TV / Movies FoF: James Gunn, Bill & Ted, Lori Loughlin & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
TV / Movies Fact or Fiction
James Gunn, Bill & Ted, Lori Loughlin & More
March 17, 2019

It’s Fact or Fiction time and it’s all about TV and the movies. The statements come from the news, current events and happenings involving our favorite way of killing time, the so-called “idiot box” and it’s big screen counterpart. Let’s do this…

Disney was right to rehire James Gunn to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

FACT: The original knee-jerk reaction to fire him by Disney in response to tweets made nearly a decade ago was a bad call and made in the heat of the moment by Disney. Gunn has owned up to his comments, bad jokes about taboo topics and didn’t try to make excuses. They were bad, off-color jokes but coming from the guy who worked for Troma Pictures, was anyone really surprised? Have anyone watched those movies? The Toxic Avenger? And he has a dark, twisted and often tasteless sense of humor. Big shock, right? But Disney fired him anyways and now, nearly a year later after protests from the actors in the movies as well as no other director wanting to step into the fire and take up Gunn’s role, they have now relented and asked him to come back. Good call by Disney and good for Gunn. Also good for fans of DC and the Suicide Squad because while Disney was hemming and hawing and being all offended, Warner Brothers stepped up and asked Gunn to write and direct Suicide Squad II and he agreed. So he gets to do that as well as the next Guardian’s movie which is very cool for all of us comic book movie fans. I’m happy for the guy and after all the BS, it’s good to see some good stuff finally happening.

Arrow deciding to call it quits at the end of Season 8 is probably a good idea.

FACT: It’s time. The show, while still excellent, was beginning to get stale and drag at times and it’s better to call it quits now and go out on top instead of staying too long and becoming just a shell of what it was and had been. Plus with all of the great supporting characters that been introduced over the past eight seasons, there are plenty of ways to keep the stories going and moving forward, but just with the focus being on the other heroes as the main stars instead of just Green Arrow. I personally would love to see Colton Haynes as Arsenal in a spin-off series and maybe Ragman as well. It’s time for this chapter to end with the end of Arrow, but the “Arrowverse” that it helped to spawn will be around for many years to come.

You are excited for the upcoming “Bill & Ted” movie.

FACT: Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves back again as Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan, the Wyld Stallyns, is most excellent. They went back in time and kidnapped historical figures for their history report (and met the Princesses), then they took a “Bogus Journey” where they teamed up with “Death” and learned to play music as they attempted to win a “Battle of the Bands” and lead to great harmony all across the globe. And now, almost thirty years later, a third film where Bill & Ted’s lives are falling apart, but they have to get it together and write a song to “save the Universe” is officially in pre-production. I’m happy and excited for it and can’t wait to see how it all comes together and finally comes to the big screen.

Tyler Perry is doing the right thing in choosing to retire the Madea character.

FACT: As with Arrow earlier, there comes a time when all good things must come to an end and Perry has ridden the Madea bandwagon about as far as it can go without pounding it into the dust. Right now, Madea, while beginning to age and get stale, is still funny and a good character. Best to give her a happy retirement and end on a high note while she’s still entertaining and funny. Perry can still, every so often, bring Madea out of the mothballs and have her pop up randomly, but less is more sometimes and after nearly three decades and so many movies and shows, it’s time to give the character and fans a break and leave the stage while they’re still wanting more instead of showing up so often, the fans get jaded and start saying, “it’s Madea… again!”. Madea is an iconic character and still has a great life left in her, but too much is just that, too much. Time to pull back and pick the spots carefully as the years and time passes by. Always leave them wanting more. ‘Nuff said!

You’re surprised that CNN’s ratings continue to fall.

FICTION: Why should anyone be surprised? Any credibility as a news network that CNN once had continues to erode and fade away day by day with every time that Don Lemon or Jim Acosta open their mouths. They report opinion as news and even that is far too often proven to be lacking in facts or sound reasoning. It’s all anti-Trump spin and rhetoric to the point that even the most loyal viewers are starting to say, “Are you serious, Bro?”. Both Fox and MSNBC gained viewers while CNN loses them. CNN didn’t even make Top 10 for the prime time cable ratings, beaten out by Fox, MSNBC, ESPN, Sponge Bob Square Pants and HGTV. Until they actually start telling the truth and reporting the actual news instead of just theories and innuendo, it’s not going to change. CNN = Fake News.

Lori Loughlin, who plays Becky on “Fuller House”, should be fired from the show if she is convicted of the college bribery charges that have been brought against her.

FACT: Although an official statement has yet to be released by Netflix, word has come down that Loughlin will not be returning for the final season of Fuller House. It’s a tough break, but it’s the right call by Netflix. Actions have consequences and she broke the law and now, she has to deal with it.

And there you go. My take on some of the current events happening right now in TV and movie land. My thanks for reading. Any thoughts, comments or questions, drop me a line. And with that, I’m out of here. Have a great one and I’ll catch you later. Take care and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


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