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July 26, 2021

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We're rapping up July here, folks! It's been a good summer thus far.

Before we get to today's stories I just wanted to let you know that I am taking a few days off, but don't worry, Celebrity Nooz is mailing like always. However, that means that the next few issues I put together ahead of time. If I missed out on a big story, breaking news, or the death of a celebrity, I apologize. But, as always, please head over to our website Celebrity Nooz and get all the news when it happens and a bunch of other fun stuff, too!

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James Gunn envisioned 'The Suicide Squad' as 'ultimate all-time comic movie'

The Suicide Squad writer and director James Gunn says he envisioned the film as "the ultimate all-time comic book movie."

The 54-year-old writer, director and producer discussed the upcoming DC Extended Universe film during Wednesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Gunn appeared on the show with The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie and John Cena, who play Harley Quinn and Peacemaker in the new movie. Jimmy Kimmel Live! guest host Anthony Anderson asked Gunn what his vision was for the film.

"Well, really, I just wanted to do the ultimate, all-time comic book movie," Gunn said. "Create the Suicide Squad, based on one of my favorite comic books of all time by John Ostrander, about a group of really crappy supervillains -- some of the worst supervillains in the world, sorry John -- who are being used as fodder by the U.S. government in black ops missions."

"This group of supervillains goes to Corto Maltese, a fictional island off the coast of Argentina, to try to stop an insurrection," he added.

Gunn, Robbie and Cena showed a new clip from The Suicide Squad that showed the team on a rescue mission to save Harley Quinn (Robbie).

Warner Bros. released a trailer for The Suicide Squad in June that shows Bloodsport (Idris Elba) in prison for shooting Superman.

The Suicide Squad is a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016). The film co-stars Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

Cena will also place Peacemaker in the upcoming HBO Max series Peacemaker. Cena described the character as "a douchey, bro-y Captain America" during an interview on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in February.

"This is actually Peacemaker's house, and on the contrary, Peacemaker's like a polar opposite of Bruce Wayne, where Bruce Wayne would be a billionaire with a bat cave. I live in a single-wide and this is my outfit," Cena said. "So it's a bit of an interesting story and a bit of a new tale."

The Suicide Squad opens in theaters Aug. 5.

Michaela Coel joins 'Black Panther' ensemble

Work From HomeI May Destroy You star, writer and director Michaela Coel has landed a role in the sequel to 2018's Marvel epic, Black Panther.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety announced the casting news Wednesday, but offered no details about whom Coel will play.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with director Ryan Coogler at the helm, is now filming in Atlanta.

Most of the stars from the original film, including Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke, are expected to return for the sequel.

Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular African hero in the first movie, died of cancer in 2020. He was 43.

Wakanda Forever is set for theatrical release on July 8, 2022.

Anna Faris says she married Michael Barrett: 'We eloped'

Anna Faris is a married woman.

The 44-year-old actress said in a recent episode of her Anna Faris is Unqualified podcast that she eloped with her partner, Michael Barrett, 51, in Washington.

"I'm looking around... my fiancé's right -- he's now my husband," Faris said. "Yes, we eloped. It was awesome, yeah, it was great."

"I'm sorry, honey. I just blurted that out, but it just feels [like] I can't say fiancé anymore," she told Barrett.

Faris said it "feels great" to be married again.

"Everything about it just felt right," she said of the wedding. "It was San Juan Island up in Washington state ... which is just the most magical place on Earth."

Faris was previously married to Ben Indra and to actor Chris Pratt, who remarried Katherine Schwarzenegger in June 2019. Faris and Pratt have an 8-year-old son, Jack.

Faris and Barrett got engaged in 2019, Faris' then-Mom co-star Allison Janney confirmed at to Us Weekly in January 2020.

"I know she's been engaged for a long time," Janney said. "I kept it very quiet, I'll have you know! So, I celebrated with them a long time ago."

Faris is known for playing Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie films and Christy Plunkett on Mom. Faris left the series in September ahead of Season 8.

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Frank Fritz officially out at 'American Pickers'

The History Channel has confirmed Frank Fritz won't return to American Pickers, the antique and collectible-themed docu-series he co-hosted with Mike Wolfe since 2010.

"I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he's been like a brother to me," Wolfe said in an Instagram post Wednesday.

"The journey that Frank, Dani [Danielle Colby,] and I started back in 2009, like all of life, has come with its highs and lows, blessings and challenges, but it has also been the most rewarding. I will miss Frank, just like all of you, and I pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey."

Fritz's last episode aired in March 2020.

He underwent back surgery and suffered complications from Crohn's disease, which compromised his immune system and made him vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic, reported. He did not return when production on the show resumed several months ago.

Fritz told The Sun he and Wolfe haven't spoken in about two years.

"He knew my back was messed up, but he didn't call me up and ask how I was doing. That's just how it is," Fritz said.

"The show is tilted towards him 1,000 percent. I can't even bend that far down to show you how much," Fritz hinted about what may have led to his falling-out with Wolfe.

"That's fine. It's like you've got Aerosmith and there's Steven Tyler and he's the front man. I found my spot, I'm second and he's No. 1 on the show. That's no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem."