15 Movies to Be Thankful For This Year

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For the next few weeks, you’re going to be hearing a lot about how great a year for movies 2014 was. That’s true, but this is not that list — this isn’t our “best of 2014.” As it is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, we’ve come up with a list of movies from 2014  we should be thankful for. These are all good films, but each of them has something unique about them. Something that makes us thankful they exist.

So what does that mean? Well some of these films should probably not exist. Others should probably not have been good. And a few contained surprises, stories or topics that are simply miraculous for one reason or another. We’ll explain each below as we unveil the 15 films to be thankful for this year. Read More »

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Sin City A Dame to Kill For - Nancy

This Sequel Bits covers everything from the family-friendly sweetness of How to Train Your Dragon 2 to the gritty, grown-up delights of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. After the jump:

  • CBS isn’t interested in How I Met Your Dad
  • Wesley Snipes is game for White Men Can’t Jump 2
  • Kristen Bell would absolutely do another Frozen
  • Octavia Spencer gets on board for Insurgent
  • Bond 24 will feature a Scandinavian Bond girl
  • Grimlock gets a Transformers: Age of Extinction banner
  • Get a taste of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in GIF form
  • Watch another cute clip from How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Veronica Mars spin-off

Whether that long-awaited Veronica Mars movie will ever get a sequel is anyone’s guess. But Marshmallows will get a chance to return to Neptune later this year, sort of.

CW Seed, the digital arm of The CW network, has announced the Veronica Mars spin-off series Play It Again, Dick. Ryan Hansen will star, and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas will co-write and produce. Hit the jump for more details on the new show.

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After the jump, get the latest updates on all the sequels you’re looking forward to, along with some you’re probably not.

  • Divergent is officially getting a sequel, Insurgent
  • Find out when Terminator: Genesis starts shooting
  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is opening next spring
  • Veronica Mars director addresses sequel speculation
  • Blair Witch co-director talks about a potential sequel
  • Listen to an energetic tune from the Raid 2 soundtrack
  • Sophia Myles shows up in a new Transformers 4 still
  • Linkin Park is contributing to Transformers 4
  • See a new BTS image from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Here’s a new pic of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

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VERONICA MARS UltraViolet

Almost 100,000 fans spent over $5.7 million to back a movie sequel to the cult television series Veronica Mars. Backers who spent $35 were promised “a digital version of the movie within a few days of the movie’s theatrical debut” in addition to a t-shirt and some other extras. The movie was released both theatrically and on video on demand this weekend, but a percentage of the crowdfunded film’s backers were left dissatisfied with the movie’s digital download. Why? The Veronica Mars UltraViolet release frustrated a number of kickstarter backers.

Warner Bros Digital distributed the movie through Flixster, which is (among other things) an app front-end for the UltraViolet movie service. There were multiple reports of fans who found themselves frustrated, unable to access their digital copy of the film promised by the kickstarter. Warner Bros. will be issuing refunds to supporters who have been unable to access their copy of the film.

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

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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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Mean Girls - Jingle Bell Rock

High school movie reunions are recurring theme in today’s Sequel Bits. Zac Efron and Lindsay Lohan tease High School Musical and Mean Girls reunions, respectively, while Kristen Bell discusses a potential Veronica Mars sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Ralph Fiennes hints at M’s future in Bond 24
  • Fifty Shades producer isn’t thinking sequel just yet
  • Producer gives a status update on Immortals 2
  • Agent 47 adds Thomas Kretschmann as the villain
  • The Raid 2 reveals a striking new poster

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Watch the ‘Veronica Mars’ Opening Scene

Veronica Mars opening scene

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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