NBC’s The Good Place hits its 3rd season. Season 2 ended with another cliffhanger that had fans clamoring for more. Fans and critics alike love The Good Place, rotten tomatoes giving Season 2 100% fresh rating. The diverse cast, unique sense of humor and out-of-the-box format make The Good Place one of TVs current outstanding gems. What resonates most with fans? What makes The Good Place so unique in its style? How many Cheers references can we cram into one article? Warning, pre-season 3 spoilers!
Me and Veronica Mars used to be friends, a long time ago, but I… would be lying if I said that I hadn’t thought of her lately at all.
For the last year, the campaign has been the story. Rob Thomas did the impossible, resurrecting Veronica Mars — his long-cancelled and cult-adored teen-PI television series — with the help of series star Kristen Bell, the majority of the original cast, Warner Bros, and 91,585 fans on Kickstarter, who shelled out $5,702,153 (far exceeding the campaign’s $2 million dollar goal) to make this all happen.
In that time, some have debated the morality of what they perceive to be a big studio essentially begging for charity while fans of other shuttered TV shows swelled up with envy before pondering whether their beloved shows might return in the same magical way. Veronica Mars fans? They’ve been over in the corner plotzing and counting down the days until Veronica Mars: The Movie got its release date, rendering this glorious year of anticipation and all the frustrating and rumor filled years that preceded it as nothing more than prologue.
It seems like only yesterday that the Veronica Marsfan-base so frantically donated to Kickstarter that writer/director Rob Thomas managed to exceed his fundraising goal for a movie based on his beloved cult series in a mere 10 hours. Actually, it was a year ago, and next week the actual film resulting from that record-smashing crowd-sourcing effort will premiere at South By Southwest before heading to theaters and VOD. But wait, you’re the kind of fan that just can’t occupy yourself for another couple of weeks? You want your Veronica Mars now, you say? How about the first 2 minutes and 17 seconds of the film? Scroll on down… (more…)
The best parts of Comic Con usually require varying combinations of patience, planning and persistence. A little luck goes a long way too. Using a little bit of all of those, I found myself on a very short list of people admitted into (and allowed to photograph) the Veronica Mars after party on Friday night.
A few days ago, I was fortunate enough to receive a mass invitation to Samsung’s Veronica Mars after party. It promised that some of the cast and creators would be on hand, celebrating the successful Kickstarter campaign that funded a feature film (to be released in 2014).
After a Hall H panel and a fan gathering for those who contributed to the Kickstarter, the cast (including Kristen Bell, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring and show creator Rob Thomas) made their way to the Samsung Galaxy Experience on 6th Avenue.
The Samsung lounge is a cool area showcasing their latest technology with some fun applications on those gadgets. To order drinks at the bar, you had to navigate through pictures of cocktails on display phones and send your request to the bartender. While that didn’t really seem any easier than just asking a bartender for a drink, I won’t complain if the booze is free.
After about 45 minutes of waiting around and texting pictures of margaritas to the bartender, I got a little bored and wandered toward the front door. It turned out to be perfect timing since that was the exact moment the cast arrived. People were ushered toward the back of the lounge while the two staff photographers moved into position at the red carpet. I stood as close to the main photographer as I could and started fiddling with my camera, trying to look like I belonged there. Kristen Bell walked over and started fielding questions, and no one ever asked me to leave. One staff person did ask if I was with a media outlet or just a fan to which I replied “I’m with Nerd Bastards.” It was as simple as that.
The creator (Rob Thomas), star (Kristen Bell), and others cast members of the Veronica Marsmovie, thanks to a Kickstarter that went viral and was fully funded ($2 Million) in 10 hours, held their SDCC 2013 panel in the infamous Hall H. They brought along a great video that laid out the Kickstarter campaign, some on set shenanigans, and the first trailer for the movie. There’s even some of the premium Kickstarter fund-ers on set to take their place in Veronica Mars history. Make sure you watch it through to the end, it’s worth it
During the panel there were a lot of questions about the Kickstarter campaign. When asked about his big dreams for Veronica Mars, Thomas said:
I want this to be a franchise, I hope we make a ton of money on this movie, and we get to do it through the normal channels. If we’re a huge hit, I’m not sure Kickstarter is meant to fund huge hits.
Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think about the project. Will you be buying a theater ticket?
So it’s finally happening! The Kickstarter funded Veronica Marsmovie has begun production, and today he get our first look at the shoot as well as our first look at stars Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring reprising their award-eligible roles as Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls.
The film began shooting this week following a ton of casting announcements concerning the show’s key cast members including Tina Majorino (Mac), Percy Daggs III (Wallace), Enrico Colantoni (Keith), Daran Norris (Cliff), Francis Capra (Weevil), Chris Lowell (Piz), Ryan Hansen (Dick), Krysten Ritter (Gia), and Amanda Noret (Madison).
The plot of the film finds Veronica returning to her hometown of Neptune, CA for her 10-year high school reunion, and after a decade of not-sleuthing she’s drawn into a murder-mystery involving her ex, Logan. The scene in the photos below take place outside a club called the “09er,” which fans of the show will recognize as the nickname that all the rich kids at Neptune High had. Is this the scene being staged for our murder? I guess we’ll see.
