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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On The Bachelor, we’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel all around this beautiful globe of ours. We’ve had some interesting long travel days before but this trip from Da Nang, Vietnam to Lake Taupo, New Zealand is one for the record books. We had a nice long buggy ride from the hotel in Da Nang. Then we hopped our first flight up to Ho Chi Minh City. After some pretty good noodles in the airport we jumped on a nice long overnight flight to Sydney, Australia. We all got off and enjoyed a little lunch before getting on a flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Once we finally landed in Auckland, thirty hours after we left Da Nang, we were happy to hear that none of our luggage had made the trip with us. So after everybody took their turn at filling out luggage claim forms we headed out on a nice two-hour bus ride to our final destination, Lake Taupo. The first morning was spent shopping for clothes and necessities before getting ready for another week of dates. We’ve been to New Zealand before, and I was happy to be back. Lake Taupo and the surrounding area is just stunning. The ladies stayed at the famous Huka Lodge and if you’re ever anywhere near this area you have to at least book a dinner at this lodge. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Once we all got settled the date card arrived and Andi finally got her first one-on-one date. The date started with Juan Pablo and her walking through a section of rocks called “the squeeze.” As tough as it was for them, you have to imagine how insane it was for our camera and audio crews to make it through while shooting. They did an incredible job in some difficult conditions. The walk and the climb might have been difficult but the chemistry between Juan Pablo and Andi is nothing but smooth and easy. They seem to really enjoy and understand each other. She easily got a rose and is safe to move on to the next week. READ FULL STORY
Well who doesn’t, right rose lovers? I also like a man who doesn’t think that throwing sheep poop is a proper date activity, but we can’t always get what we want. Confused? Then you probably haven’t watched tonight’s episode, in which Juan Pablo takes the “ladies” to New Zealand, where mild drama (and poop-throwing) ensues. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click for Kristen’s full Bachelor episode 6 recap and Chris Harrison’s Bachelor blog), but if you’ve just finished watching this leg of Juan Pabs’ “adventure,” I need to know what you think about the following things: Kat’s truly heartbreaking story about her earliest memory; Andi’s very waterlogged one-on-one date; Ogos; Sharleen’s cry face; and that whole group date poop-throwing situation. Also, be sure to place your bets now on who would win in a catfight: Nikki or Clare.
This weekend, it was announced that Ben McKenzie has landed the lead role of Jim Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham. Minutes later, Twitter exploded with congratulations, a few skeptical remarks, and every O.C.-to-Gotham pun you can think of: “Welcome to Gotham, bitch.” “I hope Jim Gordon’s going to wear a choker.” “Does this mean Seth Cohen will be be The Joker?” And although I understand everyone’s desire to reference McKenzie’s well-known run as Ryan Atwood on my favorite show in the history of ever, I also want to stress that McKenzie being perfect for the role of Jim Gordon is about more than his work on The O.C.
Is The O.C. a factor? Of course. Do I think McKenzie’s four seasons as Ryan Atwood are a prime example for what he can do as an actor? Definitely. I just don’t think that one role entirely encompasses his ability, which is why I want to talk about the many other roles that make him a good fit to play Jim Gordon.
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The Olympics: So many sports, so little time. Need help deciding which events to watch? We’re here to help. Each day, we’ll give you our three picks for the most watch-worthy events. Here’s what we recommend for Monday, February 10:
MEN’S SPEEDSKATING 500M GOLD FINALS
3 p.m. NBC
These men, skating at the speed of light (or something like that), are what winter commuters wish they looked like when they slip and slide on icy sidewalks.
MEN’S CURLING, USA VS. NORWAY
5 p.m. CNBC
The Americans should win this match if they can keep their eyes on the prize and not on the Norwegians’ famously garish pants, which, much like the sun, should never be looked at directly. –Clark Collis
WOMEN’S ALPINE SKIING SUPER COMBINED GOLD MEDAL
8 p.m. NBC
Lindsey Vonn may be missing from this year’s games, but the U.S. still has a strong showing: Three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso is competing, along with Mikaela Shiffrin, whose coach once said of her, “One day, she could beat everyone at everything.” Yeah, that’s what people say about me, too.
Netflix’s amazing House of Cards returns for its second season next Friday, February 14th. The first season is a riveting 13-episode political drama about Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), his wife Claire (Robin Wright), and their ruthless attempt to gain power and position in Washington. Thirteen hours in five days is doable and I recommend watching the entire, brilliant series. But just in case you don’t have that time and want to be part of Cards conversations next weekend (and there definitely will be one), here are the 6 episodes I think you need to see to be prepared for season two.
