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Chips Review


It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the 1977-1983 beloved hit TV series. Firstly, the film ignores the capitalisation that would make sense of the title. And the main characters, while they have familiar names, are completely different people. So fans of the show will be justifiably angry that it has been merely referenced to make a half-hearted mash-up of The Hangover and Fast & Furious. Which might not be a bad idea if the gross-out comedy was funny and the action was even remotely thrilling.

In this version, Poncharello is the undercover name assigned to a Miami FBI agent (Michael Pena) who is sent to Los Angeles to investigate a string of armoured car robberies that might involve dirty cops. He is partnered with officer Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) riding motorcycles with the California Highway Patrol (they're CHiPs, not Chips). Jon is a former hotshot off-road motorbike champ who has broken every bone in his body and has only joined the police to try to win back his estranged, monstrous wife (Kristen Bell). But he's such a high-energy idiot that he's starting the job on probation. As their case develops, it's instantly clear that the mastermind is the villainous officer Kurtz (Vincent D'Onofrio). And their investigation is complicated by the arrival of Ponch's FBI boss (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and partner (Adam Brody).

The lazy script never tries to crank up any real mystery or tension in the plot. Instead, the film is just a series of smutty jokes and incoherent stunt sequences, plus running gags that never reach a punchline. All of this is infused with relentless sexism, as the camera leers shamelessly at every woman. And the laddish misogyny is accompanied by constant homophobia, which is addressed in the dialogue in a feeble attempt to undercut the baldfaced bigotry. This makes all of the characters resolutely unlikeable. Ponch and Jon are such self-absorbed jerks that it's inconceivable that they would ever be allowed to be policemen.

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Kristen Bell Talks Marriage To Dax Shepard And Reveals Wedding Photos

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Kristen Bell has opened up about her marriage to husband Dax Shepard and the couple’s intimate 2013 courthouse wedding. Appearing on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’, Bell shared never-seen-before photos from the couple’s big day, giving a glimpse into their small, private ceremony.

Dax Shepard and Kristen BellKristen Bell has opened up about her marriage to Dax Shepard.

"We got married in a tiny room in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and it was still one of the best days of my life," Bell said. In the photos, Bell is shown wearing a simple black top and trousers combo, while Shepard wore a dark suit.

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Disney And Lego Teaming Up For New Multi-Media 'Frozen' Adventure 'Northern Lights'

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Fans of Frozen won’t have to wait long for more material from the franchise, with Disney unveiling a new original story entitled 'Frozen Northern Lights' this week, a multi-media project that will be told via various art forms including books and short animated Lego videos.

All the original fan favourites will be getting back together, including Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, in a new tale that will see the gang try to restore the Northern Lights. The series will include a new protagonist joining the gang, named Little Rock.

Frozen stillDisney and Lego are teaming up for a new 'Frozen' adventure entitled 'Northern Lights'

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The Boss Review


Melissa McCarthy brings another of her improvisational alter-egos to the big screen with this energetic comedy. The first cause for pause comes because this is a reteaming with her filmmaker husband Ben Falcone, with whom she made the bizarrely unfunny Tammy, as opposed to the filmmaker Paul Feig who directed her to box office triumph with Spy and The Heat and an Oscar nomination in Bridesmaids. Yes, there's a significance difference.

This time she plays hugely popular financial guru Michelle Darnell, whose stardom ends abruptly when she is sent to prison for four months for insider trading. When she's released, everyone she stepped on as she rose to the top turns their back on her, and her nemesis/ex Renault (Peter Dinklage) is still determined to get revenge. The only person who will talk to her is former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell), so Michelle moves in with her family. Unable to restart her business, she also takes over the Dandelion Scout troup of Claire's daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson), pushing the girls to take aggressive measures to sell their cookies.

As always, McCarthy throws herself into the role, creating a vivid character who indulges in a lot of outrageously silly slapstick. As with Tammy, the humour centres more on abusive interaction and humiliation than actual wit. McCarthy and Falcone strain to get laughs from physical wackiness rather than anything based on the character, so the movie only ever feels mildly amusing thanks to its high energy. But there's nothing engaging about Michelle, and it's only in a few cute-warm scenes with the terrific Bell that the film springs to anything resembling life. Thankfully, her scenes with the likeable Tyler Labine (as a potential boyfriend) have a loose humour to them. And Dinklage is surprisingly amusing as the sputtering cartoonish villain, while Kathy Bates generates a few sparks as Michelle's sassy mentor.

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Dax Shepard Rushed To Get A Vasectomy When He Thought Wife Kristen Bell Was Pregnant Again

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Hollywood couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell won’t be having any more children, after Shepherd decided to have a vasectomy after a pregnancy scare last year. Appearing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', the comedian described how he rushed to get the procedure when he thought his wife could be pregnant again.

Dax Shepard and Kristen BellDax Shepard has revealed he’s had a vasectomy.

When Kimmel asked Shepard if the parents of two were hoping to add to their family Shepard gave a firm ‘no’ and added: “Last year, my wife was working in Atlanta. We were there and she all of a sudden goes, 'Oh, my gosh! I’m so stupid. I’ve been sick for 10 days and ignoring it. I’m definitely pregnant.’”

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The Boss Trailer

Michelle Darnell is one of the most successful businesswomen of her age. She's loud, boisterous and upset MANY people on her way to the top.

To Michelle, she's made it. She's made billions and she has everything -materialistic - that she needs. However, when the businesswoman is arrested for insider trading, she can't even begin to grasp the changes that are going to happen in her life.

Penniless, sent to jail and alone, Michelle's life has gone from an all-time high to the lowest point she's ever experienced. After being released from jail, she's sure that she'll be ready to reinvent herself as America's latest reformed sweetheart but having offended so many people in the past, finding people to help her along the way won't be easy.

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Disney To Follow 'Frozen' With Short Sequel In 2015

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Disney is keen to capitalize on the monumental success of the Oscar-winning 'Frozen' - now the biggest grossing animation in history - and will release a short sequel in spring 2015. Fans of Frozen have been campaigning for a sequel since last year, though producers confirmed there are "no plans" to release a full-length follow-up.

Frozen'Frozen' was a huge hit for Disney

Instead, the original team will reunite in 'Frozen Fever', which sees Elsa and Kristoff throwing a birthday party for Anna. The movie will also feature a new original song from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the song-writing duo behind 'Let It Go'. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will return to direct the short, which is being produced by Peter Del Vecho.

