‘Veronica Mars’ movie is an extended TV-episode in movie form — just what fans wanted

03.14.14 4 years ago

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“Veronica Mars” movie is an extended TV-episode in movie form – just what fans wanted
The Kickstarter-funded film doesn”t aspire to be anything else or to appeal to new viewers.
As Willa Paskin notes, “'Veronica Mars' movie is an object lesson in what TV can do that movies can”t: give its audience 60-plus hours of intimate knowledge of a huge cast of characters and their various interpersonal relationships. If you put in the time with the show, watching all of those dynamics pay-off in the movie is a high-order treat. And from the looks of things, there”s no reason it has to be the last: 'Veronica Mars' is now poised to become as many movies as TV watchers are willing to pay for.” PLUS: How “Marshmallows” reacted at last night”s midnight screening, the film's technology is impressively up to date, “Veronica” disappoints with its digital download service, in defense of Season 3, and Rob Thomas says, “if we lose money, then it will be a failure.”

“Workaholics” star Anders Holm joins “How I Met Your Dad”
He”ll play Greta Gerwig”s future ex-husband. PLUS: “HIMYD” also casts “Masters of Sex” star Nick D”Agosto and “Mixology’s” Andrew Santino.

Wendell Pierce will co-star with Matthew Perry on CBS's “The Odd Couple”
“The Wire,” “Treme” and “Michael J. Fox Show” vet will play Oscar”s cop buddy.

George R.R. Martin is willing to split a “Game of Thrones” season in half or do a prequel
If he”s not done with the books, Martin says there are options to postpone the series finale. But he worries that the younger actresses are growing up too fast. “Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life,” he says. PLUS: Is the Iron Throne constructed from a “Lord of the Rings” sword?, and how many Targaryen dragons would one Stark dire wolf need to eat to survive?

“Banshee” boss: Cinemax doesn”t mandate all that sex and nudity
“They want to make kind of pulpy noir dramas where sex and violence come into play,” says showrunner Greg Yaitanes “We're just honoring those kinds of scenes. And if we're going to do them, we're going to go all out.”

Here”s your 1st look at the “HIMYM” series finale
Are any of these pics from the future?

Odette Annable joins “Astronaut Wives Club”
The “House” alum will play the youngest of the astronaut wives, who happens to be a licensed pilot. PLUS: Melissa George joining ABC”s Katie Holmes pilot, and “Justified”s” Damon Herriman joins Starz”s “Flesh and Bone.”

Scott Bakula: “There was some insanity going on” shooting the “NCIS: New Orleans” backdoor pilot
Bakula recalls a bus full of tourists passing by8 him and Mark Harmon shooting a scene, shouting “Hey Gibbs!”

After 1 month, Jimmy Fallon has greatly improved “The Tonight Show,” becoming late-night's Tom Hanks
Believe it or not, Sunday is Fallon”s one-month anniversary at the helm of “The Tonight Show.” And so far, so spectacular. As Mary McNamara notes, “Unlike, say, Conan O”Brien or even Jimmy Kimmel, Fallon”s shtick is his everyman quality. He is the Tom Hanks of hosting, able to project endearing uncertainty even as he clearly runs the show.” PLUS: Fallon is still dominating Kimmel and Letterman.

Honey Boo Boo”s mom likens herself to Kim Kardashian
“We have kids out of wedlock,” she says as her family dresses up as the Kardashians for Halloween on Sunday”s episode.

It was 5 years ago that President Obama made his 1st controversial talk show visit — to Jay Leno
Obama was accused of “diminishing his presidency” with his March 19, 2009 visit to “The Tonight Show,” the first time a sitting U.S. president visited a late-night show. Five years later, the same is being said about Obama's visit to Zach Galifianakis' “Between Two Ferns.” But as U.S. News points out, the president”s way of communicating with the American people has constantly evolved with the revolution in media. FDR did it with radio. JFK did it with TV. Presidents have to find new ways to get their message across, says U.S. News, which is what Obama was doing by going on “Between Two Ferns.” PLUS: More “Between Two Ferns” discusson from Stephen Colbert, and Letterman & Bill O'Reilly.

“The Simpsons” inspires a Lego opening couch gag
Check out what one fan of both the TV series and “The Lego Movie” did. PLUS: See images from the “Family Guy” mobile game, and Fox”s animated comedies celebrate St. Patrick”s Day in a special video.

