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Bryan Singer's Legal Problems May Cost Him Next 'X-Men' Sequel

Patrick Stewart and Bryan Singer in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’/Image © 2013 Marvel and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Editor's Note: Bryan Singer's future hangs in the balance -- as so does the future of Cynthia Mort's Nina Simone biopic. We're watching this and more in today's roundup.

Bryan Singer may have hit it out of the park with "X-Men: Days of Future Past," but word on the street says he may get cut out of the plans for the sequel (currently entitled "X-Men: Apocalypse") due to the allegations of rape and sexual abuse that he's currently facing. Fox is reportedly concerned about the legal case having an impact on production, especially if it doesn't work out in Singer's favor. According to Radar Online's source, the director has presented his defense to the studio in hopes of assuring them of his innocence as well as his ability to helm a massive superhero movie under such precarious circumstances. Without more details on the case, it's hard to know who to root for. Is it simply too much to hope that the good guys will prevail?

Another director's legal battle is already underway. Cynthia Mort aggravated Nina Simone fans in advance by launching a biopic starring Zoe Saldana (who bears no discernible resemblance to the musician/activist) and by not clearing her script with Simone's estate. Now Mort is claiming that her producer breached their contract by denying her complete control of the script, the editing, and other key aspects of the film. In fact, her lawsuit was filed the day before the film screened at Cannes for prospective buyers. Whether or not this proves to be true, it's obvious that she's eager to distance herself from the final product. Think of how much of this could have been avoided if Jennifer Hudson had been cast instead.

This weekend Bryan Cranston's Broadway performance as LBJ earned him a Tony Award, and also maybe a new TV role. Deadline is reporting that Steven Spielberg intends to adapt the play to a miniseries, with Cranston in the lead where he belongs. And speaking of roles people were born to play, how about Neil Patrick Harris tearing it up during the award show's excerpt from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"? By the time he's licking Samuel L. Jackson's eyeglasses you know he's got that statue in the bag. Watch and enjoy below!

To properly celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of "Ghostbusters," you'll need to know everything on this massive infographic. Especially the part about how the term "proton pack" was not actually used until the subway scene in "Ghostbusters II." That's the kind of trivia that makes you doubt everything you think you know about a movie you've seen more than a dozen times. Also, the film may mark the first occurrence of "slime" as a verb.