The Veronica Mars movie will finally be unleashed in theaters on March 14, 2014. The folks at EW broke the news of the release date (and also unveiled an exclusive clip), where the young sleuth will square off against the actioner Need for Speed, the Nicole Kidman-fronted biopic Grace of Monaco, and Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club at the box office. Written and directed by Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars finds Kristen Bell’s titular character returning to her hometown of Neptune for her 10-year high school reunion, only ot find a new mystery she has to solve. Matt was pleased with the footage he saw at Comic-Con this summer, and fans are surely happy to know that the long-awaited feature will finally be in their grasp in three short months.
Over the past few years, Disney Animation has really impressed me. I thought both Tangled and Wreck-it-Ralph were huge steps forward for the studio, but nothing could have prepared me for how much I loved Frozen. Loaded with amazing songs (written and composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez), great characters (wait until you meet Olaf), and enough humor to keep both kids and parents interested, I’m planning on taking my entire family to see it over Thanksgiving weekend and think it’s going to a huge hit at the box office. If you’re not familiar with Frozen, the story centers on a young dreamer named Anna (Kristen Bell) who teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an extreme mountain man, to find her sister Elsa, the Queen of Arendelle (Idina Menzel) who has accidentally trapped their kingdom in eternal winter. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.
At the recent New York City press day I landed a great interview with Bell. She talked about when she first realized Frozen might be a great movie, changes during production, when she first realized she’d be a princess at Disneyland, the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, being part of Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, getting to do a few episodes of Parks and Recreation, and more. Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see Frozen in 3D when it opens November 27th.
A new featurette for the Veronica Mars movie has landed online, giving fans a glimpse at what’s in store for the continuing adventures of the titular character. I know next to nothing about the series so it’s tough for me to suss out the important bits from the new footage, but this featurette is similar to the one that was shown at Comic-Con this summer; Kristen Bell lays out the plot of the film and accompanies quite a few clips from the Rob Thomas-directed feature. If you’re a fan of the series, this will likely pique your interest.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The Kickstarter-funded feature also stars Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Chris Lowell, and Enrico Colantoni. Veronica Mars is due out in early 2014.
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.
From writer/director Liz W. Garcia, The Lifeguard tells the story of Leigh (Kristen Bell), who flees to her suburban hometown when her career and love life both come crashing down. Once there, she moves into her old room with her parents, hangs out with old friends, and reclaims her former job as a condo-complex lifeguard, without ever thinking about the affect her actions will have on those closest to her.
At the film’s press day, actress Kristen Bell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about wanting to play a character that doesn’t have reason to smile, why she wanted to work with Liz Garcia, the challenge of finding out she was pregnant while doing the movie, and that it was both fun and exhausting to be so vulnerable. She also talked about the experience of returning to Veronica Mars, the ease she has working with creator Rob Thomas, having various Kickstarter backers on set, every day, fulfilling her dream of bringing a Disney princess to life, for the animated movie Frozen, and why it was important for her to make the character quirky and goofy. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Disney’s Frozen opens November 27th and the studio showed off some new footage today at D23. Part of the voice cast joined the presentation to talk to the packed convention hall. The story centers on a young dreamer named Anna (Kristen Bell) who teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an extreme mountain man, to find her sister Elsa, the Queen of Arendelle (Idina Menzel) who has accidentally trapped their kingdom in eternal winter. For more on the film, here’s Dave’s recap from D23, and all our previous coverage.
A few minutes after she walked off the stage, I landed a quick interview with Kristen Bell backstage. She talked about how cool it is to be part of a Disney animated movie, how prepared she is for her character to be a greeter at Disneyland, if she gets a lifetime passport to Disneyland since being cast in Frozen, how the Veronica Mars movie turned out, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
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 Colantoni. Veronica Mars is due out in early 2014.
For those of us not lucky enough to be at San Diego Comic Con this year and see all of the panels for ourselves, here are the full videos for some of the television panels that were live blogged and tweeted but that have not, until now, been able to be seen by all. It’s finally time to check out some of those awesome surprises from the Game of Thrones panel, and get hyped seeing the Breaking Bad cast together in anticipation of the series’ final few episodes that will start airing next month.
Hit the jump for all of the videos, including for The Walking Dead, The X-Files 20th Anniversary Reunion Panel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Community, Sherlock, Hannibal, Teen Wolf, and Veronica Mars. Don’t forget to click these links for live recaps along with many others which also include information about footage shown at the Con that’s not available online.
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.
Yesterday we got a look at the rather tame Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, and today SDCC has unveiled the full panel lineup for Friday, July 19th. Last year was the first year that Comic-Con moved TV panels into Hall H for days other than Sunday, and after getting a look at Friday’s lineup, the Con is starting to look more and more like a TV convention. While there are first-looks at The World’s End, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, and Riddick to look forward to, the entire convention is packed with TV panels on Friday, including Hall H panels for The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and the Veronica Mars movie.
I’m baffled by the fact that the panel for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Joss Whedon is being held in Ballroom 20 and not Hall H, and at the same time as the Walking Dead panel no less. Hit the jump to take a look at the highlights from Friday’s schedule. Comic-Con 2013 runs from July 18th – July 21st.
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.