Olivia Munn claims Bryan Singer was absent from X-Men: Apocalypse set for 10 days

Olivia Munn has claimed director Bryan Singer was absent for 10 days during the production of X-Men: Apocalypse.The 39-year-old actress played mutant Psylocke in the 2016 comic book blockbuster, which also starred James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Osca…

Olivia Munn has claimed director Bryan Singer was absent for 10 days during the production of X-Men: Apocalypse.

The 39-year-old actress played mutant Psylocke in the 2016 comic book blockbuster, which also starred James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner.

In a new interview with Variety, Munn alleged the director left the set in Montreal, Canada to fly to Los Angeles to receive treatment for a thyroid issue, leaving the cast and crew for 10 days.

“Instead of going to a doctor in Montreal, which is a very high-level, working city, he said he had to go to L.A. And he was gone for about 10 days is my recollection,” she explained, adding that Singer told the cast to keep filming, despite his absence.

“We’d be on set, I remember there’s a big scene that we’d have, we’d come back from lunch and then one of Bryan’s assistants would come up and show us a cell phone with a text message on it,” Munn shared. “And he texted to the actors, ‘Hey guys. I’m busy right now. But just go ahead and start filming without me.’ And we’d be like, ‘OK.’ And I never thought any of it was normal, but I didn’t realise that other people also thought it wasn’t normal.”

Munn shared that she was originally bewildered by his “strange” behaviour, but thought perhaps it was normal on blockbuster movie sets.

“I never shot a huge movie like that before. I didn’t know what was right or wrong, but I did know that it seems strange that Bryan Singer could check out and say he had a thyroid issue,” she quipped.

She then blasted studio executives for continuing to give Singer high-profile directing gigs, such as the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer was fired from the movie due to his absence and clashes with leading man Rami Malek and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher.

Responding to Munn, Singer’s publicist Howard Bragman said: “He saw doctors in Montreal and then came back to see doctors in Los Angeles. And to the best of our recollection, it only affected two days of shooting.”

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James McAvoy has lost film roles because he’s ‘too short’

James McAvoy has missed out on roles because of his height.The It Chapter Two star, who is five feet seven inches (1.7 metres) tall, opened up about the difficulties he faces in an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, claiming one leading la…

James McAvoy has missed out on roles because of his height.

The It Chapter Two star, who is five feet seven inches (1.7 metres) tall, opened up about the difficulties he faces in an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, claiming one leading lady said their onscreen relationship wouldn’t work because of the height difference.

“As a shorter man, I sometimes get told I’m too short for a role,” the 40-year-old shared. “Or even when I get a role, I’m made to feel like, well, of course, we’re going to have to do something about that.”

Recalling the female co-star who questioned whether he was right for the film “because nobody would believe (he) would be with someone like her”, the actor admitted: “That was a kick in the nuts.”

“I was like, ‘All right, now I’ve got to pretend that I really like you for eight more weeks. This is going to be really tough, because you’re so far up yourself.’ It got really interesting, that relationship,” McAvoy continued.

“Sometimes you’re made to feel like you’re not good-looking enough to get a role,” he sadly added.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Scottish actor – who has starred in four X-Men movies as Professor Xavier – shared his thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s comments that superhero films are “not cinema.”

“I would hope he’s watched every single one of them to make that statement,” he fired. “Some of them are s**t and some of them have really moved me. I think that you’ve got to take it on a film-by-film basis.”

However, he’s not offended by the criticism from the Oscar-winning film icon.

“He’s Martin Scorsese – he can say what he likes. And he’s not going to break the machine by saying it,” he added.

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Jessica Chastain gifted It Chapter Two co-stars vitamin shots after lake scene

Jessica Chastain treated her It Chapter Two co-stars to vitamin shots after they filmed a scene in a freezing lake.In the second part of the horror film, the Zero Dark Thirty actress plays Beverly Marsh, who returns home to Derry to confront scary clow…

Jessica Chastain treated her It Chapter Two co-stars to vitamin shots after they filmed a scene in a freezing lake.

In the second part of the horror film, the Zero Dark Thirty actress plays Beverly Marsh, who returns home to Derry to confront scary clown Pennywise, who has come back to continue his killing spree.

In an interview with Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast, her co-star Bill Hader revealed that Chastain gifted her castmates – including James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa, and Jay Ryan – vitamin B-12 shots after they filmed a long scene in a lake towards the end of the movie.

“We were all sitting in water and we were all freezing,” Hader recalled. “I just remember Jessica Chastain’s lips turned blue. I was going, ‘We need to get out of the water.’ Then Jessica was nice and got us B12 shots. We went up and there was this doctor sitting there and he gave us all B12 shots.”

The injections are said to boost energy, strengthen the immune system, and prevent illness.

In addition to the cold water, Hader previously revealed he pulled a groin muscle while trying to run away from Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise and that he was covered in so much dirt it had to be scraped off at the end of a day’s filming.

“At the end of every day, you’d just have c**p all over you — dirt, tonnes of fake blood, sweat, and all that stuff,” he told IndieWire. “And to get it off of you, they’d put shaving cream on you. They’d put shaving cream on your arms, your legs, your face, your neck, your ears. They’d just douse you with old school shaving cream, (that) has some chemical in it that cleans the stuff off better than anything. It was actually really comforting at the end of the day.”

