Disney Reinstates Director James Gunn For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’

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10 Major Takeaways From That Super Exciting New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer

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Here we are, just six weeks away from “Avengers: Endgame.” This is it. This is the climax of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Marvel Studios has blessed us with what we can only assume is the final new trailer we’re going to get for this thing, and our hype levels are at maximum. While of course this trailer is still very light on important details — they’re going to keep this thing as under wraps as possible until it actually hits theaters on April 26 — there are some things we can glean from it. So let’s do that right now.

1. Reflecting on the past

The first large chunk of this trailer is spent reflecting on how the good guys ended up here, with flashbacks to “Iron Man,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” from Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also get some narration from Peggy Carter that is actually something she said to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) back in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” as well as a shot of Steve carrying Peggy’s casket at her funeral in “Civil War.” And, of course, a few flashes of old heroes who died when Thanos snapped his fingers at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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It follows that “Endgame” will be heavy on that sort of sentiment since it represents the end of the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, and we’re all kind of expecting at least one or two of the main heroes to die before the movie is over. So here’s hoping “Endgame” itself is sentimental in this way as well, instead of this just being a trailer thing.

2. No Thanos

We don’t see Thanos. Nobody mentions Thanos. The Avengers are obviously fighting to undo the thing that Thanos did, but are they going to actually be fighting against Thanos to do it? There’s long been a theory that Thanos will not be the main villain of “Endgame,” though who knows who or what else could be the big bad here. But the fact that Thanos does not get even an indirect shoutout in this trailer will no doubt fuel that theory.

3. This face Rocket makes

There’s not a lot of happiness in this trailer, as mostly we just see folks making sad faces or determined faces or angry faces. But not Rocket (Bradley Cooper). No, in this shot where he’s perched up there on War Machine’s shoulder he looks like he’s excited to ruin somebody’s life. He is HYPED. It’s so nice.

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4. Ant-Man is searching for someone?

There’s this one random shot of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) looking at a light pole that’s been plastered with missing persons posters. Could this be a a glimpse of Ant-Man’s early arc, where he tries to find his family after returning from the Quantum Realm? We do know that Hope Van Dyne, Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym were all victims of the snap at the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which was how he himself got stuck down there. Or maybe this scene is just right after he returns to Earth and is learning about what happened for the first time.

5. Hawkeye/Ronin on an exploding space ship?

Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is no longer just Hawkeye — he’s apparently taken up the mantle of the character Ronin at some point before the main events of “Endgame” get going. And we get some shots of him, alone, in what looks like a big action sequence where he’s running down a hallway away from an explosion. And then, later, in that same hallway wielding his bow.

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The tunnel looks very much like something we’d see in a spaceship, but that’s just a guess since we have no context. But since he’s the only one we see in that environment in this trailer I find this bit very interesting. Perhaps moreso than it actually deserves.

6. Those snazzy white suits

Last year some toy designs leaked that showed some members of the Avengers wearing white uniform suits, and indeed that leak turned out to be legit as we see a bunch of the surviving folks wearing those suits in this trailer. Are these just uniforms, or is there some more practical reason that they’re wearing them? Could they be time travel suits? Suits to allow them to traverse the Quantum Realm? We have more thoughts on this topic here.

7. Steve and Tony are together again!!!!

It’s a small thing because we knew they would reunite in “Endgame,” but after we got through all of “Infinity War” with no scenes of Iron Man and Cap together we’ve been pretty eager to see them get back together. And we finally get to see them share a scene in this trailer, with that part where they’re wearing the white suits.

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8. They might slipping in shots from the end of the movie again

We finally got to see some glimpses of what appears to be a big “Endgame” action sequence, and the location is curious. It’s a totally ravaged landscape, and we see Captain America, Nebula and Rocket and War Machine there. And maybe Ant-Man too, since that bit where’s tiny and pushing a lever looks very aesthetically similar.

I can’t help but wonder, given the precedent set by the “Infinity War” marketing (they literally put Tony Stark mourning Peter Parker in a trailer), if this sequence is from the end of the movie. They’re obviously fighting somebody but we can’t see who it is, and Steve has the angriest look on his face we’ve ever seen. So is Marvel Studios teasing us by sneaking the climactic battle from “Endgame” in this trailer?

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9. Captain Marvel shows up real early in the movie

There’s one bit with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in this trailer, way at the end. And what I find very interesting about this bit is that we briefly see the back of Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) head, and she’s sporting the same hairstyle she had in “Infinity War.” Whereas in the rest of the trailer she’s back to being a redhead, which means all that other stuff happens later on. This backs up our read that the scene from “Endgame” that Marvel put in “Captain Marvel” as the mid-credits stinger does take place pretty soon after the fight with Thanos.

10. Kate Bishop?

So, uh, a lot of folks seem to think that this trailer is introducing a new hero, one Kate Bishop. This thought is inspired by this shot of Hawkeye seemingly teaching this young girl archery — Kate Bishop in the comics takes on the Hawkeye mantle after Clint dies. So there is reason to believe that’s what’s happening here. But if they’re just casually bringing her in like this, uh, wow, that wild. But, hey, I guess they did just do something similar in “Captain Marvel.”

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Let’s Talk About Why the Avengers Are Wearing Those White Suits in the New ‘Endgame’ Trailer

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So a few months back we spotted some leaked toy designs that indicated that our heroes would be sporting some very future-looking white uniforms in “Avengers: Endgame,” and that leaked turned out to be completely legit as the third trailer for the impending megablockbuster (you can watch it here) ends by showing  most of the surviving Avengers wearing exactly that.

Specifically, we see Captain America (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) wearing these new suits. It’s particularly notable that Rhodes is actually wearing his War Machine suit, just modified in the styling of the uniforms.

It’s also notable who we don’t see wearing them: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). We have no context for this scene, whether it happens early on or late in the movie, but it’s worth pointing out that in the brief shots we get of our heroes fighting in what looks like a thoroughly war-torn landscape –which feels like a climax-ish situation — none of them are wearing these things.

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Now, you may be tempted to think these uniforms are just an aesthetic choice, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think there’s an actual practical reason for the Avengers to pop these things on, and it involves travel into the Quantum Realm and/or through time.

It’s fairly well known at this point among the nerds that “Avengers: Endgame” will delve into some previously unused fantastical comic book mechanics to try to undo Thanos’ snap that killed half of everyone in the universe — specifically, time travel. And so they would likely need some kind of suit tailored to that use since that kind of thing isn’t an innate ability. Like how Ant-Man has to wear his suit that was specifically made for shrinking and enlarging himself if he wants to, you know, shrink or enlarge himself.

And if the Avengers are going to travel through time, perhaps by using the Quantum Realm as a shortcut (remember that line about a “time vortex” from “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), then it stands to reason that they would need special suits to actually do that.

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But this is all still speculation, of course. Marvel is doing a pretty great job of not giving away anything even while including all these seemingly revealing shots. But that’s par for the course — they literally put Tony Stark crying over Spider-Man’s ash pile in one of the “Infinity War” trailers and nobody was the wiser about it.

So we’ll see. We’re only a month and a half away now. “Avengers: Endgame” lands in theaters, as you probably know, on April 26.

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Marvel Studios has been putting out footage from “Avengers: Endgame” at barely a trickle thus far, with the first trailer and the Super Bowl LIII spot avoiding anything that could resemble action, and the tease at the end of “Captain Marvel” just showing our heroes hanging out at Avengers HQ.

But that trend has finally ended, as this third trailer and fourth look overall at “Avengers: Endgame” finally brings us some action. It’s all out of context and we have no idea what we’re looking at, but nonetheless there’s action.

