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‘Veronica Mars’ Series Revival With Kristen Bell Coming To Hulu
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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars was revived once. And she can be revived again. Thanks in part to such a large fan base, the detective, played by Kristen Bell, has found her way back into sleuthing.

But she isn’t coming back in a movie sequel. This time it will be in the form of a limited series that will air exclusively on Hulu. More on the story below.

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My Top Ten Movies Of 2014 (So Far)
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As the big summer movie season is winding down and soon it will be Oscar season, it’s that time of the year to figure out what my top ten movies of the year, as we just passed the halfway point of the year. At this point I have seen 54 new movies, and once again, this includes any new or old movie that I have seen for the first time. And so the first cut, is the easiest, as I get rid of any movie that didn’t come out in 2014.

But as the final ten movies are locked it, a few just missed the cut, and those were Godzilla and Life Itself. I was one of the few people who enjoyed Godzilla, even with its issues, and Life Itself was a great look at Roger Ebert, a man who all of us who review movies want to be like.

But enough about the ones that didn’t make it, let’s get to My Top Ten Movies Of 2014 (So Far).

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Movie Review: Veronica Mars
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Veronica Mars movie posterVeronica Mars
Directed by Rob Thomas
Written by Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero
Starring: Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter, Tina Majorino, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Jerry O’Connell, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III
Running Time: 107 Minutes | PG-13
Warner Brothers
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Limited Theatrical Release, also available via iTunes and VOD
Partially Funded by Kickstarter

It’s been a long time coming, but my fellow marshmallows and I have finally gotten that Veronica Mars movie we have wanted, ever since the television series got cancelled. And if you are even familiar with Kickstarter, perhaps this was the reason you heard about, it wouldn’t have happened without all the fans who donated their money to make this happen. The project broke numerous records as they pulled their forces (91,585 people) and raised $5,702,153.

It started off as a small project, but word quickly spread and the rest is history, leading to this day, when we can walk into a theater and see Veronica Mars on the big screen. As of now, it is showing in limited theaters, for me, my local AMC theaters, but I know it’s expanding into another theater in a few weeks. I am guessing how many more will depend on how well the movie does at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, it earned just over a million on late Thursday and Friday screenings.

But was it worth the wait? Was it worth my donation? Let’s talk about that more later.

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Watch This Sneak Peek Of The ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie
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On Friday, we brought you coverage of the panel at San Diego Comic-Con for the Veronica Mars movie.

During the panel, a sneak peek was shown of the very first footage from the upcoming movie. The video has been released online, so you can watch it now in full here below.

Video begins with a tease of footage from the film, which is a continuation of the cancelled television series starring Kristen Bell (the show aired from 2004-2007). It then segues into how the movie was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. It goes on to give a behind-the-scenes look at the filming, as well as cast and crew interviews and video diaries, before diving back into scenes from the new movie, which finds Veronica Mars (Bell) 10 years after we last saw her in high school. She’s older and more mature, yet still witty and quick, though she’s left her PI days behind her and works as a lawyer, no longer interested in sleuthing. But after going to her high school reunion and seeing all the old gang, her old investigative instincts kick in.

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SDCC 2013: ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie
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A year ago, no one would have expected to see a Veronica Mars panel at San Diego Comic-Con. However, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the show is back in movie form and is in the middle of production. The cast along with producer/director Rob Thomas were on hand to discuss what was going on with the film as well as showing off footage that was hot off the presses. The cast members who appeared on the panel today included Kristen Bell, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Diggs III, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, and Krysten Ritter.

Check out our photo gallery from today’s panel here below! And watch the video footage from the film here.

The panel was moderated by Jeff Jensen, and started off with a clip that showed plenty of footage from the TV show and a bit of background on the Kickstarter campaign. After that, we got the first look at the movie. The film catches up with everyone 10 years after their high school graduation. Veronica is working as a lawyer in New York, and is being interviewed by Jamie Lee Curtis. She hasn’t worked as a PI since the last time we saw her. She then goes back for her high school reunion and gets back with the old gang. All of the dialogue and the characters felt just like they did in the series.

