Paquin’s scene cut from X-Men film
A scene featuring film franchise regular Rogue has been cut from the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer said that a rescue sequence, which was shot early in the film’s production, and featured Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), had been ditched from the final film. “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” said Singer. “It will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it … it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in.” Singer was at pains to emphasize the decision had nothing to do with Paquin or with her performance. “She did a fantastic job,” he said. A 14-year-old girl was shot dead by her stepfather in the United States after he reportedly mistook her for a burglar. The incident happened in Colorado Springs, Colorado, just before 6 am on Monday. Reports state the girl may have been trying to sneak into the house through a basement window after a night out when she was shot in the stomach and chest. A 911 caller, presumably the girl’s stepfather, informed the operator that a burglar had been shot. A little more than a minute later the operator reported the news that the victim wasn’t an intruder. The girl was alive when police arrived at the scene but died later in hospital. The District Attorney’s Office will decide what charges, if any, to lay against the girl’s stepfather, whose name is being withheld. Musician Carlos Santana has been reunited with one of his former band mates who, unbeknownst to him, had been living on the streets in California. Marcus Malone was interviewed on a TV news report about homeless people in the lead-up to Christmas, claiming he used to be an original member of Santana’s band, leaving the group just before they found international fame after performing at Woodstock in 1969. After the interview, the reporter did some research to verify the claim and discovered that Malone was telling the truth. When Santana, 66, heard about the news report, he contacted the station to arrange a meeting with Malone, whom he had lost contact with when the percussionist was sent to prison for three years. After an emotional reunion, Santana has promised to help Malone get back on his feet by getting him an apartment and has offered to allow him to play on Santana’s next album with the original band.