Paquin’s scene cut from X-Men film

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY PEOPLE -

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.

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