Krysten Ritter to Lead Marvel’s Netflix Series JESSICA JONES; Mike Colter in Line for Luke Cage Role

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Marvel has found its next superhero, and it happens to be another television alum a la Chris Pratt.  A couple of weeks ago, a shortlist was unveiled of actresses that were in the mix to lead Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Jessica JonesAlexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Krysten Ritter, and Jessica De Gouw were reported as being invited to test for the part, and now word comes that Breaking Bad alum Ritter has come away with the role.  This is the second in a series of four standalone Netflix shows that will lead to the Avengers-style team-up miniseries The Defenders, and in addition to the Jessica Jones casting, it appears that Marvel has zeroed in on its Luke Cage as well.  More after the jump.

[Update: Marvel has confirmed the casting as well as the official title for the show: Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones.]

First SEARCH PARTY International Trailer Featuring Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Krysten Ritter, Alison Brie and More

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The first trailer for Scot Armstrong’s feature directorial debut just surfaced and even though it isn’t laugh-out-loud funny, I’m still holding out hope.  Search Party stars Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch as Nardo, a guy who was just about to get married and live happily ever after, but instead winds up naked in the middle of the Mexican desert.  Now it’s up to his buddies played by TJ Miller and Adam Pally to bring him home.

Armstrong wrote Semi-Pro and co-wrote films like Old School and The Hangover Part II so he’s certainly had hits and misses over the years, but with talent like Middleditch, Miller, Pally, Krysten Ritter, Alison Brie and Jason Mantzoukas on the Search Party roster, it’s hard to imagine the film falling completely flat.  Hopefully the official domestic trailer for the film will be a little more refined and include more winning jokes, but until then, hit the jump to check out the Search Party international trailer.  The film was originally set for a September 12, 2014 release, but has yet to be rescheduled.

Alexandra Daddario and More Up for Marvel’s JESSICA JONES Netflix Show; LUKE CAGE Contenders Revealed

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While production is currently underway on Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil, the studio is now working on putting together its next show.  There will be four separate Netflix series in all, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, followed by an Avengers-style team-up miniseries called The Defenders.  The Jessica Jones show is next after Daredevil, and with Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) onboard to spearhead the 13-episode drama, Marvel is currently testing actresses to lead the series.  Moreover, Luke Cage is poised to make his first appearance in 6-7 episodes of Jessica Jones, so testing for that character is underway as well.

Find out which familiar names are up for the roles after the jump.

BIG EYES Trailer: Tim Burton Made a Real Movie Again with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

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The Weinstein Company has released the first Big Eyes trailer for director Tim Burton’s upcoming drama.  The film revolves around the lives of artists Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz).  Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, but it was the shy Margaret who really did the work.  Walter’s fraud eventually led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.  This looks to be a fantastic return to form for Burton after his flurry of CG-stuffed studio films, and honestly if I didn’t know this was a Tim Burton film going in, I might not have guessed it from this trailer.  The film appears to tackle issues like the commercialization of art and the marginalization of women both at home and in the workplace, and I would not be shocked to see Adams become a major player in this year’s awards season.  Big Eyes just skyrocketed towards the top of my most anticipated list for the rest of the year.

Hit the jump to watch the Big Eyes trailer.  The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny HustonBig Eyes opens in theaters on December 25th.

LISTEN UP, PHILIP Trailer Plunges Jason Schwartzman into Ego Gratification

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After a teaser trailer that was decidedly retro, Listen Up, Philip (the new film from The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) gets a more conventional trailer that still isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to the mean-spirited (yet creatively accurate, in my opinion) subject matter.  The pic stars Jason Schwartzman as a self-obsessed author awaiting the publication of his “sure-to-succeed” second novel.  Facing a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), uncomfortableness at his home, and an indifference to promoting his novel, Philip is offered the chance to retreat to the summer home of his idol, played by Jonathan Pryce.  

