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Watch: 5 New Clips From 'Veronica Mars' Get On The Case

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 2:28 PM
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After years of crying, wishing, hoping, praying, petitioning and more, "Veronica Mars" fans are finally getting the movie they've been waiting for, thanks to Kickstarter. The crowd-sourced flick has a distribution boost thanks to Warner Bros., but not the marketing muscle. The big question waiting to be answered is if niche movies can be financially sustainable enough to make future efforts viable. And while the box office and VOD results this weekend will be analyzed by Monday morning, for everyone else, they just want to see the damn thing.

SXSW Review: 'Veronica Mars' Starring Kristen Bell

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2014 11:07 PM
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The mere existence of a "Veronica Mars" movie seems downright miraculous in and of itself. This was a beloved but barely viewed cult television series that aired on the now-defunct UPN for three unceremonious seasons before being banished to the illusory land of "canceled before its time." Years after it was axed, it was resurrected via the magic of internet-based crowd funding (which is kind of bizarre, especially considering one of its producers is Joel Silver, a man responsible for "The Matrix" trilogy and "Non-Stop"). This is a movie that the fans desperately wanted, so much so that they paid for it themselves. So it is something of a relief to report that the movie version of the series, while not without its flaws, fundamentally maintains the heart and intrigue of the television series, but in a miniaturized, less nuanced form. The question is whether or not anyone who isn't a die-hard devotee of the series will care.

Watch: Meet The New 'Veronica Mars' With The First 2 Minutes From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 1:31 PM
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Hollywood will be taking a very close look at how "Veronica Mars" plays out. The Kickerstarter funded movie, with distribution backing from Warner Bros., is the first major test if niche audience fandom can translate into a mainstream success. The basic questions is whether or not the movie goer who didn't watch the final episode of the TV show seven years ago, will care if the character is back in 2014? Well, the movie is going to bring audiences up to speed as much as possible.

New Pics & Clip From 'Veronica Mars' Explains The Difference Between A Prostitute And A Lawyer

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 27, 2014 9:22 AM
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We are just a few weeks away from “Veronica Mars” coming to a theater near you and, as you would expect, more promotional materials have been released for the film. A few new pics and a 90-second clip have recently been posted online, and hopefully they will be enough to hold over those who were fans of the show. You can check them out below.

Watch: 'Veronica Mars' Breaks 9 Years Of Radio Silence In First Trailer For TV Show Turned Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 9:05 AM
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While there have been plenty of shows rejiggered for the big screen, few have had the scrutiny that will come with "Veronica Mars." It'll have to satisfy fans who petitioned for the movie and then shelled out their own cash to the Kickstarter campaign make it happen. All the while, suits in Hollywood will be watching the returns to see if this business model is viable. But first and foremost it'll have to be simply a good movie, and the first trailer is here to make the case.

Watch: First Clip From 'Veronica Mars' Makes The Leap From TV To Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 3:44 PM
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With $5,702,153 in its pocket thanks to fans, the "Veronica Mars" movie has a pretty heavy burden of expectation on it. Not only does it have to sate the appetite of those who have been dying to see the return of the character after the series was canceled in 2007, but it also has to deliver so folks feel like their money was well invested.

Review: Animated Fairy Tale 'Frozen' Is A New Disney Classic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 27, 2013 2:51 PM
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For much of the past decade Walt Disney Animation Studios was suffering from something of an identity crisis. The studio's bread and butter—traditional, hand-drawn animation—was falling out of favor with audiences once again. The Disney Renaissance, which began with "The Little Mermaid" and continued through some of the studio's biggest hits, was flagging. The animation was still peerless, but obscene micromanagement from Michael Eisner and a defeated staff, who felt that the studio was paying more attention to Pixar than them, led to increasingly lacklustre material. Audiences preferred the more technologically advanced 3D computer animation that studios like DreamWorks Animation were churning out regularly and the question of what a Disney animated movie was, exactly, remained in the balance. Thankfully, with "Frozen," that riddle seems to have been solved.

Watch: Explore The Many Loves Of 'Veronica Mars' In New Featurette

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 29, 2013 10:15 AM
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What nearly eight months ago could have been seen as the triumph of dedicated fans has now—after a controversial Kickstarter campaign—become a sort of rallying point for people decrying the broken state of the film industry. As seen in the reel premiered earlier this year, “Veronica Mars" probably isn’t a film built for that level of scrutiny. What it is built for, as seen in the new featurette (via Empire), are arguments about which beau is better for Kristen Bell’s retired sleuth.

'Brave' Director Brenda Chapman Says Animation Is “Run By A Boys Club” & Weighs In On 'Frozen' Controversy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 16, 2013 11:00 AM
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Over the past week, Disney Animation has had a rough go of it. To explain: Jenna Busch, reporting for Fan Voice, picked up on a distressing comment made by Lino DiSalvo, a veteran Disney animator at a long lead press day for "Frozen," the studio's forthcoming animated feature. These comments were somewhat unsettling, especially considering they were delivered completely free of context, but the comments were, of course, quickly picked up around the web, most notably by bastion of journalistic integrity Buzzfeed, who complemented their Tumblr-like piece with funny gifs and images taken from other websites. Now Time has actually gotten someone of note to weigh in on the controversy: Brenda Chapman, the former Pixar director who won an Oscar for "Brave," who claims that animation as a whole is “run by a boys club.”

Stream This: 'The Canyons,' Brian De Palma's 'Passion,' 'On The Road' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 2, 2013 11:05 AM
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Hey-o cinephiles, and welcome to the deluxe edition of Stream This. There was a lot to cover this week, with so many films being released on VOD concurrently or in advance of their theatrical debuts, and we didn't want to leave anything out, including those nifty themed picks. Thus, the result at hand: an extra-long version of the column, where we give you eight suggestions instead of six. (Don't worry, you won't have to buy special sheets or anything.) There's work from Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader, and Lynn Shelton to name a few, and all of it is either playing or will be playing shortly on a silver screen near you. In related news, James Ponsoldt's third film, "The Spectacular Now," opens this weekend to much critical praise from Sundance on down, so if you're looking to brush up on his canon, an earlier work is available to stream. Plus there's a largely forgotten Mark Wahlberg picture from the early 2000s to honor the "2 Guns" star while reminding us why we like artist formerly known as Marky Mark so damn much. And now, for our streaming picks of the week.

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