Since most of the delight of Cards lies in its surprises, I’ll keep the descriptions vague.
The introduction to Cards’ world of power players and those who they play. All the hallmarks of the series debut: Frank’s address to the camera; the Underwood’s late night smoking; insight into their marriage (Frank about Claire: “I love that woman. I love her more than sharks love blood.”). But every small detail (Zoe and Frank’s initial meeting; Peter’s dalliance with a prostitute) proves to be important.
Zoe’s profile rises within the media world and her relationship with Frank takes a dramatic leap. Meanwhile, Frank’s begins to exert his control over Peter.
A rare detour out of the world of politics and into the past of Frank Underwood. He and Claire visit his college, The Sentinel, a South Carolina military college. Not only do you see what Frank was like before power corrupted him but you learn he was in love with one of his male classmates.
This episode is worth watching alone for a scene where Claire enters Zoe’s apartment and slinks around like a lion sniffing its prey. Peter’s disastrous radio interview is also one of the most difficult scenes to watch and is just the beginning of his character’s tragic descent.
The fallout from Peter’s radio interview provides the material for Cards most shocking and ultimately heartbreaking episode. The fact that Corey Stoll didn’t get an Emmy nom for this episode is a tragedy.
It’s probably best for me to say nothing about this chilling cliffhanger, only that I could not be more excited to see where season two takes viewers.
Agree with me Cards fans? Are there different episodes you’d suggest for Cards virgins?
”You gotta pull it together man,” Andy Samberg, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘s final guest, told his friend. “You’re moving up a time slot, across the hall, bigger stage, this is all good stuff!” Fallon, who has proven again in his last week before taking over The Tonight Show just what a gracious, big-hearted guy he is, agreed that he was a mess. “I’m an Irish mush!” he said. And bless him for it.
Fallon navigated the week with a sense of decency that was both unapologetic and generous. Three episodes were taped remembrances of the show’s best digital shorts (like “Jersey Floor”), musical performances (an acoustic version of “Blurred Lines” that somehow managed to rinse clean the scuzz of the song), and comedy bits (I could watch Matthew Broderick trying to make a taco with mannequin hands every night of the week). Meanwhile he was a sweet and respectful guest for Jay Leno, for long an easy butt of late night comedians but whom Fallon never shamed or undercut throughout this long transition. READ FULL STORY
Jimmy Fallon has signed off from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the host’s final show was a surprisingly emotional affair.
After 969 shows, Fallon, who will take over the Tonight Show Feb. 17, bid farewell to the program Friday night, saying during his farewell monologue, “You know, I’m really going to miss being on TV at 12:37. I’ll especially miss the battle for late night ratings with my fierce rivals — Craig Ferguson and a veggie chopper infomercial.” READ FULL STORY
Rosie O’Donnell left The View before her contract was up in 2007 and hasn’t been back since. Today, the former host returned to the show as a guest. Sadly, Elisabeth Hasselbeck made her exit this past summer, so we missed out on a reunion between the two — and by “reunion,” we mean a fierce argument of the kind that led to O’Donnell leaving the show in the first place. Still, O’Donnell brought her sometimes-controversial opinions and tried to be more, er, agreeable than usual. “It’s my first time back, I’m afraid I’ll be exiled!” she joked.
Barbara Walters introduced O’Donnell by saying how this time of the year — near Valentine’s Day — is a perfect time for O’Donnell to return. It didn’t make much sense, but okay! The ladies all wore red in honor of National Wear Red Day, which promotes heart disease awareness, and O’Donnell was no exception: Once she made her way to the couches, she pulled her black shirt down to reveal a lacy red bra. Way to make an entrance, Rosie.
Thursday night’s Big Bang Theory was positively loco
(motive) but there’s no way to explain why without a little set up. So, here it goes:
In this Valentine’s Day-themed episode, what was supposed to be a romantic evening turned out to be a rough one for all three of the show’s major couples — Leonard/Penny, Sheldon/Amy, and Howard/Bernadette. At home, Leonard and Penny found themselves dealing with a Yorkie with a belly full of chocolate while Bernadette and Howard had to deal with a tense situation involving Sheldon and Amy.
You see, Amy planned a weekend getaway for her, Sheldon, Howard and Bernadette, and the way she convinced Sheldon to take part was by promising him a romantic dinner on a vintage locomotive. Once at dinner, however, Amy became upset when Sheldon befriended a fellow train enthusiast and paid more attention to his new (totally weird) friend than her. When she pulled him aside to give him a piece of her mind, a big fight erupted and Sheldon acted out — with unexpected consequences. Transcript and video below: READ FULL STORY
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