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.
Surprisingly, Bad Milo, which is a movie about an ass demon, also has a lot of heart. As the pressures of Duncan’s (Ken Marino) life start mounting, his stress triggers an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction that results in a pint-sized demon living in his intestine, that forces its way out and slaughters the people who have angered him. Trying to keep its insatiable appetite at bay, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo.
At the film’s press day, actor Ken Marino spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to be a part of this project, his first reaction to the script, what he thought when he saw what Milo would look like, what it was like to work with the puppet, and working with such a great cast. He also talked about revisiting his character Vinnie Van Lowe for the Veronica Mars movie, working on the new season of Eastbound & Down, and the type of projects he currently has in development. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
New images have been released from a few upcoming films. Briefly:
- Veronica Mars – The first official image from director Rob Thomas’ Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie isn’t much, but fans will surely be happy to see Kristen Bell back in her VM get-up.
- Curse of Chucky – The first two images from this direct-to-DVD sequel show the return of the killer doll, again voiced by Brad Dourif. Don Mancini, the scribe behind every single Child’s Play film, directs the pic, which is slated to hit shelves later this fall.
- The Family – A couple of new images from director Luc Besson’s action-comedy focus on the kids of the titular unit, played by Dianna Agron and John D’Leo. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and opens in theaters on September 20th.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
It looks like a Veronica Mars movie will be coming to a theaters near you in 2014. After a record-breaking month of Kickstarter donations, the feature adaptation of Rob Thomas’ (Party Down) beloved cult TV series has the funding to go into production. The original goal of $2 million was surpassed in just the first day, but Thomas himself had a personal hope that they would reach $5 million by the end of the month. While not everyone was fully behind the idea of using Kickstarter to fund the film, it is undeniable that this project shows the power of the fans and viewers. If there is a dedicated following behind a TV show or film, they would be willing to move mountains and open up their wallets to see unfinished stories get that last chapter.
The Veronica Mars movie has commitments from stars Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring, but hopefully we can also see other cast members such as Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, and Tina Majorino in the mix. Hit the jump for more on the project.
The kickstarter for the Veronica Mars movie has currently brought in $4.5 million, more than twice the minimum goal for the project. There’s still one week left for people to donate, and Rob Thomas provided an update on where they’re currently at. Thomas says he’s finished the first draft of the movie, but still wanted to emphasize that the script was contingent on how much money they raise. Thomas said that $2 million was enough to get the project a green-light, and because it was a believable goal. However, he also wanted to make clear that more money means more options like a longer running time, more shooting days, and the ability shoot in Southern California, which is where they shot the series. However, some of the money will go to fulfilling all of the donation rewards and shipping costs, but Thomas wouldn’t provide an estimate on the percentage.
Hit the jump for Thomas’ full statement. He also promises that “in the final week there will be daily announcements and new rewards, plus some more chances at a few sold-out reward levels. He also says to keep an eye out for the official T-shirt designs to be unveiled.”
Rob Thomas isn’t being overly coy with fans when it comes to the plot of the new Veronica Mars movie, which is probably for the best since 57,257 fans (so far) are paying for that movie to exist. Thomas has previously hinted that the new film will involve Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion, and in a recent interview with TV Line, he confirmed that will be the setting since that allows him to bring back as many characters as possible.
Hit the jump for other details on the film including what Veronica has been up to since we last saw her, the boyfriend she’ll be bringing to Neptune, characters who won’t be coming back, and more.
We’ve voiced our concerns about the Veronica Mars movie kickstarter, and part of that has to do with a lack of details regarding how it will use the millions of dollars in donations the project has received. The film met its goal of $2 million in record time, and the film has currently received $3.6 million in donations with 24 days to go. Writer-director Rob Thomas assures fans that he won’t be taking their money and then going silent when the film shoots this summer. Thomas says “We were built by fans so we’ll try to do our best to keep the momentum going through that,” and THR reports that he’s “promising an open shoot with plenty of tweets and photos transmitted to the internet.” Furthermore, Thomas hopes to bring some footage to Comic-Con, and will release a documentary following the film.
Hit the jump for more on what Thomas has planned for the film based on how much money he receives.
This week on The Collision, we debate about the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, although our debate eventually turns to concerns that go beyond the points I brought up in my recent editorial. We talk about if fans are investors, the consequences of lacking details at this point in the film’s development, and more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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When the Veronica Mars movie reached its $2 million fundraising goal on Kickstarter in just 10 hours, devoted fans began to imagine what other cancelled shows could seize this financing opportunity. The first series that came up, repeatedly and emphatically: Firefly. After all, no one can mobilize his core fanbase like Firefly creator Joss Whedon. And Whedon admits that his first reaction to the unqualified success was “unfettered joy” because he feels like this is “a real game-changer.”
But before you get your hopes up, Whedon went on to explain why this will not lead to another Firefly movie anytime soon. Read what he had to say after the jump.
Yesterday, Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter for a film adaptation of his cult TV series, Veronica Mars. The goal was 30 days to reach $2 million. The Kickstarter quickly reached its goal in less than a day, and of this posting has received $2.8 million in donations. Some people celebrated this not only as a way to finally get a Veronica Mars movie, but as a new dawn for financing mainstream feature films. Personally, I felt everything about it was a bit…off. I couldn’t quite place my finger on it, but as I’ve spoken with more people and read other editorials discussing the Kickstarter’s success, I’ve become more inclined to believe that Warner Bros., the studio that owns Veronica Mars, has gamed the system, misled fans, and opened a door to diminishing the spirit of Kickstarter in order to serve corporate interests.
If you haven’t already written me off for being an inherently pessimistic person, hit the jump for why I’m against Kickstarting Veronica Mars.
The fate of the long-promised Veronica Mars movie is now being placed wholly into the hands of the show’s fans. In rather exciting move, series creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have launched a Kickstarter to fund the film with a goal of $2 million. The UPN series lasted only three seasons on the air before cancellation, but the show was a cult and critical favorite. The plot followed the exploits of a high school/college student moonlighting as a private investigator and carried a heavy noir influence.
Thomas and Bell have been adamant about their desire to make a Veronica Mars movie over the years, but studios have been unwilling to foot the production bill given that their handy dandy models predict the film will have a limited audience and therefore low profitability. Now, in what could possibly be a game-changing move for the film industry, the very fans that have been clamoring for it to come to fruition will be funding the entire production. Hit the jump for more.