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James Gunn Back At Marvel Studios For “Guardians Of The Galaxy 3”

After much deliberation, James Gunn is back at Marvel Studios, bay-bay!

Deadline reports that this was decided on some time ago for the man who will also be directing DC Comics’ upcoming “Suicide Squad 2“, and the decision to announce it publicly finally happened today:

The decision to rehire Gunn –he was fired last July by Disney after alt-right journalists made public a fusillade of decade old social media missives that made light of pedophilia and rape — was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios.

Why the change of heart? After the firing, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss the situation. Persuaded by Gunn’s public apology and his handling of the situation after, Horn decided to reverse course and reinstate Gunn.

Soon after the announcement, James went on Twitter to respond to the news:

“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months,” he wrote. “I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. 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.”

The surprising news that Disney reversed its decision to fire Gunn broke on Friday, March 15, but apparently Disney’s decision to rehire Gunn and have him direct Guardians Vol. 3 actually happened months ago. The story, originally reported by Deadline and confirmed by IGN, led to a joyous response from fans. Also a fan? Sonic the Hedgehog star Ben Schwartz, who simply responded to Gunn’s tweet, “AYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEE.”

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This tweet marks Gunn breaking his eight-month-long Twitter silence. The last thing he had tweeted, which was on July 19, 2018,  was his five-part apology in response to his resurfaced controversial tweets from 2008 and 2009 that led to Disney firing him to begin with.

Before Gunn sits back into the directing chair for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he’ll first complete his work as writer and director for Warner Bros.’s upcoming Suicide Squad 2, which is due in theaters in 2021. We want to hear which film you guys want to see first! Take our poll below:Which Movie Should James Gunn Direct First?Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Suicide Squad 2Neither!VoteView Results

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The entire cast had been very supportive of James when he was fired, and are ecstatic now that his return is official. Disney, as it turns out, had not even begun to consider other directors for the franchise, so it seems the movie will end with the same person behind the camera who it started with.

Prior to his firing, James Gunn wrote the script for GotG 3, which Marvel Studios confirmed they would use for the third installment.

Disney is also days away from sealing the deal to acquire the assets of Fox, so stayed tuned for that news and how it will likely affect the Marvel movies.

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Marvel Comics’ “What If” Being Adapted To TV Series

One of the most interested adaptations of a Marvel Comics series will be coming to streaming platforms soon, and it’s an unexpected addition. Marvel Comics’ “What If” series is in the works to join Disney’s digital TV platform, and we could not be more excited about that news!

This scoop came from Slashfilm, who had this info corroborated by three unnamed sources.

The new animated show will be overseen by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, but the stories will not be canon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just like the original comics.  

It’s also not confirmed if the show will use any storylines from the comics for inspiration, except for Issue #47, which explored what would happen if Loki got Mjolnir instead of Thor.

“What If” comics began in 1977 and continue to this day in various forms. While the long-running series has been cancelled for a long time, it has seen resurgences sporadically over the past fifteen years.

Last month it was revealed that Jeph Loeb would be overseeing new Marvel series on the Hulu streaming service, including Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, Marvel’s Howard the Duck,  and a crossover special Marvel’s The Offenders with a list of very talented writers and producers including Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Handler, Erica Rivinoja, Dave Willis, and more.

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Will Smith’s Genie Looks Better in New “Aladdin” Trailer

It wasn’t that long ago when we got our first look at Will Smith as the Genie in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Aladdin” movie. Viewers were underwhelmed to say the least, and questioned how unfinished the blue CG model looked. Today, we have a new trailer to look at which includes a more refined Genie – and fans, we can all sigh a breath of relief.

Check out the trailer below:

Aside from getting many more morsels of what the movie will be like, we are definitely seeing more of what the Genie will look like. It’s a big improvement over what we saw last time.

The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.

The movie also features new recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, plus two new songs written by Menken and lyrics by Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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Disney’s “Descendants” dolls by Hasbro – Toy Fair 2019

Check out the new dolls from Hasbro of characters from “Disney’s Descendants” seen at Toy Fair 2019.

Shown here are Mal, Evie, Ben, Uma, and Dizzy with new fashion dolls, along with a new character named Celia, daughter of Dr. Facilier.

Plus, a Dragon Queen Mal doll with working wings, and separate fashion sets to add to your dolls.

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Funko Booth At NY TOY FAIR 2019 – LIVE

Our live toy fair 2019 coverage of the huge Funko booth! There is a lot of stuff here from every franchise under the sun, and then some!

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Here’s Everything We Learned From The New “Frozen 2” Teaser Trailer

No need to let it go anymore, because the cold doesn’t bother Elsa anymore… or anyone it seems, according to the new teaser trailer for Disney’s “Frozen 2”. Looks like our characters have left the safety of the castle, and are on a quest somewhere very different, and very dark. We took a look at the new video and broke it down to see what we can figure out from it.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

The biggest thing to note right away is the seriousness of this trailer. There are no jokes, and more importantly, zero dialogue. Something big is happening here, and we are thrust into the drama of it immediately.

As we can see at the start of the video, Elsa is testing her powers, and she’s learned a lot since the first movie. Now, she can use her powers to essentially walk on water by freezing the ground under her when she steps, and she is exhibiting some Todoroki powers a la My Hero Academia when it comes to ice blasts.

It may just be my own theory, but her dress does not seem to be fabric, or at least made entirely of cloth. The way it seamlessly blends with her skin by her chest and shoulders makes me think she made that out of ice and snow, which is pretty nuts. Has Elsa’s power become that strong since the last time we saw her?

