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<p>Kristen Bell takes some surveillance photos on the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;movie set.</p>

Kristen Bell takes some surveillance photos on the "Veronica Mars" movie set.

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On the set of the 'Veronica Mars' movie

Hanging out with the improbable revival of the early '00s detective show
LOS ANGELES -- Veronica Mars is back at work, against all odds, doing the job she gave up years ago, in a project that has no business existing under any of the rules by which we understand Hollywood.
 
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<p>Logan (Jason Dorhing)&nbsp;and Veronica (Kristen Bell)&nbsp;together again in the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;movie.</p>

Logan (Jason Dorhing) and Veronica (Kristen Bell) together again in the "Veronica Mars" movie.

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'Veronica Mars' creator Rob Thomas talks from the movie set

Plenty of 'pinch me' moments in the Kickstarter-funded revival
Day 3 of the “Veronica Mars” movie shoot found Rob Thomas battling mixed emotions. On the one hand, he was directing this improbable project, which had been funded by a groundbreaking Kickstarter campaign that brought his detective character back to life six years after the CW canceled the TV series, and on this day in June was going to be filming Kristen Bell in a variety of iconic Veronica shots as she took surveillance photos of the apartment of Gia Goodman (Krysten Ritter, one of many alums of the series to return for the movie). On the other hand, he was still reeling from the previous night’s NBA Finals Game 6, where his beloved San Antonio Spurs blew a championship-winning game in the closing moments(*).
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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Cinematography - Does a longtime bridesmaid finally get his due?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Cinematography - Does a longtime bridesmaid finally get his due?

And no, we're not talking about Roger Deakins -- not yet

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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Where are the Olympic medal ceremonies?


Where are the Olympic medal ceremonies?
It seems like NBC is showing far fewer medal ceremonies during these Winter Games. PLUS: Has NBC's coverage gotten meaner?


"Homeland's" Morena Baccerin lands on ABC's "Warriors"
In the military medical drama pilot, she'll play a military psychiatrist who has PTSD after returning from Afghanistan.


Krysten Ritter to star in a 1962-set "Mission Control" astronaut comedy
The "Anchorman"-like project from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay has Ritter playing a strong woman who butts heads with a macho astronaut during the '60s space race.


NBC's secret Olympics Starbucks goes on lockdown after it's revealed

NBC security guards have forbidden NBC staffers from going out in public with their Starbucks coffee due to the fact that the coffee company isn't an official sponsor.


Does "True Detective's" poster offer a big clue on the Yellow King?
The HBO series poster does highlight a crown. PLUS: Twitter goes wild casting Season 2, Woody Harrelson said the same thing in "Kingpin," and "Community" stars recreate "True Detective" in 1995 and in 2012.


Why is NBC's primetime figure skating broadcast team so terrible?
Not only are they bad at explaining the sport, but they've been outshined by Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski. PLUS: Can NBC keep Weir & Lipinski on TV after the Olympics?


"The Colbert Report" should employ more correspondents, like "Buddy Cole"

Scott Thompson's correspondent character has been a revelation during these Winter Games.


Keri Russell recounts to Letterman her home break-in
A friend told her afterwards, "you know you're not a real Russian spy, right?"


Ryan Seacrest films "How Not to Promote a TV Show" to promote "Mixology"
Watch Seacrest bring a giant arrow to Wilshire Blvd.


"How I Met Your Mother" shot the final scene on Thursday
Still, the CBS comedy has three days of filming to go.


Kid Cudi joins "Entourage" movie as Ari Gold's new assistant
The rapper is the new Lloyd.


Lisa Kudrow testifies about her "Friends'" earnings in a trial vs. her ex-manager

Her former manager claims he's owed 5% of her earnings since the two parted ways in 2007.


"Revenge's" Barry Sloane and "Heroes'" Milo Ventimiglia are set to meet "The Visitors"
They'll co-star in the ABC drama pilot about alien visitors.


Watch Conan hand Olympian Sage Kotsenburg a medal made of bacon

It's made of quality bacon.


Rebel Wilson's "Super Fun Night": Why was it so bad?
The ABC sitcom went wrong by making fun of its characters instead of embracing them.


"Being Mary Jane" promotes Stephen Bishop

He'll become a regular on the BET series.


