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London Restaurant Cora Pearl Is a Welcoming Hideaway

“WE HAD A little sniff that the space could turn into something really lovely,” says Oliver Milburn of the Covent Garden address that was once a chain restaurant and is now Cora Pearl, one of the hottest new tables in London. Milburn and his pals of 20 years, Tim Steel and Tom Mullion, would seem to know what makes a good room: Their previous restaurant, Kitty Fisher’s, opened in 2014 and, with its cozy interior and wood-fired cooking, quickly started drawing in a steady stream of celebrities, politicians and other notables.


Birdo Is Coming To Mario Tennis Aces

This past summer Nintendo released Mario Tennis Aces as a sort of hybrid sports-fighting game. It was a breakout sensation for gamers looking for something that wasn’t a first-person shooter, a rogue-like, an action-RPG, or a Dark Souls clone. The game has been receiving some steady updates over the last couple of months, and Nintendo doesn’t seem to have any plans to stop. The latest update for Mario Tennis Aces will see a familiar face make a return to the series, and make her debut for the first time in this particular outing. It’s none other than the pink-skinned, red-bow wearing Birdo, sporting a giant diamond ring and a whole lot of sass.

Venom End-Credits Scene: What It Means, And Why The Director Included It

Modern comic book movie audiences have been trained: Stay in your seats when the end credits roll, because there’s usually a scene or two that tease what’s to come in potential sequels. Sometimes they are used to comedic effect, as when Captain America showed up at the very end of Spider-Man: Homecoming to mock people who waited to watch his scene. Sometimes they are so far out of context, they leave the audiences baffled (looking at you, X-Men: Apocalypse scene). Venom joins the ranks today, dropping a major tease for the possible direction of Venom 2, should that movie ever happen. We tell you what the scene means, as well as what Ruben Fleischer told us about the scene, so read on.

*Obviously, the rest of this article is ALL spoilers for Venom, so if you somehow landed in here without first seeing the movie, bail out now, and come back after you have checked Venom out. *

Before Venom reaches its end credits, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), while speaking with his newly reunited girlfriend Anne (Michelle Williams), is teasing an important interview he has locked down. He can’t tell Anne who it’s with, but just notes that it’s important. We don’t figure that we are going to find out, immediately, who it is. The scene basically exists so that Anne can discover that the symbiote survived the final confrontation with Riot, and still lives inside of Eddie. Yes, it looked like Venom sacrificed himself to stop Riot, but some piece of him lived, and he and Eddie will continue to bond.

Movie over? Not quite. Venom has a lengthy end-credits sequence, and it starts with Eddie and Venom driving to San Quentin Prison, located north of San Francisco. Eddie (Tom Hardy) is telling Venom to keep it in check, that this interview is important to HIM, and has nothing to do with the symbiote. But we know, as comic book fans, that won’t be the case for very long.

The scene has a prison guard leading Eddie down to a cell for the interview, warning him that the guy in the cell is totally unredeemable, a mental case and a total psychopath. If you have read any Spider-Man or Venom comics, you know exactly where this is going, even before it’s revealed that the man in the prison cell is Cletus Kasady, the lunatic murderer who’ll go on to become Carnage.

Cletus Kasady is a serial killer. He was introduced in the Amazing Spider-Man comics as a rival host to Eddie Brock, but a man who — unlike Brock — had absolutely NO moral guidelines, and would only use the powers of the symbiote to bring more pain and death to the world. Cletus was modeled after The Joker, was established as a cold-blooded killer from an early age, and only picked up the powers of the symbiote when he happened to share a prison cell with Eddie after Venom lost a fight to Spider-Man. The symbiote left “offspring” in the prison cell, and one of them merged with Kasady. The homicidal Carnage was born.