After Elsa battles the sea, Anna is observing a collection of pastel-colored crystals outside her windows – whose are they? They don’t seem to match the color palette of Elsa’s abilities, so it must be someone, or something else. Next, we see Anna and Kristoff journeying around. But where are they?

Director Jennifer Lee previously hinted to Variety that the upcoming animated adventure will still focus on Arendelle royalty Elsa and Anna, but it will be “bigger” and “more epic” in scale. “They’re going to go far out of Arendelle,” she said. This appears to be that far away.

We follow this with Kristoff and Sven riding with a herd of moose in a very autumnal setting, followed by a very gloomy Anna (with a new hair style) sulking in the woods.

Next, it looks like Olaf has returned, at least for a little bit since this is the only time we see him in the entire trailer. Elsa is using some crazy ice blasts to keep some purple flames away from her buddy, but it looks like it will be for naught.

Perhaps this means that Arendelle has become under attack by some other elemental power user, and chances are this means Olaf may be melted before the end of the first act… at least until he is revived by the end of the movie (parents, get ready for some tears).

After that… who’s that? There appears to be a never-before-seen red-haired character hanging out in this crimson forest, and she may have those aforementioned elemental powers. She wind-blasts somebody out of a pile of leaves, but who is that dude? It’s hard to say, but it’s either an entirely new character, or it could be the return of Hans, the bad guy from the first movie.

Finally, the bulk of the teaser ends with our heroes overlooking this vast landscape, unfamiliar to them and a huge change from what we remembered in the first movie. Where are they, and what’s going to happen next? This is likely the start of their journey to figure out what’s up with the elements, but who really knows?

After that title sequence ends, we land on an over the shoulder shot of the trio in the woods (no Sven or Olaf, so this may be earlier in the film after Olaf is downed, which also means Sven may get separated and meets his moose brethren, rejoining them later for that big shot earlier in the trailer with the herd), but whose view point is that? Possibly the redhead and her friend from earlier, but whoever it is just got the bad end of Anna’s sword!

Also of note, Elsa no longer has her strapless ice dress, so maybe she loses her powers at some point in the movie and must resume wearing fabric clothes.

We will have to wait a few months to learn the answers to these mysteries, but it seems like it will be well worth the wait. So far, “Frozen 2” looks like a very different movie tonally. It almost feels like the movie franchise is maturing with its original audience, giving the kids who grew up with the original 2013 movie something they can still be interested in six years later.

With the same song-writing duo from the original once again doing music (Kristen and Robert Lopez), this means we are still getting a traditional Disney musical, but this Broadway power couple may flex their dramatic muscles with new songs to better fit the drama unfolding on-screen. I theorize there will be some direct Sondheim references in this, since it seems the characters are going “Into The Woods” after all.

“Frozen 2” stars Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and some other surprises that will be revealed as we get closer to the release date. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

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First Look At Live-Action “Aladdin” Movie From Disney Underwhelms

Last night during the Grammy Awards, we got our first taste of how the new live-action remake of Disney’s “Aladdin” will look, and it needs to be seen to be believed… for better or worse, you decide!

To be perfectly honest, it’s a pretty underwhelming trailer, both in terms of information and visuals. The biggest buzzkill has to be seeing Will Smith as The Genie. To say he looks like a knockoff alien from Avatar would be putting it mildly. One can hope that this is still an early version of the visual FX, but if this is the final product – yuck.

Another thing that seems very telling to me is that the scene in the trailer was quite dim. I brightened this screenshot up in Photoshop to give you all a better look, and it’s not much better. Aside from looking very flat, it mostly appears like they cut out Will’s face, rotoscoped it on top of a CG model, and called it a day. This would explain the uncanny valley, and how it looks like Smith’s head is floating independently of his misshapen body.

We also got a brief look at Abu and Carpet in the trailer, along with the rest of the effects. Overall, it’s not the most impressive, especially when you consider we are talking about Disney money here, but let’s be optimistic and hope when the film comes out everything will look way better.

We may not be the only people that feel this way. As of the time of this video being posted (about 10 AM EST), the reception is pretty mixed – with over 2 million views, the thumbs up are about the same number of thumbs down, which is hovering around 20K.

The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.

“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and includes two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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WATCH – BroadwayCon 2019 Review: A Smash Hit or A Broadway Flop?

Andrea went to BroadwayCon 2019, and here is her review of what she saw, what she liked, and what she didn’t like about the fourth edition of this theatrical super-con!

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WATCH – “Disney Theatrical at 25: The Stars Align” Panel Highlights – BroadwayCon 2019

Check out some highlights from the BroadwayCon 2019 panel, “Disney Theatrical at 25: The Stars Align”. This panel featured questions and answers with the stars of the Broadway versions of Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, Aida, and Frozen, with James Monroe Iglehart, Thomas Schumacher, Ashley Brown, Merle Dandridge, Christian Borle, Patti Murin, and Susan Egan.

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WATCH – Susan Egan sings “Home” From “Beauty & The Beast” – BroadwayCon 2019

At BroadwayCon 2019, the opening ceremony audience was delighted to hear the amazing Susan Egan sing “Home” from the Broadway production of “Disney’s Beauty and The Beast”.

Susan Egan is best known for originating the role of Belle in the Broadway musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (1994), as well as for providing the voices of Megara in Hercules (1997) and Rose Quartz on Steven Universe.

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