It Chapter Two is in cinemas now.

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M. Night Shyamalan to write and direct two original movies for Universal

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is set to write and direct two original movies for Universal. Following the success of their recent collaborations – The Visit, Split, and Glass – the filmmaker has signed a new deal with Universal to make two currently unt…

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is set to write and direct two original movies for Universal.

Following the success of their recent collaborations – The Visit, Split, and Glass – the filmmaker has signed a new deal with Universal to make two currently untitled thrillers. The films will be released on 26 February 2021 and 17 February 2023.

“There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films,” Shyamalan said in a statement. “They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience. I am so excited to be working with them again and bringing new stories to the movie screen for years to come.”

When Universal Pictures representatives announced the partnership on Monday, president Peter Cramer heaped praise on The Sixth Sense director’s original vision.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Cramer added. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honoured that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

Shyamalan, who is known for his supernatural themes and signature plot twists, most recently worked with Universal on Glass, a crossover of his earlier films Unbreakable and Split which starred James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson. It made almost $250 million (£202 million) worldwide from a $20 million (£16 million) budget when it was released earlier this year.

No information about the plots for the new movies was given. However, the 49-year-old will independently finance the projects, much like he did for The Visit, Split, and Glass.

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James McAvoy upset his big action scene in It sequel was cut back

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer. The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the…

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer.

The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the scene over 20 times, and now it seems he needn’t have risked his health for director Andy Muschietti.

“We did this whole scene, rocks falling on our heads… It was brilliant,” McAvoy said during an appearance alongside his castmates on TV show Conan. “We did it, like, 29 times and I pulled my quads (quadriceps) and got tendonitis in my knee.

“I watched the trailer and it’s like ‘blink and you f**king miss it!’ It could have been my wonderful stuntman, because you don’t know it’s me.”

Castmate Bill Hader also spent time in the hospital following an on-set injury, but his was a little more embarrassing.

“I was asked to run and I ran for, like, 10 feet and pulled my groin,” he explained.

And it wasn’t just the male stars of It: Chapter 2 who were getting involved in the action on set – Jessica Chastain was doused with 4,500 gallons of red goo, in what will apparently be one of the bloodiest scenes in movie history.

“That’s what I was told on set,” she said. “It wasn’t real blood, obviously. It’s 4,500 gallons of fake blood. I was immersed in it. It’s like KY Jelly with red dye.”

Chastain revealed that when the director first talked to her about the bloody scene, she had to convince him to pour it on thick.

“He said, ‘It’s only going to go up to your chest’, and I said, ‘This is our opportunity to really make something crazy – let’s do (horror movie) Carrie on steroids!’ so I fully went in the blood (sic), which I regretted a lot afterwards. I was pulling stuff out of my eyeballs the next day.”

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James McAvoy calls for more female-led Marvel films

James McAvoy wants to see more diversity in Marvel Comics movies. The latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is slated for release this month, will focus on Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner, who loses control of…

James McAvoy wants to see more diversity in Marvel Comics movies.

The latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is slated for release this month, will focus on Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner, who loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix.

But now James, who reprises his role of Professor Charles Xavier in the flick, has said that the film feels particularly appropriate for the moment.

“I don’t know it felt like a feminist script, but it certainly felt like we were in a film that was responding to a time where feminism is having a positive impact,” he told The Press Association. “I think that (director Simon Kinberg) wanted to and was able to – and felt that the market was ready for – do that kind of dynamic in the cast, which is a brilliant sign. I was pleased to be a part of that, and support Sophie and Simon in that.”

The It Chapter Two star went on to reflect on the lack of diversity in previous Marvel offerings, and insisted studio bosses need to keep pushing forward when it comes to representation.

“It’s nuts to think that even Marvel have only had, how many female-led (films?) … Is it one? Captain Marvel. And we’re getting Black Widow coming,” the 40-year-old considered. “It’s nuts to think even with that whole stable as well there’s so few. It’s good that things are changing, that representation just needs to carry on.”

The X-Men films are not currently part of the main Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, having long been distributed by 20th Century Fox rather than Marvel Studios. However, both studios are now owned by Disney, paving the way for future crossover projects.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which also features Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas from 5 June.

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James McAvoy confirms X-Men: Dark Phoenix ending was entirely reshot

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with th…

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.

The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with the new movie focusing on how Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix.

However, McAvoy has now shared in an interview with Yahoo Movies UK that the third act of the feature was totally re-written as it bore a resemblance to another movie in production at the time.

“The end (of Dark Phoenix) changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. For the better. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago. And we had no idea that we were,” he stated, while his co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, interjected: “They had spies on set and (they) basically stole our ideas. Infiltrated.”

“We were basically trawling through the source material, it seems,” McAvoy added.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix began filming in June 2017, though director Simon Kinberg spent over a year in the post-production phase, with studio executives forced to delay the film’s release twice.

