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Morning Report, June 3 2014

Bomb scare delays annual California Film & Tax Credit Program lottery; John Oliver's plea to flood FCC website comments section over net neutrality crashes site; Kristen Bell to star in Hollywood Bowl production of rock musical 'Hair'. Dominic Patten reports.

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Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish Will Let The Sunshine In At Hollywood Bowl `Hair’

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 3:23am PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 11.49.07 AMKristen Bell, erstwhile star of Veronica Mars and the voice of Anna in Frozen, and Hunter Parrish of Weeds will topline a revival of the ur-rock musical Hair slated to run August 1-3 at the Hollywood Bowl. They’ll be joined by Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz, both of Glee. Bell will play Sheila, Parrish will play Claude, Ushkowitz will be Jeanie and Riley will play Dionne. Beverly D’Angelo, who played Sheila in Milos Forman’s 1979 film adaptation, will play the mother. Adam Shankman is directing. Hair was the show that New York Shakespeare Festival founder Joseph Papp used to inaugurate the Public Theater in 1967, after purchasing the old Astor Library in the East Village from the city of New York for $1. The musical later moved to Broadway and was a sensation for its enduring folk-rock-blues score by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot, its strong anti-Vietnam War sentiment and the communal, a albeit brief, nudity (which was added for the Broadway version). As Sheila, Bell will get to sing the lament Easy To Be Hard and lead the choral roof-raisers Good Morning Starshine and Let The Sunshine In. A 2008 revival began during the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park summer series, moved to Broadway and toured.

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PaleyFest: ‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Rob Thomas On A Sequel, Crowdfunding And That Poster Problem

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 8:39pm PDT

Veronica MarsDeadline caught up with Veronica Mars creator and executive producer Rob Thomas tonight at the Dolby Theatre before the opening panel of PaleyFest 2014, which celebrated a reunion of the former CW show’s cast prior to tomorrow’s bow of its Warner Bros feature film spinoff. “There’s language in the cast’s deals about a sequel and Kristen Bell and I have talked about it, but it’s all about hitting that magic [revenue] number with box office and VOD,” said Thomas about the franchise’s long-term prospects. Although Thomas – who leaves for Vancouver in 10 days to start production on his CW pilot iZombie — wouldn’t specify what that magic figure is for Veronica Mars to earn a sequel greenlight, speculation is that Warner Bros has built this project to win. In addition its day-and-date VOD release tomorrow, Warner Paleyfest 2014 logoBros will bow Veronica Mars in 291 theaters and will be content if it generates $1 million in theater ticket sales by Sunday. The studio’s only exposure is in P&A. But even if Veronica Mars falls short, Thomas said: “I wrote the movie in such a way that if we don’t see Veronica Mars again, the audience will be satisfied in a way that Season 3 did not. I wanted to go down swinging on this series.”

Related: PaleyFest 2014 Schedule

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‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Opening Scene Hits Web: Video

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 12:30pm PST

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell‘s crowdfunded Veronica Mars movie is slated to make its world premiere next Saturday at the SXSW Film Festival, but an early sneak peek at the film’s first two minutes has been released online. The clip bridges the gap between the cancelled CW series’ end and the film with a voice-over by ex-teen P.I. Veronica Mars (Bell), in a montage “where we tell new fans everything they’ll need to know,” Tweeted series co-creator and director Thomas. WB will release Veronica Mars theatrically and day and date on VOD March 14. In January The CW announced a spin-off digital series to follow starring Veronica Mars‘s Ryan Hansen.

