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James Gunn Fired From Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 After Offensive Comments Resurface

-Ooh boy, this is a biggie. Disney fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after a series of offensive tweets from years ago resurfaced. In a statement, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” In a series of tweets, Gunn apologized for the posts that made light of pedophilia and rape, saying “I viewed myself as a provocateur.” He’s been a questionable figure for a while (he had to apologize a few years ago for a homophobic blog post, and there was some drama about sharing writing credits), but the wrinkle in this story is that the tweets were resurfaced by alt-right personalities who are likely less concerned about the offensive content and more about taking down a celeb who frequently rails against the president. (It might also be payback for Roseanne, who was also a Disney star.) However it happened, he should have been fired, but man this is messy. Also, it remains *incomprehensible* to me that celebrities (and/or their publicists) don’t immediately scrub their entire digital presence of anything even remotely questionable the second they get a modicum of fame. It should be part of the Hollywood starter kit!

-Speaking of Roseanne, she “explained” the racist tweet that got her fired from her sitcom in a bizarre new YouTube video. She said she was fired because she voted for Trump (“That is not allowed in Hollywood”) and then screamed at the top of her lungs “I thought the b—- was white! Goddamn it! I thought the b—- was white! F—!” when talking about Valerie Jarrett. According to TMZ, the man asking Roseanne the questions is her son.

Shonda Rhimes says she’s creating 8(!) shows for Netflix, including an adaptation of The Cut’s viral scamming story about Anna Delvey.

Wiz Khalifa said straight men shouldn’t bite into bananas. [laughs for infinity]

Ariana Grande is defending naming a song on her new album after Pete Davidson: “It’s a special song about the most special human being I’ve ever met.”

-I have to say I’m pretty impressed that they are casting an age-appropriate love interest for Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2. Jennifer Connelly in early talks.

Aaron Paul dressed his baby in Breaking Bad gear for Comic-Con, and it was hella cute.

-Watch Andrew Lincoln get a little tearful at Comic-Con while confirming that he’s leaving Walking Dead.

-Meanwhile, I gave up on The Walking Dead years ago but it’s pretty neat that they landed Samantha Morton as their new big bad.

Joe Manganiello recalled the time he was told to beat up James Franco in an audition. This man is living my dream!

-Paramount TV president Amy Powell was fired over inappropriate comments she made in a meeting. They didn’t say what the comments were, but they must have been rul rul bad for her to be fired instead of reprimanded.

-Hush Hush is being adapted into a movie? Seriously?! I read that book ten years ago (TEN!) and was horrified by how the “romance” basically consists of a woman being being worn down by her stalker. It was bad enough back then, so how the hell does this get picked up in the #MeToo era?

-DVR alert: Canada is finally getting Killing Eve, which starts airing on Bravo this Sunday.

-I dug this piece on how TV’s need to consume more of our time has led to a frustrating deterioration in quality, even for good shows.

-Conan got Jodie Foster, Hilary Swank, Nick Offerman and more to “audition” for Batgirl.

-I was certain that this story about Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Ian McKellen signing on to do a movie adaptation of Cats was a joke — but I don’t think it is?

-This thread, which summarizes every Shakespeare play with a Parks and Rec quote, is brilliant.

Elle Fanning goes on the run in the trailer for Mélanie Laurent’s Galveston.

Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus Are Having a Baby

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-It looks like the rumours were true. Us Weekly is reporting that Diane Kruger is expecting her first child with The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus.

-It’s a big day for Norman. He reportedly negotiated a huge pay raise ($20 million) to stay on The Walking Dead as news surfaced that Andrew Lincoln is leaving the show after season 9.

-Holy crap, did I NOT expect ABC to cancel Roseanne today. Yes, what she tweeted this morning was horrible, but she often tweets horrible things. There’s a lot of speculation that there’s more to this story and it wasn’t an out-of-nowhere decision by the network. Whitney Cummings quit as co-showrunner earlier this month, ratings weren’t as strong as when it debuted, and despite being the show ABC touted the strongest to advertisers at the upfronts, they had to be worried that an ignorant comment from Roseanne Barr in the future would spark an advertiser boycott a la Laura Ingraham‘s show. I mean, *something* else besides a terrible tweet had to be at play and in the works. ABC knew exactly who they were getting into bed with when they launched the show, and allowed a whole bunch of crap to go down before now, including the show’s Fresh Off The Boat/Blackish slam, and it’s fairy tale season finale. That being said, it’s still huge that they pulled the trigger. It was TV’s #1-rated and most watched comedy, prime time’s #3 program overall, and the ratings had stabilized. This means that ABC is going into the fall season without their biggest show, without Shonda Rhimes, and maybe without Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. That’s gotta hurt.

