VERONICA MARS Cast to Reunite for Parody Web Series PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK

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The existence of the Veronica Mars movie was an achievement.  I doubt we’ll see another one, but the Kickstarted picture was nice for fans who had been waiting a decade for the return of the acerbic private detective.  However, the show will return in a new form…kind of.  Creator Rob Thomas is launching the web series Play It Again, Dick, which will star Ryan Hansen, who played Dick Casablancas on Veronica Mars.  But rather than retool the show into a spin-off intended for computer screens, Thomas is going into the self-parody route, and the web series will have more with his other cult-hit show, Party Down.

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Creator Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell, and Cast Talk VERONICA MARS, Other Movie Ideas, Where Season 4 Would Have Gone, and More at Paleyfest

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows. Kicking things off this year was the cast and creator of Veronica Mars , who not only enjoyed a passionate fan following while the series was on the air, but were since able to turn that fan support into a feature film, to help give both the fans and those behind the show the closure that they didn’t have when it originally went off the air in 2007.  Collider was there to catch up with the cast and show creator Rob Thomas, and we’ve compiled highlights from both the red carpet and panel.

During the evening, the film’s writer/director Rob Thomas talked about other possible ideas he’d considered for the plot of the movie, where he might have gone with a possible fourth season of the series that would have focused on Veronica Mars as a young FBI agent, that they never intended for Veronica to end up with Logan until the saw the chemistry between the actors, how they almost lost Harry Hamlin to a movie, which would have ruined the big murder mystery storyline of Season 1, and how he’d love to do an R-rated version of Veronica Mars.  The cast talked about what it was like to read the movie script for the first time, what made this project different for them, how Veronica’s wit is her best weapon, what people see in the Veronica and Logan relationship, re-shoots on the movie, getting to hear directly from the fans, and that they would love to continue playing these characters, in some format.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, VERONICA MARS, SXSW 2014 Coverage, NEED FOR SPEED, President Obama Visits BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn’t leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, in no small financial part, by the fans) and I can’t imagine anyone who loved the series walking away from it disappointed by anything other than the fact that it had to end too soon.

We’ll talk a little more about VM in this week’s Top 5 which also includes a considerable amount of Captain America: The Winter Soldier content, our SXSW 2014 coverage, interviews for and Matt’s review of Need for Speed, and President Barack Obama‘s hilarious appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Keep doing what you’re doing for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Jason Dohring and Chris Lowell Talk VERONICA MARS Movie, Their Reaction to the Kickstarter Campaign, Filming with Fans, and More

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After a seven-year absence, private investigator Veronica Mars has returned, and she’s come to the big screen with the help of a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign.  In the film, Veronica (Kristen Bell) has come back to her seedy hometown of Neptune to help her old flame Logan (Jason Dohring), who has become the prime suspect in the homicide of his celebrity girlfriend.  The film also stars Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Martin Starr, and Krysten Ritter.

At the film’s press junket last week, I got to interview Jason Dohring and Chris Lowell, who plays Veronica’s current boyfriend, Piz.  During our conversation, we talked about their reaction to learning that creator/director Rob Thomas was going to fund the movie via Kickstarter, their surprise at how quickly the film reached its funding goal, reprising their characters, working alongside fans, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Veronica Mars will be released on VOD and in theaters on March 14th.  Click here to read my review.

21 New Images from VERONICA MARS Featuring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, and More

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When beloved TV shows come to a close or are abruptly canceled, there’s almost always talk of potentially continuing the story in a feature film form.  That talk rarely materializes into an actual movie, but in the case of Veronica Mars and its rabid fanbase, patience and passion have actually brought the notion of a Veronica Mars movie to fruition.  Written and directed by series creator Rob Thomas, the pic finds Kristen Bell’s titular character returning to her hometown of Neptune when her ex-boyfriend, Logan (Jason Dohring), is accused of murder, only to find that the case isn’t as straightforward as it first appears.  Warner Bros.—which is distributing the Kickstarter-funded feature—has now released a batch of new images from the film, offering fans looks at some of their favorite VM characters nearly a decade after the show first debuted.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Chris Lowell, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ken Marino, Max Greenfield, and Jerry O’ConnellVeronica Mars opens in theaters on March 14th after first premiering at the SXSW Film Festival.

Chris Lowell Talks BRIGHTEST STAR, Developing His Character, Hollywood’s Lack of Female Directors, Reuniting for the VERONICA MARS Movie, and More

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The indie dramedy Brightest Star tells the story of a young man (Chris Lowell) who’s fresh out of college and devastated because the girl of his dreams (Rose McIver) has dumped him.  While trying to transform himself into the man she desires, he starts to find the person he might actually be.  From director Maggie Kiley, the film also stars Clark Gregg, Allison Janney and Jessica Szohr.

