animated series villains with Reverse Duels
  • Compete in Battle Pack Sealed Pack and Draft play
  • Includes all previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist content

The Yu-Gi-Oh! series is based on the manga Yu-Gi-Oh! (by Kazuki Takahashi), which was serialized in SHUEISHA Inc.’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1996 and is now on the sixth iteration of the “Yu-Gi-Oh!” animated series (currently airing on TV Tokyo-affiliated channels). KONAMI released the first console game in 1998, and the series, including the trading card game, is still enjoyed by countless customers worldwide. KONAMI continues to develop and distribute a wide range of Yu-Gi-Oh! content to deliver the fun and excitement of the series to customers around the globe.

About Konami Group

Konami Group was established in 1973, starting as an amusement machine manufacturer for arcades. Over the years, the company has grown to include different business units across various markets. Currently, KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION includes the Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Gaming & Systems, and Sports Businesses. The company went public on the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1984, the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. For more information, visit: www.konami.com/en.

About Konami Digital Entertainment

Konami Digital Entertainment, which is the core company of Konami Group, develops entertaining content for mobile, console and card games. The company is known for global franchises such as PES, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, as well as the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game series. www.konami.com/games/corporate/en/

Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 10 “210 Words Per Minute” Recap

Austin Amelio as Dwight, Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

This week’s episode of Fear is another task mission for Morgan and he brings along Dwight, and Grace. Their adventure also leads to them getting seperated, a new romance building, memories of the past, and a toy car. After all that happened on their last mission, you begin to question yourself if it was even worth it. Here is my review and recap of “210 Words Per Minute”.

The episode begins as a shot of a bird going to its nest with a voice over happening over it. It is Charles and he said that he seen the videos at the gas station and he wants Morgan to go to his location and put him down due to him getting bit. He also says that he has a red jacket on. He also says that there is a lot of things at the place that he is in for them to take. Dwight is banging on the door to attract the walker to it and Dwight used his hatched to draw the walker to the wooden part of the door and he repeadly bashed its head to the door. After that, Dwight opens the door and Morgan and Grace enters as well. Dwight and Morgan also wants to know if it is enough to take back as well. Grace and Morgan examines one of the rooms and Grace found a note along with an old iPod. Morgan thinks that he tied himself up and turned and broke lose. Grace also tells Morgan that her blood sugar is low and Grace calls jelly beans “candied beanses”. Before they could continue their conversation about that, Dwight calls for them both to see the walkers below them. They all think that Charles might be with those walkers. Grace then passesd out.

Salazar notices the bullet shells and tells Tess to get back in the car. Back to Morgan as he wakes up Grace as they both made a joke about Grace calling jelly beans “candied beanses”. Morgan asked if her passing out had anything to do with the radiation and she thinks that it might be the beginning of the effects of it. Dwight turns on the radio to hear Salazar’s radio and he also thinks that it is a signal that Logan is very close. They come up with a plan to try to avoid Logan and Dwight gets water for Grace. Dwight and Morgan talk about the oilfield and brings up that he was on the wrong side of taking what people need before and Morgan assures Dwight that he has faith in him as he believes that they are not doing careful, but doing right as well. Dwight then proceeded to radio Salazar to tell him that he is heading south.

Austin Amelio as Dwight, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Karen David as Grace – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Grace listens to the audio book on the iPod as she also looks down at the walkers. When she was about to go below to take the walkers out, Morgan stops her from doing it. Grace begins her talk about her believing that it is the beginning of the end for her and she then wants him to take her to the generator. Dwight stops on the road to take a leak and then, someone points a gun to the back of his head. Dwight asks if he was part of Logan’s group and the person says that he is. Dwight also tells him that he was hoping that he was looking for him and after the guy knocks Dwight out, he told him that he was right. Back to Grace and Morgan as Morgan uses a remote controlled car with ice cream scoops attached to it to lure the walkers away so that they can get to the generator. This worked for a short time until a walker stepped over the car. Grace noticed that one of the walkers has on a red jacket and we are lead to assume that it is Charlie. Grace took down the walker as Morgan calls her and they go to a fitness store and lock themselves up as the walkers are now outside of the store trying to get in.

Later that night, the person that kidnapped Dwight begun to interrogate him. After he hits him with the gun, Dwight told him to look at his face and see what he went through. Dwight assures him that his group will find him. The person leaves the truck and closed it as Dwight is still in there. After that, Morgan and Grace talk while they are eating the protien bars and drinking the shake. They both talk about their past as Grace loves horses and once rode a white mustang. Morgan asks her about taking the ultra sound and grace thinks that it might be cancer, but they will find out soon. Grace then asks Morgan about his son and tells him that she has not seen him smile before. She also seen his tape and wants to help him with his problem and Morgan replies with “this problem cannot be fixed within a day”. The glass of the store is about to break through as walkers are about to pour in.

