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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:00 am


Gunn set to write new 'Squad' film

Associated Press

James Gunn may have been fired from Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but DC Comics will welcome him with open arms.

Warner Bros. on Tuesday confirmed that Gunn will write the script to the studio's next installment of “Suicide Squad,” the DC supervillain team-up franchise. In July, Disney fired Gunn after jokes involving rape and pedophilia he wrote years earlier on Twitter resurfaced.

The creative force between the two hugely popular “Guardians” films, Gunn's firing prompted its own backlash. The cast issued a statement of support for their writer-director, imploring Disney to reinstate him.

But instead, Gunn will take over “Suicide Squad.” Gunn is expected to take an entirely new approach, and potentially direct the new “Suicide Squad” installment.

Eagle honored

Eagles band member Joe Walsh and his wife, Marjorie Walsh, have been honored by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement.

The soon to be 70-year-old Walsh performed Monday night at a gala fundraiser with Vince Gill – who's been touring with the Eagles – and Michael McDonald, on accordion no less. Walsh has been sober for 25 years. He told his story of alcohol and drug dependence, as did his wife when she introduced him to the crowd.

Also attending was Walsh's brother-in-law, Ringo Starr. Marjorie Walsh is the sister of Starr's wife since 1981, Barbara Bach Starkey, who uses Ringo's original last name.

Barrymore interview

EgyptAir is trying to shift the blame to a local advertising agency for a bizarre article in its in-flight magazine purportedly based on an interview with actress Drew Barrymore.

The airline said in a statement released on Monday that it has an agreement with Al-Ahram advertising agency, which edits articles and interviews for its in-flight magazine, Horus.

EgyptAir says the agency is “totally responsible” for the magazine's editorial content.

The article, riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors, led with a description of Barrymore as “being unstable in her relationships” and quoted her as saying that motherhood was “the most important role in my life.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Peter Coyote is 77. Actor Charles Dance is 72. Singer John Prine is 72. Actor-dancer Ben Vereen is 72. Singer Cyril Neville is 70. Actress Jessica Harper is 69. Singer-guitarist Midge Ure is 65. Singer David Lee Roth is 64. Singer Tanya Tucker is 60. Actress Julia Sweeney is 59. Actor Bradley Whitford is 59. Bassist Martin Kemp is 57. Guitarist Jim Glennie is 55. Drummer Mike Malinin is 51. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 49. Actor Mario Lopez is 45. Singer Mya is 39. Actor Dan Stevens is 36. Singer Cherie is 34.