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X-Men director Bryan Singer is in a bit of hot water. Variety.com reports the 48-year-old is being accused of sexually abusing a male teenager in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii. Singer is accused of forcibly sodomizing Michael Egan when he was 17. The alleged incident took place back in 1999 at a house in Encino.

Michael‘s lawyer Jeff Herman also claims that Bryan gave the teenager drugs and alcohol and flew him to Hawaii more than once in 1999. The defendant is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for the sexual assault he allegedly suffered.

“Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children,” Herman said in a statement. “This is the first of many cases I will be filing to give these victims a voice and to expose the issue.”

Not surprisingly, Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, is claiming his client is innocent. Here’s what he told to the Hollywood Reporter.

“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” said Marty Singer. “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”

“It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity,” continued Singer’s lawyer, noting its timing in relation to the May opening of Singer’s next film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

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After teasing us last week, Marvel finally shelled out the goods. At long last, the first full-length movie trailer for the highly anticipated sequel-prequel is here. And it’s everything I’d hope it would be.

The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past– to save their future. Watching Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin and Ian McKellan in the same film is going to be phenomenal. To boot, several new faces join the franchise including Booboo Stewart (Warpath), Adan Canto (Sunspot), Fan Bingbing (Blink), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Lucas Till (Havok). Check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer below.

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Just when I thought X-Men Days of Future Past casting was complete, Bryan Singer throws a curve ball. The 47-year-old director announced via Twitter that Quicksilver, the speedy son of Magneto, will make an appearance in the highly-anticipated sequel.

“Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.” – Bryan Singer’s Twitter

The interesting part of this news is not who’s playing Quicksilver, but rather the addition of the character in the film. Just recently, Joss Whedon announced Quicksilver and his twin sister Scarlet Witch were part of his plans for The Avengers sequel.

To give a bit of a background, Magneto’s offspring are mutants. Since FOX owns the X-Men franchise, fans were worried that their inclusion to Disney-owned Avengers franchise might not happen due to legal issues. But since Whedon announced their inclusion, everything seemed fine.

I can’t help but think Singer adding Quicksilver this late in the game is a way to thwart The Avengers because they had no legal leg to stand on to prevent the characters’ appearance in Whedon’s film. Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, but my Spidey-sense tells me otherwise.

learn more about Evan Peters after the jump plus photos

It’s been several years since Halle Berry played Ororo Munroe aka Storm on screen. The 46-year-old actress isn’t let a little thing called pregnancy stop her from playing the superhero once again for X-Men: Days of Future Past. That said, Berry did mention in an earlier interview that most likely a stunt double would take on more of the physical parts and the costume probably needed altering in a few places.

The film’s director Bryan Singer tweeted a photo on Monday (April 22) along with the caption, “Storm watch #HalleBerry #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast”. Get your first look at Berry’s fourth turn as the Marvel Comics heroine below. Pregnant or not, Halle is still pretty bad-ass. Check it out below.

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Last week, rumors that another veteran from the original X-Men trilogy joining X-Men: Days of Future Past surfaced. They were started by none other than James McAvoy who plays the younger Charles Xavier in the reboot series. The 33-year-old Scottish actor slipped up by including Alan Cumming’s name with Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and others as coming back to the franchise. Cumming appeared as Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler in 2003′s X2. Turns out those rumors were false… or were they.

Cumming revealed that he hadn’t “gotten the call” from Bryan Singer. Since the rumors surfaced, the director has neither confirmed nor denied Cumming’s addition. In a photo released via Twitter, however, Singer did reveal a few casting additions not previously released. One of which is Daniel Cudmore who played Colossus in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Glad the Canadian star is back in the fold. He’s one tall drink of hotness. Find out the other newbies joining X-Men: Days of Future Past below.

find out who and watch the interview after the jump

Another X-Men Original Joins New Sequel

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I know 2013 is just around the corner, but can 2014 come first. I don’t know if I can wait an entire year and then some for X-Men: Days of Future Past to hit theaters. When Bryan Singer announced that he was returning to the X-Men franchise and bringing along Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen to reprise their roles of Prof X and Magneto respectively, I was already excited enough. But with this bit of news, I’m beyond that.

For those who don’t know the premise of the X-Men sequel, here’s the gist. It will alternate between a 20th century world featuring the First Class cast (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) and a dystopian future where older versions of them appear (Stewart and McKellen). Ever since Singer confirmed that Patrick and Ian were on board, many have speculated and hoped he would bring others. For all you comic book geeks, Christmas just came early because another casting coup has occurred.

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For me, the best X-Men films have been the ones directed by Bryan Singer. As you can imagine, this bit of news put a smile on my face. Singer helmed 2000′s X-Men and its sequel X2, and produced the reboot X-Men: First Class starring Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Now, he’s back to direct the sequel… and he’s not coming alone.

The director confirmed via Twitter that he’s recruited two actors from his first two X-Men films. Given that 2014′s X-Men: Days of Future Past will alternate between the present and a dystopian future where mutants are living in internment camps, it makes perfect sense why some of the original cast members are coming back. But exactly who? Have any guesses? Find out below.

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It’s been almost a year since the first teaser trailer for Jack The Giant Slayer (which used to be called Jack the Giant Killer) first debuted. Now the first full trailer has been revealed and it looks like it’s going to be “Fee-fi-fo-fun!” That was cheesy, but you catch my drift.

The premise of the story that an ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway (via a magic beanstalk) between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Now that the giants are unleashed onto Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants aim to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack into the battle of his life to stop them. He fights for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess. He comes face to face with creatures he previously only knew as legends, but in the process, he becomes a legend himself.

The Bryan Singer-directed film has Nicholas Hoult in the role of Jack, and also stars Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. The film comes out on March 1, 2013 (my birthday!) In the meantime, check out the trailer below.

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