Sadie Gennis claims that “no one’s safe” in the new “Veronica Mars” movie debuting this Friday. It is just one of her eight warnings/clues about what to expect in the reboot of the TV series. She says that with car crashes, gunshots, and electrocution, “everyone’s at risk and no one’s above suspicion.” With Kristen Bell as the title character, she has moved on from her days as a teen detective to become a New York lawyer. Other hints about what to expect: Veronica is still her own worst enemy, the plot is all the fault of actor Adam Scott from season one, and be sure to stay for the credits for “the cherry on top of the marshmallow.” TV Guide.
Is Charlie Sheen up to his old ways? Recent absences from shooting the FX comedy series “Anger Management” are said to “have angered his co-stars.” One source says the cast “is threatening to stop working if the absences persist.” His previous long-time CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” fired him during absences due to substance abuse and other issues. His publicist states that he will return to the set for production early this week. Hollywood Reporter.
Screenwriter John Ridley regrets not thanking his “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen while accepting an Oscar last week. He says, “You know, the guy changed my life. At the Oscars you have 30 seconds to talk and it’s like the oxygen drops out of the room.” His bigger regret is not explaining another thanks he did give from the stage. He spoke of a script coordinator named Gayle who gave him early support many years ago but did not tell people that she became his wife and was in the audience. Entertainment Weekly.
Could the next award on the mantle of Alfonso Cuaron be an Emmy? He won two Oscars last week for “Gravity” (directing and editing) and helms the premiere episode of the new drama “Believe.” The show about the powers of telekinesis, levitation, and clairvoyance debuts on NBC Monday before moving to a regular slot on Sundays. Cuaron excutive produces along with J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Trek” films). Last year’s drama directing Emmy went to a feature film helmer, David Fincher (“House of Cards“). USA Today.
The sequel “300: Rise of an Empire” opens to a huge $45 million, even without the return of star Gerard Butler and director Zack Snyder. Another strong debut is the animated “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” which brought in $32.5 million. The Liam Neeson action film “Non-Stop” falls to third place with $15.4 million (overall cume of $52.1 million). Thompson on Hollywood.
Among the specialty and independent films this weekend, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Wes Anderson) checks in with a record per-screen average. It earned a “stunning” $200,000 per screen average in a total of four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The previous record was “The Master” (Paul Thomas Anderson) in 2012 with a $142,262 per screen average. Fox Searchlight officials hope this will become Anderson’s biggest film, after 2001’s “The Royal Tenenbaums” with its total domestic take of $52.36 million. Deadline.
The Fox network renews four shows it calls its “core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content.” Comedies “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project,” and “New Girl” will all return in the fall for new seasons. The Kevin Bacon drama “The Following” will be back again next January. The network had already renewed “Bones,” “Glee,” and “Sleepy Hollow” weeks ago. Vulture.
“Saturday Night Live” will welcome back Louis C.K. as its guest host on March 29. It will be his second time at the helm after his previous gig in November, 2012 earned him an Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Guest Actor. No musical guest is announced yet for this episode. TV Line.