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James Gunn fired as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ director following resurfaced old tweets

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Updated 5:12 p.m. EST with Gunn’s statement.

Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn has been fired in light of tweets from his past, THR reported Friday afternoon.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Though the statement does not specify the contents of Gunn’s tweets, other users have screenshots that may point in the right direction:

According to THR, Gunn’s tweets were found by conservative Twitter users, possibly in retaliation for his recent tweets against Donald Trump.

“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,” Gunn said in a series of tweets. “As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

Gunn was ostensibly scrubbing his own Twitter clean Thursday evening when he accidentally tweeted out a search for his own tweets.

Gunn issued an official statement in response:

My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/20/james-gunn-guardians-director-fired/

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Robert Zemeckis Returns To Science Fiction With ‘Project Blue Book’ & ‘Bios’

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This story is by published in Deadline.

“Now this has a familiar ring to it: Robert Zemeckis is revisiting the 1950s to rewrite history with one new project and then he’s going back to the future to prove the power of love with a second project.

No, Zemeckis isn’t revving up the DeLorean for more Marty McFly sequels — however, the director of the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-1990) and Contact(1997) is making a relatively rare return to science fiction with the two projects. This time around, however, his foray into the genre is in a producing role. On Monday, Zemeckis talked about the two projects: Bios, the upcoming feature film; and Project Blue Book, a television series that premieres in January on History.

Bios, scheduled to start filming early next year, reunites Zemeckis with one of his most celebrated collaborators. “We’re producing a really magnificent science fiction project called Bios with Tom Hanks,” Zemeckis said. “It’s a really cool science-fiction story. It’s set in a post-apocalytptic world and Tom Hanks may or may not be the last human survivor on the planet.”

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment picked Bios up in October. The script is by Craig Luck (Solo: A Star Wars Movie) and Ivor Powell (Blade Runner).

Spielberg described the movie in an October statement as “an original, emotionally stirring tale that at its core is very much an Amblin movie” and added that he could think of “no one more perfect to embody this story about the meaning of being human than Tom Hanks.”

Hanks will portray Finch, the last man on earth, who………………………………………”

Click here to read the rest of the article: https://deadline.com/2018/11/robert-zemeckis-returns-to-science-fiction-with-project-blue-book-bios-1202501178/

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James Cameron Says the ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

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This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatarand Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

 

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Upcoming ‘Willy Wonka’ Movie Is a Prequel

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“The untold origin story behind one of the most iconic fictional characters in history is due to be revealed. We learned earlier this year that Warner Bros. was developing aWilly Wonka movie with Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King in talks to take the helm. At the time, plot details were unclear but we did know that Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman) was writing the script and David Heyman (Harry Potterand Fantastic Beasts franchises) was producing.

A further curiosity arrived this summer when Collider broke the news that actors like Donald Glover and Ryan Gosling were on the studio’s shortlist to play Willy Wonka in……………………………………….”

Read More: http://collider.com/willy-wonka-movie-prequel/#images

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