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What The 'Veronica Mars' Web-Series Means For You. Yeah, YOU

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New details have emerged about the Veronica Mars web-series Play it Again, Dick. The show was first announced in January, with creator Rob Thomas teasing a series that was tonally similar to Party Down but focused on a version of Ryan Hansen deciding to capitalize on the renewed popularity of Mars.  

Veronica MarsKristen Bell as Veronica Mars in the recent crowd-funded movie

Fans could be forgiven for forgetting about the show in recent months - we haven't heard much since Thomas's announcement, until now. This week, BuzzFeed dished out a slew of details now filming on the eight-episode series is complete.

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Frozen To Get A Sequel, In Book Form Anyway

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Fans of Frozen rejoice! Looks like there's plenty more adventures in store for the characters from the animated blockbuster. Publishing company Random House has announced that they will release two children’s books that continue the story of Frozen heroines Anna and Elsa. 

The Academy Award winning film took the world by storm last year and still hasn't stopped

Entitled 'Anna & Elsa #1: All Hail the Queen' and 'Anna & Elsa #2: Memory and Magic', the stories promise to pick up where the film left the young princesses, and build on their relationship as they get to know one another again, and will be published in January 2015. 

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‘Once Upon A Time’ Casts ‘Frozen’ Anna And Kristoff: What About Elsa?

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Once Upon A Time has cast Elizabeth Lail and Scott Michael Foster as Princess Anna and Kristoff in the ABC series' fourth season Frozen spin-off plotline. The events of the season will reportedly pick up where the Oscar-winning Disney musical left off, meaning ice cutter Kristoff will be seen adjusting to life at the castle.

Californication star Foster and newcomer Lail have both been cast in the lead roles, leaving only Princess Elsa still to be cast. Whether the team has a star in mind but casting news has been delayed to eke out fan antipipation a little longer or whether creators are still deliberating over the actress best placed to play the winter Princess is not clear.

Series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis said that it had been hard for them to to get the rights to the Frozen characters as Disney didn't contact them with an offer. "We fell in love with the movie 'Frozen' when we saw it," Horowitz told TVLine.

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Will Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard Pick 'Frozen' Inspired Name For Baby No.2?

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are going to be new parents for a second time, it has been announced. The film stars have confirmed that they are expecting a baby and a sibling for their 15 month-old daughter, Lincoln Bell.

Bell, 33, and Shepard, 39, are taking the next step to expand their young family after Lincoln's birth in March 2013 and their marriage in October last year. "I can confirm that Kristen and Dax are expecting their second child and a sibling for Lincoln. The whole family is beyond excited," a rep for the family told Entertainment Tonight.

Only days before the couple's big news broke, the Frozen actress had joked about adding a new member to the family on Twitter but posted a picture of their new dog. "The newest member of our family comes in the form of this little black man," Kristen tweeted, along with a photo of the fluffy black dog that the couple recently adopted.

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Who Is Anna Faith Carlson, The Real Life Elsa From 'Frozen'?

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We think everyone can agree when we say that Disney’s Frozen has been pretty successful. Since its release in 2013 it’s earned around $1.2 billion and is the fifth highest grossing film of all time, not to mention the highest-grossing animated film and Disney’s highest-grossing release.

Frozen Anna Faith Carlson Frozen has stormed ahead of the rest to become Disney's highest-grossing film of all time

The figures speak for themselves but what’s more important is how loved the characters have become in such a short space of time. Sisters Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, and Anna, by Kristen Bell, are the heart of the film, and have enthralled little girls (and grown ones) and offered up a new mould for the typical Disney princess - a more believable and relatable one.

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Parents Dismayed As Disney's 'Frozen' Dress Hits EBay For $1,600

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Parents across the globe are being faced with the prospect of logging into their eBay accounts, searching for "Frozen dress" and shelling out a cool $1,600 to keep their Disney obsessed kids happy. Stores across the U.S. have sold out of the replica dress worn by Princess Elsa in the most successful animated movie of all time, leaving parents to trawl through the auction site in the hope of getting somewhere near the $225 face value.

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"Every mom in the world is dying for this dress," said Costello, a Los Angeles marketing consultant with a "Frozen" obsessed 4-year-old. "The lucky moms who have found this dress for their daughters brag about their success and unanimously proclaim how their kid can't stop wearing it."

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State Of The (Disney) Union: Cars 3, Incredibles 2, In The Pipeline

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In news you didn’t know you needed until right now, Disney has confirmed the development of two new Pixar flicks. One is a third Cars movie, but before you cringe and ash “Why?”, the other project is a sequel to The Incredibles! So said Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger during a sort of “State of the Disney Union” address on Tuesday, during Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders, in Portland, Ore.

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jJ Abrams is bringing back Luke, Leia and Han... maybe.

There was also some Star Wars info casually dropped into the conversation. Iger revealed that the next Star Wars movie will pick up 30 years after the events in 1983's Return of the Jedi. This means that the speculation about Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher returning to play aging versions of their original characters might have been spot on or at least it works within the time frame. Iger was careful not to reveal too much, however and only hinted at the possibility.

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Kickstarters Are Refunded Following 'Veronica Mars' Screw Up

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A number of Veronica Marsfans who helped the record breaking Kickstarter campaign with donations of $35 upwards are to receive refunds from Warner Bros after their promise of a digital copy of the film days after release wasn’t realised.

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The film hit cinemas recently and was a success, with die-hard fans of the franchise praising the effort for sticking to the ethos of the TV show that made it famous. But some unlucky users weren’t able to download their digital copy, leading to Warner Bros promising some refunds, but most, they suggest, were able to retrieve their copy without any problems.

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'Veronica Mars' Contributors To Be Refunded Following Flixter Technical Issues

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Contributors to the Veronica Mars movie have been disappointed after they encountered problems watching the movie on an online platform, Flixter. Warner Bros, the studio behind the film, have promised disappointed backers a refund but this may be too little too late.

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Kristen Bell at the L.A. premiere of Veronica Mars.

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Veronica Mars Kickstarters Facing Tech Issues For Digital Copy Of Film

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This wasn’t part of the plan. Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and a great critical reception, the Veronica Mars movie has faced its first hiccup: backers who are in line to receive a digital copy of the film have faced technical difficulties, meaning they’re unable to download it.

Veronica MarsHere's Veronica trying to download the film...