“Avengers: Endgame” is just that — the endgame of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing us the conclusion of the story that began in earnest in “Marvel’s The Avengers” back in 2012. This new trailer makes a number of nods to that history, opening with clips from the original “Iron Man” movies that started all this off back in 2008 as the present-day Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ponders the path he’s taken that ended with him getting marooned in space in the wake of “Infinity War.”

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The trailer also looks back at “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Thor,” other origin movies from Phase 1.

The big moments from this trailer, though, show us some heroes fighting in just an absolutely torn-up environment that we have not seen before. In that location we see: Rocket (Bradley Cooper) perched on Iron Man’s shoulder in that place; Nebula (Karen Gillan) charging at somebody or something; Captain America (Chris Evans) doing that dramatic tightening of one of the straps on his shield that we saw in the Super Bowl trailer; and perhaps the shot of Ant-Man pulling some kind of lever is also in that place, as the aesthetic is pretty similar.

We also get a few new shots of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), which is always exciting because it seems like he has some kind of mysterious new role to play in this story given that he has clearly taken on (returned to) the identity of Ronin now.

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Anyway, you can catch “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters on April 26.

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As ‘Shallow’ Tops Billboard, Bradley Cooper Earns a Milestone Over Springsteen, Backstreet Boys, and More

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“Shallow” is the gift that keeps on giving for Bradley Cooper. The standout track from the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack officially went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending March 9, giving Cooper his first ever Billboard chart-topper. The song’s previous high was in the number five position. […]

Oscars Boost: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ Soars To No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

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Watch Eddie Vedder Perform ‘Maybe It’s Time’ From ‘A Star Is Born’ (Video)

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Eddie Vedder channeled his inner Jackson Maine at the Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night by performing “Maybe It’s Time” from “A Star Is Born.”

And no, Vedder wasn’t just jumping on the bandwagon surrounding the Oscar-nominated musical. The Pearl Jam singer was actually a huge influence on Bradley Cooper’s lead character.

“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him and I asked him 9,000 questions,” Cooper said of his friendship with Vedder in a September 2018 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment. “And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”

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As for the “American Sniper” star’s plan to remake the classic movie, “He thought it was crazy I was going to do this movie,” the actor-director continued. “He was like, ‘What? Bro, don’t do that.’”

Vedder performed “Maybe It’s Time,” the folksy ballad which was written by Jason Isbell, that Maine performs in a drag bar shortly after meeting Lady Gaga’s Ally, live to the stage on Sunday, sparking an instant reaction to from the audience and the songwriter himself.

“Holy s— Eddie Vedder sang my Bradley Cooper song in his set tonight,” Isbell tweeted. “That is by far the strangest sentence I’ve ever composed but it’s certainly a huge honor. I was 12 when ‘Ten’ came out and by god I learned how to play every song on it.”

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Watch Vedder’s performance above, and you’ve still got a few more days to catch “A Star Is Born” back in theaters this week. The new “encore” version from Warner Bros. features 12 additional minutes of footage, including extended takes of songs and one entirely new song not previously heard in the film or on the soundtrack album.

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Lady Gaga On ‘Shallow’ Oscar Performance: “This Is A Love Song”

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Oscar winner Lada Gaga appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday and shared her take of her Oscar performance of “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper.
“This is a love song, ‘Shallow,’” she told Kimmel. “The movie, ‘A Star Is Born,’ is a love s…

No, Lady Gaga Is Not Actually ‘in Love’ With Bradley Cooper (Video)

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Lady Gaga assured America — and really, Bradley Cooper’s longtime girlfriend Irina Shayk — that she is not actually “in love” with her “A Star Is Born” co-star and director. It’s called acting, kids.

“We were watching it at home and were like, ‘What’s going on with these two?!?” Jimmy Kimmel remarked Wednesday of Gaga and Cooper’s sensual “Shallow” performance days earlier at the 91st Oscars.

That wasn’t just you, Kimmels.

