Annihilation director

Annihilation, the upcoming film from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, is one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 – but audiences came close to not seeing it in its intended form. We recently learned about some behind the scenes disagreements that nearly resulted in the movie being recut and reshaped in post-production in order to appeal to a broader audience, but it sounds like Garland’s vision has remained largely intact in the final product.

Now, the Annihilation director has commented on those creative clashes, explaining his intentions were clear from the start and expressing disappointment that these clashes would happen at all so late in the process.
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Jeffrey Tambor May Not Quit ‘Transparent’ After All

Jeffrey Tambor Transparent

Early last month, actor Jeffrey Tambor, the star of Arrested Development and Amazon’s Transparent, was accused of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with his former assistant Van Barnes, as well as Transparent co-star Trace Lysette – both of whom happen to be trans women. By the end of the month, Tambor had released a statement loosely apologizing for his actions, and that statement also included what many took to be a resignation from the series: “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set,” he said, “I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

But apparently, that statement was premature because now The New York Times reports that Tambor has not quit the series.
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Bryan Singer fired

Remember the old days – back in that enchanted time of, oh, about three or four years ago – when hearing about a director getting fired from a movie was something of a rarity in Hollywood? Lucasfilm has practically made it into a common practice since then with people like Josh Trank, Lord and Miller, and Colin Trevorrow famously falling to the wayside of various Star Wars productions, but before that, firing a director was considered a pretty big deal.

Now there’s a new non-Star Wars-related firing that’s making waves. Bryan Singer, the director of movies like X-Men, The Usual Suspects, and Jack the Giant Slayer, has been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, 20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic that stars Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury. Yep, another one bites the dust.
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Andrew Kreisberg fired

It took the Harvey Weinstein case to get Hollywood to finally open its eyes to the flood of sexual harassment and sexual assault situations that have been happening in the industry for years (sometimes lasting decades), and the dominoes continue to fall.

The latest person to go down is Andrew Kreisberg, the co-creator and executive producer of The CW superhero shows The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Supergirl, who as of today has officially been fired by the Warner Bros. Television Group because of sexual harassment allegations.

Meanwhile, more details have surfaced about the conduct of Pixar guru John Lasseter in the wake of him taking a leave of absence from the animation studio last week due to his own sexual harassment issues, which he referred to as “missteps.”
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Louis CK allegations

Update 3: Louis C.K. has issued a statement where he says “These stories are true” and “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want.  I will now step back and take a long time to listen.” You can read the full statement here.

Update 2: Netflix has canceled Louis C.K.’s second stand-up special. His first special for the streaming service arrived earlier this year.

Update: The Orchard has officially cancelled the release of I Love You, Daddy. Buzzfeed’s Alison Willmore has written an excellent article explaining just how toxic the film feels in the wake of the Louis C.K. allegations, so this decision is not a surprise. Whether the film remains in permanent limbo or not remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the stars of the film are distancing themselves from the project while HBO and FX, two of C.K.’s longtime collaborators, have released statements.

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In a new report from The New York Times, five women have come forward and accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, saying that he either masturbated in front of them or asked if he could. Rumors about the comedian’s inappropriate sexual behavior have swirled in the comedy world for years, but in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, these women were willing to come forward and go on the record about what happened to them.

Things are moving quickly. In the wake of these allegations, the New York premiere of C.K.’s movie I Love You, Daddy has been cancelled, and the distribution of that film is in jeopardy. Read more about the Louis CK allegations of sexual misconduct and how it could impact his new film below.
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Thor Ragnarok bisexual

Thor: Ragnarok marks a huge tonal shift for the Thor franchise into full-on comedy territory, but we’ve just learned that the movie also features a potentially significant benchmark for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole: the first LGBTQI character in Marvel Studios history. But is that actually reflected on screen, or is this just another case of a studio attempting to pat themselves on the back for being diverse?
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Fast and Furious drama

Who would have ever thought there’d be more Fast and Furious drama off screen than in all of the franchise’s movies combined? The latest shots fired come from Tyrese Gibson, who recently begged Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson not to make a spin-off movie and then flew into an Instagram rage and specifically blamed Johnson when Universal announced Fast 9 was being delayed and the spin-off was indeed happening. Apparently not even franchise paterfamilias Vin Diesel could smooth things over.

It’s clear Tyrese has no love for The Rock at this point, and now he’s posted a video of Johnson shredding Tyrese’s 2015 R&B album Black Rose. But is Johnson just kidding around in this video? Take a look and judge for yourselves, because there’s obviously nothing more important you can be doing with your time than diving into the insane feuding of the stars of one of the world’s most successful movie franchises.
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Tyrese blames The Rock for Fast 9 delay

Well, it’s official: there’s more beef in the Fast & Furious family than you’ll find at a butcher shop.

First, there was the feud between franchise producer/star Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson on the set of The Fate of the Furious. Tyrese Gibson, who plays the fast-talking Roman Pearce, has set his sights on The Rock in a new Instagram post in which he blames the movie star for the recent delay of Fast 9.
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JJ Abrams Star Wars

Sometimes the ripple effects of a big decision made in a Hollywood studio can be felt all over town. Case in point: when it was announced that writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams would be swooping back over to Disney and Lucasfilm to take over for the ousted Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode 9, that meant he was leaving his “home” studio of Paramount Pictures high and dry – and right at the point when they desperately need a hit.

According to a new report, the studio isn’t exactly thrilled that Disney poached one of their prized possessions, especially since this is the second time this has happened to them in the past few years. Hit the jump to find out about the JJ Abrams Star Wars Paramount situation.
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Tyrese begs Dwayne Johnson

Is more trouble brewing behind the scenes in the Fast and Furious #family? In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Tyrese Gibson, who first joined the racing-turned-heist-movie saga in 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, essentially begged Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson not to make a Fast and Furious spin-off until Fast 9 is completed. His language is particularly strange (even for Tyrese), so this deserves a much closer look.
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