‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ cast issue statement in support of James Gunn
Many have expressed their disappointment and support of James Gunn after he was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over offensive tweets dating back to 2009. Now, the cast of Guardians have signed a statement of support for the director. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel have signed a statement saying they “fully support James Gunn.”
“We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.”
“The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from his heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love,” the statement adds. “In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.”
Keri Russell also showed her support for Gunn saying “It’s sad. But it’s a part of our fabric now and I get it,” Russell told Variety. “But I do think we’re getting a little too sensitive on maybe some of the wrong people. You have to realize that when you are in that world as a comedian, a writer, whatever you’re always stretching the boundaries and trying to find something which lead him to something that the world loves, which is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy. He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven.”
Read their full statement here.
‘Timeless’ returns for a wrap-up movie
Timeless is saved one last time for a wrap up movie. NBC announced the show will return for a "two-part series finale" that will likely be a TV movie tying up any loose ends.
Co-creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke released a statement saying, “While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of Timeless, this is the next best thing… We’re thrilled to take the lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?"
NBC Entertainment executive Lisa Katz said, “We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story… A huge thank you to all — our cast, crew, producers and partners at Sony — who have worked so very hard, and to the fans who kept us on our toes and made sure we did our very best week after week."
The two-part finale is expected to air around the holidays. Recently, Netflix revealed it had no interest in saving the series.
See Linda Hamilton's return in the new ‘Terminator’ movie
Tim Miller’s Terminator sequel/reboot is currently in production. The movie is several weeks into filming with Arnold Schwarzenegger shooting his scenes in Budapest. To get us pumped, the studio gave us our first look at the film with an official production still and it is bad ass.
The picture shows MacKenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. Entertainment Weekly reports Davis plays a new role named Grace, who may be an android, while Ramos plays Dani Ramos, who looks like a mechanic judging by her uniform.
The currently untitled Terminator film is a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, ignoring all the sequels since then, written by David Goyer and produced by James Cameron. The movie opens in theaters November 22, 2019.
‘ALF,’ yes THAT ALF, to return to TV
This time reboots have gone too far. Warner Bros. Is apparently working on reviving 1980s sitcom, ALF. The series, starring a strange looking alien puppet who eats cats, will focus on ALF returning to Earth and shacking up with a new family. The studio is currently searching for a writer for the pilot. Original writers Tom Pratchett and Paul Fusco are attached to the project sources told The Hollywood Reporter, but it’s unclear what their role would be one the series.
The project has been in the works since May. So far, no network is attached as the reboot is in the very early development stages. The original series ran on NBC for four seasons from 1986 to 1990. ALF received a television movie in 1996 named Project ALF, which picked up where the last episode of the series left off. Fusco pitched a movie adaptation of ALF to Sony Animation. They optioned the project in 2012, but it has since been abandoned.
Are you excited for the return of ALF?
‘Stranger Things 3’ officially arrives summer 2019
We won't be seeing the kids of Hawkins, IN until next summer. Netflix VP of original content Cindy Holland confirmed that the third season of Stranger Things won't be back until summer 2019.
“It’s a handcrafted show,” Holland said. “The Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard, and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so, they really want to take the time to get it right… more special effects, it’s going to be a really exciting season.”
Really, we shouldn't be surprised. David Harbour even alluded to the show not returning until next year in an interview with Variety last year.
The third season will explore lingering plot threads from the previous season along with introducing new characters like the mayor of Hawkins played by Cary Elwes. Recently, a teaser was released showing off a new location, Starcourt Mall, “one of the finest shopping facilities in America and beyond.” The teaser didn’t reveal much but seeing Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA album in Sam Goody and having Tom Clancy’s novel The Hunt for Red October in Waldenbooks marks the time frame of the new season as 1984.
Stranger Things season 3 returns summer 2019.
BY ASHLEY PEREZ