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Justin Wu, an award winning Canadian photographer/filmmaker, aims to bring more awareness to climate change through Hollywood celebrities.

With climate change becoming a more pressing issue in people’s lives, particularly the those of the millennial generation and younger, one Toronto creative, Justin Wu, has taken to photography in order to help bring awareness to the issue.

Under the social media tag of #WorldIsInOurHands, Wu has teamed up with celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix, Rainn Wilson, Susan Sarandon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alec Baldwin and Antonio Banderas, among others, to help build awareness.

The photographs were taken at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and saw a partnership between the hotel, the United Nations Environment Program and The Krim Group to help build on the awareness campaign.

Director/Photographer Justin Wu

Justin Wu spoke to The Avro Post about the project, going into detail about a project he is passionate about.

“Coming from Hollywood, I acknowledge the power of celebrities because of their unique position to touch our hearts,” Wu said in a statement made in response to emailed questions.

“They’ve made us laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters they portray or the music they produce. So naturally people form a bond with them and want to hear what they have to say. It’s why talkshows are still so popular.”

It’s a sentiment that many of us are familiar with. We spend so many hours becoming attached to characters that often times we associate them solely with those actors, like Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, and people often look to these celebrities as role models or heroes.

While the actors themselves are important in their own way, Wu understood that the real focus was on the message of the movement, and while movie-goers would instantly recognize some of their favourite stars, it would require a bit of deep reflection on the idea of “holding the world in your hands”.

“I knew that this campaign had to be immediately understood with just a glance. To communicate the cause, the most important elements to me was the face of the personality who is supporting the cause and the crystal globe in his/her hands illustrating the world is in our hands.”

“Our goal of this campaign is to go global and educate the international community. So I want to tackle all demographics from the young to the old and the east to the west.

“In Hollywood, I would love to include iconic personalties like Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and Beyonce, to upcoming young talents like Millie Bobby Brown. But we aim to go beyond that. We hope to include leaders and powerful spokespeople from all areas and industries like sports, business, technology, and politics from the around the world.”


With activist Greta Thunberg taking the world stage last month at the United Nations Climate Summit, more eyes are on the issue of climate change and how we are moving dangerously close to a tipping point that could, potentially, see the earth reach a point of no return.

Governments are now trying to clean up their platforms in order to try and reduce the damage done to the planet, with Canada’s own prime minister Justin Trudeau being a big advocate for protecting the environment, but it still isn’t enough to say that we are getting better.

One of Wu’s subjects of the movement, Chase Tang, offered some words on Wu and his work ethic and to reinforce how Wu is a great candidate to lead the project.

“He is the kindest soul I’ve ever met. He has such a strong, youthful energy. He’s worked with Victoria Beckham, Jay-Z, Emma Roberts; he has worked with very high-end clientele,” Tang told The Post.

Tang goes on to describe their initial meeting and how natural the relationship became, whether it was going for dinner or working on projects together, and that Wu is a very personable, caring human being – the kind needed to help push a climate change movement in the proper direction.

Wu closed out an online conversation with The Post by saying “we need to recognize that we all have power in our voice and choices to speak up, converse, take action. We can all revisit our day-to-day habits and reduce our own carbon footprint.”

For more information on climate change, visit this link. Follow Wu’s photography and presence: personal website or on his Instagram @justinwu. ■

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MGM holds preliminary talks to sell properties

The studio will be the next one looking to get rid of their assets.

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The studio has sought potentially interested companies in purchasing their assets which contain one of the biggest franchises in film history.

The film studio MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) has sat down with interested buyers for their film assets which includes the James Bond catalog.

The two biggest interested parties are Apple and Netflix. The outcome of either one would lead to an interesting future for franchises like Bond where any subsequent instalments in the franchise could lead to streaming-only content.

Apple’s new streaming service launched with very little hype, at least in comparison to its recent competitor in Disney+, but adding something like James Bond to it could draw some subscribers, especially if any future movies, or series, are kept exclusively to Apple TV+.

Should either of these companies move ahead with the acquisition, it will also lend to a shift to the ‘big six’ of media companies, which include; Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, AT&T and Apple.

Aside from Bond, one of the other large properties coming with an MGM acquisition includes The Handmaid’s Tale which has been a popular show on Hulu for the past couple of years.

No finalized buys have been singled out. ■

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‘Captain Marvel 2’ officially in development

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Carol Danvers’ sequel has officially been greenlit at Marvel Studios and is aiming for a 2022 release.

Debuting twice in a small window of March – May 2019, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) thundered into the MCU and became an icon for young women everywhere. Now, in a world post-Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios is moving ahead with a sequel for 2022.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, however, are not expected to return. Marvel is still looking to keep the female eye for the director’s chair but no frontrunners have been announced. Boden and Fleck will remain with Marvel Studios in some capacity, and are rumoured to be discussing an upcoming Disney+ property.

The film is expected to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame despite the mild cliffhanger teased in the first film which hinted at a long-running war between Carol and Ronan The Accuser.

The sequel will be written by WandaVision scribe Magen McDonnell.

Captain Marvel 2 will come to theatres in 2022. ■

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‘Clone Wars’ trailer drops ahead of final season

The anticipation builds for a finale.

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Get ready to fly back to a time in that galaxy far, far away you haven’t visited in six years.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning for one more highly-anticipated seventh season and a trailer released on Wednesday has this galaxy buzzing with excitement.

It will of course release on Disney+, the streaming home of all Star Wars. Though in the past six months alone we got our first Star Wars live action TV series with The Mandalorian, the final film of the 40-year Skywalker Saga and a new video game with Fallen Order, fans are hungry for more.

There will be 12 episodes to bring an end to the iconic series with weekly releases starting on Feb. 21, a Friday.

Showrunner Dave Filoni returns to direct the new Clone Wars episodes, continuing the storylines introduced in the original series and exploring the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Featured heavily in the trailer are fan favourite characters from the series and Star Wars universe as a whole. Anakin Skywalker, Ashoka Tano, Captain Rex, Darth Maul, Yoda and others are back for what appears to be a wild ride to the end.

The series ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2014 but it was cancelled when Disney purchased Star Wars from George Lucas, ending the much-beloved show without giving Filoni and his team a chance to properly bring it to a conclusion.

But now the director who was behind Star Wars: Rebels and played a big part in The Mandalorian is back to give The Clone Wars what it has always needed: a proper finish. ■

Reporting by Eli Ridder;
Editing by Nicholas Seles.
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