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.
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’Connell. Veronica Mars opens in theaters on March 14th after first premiering at the SXSW Film Festival.
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 Edwards‘ Godzilla, 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.
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.
To coincide with our set visit coverage today, Warner Bros. has provided us with a couple of new images from the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie to share with readers. Written and directed by series creator Rob Thomas, the film 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. These new images show Bell doing some solid sleuthing and also give us a look at Dohring reprising his role as Logan. If you missed our set visit coverage, be sure to check out our full report and interview with Thomas.
Take a look at the new images after the jump. Veronica Mars will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and opens in theaters on March 14th.
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.
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.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for The CW, Network President Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as series that are in possible contention for the future. During the interview, he talked about the upcoming Veronica Mars digital spin-off series for CW Seed, the possibility of Beauty and the Beast and Reign getting another season, how much life is left in Supernatural, why they decided to make a full pilot for The Flash, instead of a back-door pilot, whether Fox’s potential Batman origin series Gotham could affect the chances of an Amazon series ever making it on the air, and the status of the Wizard of Oz project. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
It’s been a pretty busy week for that Veronica Mars movie you helped to Kickstart. It started off with this new trailer, a cast reunion at the upcoming 2014 PaleyFest, the original TV series streaming on Amazon Prime, and the movie’s world premiere at SXSW 2014. Now, the movie’s first poster has premiered, and it features star Kristen Bell front and center with her camera, bordered by a strip of likely culprits.
Also starring 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. Hit the jump to check out the new poster.
At last year’s SXSW Film Festival, I saw The Act of Killing and Short Term 12, two movies that ended up landing on my Top 10 Films of 2013 list. Their selection committee is top notch, and this year they’ve chosen Jon Favreau‘s latest, Chef, as their opener. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family. A lot of directors who moved from indies to blockbusters don’t return to their roots, and I’m excited to see what Favreau has in store. The festival will also play host to the world premiere of Veronica Mars and some other intriguing titles.
Hit the jump to check out the first wave of screening announcements along with the first image from Chef, which opens May 9th. The 2014 SXSW Film Festival will run from March 7 – 15th.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the Veronica Mars movie, and I noted how it was almost strictly for the fans. This created the problem of how to create new fans when there’s no easy way to watch the series. According to THR, Amazon has now swooped in to take care of that problem by striking a deal with Warner Bros. to stream the series to Amazon Prime members. For those who don’t know, Amazon Prime costs $79 a year and you get free two-day shipping on almost everything Amazon sells, and you get access to their streaming library. It’s not as well-organized or diverse as Netflix’s selection, but it’s still pretty solid, and getting Veronica Mars is a good deal for anyone who’s the least bit interested in catching up on all three seasons of the series before the film comes out on March 14th.
My only question is if it wouldn’t have been better to go with Netflix since I’m pretty sure they have the larger subscriber base. Unlike other Amazon exclusives like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, and Justified, this isn’t to build interest in future seasons. This is for a movie that’s coming out in theaters, and I’m not sure how much this will move the needle, especially with Veronica Mars only two months away.
The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows. The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch. Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for PaleyFest 2014, which will be held in Los Angeles March 13-28th. For ticketing information, click here.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Rob Thomas‘ Veronica 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.