A Shazam! producer thinks James Gunn could be the key to ending the DC/Marvel rivalry

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Mike Cernovich’s ‘5-Year Statute of Limitations on All Offensive Content’ Doesn’t Extend to James Gunn

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Mike Cernovich Urges Media Matters Boycott of Disney After James Gunn Rehired

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Mike Cernovich urged Media Matters for America to launch a boycott against Disney on Friday after the announcement that the Mouse House had decided to re-hire James Gunn to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.”

“Disney’s rehiring of James Gunn presents an excellent opportunity for Angelo Carusone and Media Matters to show they are principled fighters for social justice,” Cernovich told TheWrap. “I eagerly await joining Media Matters’ boycott of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3.’”

“What James Gunn said is worse than anything Tucker Carlson or anyone else has said. The left doesn’t care and isn’t sincere,” Cernovich tweeted Friday.

As TheWrap previously reported in July 2018, Disney cut ties with Gunn after Cernovich and others uncovered numerous old tweets from the director talking about rape and pedophilia.

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Reps for Media Matters directed TheWrap to their past reporting on Cernovich’s past remarks. 

The quote from Cernovich is a reference to the liberal watchdog group’s long history of targeting Fox News stars for advertiser boycotts over their on-air remarks and the group’s recent efforts dredging up past embarrassing statements from primetime host Tucker Carlson.

“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,” Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios,said in a statement at the time.

Gunn himself also apologized for the remarks, saying in a statement of his own that he had been joking.

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“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor,” Gunn wrote in a series of tweets. “In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.”

The tweets from Gunn came mostly from a period between 2008 and 2011.

“Expendables is so manly I f–ed the s–t out of the p—y boy next to me,” he wrote in one.

“The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!’” he wrote in another.

There were many more which have since been deleted.

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From the moment they originally dropped Gunn, Disney faced pressure from Hollywood stars — including from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise — to reverse the decision.

Dave Bautista, who stars as Drax in the “Guardians” films, decried the decision saying on Twitter that it was “pretty nauseating” being employed for Disney after it bowed to “a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis.”

“It’s a bitter-sweet conversation — um, no it’s a bitter-bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” Bautista said on “The Jonathan Ross Show” in August, 2018. “They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. To be honest with you I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”

Bautista did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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James Gunn On ‘Guardians’ Return: “From The Bottom Of My Heart, Thank You”

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James Gunn Thanks Disney for His ‘Guardians’ Return: ‘I Am Always Learning’

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In his first tweet back since being fired, James Gunn has thanked Disney and his fans for being rehired to direct and write “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and said he is “always learning” about how he can be “the best human being I can be.”

“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be,” Gunn said Friday on Twitter. “I deeply appreciate Disney’s decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been, and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”

Disney reinstated Gunn on Friday after firing him from the third film in Marvel’s “Guardians” franchise last July when online critics discovered years-old tweets in which he joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn apologized and said he had grown as a person in the years since the jokes. Despite calls from many fans to reinstate him, Disney made clear at the time that Gunn would not direct the third “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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Disney said in a statement from Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn that the jokes were “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” According to an individual with knowledge, the decision to rehire Gunn was made months ago following conversations.

In January, TheWrap reported that Gunn was in talks to direct “The Suicide Squad” for DC. The sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad” will hit theaters on August 6, 2021, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday. Peter Safran and Charles Roven will produce. He will complete this film first, with production to start in September, before returning to Disney for “Guardians 3.”

As TheWrap first reported, Gunn wrote the script for “The Suicide Squad.” The film is said to have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has made over $700 million at the box office, with the last installment scoring an opening weekend of $146 million two years ago.

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James Gunn Returns to Direct, Write ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

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Disney has reinstated James Gunn to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Gunn was fired from Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise last July after online critics discovered years-old tweets in which he joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn apologized and said he had grown as a person in the years since the jokes. Despite calls from many fans to reinstate him, Disney made clear at the time that Gunn would not direct the third “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Disney said in a statement from Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn that the jokes were “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” According to an individual with knowledge, the decision to rehire Gunn was made months ago following conversations.

Also Read: James Gunn in Talks to Direct ‘The Suicide Squad’

In January, TheWrap reported that Gunn was in talks to direct “The Suicide Squad” for DC. The sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad” will hit theaters on August 6, 2021, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday. Peter Safran and Charles Roven will produce. He will complete this film first, with production to start in September, before returning to Disney for “Guardians 3.”

As TheWrap first reported, Gunn wrote the script for “The Suicide Squad.” The film is said to have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has made over $700 million at the box office, with the last installment scoring an opening weekend of $146 million two years ago. Both films were highly praised by critics and fans alike.