The perk was part of the backing deal, and for those who paid $35 in support of the venture were left disappointed when technical issues blocked their paths.

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A Week In Movies: Films Premiere In Hollywood, Texas And Mexico, Captain America Gathers Buzz, Sin City 2 Delivers A Trailer And Rumours Swirl About Episode Vii Casting

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Muppets Most Wanted's world premiere

Two new films held their premieres in Hollywood this week. Muppets Most Wanted's world premiere was attended by stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit and Miss Piggy. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots walked the red carpet for Need for Speed, which also hits cinemas this weekend. Take a look at photos from the colorful if not slightly odd 'Muppets Most Wanted' Premiere. Or the marginally more grown up premiere for 'Need for Speed' and you can read the 'Need for Speed' Movie Review here.

Following its world premiere at the South by South West Festival, Veronica Mars also held red carpet premieres in Hollywood and New York with Kristen Bell and the cast. You can see the 'Veronica Mars' cast have their selfie game on point at SXSW for the premiere. Or you can read our 'Veronica Mars' Movie review here. And in Mexico City, Darren Aronofsky turned up with cast members Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth for the world premiere of his new film Noah, which also released a new extended trailer ahead of its release in two weeks. Here the detail on the 'Noah' movie making first waves in mexico despite religious controversy. And here's that 'Noah' extended trailer.

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Fan-Funded 'Veronica Mars' Is A Triumph For Kristen Bell And Co

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A lot of films have been made from TV series, but very few have come together quite like Veronica Mars, a grassroots project funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign. Writer-director Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell led the charge, which saw more than 90,000 backers come on board with nearly $6 million. It's the largest Kickstarter project to date.

Veronica MarsKristen Bell in the Veronica Mars movie

The TV series ran from 2004 to 2007 and earned positive reviews, decent ratings plus numerous awards for its 64 episodes following a crime-solving teen in the seaside town of Neptune, California. Originally written as a young-adult novel with a male protagonist, Thomas changed the gender because he thought the noir mystery would be more interesting with a female at the centre.

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Kristen Bell Would Love To Do "Frozen" On Broadway With Idina Menzel (Or Adele Dazeem, Either Would Be Good)

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Disney’s Frozen is one of those films that would just make sense as a Broadway musical. You know it, we know it, Kristen Bell knows it too. The star of Disney’s Oscar-winning flick recently told EW that she would love to reprise her role as princess Anna in a stage version. She also made a valid point. “I certainly hope that they try!”

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Bell is currently on Veronica Mars duty, but she would love to do a Frozen stage play, given the chance.

Bell said about whether Disney would ask her to return. “Everybody in Frozen is a Broadway veteran so I certainly hope they try and wrangle us.”

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After All That, Is The 'Veronica Mars' Movie Any Good?

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The Veronica Mars movie wouldn’t exist without the Internet. It gave fans the perfect forum in which to discuss their favourite show, and eventually provided a platform on which funds could be raised for the movie. Now, after the Kickstarter campaign proved successful, have they managed to replicate the TV version’s quality on the big screen?

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The film, of course, focuses on Veronica Mars – played by Kristen Bell, who returns to reprise her role. She’s interviewing at a high-end New York law firm on the even of graduating law school. With Neptune behind her, she’s looking forward to long and fruitful career, but a phone call from her ex-boyfriend (Jason Dohring) who has been accused of murder changes that.

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A Welcome Return? Critics Divided On 'Veronica Mars' Movie

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To put it lightly, fans were not at all happy when The CW series Veronica Mars was abruptly cancelled in 2007. The series launched Kristen Bell’s career, who has since gone on to star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall alongside Mila Kunis and Jason Segal, as well as providing the voice for Anna in Disney’s smash hit animation movie Frozen.

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Kristen Bell has starred in a string of successful projects since she played Veronica Mars

Cue six years of fan-led protests and the most shocking thing of all. They actually won. It’s such a rare occurrence and impressive achievement that we’re still in disbelief that they managed to pull it off! Veronica Mars fans really are dedicated to their cause.

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A Week In Movies: Oscars Too Close To Call, Lupita Rules The Red Carpet, Godzilla Crushes San Francisco, And Veronica Mars Is Back

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The Oscars 2014

All eyes are on Hollywood this weekend as the Academy Awards take place this Sunday night. The least predictable Oscars in years, there are multiple possible winners in most of the major categories, as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle vie for Best Picture and Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen contend for Best Director. We relive some of the the biggest upsets in Oscars history here.

Other too-close races include actor (Matthew Mcconaughey vs Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Jared Leto vs Barkhad Abdi) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o vs Jennifer Lawrence). The only sure thing is Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. And that Gravity will mop up all the technical awards. Here is more detail on the best supporting actress Oscar battle between jennifer lawrence and lupita nyong'o being too close to call.

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Disney's 'Frozen' Finally Cools Off 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' At The Box Office

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Disney's princess fairy-tale 'Frozen' finally dethrones the dystopian epic sequel 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at the box office after earning an impressive $31.6 million in its second weekend of release.

Kristen Bell voices 'Princess Anna'

Lionsgate's 'Catching Fire' has dominated the box office for the past two weeks but it slid to the second position, taking in $27 million.

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Frozen Review


Disney learns a lesson from Pixar's Brave, giving these orphaned princesses some feisty purpose that doesn't depend on a man. Everything else about this movie is fairly formulaic, including the requisite goofy sidekick character. But the frosty animation adds a stately, dramatic tone that's picked up by Broadway-style songs and just a hint of moral complexity in the story, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's story The Snow Queen.

With her ability to freeze anything at a touch, young Queen Elsa (voiced by Menzel) has spent her life hidden away in the castle. No one can know her secret, including her restless little sister Anna (Bell), who meets her dream man in Hans (Fontana) on the day of Elsa's coronation. But Elsa's startled reaction to this news triggers an ice age in the kingdom, which sends Elsa fleeing to hide in the mountains. So Anna decides to track her down. She enlists help from local delivery boy Kristoff (Groff) and his pet reindeer, and as they head into the hills they encounter one of Elsa's newest creations: a singing, dancing, scatterbrained snowman named Olaf (Gad).