-The reaction to Roseanne’s cancellation was swift, with her talent agency dropping her, Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT all pulling Roseanne from their respective schedules as of tomorrow,  ABC scrubbing all traces of the show from its press site, and in Canada CTV immediately pulling it from all its platforms.

-ABC is having a day! Bachelorette’s frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen is under fire for liking social media posts that mock immigrants and the trans community.

Lili Reinhart says she isn’t pregnant with Cole Sprouse’s baby — she just took a bad photo. This is why bump watch is *the worst*.

-In her new Harpers Bazaar interview, Jenna Dewan reflects on the end of her marriage to Channing Tatum: “We’re just getting used to it. We’re in a very positive energy together, trying to be the best parents to Everly. We support each other.”

-Morgan Freeman’s lawyer is demanding CNN retract their sexual harassment story. How can he do this? He already apologized. Plus, there is VIDEO of him hitting on reporters at junkets. “You got a dress that’s halfway between your knee and your p-hips, and you sit down right across from me, and you cross your legs.”

Elle Fanning posting funny pics of Angelina Jolie on the Malificent 2 set is what we all need.

Uma Thurman is the latest movie star to head to the small screen. She’s headline Netflix’s new supernatural series Chambers.

-This piece on TMZ’s shift to pro-Trump media is fascinating.

Justin Theroux is vacationing in France with Spiderman: Homecoming actress Laura Harrier.

Robert Pattinson travels to west to marry Mia Wasikowska in the Damsel trailer.

Walking Dead Fans Shook By Death of Major Character

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-I stopped watching The Walking Dead last year (best. decision. ever.) but Twitter went wild over last night’s big death. Also not impressed? The star’s dad, who slammed the showrunner: “Watching Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing.”

-Meanwhile, Andrew Lincoln is talking about how his contract is up this season and has yet to be formally renewed for season nine.

-It’s been kind of amazing to watch stars like Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld and more rally around that kid who was bullied. But now there’s controversy surrounding the boy’s mom following allegations that she’s made racist posts on Facebook. It does make you wonder why certain stories go viral — and others don’t.

-Last night word broke on Twitter that a celeb chef would be the latest famous dude to fall, with Anthony Bourdain adding “Monday is really going to suck.” Fellow chef Tom Colicchio tweeted “And no one should be surprised.” Then this morning came the news that Mario Batali has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. His response: “Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.”

Jessica Chastain says a famous dude chastised her for tweeting  when the Weinstein scandal broke. “I was tweeting a lot at the time and actually got an email from a well-known actor that said, ‘Calm down.'”

-A source says that Matt Lauer is “weak and broken and ashamed” after his firing. I love this song.

-Another woman has come forward with allegations of being groped by Dustin Hoffman.

-To do a Spacey-free season, Netflix had to toss most of two completed episodes and about 5-6 finished scripts.

Josh Homme posted two Instagram videos apologizing after kicking a female photographer during a QOTSA concert.

-I seriously wish Tiffany Haddish was contractually obligated to be a talk show guest every week. Her story about dating a one-armed man slayed me. “Does he live with the X-Men?”

-The Golden Globe nominations are always weird, but there were some nutso snubs in this morning’s announcement. On the movie side, no Wonder Woman or The Big Sick or Tiffany Haddish. Over on TV, no Veep or The Leftovers — but Jessica Biel somehow managed to slide in there?

-Only five women have ever been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Director in its 75-year history. This year, women were shut out once again. I really thought Greta Gerwig was a shoe-in.

This video of Alison Brie finding out about her GG nom on the set of Glow is pretty great.

-Netflix calling out the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince 18 days in a row is a bit squicky.  Not only does it reveal that they’re tracking us in a big brotherly way, why are they going after their (most likely) female fans? Squicky, I tell ya.

-Netflix revealed their end-of-year data, and you all watched a LOT of American Vandal. Which is odd, because I feel like it didn’t get a lot of coverage.

This X Files promo with the stars trying to explain Mulder and Scully’s relationship made  me laugh. (“I’d say were kind of back to where we were originally but without the unresolved sexual tension… Because we’ve already had sex.”)

-Whoo hoo! Atlanta’s season 2 returns to FX in February of 2018. I really thought we’d have to wait another year for this one.

-On the flip side, Sophie Turner says Game of Thrones season 8 won’t premiere until 2019.

-Previously.TV is doing old-school, Television without Pity-style recaps and I am SO HAPPY. (And I don’t even watch this show!)

-The trailer for Jessica Jones Season 2 looks wonderful.  It drops March 8, and all 13 episodes were directed by women.