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Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the “Guardians” films, was vocal about Gunn’s firing. Bautista tweeted that it was “pretty nauseating” working for Disney after it empowered “a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis.”

“It’s a bitter-sweet conversation — um, no it’s a bitter-bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” Bautista said on “The Jonathan Ross Show” last August. “They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. To be honest with you I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”

Deadline first reported the news.

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

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Oreo the Raccoon, Inspiration for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Character Rocket, Dies

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Oreo the Raccoon, who served as the model for “Guardians of the Galaxy” character Rocket, has passed away after a short illness.

The Facebook fan page for all things “Guardians” announced the news on Thursday, after his family took to the social media platform to announce his death.

“Our hearts are broken as we have lost our best friend, our Guardian of our Galaxy Mr Oreo Raccoon,” Quinta Layla wrote. “Oreo passed away in the early hours of this morning after a very short illness. Many thanks to our wonderful vets for their compassion and care.”

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“Rest in Peace to Oreo the Raccoon, the real-life model for Rocket Raccoon,” added the “Guardians” Facebook page. “Oreo was also the Raccoon that went to the red carpet with ‘GotG’ director James Gunn when the movie debuted in Hollywood.”

Oreo helped animators capture motions and behaviors for Rocket.

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Rocket Raccoon was first created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen for Marvel Preview #7 in 1976. His name was inspired by the 1968 Beatles’ song “Rocky Raccoon.” He then appeared in in the 2008 relaunch of the superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy. He showed up next in the 2014 film, as well as the 2017 sequel and “Avengers: Infinity War,” voiced by Bradley Cooper. He will next be seen in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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Taika Waititi Confirms He Won’t Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3′: ‘That’s James’s Film’

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Taika Waititi will not step into James Gunn’s shoes for “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.”

“Nope. Not doing that movie,” the “Thor: Ragnarok” director told reporters Monday during the television critics association press tour. “I’m hanging out with [Marvel] still. Talking about new stuff, but I don’t know what that might be yet. I want to do another movie.”

Waititi’s name had been mentioned as a possible successor to Gunn, who helmed the first two films but was fired last year by Disney, but Waititi said he “didn’t really” have a conversation with Marvel about it. “For me, that’s James’ film,” he continued. “Going into something like that, which has got his stamp all over it, it would feel like going into someone’s house and saying ‘Hey, I’m your new dad.”

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Gunn is in talks to direct “The Suicide Squad,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

The DC Comics film will be the director’s first since being fired from Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise “The Suicide Squad,” the sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” will hit theaters on August 6, 2021, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday. Peter Safran and Charles Roven will produce. As TheWrap first reported, Gunn wrote the script and will have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.

Gunn was fired from Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise after online critics discovered years-old tweets in which he joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn apologized and said he had grown as a person in the years since the jokes. Despite calls from many fans to reinstate him, Disney has made clear that he will not be back to direct the third “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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Principal Communications Wants to Keep Hollywood Out of Trouble With New Foresight Solutions Company

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Principal Communications Group has partnered with Edgeworth Security to launch a new company that promises to help public individuals and companies in the media and entertainment industry avoid trouble for potentially problematic past actions.

In a press release, the company is described as a modern strategic communications solution for media, distribution, content creation entities and creative individuals living within the public eye and under the scrutiny of the digital age.

“We are a research firm on steroids,” Principal Communications partners Melissa Zuckerman and Paul Pflug said. “Our business model has always been that the cover up is worse that the crime. Our goal is to be an industry partner, we’re hoping to be part of the solution.”

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The longtime execs hope Foresight Solutions will fill what they see as a void in the media and entertainment industry where celebrities and prominent figures are increasingly criticized for controversial past actions and social media posts that resurface.

The plan would be to avoid situations like director James Gunn being fired for offensive old tweets, comedian Kevin Hart stepping down as Oscars host because of offensive old jokes and comments, and similar situations.

Foresight would ideally be able to recognize those issues before they arise, present a plan of handling them and then offer a process for how to learn from the mistake.

The company, however, would not work with clients actively trying to avert attention from crimes or discriminatory acts, Zuckerman and Pflug said.

Principal Communications Group partnered with Edgeworth Security, a cyber intelligence company that counts Fortune 500 companies and celebrities as clients.

Foresight will use its public relations expertise gained from Principal Communications and a proprietary cyber intelligence platform to provide clients with sophisticated research and knowledge on potential threats to their reputation and ongoing issues facing companies and individuals. The company plans to then use that information to give clients solutions to problems that could otherwise sink a stock price or shutter a billion-dollar franchise.

