Jason Dohring Talks VERONICA MARS, Realizing the Movie Was Actually Going to Happen, Transitioning from Antagonist to Love Interest & Having Fans on Set

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From creator Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars enjoyed a passionate fan following during its three-season run on TV, and was able to turn that fan support into a feature film, now in theaters and on VOD, to give both the fans and those involved with the show the closure that they didn’t have when it originally went off the air in 2007.  In the movie, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her, instead trading it in for a job at a high-end New York law firm.  With everything going her way, of course Veronica gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), who has been accused of murder, and decides to head back to Neptune where she finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jason Dohring talked about how the show took on a life of its own after it ended, when he realized the movie was finally going to really happen, his surprise to learn that Veronica was still with Piz (Chris Lowell), playing a character that successfully transitioned from antagonist to love interest, what it was like to have the fans on set, getting to do some action sequences, his reaction when he finally got to see the finished film, the best part of living in this world again, and how he’d love to continue to be a part of this world, as long as there’s an audience for it.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: Family-Friendly MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Takes the Checkered Flag, 300 Sequel Falls to Second, While NEED FOR SPEED Stalls in Third

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A trio of new debuts were no match for Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the family-friendly adventure feature from DreamWorks Animation.  The animated duo took the top spot from 300: Rise of an Empire, making it one of only two films to actually move up in the top ten rankings.  The other film?  Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which debuted huge last week in only a few theaters, and moved up to eighth during its first weekend of wide release.

The weekend was a disappointing one both critically and financially for Scott Waugh’s street-racing adaptation, Need for Speed.  Perhaps the action-driven Non-Stop, which landed in fourth place, proved too much box office competition on an otherwise unexciting weekend of non-new releases.  Fandom-driven films Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club and the Kickstarted Veronica Mars movie turned in fifth and tenth debut spots respectively.

Title Weekend Total
1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $21,200,000 $63.2
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $19,105,000 $78.3
3. Need for Speed $17,808,000 $17.8
4. Non-Stop $10,615,000 $68.8
5. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club $8,300,000 $8.3
6. The LEGO Movie $7,705,000 $236.9
7. Son of God $5,400,000 $50.9
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel $3,640,000 $4.8
9. Frozen $2,117,000 $396.4
10. Veronica Mars $2,021,000 $2.0

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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.

VERONICA MARS Creator and Director Rob Thomas Talks about the Kickstarter Campaign, Studio Involvement, Season 4, 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 talk with creator and director Rob Thomas, and even though we spoke for 18 minutes, I wish we had more time since there was so much to discuss.  However, during our conversation, we did get to go in depth on the movie’s Kickstarter campaign, the behind-the-scenes logistics, the studio’s involvement in the process, and more.  We also talked about the actual movie, translating the plans for the fourth season in a feature, and Veronica’s “addiction”.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Veronica Mars is now in theaters and available on VOD and Blu-ray.  Click here to read my review.

Kristen Bell Talks VERONICA MARS, the Show’s Journey from the Small Screen to Theaters, Returning to the Character, 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 press junket last week, I got the chance to talk with Bell about the film.  During our conversation, we talked about the Kickstarter campaign, the character’s maturing, returning to play the role after a six-year absence, a show that’s off the air she’d like to see come back as a movie, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Veronica Mars hits VOD and opens in theaters on March 14th.  Click here to read my review.

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 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.

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 Dohring and 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.

VERONICA MARS Review

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The acerbic, sly, and captivating drama series Veronica Mars was slightly ahead of its time.  In addition to having a complex, compelling female character at the center (shock!), the cult TV show arrived before it could find a wider audience through new streaming platforms.  Thanks to an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign, the smart-ass, cynical private detective has returned and moved to the big screen.  As a feature film, Veronica Mars is able to cut straight to the A-plot, ditch the bloat of filling a 22-episode season, and get to the heart of a more complicated protagonist and her corrupt hometown.  Although it overreaches by trying to tease out extraneous plotlines, creator and director Rob Thomas has created a film that will make the fans cheer but still appeal to those who aren’t “marshmallows”.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See VERONICA MARS

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Okay, “marshmallows”, after a seven-year absence, private investigator Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is back.  The show’s devoted fan-base powered the film adaptation to a lightning-fast $2 million Kickstarter goal and beyond.  As you’ve seen from the trailer, there’s a lot of love for the fans, but from what I’ve heard, this isn’t going to be off-putting to everyone else.  I believe that the show’s inherent charm can woo the uninitiated, and have them running back to see where the drama all began.  So whether you’re a fan or a newbie, all are welcome.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of Veronica Mars, and since the movie involves a high-school reunion, the first 10 pass holders to bring their high school yearbook to the screening will win priority seating for themselves and one guest.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  Veronica Mars hits VOD and opens in theaters on March 14th.

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.

TOP 5: Adam Driver Nears Deal to Play Villain in STAR WARS EPISODE 7, GODZILLA Trailer, NON-STOP, Cinemath Meets Oscar Beat, VERONICA MARS Set Visit

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Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher‘s most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher’s best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher’s cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas’ Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life he has outside of his work and possessions. The Game may go off the rails at times, but with Fincher’s steady hand guiding the story it does so in all the extremely dark, right ways.

My Fincher recommendation aside, I should mention that the Top 5 will take a quick week hiatus to allow me to travel next weekend. In the meantime, this week’s installment highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII casting news involving Adam Driver, the new trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a review and interviews for Non-Stop, worlds colliding as Brendan’s Cinemath meets Adam’s Oscar Beat, and our Veronica Mars set visit coverage. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Watch the First Two Minutes of the VERONICA MARS Movie

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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.

Jason Dohring Talks VERONICA MARS Movie, Following the Show from Television to Film, Interactions with Fans of All Ages, and More

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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.

16 Things to Know from Our VERONICA MARS Movie Set Visit

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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.

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