Stephen Colbert might have dominated the late-night landscape with the announcement of his succession to 'Late Show' host David Letterman, but NBC has stolen back a bit of thunder with help from 'SNL' veteran Maya Rudolph. The network has officially scheduled 'The Maya Rudolph Show' variety special for a late May premiere, with guests such as 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell and more, but what are the chances of an ongoing series?
Seven years after the end of the television series, 'Veronica Mars' returns with a full-length feature film (thanks in part to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign), reuniting star Kristen Bell with all of those familiar faces for a brand new mystery that hits pretty close to home for the former teen detective -- this case hits right in the middle of her hometown, in fact, dragging her back from her new life in New York for one last job ... or is it? Both old school fans and newbies alike will find plenty to love in Rob Thomas' 'Veronica Mars' movie, which blends the series' particular brand of wry humor with an exciting new mystery, familiar faces, and some new blood.
However surreal it may seem that 'Veronica Mars' will be hitting movie theaters in a matter of days, there can be no doubt that casual fans of the series have plenty to catch up on before the beloved private investigator hits the silver screen. Never fear, Marshmallows, for the first two minutes of the film are available to watch right now, with a bit of catch-up for newbies!
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given that Showtime's most quietly-continuing 'Episodes' had already been granted an additional season, but good news all the same: Emmy Rossum-William H. Macy family drama 'Shameless' will officially return for a fifth season in 2015, as the Don Cheadle- and Kristen Bell-starring 'House of Lies' will return for its fourth.
'Veronica Mars' will soon make history as the world's first canceled TV series to land in movie theaters through crowdfunding near of a decade later, but it seems the series has at least one more trick up its sleeve. The Kristen Bell detective drama will soon spawn a digital series spinoff for the CW, successor to the UPN on which the series began, but what story might the spinoff follow?
First, there was the under-watched but beloved TV series. Then there was the Kickstarter campaign that shattered all expectations. Then came the trailer that proved that, yes, a feature film sequel to 'Veronica Mars' did in fact exist and wasn't an elaborate practical joke on fans. Now, here's the first 'Veronica Mars' movie poster, which you will actually be able to see in your local multiplex as further proof that the 'Veronica Mars' movie is real and is only a few months away.
It was hard enough to believe that in March of 2013 'Veronica Mars' finally dusted off its chances at a big-screen adaptation, even harder now to think that 2014 will finally see the fan-funded film hit theaters. After months of waiting, the first full trailer for the 'Veronica Mars' movie has arrived, chock full of old favorites, new mysteries and characters, and more than a few punches to throw!
Sometimes great artistry comes from coloring inside the lines.
Walt Disney Animation's newest film, 'Frozen,' does precious little to push the boundaries of narrative storytelling. Indeed, it is a quite predictable – might I even suggest formulaic - culmination of elements. While picking over the bones of a half-remembered Hans Christian Andersen story, 'The Snow Queen,' Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's film expands certain themes, disposes of some characters and, of course, modernizes a bit for contemporary audiences. However, miraculously, this doesn't feel like a Xerox of a Xerox impersonating a classic Disney film. There's precious little winking; hardly any of the 'Shrek'-effect. 'Frozen' has enough of the goods to play it straight and succeed on its own terms. It is a major entry in family-friendly entertainment, one that ought to reverberate for years with tie-in toys and stage productions.
It's been months in the making (try six years, at that), but finally the 'Veronica Mars' movie is starting to look like a complete picture. Following the brief behind-the-scenes snippets from Comic-Con 2013, marshmallow fans of the Kristen Bell detective drama have a new sneak peek to obsess over, complete with plenty of new plot details and footage from the big 'Veronica Mars' reunion in spring 2014.