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Anna Paquin’s Rogue to appear in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- April 17th, 2014

Last December, reports surfaced that Anna Paquin’s Rogue character had been cut from Bryan Singer’s time traveling X-Men mash-up, Days of Future Past.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the one scene in which Rogue was set to appear was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer told EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

That sequence may have been cut, but it turns out that Paquin’s Rogue will still appear in the new film. After a sharp-eyed editor at BuzzFeed noticed her name in the credits of the trailer, they reached out to Fox for comment. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” a rep said.

Sounds like there isn’t much to her part, but I’m glad to see that she’s back in there.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23rd.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will explore mutant origins

- January 8th, 2014

Bryan Singer’s Days of Future Past sequel is still five months away, but the director is wasting no time in priming fans’ anticipation for the third instalment of his First Class trilogy – Apocalypse – which is due out May 27, 2016.

The X-Men director announced Apocalypse last month on Twitter.

He then tweeted a photo of himself with writers Simon Kinberg (First Class and Star Wars: Episode VII) and Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty (X2), writing: “It’s snowing in Egypt!” (that’s where Apocalypse is from)

Well, EW caught up with Singer as he puts the finishing touches on Days of Future Past and asked him what the new film will be about. While he hasn’t been around since the ’60s, Apocalypse, the ancient mutant who debuted in 1986, is one of the X-Men’s most fearsome villains.

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He didn’t get into specific plot details, but he did hint that the film won’t just be a straight-up superhero romp. “It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

He hasn’t officially signed on to direct the film, and he is still debating whether to include a tease for Apocalypse at the end of Days of Future Past. “I’m still deciding that,” he says. “Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.”

And the X-Men news doesn’t stop there. After it was announced last month that Anna Paquin’s Rogue would be cut from Days of Future Past (don’t worry, her scenes will probably make it on to the Blu-ray), THR confirmed yesterday that a younger version of the villainous Toad will be appearing in the film played by Evan Jonigkeit.

The character was last seen in 2000′s X-Men, with Ray Park (Darth Maul) playing the part in epic fashion.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.

Anna Paquin axed from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- December 21st, 2013

If you thought Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was trying to pack too many stars into the upcoming mutant mashup, you were right.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Anna Paquin’s Rogue has been cut from the final edit of the film.

According to the website, the one scene in which Rogue appeared was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer tells EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

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Paquin has been told that her role was cut.

“She completely understood,” explains Singer. “It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.”

Singer is still editing the film, but he’s also prepping work on X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016 with X2 writers Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Just an FYI, Apocalypse is from Egypt.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released May 23, 2014.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ viral campaign hints Magneto killed JFK

- November 26th, 2013

Director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past won’t just be altering the timeline of Marvel’s mutant superheroes. A new viral video is making the rounds that hints Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender) may have been involved in JFK’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

“Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy,” the video description reads on its YouTube page. “The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of contention between humans and the mutants ever since.”

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Unlike other popular conspiracy theories, this one – dubbed The Bent Bullet theory – claims that Magneto used his mutant powers to alter the trajectory of Lee Harvey Oswald’s second bullet to kill the president.

Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr was convicted of murder in a secret trial. But the evidence, the video’s narrator tells us, remains circumstantial. Photos of Magneto on the grassy knoll, and the bent bullets were used to convict him.

The viral video points interested viewers back to an info-packed site – thebentbullet.com – that offers up more compelling evidence that Magneto – “The most dangerous man in the world” – killed Kennedy.

Let us know what you think of the video in the comments below.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, hits theaters May 23, 2014.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer arrives

- October 29th, 2013

After weeks of anticipation, the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has finally arrived.

And I might be going out on a limb here, but this two-minute spot has me thinking this could be the best X-Men film ever.

It’s an expanded trailer of the one that leaked in August and heavily featured Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ian McKellen’s Magneto.

“I’ve had a glimpse into the past,” Professor X says to Wolverine, before adding, “You have to do for me what I once did for you.”

“So, I wake up in my younger body and then what?” Wolverine asks.

“Find me… lead me, guide me, be patient with me,” X says as images of his younger self, played by James McAvoy flash on the screen. McKellen’s Magneto shows up and tells Wolverine to look for the the younger version of himself, before images of Michael Fassbender flash across the screen.

“Patience isn’t my strongest suit,” came Wolverine’s reply as we get glimpses Halle Berry’s Storm, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman, Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, Nicholas Hoult’s Beast and Peter Dinklage’s villainous Bolivar Trask.

We also get our first look at some new mutants, including Bishop, that will be showing up in the new film.

Directed by Bryan Singer, and inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s 1981 comic book arc, Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps.

In an interview with Empire, Singer said his film is not a straight adaptation of the comic book storyline.

“It’s its own story, inspired by Days Of Future Past,” he said.

In the comic, it was Page’s Kitty Pryde that goes back in time, but in the movie it will be Wolverine who does the time traveling.

“She’s the prime facilitator — it’s her power that enables that to happen,” Singer added. “But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey.”

Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments below.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.