James Bond Producers Want Scottish Actor As Next 007

James Bond producers are reportedly looking for a Scottish actor to replace Daniel Craig as 007 after Bond 25. Based on the spy novels by Ian Fleming, the James Bond movie series has been going strong ever since Dr. No first debuted in 1962. Six different actors have portrayed Bond since the series kicked off, with Daniel Craig taking over the role beginning with 2006’s Casino Royale.

Despite talk that Craig would bow out after his fourth go-around as Bond in 2015’s Spectre, the actor has signed on for one more hitch in the as-yet-untitled 25th Bond film, which is going under the working title “Shatterhand.” Cary Fukunaga has taken on the director’s role for Bond 25 after the departure of Danny Boyle, who was originally pegged to take over for Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes. Very little is known about the secretive production, but reports say Oscar-winner Rami Malek has been sought to play a villain role in the film.

Related: James Bond 25: Everything You Need To Know

With Craig likely putting away his license to kill after Bond 25 hits theaters, the coveted role of Bond will soon be up for grabs. And according to a report, Eon Productions already have a good idea of what they want to do as regards casting 007. Yahoo! says that Bond producers are looking for a Scottish actor to take over for the English Craig, marking a return to the origins of the character, who in Fleming’s novels was revealed to have a Scottish father and Swiss mother. As to the question of which specific Scottish actors might be in line to play Bond, a recent column in the Daily Mail indicated that Bond producers have already been in touch with Outlander actor Sam Heughan about a possible audition. Another of the favorites to take on the role after Craig, Bodyguard star Richard Madden, also happens to be Scottish.

Of course, the original cinematic James Bond was the Scottish Sean Connery, and in many people’s eyes he remains the bar that every other Bond has to get over. After Connery, the role was taken up for one film by the Australian George Lazenby before the English Roger Moore settled in for a long run. The Welshman Timothy Dalton took on 007 for two films before ceding the role to Pierce Brosnan, who was born in Ireland.

News that Eon seek to bring Bond back to his roots and cast a Scottish actor to play the role comes after loads of speculation that the series might break with tradition and cast person of color or even a woman as the next 007. However, that speculation has largely been shot down, with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli even going so far as to say Bond will “never” be a woman. Clearly, the Broccolis and Eon have no interest in going against the grain when it comes to casting the next Bond after Bond 25, and indeed are even seeking to bring the character back in line with Fleming’s original conception, at least in terms of nationality.

More: James Bond Movies In Order: The Best Way To Watch

Source: Yahoo!, Daily Mail

2019-03-28 07:03:26

Dan Zinski

Harry Potter: Who Was Worse, James Potter Or Severus Snape?

In the Harry Potter series, one of the main antagonists is Severus Snape. A lot of debate has been created around him. He turned out to be more of a good guy than fans initially thought, and his somewhat sticky past with Harry’s father was revealed — not putting James in a good light at all. Clearly a complex character, with some fans and some haters. Some would argue that James was the worse person, who made Snape what he became; some would argue that Snape’s misdeeds were far worse than James’.

So let’s take a look at the facts and decide once and for all who was actually the worse person out of these two. One thing’s for sure — neither of them were perfect.

RELATED: 8 Reasons Severus Snape Is An Irredeemable Character

10 James Potter Was Privileged

It’d be a lie to claim James Potter didn’t grow up a very obviously privileged kid and it gave him a bit of an ego in school. As a child, we can safely assume James didn’t know hardship. He was a pure-blood, so faced no discrimination at Hogwarts; his parents were both rich and loving; and he was automatically popular due to his charisma.

Privilege doesn’t always automatically create bad people, but it can certainly give them an inflated sense of self-importance and boy, it sure did create that in James.

9 Severus Snape Was Not

Severus Snape had much more humble beginnings, making him more sympathetic as a child. His poor hygiene made him a target for bullying in school. He was talented and clever, but generally treated as if he didn’t belong. He grew up poor and his father was most definitely abusive.

RELATED: 10 Questions About Severus Snape, Answered

He definitely needed some kindness shown to him at Hogwarts that he never received — least of all from James Potter.

8 James Potter Was A Bully In School

James was a bully in school — even the biggest of James Potter apologists can’t deny this. He mercilessly teased Snape and in one particularly horrific memory, hung him upside down and exposed him in front of the entire school. He may have been a teenager, but there’s no denying that it takes an especially cruel kid to do this.

7 Severus Snape Was A Bully As An Adult

But Snape was a bully as an adult. He reduced Neville to near-tears every Potions class, and would surely have done the same to Harry if Harry was as easily intimidated. He made comments about Hermione’s appearance she was only in her fourth year and reduced her to tears. As an adult in his thirties, he should have known better than to do that to his students.

He had a rough life, but to take it out on people dependent on him, in a teaching position, was a gross abuse of power regardless of what had happened to him in the past.

6 James Potter Harassed Lily Evans

James was definitely far too pushy with Lily at school. His crush on her knew no bounds, and he tried repeatedly to push her into dating him even though she consistently said no.

This is wrong. If a woman says no — stop! She’ll let you know if she changes her mind! Teenage boys, however, can be sadly oblivious to this fact because they haven’t grown up enough to know what borders on harassment. He meant no harm, but it doesn’t excuse the behavior. The moment she said no, he should have raised his hands and backed away. But he didn’t. And that’s not a point in his favor.

5 Severus Snape Was Obsessed With Her

Whether Snape was any better, though…

Snape called her a Mudblood, a horrible slur in the wizarding world, and when she didn’t want to speak to him — understandably — he waited outside of her dormitory. Even years later, he treated her son awfully because Harry was a constant reminder that she had chosen James. Yes, he protected Harry, but he was the one who sent Voldemort after the family in the first place and had selfishly thought that Voldemort might spare Lily. He was literally willing to get her entire family murdered to have her.

4 James Potter Had A Huge Ego

From what we know of James, he definitely had a huge ego. He absolutely loved himself, and seemed to find no fault in any of his actions. Sure, that’s really nice and self-love is great, but there’s a difference between confidence and arrogance and it’s a line James crossed, frankly, far too many times.

3 Severus Snape Was Into The Dark Arts

But while James was maybe staring in a mirror too much or throwing out one too many flirtatious remarks with confidence they’d land, Snape was involving himself in the Dark Arts. He even wrote off his friend Mulciber using such spells on a fellow classmate as “just a laugh”, something that absolutely horrified Lily.

2 James Potter Grew Up To Join The Order

Ultimately, James Potter grew up to join the Order of the Phoenix. This was a secret organization founded by Albus Dumbledore that was dedicated to stopping Lord Voldemort and saving lives. The people in the Order were willing to risk their own lives on a day to day basis, and Dumbledore only asked people to join that he truly trusted. If James had been an inherently bad or selfish person, he simply wouldn’t have been invited to join such a cause. Dumbledore truly thought he was worthy of it despite any past transgressions.

1 Severus Snape Grew Up To Join The Death Eaters

Meanwhile, Snape grew up to join the Death Eaters.

Yes, he later switched sides. Yes, he regretted his decision — but only because the woman he was obsessed with died because of his own actions. He willingly accepted the Dark Mark on his forearm. He literally joined a genocidal cause.

James Potter was a scoundrel with an ego that severely needed deflating, but Severus Snape was actually rotten to the core.

Were either perfect? No.

Is one set of actions and personality traits far more forgivable than the other? Almost definitely.

NEXT: Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Things The Marauders Did Before Harry Was Born

2019-03-20 01:03:49

Staci Miller

The Big Winner From Disney’s James Gunn Fiasco Is James Gunn

James Gunn is the big winner from Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 fiasco. Last summer, around the time of San Diego Comic-Con, Gunn became the target of a politically-motivated attack when some of his old comments and tweets went viral. Gunn had started out working for bad taste film studio Troma, and at the time he’d used off-color and offensive humor both in his work and online. He’d long since moved on from that, and had even publicly reflected on the fact he regretted his old comments on social media, but they were still out there and proved to be a potent weapon against him. After his old tweets were dredged up again, Disney reacted by swiftly firing him.

Although fans campaigned for Gunn to be rehired, the writer-director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies never once bad-mouthed Disney for their decision. There have been reports that he met with Disney’s Alan Horn a number of times after his firing, and Horn was impressed with Gunn’s maturity. Disney reportedly rehired Gunn several months ago, and the news has finally gone public. The whole controversy will have a major impact on the Marvel slate, as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had originally been planned to release in 2020, launching the future of Marvel’s cosmic range of movies. Instead, that role will be played by The Eternals, a new franchise. Given that Gunn has signed up to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., it’s reasonable to assume Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will probably come out in 2023.

Related: Best Online Reactions To James Gunn Being Rehired For Guardians Of The Galaxy 3

Gunn’s firing had always seemed to be something of a knee-jerk response from Disney, who surely should have known about these old comments and tweets if they’d conducted basic due diligence before hiring Gunn in the first place. Still, it was also perfectly understandable, given Gunn’s jokes included references to subjects like rape and pedophilia, and there was no way Disney would want to be associated with those two topics at a time when they were in the bidding to expand by acquiring the bulk of Fox’s film and TV empire. Now the controversy is finally coming to an end, and Gunn is returning to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise that he’s made his own. He’s gone through a hard time over the last year – but he’s come out as the big winner from this whole affair.

James Gunn’s rehiring effectively confirms that the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise just doesn’t work without him. When Marvel first announced Guardians of the Galaxy, the prospect of a superhero film featuring a walking tree and a talking raccoon raised more than a few eyebrows. It was believed by some that Guardians of the Galaxy would be Marvel’s first flop. But Gunn’s creative approach took everybody by surprise. He transformed the little-known heroes into a blockbuster franchise, reinventing the characters for the big screen and adding an eclectic and creative ’70s soundtrack. The first film grossed over $773 million worldwide, and became hugely influential. Gunn’s judgment and taste had proved sound, and it was no surprise when he was brought back to direct the sequel.

Gunn remained tremendously protective of his characters, writing their dialogue for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. He even argued for changes to the script, insisting that Peter Quill would be willing to shoot his beloved Gamora rather than let her be captured by Thanos. Gunn’s position at Marvel Studios appeared to be growing, as he suggested his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would set up “the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies.” Kevin Feige has recently claimed Gunn’s reputation as the architect of Marvel’s cosmic universe was blown out of proportion, but one thing seems certain: Gunn was in a position of influence – right up until the moment he wasn’t.

Gunn’s return simply emphasizes his importance to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and indeed to Marvel’s future slate. It’s uncertain whether or not he’ll return to the influential position he previously enjoyed; no doubt Marvel’s plans have changed since he was last in the know, and will change even more when they gain access to the X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights. But the fact remains that Marvel and Disney both clearly felt Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 needed the James Gunn touch. Indeed, it’s been reported that Marvel didn’t even discuss the film with any other directors; it seems they put it on indefinite hold while this whole mess sorted itself out. The Guardians of the Galaxy films are officially Gunn’s baby.

Related: What James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Rehiring Means For Suicide Squad

In the meantime, Gunn has also gained another feather in his cap by signing on with Warner Bros. to write and direct The Suicide Squad, a sequel/reboot of David Ayer’s 2016 blockbuster. His rehiring makes Gunn the only director to be signed on simultaneously with both DC and Marvel – a position he’s perfectly suited to given his view on the traditional “rivalry” between those two superhero franchises. As DC Films producer Peter Safran put it in an interview with JoBlo:

“And you know what I love about James directing for both Marvel and DC is he has always espoused the view that that which unites comic book and superhero lovers is much greater than that which divides us. Because, there’s always been this Marvel/DC rivalry, which he has has said, and I agree, is absurd. There’s room for everybody and certainly that which unites us all is far greater than that which divides us, so hopefully they’ll see that you can be both a Marvel and a DC fan and the world won’t spin off its axis.”

Warner Bros. reportedly went to great lengths to court Gunn, offering him the pick of the crop. He even had a chance to direct a Superman film, although he was apparently more interested in Superman’s dog Krypto. The Suicide Squad is Gunn’s priority, and is still slated for an August 6, 2021 release, so Disney’s rehiring of James Gunn appears to have been made with his current deal with Warner Bros. and DC considered. It will certainly be interesting to see whether Gunn continues to work on both Marvel and DC movies going forward.