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Academy Hands Out First Oscars, But You Need To Be A Scientific Whiz To Win One Of Them

By | Sunday February 16, 2014 @ 1:01pm PST
Pete Hammond

One winner thanked “giant killer robots”. Another said, “When you see the next Michael Bay extravaganza it was all worth it”. And yet another called it “the Winter Olympics for geeks”.

the-academy-oscars-new-logo-1Welcome to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Scientific & Technical Awards which were handed out last night during a surprisingly entertaining ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I have been to just about every different conceivable kind of Academy function over the three decades I have been covering Oscars but this was my first time at this event which the Academy has been doing in one form or another since they started handing them out in the Oscars‘ fourth year, 1930-31. I guess I always thought this might be a rather dull sort of thing to sit through. I barely understand how to get my emails so imagine a ceremony that is all about honoring the ILM Plume System, the Flux gas simulation system, the Zeno application framework, a thesis on the fundamental concepts of deep shadowing technology, the design of the Pneumatic Car Flipper or the Flying-Cam SARAH 3.0 system? And that’s just for starters in a show that handed out a LOT of Technical 86th Academy Awards, Scientific and Technical Achievement AwardsAchievement certificates, Scientific and Engineering Plaques and even a couple of real Oscar statuettes toward the end of the evening (Peter W. Anderson won one of those as recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer award this year). But there was a lot of spirit in the room and judging from the whoops and hollers that went for five guys in tuxedos going up to accept for the development of the ASC Color Decision List technology you’d think they just won Best Picture. “When I was a kid nobody told me if I wanted to win an Academy Award I should study mathematics,” one winner said wryly. Like I said this was an entertaining evening, particularly considering the geek factor. And the clips were great too, going a long way to shedding light on just what these unheralded wizards do for the movie industry. Read More »

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OSCARS: Kristen Bell & Michael B Jordan To Host Sci-Tech Awards

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 10:10am PST

Student Academy AwardsBEVERLY HILLS, CA – Actors Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 15, at The Beverly Hills Hotel. They will present 19 awards to 52 individual recipients during the evening. Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be included in the Oscar telecast March 2.

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‘Veronica Mars’ TV Series To Stream On Amazon Prime

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 9:13am PST

veronicamarsAmazon and Warners Bros Domestic TV Distribution have inked a deal to stream the Veronica Mars TV series exclusively on Amazon Prime. The series, starring Kristen Bell, will be available starting today, ahead of the March 14 premiere of the Veronica Mars movie, famously funded by a history-making Kickstarter campaign. The announcement comes a day after CBS and Amazon announced an exclusive streaming deal for upcoming CBS summer series Extant starring Halle Berry. The Veronica Mars TV series,created by screenwriter Rob Thomas, first premiered in 2004. The show is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and follows a high school student (Bell) who moonlights as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father. The Veronica Mars movie reached its Kickstarter goal of $2 million in just 10 hours back in March. At the end of the 31-day campaign, fans contributed $5.7 million, making Veronica Mars the number one funded project in the film category and the third-highest funded project in Kickstarter history. Here’s today’s full release: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Veronica Mars’

By | Friday January 3, 2014 @ 6:04am PST

Comic-Con attendees were treated to a mini-featurette and trailer for Veronica Mars back in July. Now, the first official trailer has dropped for the March 14th Warner Bros release. The movie made crowdfunding history in March last year when it raised its target Kickstarter goal in just 10 hours. Rob Thomas directs the film that brings back Kristen Bell as the former teen sleuth who’s now a big city lawyer. She’s pulled back into her old ways in Neptune when ex-boyfriend Logan becomes the subject of a murder investigation. Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gaby Hoffman and Max Greenfield are also in the cast. A day before the movie releases, PaleyFest 2014 will kick off its schedule with a Veronica Mars panel. Here’s the trailer:

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Comic-Con: ‘Veronica Mars’ Team Says Film Will Be Love Letter To Fans As Pic Nears Production End

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 1:31pm PDT

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Will the Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie end up a hit? The track record of crowdfunded projects is too mixed to tell, but if the response from attendees of today’s Comic-Con panel is any indication, the risk might just pay off. The panel featured the main cast including star Kristen Bell as well as director and series creator Rob Thomas, who revealed that the feature film based on the WBTV series that ran from 2004-2007 will aim to heavily reward fans for their dedication. Thomas, after quipping that the film has a “Godfather III feel to it”, said he wanted to tell the story he thinks fans want. “I know the pleasure centers of viewers of the show, and I wrote to them,” he said. Later he said that while the film will be accessible to new viewers, it will be packed with “fun little Easter eggs” and “lots of references” for longtime fans.

