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In Hollywood, ‘Anything Goes’ Becomes ‘You’re Fired’ 

Disney has severed ties with filmmaker James Gunn, who previously directed two ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Associated Press

Disney has severed ties with filmmaker James Gunn, who previously directed two ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Associated Press

Joe Flint reports: Executives and creatives are losing their jobs as the entertainment industry becomes less tolerant of offensive remarks, abusive behavior

Hollywood’s longstanding say-anything, do-anything culture is rapidly turning into one where the wrong words can have career-killing consequences.

Top executives at Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures and Netflix Inc., as well as creative talent who worked on the “Lethal Weapon” television series and “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies have been fired in recent months after allegations of offensive remarks, verbal abuse and other inappropriate behavior that in the past was more likely to have been tolerated, industry veterans said.

“Saying something offensive back in the day wouldn’t necessarily get you fired,” said Tom Nunan, a former high-ranking television executive and executive producer of the Oscar-winning movie “Crash,” about race relations in Los Angeles. “Now the consequences are severe and immediate.”

The recent firings comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement that started in Hollywood with allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and has had repercussions throughout workplaces. Mr. Weinstein has denied accusations of nonconsensual sexual acts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Disney Declined Stan Lee’s Original ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Dismissing it as ‘Too Vulgar’

ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Despite appearing on screen flirting with young woman so aggressively a talking raccoon calls him a “prevert,” Stan Lee‘s original cameo in Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was dubbed so racy by Disney it was completely cut.Stan_Lee_1975_cropped

“One of the losing battles regarded Stan Lee’s original cameo in the film. Originally, Gunn had planned to have Lee in one of the Collector’s exhibits.”

Appearing on a panel at science fiction and fantasy convention Dragon Con in Atlanta, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn discussed the future of the surprise hit franchise that recently passed Captain America: Winter Soldier as 2014’s top grossing film.

“[Gunn] couldn’t believe he was able to get the line referencing Jackson Pollock into the film.”

— Evan Valentine

While telling antidotes about the film’s laundry list of cameo’s, Easter eggs and in-jokes, Gunn recounted the original plan for former Marvel chairman Stan Lee’s brief appearance. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Big Ass Spider!’ Review: Mike Mendez’s Fun Creature Feature

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The fate of Los Angeles — and maybe mankind — rests in the hands of a single lowly exterminator in “Big Ass Spider!,” an exceedingly good-natured Z-grade creature feature that finds Angel City under attack by a quite literal spider from Mars. Made with tongue welded firmly to cheek, loads of affection for big rubbery monsters, and some surprisingly accomplished bargain-basement effects, director Mike Mendez’s fifth schlock feature is strictly for genre buffs who’ll delight at the sight of Troma impresario Lloyd Kaufman get devoured by a giant arachnid — as well as anyone who found “Sharknado” a bit too highbrow for their taste. Many worse ways to spend 80 minutes can easily be imagined.

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