The on-screen version of Carnage, as is revealed in the Venom end-credits scene, is played by Woody Harrelson, an actor Ruben Fleischer worked with on Zombieland. And yet, when we spoke with Fleischer about casting Harrelson in the role of Carnage, it was a different movie in Woody’s background that had the Venom director convinced that he was perfect for the part. Fleischer tells CinemaBlend:

He was the first person I thought of to play Cletus Kasady. And what will be fun is, if you think about Woody in Natural Born Killers, and that darkness and that menace that he can bring to a serial killer like Cletus Kasady, you know, he can go real dark and explore that. Carnage is going to be… just thinking about Venom pitting off against Carnage is just so exciting. And hopefully fans leave the movie really looking forward to that next one. Because I think also just seeing Tom and Woody go head to head, you know, those are two great actors that I think can really create some exciting scenes.

Woody Harrelson’s version of Cletus Kasady already is locked up. He’s detained in what amounts to a Hannibal Lecter-type cell, where he isn’t exactly restrained, but he isn’t going anywhere. Though, he thinks that he is. After trading some meaningless psychobabble with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), luring him closer to the cage as their interview is about to begin, Cletus turns to the camera and promises that as soon as he gets out, there will be carnage.

And the screen cuts to black.

Now, that leaves two major questions unanswered. One, how does the symbiote leave a trace of itself behind in the prison cell to bond with Cletus? At the start of Venom 2, will we see some variation of this classic comic book panel?

But the second question — an even bigger question — is, “Will Venom 2 even happen?” The movie, at the time of publication, is sitting below 30% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, but a strong showing at the box office could signify to Sony that they need to push forward with this character and his universe, to keep selling more toys (naturally), but also to expand the world so that by the time Spider-Man is able to swing back from Marvel Studios, he’ll have Venom, Carnage, Morbius, Black Cat and possibly Kraven the Hunter to play with.

For now, Venom is in theaters. The end-credits sequence sets up Woody Harrelson as Carnage, and we know that Ruben Fleischer really wants to see Harrelson and Tom Hardy going toe-to-toe as actors, and also seeing the Venom symbiote ripping Carnage to shreds. Do YOU want to see that? Now that you have seen Venom, let us know below where you stand on this movie, on the post-credits scene, and on a potential sequel.

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Star Wars’ The Mandalorian Series Is Putting A-List Talent Behind The Camera

Star Wars is coming to TV in a brand new way with the very first (and super pricy) live-action series, which was recently revealed to be called The Mandalorian. Executive producer Jon Favreau announced the big news via social media, although details beyond the title and premise were scarce. Now, more information has released, and it turns out that Taika Waititi of Thor: Ragnarok and a number of others are on board to bring new stories to that galaxy far, far away.

Fans of Star Wars, get excited! Production has officially begun on the new series, and Taika Waititi will direct an episode for its big premiere on the Disney streaming service. Also directing episodes will be Dave Filoni of Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, Jurassic World star and Solemates director Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow of Jessica Jones, and Rick Famuyiwa of Dope. As previously announced, Jon Favreau is on board as executive producer and writer. Sharing executive producing duties are Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson on top of Filoni and Favreau.

There’s no news yet as to what will happen in the episodes these directors are set to tackle, but it’s worth noting that these directors have worked on wildly different projects throughout their careers. Both Taika Waititi and Deborah Chow have helmed superhero projects, although for under different banners and with very different tones. And that’s only one example! Despite some criticism of The Last Jedi in the aftermath of The Force Awakens, Star Wars movies are often similar in tone and structure within their trilogies. Is the variety of directors a sign that the series won’t necessarily feel like one big story? Will there be standalone episodes, or will The Mandalorian be completely serialized?

Unfortunately, we can only wait and see at this point. Of the directors who have signed on to helm episodes of The Mandalorian, Dave Filoni is the one with Star Wars saga experience. He’s slated to direct the very first episode of the new show, and his involvement is one of the elements of The Mandalorian that I’m most excited about. Filoni has directed episodes of Star Wars Rebels, will direct new episodes of The Clone Wars, and contributed to Star Wars Resistance.

Not only is Filoni well-versed in Star Wars lore with experience working alongside George Lucas, but his work on Clone Wars and Rebels makes him an expert on all things Mandalorian in current Star Wars canon. Given that The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire post-Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens, it’s also possible that Rebels‘ explosive Mandalorian Sabine Wren could appear in live-action. Why not bring Katee Sackhoff on board as Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan as well?

