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.”

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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 … Read More »

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

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

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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 … Read More »

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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

Ross Lincoln contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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

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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

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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

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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