The winter wonderland setting gives the animators a lot to work with, and the imagery is spectacular. We actually shiver at the gleaming ice and snowy landscapes, which are so detailed that they make us want to see the film again. The characters are also sharply rendered, although they're designed without much subtlety, including the usual Disney physicality in the girls' big-eyed Barbie-like figures. But the plot keeps us off balance by, for example, giving Anna two eligible men to choose between. And also by making Elsa so internally conflicted about her unwanted powers.

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Why Disney's 'Frozen' Will Win Oscar For Best Animated Feature

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Right at the business end of the year, Disney appear to have snatched away the Oscar for Best Animated Feature from the competition. We, the movie writers, have been nervously looking at each other trying to figure out which overblown cartoon will scoop the honor in March 2014 after some weak efforts, though the studio's latest release, Frozen, appears to be the one.

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The comedy-adventure follows the story of Anna (Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, whose kingdom is trapped in eternal winter. She teams up with an extreme mountain man for an epic journey to find Anna's sister, The Snow Queen (Idina Menzel) . Along the way, the team encounter mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, and magic at every turn.

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Does Disney's 'Frozen' Have What It Takes To Beat 'Catching Fire' To Box Office Glory

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Frozen is the latest animated effort from Disney Studios and a movie that has so far proved a huge hit with critics and audiences alike. The wintry tale has all the hallmarks of a box office number one, however there is one thing standing in its way of reaching box office glory: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Can the enchantment of Frozen out-do Catching Fire

The second instalment of the Hunger Games series stormed to success upon its release last week and is still enjoying considerable returns from cinemas across America, and looks as though it could potentially become a record breaker should its impressive returns continue to deliver. According to Box Office Mojo, whilst Frozen is enjoying some promising box office activity, this doesn't look promising enough to oust Catching Fire from the top spot.

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Fire Or Ice? Disney’s 'Frozen' Set To Challenge The Hunger Games' Box Office Dominance

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The Hunger Games has enjoyed a lucrative stint atop the box office mountain, breaking records and – pretty much – living up to its expectations both critically and fiscally. But the Thanksgiving weekend usually sees family films prevail, and it doesn’t get more nuclear, sociologically speaking, than an animated musical from Disney.

Disney's FrozenCan Disney's Frozen usurp the powerful Hunger Games?

Today, (Wed 28 Nov) is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s sixth day of release, and the day we expect it to move past the $200m mark domestically, bringing it’s global haul up to the $350m mark. It’s been a triumph, no doubt, but could Frozen change the aesthetic of the box office this weekend?

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What Makes 'Frozen' So Good? Review Round-Up Of Disney's Latest Hit

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It looks like Disney have hit the jackpot once again, as their latest animation, the festive Frozen, is a hit with critics and looks as though it could be a hit in cinemas too. Starring Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell and directed by Chris Buck, the film follows Anna, the future Queen of Arendelle, as she races against time to prevent her sister from unwittingly turning the kingdom into an eternally icy realm, meeting some new friends and learning some important lessons on the way.

The film is being commended for its visuals

"This is an icy, snowy world that Disney has never done before," director Chris Buck insisted in a recent featurette for the movie. Stars Kristen Bell and Josh Gad both gushed over the extent of the visuals on offer, with producer Peter del Vecho adding, "We did draw a lot of inspiration from Norway, in fact we sent our art direction team to Norway as the jumping off point."

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Frozen - Featurette

The cast and crew of upcoming animated Disney adventure 'Frozen' talk about the visual beauty that has been put to screen and the influence a trip to Norway had on the entire movie in a short featurette ahead of its release.

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"The World's Worst Wedding" Dax Shepard Married Kristen Bell For $142

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell probably have a couple of million dollars in the bank, but their wedding day was anything but the glitzy Hollywood affair on October 17.

No, Shepard and Bell - who prolonged their engagement three years until the Supreme court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act - finally married at the Beverly Hills County Clerk's Office in a ceremony that cost just $142.

"It was just Kristen and I at this lonely courthouse so they brought us this cake afterwards," Shaprd explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week. The actor said that scrawled across the cake was the message, The World's Worst Wedding though the newlyweds weren't offended. "How many people can say they threw 'The World's Worst Wedding?'" he joked.

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Frozen Trailer

Anna is set to be the fearless Queen of Arendelle, but when her sister Elsa starts suffering the effects of her powers to create snow and ice and manages to cloak the entire city with a bitter winter, Anna realises that it's up to her to deal with it. It's only July, but it's bound to be unseasonal for eternity unless Anna can find her sister - now known as the Snow Queen - and get her to break the spell. She sets out on a treacherous mission to look for her alongside her best friend Kristoff, an ice breaker (quite literally), and his super-friendly reindeer Sven. Along the way they meet the bumbling, nasally challenged snowman Olaf as well as several unwelcome mountain dwellers - but that's the least of their worries when it turns out that Anna's beloved sibling is being seen as a ruthless monster, which she knows, deep down, she isn't.

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Kristen Bell Annouces Her Marriage To Dax Shepard Via Twitter

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Kristen Bell took to twitter to confirm her marriage to fellow actor Dax Shepard.

The post came just one day after the couple tied the knot on Oct 17th at a ceremony held in Beverly Hills, LA.

Bell shared, "Wife coffee tastes way better than regular coffee in the morning :)" whilst tagging Shepard's twitter handle.

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Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard Are Married!

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are officially man and wife. The long-time couple tied the knot in a low key ceremony in California earlier this week, exchanging vows in a courtroom free from prying eyes and any real attention at all. The couple of six years have been engaged since 2010, but decided to hold off their marriage until now in support of same sex marriage.

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Congratulations guys!

As initially reported by TMZ, the two had a very low-key ceremony, getting hitched at the Beverly Hills County Clerk Office in front of a minuscule crowd of unspecified attendees. There was a photographer present to capture memories from the special occasion, but little else, as the two wanted as low-key a ceremony as possible.

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Jennifer Aniston Throws Star-Studded Birthday Bash For Justin Theroux

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Amidst reports that their relationship is on the rocks, Jennifer Aniston was on hand to throw one heck of a distraction as she lavished her hubby Justin Theroux with gifts and visits from his famous friends as the actor celebrated his 42nd birthday this weekend.