Only time will tell what’s in store with The Mandalorian. The next Star Wars project coming to the small screen is Star Wars Resistance, which was impacted by Rebels and Clone Wars in some interesting ways. Resistance is also set in the era between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (although much closer to Force Awakens), so perhaps we should keep our eyes peeled for any Mandalorians on Resistance this fall!

Did The Big Bang Theory Set The Stage For Penny And Leonard To Break Up?

Spoilers ahead for the Big Bang Theory Season 12 episode called “The Procreation Calculation.”

The twelfth and final season of The Big Bang Theory is only just getting started, but viewers should start considering how the series is going to end, even if that isn’t set in stone at this point. The show likely won’t start any huge arcs that won’t have time to end before the final credits role, and the events of the latest episode raise the question: will Penny and Leonard break up?

The episode saw Raj seriously considering going ahead with an arranged marriage while Howard and Bernadette tried to pass their wisdom as parents and spouses along to their friends. Penny and Leonard decided to take a test to determine how compatible they are — a bit late, all things considered — which led to the reveal that Leonard wants kids but Penny does not. Once the news started circulating among their friends (and her dad, thanks to Leonard), Penny faced pressure to give in and agree to have kids (although Amy eventually came to terms with never breast-feeding Penny’s baby, and vice versa). She was really very matter-of-fact about not wanting children.

As for Leonard, he had always assumed that they would have kids, and he dropped the bombshell on Penny that he figured they’d have a child within five years. When he thought that Penny was telling him she was pregnant rather than confessing that she doesn’t want to make babies, he was ecstatic. By the end of the episode, he resigned himself to never having children, and the issue ended with classic Big Bang Theory shenanigans as Penny rented the Bat-mobile for him to drive. Still, the gigantic issue of having or not having kids didn’t seem altogether settled between them, and it may take more than a Bat-mobile for Leonard to agree with Penny.

Given how seriously everybody took the issue of Penny vs. Leonard on the issue of having kids, it’s difficult to believe that The Big Bang Theory won’t revisit the issue. It’s also not an issue that can really be solved via compromise. Either they have children or they do not have children. Despite Bernadette’s attempts to convince Penny that motherhood is wonderful, Penny didn’t waver in her determination to live a life without kids of her own. She was happy to be Aunt Penny and love the kids around her — or at least not throw any rocks at them — but she didn’t see any mini Pennys or Leonards in her future.

As for Leonard, his glee at the chance to drive the Bat-mobile could very well be short-lived. After all, it was only a rental, and he may come to the conclusion that driving the Bat-mobile once isn’t the substitute for becoming a father, even though he did acknowledge that the Hofstadter line won’t end with him since he has a bunch of nieces and nephews. If Leonard still wants kids and Penny is still determined not to have them, they may need to break up.

Of course, The Big Bang Theory might not want to end the series’ longest-running romance in heartbreak in its final season, so there’s every chance that Penny and Leonard will end the series in agreement about kids/no kids. We do know that one other couple will almost certainly have kids, and another wedding is in the works, so there’s a lot to go down in the last batch of episodes. We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of The Big Bang Theory air this fall on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Jake Gyllenhaal Penned A Sweet Tribute To Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds

There are few actors as loved and admired as Ryan Reynolds is at the moment. The man behind the Deadpool mask was pivotal in bringing the hilariously foul-mouthed superhero to the screen not once, but twice. Each of his tweets is either a buzzworthy headline or a beautifully sarcastic quip. If you look up “relationship goals” in the dictionary, you’ll even find a picture of Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively angelically posing next to each other with their two children. But if that’s not enough, read this deeply touching tribute to him, written by none other than Jake Gyllenhaal:

Anyone else have a few tears coming on? His comments come via a letter Variety asked Jake Gyllenhaal to write for its distinguished New Power of New York list. The list of 50 also includes other actors such as Crazy Rich Asians breakout star Awkwafina, young Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet and A Quiet Place stunner John Krasinski amongst musicians, athletes, etc. In the letter, Gyllenhaal talks about how the two met years ago and soon became close friends. He discussed the actor’s history as a frequenter in romantic comedies who never had the chance to “fire all cylinders” until he created his own chance to with Deadpool. In the touching tribute, Gyllenhaal revealed that Reynolds works “tirelessly,” writing all night so he can be a husband and father during the day.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds shared the screen in 2017’s Life, a sci-fi thriller set on the International Space Station. During their press tour, the pair showed off their hilarious chemistry together, especially in this interview, where they just couldn’t keep it together. It’s no surprise to his fans that Reynolds is as talented as Gyllenhaal says he is in the letter, but knowing Reynolds, he’ll likely spin it into some form of off-color joke or over-the-top affair to downplay it.

If rumors that floated over the summer of Jake Gyllenhaal’s casting as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home are true, the actors may get a chance to collaborate under Marvel or at least be a part of the same universe as Disney starts to cash in on the Fox deal. Ryan Reynolds talent and success can be found in this week’s news of Deadpool 2 returning to theaters just seven months after its release. The PG-13 release reportedly has a running title of The Deadpool Before Christmas and will be released on December 21.

The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 3 Recap: Penny Tells Leonard She Doesn’t Want Kids

We’re only three episodes in The Big Bang Theory‘s final season, but already major bombshells are dropping. (Consider that your warning: Huge spoilers ahead!)

In tonight’s episode, “The Procreation Calculation,” the first big news happens when Raj gets engaged to Anu after knowing her all of five minutes. Yes, this was an arranged meeting by Raj’s father in hopes of it leading to marriage—but I didn’t expect Anu to propose so soon. Then again, Raj did sweetly tell her he’s a hopeless romantic who wants a great story to tell his future kids one day. And they’re both over-the-moon happy. Plus, now we have 21 episodes left to see how this will play out and whether or not this will lead to marriage.

The Procreation Calculation

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The other big—and perhaps even more moving—reveal of the episode? Penny doesn’t want to have kids.

Now, if you’ve been following The Big Bang Theory closely (or paying attention to executive producer Steve Holland’s interviews), then it shouldn’t have come as a total surprise that kids weren’t in the cards for Penny and Leonard. After two seasons of pregnancy stories for Bernadette and Howard (and two never-seen babies), Holland has made it clear that he doesn’t want to repeat what’s already been done. Last season he told Glamour that “while it’s always a discussion…we’ve now done two seasons of pregnancy stories. I can’t say exactly what season 12 holds, but I’m not super excited to tell another pregnancy story right now.”

Of course, when you have four characters—Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, Penny—in their 30s, married, and successful…the topic of starting a family is going to come up. “At some point, these characters have to be real people and have things going on in their lives,” Holland said at the time. The question is, how and when do you decide to give the fans want, while also staying true to the characters?

In tonight’s episode, Penny stayed true to herself. While she’s proven to be a great “Aunt Penny” to Bernadette and Howard’s kids, she’s never talked openly about a strong desire to have kids of her own. And even Kaley Cuoco wasn’t on board with Penny becoming a mother. At Paleyfest this year, she told the audience that she didn’t want the Hofstadters to start a family.

The Procreation Calculation

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While the decision may have been right for Penny—and the show as a whole—it was still heartbreaking for Leonard, who thought he’d be a dad one day. He’s disappointed, but by the episode’s end he reckons that he has other amazing things in his life he never thought he’d get, including his hilarious, smart, and beautiful wife.

One could make the case that Leonard and Penny should have talked openly about having kids before they got married. (And maybe they did—after 250-plus episodes, I can’t keep track.) But guess what? Life happens, and viewpoints change. Penny may have thought there’d come a time when she would want to be a mother. She’s still entitled to change her mind. And even if Leonard wanted to be a dad, it’s not up to Penny to give him that if she doesn’t feel it’s right for her.

The show tackled the discussion beautifully and honestly—and with its signature humor. Case in point: When Penny’s friends Bernadette and Amy lashed out for their own selfish reasons rather than thinking about whether or not this was the right decision for their friend. “My kids were going to be friends with your kids!” Amy screamed. “We were going to be barf buddies [during pregnancy]!” Bernadette didn’t back off, either. “It’s not crazy [not to want to have kids],” she said. “It’s just wrong.”

I know I’d be great,” Penny countered. “I just don’t want to be one. Not everyone needs to have kids to be fulfilled.” Penny didn’t go into details about why she didn’t want kids, but she doesn’t have to. If it’s none of Amy’s business, as Penny told her, then it’s certainly not ours. The decision to raise a child is an extremely personal one, and women shouldn’t be made to feel less than if they decide it’s not what they want.

Later in the episode, Penny and Leonard have a heart-to-heart and admit that as long as they have each other, they’ll be OK. However, the writers left the door open for a much larger discussion by bringing in Keith Carradine (Penny’s dad) for a brief cameo to express his disappointment that he won’t be a grandfather. What will be interesting to watch, should the show go that direction, is how Penny responds to outside pressure not just from her friends but her family. To that I say, continue to do what’s right for you, Penny. You’ve more than proven that.

Twin Peaks Is Getting A VR Experience

Virtual reality hasn’t really picked up in the casual space. Not only that, but it seems to have been dwindling in the hardcore space, according to some sales data. Even still, just because VR has ran into another hiccup with trying to appeal to the mainstream audience over the course of the last 30 years, it doesn’t mean that developers aren’t going to try to win people over with some experimental new projects tapping into unlikely brands. One of the brands being tapped to indulge our senses beyond the television screen and the computer monitors is Showtime’s Twin Peaks. Collider Games has teamed up with the cable outlet to work on a Twin Peaks VR experience that will change the way you’ve viewed David Lynch’s strangely fascinating tale.

Over on Collider, the site announced that it had teamed up with Showtime and the original creator of Twin Peaks, David Lynch, to create the brand new Twin Peaks VR experience. The game will be previewed for the very first time at the Festival of Disruption set to take place in Los Angeles, California between October 13 and October 14 at the theater in the Ace Hotel.

The upcoming game will be based around the latest cable television run of the show from the 2017 iteration of Twin Peaks: The Return, along with a few moments and locations that you’ll be able to experience from the original television series that aired on ABC back in 1990.

There’s no mention if Fire Walk With Me content will make it into the game, but they do mention that there will be “lines” and “sounds” directly from the show itself that will appear as gamers travel through Glastonbury Grove and other iconic locations from the series such as the Red Room.

The first-person adventure will put players in the role of FBI agent Dale Cooper. I’m not entirely sure about the plot, but it explains that the special agent attempts to make his way back into a life he left behind. I’m sure fans of the series will be more familiar with that description than outsiders.

There isn’t much in the way of gameplay details. We do know that Twin Peaks VR will be made available for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. I suspect that the game will likely be similar to other first-person VR adventure/mystery titles, where you can move around and pick up objects, and then examine them or survey the area for clues, similar to popular PlayStation VR titles like Robinson: The Journey or Batman Arkham VR.

I’m sure there will be additional footage that emerges from the event when it takes place next week during the weekend. Hopefully a trailer will also appear for the game so we can see what it looks like in action. Also, I’m a little shocked that the game won’t be available for the PlayStation VR right now, but perhaps if it captures a decent audience, we might see Sony attempt to get Twin Peaks VR on the PlayStation VR at some point.

Why Fortnite Removed A Popular Item

If you’re only jumping into Fortnite here in Season 6 and have no idea what the Bouncer is, it’s an item that players could place on the ground similar to a trap, only it served the purpose of launching players into the air. Sure, you could use the item in clever ways to dispatch your foes but, nine times out of 10, players used it for the intended purpose of making traversal a bit more easy. If you wanted to get up high without relying on building, a Bouncer could do the trick. If used from a decent altitude, it could even be used to reinitiate your glider, allowing players to cover some serious distance or get the heck out of harm’s way.