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Fallout: New Vegas Dev Being Bought By Microsoft

Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to buy Obsidian Entertainment – the studio best known for Fallout New Vegas and Knights of the Old Republic 2 – according to industry insiders.  Kotaku reports that it has heard from three sources close to negotiations, and that the deal is “90% finished”. Another source told the site that “it’s a question of

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Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to buy Obsidian Entertainment – the studio best known for Fallout New Vegas and Knights of the Old Republic 2 – according to industry insiders. 

Kotaku reports that it has heard from three sources close to negotiations, and that the deal is “90% finished”. Another source told the site that “it’s a question of when, not if”.

Obsidian has remained an independent studio since its formation in 2003, and are behind a number of popular RPG adventures. They released Knights of the Old Republic II in 2004, and Fallout New Vegas in 2010, earning themselves plenty of fans along the way.

The California-based studio reportedly nearly went out of business back in 2012, before signing a deal to work on an online tank game. More recently, they launched a Kickstarter to fund isometric RPG Pillars of Eternity.

The studio was founded by veterans of the RPG genre, bringing in staff who worked on classics such as Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale. Needless to say, their loss would be felt by RPG enthusiasts everywhere.

When pressed for details, Microsoft said simply:

We do not comment on rumors or speculation.

Brilliantly, an Obsidian spokesperson also responded:

Unfortunately, we don’t comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up.

Yeah… you can’t shut down a studio capable of throwing out gems like that.

It’s a good thing that the Microsoft deal certainly seems likely, then – especially since an insider told Kotaku that Microsoft is looking to bolster its PC development, which the PC-focused Obsidian would be a great fit for.

We can assume they’ll have Obsidian working on RPG titles, since those are very much in the studio’s wheelhouse. A strong, exclusive first-party RPG for the next Xbox console would certainly be a welcome launch title.

Microsoft has been on something of a spending spree recently, picking up a string of studios over the last 12 months, including Playground and Ninja Theory.

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Amanda Holden Net Worth, Education, Television Career and Background

amanda holden webAmanda Holden is a 47-year-old English television presenter, actress and singer, best known as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent since the show began in 2007. Where does Amanda Holden come from? Although born in Portsmouth, Holden spent much of her childhood in Bishop’s Waltham and aged 9 she joined Bishop’s Waltham Little Theatre

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Amanda Holden is a 47-year-old English television presenter, actress and singer, best known as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent since the show began in 2007.

Where does Amanda Holden come from?

Although born in Portsmouth, Holden spent much of her childhood in Bishop’s Waltham and aged 9 she joined Bishop’s Waltham Little Theatre Company. She attended Swanmore Secondary School (now Swanmore College), where a teacher recalled that she had a natural talent on stage. At 16 she moved to Bournemouth before attending the Mountview Academy of Theatre Art.

What is Amanda Holden famous for?

Amanda Holden has been a Britain’s Got Talent judge since way back at the beginning, when she joined the panel in 2007 alongside Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan. The 46-year-old made her first television appearance back in 1991. – but as a contestant on Cilla Black’s game show Blind Date.

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Who was Amanda Holden married to?

Amanda married comedian Les Dennis in 1995 after the pair appeared in a Bournemouth production of musical The Sound of Music, and he was headlining an end-of-pier seaside show, when she was 22 and he was 40. They split temporarily after it was revealed she had been having an affair with Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey. They gave things another try before separating in 2002 and divorced the following year. She is currently married to Chris Hughes and the couple live in Richmond-upon-Thames, London with their two children, Alexa (born 2006) and Hollie (born 2012).

Where does Amanda Holden live?

The family have moved into a modern five-bedroom house near their Richmond penthouse – bought for £2.1m in 2008 and for which she’s since been offered £2.5million, while the original family home was converted into an office. She reportedly owns a cottage in Norfolk, which – now worth £250,000 – she bought for £69,000 in 1997.

What football team does Amanda Holden support?

Amanda is an avid Everton fan and was ambassador for the Blues’ breast cancer awareness campaign, sporting a limited-edition baby pink club shirt, the colour of breast cancer awareness. She is a patron of the football club’s charity, Everton In the Community.

What was Amanda Holden’s net worth?

It is reported that Amanda Holden reportedly had a net worth of $6 million (approx £4.6 million), amassed by her various presenting duties, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Her Britain’s Got Talent salary is reportedly £500,000 per year.

What other shows has Amanda Holden been in?

Amanda Holden played the role of Sarah Trevanion in Wild at Heart (2006–2008) and the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. More recently she has presented various television shows for ITV including Superstar (2012), This Morning (2014–2015, 2017) and Give a Pet a Home (2015). She also appeared in BBC soap Eastenders.

Has Amanda Holden won a Laurence Olivier Award?

Holden has appeared in several stage musicals and in 2004, was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the West End production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, but did not the win the coveted prize.

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Did Amanda Holden star in a TV advert?

Yes, Amanda was the face of Alpen cereals, on their packaging and in campaign adverts. The campaign included on-pack advertising that called upon shoppers to ‘join Amanda on our Brighter Mornings challenge’.

