‘Veronica Mars’ Review: The B*tch Is Back

VERONICA MARS

For most of the past year, the conversation surrounding Rob ThomasVeronica Mars has been about the way it was made. Now that the film premiere has finally arrived, though, the talk can turn to what he’s made. In an ideal world, Veronica Mars would serve the dual purpose of satisfying existing Marshmallows, as Veronica Mars devotees call themselves, while making new ones.

On the first count, I can say as a longtime fan (I was one of the 91,585 who contributed to the Kickstarter) that the sequel just about lived up to my expectations. On the second, it’s harder to judge. For all its imperfections, though, it unmistakably delivers in one respect: It left me wanting much, much more.

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Watch the ‘Veronica Mars’ Opening Scene

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It’ll be a couple more weeks until you can see the Veronica Mars movie — a film even the creators of the original TV show thought might never happen. To make the wait just a bit easier, you can watch the Veronica Mars opening sequence right now. The scene recaps the TV series to some extent, and so also serves as a good primer for those who never watched the show. Read More »

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Briefly: The Entourage movie is finally filming and, as fans of the show know, Ari Gold’s (Jeremy Piven) old assistant Lloyd (Rex Lee) has long been an agent. That leaves an opening and, Deadline reports, that role will be filled by none other than Kid Cudi, also known as Scott Mescudi. Mescudi will next appear in Need for Speed alongside Aaron Paul. [Deadline]

Haley Joel Osment Roped in to ‘Entourage’

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Briefly: Here’s a curious piece of casting. Haley Joel Osment has joined the cast of the currently-shooting Entourage movie, written and directed by Doug Ellin. Osment, however, won’t be playing himself, which would have made sense in that wacky world. Instead he’s playing Travis McCree, the son of Billy Bob Thorton‘s character Larsen McCree, who is paying for Vince’s (Adrian Grenier) new movie. Travis is sent to oversee everything and gets a little too caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle. The film doesn’t have a release date, but late 2014 or early 2015 is likely. [Deadline]

Vin Diesel in xXx

Vin Diesel has Fast & Furious 7 and a fourth Riddick movie coming up, and now he has XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage to look forward to, too. Also after the jump:

  • Perrey Reeves will return as “Mrs. Ari” for the Entourage movie
  • Vera Farmiga says The Conjuring 2 is waiting on James Wan
  • The Purge sequel starts shooting in LA and picks up a new title
  • Lifetime is moving ahead with a Flowers in the Attic sequel
  • Here’s a better look at Transformers‘ Bumblebee in robot mode
  • … and a more detailed synopsis of the movie

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Billy Bob Thornton Joins ‘Entourage’

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As production for Entourage gets underway in Los Angeles, the boys are welcoming a new face into the fold. Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join the cast, which includes returning stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven. Doug Ellin, who’s working with Thornton on Bad Santa 2, is directing. Find out whom Thornton is playing after the jump.

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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars fans have had March 14 circled on their calendars since last month, when Rob Thomas finally confirmed the film sequel’s release date. Now we can also start planning where we’re going to see it.

AMC Theatres has just unveiled a complete list of all the locations that will be showing the film, with tickets going on sale starting next month. No AMC near you? Don’t despair just yet — a handful of non-AMC theaters will be playing the movie as well. Hit the jump to get all the locations.

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Veronica Mars

The Veronica Mars following was never huge, but it was devoted. Enough so that several years later, they were able to raise millions of dollars to make the sequel happen. But now that the film is a reality, is it likely to draw in any new fans, or is this strictly for the Marshmallows among us?

While Rob Thomas would no doubt love to grow his fanbase, the marketing so far has been aimed directly at existing fans, with cameos and in-jokes only a true Marshmallow could love. Today’s brand-new poster isn’t much different. Check it out after the jump.

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