Why Aragorn is Not in "The Hobbit" Films, Viggo Mortensen Explains 

If you were wondering why Aragorn was not a part of "The Hobbit" film, wonder no more. Viggo Mortensen, the actor behind the man who would be king, explains why. And it's pretty simple. Because his character does not appear in the J.R.R. Tolkien novel. Duh to you!

Mortensen told "The Guardian" that before Peter Jackson and company started shooting back in 2008, one of the producers asked him if he would be interested. And he said, "You do know, don't you, that Aragorn isn't in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?'"

Well, Elijah Wood's Frodo and Cate Blanchett's Galadriel made appearances in "The Hobbit" and their characters were not in the book either! Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) was, and so the magical wizard is playing a big part in the new trilogy.

Could it be that Mortensen is just tired of playing Aragorn? Maybe?

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Disney/Pixar Reveals Ambitious, Mysterious Calendar from 2016 and Beyond  

You may just have to spend your time with Disney/Pixar from infinity and beyond. Walt Disney Pictures has revealed its calendar of planned release dates of new Pixar movies thanks to our friends at HitFlix. But if you want titles and plotlines, sorry, Disney is being mysterious. But here's what we know. All the films, from 2016 to 2018, are all going to be in 3-D. Here's the calendar:

- Untitled Disney animation is set for March 4, 2016
- Untitled Pixar animation is set for June 17, 2016
- Untitled Disney animation is set for November, 23, 2016
- Untitled Pixar animation is set for June 16, 2017
- Untitled Pixar animation is set for November 22, 2017
- Untitled Disney animation is set for March 9, 2018
- Untitled Pixar animation is set for June 15, 2018
- Untitled Disney animation is set for November 21, 2018

And here's another one we know. "Monsters University" will be released on June 21st, then Walt Disney Animation will unveil "Frozen" on November 27th. In 2014, "The Good Dinosaur" from Pixar will be released on May 20th, and the first-ever animated Marvel movie from Disney, "Big Hero 6,"

In 2015, we'll see Pixar's "Inside Out" on June 19th, that one is from "Up" director Pete Docter. And then, on November 25th, we'll get to swim with "Finding Dory."

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"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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