Back to Dwight and Logan’s lieutenant as they have a conversation about Logan wanting the gas. He then begins to go through Dwight’s belongings and proceeds to burn one of Sherry’s letters and threatened that he would kep doing it if he did not give him information. As a walker approached him, he shot the walker down and that was the only chance Dwight had to try to fight back and he did. Dwight now has possession of the gun and was about to shoot him, but he knocked him out instead. Morgan and Grace are in the hallway and Morgan told her to turn off her headlight. Morgan killed some walkers in the dark, but one almost got him and Grace saved him by killing that one walker. They found the generator and Morgan tells Grace that he got his son the toy car becayse of his son getting good grades in school. He also goes over the memories of his first date with his wife too. Morgan asks Grace if she had somebody as well, but she did not besides one person that she worked with at the plant. They got the generator to turn on and that caused the alarm to go off and that made the walkers to go towards the sound. Grace and Morgan begin to clear the walkers and there was a cool sequence on the escalator where Morgan had a close call with a walker while he was laying down. They took down more walkers they were coming up the escalator and Morgan realized that they need to do something to block them from approaching. Grace then reversed the escalator and Morgan was about to fall into the direction of the walkers but luckily, Grace saved him. They both enter one of the rooms to see that Charlie is outside and still alive.

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Austin Amelio as Dwight, Karen David as Grace – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Dwight tells Logan’s lieutenant to leave as he exiled him the same way Daryl did to him in season 8 of The Walking Dead. Morgan and Grace finally found Chuck as he wanted to see the stars before he dies and Grace turns on a projector that has stars. In the morning, they bury him and Morgan wants her to check the ultrasound and Grace told him that she does not want to know if she is dying. They then both go on the merry-go-round after that. Dwight, Salazar, and Tess and the rest meet up and Dwight tells Morgan what happened to him the previous night. Salazar then gives Dwight a much needed haircut and shave (This must explain why he had a haircut when I interviewed him a few months ago). Grace shows him protien bars and Morgan and Her talked about why they needed to seperate again for a while. The episode ends as Morgan seems to regret leaving her and I think that these two might be falling for eachother.

Although this was another solid episode, there were head puzzling moments that made me shake my head. The dialouge between Morgan and Grace was very choppy during the first half of the episode, but it got better as the episode went along. Also, who thought that it was a good idea for Morgan to tell Grace to turn off a light in the same room where walkers are in. That was ridicilous storytelling for that moment. I also loved that Dwight exiled Logan’s Lieutenant the same way that Daryl did to him and the fact that he is still haunted by his past really shows how far he has come. I also loved the escalator sequence as well as that scene bought out the suspense in me. Morgan and Grace bonding in that fitness store was also a great scene too and maybe these two will be together by the end of the season. Who knows?

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 9 “Channel 4” Recap

Fear The Walking Dead returned tonight with an episode that will be remembered for many reasons. It is one of those episodes that makes you question the production choices similar to that one episode where it was in the spannish language during the entire episode and I remember that episode being a good episode. With all of the members of the group finally making it across the mountains on the last episode, what will come next for them? Here is my recap and review of the mid season premiere of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Channel 4”.

Before I start, I would like to say that I love the production of the entire episode. I always love the found footage genre and most of this episode’s filming techniques reminded me of The Office and the grittier movie Cannibal Holocaust in terms of the camera zooming in and out and making motion along with the characters being interviewed as well as the monolouges that happens in place of scenes. Now that I got that out of the way, here is my review.

The episode begins as the tape plays the interview with Morgan as he talks about someone helping him back then followed by Alicia, Salazar, Grace, Strand, John, June, Dwight, Charlie, and finally Lucianna as they all talked about their previous situations before they all became together. At the same time, footage was shot of a walker approaching, a shot of the S.W.A.T van, the back of the open truck, etc. Morgan talked about the plane landing and not having to stop moving and helping other people ever since they landed there. As Althea was still interviewing Morgan, a walker comes and Althea takes it down. Althea is the. interviewed as she talks about how she got all of the cameras. Then, we see that John opens the truck to give Morgan the boxes so he can write messages on them. Sarah is seen filling the gas as she says that they got it from a few people in the oilfields. She also mentions that the gas is starting to go bad too. Sarah then talks about Logan wanting the gas for himself and then we see that the group left Logan behind. Dwight is filling the gas and talks about him doing the opposite of what he used to do and we then get a shot of him carving a chess piece along with him and Salazar playing chess. Salazar even mentions that Dwight would not let him give him a haircut.

Alicia talks about her being a sprinter as we get a shot of her and Morgan trainnig while Charlie and Strand filling up more gas (I noticed I said this a lot, but this is what happens). Strand then takes down four walkers with Alicia’s weapon. Althea interviews Strand and asks him about Alicia. After that, we get a shot of their current campsite and June mentions that everyone that they try to find is too far apart. Grace takes an invetory of how much food and supplies are left. While she does this, walkers break through the plastic gate as June takes them out. She also mentions on the interview that they had to keep moving to different locations because of this. Althea asks June about the wedding and June says that they are already married and John says that she has his heart. Grace is then interviewed and she worried every day that she wakes up to be sick before they meet and now she does not at all. While they are all driving, Morgan says on the interview that he never pictured that everyone would get this far. He mentions Tess and this is where I figured out that these interviews take place after they meet her. More on her in a bit.