Related: Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Veronica Mars’

The panel began with a featurette thanking fans for their contributions to the Kickstarter project — the funding drive was a smashing success, notching its $2M initial goal within 10 hours of launching in March and finishing with 91,585 backers contributing $5,702,153 to … Read More »

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Focus World, Screen Media Acquire Kristen Bell-Starrer ‘The Lifeguard’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 9:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative of Focus Features, is partnering with Screen Media Films on acquiring U.S. rights to The Lifeguard, the Kristen Bell-starrer that debuted at Sundance. The film will hit theaters and digital platforms. Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, the pic stars Bell as a 30-year-old whose career and love life fall into crisis. She retreats home and regresses back into high school life, hanging with her old pals and reclaiming her old job as a condo complex lifeguard. Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr and Amy Madigan also star. Bell, who stars in Showtime’s House Of Lies, just spearheaded a successful Kickstarter funding campaign that means she’ll also star in a movie version of her series Veronica Mars. CAA repped Lifeguard.

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Hot TV Spot: ‘Hit And Run’

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 10:39pm PDT

Here’s a TV spot for Open Road FilmsHit And Run — directed by David Palmer and Dax Shepard who also scripted and stars as a former bank robber living under a new identity in a quiet town. But his girlfriend’s ex recognizes and rats him out to his former accomplices and all hell breaks loose. Cast of characters in the action-comedy include Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenowith, Michael Rosenbaum and Tom Arnold. It opens August 22nd:

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Kristen Bell To Star In ‘The Lifeguard’

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 10:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

Kristen Bell Lifeguard MovieEXCLUSIVE: Kristen Bell will star in The Lifeguard, the film written and to be directed by Liz W. Garcia. Bell, who stars in Showtime’s House Of Lies, will star with Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Joshua Harto and Amy Madigan. The film, which was packaged by CAA (the agency is selling domestic rights), will shoot in Pittsburgh this month. Bell will play Leigh, a reporter on the verge of 30 who abandons her life in New York City, returns home to get her high school job as a lifeguard, and starts a dangerous relationship with a 16-year-old delinquent. Read More »

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Toby Keith And Kristen Bell Will Host CMT Music Awards

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 7:19am PDT

NASHVILLE – May 21, 2012 – The 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS just got a little rowdier and funnier as country music superstar Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell have been tapped to host this year’s show. Now in its 11th year, the 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com.

“Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CMT Music Awards,” said John Hamlin, SVP, Music Events and Talent, CMT. “Toby has been involved with our show every year since its inception and Kristen is as entertaining and witty as any young actor working today. We’re thrilled to have them both as hosts for this year’s show.”

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Lily Collins, Kristen Bell Among Additions To ‘Writers’ Pic

By | Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 12:20pm PST

Lily Collins WritersKristen BellLily Collins, Logan Lerman, Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato, and Kristen Bell have joined the cast of Writers, a comedy-drama starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly. Josh Boone wrote the script and is making his feature directing debut on the film, which begins shooting next week in North Carolina. Judy Cairo of Informant Media is producing. Writers follows the members of the Borgens family and their love interests over the course of one tumultuous year. Kinnear plays Bill Borgens, a famous novelist obsessed with his ex-wife (Connelly). Collins plays their daughter Samantha, who is pursued by a fellow writing student (Lerman). Wolff plays Samantha’s teenage brother, who is experiencing first love with Kate (Liberato). Bell plays Tricia, Bill’s friend with benefits who tries to help him get over his ex-wife. Informant was behind last year’s Crazy Heart and also has the Maggie Gyllenhaal-starrer Hysteria set for release May 18 via Sony Classics and Aaron Eckhart-starrer The Expatriate in the can. Informant’s Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner, and The Solution’s Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson are executive producing. The film is produced in association with MICA Entertainment. CAA represents domestic rights to the film.

