In a solid effort to bring in new viewers, and to further entice long time fans, the first two minutes of the highly anticipated Veronica Mars movie have been released. Told in classic Veronica (Kristen Bell) voiceover, the sneak peek offers a look into what has transpired in the ten years or so since we last saw Veronica at the end of season three. Thankfully, it doesn’t give any spoilers for the big mysteries over the course of the three seasons, but it does play up the main romance of the show between Veronica and her sometimes lover, never friend Logan (Jason Dohring). What happens to the other characters around can be expected to be elaborated in the movie, but Veronica and Logan definitely appear to be at the forefront for the focus of the movie. For those mildly interested in the movie, but not sure about whether they’ll like it, it definitely gives a succinct look into the world, and sets up the tone and humor for what they can expect from the movie, and the past three television seasons as well.
The trailer provides a good look at what to to expect from the movie itself, including a new case for Veronica, and a tumultuous high school reunion as a centerpiece for the plot. For a further look into what to expect from the Veronica Mars movie, check out Collider’s set visit, as well as interviews with creator/director Rob Thomas and star Jason Dohring. More interviews are to come in the weeks leading up to the release. Hit the jump for the two minute sneak peek.
As far as epic television couples go, you can’t get much more tortured and star-crossed than Veronica Mars’ Veronica (Kristen Bell) and Logan (Jason Dohring). While their romance did only occur during their later high school and early college years, the two definitely saw their fair share of obstacles: murder, court trials, a different alleged murder, deaths of friends, kidnapping, and a medley of other fun things. Still though, their deep and heartbreaking romance was one the center pieces of the series, and will hopefully continue to be so in the upcoming movie. If the trailer could be any indication, it looks like some sparks could definitely still be flying between them, despite their time apart.
Dohring was more than willing to spill about Veronica and Logan’s relationship during our recent set visit, but he did leave a little mystery as to whether or not they walk off into the Neptune sunset together. Also up for discussion were his feelings on how Logan has changed in the ten years since the series left off, working with the Kickstarter backers on set, and how he prepared for a pivotal fight scene in the movie. Hit the jump for more.
When Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell announced a Kickstarter to raise funds for a possible Veronica Mars movie last March, it went from possibility to reality within hours, easily reaching its $2 million goal based mainly on fan power. By the end of the Kickstarter window, they had raised over $5 million for the project, and Warner Bros. was on board to distribute. The ravenous Marshmallows, diehard fans of the show, had finally won, and were going to see the beloved cult classic finally get an amazing new chapter.
As the cast started to regroup and a script was crafted, the movie got underway last summer, and Collider was invited to visit the Los Angeles set. As a huge, fluffy Marshmallow myself, it was a dream come to true to be able to go to the set and meet some of the cast and crew, all while inwardly screaming. During my time on set visiting, I was able to see several of the reunion scenes being filmed, get opinions from the cast and Thomas about how the shoot was going so far, and really dive into what could possibly be going on for Veronica next. Hit the jump for more info.
Despite Veronica Mars’ amazing three season run on television, it probably got more press just this past year than it ever did while on air. With a Kickstarter that raised over $5 million for a film adaptation, Veronica Mars fans certainly proved they were dying for another look into the world of Veronica, and series creator Rob Thomas was more than happy to oblige. While he did move on to another cult favorite TV series, Party Down, and is currently working on the iZombie pilot for the CW, Veronica Mars still is of the utmost importance to Thomas.
Collider was able to grab a quick interview with Thomas during our set visit last year, and he was able to preview where the movie picks up in regards to the end of third season, how Veronica feels about jumping back into the P.I. world, and how he handles the pressure of bringing Veronica to the big screen. Hit the jump for more.
Fans know her as a Whedonverse mainstay, a woman deep into the world of RPG on The Guild, and from her guest spots on the popular CW show Supernatural, but Felicia Day really, at heart, is just a geek. With the recent announcement of YouTube’s second week long outing, Geek Week, coming up in August, Day’s company Geek and Sundry is set to take over on Friday August 9. Geek Week is set to showcase the best in geek culture and content on YouTube, handing the task over to a different channel every day of the week from August 4-10. Geek and Sundry’s theme for the day will be Fan Friday, showcasing the outrageous and awesome fandoms that run rampant throughout YouTube and all of online media.
While winding down from Comic-Con and prepping for the upcoming VidCon, Day shared some more information about just how Geek Week came about, what to expect from Fan Friday, and her chances of popping on frequent collaborator Joss Whedon’s new show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hit the jump for the interview and more info on Geek Week.
Among the four back-to-back animated comedy panels on Saturday at Comic-Con, one of the most fan frenzied was definitely the Family Guy panel. Mastermind Seth MacFarlane wasn’t on hand for the panel, but sent a nice but barb-wired video for the fans. Members of the panel moderated by Mike Schneider of TV Guide were Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Patrick Warburton, Mike Henry, and EPs Steve Callahan, Rich Appell, and Danny Smith.
Despite having been on the air for many years now, and going through cancellations and resurrections unseen by any other television show, Family Guy still plans on surprising their audience with laughs and oddities in the upcoming season. The clip reel they showed had some solid laughs in it, and fans at the panel reacted well and lined for a medley of questions. Hit the jump for highlights.
