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Liev Schreiber and Taye Diggs Join Cast Of “My Little Pony: The Movie”

Hasbro, Inc. and Lionsgate are welcoming Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan and Spotlight) and Taye Diggs (Murder in the First and Best Man Holiday) to the official cast of My Little Pony: The Movie. The two are the latest additions to theA-List ensemble cast of the film, which is slated for theatrical release on October 6, 2017

Schreiber and Diggs will both voice characters that are brand new to the franchise, joining the established “Mane 6” from the award-winning My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series on their first journey to the big screen. They will be joined by previously announced  Golden Globe®-winning actress Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning actress Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Emmy Award®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian).

Fan-favorite writer and producer for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Meghan McCarthy is penning the screenplay alongside Rita Hsiao. My Little Pony: The Movie is being produced by Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis for Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures with Jayson Theissen directing.

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First Trailer For “Voltron: Legendary Defender” Is Go – And I’ll Form The Viewer!

After months of waiting, Netflix has finally released the official trailer for their upcoming “Voltron: Legendary Defender” series!

Set to premiere on June 10 with all episodes streaming from the start (with the first episode being a full hour with next ten episodes clocking in at 22 minutes), Netflix released the first full trailer for the show today. In addition to a much clearer sense of the reboot’s action and humor, the new trailer also affords our first look at who the team will be battling.

Here is the official synopsis from Netflix:

Five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war, become pilots for five robotic lions in the battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite to form the mighty warrior known as Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Doing voice-over work on the show is:

Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) as Lance
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream) as Pidge
Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Shiro
Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) as Hunk
Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Keith
Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect) as Princess Allura
Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) as Coran

The series is executive produced by Joaquim Dos Santos of Legend of Korra and Avatar fame. While we wait for June 10, stay tuned for more from Voltron: Legendary Defender!

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“LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES” PREMIERES JUNE 20 ON DISNEY XD, NEW LEGO SETS TO BE RELEASED IN CONJUNCTION

There is a new LEGO Star Wars series coming out this Summer, “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”, and we have some news about the series and the toys that will be out with it.

Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. The series will also feature familiar characters and locations from the filmed Star Wars saga to inspire even more building and storytelling fun for children and families.

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Here is the info via their official press release:

During the series’ premiere week, Disney XD will debut a new episode each day, beginning Monday, June 20 through Thursday, June 23. The first episode will also be available via Video on Demand (VOD) and the Disney XD app for users on tablets, phones, set top boxes and computers on Monday, June 20.

The series stars three Freemaker siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan, the spunky Force-sensitive 12-year-old with a thirst for adventure, is voiced by newcomer Nicolas Cantu. His quick-witted older sister, Kordi, voiced by Vanessa Lengies (“Glee”), manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together. Ace pilot and charming rogue Zander, voiced by Eugene Byrd (“Arrow”), is the oldest brother and the family’s self-proclaimed starship connoisseur. Lucasfilm’s Matthew Wood voices R0-GR, also known as Roger, a refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars adopted by the Freemaker family.

The humorous and action-packed tale of good versus evil begins when Rowan discovers the Kyber Saber, an ancient artifact with a powerful connection to the Force. Their world is turned upside down as they are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers learn the true value of what it means to be a family.

“LEGO® Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” is a production of Wil Film, the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm and is the first television series created in partnership with the LEGO Group, Disney and Lucasfilm. Developed for television by executive producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth (“Penguins of Madagascar”), Torsten Jacobson (“LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales”) and Jill Wilfert (“The LEGOTM Movie”) also serve as executive producers alongside producers Carrie Beck (“Star Wars Rebels”), Jason Cosler (“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!”), Jake Blais and John McCormack.