While McAvoy refused to comment on which other film he was referring to, there have been numerous Marvel and DC superhero movies made within the same period, including Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Avengers: Endgame.

Elsewhere, Turner spoke about the changes to the ending of the flick, and added: “I think it’s so much better for the reshoots. It was just one of those things… you watched the first two acts and the third act just didn’t feel cohesive. We went back and we redid all of the third act pretty much and it was such a good decision. I mean, the third act is the best part of the movie, for me.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, also featuring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas from 5 June.

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Brits Gemma Chan and James McAvoy made practical style choices at the Oscars

Gemma Chan made sure she didn’t go hungry at the Oscars by stuffing a giant cookie in the pocket of her Maison Valentino dress. The Crazy Rich Asians star wowed on the red carpet on Sunday (24Feb19) in her oversized hot pink gown and revealed she was …

Gemma Chan made sure she didn’t go hungry at the Oscars by stuffing a giant cookie in the pocket of her Maison Valentino dress.

The Crazy Rich Asians star wowed on the red carpet on Sunday (24Feb19) in her oversized hot pink gown and revealed she was fashionably practical when one reporter asked her if she had stashed anything in her dress.

“I wanted to be prepared,” she said. “You don’t get dinner.”

The actress paired her dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and Bvlgari jewellery.

Meanwhile, fellow Brit James McAvoy made a style statement at the Oscars by asking his pals, peers and idols to sign his white shirt.

The Scottish actor, who presented the award for Best Sound Editing to Bohemian Rhapsody alongside Black Panther actress Danai Gurira, asked every star he bumped into backstage to scribble on his clothing and showed off his collection of signatures in a bathroom selfie, before posing for the cameras at the Vanity Fair after party.

Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Sarah Paulson, Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, his Glass co-star Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael B. Jordan were among the many names he snagged and they all signed his shirt with a red marker pen he provided.

James reportedly found the Sharpie pen on the floor as he was enjoying a drink backstage after his presenting duties were over and decided to start collecting autographs.

The Glass star is now planning to auction the shirt off his own back for charity.

“I think we’ll probably try and sell it for charity,” James told Vanity Fair reporters on the red carpet.

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James McAvoy: ‘It: Chapter Two is disturbing’

James McAvoy was way more scared of Stephen King’s horror novel It as an adult than he was as a child.The Scottish actor joins the cast for the follow up to 2017’s cinema retelling of the clown story, It: Chapter Two, alongside Bill Skarsgard as clow…

James McAvoy was way more scared of Stephen King’s horror novel It as an adult than he was as a child.

The Scottish actor joins the cast for the follow up to 2017’s cinema retelling of the clown story, It: Chapter Two, alongside Bill Skarsgard as clown Pennywise and fellow newcomers Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader.

The movie doesn’t hit cinemas until September (19), but filming left a lasting impact on James.

“The shoot experience was great, great people. Amazing director, amazing cast – the cast were incredible,” he shared with Collider. “There were days on that set when I’m just, ‘this is really disturbing’. You just kind of look at the other actors like this is great gig and I’m really proud to be here with you all but this is really messed up. In a good way.

“I rarely get terrified by anything but reading that book again, as an adult, I read it as a kid and it didn’t really mess with me as a kid, but as an adult it gave me nightmares.”

Director Andy Muschietti is back at the helm for the second horror instalment, with young stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis also returning.

And Bill will once again be scaring audiences as the menacing clown.

“What Bill does is just incredible,” James marvelled. “The commitment – it’s not just scary make-up and a funny voice, the commitment and effort he puts into it is remarkable.”

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James McAvoy hired Wonder Woman trainer to get ripped for Glass

James McAvoy found his washboard abs with the help of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman trainer for his new movie Glass.The actor portrays a character with 24 distinct personalities in director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller and he concentrated on the Bea…

James McAvoy found his washboard abs with the help of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman trainer for his new movie Glass.

The actor portrays a character with 24 distinct personalities in director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller and he concentrated on the Beast persona to get in his best shape for the role.

“I was like, ‘OK. I’m going to have my shirt off, aren’t I?’ And (Shyamalan) was like, ‘Yep,’” McAvoy recalls to USA Today of his motivation to get fit for the role. “I knew I had to get down in the gym and kind of back up his (character’s Beast) name. I had to give a little bit of aesthetic credibility to that fear that he’s supposed to inspire in people.”

To reach his athletic goals, McAvoy worked with Swedish personal trainer Magnus Lygdback, who trained Gadot for the Wonder Woman 1984 sequel and Alicia Vikander for Tomb Raider.

The 39 year old ate five meals a day and worked out between five and six times per week while training to play Beast, admitting his schedule was gruelling: “You’re in every day working your socks off (acting), and you’re also in the gym at five in the morning and then pretty much working out on set whenever you are the Beast to get you all pumped up and get your veins popping and get the relevant muscles swollen for the shot.”

After working so extensively to maintain a chiselled frame, James now has a new appreciation for those Hollywood hunks who are known for their consistently fit physiques.

“This was a real massive, extreme example of that for me in a way that I’ve never done before,” he explains. “(Actors) like The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth – the guys who keep themselves in that condition every day – that dedication is incredible.”

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