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Actor Wesley Snipes has slammed the media for portraying him as a "bad guy" after he was charged with tax fraud, claiming he is a victim of racism. Snipes, 45, is due to stand trial next month in Florida on charges he fraudulently claimed tax refunds of almost $12 million in 1996 and 1997. He is also accused of failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2004. But the star has blamed the press and its racial prejudice for over-exaggerating the scandal, and depicting him as a villain. He says, "It was easy for people to jump on the 'Wesley's the bad guy' bandwagon. That's where I think the systematic racism comes in. We're conditioned in this country to believe that if there's a problem, the black man is the culprit." Snipes also blames discrimination for the box office failure of his 2004 movie Blade: Trinity. He adds, "There are so few guys who do action and do it well. Even fewer who are African-American. Even fewer who have classical-theater training. So a cat like me coming in, I'm bringing all of that to an action movie. Since there are so few people that do this and have that pedigree, people disregard their contribution." »
Matt Damon has topped a new poll to be named the Sexiest Man Alive. The Bourne Ultimatum star, 37, beat Grey's Anatomy hunk Patrick Dempsey - who is nicknamed Doctor McDreamy on the hit medical series - and Blade: Trinity actor Ryan Reynolds to the top position on the annual People magazine hotlist. The title will be a welcome accolade for Damon - he recently revealed it has been his longtime ambition to beat pal George Clooney - a frequent entrant in such surveys - to the coveted number one spot. But married Damon, who became a first-time father earlier this year, remains coy about his win. He tells People, "You've given an aging suburban dad the ego-boost of a lifetime." The magazine cites Damon's "irresistible sense of humor," "rock solid family man" and "heart-melting humility" for landing him the title. The top 10 Sexiest Men are as follows: 1. Matt Damon; 2. Patrick Dempsey; 3. Ryan Reynolds; 4. Brad Pitt; 5. James McAvoy; 6. Johnny Depp; 7. Dave Annable; 8. Will Smith; 9. Javier Bardem; 10. Shemar Moore. »
The project, which is in the early stages of development, focuses on a young Magneto, the villain of the X-Men movies, and his friendship with a young Professor X, and how the two eventually became mortal enemies. The characters would not be played by Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, who originated them in the series, but by actors in their 20s.
Goyer will be working off a script by Sheldon Turner.
Fox and Marvel are already hard at work on another X-Men spin-off, Wolverine. That project, which already has a working screenplay, is on the fast-track hunt for a director and will likely be made before Magneto.
CAA-repped Goyer wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Regency sci-fi movie Jumper. He also directed 2004's Blade: Trinity, the New Line movie based on the Marvel Comics vampire hero, and exec produced the Marvel/Sony superhero flick Ghost Rider. »
The Black Dahlia actress Scarlett Johansson has sparked reports she's back in the dating game after spending the Easter weekend with Alanis Morissette's ex-fiance Ryan Reynolds. Ironically, Reynolds has also been romantically linked to his Blade: Trinity co-star Jessica Biel, who was Johansson's reported love rival when both were allegedly dating pop star Justin Timberlake. Johansson, who has insisted she never dated Timberlake, spent the weekend with Reynolds in New York City. After dining at Manhattan restaurant Odeon last Saturday night, the couple joined friends for lunch at the Carlyle hotel on Sunday. »
4 items from 2007
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