‘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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High school reunions feel a bit passe in the age of Facebook and Twitter, but even those who tossed out their own ten-year invites may want to RSVP for Neptune High’s.

The first Veronica Mars theatrical trailer has finally arrived, just ten months after Rob Thomas turned to Kickstarter to ask the so-called “Marshmallows” to make the long-rumored sequel a reality. And what a reality it is.The promo has everything a fan could ask for: romance, mystery, action, snark, and intrigue, not to mention cameos by everyone from Madison (Amanda Noret) to Dick (Ryan Hansen) to Officer Leo (Max Greenfield). Check it out after the jump.

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It’s been a little over six months since the Veronica Mars movie was dramatically funded via Kickstarter, and the film has already completed its primary shoot. We’ve seen a bit of footage, and now there’s a new behind the scenes featurette that shows off some footage and fills viewers in on some of the film’s character backstory. In short, this is all about the love triangle between Veronica (Kristen Bell), Logan (Jason Dohring), and Piz (Chris Lowell). Oh, and there’s the fact that one of them is in trouble, which is what kicks off the plot. Read More »

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2013 is turning out to be a pretty good year for people who were glued to their TV sets in the mid-aughts. First Arrested Development made its highly anticipated return on Netflix with a 15-episode fourth season, and now the long-promised Veronica Mars movie sequel has finally started shooting.

To mark the first day of filming, the official Veronica Mars Twitter account has uploaded a couple teaser-y images from the production. Elsewhere on the web, the first batch of set photos hint at a reunion between Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her onetime love Logan (Jason Dohring). Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Game of Thrones has ended for the year, but its shadow continues to loom large. After the jump:

  • Portlandia will return for two more seasons
  • What happens of Game of Thrones catches up to the books?
  • A Sons of Anarchy prequel is still a long ways away
  • Dan Harmon closes his Community Season 5 deal
  • Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton will bring his sneer to TNT
  • Frank Darabont finds his Mickey Cohen for Lost Angels
  • Under the Dome plucks a star from The Following
  • Veronica Mars adds a bunch of fan favorites, and also Piz
  • Watch a trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Luther
  • Starz’s The White Queen tries to fill the Game of Thrones gap
  • HBO offers new trailers for a bunch of their non-GOT shows

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With coffers stuffed by more than double its initial $2 million Kickstarter fundraising goal, the Veronica Mars movie project has finally begun casting characters other than, well, Veronica Mars. Jason Dohring has officially signed on to reprise the role of wealthy bad boy Logan Echolls, becoming the second returning actor (after lead Kristen Bell) to join the project.

There was never much doubt Dohring would return, especially after he showed up in the pitch video for Kickstarter. (Enrico Colantoni and Ryan Hansen also appeared, but neither has been set as of yet.) But it’s still great to hear, not least because Logan is central to the film’s plotline. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: In less than 12 hours from launching the kickstarter, Rob Thomas has raised over $2,000,000 for the Veronica Mars movie, hitting the goal of the project. Of course, they have 30 days left to go, and will still need the fans to help raise more money to allow them to do more in the story. $2 million might sound like a lot to many of you, but consider they lose an estimated $400,000 to Kickstarter fees and taxes. They will likely have to pay 20% in fees and taxes of any future raised funds too. And they also need to pay for the various rewards to those who have and will fund this project, which includes shipping posters, t-shirts, dvds and box sets. The film will likely have to be a union production, and while its expected the actors will be working close to scale (and participate in the back end) it still will be very costly at the absolute minimum level. Basically I’m saying, just because they’ve hit the goal doesn’t mean you shouldn’t “donate.” Do you want to see a good movie? Haven’t donated yet? You still have 30 days… The original story from Angie Han can be read after the jump.

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