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The couple celebrated Justin's birthday and their one year anniversary as an engaged couple

There was no shortage of celebrity guests either, with famous faces dotted all around Jen and Justin's Bell Air mansion to wish Justin a happy birthday. Although Jen's BFF Courtney Cox couldn't attend the birthday bash, as the actress is reportedly recovering from a broken wrist still, reports state that among the attendees at their Los Angeles home were Ben Stiller, Tobey Maguire and Jason Bateman. Fellow actors Don Cheadle, Will Arnett, Malin Ackerman, Kristen Bell and her fiance Dax Shepard and Isla Fisher and her husband Sacha Baron Cohen were also in attendance, as were comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres and their partners.

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Some Girl(s) Review

Very Good

Neil LaBute adapts his bracingly astute play into a series of scenes that make us question how men and women ever come together to make a relationship work. The central idea is that we hurt each other even when we don't mean to, and through a series of face-offs between a man and his ex-girlfriends, the film leaves us wondering what we might have done to our own partners along the way.

At the centre is a writer (Brody) in his 30s, who wants to clear away his relational baggage before he gets married. He flies first to Seattle to meet his school girlfriend Sam (Morrison). She's now married with kids, and he wants to talk about their break-up. "You ended it," she corrects him. And he finds his memories equally unreliable as he visits Tyler (Maestro) in Chicago, Lindsay (Watson) in Boston, Reggie (Kazan) back in Seattle again and Bobbi (Bell) in Los Angeles. While zig-zagging across America he begins to realise that he was always the problem.

As the scenes unfold, Brody's unnamed character reveals himself as weak, shallow and self-absorbed, but also relentlessly charming. it's a brave, transparent performance that takes on resonance as he begins to understand that he's flawed and, even worse, ordinary. Opposite him, the women are all variations on a fantasy: the good girl, the sex pot, the experienced older woman, the flirty little sister of his best friend, the brainy hottie. They're superbly well-played by these actresses; Watson's piercing honesty is the stand-out, while Kazan's role is the most haunting.

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Comic-Con Conquered By The Charming Cast Of "Veronica Mars"

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Veronica Mars at Comic-Con – just a year ago it would have sounded like a Marshmallow’s pipe dream, but after the movie Kickstarter campaign got enough backers to begin the project (or 2.5 times that) the wheels have been turning faster than ever for the project. Mere months after the Kickstarter ended, the movie shoot begun, with cast, production team and most of all the brains behind the operation, Rob Thomas, keeping fans constantly in the loop with frequent updates. On Saturday, fans finally got their first real taste of the film, with the very first official trailer being played for the crowd in SDCC’s Hall H.

Watch the Veronica Mars sneak peak below.

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First Footage From The Veronica Mars Movie Shown At Comic-Con [Watch]

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On the second day of the San Diego Comic-Con International (Friday 19 June), the team behind the fan-funded Veronica Mars film adaption were on hand to answer questions from fans and press as well as discuss some insider information from behind the scenes of the long-awaited leap to the big screen. If that wasn't enough, fans were treated to their first glimpse of the movie, which you can see for yourself below.

The show's creator Rob Thomas, it's star Kristen Bell and the rest of the cast chaired a panel for the movie to debut the first teaser trailer for the film (which features a surprise casting in the shape of Jamie Lee Curtis) and gave praise to the financial backers of the film, which was fan-funded through Kickstarter. Before the panel could be introduced though, fan were treated to the above video, which essentially doubled up as the first teaser trailer.

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Comic-Con 2013: 10 Things You Really Don't Want To Miss

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Geeks of the world unite, for San Diego Comic Con 2013 is finally here. The cast and creators of your favorite cult television shows and movies are descending on the Californian city to tease new series', reveal casting details and give away tons of free stuff.

This place is like Glastonbury - it's impossible for you to see everything you want to see - so you're just gonna have to accept the inevitable clashes and focus on our Top 10 events that you really don't want to miss.

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Gabourey Sidibe Pranks Jimmy Kimmel On His Marriage To Molly McNearney

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TV host Jimmy Kimmel must have had the shock of his life to find two ladies in veils and white dresses were in attendance at his wedding, narrowly mistaking his fiancé Molly McNearney for mischievous guest and Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe, according to Yahoo! OMG. Kimmel and his girlfriend of two years MollyMcNearney married in a romantic Californian ceremony, packed with A-list guests, including Matt Damon, his wife Luciana, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Ellen Degeneres, Portia DeRossi, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Stanley Tucci and John Krasinski who all turned up the exclusive Ojai event.

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Gabourey Sidibe Showed Her Sneaky Side By Arriving At The Kimmel/McNearney Wedding In A Bridal Gown.

Kimmel and McNearney hadn't planned on another bride turning up to their nuptials but this didn't stop Gabourey Sidibe, clad in white veil and bridal train, from making an entrance to remember when she stepped out of her black limo with a girlfriend as her 'bridesmaid' to help her with the flowing white gown. The Jimmy Kimmel Live host and his new wife Molly - the head writer on his show - showed their sense of humour, welcoming their prankster guest with laughter as both clearly enjoyed the stunt. So as not to hog the limelight from beautiful bride Molly, Sidibe changed into a tight red dress and flat white shoes after the surprise had rippled through the wedding party.

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Jimmy Kimmel Married, But Why Did Two Brides Turn Up To The Wedding?

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Jimmy Kimmel and his long-term lover MollyMcNearney have married in a romantic Californian ceremony. The star-studded ceremony was packed with A-list guests, including Matt Damon, his wife Luciana, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Ellen Degeneres, Portia DeRossi, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Stanley Tucci and John Krasinski who all turned up the exclusive Ojai event.However, all eyes turned to the drive as a guest dressed in an elegant white wedding gown stepped out of a black limo and made her way towards the reception to be greeted.

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Was Jimmy Kimmel Confused When Two Ladies In White Dresses Approached Him?

Gabourey Sidibe, star of Precious, had arrived to Kimmel and McNearney's wedding-do in pure prankster style wearing a white gown and bridal train, reports The Daily Mail.

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Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Are PETA's 2013 Sexiest Vegetarians

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In an accolade of meat avoidance, Kristen Bell and fiancé Dax Shepard have been crowned animal rights activist PETA's sexiest celebrity vegetarians, in a campaign to spread the word about the benefits of cutting out meat. 32 year-old Bell, who's best known for her titular role in the Veronica Mars television series, revealed that she's been veggie since she was a teen: "I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with-dogs and cats, for example-from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat." This isn't the first time she's been recognised by PETA for her dietary choices - in 2006 she was selected as their 'World's Sexiest Vegetarian' and now it seems she's lifting the crown again with her fiancé and father of her child, Dax Shepard. 

