My Fun Interview with Rick Yune & Dylan McDermott for “Olympus Has Fallen” – They Reveal Some Secrets 

Rick Yune (“Die Another Day,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “The Man with the Iron Fist”) and Dylan McDermott star in the new action-packed thriller “Olympus Has Fallen.” Yune is Kang, the big bad of the movie, and McDermott is Forbes, one of the agents assigned to protect the President (Aaron Eckhart). Gerard Butler is our action hero of the movie and his character will do anything to vanquish Yune aka Kang. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What got them interested in joining “Olympus Has Fallen”
*** My Korean town experience –hint: the big bad is a Korean
*** Working with Antoine Fuqua – why Yune says it was intense!
*** What do they want viewers to feel after watching “Olympus Has Fallen”

Have fun!

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Why Iran is Planning on Suing Hollywood! 

Uh-oh, Iran is planning to sue Hollywood because of the Oscar-winning "Argo" according to the Huffington Post. Why? Due to the movie's supposedly "unrealistic portrayal" of Iran.

Iranian media are reporting that French lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, is in Iran to talk to officials on how to proceed with the lawsuit. And by the way, Coutant-Peyre is also the lawyer for the notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos the Jackal.

This was not the first time Hollywood has irritated Iran. In 2009, the country wanted an apology from a team of visiting Hollywood actors, including Annette Bening, because they claimed that "300" and "The Wrestler" were insulting to Iranians.

To read more on this intriguing, beguiling story, click here.

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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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