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Krysten RitterJosephine de La BaumeJess WeixlerDree HemingwayKeith Poulson, and Eric Bogiosan.  Tribeca films releases Listen Up, Philip in theaters on October 17th.  I’ll be there.  


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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.

Krysten Ritter Talks VERONICA MARS Movie, Returning to the Character, DON’T TRUST THE B—-, Her Top 5 Films of 2013, 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 the chance to sit down and talk with Krysten Ritter, who reprises her role as Gia Goodman.  During our conversation, we talked about her reaction to the film’s Kickstarter, returning to the character, the “high-school reunion” vibe on-set, and more.  We also talked about her top 5 films of 2013, Breaking Bad, her thoughts on the cancellation of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and desire to Kickstart a movie.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Veronica Mars opens 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.

Teaser Trailer for Sundance Entry LISTEN UP, PHILIP Starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss

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The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry’s new film Listen Up, Philip will make its debut in a few days at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, but in anticipation of the film’s premiere, a teaser trailer has been released online for all to see.  The pic stars Jason Schwartzman as a self-obsessed author awaiting the publication of his “sure-to-succeed” second novel.  Facing a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), uncomfortableness at his home, and an indifference to promoting his novel, Philip is offered the chance to retreat to the summer home of his idol, played by Jonathan Pryce.  This teaser is certainly an odd watch, as we see a barrage of characters addressing the title character Philip by talking to the camera head-on.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.  The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume, Jess Weixler, Dree Hemingway, Keith Poulson, and Eric Bogiosan.

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.

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.

Krysten Ritter Joins Tim Burton’s BIG EYES; DOWNTON ABBEY’s Sophie McShera and Dan Stevens Book CINDERELLA and THE GUEST Respectively

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
  • Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) is in negotiations to join Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett.
  • Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) has landed a starring role in the indie picture The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

First Trailer for Amy Heckerling’s VAMPS Starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter

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The first trailer for Clueless director Amy Heckerling’s vampire comedy Vamps has landed online.  The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as two eternally young vampires navigating the dating world.  Though the premise doesn’t exactly have the most appealing logline, the trailer looks like the movie could be kind of fun.  Heckerling’s Clueless-style goofiness is put to good use with the vampire stuff and Silverstone and Ritter have some great chemistry.  Moreover, the supporting turns by Justin Kirk, Wallace Shawn, and Richard Lewis look pretty promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sigourney Weaver, Dan Stevens, Marilu Renner and Kristen JohnstonVamps will open in select theaters on November 2nd and hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th.

Krysten Ritter Talks LIFE HAPPENS, VAMPS, DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT. 23 and More

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Life Happens, from director/co-writer Kat Coiro, is a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles.  When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, she turns to her girlfriends for help while she attempts to cope with single motherhood and jumping back into the dating scene amid the fear that having a child could put a quick end to any potential relationship.  The movie also stars Jason Biggs, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston and Geoff Stults.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star and co-writer Krysten Ritter talked about how this movie came together, the changes it went through in nearly four years of development, how happy she was with the final outcome of the film, and what she learned from this entire process and experience.  She also talked about her role in the upcoming vampire comedy Vamps, from writer/director Amy Heckerling, playing the lead in the new ABC comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 (airing Wednesday nights, starting April 11th), and the pilot she’s producing for MTV, adapted from the novel Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Set Photos from VAMPS Starring Sigourney Weaver

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The first set photos from director Amy Heckerling’s (Clueless) vampire-themed romantic comedy (apparently this is a genre now) Vamps have hit the web. The film stars Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Malcolm McDowell, Marilu Henner and Justin Kirk (Weeds). The story centers on ““two young beautiful female vampires (Silverstone & Ritter) living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality.”

If you’re wavering on whether or not this sounds remotely interesting to you, I’ll end with this: McDowell plays a geriatric Vlad the Impaler. Hit the jump to check out the set photos featuring Sigourney Weaver vamping it up.

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