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'Veronica Mars' makes fun of 'The Newsroom' in 'Play It Again, Dick' trailer (Updated)


Last month HBO released a very dramatic teaser for the final season of The Newsroom, in which a copier printed script pages, giving viewers a taste of the dialogue to come. Dialogue that’s doesn’t feature lines like “Everyone else is outside at the clothing-optional pool” and “Aaaaaarrrrgggghhh!!!” Those, however, appear in the latest trailer for Veronica Mars spinoff, Play It Again, Dick, which expertly spoofs HBO’s Sorkin seriousness.

The Hollywood in-joke nature of the trailer fits given the meta approach of Play It Again, Dick, which doesn’t exactly take fans back to Neptune, California. Instead, the series follows Ryan Hansen, playing himself, making a Veronica Mars spinoff about his character, Dick Casablancas. Other Veronica Mars alums like Kristen Bell (Veronica, of course) and Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls) will play versions of themselves and their Veronica Mars characters. The show will consist of eight episodes, which vary in length between seven and 10 minutes. CW Seed will premiere the first two on September 16, and there will be a new one each following week.

Update: Due to a scheduling change, the second episode will air the week following the premiere of the first. This post has also been edited to reflect the correct spelling of Kristen Bell’s name. EW regrets the error.

Kristen Bell to guest on 'Parks and Recreation' -- EXCLUSIVE

A cast member of Veronica Mars and House of Lies is about to spend some time with Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), and her name will definitely ring a bell.

'Veronica Mars' movie: Max Greenfield confirms Deputy Leo's return -- VIDEO

Rejoice, Marshmallows: Deputy Leo is back!

Emmy-nominated New Girl star Max Greenfield revealed during a Google Hangout with Gold Derby on Tuesday that he plans to reprise his old Veronica Mars role for Rob Thomas’ upcoming crowd-funded movie. Greenfield played Leo, a sheriff’s deputy and a onetime love interest for Kristen Bell’s Veronica, in 11 episodes of the original series, appearing infrequently throughout all three seasons.

“I will be there — so will Deputy Leo,” Greenfield said with a grin. “It’s gonna be like a fun reunion. You wanna go in there and do some really solid work because obviously, people put up their own money to see this. I think everybody who’s playing a part in this thing has a responsibility, which is fun and exciting.”

Check out the video below:

Tina Majorino to reprise 'Veronica Mars' role in upcoming movie

Neptune High’s big class reunion just got a little more complete.

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas announced late last night that Tina Majorino has officially signed on to reprise her role as hacker extraordinaire Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie in his upcoming Mars film. Non-Mars fans may know the actress best as Deb, the title character’s side ponytail-favoring friend in 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite.

“To say I wrote Mac with Tina in mind would be an understatement,” Thomas said in an email sent to the film’s 91,585 Kickstarter backers. “I wrote Mac for Tina, and Tina only. Veronica needed a female friend, and a Q to her Bond. Tina felt like just the sort of girl that Veronica would like and respect. I couldn’t be more pleased that she’ll be with us for the movie.”

Majorino, who’s currently playing medical intern Heather Brooks on Grey’s Anatomy, joins a cast that already includes repeat players Kristen Bell (Veronica), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Chris Lowell (Stosh “Piz” Piznarski), Francis Capra (Eli “Weevil” Navarro”), Sam Huntington (Luke), Amanda Noret (Madison Sinclair), and Daran Norris (Cliff McCormack). Production on the film is scheduled to begin this summer.

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Kristen Bell to return as CMT Music Awards host

Kristen Bell announced on Twitter this afternoon that she will return as host of the CMT Music Awards, which will air on June 5.

Bell hosted the ceremony — which sometimes gets lost amongst the bigger awards shows like the CMAs and the ACMs — last year with Toby Keith. The pair had minimal chemistry on stage; I wasn’t a fan of their lame jokes. This year, Bell says she’ll be joined by a new co-host, but CMT hasn’t announced which star will be filling Toby’s cowboy boots just yet.

Last year’s CMT Music Awards garnered 2.9 million viewers and a 1.1 rating on CMT.

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'Veronica Mars': Kickstarter campaign closes with $5.7 million

It’s a wrap for the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign. Since EW exclusively revealed the game-changing fundraiser last month, Rob Thomas & Co. accrued a mind-blowing $5,702,153 — well above the $2 million Kickstarter goal and Thomas’s personal goal of $5 million. READ FULL STORY

'Veronica Mars' movie update: Rob Thomas has first draft, shares where the money is going

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas has sent the film’s Kickstarter backers a lengthy status update. Top news: He has just finished a first draft of the movie. “There’s a lot of work left to do, but it’s a movie I can’t wait to make. I think it’s also the movie you’ve been waiting to see,” he writes.