"Idol's" Justin Guarini: Yes, I dated Kelly Clarkson

The romance was sparked on the set of "From Justin to Kelly." PLUS: Which Season 13 contestants have disappeared?, and an "Idol" finalist nearly drops Ryan Seacrest.


Check out Mariska Hargitay directing "SVU"
Hargitay spent today directing her first-ever episode of the NBC series.


See Disney Princesses as "Game of Thrones" characters

It's The Wonderful World of Westeros.


Karen Gillan tweets the 1st-ever "Doctor Who" photo of her and Matt Smith in costume
From exactly four years ago.

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<p>Wait... is the orange one Kate Mara?</p>

Wait... is the orange one Kate Mara?

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We dig in to discuss what we can expect based on the 'Fantastic Four' casting

And, no, race is not the most interesting topic to consider

Perhaps the least interesting thing about the "Fantastic Four" casting is the issue of race, so why are so many fanboys so hung up on it today?

It's officially time to stop using the excuse that comics are a visual medium, therefore characters have to look the same when they are translated to film. I get it… you've seen a character a certain way. But even within the world of comics, there have been so many different ways these characters have been presented that it seems like an excuse, not a valid reason. There are things that define us as characters that go well beyond how much melatonin we have in our skin, and yet that refrain comes up any time we see anyone cast a comic book in a way that challenges the norm.

Greg Ellwood and I ended up chatting today on-camera about the casting and about the overall approach that it seems Fox is taking on the film. I say "seems" because I have no idea what the script is going to entail. We can deduce certain things based on the casting and the age range of the actors and the involvement of Mark Millar, but it's all still speculation. I only know what's been said in public so far, and that's not much.

Josh Trank strikes me as a guy who really, really, really wants to get "Fantastic Four" right. When he first came onboard the film, back when Jeremy Slater was the sole screenwriter on it, everything I heard gave the impression that this was something that they took very seriously. While Fox has done the typical studio round-robin on screenwriters, Trank has been the constant here, and he remains fiercely protective of whatever it is they're cooking up. I'm certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt based on "Chronicle," and as I said yesterday when we posted our first piece about the casting… I have my fingers crossed. I want this to work, and I'm going to be Captain Optimism for as long as I can be.

"Fantastic Four" arrives in theaters June 19, 2015.

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<p>I'm curious if they'll go for this or the more traditional look for Doctor Strange when he makes the jump to movies.</p>

I'm curious if they'll go for this or the more traditional look for Doctor Strange when he makes the jump to movies.

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The search is on as Marvel starts meeting with possible 'Doctor Strange' directors

I think 'strange' is the key word here

Are you ready for the weird era at Marvel?

It's exciting to think that we're getting ready to kick off the strangest run of movies they've made so far, because it feels like that's the only way they're going to be able to continue to grow and evolve as a studio. While Warner and DC struggle to catch up to the game that Marvel's been playing so well for the last five years, Marvel is getting ready to shake up the formula completely.

While the final fate of the film won't be written until August of this year, it's safe to say Marvel has to be feeling good about the reaction to the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" trailer this week. Considering how people have been naysaying the film since it was first announced, it feels like they turned a pretty major corner in terms of public perception, and now they've made a solid start that they can build off of for the next five months or so.

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Robby Benson

 Robby Benson

Exclusive clip: See what Robby Benson's up to now on 'Oprah: WATN'

The former teen heartthrob has reinvented himself again

Some teen heart throbs don't age well, and then there's Robby Benson. In this exclusive clip from this Friday's season finale of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Feb. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET on OWN), check in with Benson, who seems to be doing just fine since leaving the spotlight and has become an undeniable silver fox. See? Not every child star becomes a complete mess or stars in a bad reality TV series! 

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<p>There's no reason to fight... you're all pretty.</p>

There's no reason to fight... you're all pretty.

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The ten most killer movie assassins of all time

From The Bride to Martin Blank, these hired killers are all to die for

Why is the assassin such an enduring archetype?

Audiences seem to have an endless appetite for watching the adventures of people whose job is to kill for money, particularly when they start to wrestle with issues of conscience. How many movies at this point have started from the notion of the professional killer who's got "just one more job to do"?