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The Sexy Faces Of Vegetarianism: Dax Shepard [L] And Kristen Bell [R] Crowned By PETA.

Shepard spoke of the benefits of a vegan diet, after being encouraged to follow Bell's example by documentary Forks Over Knives, which advocates a plant-based diet: "I have fewer body aches, my skin looks better, I'm never starving, and I never need to ride the couch feeling completely full and disgusting" he explained to Playboy magazine when he was following a strict no-meat diet. However, it seems that it's only Bell who can truly feel proud of the title:"I'm really flattered to be named 'Sexiest Vegetarian' with [email protected], but sadly I can't accept in good conscience because I eat chicken," Shepard tweeted. In a shock for PETA, who had been using the publicity as part of their campaign to encourage more people to be vegetarian, Dax added: "I was vegan for a year, but that ended 6 months ago. I aspire to be more like [email protected], but I'm not there yet," he said in a follow-up tweet. Oops.

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'Frozen' Sees Disney Doing What They Do Best In The Latest Fairytale Movie Adventure [Trailer And Pictures]

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Olaf meets Sven in 'Frozen'Olaf meets Sven in 'Frozen'

'Frozen' is the new Disney animation based on a much-loved tale that is due to hit the UK this winter (most appropriately) starring Kristen Bell.

Fairytales are definitely becoming popular again with some of the world's favourites being transferred to stunning, high-energy and often grisly live action flicks, among them being 'Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters', 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and not to mention the TV series 'Once Upon a Time' which is now in its third season. However, Disney has brought the delight back to children and reverted to what they are known for with their (albeit vague) rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' in an animated adventure entitled 'Frozen'. Starring Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Broadway sensation Idina Menzel, it tells the story of Anna's quest to undo her sister Elsa's power over the kingdom of Arendelle, which she has cursed into eternal winter, accompanied by her friend Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and a snowman called Olaf.

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Frozen Trailer

Anna is a young girl determined to save the world as she sets out with her best friend Kristoff, a burly mountain dweller, and his friendly pet reindeer Sven on a mission to restore warmth to the kingdom of Arendelle. Her wicked sister, Elsa, also known as the Snow Queen, has cursed the realm to suffer a never-ending winter, forcing Anna and Kristoff to brave freezing conditions unlike any they've ever experienced as they set out to stop Elsa. But the bitter winds and endless snow fields become the least of their problems as they encounter creatures such as trolls along the way. They also meet the nasally challenged snowman Olaf, who joins them on their trip after becoming confusedly acquainted with Kristoff. Will Anna save the frosty kingdom? Or will Elsa's power prove much too strong?

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Why Can't Zach Braff Stump Up $2 Million Of His Own Cash For 'Wish I Was Here?'

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Zach Braff looks to have secured the full $2 million to make his Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here, though the actor and director has spoken on the need for crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter to get movies made in the current climate. Braff is one of the most recognisable television actors in the U.S having spent years as the star of Scrubs, though he is quick to play down his financial successes. Thousands of crowd-funding users had donated their cash to get Braff's new project off the ground, though some commentators on Twitter have accused the actor of cynically leveraging free money whilst having to adhere to his creative demands.

Users on the social aggregating website Reddit wondered why the star of the Scrubs couldn't put up the $2 million himself, though Braff responded "People seem to think I have Oprah Winfrey money. I've done well in my career, but I am not sitting on $22 million. I'm doing this so that one negative audience comment in a test screening won't force me to change the end of my movie." Braff also suggested he isn't asking something for nothing from his fans - the Kickstarter website is based on benefits for those who donate and those funding Wish I Was Here will receive invites to screenings and after-parties. $10,000 donors will receive a speaking role in his film. "Even the most entry-level backer will get access to an online magazine about the making of the film. If David Fincher, who I'm a huge fan of, had a video blog of the making of one of his movies, I would have been the first one there."

The Kickstarter success comes just weeks after a Veronica Mars movie attained $5.7 million on the crowd-funding website. Kristen Bell will star in the film, with production scheduled to begin this summer.

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Record Breaking 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter Project Reaches Last Day

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Just in case you were desperate to add to the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter project that series creator Rob Thomas began a few weeks ago, then you better hurry, because today is the last day that donations will be accepted (April 12, 2013).

Of course, you don’t need to worry whether your money makes a difference or not, because the project has already smashed the target needed for Thomas and the original show’s star Kristen Bell to begin work on the movie. In fact, it’s topped $5 million in pledges, a new Kickstarter record by an absolute street. USA Today reports that a delighted Bell posted a video to let the fans of Veronica Mars know of ongoing updates to the project. "We have the funds now to make a rockin' movie for you guys," she said, going on to call all those who pledged “the coolest group of fans anyone could ever hope to have. I've always known it, Rob's always known it, and now you guys proved it to the world."

Talking about the crowd funding project to Wired, Thomas commented "I’m not convinced that this will revolutionize how most movies get made, but I think there’s an opportunity now for projects that are similar to ours – that have some bit of public support behind it before they launch on Kickstarter… For something like Veronica Mars, where there’s a bit of a cult following and people are really emotionally invested in it, I do think this is a new avenue. There is no other way that this movie was going to get made.”

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A Baby Girl Was The Easter Surprise For Kristen Bell And Dax Sheppard

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It’s a baby girl for Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard! The little one was born yesterday (March 29th) and, probably to the disappointment of VM fans everywhere, will not be named Veronica.

Instead, the couple have gone with the unusual baby girl name Lincoln Bell Sheppard. This is only the start if a big and busy year for Kristen Bell. Since the Kickstarter for the highly anticipated Veronica Mars movie succeeded in such a big way earlier this month, shooting for the film should start later this year. And with the little tot at home, Bell and Sheppard will certainly have a lot on their respective plates.

For now though, the couple are just enjoying the euphoria of new parents. The couple announced that they were having a baby back in November and the excitement has been mounting ever since then. And, in typical fashion, they couldn’t miss taking a few cracks at the situation. On his twitter, Sheppard (38) wrote: "She has mom's beauty and dad's obsession with breasts," while Bell (32) went with a similarly themed: "new roomate poops her pants and doesn't pay rent ... basically @daxshepard1 pre-sobriety." On a more serious note though, she tweeted at another fan that Lincoln was “kind of the best”. Isn’t that the cutest?