Page 2 of 2: The Trolls Have Lost

The whole affair is a sorry one for Disney, who caved in to Internet trolls in the first place and made what was clearly a hasty and ill-considered decision. The social media campaign against James Gunn was never really about his old posts and tweets at all; it was politically motivated, with right-wing trolls feigning outrage to get him sacked. They compared Gunn’s fate with the firing of Roseanne Barr, a parallel that doesn’t quite work given Roseanne continued making discriminatory statements after being hired by Disney (ABC, the network that produced Roseanne, is a Disney subsidiary), while Gunn completely ditched his off-color humor – and admitted, to his surprise, that he’d felt liberated by doing so. “I suddenly was working for Marvel and Disney,” Gunn told BuzzFeed in 2017, “and that didn’t seem like something I could do anymore. I thought that that would be a hindrance on my life. But the truth was it was a big, huge opening for me. I realized, a lot of that stuff is a way that I push away people.

Disney’s decision set a disturbing precedent, emboldening trolls whose only interest was in destroying the careers of the people they disagreed with. They swiftly began to launch other – thankfully less successful – campaigns against other actors and directors. It’s possible that Disney’s higher-ups didn’t really appreciate what was happening; they simply saw that the words “Disney” and “pedophilia” were being linked, and reacted with speed. They had played into the trolls’ hands, and had unwittingly given them power. Rehiring James Gunn changes that power dynamic once again, with Disney telling the world that they do indeed believe in the possibility of change and redemption after all.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Can Set Up Marvel’s DARK Guardians As Phase 4 Villains

Ultimately, far from destroying James Gunn’s career, the social media campaign against him has transformed it. While the jokes were indeed crude and offensive, it had become clear to anyone who did any digging into the issue at all that Gunn had put them behind him. What’s more, the writer-director has handled the controversy with grace and style, demonstrating to the whole world that he’s grown up beyond the off-color humor he deployed back when he worked for Troma. Gunn never criticized Disney, he accepted responsibility for his past actions, and he dramatically reduced his social media presence over the course of the last 12 months – all of which eased the way for his eventual comeback.

Meanwhile, it’s become clear just how strong a fanbase James Gunn has. MCU fans launched a petition calling for Disney to rehire him, which garnered over 429,000 signatures. The Guardians of the Galaxy cast issued an open letter in which they expressed their support for Gunn and made clear how great he was to work with, and Dave Bautista vocally threatened to quit the entire MCU. Hollywood A-listers stood up behind Gunn, boosting his cause and profile, all surely aware that the same trolls would do their best to silence them as well. Gunn became a cause célèbre – and, with his rehiring, a successful one.

The trolls intended to destroy the career of James Gunn. Not only have they failed, they have achieved the opposite, boosting his profile and actually enhancing his career. His past is well-known now, and can never be used to undermine him again. What’s more, his repentance is so clear that Disney has rehired him less than a year after he was originaly fired. The theme of redemption has always been central to Gunn’s work; he’s admitted that he identifies the most with Rocket, a character with rough edges who’s gradually learned to open up and embrace others. Now Gunn himself perfectly embodies that theme.

More: Why James Gunn Was Rehired For Guardians of the Galaxy 3

2019-03-17 11:03:33

Thomas Bacon

DC Producer: James Gunn Won’t Rush Suicide Squad For Guardians 3

DC producer Peter Safran says that James Gunn will focus all his efforts on making The Suicide Squad before moving onto Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Gunn’s relationship with Marvel has been a rollercoaster to watch unfold. In July of 2018, Gunn was fired as the director on the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, after a slew of controversial tweets from 2008 and 2009 were brought to light. He seemingly moved on a few months after that by signing on to write DC’s next Suicide Squad movie, which he has since agreed to direct as well. Everything appeared to have settled down after that until yesterday, when Disney unexpectedly reinstated Gunn as the director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

At the moment, the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie doesn’t have a release date, whereas The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters in the summer of 2021. It was confirmed yesterday that Gunn will direct The Suicide Squad next, followed by Guardians 3 sometime after that. Now, Safran has come out and offered further assurance that Gunn won’t be rushing his DC Comics adaptation through the pipeline, in order to get back to work on the Guardians franchise faster.