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“First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet,” Gaga said of the instant conspiracy theories about her relationship with Cooper. “And what it has done to pop culture is just, like, abysmal.”

“Yes, people saw love, and guess what — that’s what we wanted you to see,” she continued. “This is a love song, ‘Shallow.’ The movie, ‘A Star Is Born,’ is a love story.”

Gaga then explained how intricately Cooper laid out each moment of their beautiful live duet. The man is a pro.

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“I’m an artist and I guess we did a good job,” Gaga said a little later, adding that she spent years on tour with her arm around Tony Bennett, who is 60 years her senior. “Fooled ya!”

Watch her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” via the video above.

An extended version of “A Star Is Born” enters theaters on Friday — it runs for just one week.

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‘A Star is Born’ to Return to Theaters With New Music and Extended Songs

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Following its Oscar-winning turn for Lady Gaga’s Best Original Song “Shallow,” the Bradley Cooper-directed film “A Star is Born” is returning to theaters for one week starting on March 1.

But the new “encore” version that Warner Bros. is releasing will feature 12 additional minutes of footage, including extended takes of songs and one entirely new song not previously heard in the film or on the soundtrack album.

The encore version of “A Star is Born” now kicks off with the full performance of “Black Eyes,” the rock/country jam as performed by Bradley Cooper and written by Lukas Nelson that opens the film. It also has the full version of another Cooper and Nelson collaboration, “Alibi,” which is performed just before Gaga’s Ally first takes the stage with Cooper.

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As for Gaga, we get to hear an a cappella version of “Shallow” and never before seen footage of Ally singing to Jack “Is That Alright” during the film’s wedding sequence. And there’s a scene of Jack singing “Too Far Gone” in his studio.

Finally, “Clover” is a new track not heard in the film or on the soundtrack, and it’s performed by both Gaga and Cooper together.

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Gaga and Cooper have frequently noted that all of the music you see in the film was performed and recorded live in order to give the movie an authentic feel, so it’s exciting to get to actually see the full spoils of those performances in the context of the film.

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The musical movie remake was nominated for eight Academy Awards on Sunday, including Best Original Song, which Gaga won with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

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On Monday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah had a hilarious work-around to a major setback he encountered while talking about the 2019 Oscars.

At the top of the show, he brought up Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performance of their “A Star Is Born” duet “Shallow.” But unfortunately, while he could run footage of the “super-hot” set, the problem was that “we can’t afford the rights to the song. So we can play the video for you, but we have to change the music.”

So it is that when a clip of the widely-celebrated moment rolled, the music was replaced with an instrumental version of “Old MacDonald.” To be honest, the weirdly-compelling result is almost as entertaining as the real thing was on Sunday night. Watch it above and see for yourself.

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Noah also brought up the “Green Book” Best Picture win. “It’s been called the reverse ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ Because the driver is white, and the passenger is black, and also, they drive in reverse throughout the whole movie,” Noah joked.

But Noah said his favorite moment was when Spike Lee accepted his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “BlacKkKlansman.” Lee’s speech provoked an angry response from Donald Trump, who said on Twitter that Lee’s remarks were “a racist hit on your president.”

“That’s right. President Trump called Spike Lee racist. It’s like ‘Black Klansman, that’s offensive folks’” said Noah, launching into his Trump impression. “Should’ve been called ‘Black Very Fine People On Both Sides. Both Sides.”

There’s more, and like we said before, you can watch the whole thing above.

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“New Day” anchor John Berman was left a little rattled after watching Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performance of the song “Shallow” at the Academy Awards, suggesting on the CNN morning show Monday that the on-scream chemistry between the two was hot enough to leave him with child.

“I need to take a shower. I need to take a cold shower,” Berman quipped.”I just got pregnant.”

“Ether they are the best actors on planet Earth–” he continued, trailing off a bit before adding, “co-workers have to be careful. It never happens between anchors.”

