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Veronica Mars - what a perfect name for a heroine. It's one of the great hardboiled names, worthy of being ranked alongside old-school dames like Mildred Pierce and Dolores Claiborne. You know any Veronica Mars worth her salt will have a certain toughness. She'll be from the school of hard knocks or the wrong side of the tracks. Or both. In either case, she'll have learned right from wrong. She is nobody's fool. It's so good to have her back. The new movie Veronica Mars is based on and stars many of the original cast members from the cult TV series, »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic
"A teenage private eye…trust me, I know how dumb that sounds."
Those are the opening lines of the upcoming Veronica Mars movie, and to say the film has been "highly anticipated" among the cult TV show's rabid fanbase would be an understatement. Some 91,000 "Marshmallows" — the nickname for the Veronica die-hards — contributed roughly $5.7 million to a landmark Kickstarter campaign to revive the beloved Nancy Drew-meets-Raymond Chandler series, seven years after the show was canceled by the CW.
After a whirlwind 24-day film shoot, »
Interview Simon Brew 14 Mar 2014 - 06:31
This Friday, a quest that began over five years ago concludes, as Veronica Mars escapes TV cancellation hell and arrives in her own film. With Kristen Bell reprising the role, the film has come about as a result of a high profile Kickstarter campaign, and also thanks to the sheer persistence of showrunner Rob Thomas.
That'd be the same Rob Thomas too who was kind enough to spare us 20 minute for a natter on the phone. Which began with a grovel on our part...
I should start with an apology. One of the perils of Kickstarter campaigns is those irritating people who pledge money, and then whose credit card bounces at the point of payment. Er, that might have happened to me....
You know that bit on »
The first day on set of the “Veronica Mars” movie, director Rob Thomas was so excited to get started that he called “action” before the cameras had even begun rolling. Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring, who play the namesake character and her former and future lover, respectively, giggled hysterically. Especially when, on the second day on set, Thomas did the exact same thing, this time in front of Jamie Lee Curtis. The entire production crew subsequently broke out in laughter, Thomas told Variety.
The film, a revival of the CW’s Network’s detective show that was cancelled in 2007, was greenlit after 91,585 fans contributed $5.7 million to a Kickstarter campaign — $3.7 million more than the director asked for. The first $2 million was raised in roughly 11 hours and broke Kickstarter records. That fan dedication also swayed Warner Bros. into agreeing to distribute the film domestically.
“Veronica Mars” premiered in at SXSW in Austin »
- Alexandra Cheney
Wow, what happened to Odd Thomas? Upon the announcement that Stephen Sommers (GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra/The Mummy) would be adapting Dean Koontz’s supernatural “comedy,” people were excited (maybe?)! Anton Yelchin signed on, Willem Dafoe signed on, and all seemed business as usual until something truly odd happened – no one cared. A few critics saw it, some negative reviews poured out, and suddenly Odd Thomas turned into a Direct-to-DirectTV movie, not that being straight VOD is a negative, but it’s a strange telltale at times. Did that scare me away? Of course not, this fearless critic dared to follow Odd Thomas into battle - and now here we are talking about a pancake-flipping Nancy Drew wannabe. Why didn’t I listen?
- Matt Donato
To say that Gregg Araki’s bigscreen version of “White Bird in a Blizzard” isn’t quite what one imagined when reading the Laura Kasischke novel is like complaining that Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” doesn’t capture the models who posed for it. With the exception of Tim Burton, few American directors have maintained a stronger auteurial hold on their careers than Araki, who seizes on “White Bird” as a chance to explore familiar issues of body image, sexual awakening and extreme family dysfunction with his trademark mix of uneasy seduce-and-repel tactics. It’s naughty, campy and wildly uneven — “a film by Gregg Araki,” in other words, with all the commercial limitations that implies.
Whereas Kasischke’s eloquent novel was loosely inspired by a true story, speculating on a Midwest housewife’s sudden disappearance, Araki’s often-clunky adaptation edges the material into a hyper-stylized parallel dimension, where the »
- Peter Debruge
Veronica Mars has moved on. Ten years after graduating from high school, she’s a promising New York attorney with a serious boyfriend. Her days of playing Nancy Drew over. But that alone would be a horrible waste of $5.7 million in Kickstarter funds.
In the first trailer for the big-screen Mars movie, Kristen Bell’s Veronica is drawn back to Neptune to prove that Logan didn’t kill his girlfriend. Conveniently, the mystery coincides with her class’s 10th reunion, so all her friends and frenemies are in town to pick up where they left off.
Beware, there is some catch-phrasing. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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