While she may now be juggling three shows on the same network at once now, Julie Plec still managed to bring out some good teases and previews for her first CW outing, The Vampire Diaries, during Saturday’s panel. Moderated by Debra Birnbaum, the panel showed a recap clip of the previous seasons building up to the last season finale, and fans got a little taste of what to expect in the upcoming season. The clips showed Silas/Stefan wielding his influence over a town square full of Mystic Falls locals, and some hope for Damon and Elena.
Along with Plec, EP Caroline Dries, and cast members Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice Accola, and Kat Graham were on hand to preview what expect for the next season. Hit the jump for some highlights of the panel.
Even with a recent string of shuffling showrunners, the cast and current True Blood showrunner and executive producer Brian Buckner promised a thrilling second half of an already pretty intense season six. As has been shared before, this season has been about bringing the focus back to the people of Bon Temps and the characters that the show has been following for so long. Not much was said or shared about what remains of season six, but a trailer for the remaining episodes of the season was shown, and one memorable quote to sum it all up would be, “Death ain’t the end anymore.”
Moderated by TV Guide’s Kate Hahn, the panel included Buckner, Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Anna Camp, Michael McMillian, and Rob Kazinsky. Hit the jump for my recap of the panel and to watch the trailer for the second half of season six.
After a tense recap clip of the death and drama filled end of season one, The Following panel got underway, promising an eerie future for what remains of the cast. Moderated by TV Guide’s Debra Birnbaum, the panel included EPs Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega as well cast members, Kevin Bacon, Valerie Curry, Shawn Ashmore, and surprise guest James Purefoy, who made a classic Joe Carroll entrance.
With the hype and success behind season one having been pretty spectacular for a mid season show, the pressure is definitely on the cast and crew of The Following to deliver with the second season. Not many specific details were shared, but the cast did look back on some of the intense moments of the insane first season, and teased what they could about where the characters would be when season two kicks off. Hit the jump for the highlights.
The Dark Horse Joss Whedon panel definitely drew a huge crowd of Whedonites Friday night. Tthe panel basically turned into an hour of great back and forth questions and answers between Whedon and the fans. Whedon has claimed his rightful place as one of the demigods of Comic-Con, having earlier that day taken par tin the panel for his new ABC television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite the crowd’s warm reaction to the pilot episode, Whedon still has to fight against the fatigue of his own bustling and insane career at the moment.
After a slight introduction from Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, Whedon got underway, Starbucks coffee in hand, talking about everything including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, The Avengers and The Avengers 2, and Much Ado About Nothing. Hit the jump for the highlights.
A new trailer for Academy Award-winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher’s (Precious) first directing venture Violet & Daisy has been released. The film centers on two young female assassins, played by Saiorse Ronan (Atonement) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), who set out for what they think will be a quick and easy hit, but turns into something much more complicated when their target throws a wrench in the works. The marketing and posters for the film thus far have seemed to be going for that pulpy and modern pop take on young women in today’s society, like Spring Breakers, but the trailer gives off a tone that seems a bit muddled. It has elements of quirky comedy and a more serious and dire consequences drama, but not a clear vision that can be derived just from the trailer.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF 2011. The film also stars James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Cody Horn. Violet & Daisy will be released on June 7th.
Saturday Night Live is closing out their 2012-2013 season strong, bringing back three SNL veterans to host. Previously announced for the May 4th show was Zach Galifianakis, who has The Hangover Part III coming out next month as well. Galifianakis has hosted SNL before, and I can only hope he brings out his chops singing Annie again. SNL has had plenty of opening monologues that involved singing this year, but I can’t help but think that Galifianakis is going to have a stand out one regardless. The musical guest will be Of Monsters and Men. Hit the jump for more on the episodes hosted by Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck.
Here are today’s casting updates:
- Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) new feature Black Sea, a hot ticket item coming up for Cannes, has Jude Law set to star. Focus Features has snapped up worldwide rights to the film.
- Nicki Minaj will jump from her American Idol hosting duties to the big screen, making her live-action debut opposite Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nickolaj Coster-Waldau in the Nick Cassavetes-directed The Other Woman.
- Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum), Scott Speedman (Last Resort), and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta) will star in the supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, from Spanish director Lluis Quilez.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
While The Avengers 2 is still very much in the pre-production stage and we haven’t heard much movement recently on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, everyone will have their Joss Whedon fix very soon. The UK trailer for his new movie, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, was just released, showing a bit more of the film than the first trailer. Much Ado tells the story of two stubborn individuals, Beatrice and Benedick, and their haphazard journey to finding love with each other that involves a ridiculous amount of deception and wit. This one gives glimpses into the interwoven drama with jabs of comedy Whedon is more known for, and I for one am very excited to see him take on an updated but understated version of this classic. I like that he’s kept the original text, but is playing with the tone and creating a new feel for it.
The cast includes many of Whedon’s mainstays, such as Amy Adams, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Tom Lenk, Reed Diamond, and Ashley Johnson. I love seeing Whedon bring back his beloved roster of actors, and I have no doubt that the combination of the cast he’s chosen and his distinctive style of filmmaking and directing will provide something fun and entertaining. The film is set for a June 7th release. Hit the jump for the trailer.
Here are a few casting announcements:
- Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the psychological thriller Voices, with a script from Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) on board to direct.
- Kate Hudson and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) have joined James Franco in the Henrik Genz (Terribly Happy) helmed film Good People, which will see Genz making his English-language debut.
Hit the jump for more on each of the projects.