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]

Peter Dinklage Can't Say Benevolent in This Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

There are many adjectives one might use to describe HBO's Game of Thrones. While hilarious isn't usually one of them (though the series certainly has its moments of levity), that's the best way to describe the Game of Thrones blooper reel below, in which some of your favorite throne-seekers momentarily break character—and Peter Dinklage has a problem pronouncing the word benevolent. (Warning: profanity ahead!)

Ralph Fiennes Almost Turned Down Voldemort Role in Harry Potter Movies

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Ralph Fiennes has earned Oscar nominations for Schindler's List and The English Patient, but his best-known role might be his performance as He Who Must Not Be Named, otherwise known as Voldemort, in the Harry Potter film series. While the movies introduced Fiennes and his work to a new generation of moviegoers, he recently revealed that he almost said no to the project altogether.

We first saw Fiennes as Voldemort in the fourth film in the series, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and he continued to play the Dark Lord of the Harry Potter universe until the series' conclusion in 2011.

Though fans would argue that it was the role Fiennes was born to play, saying "yes" was not an immediate decision for the celebrated actor.

"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books," the actor recently admitted while appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about his relationship to the Potterverse prior to taking on the role. "I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in ... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."

"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me," Fiennes continued. "Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha—who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10, and 8—said, 'What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."

Potterheads everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Fiennes's sister—and her kids.

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