Next month, Kristen Bell will reprise the role that put her on the map in Veronica Mars, the Kickstarter-subsidized movie sequel to the beloved TV series that was canceled in 2007 after three seasons. These are the movies, performers, and cuisines that made her.
“This American Life”
Ira Glass proves that you don’t have to unroll the most salacious details immediately—as so much modern journalism does—or beg for your audience to listen. You can slowly captivate them.
The Big Lebowski
It’s one of [Veronica Mars creator] Rob Thomas’s and my favorite movies, and that’s why there were so many references on the show. It’s a practically perfect comedy.
The hours on this production were grueling, and without caffeine, I’m a useless hunk of lunch meat. Green tea is a necessity! Pretty much any type. I buy it in bulk from Costco—favorite store on the planet. I don’t drink, I don’t have any other vices, so I allow myself this one.
Motorcycle boots and corduroy jackets
Just always makes me think of Veronica. She was normally in a pair of Frye motorcycle boots and a Gap corduroy jacket, which was her uniform for a lot of the series.
One of the most talented character actresses ever. I’d watch her do anything. I’d watch her take a nap.
Game of Thrones
I’m Jon Snow all the way, ready to save the world from White Walkers. On Halloween, I went as Khaleesi and Dax [Shepard], my husband, went as Khal Drogo. We have two dogs and a baby, and they were all dragons.
Waiting for Guffman
The best comedy ever made. Nothing is funnier to me than when actors talk about themselves. There are many times that I’m talking with another actor about the industry, and all I’m picturing is Corky St. Clair: “Fresh off a destroyer with a dance belt and a tube of Chapstick.”
That sketch show he used to have—The Show Formerly Known As the Martin Short Show—had some of the funniest moments I can remember. Specifically, there was this sketch called Models Amalgamated [a parody of Models Inc.], like a reality show of a house of models. He played a model and acted like an idiot.
If I’m not eating well, I’m not interested in work or anything else. Some of my best breakthroughs take place over a meal. Not to be too cliché, but I really like California food. I love the kale smoothie of it all, where everything is fresh, everything is out of the garden, everything grows here. In my backyard, I have a fig tree, a lemon tree, a tangerine tree, a plum tree, an apple tree, and an apricot tree.
A fabulous thriller and a classic example of film noir that set the bar high for everything else to follow in the genre, including Veronica Mars. And Barbara Stanwyck is one of my idols.
They were our partners in making the movie. It wouldn’t have happened without them.
She knows how to ride that line between kind and sassy. I first saw her at UCB in New York, and I thought, That’s who I want to be. That’s what I want
to do. She was tiny and blonde but dominated when she needed to. When she got the part on Saturday Night Live, I was personally invested in her, and I thought, We did it! We did it!
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On television, Veronica Mars was a gritty teenage private investigator who wasn’t afraid to break down doors. Now a movie version of the show is about to do the same thing.
“Veronica Mars” will be released by Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. in about 270 theaters on March 14, the same day that it is available to buy or rent online. It will mark the first time one of Hollywood’s six major studios has distributed a movie in theaters and for home viewing at the same time in the U.S.
For decades, a sacrosanct “theatrical window” protected big-screen releases from the competition of DVD sales, rentals or other distribution platforms. Under intense pressure from the largest cinema chains, which argue that such competition would take business away from them, studios usually put at least three months between theatrical and DVD or video-on-demand releases.
In the past few years, independent studios and theaters have begun to chip away at the theatrical window with simultaneous releases—but only for low-profile movies and usually on a small number of screens.
For “Veronica Mars,” which originated with a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, Warner Bros. has found an unusual workaround. The studio is paying AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., the nation’s second-largest chain, to rent 260 screens across the country (the other 10 playing the film are independently owned).
Because Warner is renting the theaters, AMC doesn’t consider it to be a violation of its standard 90-day window policy. Typically theater operators and studios split revenue from ticket sales. For “Veronica Mars,” AMC will sell the tickets as usual, but Warner will pocket the box office sales.
“On projects like this where we know we have a partner with the resources to promote the film and an easily targetable audience, we will rent theaters out,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, AMC’s vice president of special and alternative content. The duration of the rentals will depend on how well the movie initially does, she said.
AMC has never rented out so many theaters for a single movie before, Ms. Denson-Randolph said. The most successful simultaneous releases in the past, such as “Arbitrage” starring Richard Gere, played primarily in independently owned theaters. Those theaters don’t always adhere to traditional release windows and typically have smaller audiences.
AMC’s major competitors, including Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Holdings Inc., don’t rent out theaters to movies that will be released at home within fewer than 90 days, said people in the industry.
It usually costs between $5,000 and $20,000 a week to “four wall” a single screen, as renting one out is known in the movie business, according to a knowledgeable person. Executives at AMC and Warner declined to discuss financial details of their agreement.
For Warner Bros., which is known for bigger budget event films like “The Lego Movie” and “Man of Steel,” “Veronica Mars” represents an experiment, not a harbinger of broader changes to its business.
