BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Since Iíll be on the ground in Texas covering the daily happenings in Austin, I wanted to dig through the immense line-up with both hands and highlight the 10 movies screening at South By this year that you should care about.
For years and years it seemed like an impossible dream, but now the time is almost here: the Veronica Mars movie will soon be coming to a theater near you. The project has had one hell of a back story, the film setting Kickstarter records early last year and successfully raising $5.7 million from fans, and now it's on track to come out in March.
While the recently revealed trailer for the anticipated Veronica Mars movie seemed to emphasize character drama a bit more than it did crime and mystery, the poster for the film, which just arrived today, does offer a hint of noir, along with the familiar sight of Kristen Bell behind her trusted camera (and giant telephoto lens).
South By Southwest -- the annual film, music and interactive festival that takes over downtown Austin, Texas Ė began teasing its wares for the 2014 event, announcing its Opening Night selection and a few key features that will dot its schedule.
Veronica Mars may not be the eager-to-please brunette that Dick ordered, but sheís the persnickety blonde detective fans adored for three seasons and weíre happy to have her back. Among the most anticipated movies of 2014 is Veronica Mars, the feature followup to the beloved and unfortunately short-lived UPN/CW series.
There should be a little something for everyone in the coming year. And to help you plan out your movie-watching year, we singled out 14 titles weíre looking forward to in 2014, as well as a list of additional canít-miss movies.
One of the numerous benefits of Veronica Mars getting a feature film follow-up is that itíll not only allow Veronica to once again face off with her nemesis Madison Sinclair, but because the film isnít bound by the FCC guidelines that dictate content for network television, Veronica can say things like, ďLet me try looking like I think youíre an asshole."
Since the successful Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie wrapped up, weíve known that the film would arrive sometime in 2014, but up until today, we didnít know the exact date. Ahoy Pirates and Marshmallows alike, set your calendars for March 14, 2014, as thatís when Veronica Mars will be arriving in theaters.
Dick and Veronica forever! (DiVe?) Ok, probably not, but letís all applaud the final moments of the above featurette for entertaining the thought. Alas, Veronica Mars isnít an eager-to-please brunette. But she is a super-smart private eye, and exactly the kind of person youíd want to go to if you were wanted for murder, which appears to be the case for Logan Echolls. And that brings us to one of the actual points of the unresolved Veronica Mars
Given that a lot of us helped pay for the upcoming Veronica Mars movie, it only makes sense that we get a look at what's in store even while the movie is shooting. And while the attendees at the movie's Comic-Con panel yesterday actually got face time with the cast, the five-minute preview for the film that showed in Hall H is now available for the rest of us to see above.
Veronica Mars is getting a movie! That's not news, I know. But it's still exciting, and today in Hall H at Comic-Con, the cast and director (series creator) Rob Thomas will convene to answer questions and show us some exclusive footage. We also expect to hear details about the production, which is already underway, following the successful Kickstarter campaign that gave the cancelled series new life.
Veronica Mars creator has been doing an impressive job re-wrangling the show's far-flung cast six years after its cancellation for its long hoped for movie. Unfortunately, Leighton Meester, who played classmate Carrie Bishop in a pair of episodes, won't be back for the Veronica Mars movie, though her character will be.
Franco and a small list of other celebrities will feature into the film as victims of hidden camera scams. In the movie, celebrity houses are being broken into and cameras are set up to record private moments - with the tapes then being sold online.
All of the skeptics were wrong: the Veronica Mars movie is actually happening. Following the series' cancellation after its third season, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell kept hope alive by staying positive about the idea of a film based on the private eye show, but for years Warner Bros. had absolutely no interest in it. But then the Kickstarter happened. Thomas took to the crowdfunding website and asked fans to contribute to the making of a dream.
As you may have surmised by the latest video, though it's a lot more subtle than Marino's Party Down co-star Ryan Hansen's announcement video, Ken Marino is on board for the Veronica Mars movie! This is cause to celebrate for those of us who had Vinnie Van Lowe high on our list of characters we wanted to see reprised in the Kickstarted Veronica Mars movie.