The final defendant in the Michael Egan lawsuits has filed to have the suit dismissed.
The latest development in the series of lawsuits launched by actor Michael Egan against prominent film and TV producers complicates the case further. Former NBC and WB television exec Garth Ancier, who was one of the four people accused (along with Bryan Singer and prominent entertainment industry figures David Neuman and Gary Goddard) has now filed to have the lawsuit dismissed.
X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was the first to get hit with a lawsuit from Egan.
Michael Egan, now 31, first raised the accusations back in April, when he claimed that he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of the entertainment professionals at a series of parties in the 90s. Back then, Egan was still a minor.
Continuing to be the most original and resonant of the Marvel superhero franchises, the X-men return in the capable hands of director Bryan Singer, who again stirs plenty of meaty subtext beneath the thrilling action. He also has one of the best casts imaginable, including Oscar winners, cinema royalty, rising stars and matinee idols.
Best of all, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) returns to the fold after two less-than-thrilling solo adventures. He's at the centre of everything here, as Professor X and Magneto (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) ask Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine's consciousness back 50 years to 1973. His mission is to prevent Dr Trask (Peter Dinklage) from inventing mutant-hunting robots, because they will go out of control and cause a present-day dystopia in which mutants and anyone who sympathises with them are killed. But Wolverine's biggest task will be to get the then-feuding Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to work together to keep renegade mutant Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) from making everything worse.
Thankfully, Simon Kinberg's script doesn't worry too much about the whole time-travel thing, shrugging off dubious logic by keeping the focus on the characters. And there are a lot of people to keep an eye on, which makes the film sometimes feel a bit crowded and leaves some characters barely on-screen at all (blink and you'll miss Anna Paquin's Rogue). The best newbie is Evan Peters' Quicksilver, who gets the film's most entertaining sequence as he races around tweaking an action sequence frame by frame. Other set-pieces are grippingly darker, and some don't quite make sense (why does Magneto feel the need to levitate an entire stadium?).
Continue reading: X-men: Days Of Future Past Review
The world is verging on an apocalyptic disaster as the mutants continue to engage in vicious battles with only one possible outcome - their extinction. Unfortunately, any chance of saving the world from its oncoming fate has been and gone a long time ago - though there could be a way to change history. The two wisest mutants of the universe, Charles Xavier and Magneto, have been at odds for a great many years, but they must this time unite to have any hope of saving their people. They contact Wolverine to help them on their mission to go back in time and convince their younger selves that trouble lies ahead if they don't make the right decisions; Wolverine is the only one who can take on such a task with his healing powers giving him enough strength, but can he possibly save the future?
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The 48 year-old director, and Broadway producer Gary Goddard, face new allegations of sexual abuse in a second lawsuit filed by a unnamed British male.
Film director Bryan Singer has been handed another lawsuit claiming he sexually assaulted a teenage boy in London.
The 48 year-old was named, along with Broadway director Gary Goddard, in the suit which was filed in Los Angeles Federal Court, according to the Daily Beast.
An unnamed British male, who filed the suit, claims he was 14 years-old when Goddard got in touch with him via social media and promised to help with his acting career.
Continue reading: Bryan Singer Handed Second Teen Sex Abuse Lawsuit
The director has finally pulled out of "X-Men" promo events altogether.
Problems just keep piling up for director Bryan Singer and, by association, for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Following the sex abuse allegations against Singer, the movie has run into huge marketing hurdles. Most recently, Singer bowed out of one press conference at Wonder Con last weekend and on Thursday, the director announced that he would be skipping all upcoming promotional events for Days of Future Past. Presumably, the move is an attempt to save the movie by not having his name associated with it.
According to Singer, the allegations are "outrageous, viscious and completely false."
On the personal front, Singer now has to defend himself against accusations brought to the Federal Court by Michael Egan, now 31.
The mutants of the world are quickly dwindling in their numbers, tearing each other apart until they are almost wiped out. Two of the wisest X-Men of the universe, Charles Xavier and Magneto, must now join forces despite their hostile relationship to go back in time and fix the world so that their kind can survive the horrors of their ravaged future. The duo enlist Wolverine to help them on their mission; a mutant whose healing powers make him the only one strong enough to travel in time. He must find the impulsive fools that are Xavier and Magneto as much younger mutants and warn them of what their actions will do for their future, while on the way attempt to save the life of an important political figure. Will the X-Men succeed in changing their future? Or are there some things in the past that can never be changed?
'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' is the latest instalment of the Marvel film franchise following on from 2006's 'X-Men: The Last Stand' and 2011's 'X-Men: First Class'. Director Bryan Singer ('The Usual Suspects', 'Superman Returns', 'Valkyrie') returns alongside screenwriter Simon Kinberg ('Mr. & Mrs. Smith', 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Jumper'). The movie is set for release in the UK on May 22nd 2014.
Michael Egan is taking drastic action against his alleged abusers.
The sexual abuse lawsuit against producer/director Bryan Singer is now spreading over to other Hollywood big names, as Singer’s accuser has extended the lawsuit to three more men. According to TMZ, the new names are those of Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard, all three of whom have been involved with children’s entertainment at some point in their careers. Ancier might be the most recognizable name of the bunch, having worked on a number of titles, including The Ricky Lake Show (as creator), 21 Jump Street, Married ... with Children, The Simpsons and In Living Color. He headed up the Fox Entertainment Group, developed Home Improvement at Disney and put NBC’s The West Wing on air.
Singer now finds himself in high-profile company.
Neuman is the former president of Disney TV. Goddard produced several on and off-Broadway shows, including the 2009 revival of HAIR (Tony Award Winner, Best Revival of a Musical), Neil LaBute's Reasons to be Pretty (Tony Award Nominee, Best Play), among others. Michael Egan, the 31-year-old man behind the allegations, is holding a press conference to elaborate on the new lawsuit. His claim is that Ancier sexually abused Egan numerous times by sodomizing him, forcing oral sex and fondling him when he was 15 at an Encino estate.
The lawyer of Michael Egan, the man accusing Bryan Singer of sexual abuse, has described the number of "overlapping" "sexual predator rings" which allegedly continue exist in Hollywood. He also announced more suits against other Hollywood figures would be filed within the next few days.
The lawyer of Michael Egan III, the man suing Bryan Singer for alleged sexual abuse, has announced there will be more names added to the list of "Hollywood insiders" who are also allegedly guilty of sexual assault.
Egan alleges he was sexually abused by X-Men director Singer in Hawaii fifteen years ago from August to October of 1999. Egan claims he was not the only child to have fallen victim to molestation as he alleges Singer was involved in a "sexual predator ring" which involved the abuse of boys aged between 15 and 17. Egan claimed Singer sexually assaulted him when he was 17, a legal age for consenting sex in Hawaii but Egan maintains he did not consent to the alleged sexual encounter. Egan further claimed Singer and his alleged conspirators in the Hollywood sex ring threatened him. These figures, who are yet to be named, allegedly threatened to destroy Egan's career prospects in Hollywood.
Egan and his legal representatives are facing deadlines as the statute of limitations runs out on Thursday next week (24th April). Egan's lawyer, Jeff Herman, told THR they would be filing more suits against other powerful Hollywood figures. Speaking to the Huffington Post, Herman said "the rest of the names are coming out on Monday (21st April)," and one or two may be shortly after. The suits have all been filed in Hawaii by Herman, a specialist in sexual abuse cases.
As Singer works on his case, the studios are scrambling to save his big-budget projects.
As X-Men director Bryan Singer is gearing up for his defense case, which he will have to make in court and in the media, the sexual abuse allegations against him have sent the Days of Future Past marketing campaign into a tailspin. 20th Century Fox and ABC are scrambling to save the promotional campaigns for several of the director/producer’s projects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer has already cancelled an appearance at a comic book convention this weekend, where he was supposed to promote Days of Future Past and an MPAA-sponsored conference in Washington, D.C., on May 2 at which Vice President Joe Biden will be the featured speaker.