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Fellow co-host Alisyn Camerota said the chemistry between between the two was so intense that she feared for Cooper’s girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

“That was just intense,” she said. “The problem is it is like forbidden love. He has a girlfriend, with whom he has a child.”

Berman and Camerota were far from alone in noticing the steamy on-stage behavior between Gaga and Cooper. Former Spice Girl Mel B, said the moment was probably very, very awkward for Shayk.

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“I felt so uncomfortable for Bradley’s girlfriend, oh my gosh,” the singer said on “Good Morning Britain” Monday. “I would like to think it was part of the whole performance, because there’s a women’s code and hopefully that’s not…hopefully, it’s only professional.”

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The 91st Academy Awards may not have had a host, but the 3 hour, 17 minute-long show was filled with plenty of heartwarming but also gut-wrenching moments. Here, TheWrap rounds up the 11 best and worst bits of the 2019 Oscars.

BEST/WORST: It’s not your fault, Adam Lambert. It’s just that it’s weird to anyone’s voice sing “We Are the Champions” that isn’t Freddie Mercury. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph made their best pitch to be next year’s Oscars hosts.

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BEST: Tyler Perry Calls Out Academy In announcing Best Cinematography, Perry reminded everyone of one of the Academy’s ill-fated attempt to move some of the awards to the commercials.

BEST: Trevor Noah Roasts Mel Gibson The “Daily Show” host got to present Best Picture nominee/winner “Black Panther” and took a jab at Mel Gibson in the process: “Mel Gibson came up to me like, ‘Wakanda Forever.’ He said another word after that, but the Wakanda part was nice.”

BEST: Dana Carvey and Mike Myers “Wayne’s World” reunion A Queen biopic, titled after the song that Wayne and Garth famously rocked out to was nominated for Best Picture? Yea, like this wasn’t going to happen.

BEST: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga made us cry (again) with “Shallow” — Ally and Jackson Maine — er, we mean Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, silenced the entire Dolby Theatre when they took the stage to sing “Shallow,” their already-iconic duet from “A Star Is Born.” Hey, even if you’ve rewatched that scene from the movie a million times already, it was nice just to take another look at them. Oh, and then the song won an Oscar later in the evening, making this moment even more perfect.

BEST: Awkwafina and John Mulaney Are the Most Adorable/Overwhelmed Presenters Ever — The breakout star of “Crazy Rich Asians” and the “SNL” alum were honored just to be announcing those who were nominated for Best Animated Short at the 91st Annual Academy Awards — even if they were totally freaked out to be doing it. These two very funny people had a very funny, joint on-stage panic attack while recapping how starstruck they were hanging out backstage, rubbing elbows with the other A-list presenters.

BEST: Keegan-Michael Key Enters Mary Poppins-style – The comedian came down from the the Dolby Theatre’s rafters via umbrella to introduce Bette Midler’s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.” Let’s just say there are few ways to upstage Bette Midler, but that was one of them.

BEST: Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry Are the Best Costumed While Presenting Best Costume – When the “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” star and “Widows” actor were given the costume category they clearly decided to lean into the job. You can read our full breakdown of there look here.

WORST: In Memorium Snubs The Academy had to shave time off somewhere to reach it’s goal of a three-hour show. It looks like the In Memorium segment — which left out Sondra Locke, Verne Troyer, Dick Miller, R Lee Ermey — was where they did it.

BEST: Oscars Stays Pretty Close to Its 3-Hour Runtime Pledge No bloated opening monologue, a much tighter show (with a shaved-down In Memorium segment) helped the Academy stick very close to its goal of a three-hour show, coming in at just 17 minutes over, despite airing all 24 awards live.

WORST: ‘Green Book’ Best Picture Speech Omits Don Shirley — “Green Book” producers and director Peter Farrelly thanked a number of people – even giving a shoutout to the late Carrie Fischer – but there was one notable admission. Don Shirley, which was made all the worse by Mahershala Ali winning an Oscar for playing him.