At the film’s press day, actor Chris Lowell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to play this character, what Maggie Kiley was like, as a director, working with Rose McIver to develop their relationship dynamic, figuring out the backstory for a character that doesn’t actually have a name, and thinking about where this guy might have ended up next.  He also talked about how it was inevitable that the Veronica Mars movie would eventually get made, thanks to the support and loyalty of the fans, and that being on set with everyone again was as exciting as Christmas morning.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

ENLISTED Review: Fox’s New Comedy Is Easy Fun

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There are few — if any — things about Enlisted, the new Fox comedy from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, that are groundbreaking.  The story of a light-hearted approach to military life has been done many times before, and the show’s misfits angle is reminiscent of more recent series like Community, or even another new Fox comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (the make up of the cast is also remarkably similar).  But Enlisted does have Cougar Town‘s fast pacing and quirky tone, with occasional laugh-out-loud zingers that make it more than just an average comedy.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for VERONICA MARS Starring Kristen Bell

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Rob ThomasVeronica Mars movie.  The story finds the former teen detective (Kristen Bell) returning to her hometown Neptune for her 10-year high school reunion, and it turns out there is a new mystery to solve.  The movie is in the difficult position of appeasing the fans who made it happen via Kickstarter, and appealing to a wider audience so it makes money.  This trailer is almost strictly for the former, and I honestly have no idea how to get the latter to shell out their cash for something that almost feels exclusionary.  Additionally, since the show isn’t on any streaming service, there’s no easy way to get new viewers on board before the movie opens.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Ken Marino, and Enrico Colantoni   Veronica Mars opens March 14th in select theaters.

Watch the Comic-Con Trailer/Featurette for the VERONICA MARS Movie

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Last Friday at Comic-Con, the Veronica Mars panel brought a behind-the-scenes featurette/teaser trailer for the upcoming Kickstarter-funded picture.  The new movie has Veronica (Kristen Bell) returning to her hometown of Neptune for her 10-year high school reunion only to find a new mystery she has to solve.  In my recap of the panel, I argued that while most Comic-Con presentations should show the footage only to those who stood in line, everything Veronica Mars should belong to the fans who funded it, not just people who could attend the convention.  I’m glad this footage has been released online, and I hope that for the fans, there’s plenty more to come.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette/trailer.  The film also stars Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Chris Lowell, and Enrico ColantoniVeronica Mars is due out in early 2014.

Comic-Con: VERONICA MARS Panel Recap; Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas and the Cast Talk Kickstarter, New Story and Plot Points, Reprising Their Characters and More

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I’ve shared my skepticism in the past about the Veronica Mars movie, but that’s been related to how it relates to funding in Hollywood rather than the content of the picture itself. I’ve seen all three seasons, and while I felt it was diminishing returns, I can see it’s appeal, and it’s a world that could reasonably be adapted into a feature film. At today’s Comic-Con panel, we got a brief glimpse at the film, but it left me cold. Perhaps appropriately, this panel was for the fans rather than anyone else in Hall H even though Thomas stated that they want to open the property up to newcomers. Based on what we saw and heard, they still have a way to go.

Hit the jump for my recap of the Comic-Con panel. Veronica Mars is eyeing an early 2014 release.

Marvel Considering Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY? Wes Bentley and More Reportedly Added to Star-Lord Shortlist

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The casting process on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy continues to move right along, and even though the studio has yet to announce any actors joining the project, they are reportedly looking at some rather interesting names to fill out the cast.  We’ve previously reported on a number of shortlists of actors that Marvel and director James Gunn have been considering for the lead role of Star-Lord, a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship.  Everyone from John Krasinski to Jim Sturgess has been linked to the role, and now a couple more young male actor names have been added to the list of contenders.

More interestingly, though, is the fact that Marvel is apparently looking into nabbing a couple of high profile comedic actors to bring some levity to the film: Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler.

8 Movie Clips from THE HELP

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Disney has sent over eight clips from writer/director Tate Taylor’s The Help, based on the bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett.  Set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, The Help is about “a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives—and a small Mississippi town—upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.” The film stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Ocatvia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Lowell, Anna Camp, Ahna O Reilly, and Allison Janney.

I’ve spoken to a few people that have seen it and everyone has been raving.  Almost all say it’ll be a contender during Award season.  Hit the jump for the clips, and look for interviews with the cast week of release.

First Trailer for THE HELP Plus 3 New Images

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Disney has released the first trailer for The Help, based on the bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett.  Set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, The Help tells the story of three women: recent college graduate Skeeter (Emma Stone), wise black maid Aibileen (Viola Davis), and Aibileen’s sassy best friend Minny (Ocatvia Spencer).  The threesome “come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.”  Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Lowell, Anna Camp, Ahna O Reilly, and Allison Janney also star.  Tate Taylor wrote and directed the adaptation.

The Help opens August 12.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

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