Related: Why Disney Rehired James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3

In an interview with JoBlo to promote DC’s Shazam! (which opens in April), Safran had the following to say, when asked if either he or Gunn are under more pressure now to get The Suicide Squad made faster, in the wake of his rehiring on Guardians of the Galaxy 3:

“No, it was all handled incredibly elegantly and everybody knows on both sides that Suicide Squad is the priority today and he’ll finish that movie and then everybody knows that his next film will be Guardians. It’s the best of all possible both worlds, I think, for fans and for James Gunn himself.”

Many people strongly believed that Disney had overreacted when it came to firing Gunn from the highly successful Guardians franchise, resulting in hashtags and petitions that even the stars of the Guardians movies vocalized their support for. The voices amassed and apparently had Disney thinking twice about their decision. It’s even being reported now that Marvel didn’t search for a replacement director on Guardians 3 between firing and rehiring Gunn to call the shots, despite rumors that Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi or Vice‘s Adam McKay would be stepping in. Following the news of his rehiring, Gunn released a statement on Twitter saying, “I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. […] I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all.”

Elsewhere, The Suicide Squad is in pre-production, but aims to begin shooting sometime this fall. Few official details have been revealed about the film, though Margot Robbie is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn and Idris Elba will be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. Warner Bros. has slotted the film for an August 2021 release, which means Guardians 3 won’t be arriving until after that. Gunn did finish the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script prior to being fired, but there is a good chance that rewrites will have to be made now, to coincide with Marvel’s upcoming slate of releases.

It’s a rare and wonderful time where we get to see a director handling a Marvel and DC film, and Gunn’s vibrant and comedic style should help breathe new life into The Suicide Squad. Not only that, but the Guardians threequel will be on the horizon soon after with a familiar face to help bring the franchise home. It’s a win-win for the comic book world at large, really.

Next: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Probably Won’t Release Until 2023

Source: JoBlo

2019-03-16 12:03:23

Hannah Hoolihan

Disney Reportedly Didn’t Even Search For A James Gunn Replacement

Disney reportedly did not actively seek a replacement for James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 before his rehiring earlier this week. After bringing Marvel’s intergalactic band of misfits, the Guardians of the Galaxy, to the MCU in two well-received movies and subsequently contributing to their appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, anticipation was certainly high for James Gunn’s third GOTG adventure. Unfortunately, the resurgence of distasteful tweets from the director’s past led to Disney firing Gunn – a move that was roundly panned by the entire industry and, most significantly, the main Guardians cast themselves, with some even pledging not to return without Gunn’s involvement.

Eight months on from his dismissal, many MCU fans had solemnly resigned themselves to the fact that Gunn would not be returning to the franchise, and the director’s involvement in The Suicide Squad for DC initially appeared to confirm just that. In an unexpected twist however, reports emerged this week that Gunn had been officially reinstated by Disney to work on GOTG3 and the man himself posted a heartfelt message on social media in response to the news. Naturally, this led to a host of speculation from observers as to why the Mouse House would pull such a drastic U-turn.

Related: Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Probably Won’t Release Until 2023

Various sources are now reporting that Disney never actually began their search for a replacement director on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. According to both THR and Deadline, Marvel and Disney didn’t seek, consider or speak with any other directors with a view to replacing Gunn between his firing last July and the reveal of his return earlier this week.

It’s important to note that this has not been confirmed by the studio themselves and it’s entirely possible that Disney could’ve discussed replacing Gunn in private without the media getting wind of any potential candidates. Nevertheless, there remain plenty of question marks surrounding the situation, with Marvel Studios giving little away and Gunn himself remaining understandably quiet on Twitter since the incident began. Perhaps the biggest question is whether Disney always planned to rehire Gunn once the heat on him had ebbed away, thereby explaining why they never sought a replacement, or whether Gunn’s firing was originally intended to be permanent but behind-the-scenes factors, such as the feelings of both the cast and fandom, forced Disney into choosing between rehiring the director or scrapping GOTG3 entirely.

Fans may never discover the full picture regarding James Gunn’s situation at Disney, but one thing most will agree on is that the director’s return is hugely positive news for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn possessed a clear affinity for the central band of characters and brought a certain humor and tone to the MCU that another director would’ve struggled to replicate. Had another figure taken Gunn’s place in the director’s chair, the scrutiny placed on them would’ve made it near-impossible for the film to garner a positive reaction. With Gunn at the helm once again, the GOTG series can continue more or less undisturbed.

More: Guardians Of The Galaxy 3: Taika Waititi Jokes About Directing After Gunn Rehired

Source: THR, Deadline

2019-03-16 11:03:13

Craig Elvy

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a ‘Total Reboot’, Says Producer

DCEU producer Peter Safran says James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a “total reboot” of the franchise and not really a sequel to David Ayer’s movie. Ayer’s Suicide Squad was the third entry in DC’s cinematic universe (following Man of Steel and Batman V Superman), but the first to focus on lesser-known comic book characters, with the exception of Harley Quinn. The DCEU movie went on to become a commercial success despite the relative obscurity of its source material, taking in $747 million at the global box office against a $175 million budget.

At the same time, Suicide Squad was poorly received by critics and Ayer declined to return for Suicide Squad 2. The project subsequently went through a few changes in creative personnel, before it landed in Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker and newly-reinstated Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director Gunn’s lap last October. However, from the get-go, Gunn’s idea for the film was described by DC as a “completely fresh take” on the antihero property, and has since been officially dubbed The Suicide Squad, not Suicide Squad 2.

Related: Why James Gunn Was Rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy 3

In an interview with JoBlo to promote the upcoming DCEU movie Shazam!, Safran went a step further and called Gunn’s The Suicide Squad a full-blown reboot. Here’s his exact quote on the subject:

“First of all, we don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 ‘cause it’s a total reboot, so it’s The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it. It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.”

While it might not be a sequel, Gunn’s The Suicide Squad won’t be a hard reboot either. The film is bringing back Deadshot from Ayer’s DCEU movie, only with Idris Elba taking over the role from Will Smith (who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict). It’s also been reported that Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the sequel, following her second turn as the character in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Beyond that, The Suicide Squad will supposedly feature a whole new character roster, so it’s not unreasonable to argue that the film is more reboot than sequel, as Safran has.

Some fans are theorizing that Gunn plans to kill most of The Suicide Squad in his film and is stacking the film’s team with unknowns (as far as mainstream audiences are concerned), for related reasons. Indeed, one of the complaints about Ayer’s Suicide Squad was that its titular “Skwad” didn’t really live up to its name, as ultimately only Slipknot (who barely had any screen time) and El Diablo bit the dust. If Gunn’s idea for “rebooting” the series is to really lean into the idea of a team of bad guys going on missions that will most likely get them killed, then it’s definitely an exciting one that we can get behind.

MORE: The Suicide Squad: Every Update You Need to Know

Source: JoBlo

2019-03-16 11:03:06

Sandy Schaefer

Why James Gunn Was Rehired For Guardians of the Galaxy 3

In a surprise move, Disney rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – but why? Last summer, around the time of San Diego Comic-Con, a series of Gunn’s old tweets resurfaced that contained messages about pedophilia and rape. Shortly thereafter, Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It was understandably a shocking decision, one that was considered controversial despite what Gunn’s tweets had said.

This decision was made without the input from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige nor Disney CEO Bob Iger, but both executives agreed with Horn’s judgment. But just because Gunn was out as director, that didn’t mean his influence wouldn’t still be there. Later on, it was revealed that Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script would still be used despite the director having been fired – though finding someone to replace him undoubtedly would’ve been the biggest hurdle. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case.

Related: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Script Has Made Readers Cry

Disney has officially rehired James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s director, but many people may be wondering why (and when) they changed their minds. It turns out, after Horn and Gunn’s initial meeting last year, they met several more times, and, according to Deadline, Horn was persuaded by Gunn’s public apology as well as his handling of the entire situation – the firing and presumably not bad-talking Disney on social media – in order to rehire the director.

Furthermore, there has been no evidence that Gunn ever partook in the perverted things he talked about social media, which primarily came out of trying to establish himself while working with Troma Entertainment. In the end, Gunn accepted responsibility for his actions and carried that weight with him, never trying to defend himself. In fact, Gunn seemed to have stopped using social media altogether after news broke that he was fired. All of this went into Disney’s decision to rehire Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. – a decision that must not have been easy to make.