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Geek Discussion: Should Zach Braff, ‘Veronica Mars’ & Other Big Names Be Using Kickstarter?
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For the past few weeks or so there’s been a debate raging on and on about whether or not bigger, more well-known names and titles should be using the crowd funding website Kickstarter to try and find help with financing their next project.

It began when Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas took to the site for help in making a movie based on his cancelled show, a movie that had been attempted numerous times and failed all of them. Kickstarter was the last resort, and it came through overwhelmingly as fans of the show chipped in and helped the project reach its $2 million goal easily. By the time the campaign was said and done, $5.7 million had been raised for the movie, and a new doorway was opened wide for filmmakers and others.

Not many gave a second thought to the Veronica Mars movie turning to Kickstarter for help; it wasn’t until recently that the debate truly ignited when Zach Braff, the star of the hit sitcom Scrubs and writer/director/producer/star of Garden State, decided to see if Kickstarter could help him make his follow-up to Garden State, Wish I Was Here. Not only did the movie also quickly achieve its $2 million goal, but it ignited quite the firestorm as many argued the merits of the successful or wealthy asking regular folks to pay for their projects to happen.

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The Drill Down 270: Gone, But Not Dead
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This week, Dropbox acquires superstar app Mailbox, Google shuts down Reader (and the internet goes berserk), Netflix goes social, Samsung launches the S4 and Apple goes on the defensive, and Veronica Mars is back…thanks to Kickstarter.

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Geek Gear: Veronica Mars ‘Greetings from Neptune’ Shirt
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Veronica Mars Greetings from Neptune Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is a Veronica Mars-themed shirt called “Greetings from Neptune” by oneshoeoff.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Thursday, March 21, 2013, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL), women’s, and youth sizes for $10 each in navy blue. Kids sizes are $10 (Girls, Toddlers, and Onesies in navy blue); Hoodies for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes in navy blue). You can also get the design on coasters for $25; iphone (4/4s) cases for $18; and prints (18″x24″) for $20.

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Kickstarted ‘Veronica Mars’ Film Could Help Bring Back ‘Chuck’ and ‘Firefly’
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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars is one of those television series that has a small, but vocal fanbase. If you bring the long-cancelled show up to a hardcore fan, you may as well grab a cup of coffee (or a stiff drink depending on the fan) and cop a squat because the conversation is going to be long and one-sided. They are like a smaller version of Firefly fans, but more on that later. The show’s creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have been desperate to revive the show in feature film form basically since it was cancelled after it initial three-year run. Warner Brothers never believed there was enough of a following for the series to merit the big budget studio affair that comes with the creation of a feature film. Finally, Thomas was able to get the WB to agree to foot the bill for a limited theatrical run, the marketing of the film, and the distribution of the film in digital form (VOD, iTunes), if he could come up with the shooting budget.

Bell and Thomas crafted a film with a minisule $2 million budget. Then they put it to the fans on Kickstarter to make the movie happen. The goal was to get the full film budget in 30 days. The full $2 million was accumulated via Kickstarter in just under 10 hours. Rewards for those who donated were many, starting from updates during production and a copy of the script on the day the movie premieres for just a $10 donation all the way up to a speaking role in the film for a $10,000 donation. So the money is in place and plans to go into production are underway. The movie will be shot this summer and have a limited theatrical release in early 2014 before heading to digital distribution.

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‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Hits Kickstarter, Blows Past Goal In Hours
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A movie version of the hit TV show Veronica Mars has been in the works for a long, long time now, with no luck finding a way to make it a reality.

And so creator Rob Thomas turned to the same place so many others have turned: Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding has become the answer for many to make the games and movies and other things they’ve not been able to make otherwise, and Veronica Mars is without question the biggest title to give the website a try. Thomas also set the biggest goal that’s ever been set for a movie Kickstarter campaign—a whopping $2 million—which really put to the test just how useful crowdfunding could be…and passed in stunning fashion.

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