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Venom 2 Debuts New Logo For Let There Be Carnage | Screen Rant

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The official logo for Venom 2, now known as Venom: Let There Be Carnage, has been revealed. Following the surprising box office performance of Venom in 2018, Sony immediately began developing a sequel that would bring Tom Hardy back to star. The sequel is directed by Andy Serkis and is set to pay off the tease of Woody Harrelson playing Cletus Kasady aka Carnage. As the main villain of Venom 2, Sony recently put Carnage's presence in the sequel front and center by having his name in the newly announced title.

Now that Venom: Let There Be Carnage has been confirmed as the title and officially received a June 25, 2021 release date, Sony has released an official logo for the film. The video reveal was shared across multiple social media accounts affiliated with Sony, Venom, and cast members like Hardy. The influence of Carnage and his red symbiote look can already be seen with the red "V" at the start as well as Carnage highlighted in red at the end.

Related: When Will Venom 2's Trailer Release?

This marks the first official piece of marketing for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, even though the movie won't hit theaters for over a year. That likely means this logo reveal will be the only look at Venom 2 for some time, as the first trailer might not debut until the end of this year now. This wait will feel even longer for fans waiting to see Carnage on the big screen, or even just what he will look like in live-action. There have been teases of Carnage's transformation from the set, but so far his look in Venom: Let There Be Carnage has yet to be revealed.

The synopsis for Venom reads: Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake's experiments, Eddie's body merges with the alien Venom -- leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.

MORE: Venom 2 Has Already Fixed One Of The First Movie's Worst Mistakes

Source: Sony

How To Donate Your Cough Online To Help COVID-19 Screening Research

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A team of scientists have developed a tool that allows people to send online recordings of their coughs to help the development of COVID-19 research. Called Coughvid, the online tool uses artificial intelligence to read whether the user is at risk of coronavirus. Soon, the device will also be available on mobile phones, in the form of an application.

Countries have continuously turned to technology in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. In some places, governments are using sophisticated cameras to detect possible infections in public places. Elsewhere, other countries have constructed databases out of their health and customs records in an attempt to help predict and track the spread of the virus.

Related: New York City's Mount Sinai Launches Coronavirus App To Track Spread

Researchers from the Swiss University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, started building the app after doctors reported that those afflicted with coronavirus had a unique cough. Tomas Teijeiro, a member of the research team, said the group had gathered over fifteen thousand samples of coughs so far, with one thousand of them coming from coronavirus patients. “We have a lot of contact with medical doctors and some of them told us that they were able to distinguish, quite well, from sound of the cough, if patients were probably infected," Teijeiro told Business Insider.  The samples collected so far are due to be added to the Coughvid app and used to help improve the AI.

To donate your cough, you just need to visit the Coughvid website and click on the record button. While the option to do it through an app isn’t currently available, you can still visit the web portal and provide a recording by granting the website access to your microphone. When done, you will be presented with a short questionnaire asking for your current condition, age, gender, and any additional symptoms you might be experiencing. To ensure that you limit the spread of any germs when you cough, hold your phone at arms’ length and cough into your elbow or a napkin. Even though the cough will be masked this way, it still should be picked up by the device's microphone.

Coughvid is yet another tool in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Coughvid requires people to decide to donate their coughs to the service and this is an important distinction, compared to some of the other tools and services that have used more intrusive methods to track the virus, such as fever-recording flying drones. While coronavirus screening tools need data to be effective, at the same time, they should also respect privacy. Hopefully, more tools in the same vein as Coughvid will appear in due course, and the data these programs collect will aid in the fight against COVID-19.

More: Apple & Google Partner To Combat Coronavirus With Contact Tracing

Source: Business Insider

The Saint Reboot Locks in Chris Pine for the Lead

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Star Trek star Chris Pine is in negotiations to lead a movie reboot of The Saint, following actors Roger Moore and Val Kilmer.

GameStop Rushes To Re-Open Stores & Implement Sweeping Pay Cuts

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It looks as if the video game retailer GameStop is ready to open their doors to the public as soon as possible, despite all of the reported problems the company has already experienced in regards to their handling of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The company was reluctant to close its doors at first, and as more and more areas around the globe began issuing quarantine and stay at home orders, GameStop referred to itself as an essential business and remained open.

These actions, especially when combined with reports that GameStop executives were telling store managers to ignore their government's warnings and listen to them instead, not to mention the employees who were reportedly told to simply cover their hands with plastic GameStop bags, soon caught the attention of local authorities, and in the state of Massachusetts, in the USA, Gamestop was forced to close completely following a city inspection.