When the HitFix movie team decided to put together a gallery of their favorite assassins in honor of tomorrow's release of "Three Days To Kill," the new Kevin Costner film, the biggest problem seemed to be narrowing everything down to the list of their very favorites. There are so many of these characters that have become icons that we could probably end up doing two or three of these galleries without running out.

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<p>MK Nobilette or Justin Bieber? You decide!</p>

MK Nobilette or Justin Bieber? You decide!

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Rush Week - Top 13 Revealed

America picked 10 favorites and the judges will add three Wild Cards

When it comes to Thursday (February 20) night's "American Idol" results, I'm not confident on much. I know who I thought gave the best performances between the Top 15 Girls on Tuesday and the Top 15 Boys on Wednesday, but I don't know how America will respond.

I'm using a picture of MK Nobilette with my recap because I'm sure that even if America didn't love her, the judges will use a Wild Card for her. 

Beyond that? Well, let's see who makes the season's Top 13. Then I'm gonna go out and interview them.

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Noah Wyle's TNT 'Librarian' movie franchise is set to become a TV series


Noah Wyle's TNT "Librarian" movie franchise is set to become a TV series
TNT is close to ordering a 10-episode "Librarian" series, with Wyle poised to reprise his role.


Lena Dunham: Before "Girls," HBO "sweetly" fired me from "Mildred Pierce"
Dunham worked one day on the HBO miniseries before being dumped by a producer whom she would end up working with on "Girls."


Preview Sarah Palin's new reality show
She's hosting Sportsman Channel's "Amazing America."


E! bringing Kristin Cavallari back to TV

The former MTV star will co-host a new weekly series called "The Fabulist," starting next month.


Introducing Mario Seinfeld
What if "Seinfeld" was mashed up with Super Mario Bros?


Christina Aguilera is pregnant
The newly engaged "Voice" star is expecting her 2nd child, Us weekly reports.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Supporting Actor - Will Jared Leto continue to dominate?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Supporting Actor - Will Jared Leto continue to dominate?

Five younger actors square off as the vets sit this category out for a change

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Adewale Akinnuoye-Abgaje has every reason to smile based on how much fun he has playing his part in 'Pompeii'</p>

Adewale Akinnuoye-Abgaje has every reason to smile based on how much fun he has playing his part in 'Pompeii'

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje on the pleasure of playing a hero in 'Pompeii'

How do you think his publicists prepare interviewers on saying his last name?

If correctly pronouncing the name of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was an Olympic event, our own Dan Fienberg would be in Sochi winning medals right this moment.

When I went to the "Pompeii" press day recently, I was met outside the room by a publicist who was speaking on behalf of another publicist who was inside the room, and they all wanted to make it clear that I shouldn't bother trying to say anything beyond "Adewale" when I walked into the room. "You don't have to try his last name," she said.

Hey, if he wants to go the full Madonna, fine by me. I've always had a great time interviewing him, and I've liked his work as far back as I can remember seeing him. He made such a huge impression when he was on "Oz" that the only real danger for me as a fan is that I would call him "Adebisi" instead of Adewale. One of the things that becomes clear if you spend more than ten minutes in conversation with him is that he is crazy smart, a guy with a knack for running a conversation.

At a press day for "The Thing," we had some time to just sit and chat while they were re-lighting the interview set, a good twenty minutes or so off-camera, and we talked about his background, a Masters degree in law, and how I'd like to see him cast as the lawyer in something instead of the perpetual client. It's one of those things where I don't even think it's about race as much as it is about a sort of failure of imagination on the part of filmmakers thinking about how to cast him.

My kids were excited to talk to him for a moment about "Thor: The Dark World," and he was incredibly gracious when talking about the part he played. Personally, I thought it was yet another film where they made less than ideal use of him, burying him in (admittedly well-designed) monster make-up for most of the movie. I'll say this for "Pompeii"… Paul W.S. Anderson gives Adewale a lot of screen time, and his character plays more than just a bad guy or a tough guy. I'll have my actual review of the movie up on Friday, but it's safe to say that I was happy to see Adewale get to play someone who we can actually root for and who has more than one big moment to play.

"Pompeii" is out in theaters on Friday, and you can see "Thor: The Dark World" on Blu-ray and DVD on February 25.

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