Singer was accused in a detailed lawsuit filed earlier this week.
This is likely to be just the beginning of a slew of complications for Fox, which is currently in the midst of a heavy promo campaign for Singer’s $205 million movie. Fox is scheduled to release X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in its X-Men series, in the U.S. on May 23. Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, returns to the franchise as director and producer of the new film, which will have its world premiere in New York City on May 10.
Continue reading: Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help "X-Men" Marketing
The 48 year-old film-maker's lawyer confirms, through credit cards receipts, phone records and production schedules, that he wasn't in Hawaii when the sexual abuse allegedly took place.
The federal lawsuit, which was filed in Hawaii on Wednesday (April 16th) by Michael Egan, states that the 48 year-old filmmaker sexually abused him in Hawaii from August through October 15 years ago.
But Singer's lawyer, Marty Singer (no relations)told the Associated Press his client was in Toronto, Canada, on the first "X-Men" movie during those months.
Continue reading: Bryan Singer Was Not In Hawaii When Sexual Abuse Allegedly Took Place
The 'X-Men' director has dismissed accusations that he raped 17 year-old boy as "absurd."
Bryan Singer has denied allegations that he raped a 17 year-old boy and forced him to take cocaine, as is claimed plaintiff Michael F Egan III, in a civil lawsuit filed in Hawaii. Egan, who has waived his right to anonymity, has alleged that the X-Men director and others abused him in Los Angeles and Hawaii during a period when he was trying to make a name for himself as an actor in 1999, according to THR.
Bryan Singer Has Been Accused Of Raping A 17 Year-Old Boy In 1999.
Singer, via his lawyer Marty Singer, has vehemently denied the allegations against him. "The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," he said. "We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit."
Singer's accuser is to hold a press conference in LA this Thursday.
A shadow has been cast over the upcoming release of the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, as producer Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy. According to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the incidents reportedly took place in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s. The suit claims that Singer, now 48, used his influencehis influence in Hollywood, as well as a range of drugs and alcohol, to force anal and oral sex on the boy.
The lawsuit against Singer lays out several alleged incidents in explicit details.
The young man in question, Michael Egan, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial for a number of abuses, which reportedly happened at house parties in California and Hawaii. The suit also involves one Marc Collins-Rector, who isa former entertainment business executive and registered sex offender, of initiating the sexual abuse by arranging for Singer to meet the teenager at "notorious parties" in Encino, California, around 1998, Reuters reports.
The 48 year-old film-maker has been accused of raping, physically abusing and unwillingly intoxicating a teenage boy, by a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii Federal Court .
Bryan Singer, who is a director, producer, and writer of more than 15 productions, including the 'X-Men' franchise, is being sued and accused of sexual assault.
The 48 year-old was handed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday (April 16th), for allegedly sexually abusing a 17 year-old boy back in 1999.
The abuse apparently occurred at estates in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii, and included rape, forced drug taking and other physical overpowering.
Check out the dramatic new poster for the latest 'X-Men' movie.
Twentieth Century Fox has debuted a new poster for the upcoming comic book adaptation sequel, X-Men Days of Future Past. The dramatic new image features Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, and Fan Bingbing alongside all the franchise's main characters.
It's Dark Times For The X-Men In 'Days Of Future Past.'
Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, and Peter Dinklage all star in the action epic, which is due for release in May.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10. The Expendables 3 (Aug) - Hopefully this meathead action romp will be the guilty pleasure of the year. Other muscle-bound, brainless thrills may come from Pompeii (Feb), Tarzan (May) and Hercules (Aug).
Read more about 'The Expendables 3' here
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Anna Paquin will no longer feature in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Director Bryan Singer says Oscar-winner Anna Paquin was just one of the "extraneous" things in X-Men: Days of Future Past that had to be cut from the final version. The 31-year-old had reprised her role as Rogue in the forthcoming movie, but she has since been adjudged to be surplus to requirements.
Magneto [L] and Professor X [R] in Young and Old Forms
Singer told Entertainment Weekly that Paquin "was just one of the things that had to go," though said the True Blood star had done "a fantastic job" and "completely understood" that she had to be cut.
