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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ production on hold as the search for a new director continues

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Following the firing of director James Gunn last month, production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is temporarily being put on hold as Disney and Marvel “regroup” and continue their search for a replacement for Gunn, sources close to the project tell The Hollywood Reporter.

A small group of crew members who had assembled for pre-production in Atlanta have reportedly been “dismissed” from the project by the studio and “are free to look for new work” in the meantime. Cameras were expected to start rolling on Guardians 3 in the winter.

Gunn was fired by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in July after old, offensive tweets the filmmaker wrote nearly a decade ago began to resurface as part of a smear campaign spearheaded by right-wing blogger and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.

Earlier this month, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker, all signed an open letter in support of Gunn, but Disney has no plans to reinstate him as director.

Although Disney never officially announced a release date for the next Guardians movie, it was widely speculated that the film would be released on May 1, 2020. But given the delay in production, the timeline for the film will undoubtedly grow, pushing the release back much further.

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John David Washington lands lead role in Christopher Nolan’s secretive next film

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Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.

According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.

What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.

As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.

That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.

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Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox will become effective at midnight tonight

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It’s officially official: The Walt Disney Company announced today that their massive $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019.

Disney’s acquisition of the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios has all of the comic book fanboys giddy about the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool finally being under Marvel control because now they’ll get all of those crossovers they’ve been waiting so desperately for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What the fanboys fail to see, however, is that this acquisition brings us one step closer to a media monopoly and will come at the expense of thousands and thousands of jobs being lost. Actually, more than 4,000 to be exact, according to THR.

“It’s harder to predict potential layoffs within the Fox film studio itself, which has about 3,200 employees, but cuts are expected to be especially deep, particularly in overlapping divisions such as marketing, distribution and home entertainment,” the report says.

Media analyst Rich Greenfield thinks there will be much more than just 4,000 layoffs. “There will be bloodshed over time,” he said, estimating that there will be roughly 5,000 to 10,000 jobs lost over the course of the next few years.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I fail to see how one could possibly be excited about the X-Men or Deadpool or whoever the fuck crossing over to the MCU when you really put the human cost of this acquisition into perspective. It’s simply not worth it.

But, hey, hooray for capitalism and Marvel movies, I guess?

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The first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky

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If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!

However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.

Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.

Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?

I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.

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