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Open Road Sets ‘Outrun’ For August 24, 2012 Release

By | Wednesday December 21, 2011 @ 12:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

Open Road Films will release the romantic action comedy Outrun on August 24, 2012 — starring, written and co-directed by comic talent Dax Shepard (NBC’s “Parenthood”) with an all-star ensemble cast featuring Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant, and Ryan Hansen. David Palmer co-directed with Shepard. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

Outrun is the story of Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a former getaway driver who busts out of the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold), and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former gang of criminals (led by Bradley Cooper) enter the fray.

Outrun was produced by Andrew Panay with Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey.

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Open Road Acquires Ensemble Comedy ‘Outrun’

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 18, 2011 – Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the romantic action comedy Outrun — starring, written and co-directed by comic talent Dax Shepard (NBC’s “Parenthood”) with an all-star ensemble cast including Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant, and Ryan Hansen. David Palmer co-directed with Shepard. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

Outrun is the story of Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a former getaway driver who busts out of the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold), and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former gang of criminals (led by Bradley Cooper) enter the fray.

Outrun was produced by Andrew Panay with Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey. Exclusive Media Group acquired the international rights.

“Dax Shepard is one of the most exciting comedic talents working today,” stated Ortenberg. “He has assembled a brilliantly talented cast in a wildly fun and funny movie. We are thrilled to be in business with him, as well as producer Andrew Panay, and look forward to bringing Outrun to audiences around the country.”

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AFM: Exclusive Media Group Backs Comedy ‘Outrun’ With Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell And Bradley Cooper

By | Friday October 28, 2011 @ 12:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Exclusive Media Group acquired offshore rights to Outrun, a romantic comedy written and co-directed by Dax Shepard. Shepard stars with Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold. David Palmer directs with Shepard. Shepard plays an ex getaway driver who breaks the rules of Witness Protection to drive his girlfriend (Bell) to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job. Authorities and his former gang (led by Cooper) get wise and try to track him down. Andrew Panay is producing with Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey. Exclusive co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced the project to sell during AFM. Exclusive Films International’s Alex Walton will handle sales for the film, which just wrapped. Exclusive most recently completed The Ides of March.

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Showtime Picks Up ‘Homeland’ & ‘House Of Lies’ To Series

Nellie Andreeva

New Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is going 2-for-2 in his first development season at the pay cable network, picking up both pilots he ordered — drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies — to series. Both have received 12-episode orders and will start production in the summer. Thriller Homeland, from 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Emmy and Mandy Patinkin, while management consulting comedy House of Lies is toplined by Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. “Homeland and House of Lies are audacious in both their concept and their casting,” Nevins said. “They build upon the network’s successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be. Read More »

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Kristen Bell To Co-Star In Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

Former Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell has been tapped for a lead role opposite Don Cheadle in Showtime’s dark comedy pilot House of Lies. Written by Matthew Carnahan based on the book by Martin Kihn, the project centers on Marty (Cheadle), a self-loathing highly successful management consultant from a top-tier firm who is never above using any means necessary to get his clients the information they want. Bell will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate who works at Marty’s firm. Bell joins previously cast  Dawn Oliveri as Marti’s ex-wife, Josh Lawson as Ben Schwartz as his co-workers, Glynn Turman as Marty’s psychoanalyst father; and Donis Leonard Jr. as his young son. Jessika Borsiczky is executive producing the pilot, which will be directed by Stephen Hopkins. Production is slated to begin in February in New York and Los Angeles. Bell’s last regular TV role was on NBC’s Heroes. The actress, repped by CAA and Brookside Artist Amanagement, will next be seen in the features Scream 4 and Everybody Loves Whales.

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