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Veronica Mars Kickstarter Project Raises $2.5 Million

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If you didn’t know who Veronica Mars was then then you’re sure has heck going to know about her now; that’s because a crowd-sourced project on donations website Kickstarter has already surpassed a staggering figure of $2 million set by the character and show’s creator Rob Thomas in order for him to make a movie.

Veronica Mars, which starred Kristen Bell in the main role, aired between 2004 and 2007 on UPN and CPW and won a number of awards as well as a host of acclaim from TV critics at the time. However, it’s popularity could only really be described as niche during its period on air. That hasn’t stopped Thomas from setting up a Kickstarter project in the hope he might be able to sway his main star to appear in a feature length of it. “Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot,” Thomas wrote in the campaign description. “They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot.”

According to, the Kickstarter project has become the fastest to hit both $1 million and $2 million, and has also set the record for the most money taken in 24 hours, with $2.59 million. It’s currently sitting on a quite ridiculous $2.7 million plus, with 29 days still left to go. Among the highest perks for pledgers was the chance of a speaking role in the film, with one person gaining that for a pledge  of $10,000. Bargain if their career takes off after it we’re sure.

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Veronica Mars Kickstarter "Kicks" Off The Prep For The Long Anticipated Movie

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Our favorite high school detective is headed for the big screen – that’s right, the Veronica Mars series is officially going to be turned into a feature film.

If you haven’t seen Veronica Mars, shame on you, go sit in the corner. But also, it is the story of a teenager with a traumatic past, who uses all of the skills she’s learned from her PI father to correct injustices around her school, full of privileged teenagers, while also trying to solve the mystery of her own assault. It’s good. Seriously, watch it.

With only three seasons of the show, fans have been pretty much begging for the cult series to be turned into a movie. The show’s creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have been dropping subtle hints that they would be on board for the project and earlier today, the rumour became a reality with the launch of a Kickstarter for the movie. At $2 million, this is by far the largest Kickstarter goal ever set, but it doesn’t seem unrealistic, with more than 7,000 backers having donated more than half a million to the cause already. That number keeps changing by the second as fans clamor to support the idea. Clearly, people really want to see the Veronica Mars film realized. Plus, the Kickstarter campaign does include some sweet perks for the backers, including a digital copy of the shooting script, signed posters and even a producer credit. And if that doesn’t stir your passions, there is also the campaign video, which is probably the cutest thing the cast have ever done.

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Safety Not Guaranteed Review


With a low budget but a lot of imagination and talent, director Trevorrow and writer Connolly create a deceptively simple comedy that's one of the most entertaining films of the year. It's so cleverly written that every moment of the film is hugely engaging, and it's so perfectly played by its cast that we can't help but fall for the likeable, flawed characters.

Set in Washington state, the story centres on Darius (Plaza), a sardonic Seattle magazine intern whose life derailed when she was 14, after her mother's death. So her interest is piqued when she hears about a classified ad asking for an assistant on a time travel mission ("Bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed"). She accompanies arrogant journalist Jeff (Johnson) and fellow intern Arnau (Soni) to a seaside town to write up the story for the magazine, but once they track down the ad's author Kenneth (Duplass), nothing goes as expected.

Each of these three magazine reporters has a full-bodied story, expertly set within the larger investigation of whether Kenneth is nuts or not. All of these characters are caught between their past and the present, exploring who they once were, who they are and who they want to be, which makes them easy to identify with even as they do some amusingly silly things. And the filmmakers cleverly refuse to play into our expectations, keeping us guessing about where the movie is heading. So each scene bristles with possibility, and each twist and turn of the plot and side-plots is both thrilling and hilarious. 

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Movie 43 Trailer

If you were hoping for a romantic comedy with a harmless storyline, romance and inoffensive jokes, the here's a warning: read no further. 'Movie 43' is one of the most cringe-worthy and uncensored taboo-filled flicks to be released in the history of comedy. Here you will see several interlinked stories with characters' lives surrounding unusual proposals, interrupting blind kids' parties, bad parenting, teenage menstruation, a confused and slightly racist basketball coach, innovative business ideas and the kidnapping of a violent leprechaun. Once you see this movie it is unlikely you will find a subject that offends you ever again.

With twelve different comedy genius directors including Peter Farrelly ('Dumb & Dumber', 'There's Something About Mary', 'Shallow Hal'), Steve Carr ('Daddy Day Care', 'Dr Dolittle 2'), Steven Brill ('Little Nicky') and Brett Ratner ('Rush Hour') to name but a few and eight different writers, this jaw-droppingly crude and often obscene movie features a diverse star-studded cast, both British and American, who have banded together to shock you in the most hilarious ways you can think of. Whatever kind of comedy you're into, 'Movie 43' probably has something in it for everyone and it is set to hit the big screen on February 1st 2012.

Directed by : Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken

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Kristen Bell Will At Last Appear On Gossip Girl For The Series Finale

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After five years as narrator of the hit CW show, Kristen Bell will finally be appearing on Gossip Girl in person during the upcoming season finale.

Whilst it is known that the voice of the 'Gossip Girl' herself will be appearing on the show, it is as yet unknown as to whether Bell will actually be playing the show's namesake when she steps out from behind the microphone and in front of the camera. Just to keep us guessing, both Warner Bros. TV and The CW have remained mum on the whole situation, so you'll have to tune in to find out. With that said, we do know for sure that the anonymous gossiper will be revealed in the finale, 'New York, I Love You XOXOX.'

Earlier today the Forgetting Sarah Marshall actress, who recently announced that she and her boyfriend, Dax Shepard, are expecting their first child together, took to Twitter to tell her fans about her final voice-over session, saying, "The saddest day I've had in a while...Last day on #gossipgirl Ill miss you, you snarky bitch!"

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Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard Are Having A Baby!

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Despite having been together for 5 years and engaged for almost three, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard still have no plans for getting married, and now the couple have announced that they are going to have a baby.

Clearly, Bell and Shepard want their child (or children) to grow up in a world of equal opportunity and equal rights, and they're planning on continuing their life of healthy living by vowing to remain vegan according to the Examiner. Dax Shepard has been playing a dad in the show 'Parenthood' for a while now, but with the little one on the way he's gearing up to take up the role for real. Neither of them are worried about having children before being married and The Herald Sun quotes the couple earlier this year. Bell said "We'll do it. We'll have some babies. It will be our gift to America." While Shepard said "We'll have them out of wedlock. We're not worried about that."  