What’s interesting is that Horn’s decision to rehire Gunn was apparently made several months ago; it just wasn’t made public until now. In that span of time, Marvel must’ve been kept in the loop on at least some of the meetings seeing as they never met with another director for the role, and instead of trying to push it through production in order to meet a 2020 release date, Disney/Marvel ultimately put Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on indefinite hold. Now, it seems it’ll release in the next few years, with Gunn back on board.

More: All The Damage Firing James Gunn Has Had For Marvel

2019-03-16 05:03:30

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Idris Elba Jokes About Playing James Bond in SNL Sketch

Idris Elba has joked about playing James Bond in a new SNL sketch. Elba, who has amassed a lengthy acting resume over the years with roles in the TV series Luther, as well as a variety of high profile film projects like the Avengers franchise, is no stranger to the lure of James Bond.

In 2015, when Daniel Craig told reporters that he’d rather slash his wrists than play British super spy James Bond again, the world was abuzz with speculation and rumors as to who could be the next actor in line to take on the iconic role. Of all the names offered up for consideration at the time, the one name that seemed to get the most mileage (or at least create the largest debate) was Elba’s. Of course, Craig later backtracked on his apparent disdain for the 007 role that made him a household name, and after a variety of setbacks were cleared up, it was confirmed that Craig would return for Bond 25, thereby ending the speculation that Elba might actually have a shot.

Related: All The Evidence Idris Elba WON’T Be James Bond

Even now however, with Bond 25 well on its way toward kicking off production, the Idris Elba as Bond phenomenon is not so easily forgotten. Given its popularity and the unknown future that lies ahead for Bond should Craig stay true to his word and make this his last 007 film, SNL and Elba took the chance to poke fun at the very idea of Elba knowing what it takes to play the legendary super suave, super cool spy. Check out the video below for the entire sketch, though the Bond-specific joke begins at the 4:53 mark.

The sketch imagines a game show called Can I Play That? in which unknown actors try to guess the roles that they are best suited for. At one point, after suffering a lengthy list of rejections regarding the roles he can play, Elba responds to the question of “Can you play James Bond?” by saying, “Hey, I know the answer to that one!” whereby the host of the ridiculous game show, Kenan Thompson, cringes and asks, “Do you, though?” The moment is a poignant, yet humorous one for those who desperately wanted to see Elba become 007, and it’s not the first time that Elba has shown his sense of humor over the missed opportunity, either. Bond fans will remember the “awkward look” photo shared by Elba during last year’s Golden Globe Awards.

All jokes aside, if things go according to plan – and let’s be honest, it seems that when it comes to James Bond, things rarely go to plan – and Craig call it quits after Bond 25, there will still be a 007 vacancy. Elba has previously claimed that he doesn’t want to be defined by such a huge role, though whether those are his true feelings or just a method by which to continue keeping 007 rumors at bay remains to be seen. What Bond fans do know is that Elba as Bond continues to be a legitimate discussion – one that Elba seems all too willing to joke about, and which supporters are eager to keep alive.

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Source: SNL

2019-03-10 06:03:35

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James Bonds By Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

James Bond is a character that will probably never die. Not only is he incredibly lucky in his films, but every time one actor gets sick of playing him, someone else steps in. Those actors played the part with their own strengths and quirks, each adding a little something to the James Bond canon. However, none of the actors were quite the same. In fact, we think the James Bond actors were so different that they fit into different Myers-Briggs® Personality categories. Get ready, super-spies, we’ve got James Bonds By Myers-Briggs® Personality Type coming up, and we think you’ll like it.

7 Sean Connery – ENFJ

A key trait of any ENFJ is their charm. And Sean Connery’s James Bond has charm. In fact, he’s why we consider James Bond as a whole a charming character. ENFJs like Connery’s Bond use their charm to motivate people. They seduce and deceive and survive with their personalities, which is exactly what Connery’s Bond was famous for. ENFJs are also usually the star of any situation, and to this day, most people would agree that the most stand – out James Bond is Sean Connery. Unfortunately, Connery’s Bond also showcases some of the negative aspects of James Bond as well. He is selfish and biased, a negative spin on the ENFJ confidence. For everything good and (sometimes very) bad about him, Sean Connery’s Bond was an ENFJ through and through.

