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James Gunn: Disney rehires sacked Guardians of the Galaxy director - BBC News
Director James Gunn has been rehired to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after he was fired by Disney over decade-old tweets that joked about rape and abuse.

It comes after famous cast members from the Marvel series signed an open letter pleading for Gunn's return.

In a tweet he thanked Disney and his supporters and said he is "excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all".

He was fired last July over the tweets that Disney called "indefensible".

Stars from the first two films in the franchise had openly supported Gunn after his dismissal, including Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista.

The Guardians of the Galaxy series has grossed over $1.6bn (£1.2bn) worldwide, with the sequel surpassing the earnings seen by the first film.
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2 days ago by jtyost2
Take EW's epic tour of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's theme parks |
The rides. The shops. The food. The toys. They all tell a 'Star Wars' story.
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3 days ago by mattriffle
In theaters May 24, 2019
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5 days ago by ethauvin
What Disney’s acquisition of Fox could mean for Marvel’s superheroes - Los Angeles Times
For years, starting with 2000’s “X-Men” and ramping up with Marvel Studios’ 2012 juggernaut “The Avengers,” comic book do-gooder team-ups have been all the rage on the big screen. Why have just one hero, the thinking goes, when you can have two (“Batman v Superman”) or six (“Justice League”) — or more than two dozen (“Avengers: Infinity War”)?
With the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox expected to be finalized this month, that trend is about to get supersized with a spandex-clad family reunion that many fans thought they’d never live to see.
In one fell swoop, the blockbuster $71-billion mega-deal brings nearly the entire stable of Marvel superheroes and villains under one owner, with marquee Fox-owned characters like the X-Men, Deadpool and the Fantastic Four now free to be absorbed into the Walt Disney-controlled Marvel Cinematic Universe. (One notable exception is Spider-Man, whose rights are owned by Sony Pictures, though in recent years that studio has forged an increasingly close and fruitful creative partnership with Marvel.)
For comic book devotees, the prospect of seeing, say, Wolverine, Deadpool and Mister Fantastic saving the world alongside Captain America, Thor and Black Panther — or perhaps battling it out among themselves — is tantalizing. For Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, it’s the fulfillment of a decades-long dream.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Disney’s forthcoming streaming service will kill the Disney Vault
It looks like the Disney Vault is dead. For years, Disney relied on limited-time releases of its films on DVD and Blu-ray to encourage sales. The strategy worked. Consumers snapped up the titles to build out their home video collections. But in more recent years, DVDs have given way to streaming. For Disney, that’s an opportunity to resell its movie library all over again — this time, by way of subscription. At a shareholder meeting this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the company’s forthcoming Disney+ streaming service would soon include the “entire Disney motion picture library.” He clarified that this meant it would house the movies that were previously locked up in the Disney Vault, Polygon reported on Thursday, following the meeting.
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7 days ago by motiveunknown
Ian Mathews's answer to What do the best salespeople know that the rest of us don't? - Quora
Elite salespeople understand that you get what you pay for.

They are expert in the value that their offering brings and help you see that value before making a mistake in the purchase process.

Was Kelly trying to sell me more? Of course.

Did she sell me anything she didn’t believe in? Nope.

Her process was textbook, so much that I wanted to call back later and find her. I would have hired her in a second. What did she do that was effective?

Found common interests
Built rapport and earned my trust
Asked great questions
Helped me see potential problems I wasn’t thinking about
Created tension to make me seek a solution
Demonstrated how her solution fixed my problem
She acted like a consultant, who was 100% focused on the experience I would have with her company and product.

I never felt like I was being “sold.”

I got on the phone thinking of her as an opponent and got off thinking of her as an ally.

The best salespeople make you feel good about buying.
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7 days ago by cmananian

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