In addition to the show, children can explore two new construction sets based on the Freemakers and their adventures (on shelves in June – perfect timing to build alongside the show), and explore the new LEGO Star Wars Force  Builder app (available now) to keep inspiring their building and storytelling adventures.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Builder app allows anyone to create their own “ugly.” Allowing iPhone and Android users the ability to prototype unique builds, offering thousands of configurations to inform and inspire your own real-life LEGO builds

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Rebecca Sugar panel at MoCCa Fest 2016 – FULL PANEL

On April 3, 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a panel during the MoCCa Arts Festival in Manhattan, NY for a lucky group of 85 fans.

Moderated by Ryan Sands, the SVA alum discussed “Steven Universe”, her older comics like “Margo in Bed” and “Pug Davis”, her new art book, diversity in animation, and much more. Most importantly, she plays her ukulele and reads some never before heard poetry!

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Rebecca Sugar fan Q & A at MoCCa Fest 2016

On April 3, 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a panel during the MoCCa Arts Festival in Manhattan, NY for a lucky group of 85 fans.

In the eighth and final video from this panel, Rebecca took questions from the fans, including what media the creators of “Steven Universe” reference in the show, what her plans are once the show is over and what she wants to do next, what to do creatively to grow as an artist, and the potential for cross-overs with other animated shows.

To see the full panel in one video, head to this link here

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Rebecca Sugar reads her poetry at MoCCa Fest 2016, ambiguity & time in animation

On April 3, 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a panel during the MoCCa Arts Festival in Manhattan, NY for a lucky group of 85 fans.

In part seven of eight videos, Rebecca discusses time in animation and comics, and the ambiguity of these art forms and how to control the viewer using these elements.

Sugar also tells us what is next for her outside of “Steven Universe” including a new book, and reads us some of her original poetry.

To see the full panel in one video, head to this link here

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Rebecca Sugar on early comics “Margo in Bed” and “Pug Davis”

On April 3, 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a panel during the MoCCa Arts Festival in Manhattan, NY for a lucky group of 85 fans.

In part six of eight videos, Rebecca discusses her early comics “Margo in Bed” (who acted as a prototype for Lapis lazuli in “Steven Universe”) and “Pug Davis”, and the creative process behind these comics and what she learned by doing them.

To see the full panel in one video, head to this link here

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Rebecca Sugar on “Steven Universe” and her relationship with her brother

On April 3, 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a panel during the MoCCa Arts Festival in Manhattan, NY for a lucky group of 85 fans.

In part three of eight videos, Rebecca discusses “The Test” and what she personally puts into every show along with the relationship with her brother, and the easter eggs and depth in the world of “Adventure Time” and “Steven Universe”.

Check out the full Rebecca Sugar panel at this link here.

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Rebecca Sugar on image repertoire in comics & animation

On April 3, 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a panel during the MoCCa Arts Festival in Manhattan, NY for a lucky group of 85 fans.

In part five of eight videos, Rebecca mentioned some famous musicians that may be singing on “Steven Universe” soon, and the importance of the diverse music used in the show.

Sugar also discussed one of her early comics called “Don’t cry for me, I’m already dead” which is about two friends who relate to each other using Simpsons quotes, and why the visual language of image repertoire is important for her and vital to art.

To see the full panel in one video, head to this link here

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Rebecca Sugar on gender & sexual diversity in “Steven Universe”

On April 3, 2016, Rebecca Sugar held a panel during the MoCCa Arts Festival in Manhattan, NY for a lucky group of 85 fans.

In part four of eight videos, Rebecca discusses gender diversity in “Steven Universe” and why it is important for young kids to understand why it is okay to feel the way they do.

“If you wait to tell kids, to tell queer youth that it matters how they feel or that they are even a person, then it is going to be too late. You have to let it be what it gets to be for everyone… You are told that you should dream about love, this fulfilling love that you are going to have… like the Prince and Snow White are not someones parents. They are something you want to be and are dreaming of a future where you will find happiness Why shouldn’t everyone have that? It’s really absurd to think that everyone shouldn’t get to have that.”

Sugar also whipped out the ukulele to play a song for us related to her thoughts on this topic, “So this is love” from Cinderella. And the fans go crazy!

To see the full panel in one video, head to this link here

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