Jessica Capshaw shows how “Grey”s Anatomy” shoots her with a stump
Capshaw tweeted a series of before and after pics here, here, here, here and here.

Lea Michele may have broken the “Glee” pop music star curse
“Glee” alums like Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss and Naya Rivera have attempted solo careers. But Michele actually has a Top 5 release.

Why do network midseason sitcoms often fail?
Few midseason comedies have survived in recent years.

“True Detective” vs. “Twin Peaks”
Why both mystery crime shows are the same. “The Oldest.”

Is TV seeing a new age of powerful women?
Olivia Pope, Selina Meyer, Claire Underwood and even Leslie Knope could be part of a new television trend.

How “SNL”s” Cecily Strong stays happy
“Don”t underestimate the feel-good power of lashes,” she writes in Glamour magazine.

Scott Foley addresses last night”s “Scandal” shocker
“Will Shonda Rhimes do it?” he wonders. PLUS: Joshua Malina”s pharmacist wants to know what happened.

“Sons of Anarchy”s” Kurt Sutter pens an article slamming Google”s copyright stance
“The big G doesn”t contribute anything to the work of creatives,” he writes in Slate. “Not a minute of effort or a dime of financing. Yet Google wants to take our content, devalue it, and make it available for criminals to pirate for profit.”

Watch the trailer for TNT's “Murder in the First”
The Steven Bochco drama premieres in June.

“Real World: Ex-Plosion” stars visited the original San Francisco “Real World” house
One of the housemates was an infant in 1994 when MTV filmed the third “Real World” season in the Bay Area.

Lily Allen: MTV is trying to ban my new music video from the daytime
The singer claims the cable network wants her to censor her video for showing antisocial behavior.

Here are the last glimpses of NBC Burbank
MSNBC's Lawrence O”Donnell, after doing the final broadcast from NBC Burbank, tweeted paintings of Jay Leno and Johnny Carson that are featured on the NBC Burbank walls.

Here are the 10 best movies based on TV shows
From “Borat” to “21 Jump Street.”

What was Billy Eichner like before he was “On the Street”?
Eichner”s early work includes “Projeckt Runwausen,” a German expressionist version of
“Project Runway.”

TV is all the rage among playwrights
“SVU” is run by a playwright, “House of Cards” was created by one and, of course, Aaron Sorkin is a playwright.

“Enlisted” creator: How my heart attack, at age 32, influenced tonight”s PTSD episode
Kevin Biegel says almost dying five years ago helped him in creating the military comedy.

Fred Armisen teaches how to play the “Late Night” theme song
Armisen and a fellow band member made a special video with his guitar.

Presenting the 7 most annoying people to watch TV with
From The Talker to The Nitpicker.

Why television needs “Hannibal”
One of the most original shows on broadcast TV in years is on a network where it”s chances of survival aren”t great.

“Idol” champ Candice Glover to star in a Hallmark Channel movie
She”ll star in “Northpole,” as part of the cable network”s “Countdown to Christmas” in November.

Julianna Margulies: My worst-ever audition was for “ER”
She originally didn”t read for Carol Hathaway. PLUS: Carrie Preston talks about her “Good Wife” return.

“Boy Meets World”s” Eric Matthews has lunch with Mr. Feeny
Will Friedle and William Daniels are still close.

Happy 40th birthday, Grace Park!
The “Hawaii Five-0” star and “Battlestar Galactica” alum is thankful for the birthday wishes.

Syfy channel wants to go back to traditional sci-fi
Does that mean the end of “Sharknado”?

Booted “Idol” contestant Ben Briley criticizes the judges for being inconsistent
Briley also says: “It really bothers me when people say, ‘You need to stay in your vein,” because that is the biggest load of crap I”ve ever heard in my life.”

NBC”s “Crisis” is for those who found CBS” “Hostages” too believable
“Crisis,” says Hank Stuever, “is a prime example of just how much spaghetti a new drama is required to throw at the wall these days in order to get anything to stick; it”s as if no one will watch a new TV drama unless there is a heightened degree of the ludicrous in every frame.” PLUS: “Crisis” needs more craziness, “Crisis” was a pleasant surprise, and it does give viewers a reason to care.

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