They stop at Tess’ house that is very barricaded and Lucianna mentions that Tess tried to contact her husband on the walkie-talkie. Morgan tells Tess to come out, but she says that she does not know how many are outside. Before they trying to figure out what she is saying, a walker arrives to the house and then, an explosion happens as they all figured out that there are landmines underground on the inside of the barricaded area. Morgan asks how many more mines are buried underground, and Tess replies saying that she does not know.

Sarah plays and sings trucker music, and Charlie and Dwight says that is all she plays and Salazar hates it. Sarah says that the music is the anthem. Salazar also says on the interview that they should have shot Logan the second he opened his mouth. Back to Morgan as him and Tess are talking about her husband going to the drug store due to their son having asthma. Morgan tells her to come outside, and Tess sees the cameras from her window. Morgan wants Althea to turn them off, but she says that it is important that she still films so that way, people can see it. Tess also says over the walkie-talkie that she has not left that area since the apocalypse begun. Morgan tells her that it took him a long time to leave the place he was in as well at the beginning. As walkers were coming from the other side, John shoots them down with his revolver on his side.

At the drug store, June takes most of the medicine over there and tells Morgan that the inhailer is missing. Strand says that Tess’ husband must have it. Alicia finds a tree with a message on it and examines it. She says on the interview that her mom used to do things like that. A walker tries to get Alicia and Morgan takes the walker down from behind. Alicia also says that she has not killed since they got off the plane.

John continues to shoot down walkers from his side, to the other side and then John talks about him being a cop before the apoclapse begun on the interview. Morgan also says that him and John are relatable since they are not big talkers while they are on the job. Morgan tries to take down the walkers on the other side, but they break through and triggered the landmine explosions. John, Lucianna, and Morgan talks about the landmine situation on those interviews as well. We go back to the field as more walkers trigger minefield explosions. Morgan asks Tess if she was okay over the walkie-talkie and she says that she is. Strand on the interview says that the tree was not the only remarkable thing that they seen as they realized that the walker that approached Alicia was Tess’s husband as they also found the medicine in the bag too.

Morgan decides to run into the field at the moment due to the fact that he also thought about his wife and son as he explained on the interview. As another explosion happened right next to Morgan, he takes down a walker. But to only realize that he stepped on the mine and now he cannot move or else it will trigger an explosion. John checks on Morgan as he and Lucianna enter the field. Strand, June, and Alicia arrive as they see that Morgan has stepped on a mine. Morgan tells Tess that her husband is not coming back as he turned and for her to come out the house. June and Morgan talk about it being hard for Tess to say goodbye on those interviews. Althea wants to defuse the mine and John gives a smaller blade for Morgan to dig to see the mine. Althea then tells Morgan where the fuse is and she is 50/50 sure that it is the right one. Before he could continue, Tess comes out to give Morgan a pin for him to slide into the mine. He does this and lets his foot off the mine as it did not exploded at all until a few seconds later after Morgan left the area. Tess and her son finally come out the house and Morgan gives him the inhaler.

Later in the night, we get shots of them preparing dinner as Grace talks about the recipie she learned, and John making a joke about noodles and campfire. Tess and her son is then interviewed and seem to be happy to be surrounded by other people now. Morgan asks Alicia about practicing the next day, but she declines as she wants to know about who made the painting on the tree. Sarah, Dwight, Charlie, and Salazar arrive for dinner now and everyone is relaxing and eating like it is a normal night for dinner. I was happy to see this happen to be honest. In different shots of the interviews, everyone responds to the questions of how they want to figure out what could be next for them and what do they all need help with outside of the normal routine of the walkers. Then they all talk about what to do to help other people in seperate tapes.

After the final interview, the tape stops as we are shown a new character. Here, is when we find out that this character has watched all of the tapes that we seen. The new character fills gas in his motorcycle. Logan then arrives with his crew and they take his bag and gas. Logan then asks about the oilfield and asks the character if he was with Morgan’s group in which he said that he was not. After Logan takes his belongings, he gives him a walkie talkie and tells him to contact Morgan. His crew then shoots up his motorcycle leaving him without one for now as the episode ends.

This style of production for this episode is a risk and it could either have a good reaction, or bad reaction from the viewers. I personally liked it as I felt that it was unique. The interviews showcased more personality of all the characters in this one episode than some characters in other episodes. The episode had a simple concept of a mission of getting an inhaler and turned it into a situatiuon of how far would you go to get something for someone and they did just that while risking Morgan’s life. The explosions caught me off guard multiple times during the time that I watched the episode too. Also to note, there was not one score of music at all until after the new character turned off the tape. I liked this episode better than the mid season finale and hopefully, this plot with Logan moves very fast because I still do not know what his motivation is. Also, where did the kids go during this episode? And how did they get their vehicles back since they flew a plane over the mountains? Nothingless, still a solid episode!

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