Related: It Took A Boston Government Official To Get GameStop To Close All Massachusetts Stores

Now, according to a news release from GameStop (thanks, Kotaku) it looks like GameStop is getting ready to open some of their locations back up again, even though most analysts, doctors, and healthcare professionals are still saying it's too soon for non-essential businesses to return. However, the video game retail company has already "begun the process of re-opening stores in Italy, Germany, Austria and the states of South Carolina and Georgia." Georgia's governor, Brian Kemp, recently announced he would be allowing certain non-essential businesses like movie theaters, tattoo parlors, and hair salons to re-open as early as Friday, April 24th, although many mayors throughout the state have protested his decision.

Additionally, GameStop is implementing a series of temporary pay cuts to several sections of its staff, including a 50% salary reduction for George Sherman, the CEO, as well as as 50% reduction in cash compensation to all members of the company's Board of Directors (which includes the recently-hired Reggie Fils-Aimé, formerly from Nintendo) and a 30% salary reduction for GameStop's CFO Jim Bell "and the remainder of the executive leadership team." Other, less specific pay cuts are also mentioned in the release, with "certain other employees across the Company's worldwide operating units" said to be receiving "temporarily reduced pay between 10% and 30%."

GameStop has already announced they are planning on closing at least 300 more stores in this fiscal year alone, and their botched handling of proper coronavirus saftey measures earlier this year hasn't done much to win them any sympathy. While it's surely hard for many companies to continue to make a profit right now, opening up stores so soon just seems like yet another chance for GameStop to put their employees in unsafe situations once again. Hopefully, if GameStop does indeed open their stores back up soon, they will at least be better equipped to provide safe and sanitary precautions for their employees than they were before.

Next: GameStop Isn't The Only Video Game Retailer Reportedly Endangering Employees

Source: GameStop (via Kotaku)

Flash Season 6 Was Supposed To End With A Reverse-Flash Cliffhanger

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The original cliffhanger for The Flash season 6 featured Eobard Thawne. After a brief hiatus, the Scarlett Speedster is returning to the television screen tonight. Unfortunately, the season will be ending early with episode 19.

Quite a few things have happened on the latest season of The Flash. Iris is currently trapped in some kind of mirror dimension, while a fake is roaming about in Central City. In the last episode, Barry came up with the idea to create his own Speed Force. Sue Dearbon made her debut not too long ago. In the comics, she was the wife of Elongated Man, so fans were looking forward to seeing her in the show. She is certainly different than her comic book counterpart. She will be returning in tonight's episode, along with Rag Doll, who hasn't been seen since season 5. Of course, one of the biggest developments was the brief return of Eobard Thawne. The Reverse-Flash nearly succeeded in causing trouble for Barry, but the heroes managed to expel his essence from Nash Wells. Now, Thawne is roaming about as negative tachyons. It's only a matter of time before the villain shows up again. Fans may be excited to learn the character was in the season's original cliffhanger.

Related: The Flash: How Sue Dearbon Hints At The Next Arrowverse Crossover (& What It Is)

In an interview with TVLine, The Flash star Grant Gustin discussed what's coming up on the show. Interestingly, the actor revealed there was going to be a "big" Reverse-Flash season cliffhanger. However, with season 6 ending early, the new cliffhanger will be in episode 19.

There was going to be a big Thawne cliffhanger at the end of what this season would have been, but that’s not going to be the cliffhanger we get. [Episode] 619, “Success Is Assured,” is going to end up being our finale, so we’re going to have a different cliffhanger than originally planned. But the cliffhanger at the end of 619 does serve as a pretty good finale.

Understandably, Gustin does not reveal any specifics regarding Thawne's delayed return. When the villain was exorcised from Nash, Cisco made the comment, "He's probably out there looking for another body right now..." This could indicate Thawne will return with a new face. Either way, the fact the villain would have been the cliffhanger likely means he's going to be a major force in season 7.

Although the season is ending early, there are still some notable things coming up for the final few episodes. Gustin teased an "emotional fight" between Barry and mirror Iris, so fans are looking forward to that major plotline. The big question is if the mirror storyline will be wrapped up in episode 19, or if the cliffhanger will tease a continuation into season 7. There's also the Black Hole organization, Sue, and now Barry attempting to create his own Speed Force. It will certainly be interesting to see how season 6 will now end, and what will be left open until season 7.

Next: The Flash: 10 Characters The TV Show Still Needs To Introduce From Speedster's Mythology

The Flash airs Tuesdays, on The CW.

Source: TVLine

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