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.”
5. Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
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.
Once Upon a Time in America divides audiences on its historical context
This story contains spoilers.
Based on the trailer and cheesy posters, it’s clear that Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, is set in 1969 Los Angeles and deals with the Manson Family murders. The fact that Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie) is a main character in the film is a big enough hint that Tarantino is going to end on the tragic events that led to her death while 8 months pregnant. Tate’s murder (as well as the murders of her friends, who were at her home at the time) became a national story and is well known by most people with even a vague knowledge of Charles Manson, who directed leaders of his cult to kill everyone in Tate’s home on the infamous Cielo Drive.
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The New Lion King Posters Show Actors Facing Off Their Characters And It Looks Badass
“25 years after its initial release, The Lion King movie still remains the highest-earning G-rated movie of all time. However, following the success of The Jungle Book remake, Disney has taken on a challenge to reboot the all-time classic too. Will the new photorealistic computer-animated movie beat the traditionally animated one? Only time will tell. But there’s not much time left to find out since the premiere is just around the corner.
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The new Lion King movie directed by Jon Favreau will hit theaters on the 19th of July. Just in time for that, Disney released striking photos of the cast posing face-to-face with their characters.
Do you already know who will voice your favorite characters in The Lion King remake?”
50 days before the release of The Lion King movie, Disney shared posters introducing the main characters and the voices behind them. People were surprised to know that American actor, comedian, and performer Donald Glover will star as the main character Simba. The Beyhive started buzzing after it was announced that Nala will be voiced by famous singer Beyoncé.
Nala with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Donald Glover with Simba
Zazu, Pumbaa, and Timon with John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner
Chiwetel Ejiofor with Scar
Eric André, Florence Kasumba, and Keegan-Michael Key with hyenas Azizi, Shenzi, and Kamari
Alfre Woodard with Sarabi
Nala and Simba with Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary
James Earl Jones will once again voice Mufasa, the King of the Pride Lands and the father of Simba.
Here’s how people reacted
Spice Girls to become superheroes in animated movie
All five original band members are set to lend their voices to a film that will feature original singles and new songs
“An animated Spice Girls movie is in the works at Paramount. The film will feature the voices of all five members of the original band and a plot in which the quintet become superheroes.
It will be produced by 90s music mogul Simon Fuller, and written by Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith, whose credits include The House Bunny and Legally Blonde. A director is not yet attached.”