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Bryan Singer addresses Halle Berry’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” status

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Bryan Singer might be uncertain of Halle Berry’s return in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want her there. He’s offered a status update on the actress during a recent interview.

“It depends on how it works out. I loved working with Halle, so all I can say is we’ll see what happens,” he told UK’s E! News.

In more general terms, he added, “I’m excited about all the actors. It’s an incredible cast. It’s a great story and it involves a lot of stuff that hasn’t been in X-Men films before. New kids of technology, science fiction aspects.”

During a previous chat about the movie, Singer had said that he didn’t know if Berry would reprise her role as Storm — though he definitely wants her to. “It’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her,” he said.

Of all the original cast members, Berry, Famke Janssen and James Marsden haven’t been signed to return. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” features returning actors James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore, and newcomer Peter Dinklage. It’s s due in theaters on July 18, 2014.

The official plot synopsis says “the storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men.”

Do you think Berry should return in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Universal Pictures

Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Universal Picutres

Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” won’t bring the two Charles Xaviers together

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While there are still many reasons to be excited for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” we have to take one off the list: Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy won’t have a scene together.

Despite the fact that the actors playing both the young and old Professor Xaviers will be together in the same movie, McAvoy admitted in a new interview with Empire (via Coming Soon) that they likely won’t share screentime. He said he doesn’t “think we get any scenes together, sadly. I don’t think there’s any future self talking to past self.”

That’s disappointing, but it does make sense in the context of the comic that “Days of Future Past” is based on. In that, there is the present day that McAvoy would be in and a dystopian future that houses all the X-Men we came to know in the original “X-Men” trilogy. Beyond Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, there isn’t supposed to be much overlap between the characters.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage and Shawn Ashmore, and is due in theaters on July 18, 2014.

The official plot synopsis says “the storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men.”

Are you as disappointed by this news as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Professor Xavier wheelchairs revealed

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Professor Charles Xavier’s wheels are back in action — both sets of them.

As “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will feature both the young and old versions of Professor X, Bryan Singer gets to make use of both versions of the character’s wheelchair. He debuted what Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy will be sitting on in a new Twitter tease from the movie’s set.

“Hello old friends #XMen #DaysofFuturePast,” he tweeted along with the above picture.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage and Shawn Ashmore, and is due in theaters on July 18, 2014.

The official plot synopsis says “the storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men.”

What are you most looking forward to about “X-Men: Days of Future Past”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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