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Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Hulu officially orders Veronica Mars revival for eight episodes airing in 2019
"Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!!" Kristen Bell announced on Instagram. Creator Rob Thomas will be back, writing the revival's first episode. He'll be joined by his fellow Veronica Mars producers Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge. Here's the logline for the Veronica Mars revival: "Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach."
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Why another Veronica Mars revival is a bad idea
Source: The Muse
The Kristen Bell-starring teen noir mystery series already had its revival, a 2014 movie funded mainly by its fans. "We can’t possibly need more than that," says Rebecca Fishbein. "The whole premise of Veronica Mars was that she was a wise-cracking teen who solved crimes and survived high school at the same time. Now she’s an adult, and based on what I recall from the film, she’s just as useless and f*cked up as the rest of us. That’s fine. Growing up is hard! But I don’t need my heroes to age with me, and these reboots are starting to feel lazier by the minute."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Hulu is close to bringing back Veronica Mars with Kristen Bell reprising her breakout role
Hulu is finalizing a deal that would have creator Rob Thomas and Bell return for an eight-episode limited Veronica Mars series. "Doing Veronica Mars is not going to interfere with Bell’s duties as star of the NBC comedy series The Good Place," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, who adds: "I hear there have been preliminary conversations about bringing back a number of the other cast members from the original series and followup movie." Veronica Mars originally ran from 2004 to 2007 on UPN and, in its final season, The CW. It returned as crowd-funded movie in 2014.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Animal Planet to tell stories of Celebrity Animal Encounters
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kristen Bell, Danny Trejo, Whitney Cummings, Al Roker, Justin Hartley, Moby and other celebrities will each recount an unexpected run-in with an animal on the upcoming series.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
Hollywood Walk of Fame's new star recipients include Kristen Bell, Candice Bergen, Lucy Liu, Guy Fieri and Alvin and the Chipmunks
Veronica Mars alum and The Good Place star Bell will be honored not for her TV work but for her resume as a movie actress. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also announced that Sid and Marty Krofft, Stacy Keach, Dianne Wiest, the late Julia Child, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Robert De Niro and Dolly Parton will all be honored in 2019.
# TOPICS: Kristen Bell, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Cedric the Entertainer, Dolly Parton, Guy Fieri, Idina Menzel, Judith Light, Julia Child, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Robert De Niro, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
Veronica Mars stars "pranked" into campaigning for another revival
Source: Brit + Co
Ryan Hansen got Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring to film a video that was actually intended to campaign for another season of YouTube Red's Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
Source: Vanity Fair
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Apple orders its first animated series, a star-studded musical comedy from Bob's Burgers creator
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Central Park, about a family of caretakers who live and work at the iconic New York City park, will feature the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Titus Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kathryn Hahn. Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard will write the series with Gad and Emmy-winning writer Nora Smith. Central Park has been given a two-season, 26-episode order.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Kristen Bell reacts to The Good Place fan theories
Watch the YouTube video she filmed for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
The Good Place Season 2 was funnier, crazier, more surprising and audacious thanks to the hard work of Season 1
“Like most of the sitcoms Michael Schur has worked on, The Good Place wasn’t as great at the start as it became later,” says Alan Sepinwall. “But where The Office, Parks and Rec, and even Brooklyn Nine-Nine needed a bit of time to fine-tune themselves and correct things that weren’t quite working, season two of The Good Place has been wonderful in large part because of the hard and occasionally thankless work that season one did. This season has been funnier, crazier, more surprising, and more audacious, but only because the show’s first year spent a lot of time explaining how the world worked and what made each character tick….The only reason a Groundhog Day-style episode covering hundreds of reboots works is because we have a baseline knowledge of who and what is important, so the show had the freedom to just get to the jokes, boom boom boom.”
- “Lesser TV shows give you what you think you want. A great TV show like The Good Place gives you what you didn’t know you needed”
- The Season 2 finale was as ambitious as Season 1’s finale, and it opens up even more possibilities for Season 3
- A handy guide to Michael Schur’s favorite actors, from Kristen Bell to Maya Rudolph
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her 60th birthday
Kristen Bell and Justin Timberlake were among the stars to wish happy 60th to Ellen, who is celebrating her birthday today. Timberlake serenaded Ellen with a special version of "Happy Birthday."
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
The Good Place was designed to break its rules
Source: The A.V. Club
“The Good Place is an ‘anything can happen’ type of show, but ‘anything’ must adhere to a set of ‘if X is true, then Y’ statements,” says Erik Adams. “The very core of The Good Place’s premise is rule-bound—how its characters will spend eternity rests on what they should’ve or shouldn’t’ve done when they were alive—and this goes a long way toward making the universe of the show feel real, well-rounded, and familiar whenever a reset takes place. The neighborhood is the neighborhood whether its streets are dotted with frozen yogurt shops, pudding stands, or chowder fountains. But none of that is the foundation that’s held firm through all the renovations. Rules give shape to The Good Place, but character gives it life, and consistency and rigor in that department is what has truly kept the show from rocketing off of its axis in season two.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Aziz Ansari was a no-show, but James Franco did appear at SAG Awards
Source: The Washington Post
Ansari, nominated for best actor in a comedy series, lost to William H. Macy at the SAG Awards. Ansari didn’t attend the ceremony that came eight days after he was accused by a date of sexual misconduct. Franco did attend, but skipped the SAG red carpet. Franco’s sister-in-law, Alison Brie, was asked about the accusations, responding: “I obviously support my family and not everything reported has been fully accurate. But of course now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Kristen Bell, the first-ever SAG Awards host, says she's "very comfortable with the teleprompter, and I’m a pretty decent party pumper..."
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"...Which I believe are the only two qualifications," Bell says jokingly. “I do hope to keep it very fun and lively,” she adds of Sunday's hosting gig. “It’s going to be a lot of women this year. A lot of women. Out of respect for the changes that are happening in the business and the topics of conversation that are happening currently, we want that to be something that is honoring women, and I don’t want to take anything too seriously. A lot of topics, people have asked me if I’m going to broach. I don’t think it’s really my place to broach a lot of negativity, but we want the night to be really uplifting and celebrate a lot of women and celebrate a lot of women that maybe haven’t had as much of a spotlight as they should have had in recent years.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Aziz Ansari’s MTV Movie Awards promo showing him putting the moves on Kristen Bell hasn’t aged well
Source: The Daily Dot
Ansari filmed the date skit with Bell, which included bad sex puns, when he hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2010.