Had Amanda Holden ever posed nude?

Yes, Amanda Holden bore all in 2016 for international animal activism charity PETA. In the campaign, she was captured lying naked on a bed of green vegetables below the words ‘Go Veggie – Your Body Will Love You for It’. The ad pointed out that vegetarians are, on average, slimmer than meat-eaters and have lower rates of heart disease and cancer. Amanda said she had been vegetarian since the age of 13.

Why did Amanda Holden fall out with Sainsbury’s?

Amanda once campaigned to keep supermarket chain Sainsbury’s out of Bishop’s Waltham. Her hometown’s residents later accused her of double standards in 2010, after she signed a deal with Tesco. At the time she said: ‘It is definitely a no for Sainsbury’s from me. We don’t need a Sainsbury’s, we have nice little village shops here and it is these people’s businesses that will suffer if this superstore is allowed to be built. It is terrible that it would be built right by one of our historic monuments,’ Portsmouth News reported. Following a two-year battle, Sainsbury’s scrapped the plan to open the supermarket in the village.

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Kanye’s Phone Password Revealed In Footage Of Him At White House

kanye1What is Kanye West’s password? Video has emerged showing just that. Guess it’s game over for him now, really. Now the entire world knows the codes to Ye’s heart. Do I have to tell you what it is? It’s pretty obvious. I mean, he’s obviously changed it since. Celebrities probably change it every other minute.

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What is Kanye West’s password? Video has emerged showing just that.

Guess it’s game over for him now, really.

Now the entire world knows the codes to Ye’s heart.

Do I have to tell you what it is? It’s pretty obvious.

I mean, he’s obviously changed it since. Celebrities probably change it every other minute. I know I would.

But still, it’s way too basic for someone in the public eye.

Have a look here:

Discussing why he wears a MAGA hat, which was caused him grief no end, he said, as per Pitchfork:

This hat, it gives me power in a way. My dad and my mom separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home. And, also, I’m married to a family that, you know, not a lot of male energy going on. It’s beautiful, though! I love Hillary. I love everyone. But the campaign “I’m With Her” just didn’t make me feel—as a guy that didn’t get to see my dad all the time, a guy that could play catch with his son—it was something about when I put this hat on it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman.

He added:

I did say “abolish” with the hat because, why would you keep something around that’s a trapdoor? If you’re building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry—of our country, of our company—would you build a trapdoor that if you mess up and you accidentally something happens and you fall and end up next to the Unabomber, you gotta remove all that trapdoor out of the relationship.

You wanna know mine? Well, I’m not gonna tell you. That’s life!

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Loads Of M&M’s Chocolate Bars Are Being Released In December

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go! Take a look in the five-and-ten glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow. Not my words of course, but those of criminally-overlooked songwriter Meredith Willson in the seasonal standard, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, made famous by Perry Como,

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go! Take a look in the five-and-ten glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

Not my words of course, but those of criminally-overlooked songwriter Meredith Willson in the seasonal standard, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, made famous by Perry Como, Bing Crosby and of late, Michael Buble.

Why? To any of this? Good questions. Well lemme tell you this readers: M&M’s is releasing a new range of chocolate bars inspired by some of their most popular flavours.

That’s right baby, plenty of chocolate to see you through the festive season.

Among the flavours will be peanut, almond, crispy, mint and of course, the classic milk chocolate.

Allison Miazga-Bedrick, M&M’s senior brand director said:

We’re excited to debut M&M’s Chocolate Bars and know that our M&M’s fans and chocolate bar lovers alike will appreciate the delicious taste that comes from our rich and creamy chocolate.

We’re equally passionate for the launch of M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Chocolate Candies next year. We’re thrilled to deliver this new flavour with colour and fun, in a way that only M&M’S can.

Chocolate not your thing? Fancy some sherbet Dip Dabs, Refreshers, Fruit Salad, Black Jacks, and mini bags of Milk Bottles, Shrimps and Bananas? Get your laughing gear around THIS instead!

A tub of Barratt’s classics will go on sale in Sainsbury’s and Wilko’s, among others which are yet to be announced. Barratt claims all the new tubs will be ‘available soon though an exact date isn’t currently known. Can you say ‘excited’?

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Russell Tanner, marketing and category director at Tangerine Confectionery, said:

Many consumers will be eager to indulge in the sweets they loved when they were younger, and introduce their favourites to their own children.

We expect the Barratt tubs to fly off shelves this year, offering a great selection of retro classics, suitable for confectionery lovers of all ages.

You can say that again, Russ. I’m absolutely buzzing about this.

Two of the biggest Barratt brands – Wham and Fruit Salad – are being launched in a new tube format and will set shoppers back by a charming little quid. Both tubes will be on shelves at Home Bargains and Wilko’s.

And the Liquorice Novelties box (RRP £3.49, 270g) is back by popular demand. Each piece of liquorice is handcrafted at Tangerine’s Pontefract factory, and it was the sweet company’s second bestselling sharing product last year.

I suggest if you want either, get your hands of them quick!

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