Party Down / Chuck

Veronica Mars‘ successful Kickstarter campaign opened up a whole new route for TV makers hoping to revive their cancelled series, and Chuck‘s Zachary Levi, for one, hopes to take advantage of it. Meanwhile, one TV maker who wants to stick with a more conventional approach for his next project is Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas himself, who says Party Down will likely take a more conventional path to the big screen. Hit the jump to read more.

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Whether you like spiteful Philadelphians or vengeful Romans, there’s something for you here. After the jump:

  • Louis CK, Bryan Cranston, and Rian Johnson score DGA noms
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting its own beer
  • Revolution, Political Animals, and more are coming to Netflix
  • Fox’s late-night animation block will kick off this summer
  • Fox’s In Living Color reboot is not going to happen
  • Read one fan’s argument that it’s OK if NBC kills Community
  • Is ABC’s Happy Endings in danger of getting cancelled?
  • The casting search for Dexter Season 8 offers some plot hints
  • Spartacus: War of the Damned has a bloody new trailer

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
(DVD available as single-disc and 2-Disc Super-Sized Edition)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one of the best movies of 2009. And in response to all the double-takes that I suspect I’m getting right now, I say: No, seriously. Let’s forgo the whole “fun for the whole family” spiel for a moment, because that could just as easily refer to any kid’s film that succeeds in not making the parents want to gouge their eyes out. This movie though, is something else. This movie is something special. While Pixar has the market cornered on heartfelt, story-driven entertainment, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs dominates with its gags, delivering 90 minutes of non-stop, brilliantly funny lunacy. It’s a film destined to become a favorite amongst geeks, with most of its humor seemingly being geared specifically toward that crowd (which makes sense, given that the film is written & directed by two of the creators of Clone High, a hilarious but short-lived animated TV series with similarly geeky sensibilities). Some viewers may even be taken aback by just how outright weird it can often be, but it’s those very additions that make the film so oddly wonderful. From the minute the title blasts onto the screen in all its glitzy, retro glory, the movie is like one big sugar high. Before you even have a chance to be worn down by its whimsical, hyperactive nature, it expands into a cunning yet playful parody of the disaster movie genre in all of its forms, delivering a number of genuinely thrilling action sequences in the process. You’re not likely to confuse the film as anything other than insubstantial fluff entertainment, but who cares? It’s easily some of the most fun I’ve had watching a movie in a long while, and is deserving of all the praise it can get.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Single-disc DVD – Director’s commentary. 2-disc DVD – Includes everything on the single-disc DVD, as well as extended scenes, early development scenes, a making of featurette, another featurette on the voice talent, a “Raining Sunshine” music video with an additional behind the scenes feature and sing-along function, and Flint’s Food Fight Game. Blu-ray – Includes everything on both DVDs, as well as a digital copy of the film.

BEST DVD PRICE*
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Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $20.77 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores (including Amazon).

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
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Good news Chuck fans! Pretty much everything great that could be announced for the series prior to its season three return has happened today. The original plan was for the show to return in March, but we’ve learned that Chuck will be returning on Sunday, January 10, with two episodes back-to-back. The series will then resume its regular time slot on Monday, January 11 at 8pm EST, taking over Heroes‘ previous throne. Heroes will be shifted to Mondays at 9pm.

And if that’s not enough to get you excited, we’ve also learned that NBC has ordered six episodes beyond the initial 13 episode run—bringing Chuck season three to a healthy 19 episodes.

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If you had issues with the V series premiere tonight, there is a chance that the series could get better as the season goes on, especially now that we’ve learned that Chuck executive producer/writer Scott Rosenbaum will be taking over the show as executive producer/showrunner. The fledgling series is no stranger to creative struggles. Original showrunner Jeff Bell (Angel, Alias) was replaced in the summer by Scott Peters (The 4400), who also wrote the pilot. Peters will continue working on the show, but the heavy lifting will now be Rosenbaum’s duty.

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There is a bunch of television news going on today, so I thought I’d put together a little round up. After the jump, I have information on ABC’s V being shut down, Brandon Routh joining Chuck, and confirmation and information of Summer Glau in Dollhouse.

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angels and demons poster smallIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley dive into the season finale of Lost, evaluate the acting prowess of Chris Hemsworth, and lament the destruction of the IMAX brand. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com and Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show. Make sure you stay tuned after the episode to hear details on how to win a copy of The Art of Terminator Salvation from Titan Books!

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