"My Little Pony" Fans Rejoice -- New Movie Gallops Your Way! 


If you're a fan of "My Little Pony" and must see a brand new movie featuring the colorific characters, well, you're in luck! There's a feature film galloping your way this June.

It's called "My Little Pony Equestria Girls" and it has something to do with Twilight Sparkle's crown. But when she searches for her stolen crown, she ends up in another world with no powers -- just another human girl in high school. Oh bummer!

So save the date! On June 15, "My Little Pony Equestria Girls" will have its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival's "Family Day."

Here's more on the press release about "My Little Pony Equestria Girls."

The My Little Pony brand has remained deeply rooted in the value of friendship since it first launched 30 years ago. Integrating those same core values, Hasbro Studios premieres My Little Pony Equestria Girls, a new full-length feature introducing a whole new dimension into the world of My Little Pony. When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet…high school. With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.

Five popular Hasbro Studios properties will take over L.A. LIVE’s Nokia Plaza with an exciting lineup of activities inspired by the popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Kaijudo, Transformers Rescue Bots, Transformers Prime and Littlest Pet Shop animated programs. A day of fun for the whole family will feature character appearances, a digital gaming area, photo booth, coloring station, entertainment lounge, giveaways and more. A real fire truck and police car will be on hand for an interactive Transformers Rescue Bots experience, families will be invited to “Pony-fy” themselves to look like the stylish My Little Pony Equestria Girls characters, and the Littlest Pet Shop section will feature a balloon animals and face painting.


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Henry Cavill's Next Project -- From Superman to "Man from U.N.C.L.E.?" 


Wow, this "Man from U.N.C.L.E." project has already so many dramas even before production begins! But we may have a bit of a good news.

Henry Cavill aka "Man of Steel" has entered negotiations to replace Tom Cruise in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Guy Ritchie is set to direct and co-produce the adaptation of the 1960s TV series about the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) and their agents who fight the evil Thrush.

Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander co-star in the Warner Bros. production. If the deal goes through, Cavill already has good working relationship with WB, the home of "Man of Steel."

I'm interviewing the actor this weekend for "Man of Steel" so I'll ask him to confirm this story, stay tuned...

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"Skyfall" Director to Return for Bond 24? 


Sam Mendes might have realized he only lives twice so the director, who created one of the best Bond movies with the Oscar-winning "Skyfall," has begun talks with MGM and Sony to direct the next James Bond film aka Bond 24 according to Deadline.

Previously, Mendes has said that he would not set foot in Bond's world again because of theatre commitments such as the productions of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "King Lear."

At one point, esteemed director, Christopher Nolan, was reportedly in talks with Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Nicolas Winding Refn, Shane Black, Ang Lee, David Yates, and Tom Hooper were also mentioned as possibilities.

But in the end, Mendes might be the one to helm the latest Bond flick. Like what we know about show business, never say never. Stay tuned...

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Cannes Goes "Blue!" Lesbian Romance Tops Festival! 


Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" was the biggest winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The coming-of-age lesbian drama starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux was awarded the Palme d'Or by the fantastic jury including Steven Spielberg, Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee, and Nicole Kidman. The esteemed jury also honored the cast of the film. Yay!

The Coen Brothers' 1960s folk music flick, "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake, took home the Grand Prix award.

Berenice Bejo (we loved her in "The Artist") won Best Actress for Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" and Bruce Dern took home the Best Actor as an aging, booze-addled father who goes on a trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes prize in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Congrats everyone!

The complete list of winners:

Palme d’Or: Blue Is The Warmest Color, director, Abdellatif Kechiche

Grand Prize: Inside Llewyn Davis, Ethan and Joel Coen

Best Director: Amat Escalante, Heli

Jury Prize: Like Father, Like Son, director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Best Screenplay: Zhangke Jia, A Touch Of Sin

Best Actress: Bérénice Bejo, The Past

Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska Camera

d’Or: Ilo Ilo, director: Anthony Chen

Best Short Film: Safe, director: Byoung-Gon Moon

Special mention: 37°4 S, director, Adriano Valerio, Whale Valley director, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson

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"Fast and Furious 6" Races to the Top of Box-Office Heap This Memorial Day Weekend! 


As I was getting ready to write off the "Fast and Furious" franchise as one too many "Fast and Furious" movies, along comes "Fast and Furious 6," perhaps the best film of the franchise, and the biggest Universal moneymaker debut...ever.

Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese, Dwayne Johnson, and Michele Rodriguez, "Fast and Furious 6" sped to the top of the box-office heap with $120 million domestically and $158 million internationally -- the biggest opening for a Universal Pictures release.

It just won't stop!!! (Thoughts on "Fast and Furious 6," "The Hangover Part 3," and "Epic" here)

And the film stopped "The Hangover Part III" to debut on top. The threequel opened at No. 2 with a still-respectable $51.2 million. Billed as the last "Hangover" ever with the original cast (Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Ken Jeong), the film is somewhat saved by its irreverent end-of-credits treasure that truly captured the spirit of the franchise.

The two new releases together with the animated flick "Epic" (No. 4 at $42.6 million), "Star Trek Into Darkness" (No. 3 with $47 million), and "Iron Man 3" (No. 5 with $24.4 million), helped make this Memorial Day weekend the biggest, record-breaking four-day weekend with $316 million total!

Hurray for Hollywood!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for Memorial Day weekend of 2013:

1. “Fast & Furious 6,” $120 million ($158 million international)

2. “The Hangover Part III,” $51.2 million ($19.2 million international)

3. “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” $47 million ($13.1 million international)

4. “Epic,” $42.6 million ($23.1 million international)

5. “Iron Man 3,” $24.4 million ($17.4 million international)

6. “The Great Gatsby,” $17 million ($24.4 million international)

7. “Mud,” $2.5 million ($400,000 international)

8. “The Croods,” $1.6 million ($5.8 million international)

9. “42,” $1.6 million

10. “Oblivion,” $1.1 million ($2.3 million international).

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