Halle Berry to Bring Storm Back in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" 

Storm returns!

Speaking to Jay Leno in "The Tonight Show," Halle Berry confirmed that she would be donning her Storm costume again for "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Why? Because according to her, it's a great role and "those residual checks don’t hurt." See? Money talks especially Marvel dough!

Berry added that Storm is a character that she loves and the fans really dig the whole series. She said, "They really love Storm. It’s like family. It’s fun to get back together with Hugh and everybody. It’s good fun."

Bryan Singer will also return to the franchise to direct. The last "X-Men" film he helmed was 2003's "X2." Matthew Vaughn, who created the last "X-Men" film, the fantastic 2011's "First Class," co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Kinberg based on John Byrne and Chris Claremont's comic book.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" will go into production soon and is set for release on July 18th of next year. Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat), and Anna Paquin (Marie/Rogue) are expected to return to the franchise as well.

The stars will be joining Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast), Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto), and James McAvoy (Charles Xavier).

Intriguing! It's like what J.J. Abrams did to the "Star Trek" reboot. And if you're equally intrigued, like me, I found this on Wikipedia about the comic book original:

"Days of Future Past" is a popular storyline in the Marvel Comics comic book The Uncanny X-Men issues #141 and #142, published in 1981. It deals with a dystopian alternative future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self, the present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria.

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"The Great Gatsby" to Open 2013 Cannes Film Festival 

Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is set to open this year's Cannes Film Festival, in glorious 3-D!

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film has a French connection! According to Luhrmann, "some of the most poignant and beautiful passages" of "The Great Gatsby" were written by Fitzgerald inside a French Riviera villa not too far from Cannes. Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan aslo star in the film which is set to open in the U.S. on May 10th.

Steven Spielberg is set to head the jury at the festival which runs from May 15th to the 26th.


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"Oz" Great and Powerful at Box-Office with $80 Million Opening 

Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" may not be artistically and creatively great and powerful (it's lacking magic -- see my movie review here), but moviegoers helped the film make box-office magic. The Disney 3-D extravaganza debuted at No. 1 with $80.3 million in North America and $69.9 million overseas.

Starring James Franco as the man behind the curtains, "Oz the Great and Powerful" serves as a prequel to the much better 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams co-star. But beside Williams, the only ones memorable in the film are the CG characters Finley the Flying Monkey (Zach Braff) and China Girl (Joey King). If you're looking for a smarter revisionist take on the "Wizard of Oz" mythology, you'll be better off watching "Wicked" the musical all over again.

At No. 2 was "Jack the Giant Slayer" which only made $10 million domestically and just $4.9 million internationally. Starring Nicholas Hoult as Jack in the "Jack and the Beanstalk" update and directed by Bryan Singer, "Jack the Giant Slayer" has a looong way to go to recoup its nearly $200 million budget. Yikes!

Melissa McCarthy continued to be the first true box-office queen of 2013 with her "Identity Thief" holding steady at No. 3 with $6.3 million.

The weekend's other new release, "Dead Man Down" starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace opened at No. 4 with $5.3 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of March 8th:

1. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $80.3 million. ($69.9 million international.)

2. "Jack the Giant Slayer," $10 million. ($4.9 million international.)

3. "Identity Thief," $6.3 million.

4. "Dead Man Down," $5.3 million.

5. "Snitch," $5.1 million. ($4.7 million international.)

6. "21 & Over," $5 million.

7. "Safe Haven," $3.8 million.

8. "Silver Linings Playbook," $3.7 million. ($6 million international.)

9. "Escape from Planet Earth," $3.2 million.

10. "The Last Exorcism Part II," $3.1 million.

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"Oz the Great and Powerful Movie Reviews" -- Is the Film Great and Powerful? How Many Kisses Does it Get? 

It’s time to return to Oz with “Oz the Great and Powerful” from director Sam Raimi. Inspired by the ideas of L. Frank Baum and written by Mitchell Kapner (“The Whole Ten Yards”) and David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rise of the Guardians,” “Rabbit Hole”), James Franco is Oz, a two-bit circus magician who dreams of greatness. He’s a failure in life and love but all that is about to change when a twister carries him into a magical kingdom. Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams co-star.

But is this “Oz” worth following the yellow brick road again? And is the film truly great and powerful? Find out in my review below of “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

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"Behind the Candelabra" -- What Matt Damon Does Not Want His Wife to See! 

Ladies and gentlemen, here's a first full look at Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in full character! Douglas plays the legendary Liberace while Damon is his young lover, Scott Thorson. The film covers their torrid relationship from 1978 to 1982. This is from director Steven Soderbergh and is supposed to be his farewell film ("Side Effects" was his last theatrical movie, "Behind the Candelabra" will premiere on HBO).

In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, Douglas and Damon revealed fun insights into the making of the film.

So what does Damon afraid to show his wife? Here's what the actor said in the interview:

“Every Sunday night, this girl would come to my house and I would stand in my garage and I would hike my boxer briefs up into the crack of my a– and she would give me a spray tan,” explains Damon, who spends plenty of the movie in tiny swimsuits, and wasn’t too excited about his real-life wife seeing his bronzed backside. “We’ve been through three childbirths, we’ve been in the trenches, there are no secrets. But I really wish she didn’t see that. That’s too much.”

Why? Because the actor must wear metallic thong for some of the nude (!!!) scenes. Well okay, wearing just a metallic thong.

That Soderbergh let me tell 'ya, he made Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and the gang wear thongs in last year's "Magic Mike" and now, he's taking it a step further with a new and improved metallic version! HA!

For more on the "Behind the Candelabra" interview with Douglas and Damon, click here.

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