According to the Post Chronicle, long-dead rumors of couch-jumping actor Tom Cruise sliding into the armor as Tony Stark have come back to life like Soul II Soul.
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Actor Paul Bettany told PR Inside that there's no news on him getting some clown make up. "In truth I haven't heard anything officially. It's a rumor entirely made up by journalists. Or maybe it's a conspiracy by journalists to ruin my negotiation," Bettany said. "So if they did offer it to me, I'd already have told the press I'd love to do it, so the producers would say, 'Wonderful. Now will you do it for $5 please?'"
You know you love it -- more about the rapidly approaching mutant minded movie. For example, how about an eleventh TV ad with new footage over at YouTube? Meanwhile, visual effects supervisor John Bruno talked to Total Film about the inside workings of a major production. "I had to write a thesis on the visual effects for this movie, can you believe that?" Bruno asked. "I've never had to do that before but with so little time, I couldn't show the producers anything so I had to tell them what I was going to do. That's not normally part of the job description but we're never normally this rushed."
The XVerse has gotten fourteen new promotional images their scooper snagged from studio press materials.
Finally, if you're watching Fox this week, you'll catch Sir Ian McKellen introducing a seven minute sneak peek from the film tomorrow night at 8:30 PM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. Friday night, McKellen will be joined by Patrick Stewart to introduce new characters to the audience during the world broadcast premiere of "X2."
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Screenwriter Don Payne is featured at Cinematical talking a little bit about the next trip inside the Baxter Building (while not discussing his Silver Surfer-featuring screenplay). "I can't confirm or deny anything or I'll be in serious trouble. Except for the fact that I'm working on it, and I'm having a blast," Payne said. "I think you take a look at what worked and what didn't work, and you go from there. Certainly it's impossible to take something that's so beloved by millions of hardcore fans and make something which is going to please everyone. The nation of geeks (of which I'm a proud citizen) can be a little negative out of the gate, to say the least. But I'm trying to write the 'Fantastic Four' movie I would like to see. I'm hoping my brethren will feel the same way when all is said and done."
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