Although the “Veronica Mars” series was canceled by the CW Network—co-owned by Warner and CBS Corp. in 2007 because it drew only about 2.8 million viewers a week, its fan base has remained loyal and long demanded resolutions to plotlines left dangling. Show creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell pushed the movie idea last year and convinced Warner, which produced the show, to release it if they met a Kickstarter goal of $2 million.
The effort ended up raising $5.7 million from more than 91,000 people. Actors from the TV series including Percy Daggs II, Jason Dohring and Enrico Colantoni agreed to appear.
“The existence of Kickstarter and the emergence of the social Internet make something like this possible,” said Thomas Gewecke, Warner’s chief digital officer. “The economics work.”
Because the passions for “Veronica Mars” run deep, executives at Warner and AMC said they are confident fans will go to theaters with friends and buy or rent a copy to watch again at home. Home pricing is set by cable and satellite providers, but on-demand rentals generally cost about $5 and digital purchases are between $15 and $20.
Some funds from the Kickstarter fundraising are being used for T-shirts, posters and other rewards promised to fans who donated money. The studio funded the rest of the movie, which ended up costing a little over $6 million in total.
Advertising is being done entirely online and in AMC theaters, with no traditional television spots or billboards. Given the movie’s modest budget, Warner says it is counting only on the existing “Veronica Mars” fan base to attend.
“They can make it successful for us,” said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president of distribution for Warner. “If we extend beyond that, it’ll be gravy.”
Mr. Gewecke said Warner has looked at other properties from its television and film library to see if they could qualify for the same treatment of a low-budget movie that can be released simultaneously in theaters and online. “The passion of the fan base and the very strong connection to Rob and Kristen online are the essential ingredients,” said Mr. Gewecke.
You can watch Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard being interviewed for “Entertainment Tonight” below!
ET is joining forces with Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell and her husband Parenthood actor Dax Shepard in their fight against paparazzi taking pictures of celebrities’ children without consent. ET has agreed to not air these photos or videos.
Since the birth of their daughter, Bell and Shepard have been vocal on this topic and decline interviews with media outlets known to purchase images from the paparazzi. Both actors have passionately campaigned, especially through their personal social media platforms, to motivate others and bring more attention to this cause. Media outlets using images celebrities post on their own social media platforms or of children attending red carpets and media events are not the issue.
By joining forces, ET and the couple hope that additional press outlets will follow their lead. ET’s sister show, The Insider independently adapted the “no kids” policy after meeting with Bell.
Bell states, “The support of ET, the most influential national entertainment newsmagazine, is invaluable in the fight against paparazzi taking photos of the children of celebrities without consent. By creating a greatly diminished demand for these images, it is my hope that these children will no longer be subjected to being followed, yelled at, taunted and having their privacy invaded on a daily basis. Hopefully, these children can return to their routines without having cameras relentlessly pointed at them. I am so grateful to Entertainment Tonight for helping us pave the way on this issue and hope we can count on other media outlets to adopt the same policy.”
“We are proud to support Kristen Bell and other celebrities in their efforts to protect their children from intrusive paparazzi,” said ET Executive Producers Linda Bell Blue, DJ Petroro and Co-Executive Producer Linda Fuller. “It is our sincere hope that having ET take a leadership position on this issue sends a clear message to the photographers taking these unwanted shots, that this behavior will not be tolerated or supported.”
In September 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill aimed at keeping paparazzi away from the children of celebrities after emotional testimony to California lawmakers by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner. Other Hollywood actors supporting the cause include Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Poehler, Orlando Bloom, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Busy Philipps, Nia Vardalos, Ian Gomez, Amy Adams, Michelle Williams, Jason Bateman, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Duff, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Sophia Bush.
ET will have the first interview with Bell and Shepard discussing this topic tomorrow evening, February 21.
Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard have been staunch advocates in the fight against paparazzi pictures of celebrities’ children without consent since the birth of their daughter, Lincoln. Now she’s taking her cause one step further by declining to participate in certain interviews at the Los Angeles and New York premieres of her upcoming movie, “Veronica Mars.”
Which media outlets are on the blacklist? Those that publish unauthorized photos of celebrities’ children — or what the couple has dubbed “pedorazzi.”
In the past, Bell and Shepard have turned to Twitter to urge their followers to stop purchasing said magazines, and she even tweeted, “I won’t do interviews 4 entities that pay photogs to take pics of my baby anymore. I care more about my integrity & my values than my career.”
Bell and Shepard aren’t the only ones who are fighting against the paparazzi. In August, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner gave emotional testimonies in front of the Assembly Judiciary Committee at the California State Capitol.
“I love my kids,” Garner said. “They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent. And I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers, who camp out everywhere we are, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.”
Berry added that, while she is famous, she was speaking as a mother of “little innocent children who didn’t ask to be celebrities.”
“They didn’t ask to be thrown into this game, and they don’t have the wherewithal to process what’s happening,” Berry said. “We don’t have a law in place to protect them from this.”
Berry and Garner received a victory in September when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill aimed at keeping paparazzi away from the children of celebrities. The bill included increased penalties from a maximum of six months in jail to a maximum of one year. Potential fines would increase to $10,000 from the current $1,000.
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