‘Veronica Mars’ Movie News: It’s happening…if fans give it a Kickstart

Posted in Check It Out!, TV on March 13th, 2013 by Nick

CAPRA  DOHRINGLook out, Neptune: Veronica Mars is coming back to town. Hopefully.

Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas announced today that a Veronica Mars movie is in the works and has been in the works for over a year! But, the project is a Kickstarter one, and it needs our help.

Our favorite blonde sleuth could be on the big screen as early as Spring 2014, but according to Thomas and Bell, they need $2 million in 30 days in order to make it happen. If the money comes through, Mars Investigations is back in business and they shoot this summer. Not only does the $2 million in donations help the cause, but it also shows Warner Bros. (who still owns the rights to VMars) that fans care enough to step up, get involved and demand more Veronica. Warner has agreed to pick up the tab for marketing, promotion and distribution, should the Kickstarter campaign be a success (It’s looking good kids – a mere 2.5 hours later and we’ve raised $519,628!)

Thomas and his team hope to release the movie in the first quarter of 2014 for a limited-time theatrical run, followed by VOD, iTunes and other digital platforms.

Rewards packages on Kickstarter start as low as $10 (updates during production and a copy of the script on the day of release) and go as high as $10,000 (a part in the movie), with all sorts of goodies in between, including physical DVDs, Bluray/DVD combos, voicemail messages from Bell and the rest of the cast, and even a set visit and lunch with the cast. So donate now, dammit!

Follow Bell and Thomas on Twitter and check out the Veronica Mars Facebook page for all the glorious updates. I can also be found on Twitter and Facebook, squealing in delight and skipping like a school boy. Or something like that.

Lets do this.

*Edit* The Kickstarter page is now up to $763,752 as of 2 p.m. EST!


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Now On Blu-ray: ‘Hit & Run’

Posted in Movies on February 20th, 2013 by Nick

Hit and Run Trio Poster (1)Despite a semi-quiet release and meager 48% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I must admit: last year’s Hit & Run was highly entertaining. Dax Shepard (yeah, yeah…I know) deserves some cred for wearing the hat of writer, co-director and star, and alongside his fellow cast members, baby mama Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold, the movie flows well and has plenty of laughs along the way.

Shepard plays Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver now in the witness protection program after testifying against some of his partners-in-crime. When his girlfriend Annie gets an interview for an opportunity in L.A., Charlie decides to drive her there despite what his supervising U.S. Marshall (Arnold) has to say. Thanks to the douchebaggery of Annie’s ex-boyfriend Gil, Alexander Dmitri (Cooper), one the guys Charlie put away, is soon hot on their trail. Then the funny happens.

The movie has a great mix of comedy and action with a dash of drama thrown in as well. The chase scenes are surprisingly decent and the set-up and flow make you feel attached enough to the characters by film’s end. The cast is really the shining light here. Cooper, dreadlocked and gangster’ed up, is hilarious as the white wannabe Alex, and Arnold plays a perfect bumbling watchdog. And when is Kristen Bell not absolutely delightful? The answer is never.

The guest stars and cameos are aplenty – Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan Hansen, Joy Bryant (Parenthood shoutout!), David Koechner, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes all pop in and out throughout all the chasing, and it’s enjoyable to see all of the likable, familiar faces. The film didn’t need them, but hey, bonus.

Considering that Shepard got his start out with Ashton Kutcher on Punk’d, liking the former prankster has been a tough pill for me to swallow (not even mentioning the list of stinkers he has on his resume). But hey, props are due. Shepard can definitely handle drama, as evidenced week after week on NBC’s Parenthood. His stint in the incredible familial drama has really transformed him into an actor as opposed to just a here-and-there support guy. Having said that, with Hit & Run under his belt it seems he’s got some life in him after all. If you like any of these actors, are a Parenthood fan, or dig the general premise, Hit & Run will satisfy and be worthy of a Netflix or Red Box rental.

Did I mention Kristen Bell is in it? No brainer, people.

Grade: B 

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R.I.P. 'Party Down'

Posted in TV on June 30th, 2010 by Nick

If you’re my friend on Facebook, follow The Winz on Twitter, or currently reside in my cell phone contacts, then you already know: I’m taking this hit pretty hard. Starz has decided to not pursue further production of Party Down. It’s axed. Canned. Outro.


The show revolved (Past tense. Oof) around a catering company and the quirky characters it employs. Led by Ron Donald and his ‘Ron Donald Dont’s’, Party Down manages to screw up every job they get, ensuring that the only tip they’ll receive is a comment card full of hate filled feedback.

Season 2 wasn’t as strong as it’s predecessor, though the Lynch-less season did have some amazing cameos – Steve Guttenberg and Kristen Bell for starters. Witty writing, a cast with brilliant comedic timing – the entire crew should be applauded.

We’ll miss you, Party Down.


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'Friday the 13th' Remake – I actually liked it…a lot!

Posted in Movies on February 13th, 2009 by Nick

Dare I say it…I might’ve loved it! Ok, so run off to Rotten Tomatoes and check out the movie’s 25% fresh rating and come back here and talk shit about remakes and the Friday series. But honestly, critics are not the ones to look to for Horror reviews dammit! So fuck what they say. The new “Friday” was awesome and here’s why. (Lest ye fear not the spoilers):

1. Jason was a badass. He was huge, scary, intimidating, and downright brutal. For the first time in a long time, Jason seemed scary again, for all intents and purposes. This is no “Freddy Vs. Jason.” We aren’t really cheering for him this time around. He’s back to being the villain. And we aren’t laughing like we were in Manhattan.

2. The characters were actually really likeable! Funny dialogue, good backstories, likeable all around! The acting…not so terrible either! (Shoutout to Ryan Hansen from “Veronica Mars”! Dick Casablancas in the house – WHAT UP!?)

3. The new “Friday” kept the spirit of the 80′s slasher (unlike Mr. Zombie’s loose interpretation of “Halloween”). Plenty of boobs, plenty of drug jokes and references, a few laughs, etc. Although it felt modern in its action/gore/death, the feel of the film was slasherific. Rad.

4. The gore was delicious. There were a lot of really, really good death scenes. I promised to not spoil; I’m moving on.

5. The movie did a good job of encompassing essences of the first 3 movies of the original series. We see Jason’s mother briefly in the opening credits and we see how Jason is affected by her later in the movie, we see Jason without a mask a la Part 2, and we see how Jason eventually finds his mark, like Part 3. “Friday the 13th” 2009-style stayed as true to the series as it could. Again – unlike Zombie’s “Halloween”.

Is this enough? Can I stop now? Are you sold yet? If you’re a true Jason or “Friday” fan, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy this movie. Get over the remake bullshit – remakes are happening whether we like it or not. Go see it, and have fun.

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