UPDATE: The Kickstarter hit it’s goal in just under nine hours yesterday, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help out. Rob Thomas said that any overages on the original appeal page:
Keep in mind that the more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make. A two million dollar fundraising total probably means cross words are exchanged at the class reunion. Three million? We can afford a full-on brawl. Ten million? Who knows… For some reason the Neptune High class reunion takes place on a nuclear submarine! A Hobbit shows up! There’s a Bollywood end-credit dance number! I’ve always wanted to direct Bill Murray. We’ll figure out something cool. Hey, if that total goes high enough, I’ll bet the good folks at Warner Bros. will agree a sequel is a good idea.
Who knows, we might get a trilogy out of this.
Veronica Mars fans are having their own Serenity moment with the announcement of the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter Campaign. The campaign was started this morning by the series creator Rob Thomas and has at last check, exceeded $800,000. Persistent fan questions since the series was canceled have culminated in this movement to cloud fund the project.
The video announcing the Kickstarter is one of the best I’ve seen, capturing the feel of the series, entertaining long time fans while intriguing new comers to check out the series. Take a look and met me on the other side.
What would the Veronica Mars story we see in the movie be about? Thomas dropped us some hints:
Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith’s chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn’t taken a case. But something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling. My goal is to include as many of your favorite characters as possible. It is, after all, time for Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion.
Kristen Bell had a message for fans and possible contributors:
A Message from Kristen:
I am currently the happiest blonde in a hamster ball the world has ever seen. We have been waiting so long to make this movie dream a movie reality, and it’s because of YOUR commitment, YOUR persistence, that we finally have a chance. We just have one more step to go.
You have banded together like the sassy little honey badgers you are and made this possibility happen. i promise if we hit our goal, we will make the sleuthiest, snarkiest, it’s-all-fun-and-games-‘til-one-of-you-gets-my-foot-up-your-ass movie we possibly can.
I promise to give it my all. i promise to work my hardest to give everyone a little bit more Veronica, and i will be oh so honored to do so.
I only ask for one thing in return.
If I ever die, do me a favor. Go on Oprah and tell the world that I loved kittens.
What do you think? Everything points towards fully funding the project quickly and most likely they’ll start filming later this summer. Head over to the Kickstarter page linked above and see what your donation could get you and for any new updates on the project.
Take half of the Farrelly Brothers (Peter Farrelly), mix in a whole pack of other directors (Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner) and an astonishingly large cast of famous faces (I’m not going to list them all, just watch the trailer and you’ll recognize everyone) and what do you get? A movie that looks far funnier than I think any of us expected. The true cinephile will recall classic comedy anthology movies like Kentucky Fried Movie, Amazon Women On The Moon and The Groove Tube, and by the looks of it, Farrelly intends to resurrect the genre with Movie 43.
Hot damn does it look funny. Check the trailer out below, but be warned it is very NSFW due to f-bombs and nudity. Yes, the Movie 43 trailer, come for the nudity and Kate Winslet cursing, stay to be inspired by Terrence Howard.
After years of languishing in development, (That’s Hollywood code speak for rewrites needed) Disney’s The Snow Queenlooked dead when it was shelved back in 2010. But late last year, with the other studios making fairy tale movies left and right, the project came back to life under a new title, Frozen. Now the studio’s wasting no time cramming the pieces together. Kristen Bell has been announced for the lead role of the film, a 3D computer-animated feature due out late next year from Tarzanand Surf’s Uphelmer Chris Buck.
Frozen is based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s 19th century fairy tale, which centers around a little boy and a little girl. When the boy is kidnapped by the Snow Queen, the little girl ventures out to find and save him.
It’s not totally clear at this point which character Bell is set to play. THR describes her character as the “lead,” which suggests she’ll be voicing the Queen, but it’s also conceivable that the girl could be the central character in Disney’s take on the story.
Bell will also be handling the singing for her character in Frozen. We haven’t heard any details on who’ll provide the music, though the previous incarnation of the project had composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) attached. John Lasseter and Peter Del Vecho are on board as producers.
Bell was last seen in February’s Big Miracle, and will next hit the big screen in Safety Not Guaranteed and Movie 43. She also currently plays one of the leads in Showtime’s House of Lies, opposite Don Cheadle. Frozen is scheduled to open November 27, 2013.
You look out the window and see the night sky is an interesting kaleidoscope of purple, gold, and green; the dark swirling clouds threaten storms of untold proportions. An alien mother ship hangs ominously over the burning city in the distance, spewing laser beams and attack crafts to the ground. The zombies outside beat a steady rhythm on your front door…wait a minute, is that Betty White? In the next room the TV anchor is droning on about the meteor headed toward earth bound for impact in eight days; as if it mattered. You grab the remote and flip through the channels, the meteor . . . zombies . . . aliens . . . man-eating frogs . . . zombies . . . Jersey Shore . . . meteor . . . tornadoes . . . some kind of western about four weird guys on horses . . . yeah, nothing on, at least that much hasn’t changed.
Not much else to do but go nail another board over that window, grab your baseball bat, a bottle of Tequila, your favorite snacks, and watch: