James Gunn Will Return to Direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

It's official: James Gunn has officially been reinstated as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

In July 2018, many were shocked when it was announced that Gunn had been fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy series after offensive tweets of his from years ago were uncovered. Although many—including some of the film's stars—made no secret of disapproving of the content of these old tweets, no one expected the celebrated director to be axed by Disney.

Once he was let go, fans and celebrities alike began to rally for Disney to rehire Gunn, with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast even posting an open letter on social media in which they confirmed their desire to see Gunn reinstated as the director of the third film in the popular comic book series.

While there were initially reports that Guardians star Bradley Cooper might take over the director's chair, the story died down relatively quickly. Gunn even was hired by Marvel rival DC to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. But in a surprising turn of events, Deadline has just announced that Gunn will also be coming back to helm the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. According to reporter Mike Fleming Jr.:

"I’ve learned that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and I’ve confirmed it with Marvel and Gunn’s camp."

Though Gunn disappeared from Twitter last July, after tweeting out a series of statements regarding his dismissal from the project, he just posted his first tweet in nine months to confirm his return:

[h/t: Deadline]

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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