Transformers and Legos are getting their movies and sequels, so it’s about time Hasbro’s 30-year-old My Little Pony galloped onto the big screen. Variety reports that a movie about Twilight Sparkle and her Mane 6 posse now has a release date: Nov. 3, 2017. Meghan McCarthy, who produces the revamped cult hit “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” animated series, is writing the script. And Kristin Chenoweth will voice a new character.
De Nile in ‘Egypt’
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Remember how people were upset with “Exodus: Gods and Kings” last year because all those Egyptians and Hebrew slaves were played by a bunch of white Brits and Aussies — Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, etc.? Well, here we go again. “Gods of Egypt,” a swords and sandals and, judging from the new trailer and posters, somewhat silly fantasy stars a blond Brenton Thwaites (“The Giver”) as a mere mortal who must team with the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones”) when the god Set (Gerard Butler) takes over Egypt. A sampling of the discontent, from Deadline Hollywood: “Casting here stands out like a sore thumb left over from 1950s Hollywood.” Just add 21st century special effects. It’s due in theaters Feb. 26.
▪ The new trailer for “Zoolander 2” introduces us to a bunch of new characters joining aging male models Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch and Justin Bieber in a laugh-out-loud cameo.
▪ You’ll find plenty of actors in this month’s new movies — “Mockingjay’s” Woody Harrelson, “Spotlight’s” Mark Ruffalo, “Victor Frankenstein’s” Daniel Radcliffe — teaming up for “Now You See Me 2,” another magician heist thriller, due June 10.
▪ Val Kilmer took to Facebook to say he’ll reprise his role as Iceman in Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Top Gun 2.” Everyone assumes Tom Cruise will return, but nothing is official. Has he lost that loving feeling?