The couple created and starred in the low-budget movie 'Hit and Run' earlier this year but now their biggest plans revolve around their baby.

Hit & Run Review


Audiences out for a bit of mindless fun will probably enjoy this raucous road movie, but only if they can look past comedy that relies on jokes about racism, sexism and homophobia. And if the characters are all paper-thin, at least the film is loose and enjoyably silly.

It centres on Charlie (Shepard), who lives in rural California with his girlfriend Annie (Bell). But when she's offered a job in Los Angeles, Charlie has to face up to his criminal past. He's currently in witness protection, and returning to L.A. is very dangerous. Still, he decides to take Annie to her job interview, while his protective agent (Arnold) follows close behind. But trouble is brewing because Annie's still-smitten ex (Rosenbaum) is also in hot pursuit, and when he figures out Charlie's secret, he gets in touch with the gang boss, Alex (Cooper), who wants him dead.

While the film looks whizzy and is packed with banter that sounds offensive, everything is pretty half-hearted. The dialog continually touches on sexuality and ethnicity in ways that are more lazy than inappropriate, and the discussions of serious issues like gender roles have no depth at all. This is a movie essentially made up of nothing but stereotypes. Bell and Cooper just about manage to give their characters personalities, but everyone else has essentially one note. Most of the men are mere chucklehead idiots, while the women are male fantasies.

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Big Miracle Review

Very Good
A grounding in the real-life story makes this film much less sentimental than it looks. Strong characters, some surprisingly dark touches and a genuinely thrilling series of events helps to engage us right to the end.

In 1988 Barrow, at the top of Alaska, aspiring reporter Adam (Krasinski) stumbles across three whales trapped beneath the icecap. Unable to reach the open sea, there's just a tiny hole in the ice that lets them breathe. Adam's report goes viral, grabbing the attention of America's press as well as his Greenpeace-activist ex Rachel (Barrymore). And the rescue effort will require an L.A. journalist (Bell), military pilot (Mulroney), Inuit boy (Sweeney), whale expert (Nelson), oil baron (Danson), White House rep (Shaw), two chuckleheads from Minnesota (LeGros and Riggle) and the Russian Navy.

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News reporter Adam Carlson is based in a remote part of Alaska, in a town called Point Barrow. As a consequence, there usually is little to talk about in the way of local news. After one news report, which saw him explaining how food can take up to four plane journeys to arrive in town, his boss rings to comment about how 'thin' his stories are. That is, until Adam sees something extraordinary out to sea. It transpires that there are three California gray whales stuck under the ice near Point Barrow. Adam captures the incident on his camera and rings his boss to tell him of his findings.

Adam's report on the whales makes it onto the news, where he tells stunned viewers that the ice the whales are trapped under extends five miles to the ocean. No one is more stunned than Rachel Kramer, a Greenpeace activist and Adam's ex-girlfriend. She rings him up to announce that she will help him rescue the whales. Soon enough, Adam not only has the support of his ex but of the entire town as well, all doing what they can to make a path to the ocean through the ice. Adam and Rachel soon find themselves united under a common goal and they slowly start to fall back in love again.

Starring: John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Danson, Stephen Root, Tim Blake Nelson, James LeGros, Rob Riggle, Andrew Daly, Bruce Altman, Gregory Jbara, Michael Gaston, Mark Ivanir and Jonathan Slavin

Burlesque Review

Very Good
It's difficult to imagine a more outrageously camp movie than this glittery romp, and fortunately there's a sense that the cast and crew understand this.

By never taking their ludicrous plot seriously, they've made a true guilty pleasure.

Fed up with dead-end Iowa, Ali (Aguilera) heads for Hollywood. Despite having no experience or training, she's sure she can make it as a singer-dancer. After a series of rejections, she stumbles upon the Burlesque Lounge on Sunset, run by jaded diva Tess (Cher) with the help of her long-suffering buddy Sean (Tucci). Ali charms sexy barman Jack (Gigandet) into a barmaid job, while keeping her sights on the stage. And she's also wooed by Marcus (Dane), a developer who's trying to buy the financially strapped club.

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Pulse (2006) Review

Earlier in 2006, a killer videogame stalked teenagers in Stay Alive; Pulse ups the ante with ghostly wireless signals stalking college students. The latest J-horror remake never pitches itself over the top, refusing to pile on the jump-scares, fake-jump-scares, and the accompanying soundtrack blasts; instead, it takes a low-key approach... along the way becoming completely unconvincing and almost prodigiously unscary. Boring is the new ridiculous.

It's a shame, too, because computer-centric horror is usually a good bet for ridiculousness. Here, the computer stuff isn't detailed enough to really bug the geeks; they'll be too busy pointing out how the movie's screenplay could be improved, and how Kristen Bell takes one of the most disappointing baths in horror history.

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The Cat Returns Review

This rather simplistic entry into the feel-good anime genre comes from Kiroyuki Morita (last seen animating the raunchy Perfect Blue but also responsible for working on the kind-hearted Kiki's Delivery Service). The Cat Returns is Morita's first outing as director, and it's a fair, if ultimately unrealized experience.

The story involves young Haru (voiced for the States by Anne Hathaway), who rescues a helpless cat from an oncoming truck, only to find herself in the debt of a feline kingdom she formerly didn't know existed. Haru is awakened one night by a bizarre procession on her street: It's the king of the cats (Tim Curry), bearing gifts. Before she knows it, she's whisked into the world of the cats, where she is transformed into a half-cat/half-person, and is told she will be marrying the cat she saved, who turns out to be the cat prince.

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Spartan Review

What is the man behind such parlor-room films as The Winslow Boy and House of Games doing directing an explosive military thriller, complete with airdrops and sniper rifles? And starring Val Kilmer? Trust me: Give Spartan ten minutes, and you'll stop asking such stupid questions.

David Mamet's latest project is far from conventional fare, and ultimately that works in his favor. From the opening scene, where two soldiers pursue each other through a jungle, Mamet keeps us guessing. What kind of movie are we watching? Within about 10 minutes, the bones of the story are made clear: the president's daughter (Kristen Bell) has been kidnapped from her dorm room, and the Secret Service pulls out all the stops to get her back. That includes recruiting special operations soldier Robert Scott (Val Kilmer), an uncannily capable military man who's as intuitive with people and motives as he is skilled with weapons.

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