Continue reading: Bryan Singer: Anna Paquin "Had To Go" From X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Director Bryan Singer has since said the decision to cut Paquin's screen time as Rogue was only motivated by time constraints
X Men: Days of Future Past has gotten fanboys and comic book movie enthusiast already clipping their heels in anticipation as it looks to reassert the X Men franchise to the top of the comic book movie pecking order. As things seemed to be going swimmingly as the film gradually made its way to the editing stage, with filming all but under wraps, the first major hiccup in it's path to the big screen has been revealed by director Bryan Singer.
Anna Paquin's time on the screen has been severely shortened
As the editing process get into full swing, the first casualty in the mutant army happens to be Anna Paquin's Rogue character, who is having a hefty portion of her screen time cut from the final film reel. A rescue scene supposed take place near the beginning of the film, one involving Rogue, Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), has been taken out of the final cut for the film, with Singer explaining to Entertainment Weekly that the decision to scrap the sequence shouldn't harm the final cut of the movie, although it does mean Rogue will play a much lighter role in Days of Future Past.
This week's news was dominated by the tragic deaths of Paul Walker and Nelson Mandela, but there was some good news in the movie world with X-Men Apocalypse set for 2016, and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer hitting the web.
Paul Walker Dead: Tributes have been pouring in this week for the late actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in Los Angeles on Saturday (November 30). His friend's Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Read all the tributes here.
Long Walk to Freedom: This week also marked the sad passing of Nelson Mandela, who died after a long illness. Actor Idris Elba plays the legendary figure in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and he's been chatting about his preparations for playing one of greatest leaders in history. Read what Elba had to say here.
It's a long way off but Bryan Singer announces a new X-Men project.
Director Bryan Singer has yet again used Twitter to give fans early knowledge into his exciting new projects. The filmmaker revealed yesterday that a new X-Men movie, X-Men Apocalypse, will be headed our way in 2016. Singer is currently working on next year's eagerly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, but clearly wanted to make sure fans stayed hooked on the franchise with word on the next instalment.
Jennifer Lawrence As Mystique In 'Days Of Future Past.'
The Wrap discovered that the exact release date for X-Men: Apocalypse has been pencilled in for the 27th May 2016. Clear your diaries now! Details are scarce on the new movie at the moment but the title Apocalypse is believed to refer to the X-Men mutant villain, ranked not only as one of the top X-Men baddies but one of the greatest comic book bad-guys of all time, according to Marvel.com.
Continue reading: 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Coming In 2016 - And You Know What That Means.
A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest stars of all time talking about their friend who changed the movies forever. And he's got such a huge presence that we love listening to his stories almost as much as we've loved watching his films over the decades. This movie also explores his controversial image as a right-wing gun lover, but the salient fact is that his friends and colleagues clearly love him dearly.
John Milius has always been a man's man. His asthma prevented him from joining the military, so he instead went to film school in the 1960s with a group that included Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese. And these young turks were exactly what cinema needed as the studio system ended. Milius' uncredited screenplay for Dirty Harry got him work as a writer and director, and his crowning achievement remains the screenplay for Apocalypse Now. He's also proud of his passion project Big Wednesday, an iconic surfing film that vanished without a trace when the studio abandoned it. But everything changed with Red Dawn, the teen fantasy that gave him his pro-gun reputation as a pariah. He's been less busy since, but is still working on his long-gestating epic about Genghis Khan, even though he has spent the past few years recovering from a debilitating stroke.
Like Milius himself, this is a beefy, jovial movie that zips along at a fast pace, observing telling details everywhere without any real criticism. Milius calls himself a "zen anarchist" rather than a conservative, and it's fascinating to see his life-loving personality emerge in the clips. Meanwhile, we see all of the iconic lines he's written and cinema-changing moments he's had a hand in, from writing Robert Shaw's amazing USS Indianapolis speech in Jaws to teaching Arnold Schwarzenegger how to hold a sword for Conan.
Continue reading: Milius Review
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