6 David Niven – INTP

What’s that? You don’t know about the Bond Ian Fleming himself thought of as playing his super spy? That’s alright, David Niven was only ever Bond once, in a strange James Bond film called Casino Royale. The film is a kind of meta-comedy, centered around a retired secret agent who passed the name “James Bond” to other agents. (Yes, that does sound like that fan theory you love so much.) Niven’s Bond is an objective observer in the film, analyzing the world’s problems from his post-retirement home. We think this makes him an INTP, because that’s very similar to how they approach problems. Check out 1967’s Casino Royale to see if we’re right, or at least to see an odd little 007 comedy that makes fun of the James Bond franchise way ahead of its time.

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5 George Lazenby – ISFJ

James Bond is famous for his sexual promiscuity, so if you’re only vaguely familiar with the franchise, it may surprise you to know that James Bond was married once. That was in George Lazenby’s only outing as James Bond, In Her Majesty’s Secret Service. As evidenced by his marriage, Lazenby’s Bond is able to get closer to people than most other Bonds. He is empathetic and loyal to the people he loves. He’s actually even more loyal to the British government than your average James Bond, who tends to be roguish and independent. This loyalty and connection to people and institutions makes Lazenby’s Bond an ISFJ. They, too, put value on cohesive units of people, whether that’s in a family or a job. That’s probably why we’ll only ever see one ISFJ James Bond. It’s tough to keep a marriage healthy and regularly be hunted by Russian super-spies.

4 Roger Moore – INFP

Connery and Lazenby played James Bond as a fighter, as two-fisted as he was charming. Roger Moore chose a different path. He played James Bond as an elite, preferring a crack shot from afar to an all-out brawl. We don’t exactly know how INFPs prefer to fight, but we do think that they’re like Moore’s Bond in a lot of ways. They are creative and more reserved, comfortable with working on problems at a distance. They can be detached and highly value their autonomy, exhibiting a quiet, even stuck-up, individualistic nature. Moore’s Bond is interesting; it’s almost as though the British Secret Service supports his lifestyle, instead of the other way around. Just like other INFPs, Moore’s Bond is incredibly set in his ways. His job selection just means that being a secret agent suits what he already wanted for his life.

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3 Timothy Dalton – ENFP

ENFPs have a zest for life, finding great joy in their careers and hobbies. Even though Timothy Dalton was only in two James Bond films, that’s how it seems his character acts. He loves doing the secret agent thing, and all the sexy adventure that comes with it. Also like an ENFP, Dalton’s Bond is fiercely independent. He isn’t great with rules and is ready to rush fist-first into a situation. Dalton’s Bond is imaginative and extroverted, a perfect representation of an ENFP on film. We’re just bummed he wasn’t with us longer. Someone had to be the bad guy in Rocketeer though.

2 Pierce Brosnan – ESFP

Remember that scene in Goldeneye in which James Bond steals a tank and chases some bad guys through a few city streets? Well, we think that shows a gift for improvisation. ESFPs are the improvisor personality types, they’re enthusiastic and adaptable in every situation. Brosnan’s Bond is also somewhat more expressive than a Moore or Lazenby, reacting to things naturally instead of with that calm, unflinching smirk. Expressiveness, you might have guessed, is an ESFP trait. Finally, Brosnan’s Bond seems to enjoy people in the manner of an ESFP, often riffing with friends and foes alike. Not every one of those riffs is good, but Brosnan’s Bond sure does do a lot of them.

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1 Daniel Craig – ISTP

Daniel Craig is the Bond who takes beatings. And gives them, for that matter. For his practical, literally hands-on method of dealing with enemies, Craig’s Bond is absolutely an ISTP. ISTPs are direct in their actions, reflected by Craig’s Bond’s use of regular guns instead of fancy gadgets, or fists if it comes down to it. Or, I guess, nail guns. ISTPs like Craig’s Bond rely on their skill and stay calm in serious situations. They do what needs to be done and quickly. Because of this, the James Bond by Daniel Craig is the beginning of a new era of 007s. He’s more focused on being effective than charming, more useful than showy. We think he’s changed the super-spy game forever because of this, a change we’re sure to see in the next portrayal of the character.

Which James Bond is your favorite? Do you think we missed the mark on any of the Myers Briggs Personality Types we assigned them? Let us know in the comments section below!

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