Los Angeles, July 21 (AP/UNB) — James Gunn was fired Friday as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" because of old tweets that recently emerged where he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced the removal.
"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," Horn said in a statement.
Gunn has been writer and director of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise from the start, taking an obscure Marvel Comics title about a group of multicolored misfits and turning it into a space opera decked with comedy and retro music that made Chris Pratt a major movie star. Through two installments the franchise has brought in more than $1.5 billion in global box office.
Gunn apologized for the old tweets Friday after his firing, echoing similar sentiments he expressed on Twitter a day earlier.
"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," Gunn said in a statement. "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."
Gunn's current Twitter account is heavy on left-leaning politics, and some on the right with whom he'd sparred found and promoted the tweets from 2008 to 2011 that led to his firing.
Disney did not announce a replacement director for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." Gunn had been writing the script and it's not clear how far along he was or whether new writers will be brought in. Marvel Studios has not announced a release date, though Gunn had said 2020 was the target.
Marvel has staked a lot on the third "Guardians" movie. Gunn has said the film would end the current iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy and launch another decade, or more, of Marvel films.
In addition to Pratt, the "Guardians" franchise stars Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
The characters also were an essential part of this year's Disney and Marvel megahit "Avengers: Infinity War."
Fans at Comic-Con in San Diego said they disapproved of Gunn's tweets, but were mixed on how they felt about his firing.
"It's unfortunate to hear and makes me question whether I would see a movie like that even without his creative involvement," Mario Panighetti of Mountain View, California said.
Joanne Renda of Toronto said, "It's never really funny to joke about that stuff, but copping to it is the first step. Everyone deserves a second chance. It's kind of crazy our culture today, firing people right away."
Dhaka, Jul 19 (UNB)- Chanchal Chowdhury and Joya Ahsan starrer ‘Devi’, a theatrical adaptation of Humayun Ahmed’s novel of same name, gets it second teaser trailer released on Thursday.
Jazz Multimedia, the production house of the movie has unveiled the teaser video on official Facebook page of ‘Devi’ and on their Youtube channel as well.
First look of the protagonist ‘Misir Ali’, a phenomenal creation of Humayun Ahmed beloved by millions, is revealed in the video portrayed by Chanchal Chowdhury.
The 56 seconds long video shows a gloomy Dhaka with Misir Ali in foreground. With a fresh take on the character; Chanchal is seen in casual apparels with white hairs, high powered glasses and time to time smoking or meddling with a string.
Parts of the video are shot in Dhaka University, Hatirjhil and many prominent city locations.
Release date of the movie is yet to be known.
‘Devi’ is directed by Anam Biswas and the cast includes Chanchal Chowdhury, Joya Ahsan, Animesh Aich, Iresh Zaker and more.
Los Angeles, Jul 18 (AP/UNB) — Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams says she's seeking help for the depression she has struggled with for years.
Williams said in an Instagram post Tuesday that she has "sought help from a great team of health care professionals."
She gave no specifics on her treatment, and a message left with her manager seeking details was not immediately returned.
Williams' post says that for years she has dedicated herself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to seek help. She says she recently decided to listen to the advice she has given, and wants to lead by example in seeking treatment.
The 37-year-old Williams was a core member of Destiny's Child, the trio with Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland that sat atop the R&B world from 1997 to 2006.
Los Angeles, Jun 21 (AP/UNB) — It's true, Pete Davidson says: He and Ariana Grande are engaged.
The "Saturday Night Live" cast member confirmed their rumored engagement to Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "Tonight Show."
Fallon put Davidson on the spot Wednesday, telling him he didn't have to get engaged to the pop star to come on the talk show.
Replied Davidson: "But I did, though."
When Fallon congratulated him and shook his hand, Davidson said he felt like he'd won a contest.
He's getting nods of approval on the street from other men, the comedian said, with one telling him, "Whoa, man, you gave me hope."
Robert Pattinson also was on the show, smiling as the host and Davidson bantered.
Grande and Davidson reportedly began dating in May after Grande's breakup with Mac Miller. Davidson and girlfriend Cazzie David also split around the same time.
NBC released a pre-air clip of the "Tonight Show" exchange between Davidson and Fallon.