Christmas time is here, spreading joy and cheer…via text. At least that’s how Kristen Bell and a capella group Straight No Chaser prefer it. READ FULL STORY
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Fans at opening night of the Frozen Sing-Along at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood got more than they wished for when the movie’s star Kristen Bell came out to introduce the special screening. “There is no way to foresee a movie’s success or how much it would touch people,” Bell exclusively told EW before taking the stage. “You strive to make the best movie possible and I felt like we did that.”
Bell was joined by her film counterpart Princess Anna, her sister, Queen Elsa, and even snow, a rare sight in California. The snow of course was fake, but the joy was real for the hundreds of fans present, some even dressed for bed to celebrate a pajama-themed night.
(You may be surprised by the number of Frozen-themed pajamas out there, but the highest-grossing animated film of all time has created a mini empire that includes branded costumes and dolls, many of which were proudly on display Friday night).
“I don’t even know how to digest any of that,” Bell says of the film’s financial success. “I don’t know if it will seem normal in my lifetime.”
Normal for Bell these days is getting ready to welcome her second child with husband Dax Sheperd (daughter Lincoln was born last March). “I couldn’t imagine not changing diapers 24 hours a day last summer,” she says. Though she may still be best known as Veronica Mars, Bell got her start performing on stage, and began studying opera at the age of 11. “I sang only in Italian till I was 13 or 14,” she says.
After making her Broadway debut in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a return to a musical role is a dream come true for the self-proclaimed Disney fanatic. “It’s especially invigorating because music is what brought me to performing and acting in general,” Bell says. “From doing so much non-singing work and being satisfied with that to have it then be able to reincorporate music into what you do as a performer — which is hopefully tell a good story — it feels weirdly full circle. To be able to do it is one thing, to be hired to do it is really lucky.”
Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along is playing at the El Capitan through September 7th and special edition DVD will be released November 18.
The ’60s were a crazy yet influential time in our country’s history. People were fighting for their civil rights at home while debating America’s involvement in a growing conflict abroad, striving to find a place in this world that they could call their own. Half a century later, not much has changed. So reviving the 1967 American tribal love-rock musical Hair at the Hollywood Bowl for a three-night-only run this weekend has a special resonance beyond the potential to see famous people get naked on stage. And though stars like Kristen Bell, Amber Riley, and Sarah Hyland did not take it all off, they lead a spectacular cast of film and TV stars returning to their roots—theatrically if not follicle-wise. READ FULL STORY
In a new Funny or Die short, Frozen star Kristen Bell plays iconic nanny Mary Poppins—and she performs a version of “A Spoonful of Sugar,” but instead of trying to coax children into cleaning their room, the perpetually cheery caregiver is trying to coax the government into raising the minimum wage. Turns out poor Miss Poppins is underpaid, which is, as she puts it as she opens her broken umbrella, “supercalifragilisticexpiali-bulls–t.”
The Hollywood Bowl’s yearly A-list musical production has cobbled together another star-packed cast for this year’s mounting of Hair, directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman.
Kristen Bell (Frozen) will lead the cast as Sheila, alongside Hunter Parrish (Weeds) as Claude, Amber Riley (Glee) as Dionne, Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee) as Jeanie, and Beverly D’Angelo (who starred in the 1979 film version of Hair) as Mom. Shankman’s Instagram announcement also includes Broadway vet Benjamin Walker, recording artist Mario, and 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs among the cast. READ FULL STORY
[WARNING: We’ll be discussing major spoilers and plot points from the Veronica Mars movie. Proceed with caution.]
A dude with the name Stosh Piznarski was never going to have an easy time.
As a season 3 addition to the Veronica Mars universe, Chris Lowell played the sarcastic, manic radio host whom we all came to know as “Piz,” and it was fine. He was fine. He didn’t inspire, but he didn’t harm either. He just existed. It was college and Wallace (Percy Daggs III) needed a roommate. Why not make him part of the gang? We didn’t even blame him when he fell for Veronica (Kristen Bell) — because, really, who wouldn’t? He was like a little awkward puppy vying for the gorgeous, confident sleuth’s attention. She wasn’t supposed to even notice him. Not when the brooding, charismatic, and wholly undeniable Logan (Jason Dohring) was around. But, she did. And poor, pathetic Piz had the misfortune of committing the ultimate sin: He got in the way of Logan and Veronica’s epic, continent-spanning, life-ruining LoVe. That is something a true Marshmallow could never forgive.
Plus, the series ended infuriatingly ambiguously. Reason would suggest that she stayed with Piz, but the shipper brain is a crafty thing. There have to be some others out there who assumed that she eventually got back with Logan.
Predictably, when word got out that the movie would pick up with Piz and Veronica back together, the fans raged. I was right there with them. How could they do that us? How could they not know that all we want to see is Veronica and Logan make out again (and banter and smolder and whatnot). At least $3 million of that Kickstarter money was probably shipper cash. Even Lowell understood his place as the “lesser” boyfriend so poignantly that he was truly shocked there was a role for him. At Thursday’s PaleyFest reunion, he even said: “Honestly, I got this email from Rob, I knew about the Kickstarter video, and I legitimately had come to a place where I was ready to accept that I would not be in the film.”
You can imagine how surprised I was to find out that, eight years later, Piz is just fantastic and probably, controversially, the right choice for Ms. Mars.
[SECOND WARNING: Major Veronica Mars movie spoilers below]
When Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell unveiled their Kickstarter campaign last year, it wasn’t just the fans who were on the edge of the seat to see if a movie would be made. Some castmembers from the prematurely canceled TV series were on the edge of their seats too — to see if their characters would make the cut.
“I just called to make sure I didn’t have to be the $10,000 donor to be in the film,” Chris Lowell said of his surprise over the polarizing Piz ending up in the movie during Thursday night’s PaleyFest panel with the cast. Percy Daggs III, meanwhile, had a secret weapon if Wallace didn’t come back: “I had the NAACP on speed dial!” he joked, getting the biggest laugh of the night.
Bell, Thomas, Lowell, Daggs, Jason Dohring (Logan), Ryan Hansen (Dick), Enrico Colantoni (Keith), Francis Capra (Weevil), and Tina Majorino (Mac) all hit the Dolby Theatre stage a day before that Kickstarter-backed film officially hit theaters, so we guess they all got parts after all. Read below for the biggest revelations about the beloved TV show and what almost made it into the movie. READ FULL STORY
Is Kristen Bell Broadway bound?
The actress certainly hopes so. In an interview on EW Radio, she told host Mario Correa that she would like to be asked to participate in the upcoming stage version of Frozen, which would allow her to belt out tunes like “For the First Time in Forever” in front of a live audience.
“I certainly hope that they try!” 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.”
Listen to the interview clip, where Bell also discusses her friend Adele Dazeem…er, Idina Menzel, below: READ FULL STORY
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard want paparazzi to stop taking photos of celebrities’ children. And so far they’ve been successful in their crusade — People was one of the first publications to issue a statement that (mostly) vowed to stop printing pictures of celebrity kids. But unsurprisingly, the paparazzi themselves aren’t taking so kindly to this new movement.
Bell and Shepard appeared on Access Hollywood to talk about the issue with Steve Ginsburg, an owner of a paparazzi photo agency, and Christian Zimmerman, a celebrity reporter. And by “talk,” we mean “duel.”
In the clip, Bell describes being chased with camera-carrying men while she’s out holding her 11-month-old baby: “It’s terrifying to me.” She calls the photographers “foot soldiers” and Ginsburg says Bell is “hysterical” for calling them that. “They’re not soldiers,” Ginsburg says. Thanks for clearing that up, bud!
A long time ago, we used to be friends with a whip-smart teen sleuth named Veronica Mars. And now, thanks to a historic Kickstarter campaign, Mars is back in Neptune — this time on the big screen. In this week’s cover story, star Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas take EW along for the roller-coaster revival of the beloved cult TV series. Just a year ago, a big-screen revival of Veronica Mars was still a pipe dream. But after a groundbreaking and breakneck turn of events, on March 14 it will be a dream come true for tens of thousands of fans that made it come true by donating $5.7 million last spring to a Kickstarter campaign — organized by Mars creator Rob Thomas — to finance the revival they’ve wanted since The CW canceled the series in 2007. Even Veronica is pinching herself. “Never before have we had a platform that allows people to engage us and tell us what they want,” Kristen Bell told EW when we visited the set of the movie last summer. “We said, ‘Guys! Maybe we’re crazy, but we really want to do it again. Do you?’ And they answered!” Adds Thomas, “We’re guinea pigs for a whole new model of filmmaking. It would be nice to be a success.” READ FULL STORY
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