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Gunn is back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3!

And he’s bringing Mark Hamill with him!

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Boom! here’s one that Shook the Room today!

In a welcome about- face, it was announced today that Disney had reinstated James Gunn as the director of the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.

The filmmaker, who helmed the first two, very successful films in the franchise, was reportedly rehired by Disney chief Alan Horn – who Gunn had met with several times since getting pink-slipped last July. The big guy, happy with Gunn’s public apology over decade old social media missives that made light of pedophilia and rape, wants the former Troma boy to direct his own script.

Yep, Gunn is committed to directing Warner/DC’s “The Suicide Squad” but he will reportedly kick-off work on the third “Guardians” shortly thereafter. He had already completed the script before his pink-slipping and by all accounts, that’s still the one that’ll be going before the cameras.

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

I’d say Horn started to lean on rehiring the spiky-haired artist after Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the “Galaxy” films, essentially threatened to quit the franchise unless Gunn was involved.

According to Deadline, where news of Gunn’s reinstatement originated, there’s also no truth to rumors that Marvel Studios were considering replacement directors like Adam McKay (“Vice”) and Taika Waititi (“Thor : Ragnarok”) so clearly Horn had been hoping he and Gunn could work things out so the derailed project could get back on the tracks.

James Gunn and Dave Bautista

A Disney contact today, confirming Gunn is indeed back on the job, said the agreement also involves bringing Mark Hamill – who had met with the filmmaker to discuss a possible part in the movie before his axing –  back into the fold. Considering the latter actor’s pre-existing relationship with Disney on the “Star Wars” movies, no surprise they didn’t argue that small request.
Have been told to expect some bigger news on the project at Comic-Con.

Mark Hamill

Gunn posted the following ‘thank you’ on Twitter today.

Welcome back, James.

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Clueless cast reunite to celebrate 25th Anniversary!

Alicia SIlverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison were present

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The cast of ’90s gem “Clueless” reunited at C2E2 at McCormick Place Saturday afternoon to share memories of working on the now 25-year-old comedy classic.

While a couple of cast members were noticeably absent (specifically, Stacey Dash, who played Dionne, and the late, wonderful Brittany Murphy, who left us in 2009), the 2,800 seat hall did get to spend quality time with Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison.

While most of the cast had understandably aged, Rudd seems to be stuck in time.

“I’m 80 years old on the inside.” He pointed to his chest: “In here, pure darkness — and a little moisturizer.”

“They had to knock on Paul’s trailer an hour early because he had to finish sucking the lifeblood out of babies”, said Meyer, who played skateboarder Travis in the film.

While the audience seemed to be gunning for solid word on some sort of sequel, the cast reiterated that the film is  – sadly – going to be rebooted… without them.

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Junkie XL scoring new Terminator

The film reunites the artist with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller

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Junkie XL, the famed movie musicsmith who provided the audio backdrop for such films as “Alita : Battle Angel” and “Mad Max : Fury Road”, will compose “Terminator : Dark Fate”.

The film reunites the artist aka Tom Holkenborg with his ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller, as well as “Alita” producer James Cameron.

“It’s great to be working on another project with Tim,” Holkenborg said in a statement to THR. “The original Terminators were such iconic movies, and having James back as a producer with Tim directing is an amazing dream team. It’s going to be a fantastic movie to be part of.”

The Miller-directed “Terminator” reboot, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, releases November 1.

Official First Look at the Women of the New TERMINATOR (from left to right) Natalia Reyes as “Dani Ramos,” Mackenzie Davis as “Grace,” Linda Hamilton as “Sarah Connor”

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Avengers‘ Idris Elba set for another comic book movie

Actor recently signed to play Deadshot in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”

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“Thor” and “Avengers” alum Idris Elba is in final negotiations to star in “Mouse Guard”, Fox’s adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic.

Wes Ball (“The Maze Runner”) will direct the film, also featuring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, which has been described as “Game of Thrones with mice”.

Shot in motion capture with WETA providing visual effects, “Mouse Guard” is a set in a medieval world and tells of an order of mice who are the sworn protectors of their realm. Enemies range from predators such as foxes and eagles to other rodents.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elba will play Celanawe, an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like figure who was once a legendary champion and now thought long gone.

Serkis is the villain of the piece, the Guard’s blacksmith known as Midnight who turns against it. Brodie-Sangster is Lieam, one of the Guard’s newest and youngest members who will be called upon to prove his bravery.

Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming ‘Batman’ reboot, is producing the film.

In addition to his roles in the Marvel cinematic universe, Elba recently signed to play Deadshot in James Gunn’s reboot of DC title “Suicide Squad”.

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