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Foresight’s cyber intelligence team, powered by Edgeworth Security, comprises a variety of subject matter experts from the cyber industry to include former federal law enforcement and government intelligence analysts. Foresight will use a balance of analytical expertise and advanced cyber tools.

Foresight’s analysts will be able to review data in over 200 languages remove illegitimate or security risk information from online sources and scour not only social media, but dark web data sources, including all available criminal records and activity, known associates of interest, financial standings, public relations risks or considerations, business dealings, group or foundation interests or participation.

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Principal Communications will continue operations under the direction of its partners Pflug, Zuckerman and Hans-Dieter Kopal.

Edgeworth Security is led by CEO Ken Young, a decorated United States Marine Corps Veteran, and Chad Brockway, vice president of cyber operations, and former FBI program manager and United States Marine.

Foresight was advised by leading attorney Ivy Kagan Bierman, a partner at Loeb & Loeb, who is an expert in entertainment and related companies in labor, production, distribution and technology.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel Scores Summer 2021 Release Date

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“The Suicide Squad,” the sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” will hit theaters on August 6, 2021, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday.

Peter Safran and Charles Roven will produce. James Gunn will write the screenplay — the plot is currently unknown and no director is attached yet. Currently, no other film is slated for that release date.

“Suicide Squad” was directed and written by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Ezra Miller, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman.

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It grossed $325 million domestically and almost $750 million worldwide, although it was mostly panned by critics.

Warner Bros. also announced it would be releasing “The Batman” on June 25, 2021. Anne Hathaway’s “The Witches” will hit theaters on October 16, 2020, while “Doctor Sleep” moved from January 24, 2020 to November 8, 2019.

Film Producer Jack Morrissey Apologizes for Deleted Covington ‘Woodchipper’ Tweet

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Film producer Jack Morrissey apologized Monday for joking about “MAGA kids” going “screaming, hats first into the woodchipper.” The tweet was accompanied by an iconic scene from “Fargo” in which a dead person’s blood flies from a woodchipper.

Morrisey, whose credits include “Beauty and the Beast” and films in the “Twilight” franchise, quickly deleted the tweet and apologized, but Sarah Palin and other critics slammed him on social media.

“It was something that I did not give any thought to,” Morrissey told TheWrap. “It was just a fast, profoundly stupid tweet. … I would throw my phone into the ocean before doing that again.”

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Passions ran high on social media Saturday after video emerged of several students from Covington, Kentucky, many of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, surrounding a Native American elder who was in Washington, D.C. for the Indigenous Peoples’ March. Many viewers believed the teens were attempting to taunt the elder, Nathan Phillips.

On Sunday, additional video showed that Phillips had walked up to the teenagers. He said he was trying to defuse a confrontation between them and another group. One of the teens, Nick Sandmann, issued a statement saying he had not sought the confrontation and bore no ill will to Phillips.

Morrissey said he deleted the tweet as soon after noticing negative reactions to it online. He then tweeted out an apology before locking up his entire feed from public view.

“Yesterday I tweeted an image based on FARGO that was meant to be satirical — as always — but I see now that it was in bad taste,” Morrisey wrote. “I offended many people — My sincerest apologies. I would never sincerely suggest violence against others,especailly kids. Lesson learned.”

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Sarah Palin tweeted out a screen grab of his original tweet, along with the caption: “Don’t tell me this is THEE [sic] Jack Morrissey. ‘Famed’ Disney producer Morrissey? Dear Lord…”

“I have no issue whatsoever with taking responsibility, but also completely apologizing that I clearly intended it to be seen as satire, Morrissey said. “That was clearly not recorded that way by many who saw it.”

Asked whether he had changed his mind about the students’ behavior as more video emerged, Morrissey said he had not had time to research the situation deeply because he was too busy dealing with the fallout from his tweet.

“I have seen tweets from both sides feeling disappointed that the mainstream media went his way or that way. But I haven’t had the headspace to take the time to watch all the videos,” he said.

Disney, the studio behind “Beauty and the Beast” did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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Last year, Disney fired “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn after a right-wing media personality and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich resurfaced a series of offensive tweets Gunn made about about pedophilia and molestation.

CNN reported Monday afternoon that Twitter suspended an account that posted a minute-long video showing the confrontation between the Native American elder and the Covington high school students, with the caption, “This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March.”

The account claimed to belong to a California schoolteacher but its profile photo belonged to a blogger based in Brazil, CNN Business found.

Don’t tell me this is THEE Jack Morrissey. “Famed” Disney producer Morrissey?

Dear Lord…

– Sarah Palin pic.twitter.com/XxX28AxBpQ

— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) January 21, 2019

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