With one week left in the Kickstarter campaign that has raised more than $4.5 million, Thomas took the opportunity to encourage more fans to donate: The only Kickstarter record the project hasn’t yet broken is the total number of backers (Veronica Mars was approaching 70,000 as we typed this; Double Fine Adventure had 87,142). He also detailed where fans’ money is going: READ FULL STORY

Jason Dohring returns for 'Veronica Mars' movie

Logan is back. Rob Thomas has informed his Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter backers that Jason Dohring is officially on board. “We now have three actors officially cast. Veronica. Logan and the waiter who says, ‘Your check, sir,'” he wrote in an email Tuesday night. “Don’t worry. We’re busily working on bringing your favorites into the fold. As a Veronica Mars backer, you’ll be the first to know.” READ FULL STORY

'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter update: International donations, more high-end rewards coming

Thought Rob Thomas’s efforts to fund a Veronica Mars movie would end when his project hit the $2 million mark — less than 11 hours after its Kickstarter launched? Think again.

As Thomas told tens of thousands of backers via email this morning, he’s not planning to pull the plug on his fund drive anytime soon. What’s more, Thomas and his team are working to allow fans from outside the United States to donate, which would significantly increase the project’s potential revenue. Though all of the Kickstarter’s big-ticket rewards — the chance to name a character in the movie, snag a screening for 50 friends, or even appear onscreen in a speaking role — have been snatched up already, Thomas also said that he’s planning to come up with more high-end “thank you” gifts in the coming days.

Check out Thomas’s full email below. For the record, as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the Kickstarter campaign has raised over $2.5 million.


'Veronica Mars' movie is a go! 'My mind is blown' says Rob Thomas -- EXCLUSIVE

You did it, Marshmallows!

Less than 11 hours after Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell announced a Kickstarter campaign, fans have raised the $2 million necessary to finance a Veronica Mars movie. It’s officially on!

“My mind is blown. I’ve been fantasizing about this and had to tell myself, ‘Stop it, Rob, you’re being silly. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment,'” the Mars creator tells EW. “And now today has exceeded the wildest pipe dream I let myself entertain. Holy cow. We better make a good movie. These amazing fans have stepped up. We better deliver.”

“I knew Veronica Mars fans were cool, but I had no idea they could rally with such power. They are unstoppable — just like Veronica. I will have a permanent blush on my face, feeling so lucky to be associated with this entire thing,” says Bell.

The goal was to raise $2 million in 30 days. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has agreed to put the movie into production and pick up the tab for marketing, promotion, and distribution. But exhibiting a passion that broke Kickstarter records in just six hours, fans have been flocking to the site since the page went up at 7:30 a.m. PT.  And even though the goal has been reached, pledges can keep coming in.

In a previous interview with EW,  Thomas spilled details about the upcoming movie’s plot, which will include — no surprise — murder, mystery and a high-school reunion. It will film this summer and be released in early 2014.

Don’t know what all the fuss is about? Now is the perfect time to catch up: The entire three-season run is streaming in full over on (the show originally aired from 2004-2007).

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UPDATE: The “Veronica Mars—the Movie” Kickstarter campaign has now reached its fundraising goal of $2 million.

A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven’t thought of you lately at all…

For some, that’s the opening line to a tune by The Dandy Warhols. For others, that’s the beginning to the theme song of a cult classic TV show that has never left their thoughts: Veronica Mars, the sophisticated teen drama/mystery serial starring Kristen Bell (Showtime’s House of Lies) as a strong and spirited new-model Nancy Drew whose adventures explored and exposed the rotten, complex injustice in her seaside town of Neptune, Calif. Ever since The CW canceled the series in 2007 after three seasons (the first two on UPN), can’t-let-go fans have pined for a movie. So have Bell and Mars creator Rob Thomas. “I have never fallen so deeply in love with a character,” Bell tells Entertainment Weekly. “ We all became so close, and the cancellation of the show left a huge hole in my heart. I would have put on Veronica Mars: The Circus to bring it back.”


Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Simon Helberg, Adam Scott among presenters at Do Something Awards -- EXCLUSIVE is gearing up to put a spotlight on celebs, along with some not-quite-as-famous young adults, who commit themselves to various charitable and activist causes. Later this month the annual Do Something Awards will air on VH1.

EW can exclusively report four actors who are signed on to present at the awards ceremony: celeb couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott, and The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg.

They join previously announced presenter Ashley Greene. READ FULL STORY

'House of Lies': Watch Don Cheadle aim to deceive in the saucy trailer for a new Showtime comedy

Why do you want ruthless, scheming, hedonistic management consultant Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) on your side? Because you definitely don’t want him on the other side, a just-released trailer for the new Showtime comedy House of Lies (Jan. 8) tells us. The series, which also stars Kristen Bell and Ben “Jean-Ralphio” Schwartz, promises to show you an uncensored side of the cutthroat corporate world. As our narrator sums up: “They’re the 1 percent sticking it to the 1 percent.” Check it out, as we’re 99 percent sure you won’t mind seeing Kristen Bell in a state of undress. READ FULL STORY

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