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 installment 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.
As expected, “Star Wars” fever has taken the box office by storm as Lucasfilm’s latest installment, “The Last Jedi,” has posted an opening weekend of $220 million from 4,232 screens. That’s the second highest domestic opening of all-time behind the film’s 2015 predecessor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and a 41 percent jump over the $155 million opening posted by last year’s “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One.” The film opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday previews), making it only the second film to earn $100 million on opening day. This was followed by $63.7 million on Saturday and a projected $52 million on Sunday. This total also pushes Disney past the $2 billion mark domestically for the third consecutive year and into the top spot among all studios for domestic revenue. In total, “The Last Jedi” has posted a global opening of $450 million excluding China, good for the fifth-highest global opening in box office history with $40.6 million coming from IMAX, good for the second-highest opening excluding China. The film opens in China on January 5. Hardcore “Star Wars” fans have been debating the film’s merits since screenings started on Thursday evening, but as a whole, critics and audiences have given the film a big thumbs up with an A on CinemaScore and a 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Star Wars”‘ big weekend comes after Lucasfilm’s parent company, Disney, turned Hollywood on its head by buying the original owner of “Star Wars”, 20th Century Fox, for $52.4 billion. As fate would have it, Fox has also released a movie this weekend, the Blue Sky animated film “Ferdinand.” Helmed by “Ice Age” director Carlos Saldanha, the film has grossed $13.3 million at 3,621 locations against projections of a $15 million opening. The film received an A on CinemaScore and a 74 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Actor David Hasselhoff has wed for the third time, exchanging vows with Hayley Roberts in Italy on Tuesday (31Jul18). The former Baywatch hunk tied the knot with his fiancee of two years in the country's southern Puglia region before a small group of friends and family, including his daughters Taylor, 28, and Hayley, 25, who David flew in for the ceremony, his press agent confirms to People.com. Hasselhoff, 66, began dating Welsh model Roberts, 38, in 2011, when she approached him for an autograph at a hotel while he served as a judge on hit TV competition Britain's Got Talent. The star ended up asking Hayley for her number, and the couple became engaged five years later. Hayley previously revealed she was completely shocked by her now-husband's proposal, which occurred during a romantic picnic on a beach in Malibu, California in 2016. "We were both in tears," she told Hello! magazine shortly after he popped the question. "I genuinely had no idea he was going to do that, I'm still overwhelmed." David shares his daughters with second wife Pamela Bach, who he was married to from 1989 until their 2006 divorce, and he is overjoyed to have their support for his new spouse Hayley, as it was his girls who encouraging him to propose to the model. "I told my girls what I was going to do and they were both really supportive," he told Hello!. "It's tough. No one wants to see their parents split up. But they love Hayley and they're just happy for me." The Knight Rider star was also married to actress Catherine Hickland for five years until 1989.
Dua Lipa had a huge row with her boyfriend at a star-studded Grammys afterparty after she reportedly caught him flirting with women. The 23-year-old scooped the gongs for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording at the prestigious music awards ceremony, but later her night hit a bum note after she confronted her beau, Isaac Carew. According to U.K. newspaper The Sun, the British chef and model was seen flirting with other women at the bash thrown by DJ Diplo. The One Kiss hitmaker was on cloud nine after her big wins, but ended up shouting in Isaac's face, with the couple having a huge row at the party. "He told Dua she was overreacting and that he’d done nothing wrong," a source told the outlet. “She was adamant he was flirting with them and gave him the cold shoulder for the rest of the night.” This isn't the first time that Isaac, who has modeled in campaigns for Hermes, Moschino and Reiss, has reportedly flirted with other women while dating Dua. In June last year (18), The Sun obtained video of the chef dirty dancing with a mystery woman at London’s G.A.Y nightclub. Dua, who had been on tour in the U.S. at the time, forgave him and the pair has been working on their relationship. After the Grammys bust-up, Isaac shared a sweet post on Instagram, gushing about his award-winning girlfriend. "Prouder than f***ing punch. I told you you’d be walking away with two but you’re too humble to admit it. So proud of you! Ps how fit are you in this pic," he wrote alongside a snap of the pair at a pre-Grammy bash, with Dua rocking an electric blue strapless dress.