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<p>The &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;Kickstarter page shortly after it passed its minimum $2 million goal.</p>

The "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter page shortly after it passed its minimum $2 million goal.

So the 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter succeeded. Now what?

Will Rob Thomas' winning gamble lead to the resurrection of other beloved cult shows?

When Rob Thomas announced the "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter campaign this morning, he wrote "I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made."

Less than 12 hours later, the Kickstarter had already earned its minimum $2 million goal. There will be a "Veronica Mars" movie, filmed this summer while Kristen Bell is on hiatus from "House of Lies," and now Thomas and company have 29+ days to hope the money keeps pouring in and they can make more than a simple parlor room mystery set at Veronica's 10-year high school reunion.

There's been spectacle, all right, but it's been spectacular success, not failure. The question now is whether this really will revolutionize the business, or if this is simply an anomaly.

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<p>Elizabeth Olsen in &quot;Martha Marcy May Marlene.&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Durkin, Campos and Mond's BorderLine Films to be showcased at Karlovy Vary fest

Full retrospective will include 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' and 'Simon Killer'

Some of you might remember that, going on two years ago, Kris and I were big champions of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," a confidently disquieting, much-laurelled debut feature from Sean Durkin that also marked a significant step forward for BorderLine Films, the independent production company set up by Durkin with filmmaker pals Antonio Campos and Josh Mond.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 10</p>

The "American Idol" Top 10

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 10: Music of the American Idols Night

It's our first Wednesday Performance Night for the Finalists

I don't fully understand Wednesday (March 13) night's "American Idol" theme... But I'm concerned anyway.

Music of the American Idols? Really? 

Let's see how this goes...

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'Grow Up, Tony Phillips'' Emily Hagins on why SXSW is ideal for young filmmakers
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'Grow Up, Tony Phillips'' Emily Hagins on why SXSW is ideal for young filmmakers

Plus: Watch the trailer for the quirky comedy from the 20-year-old director

Austin's South By Southwest Film Festival is known as a friendly place for young filmmakers, their eccentric movies, and devoted movie junkies. 

It may be the ideal forum to unveil the new indie comedy "Grow Up, Tony Phillips," from the Austin-based 20-year-old director Emily Hagins. The quirky, micro-budget slice-of-life comedy centers on an 18-year-old man-child who doesn't want to give up trick or treating on Halloween. 

HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with Hagins to discuss the film, and why SXSW seems to be the perfect place for "Tony Phillips" to meet the world.

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<p>Jessica and John of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jessica and John of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Interview: John & Jessica talk 'The Amazing Race'

Why the heck didn't they use the Express Pass?
If you watched C-SPAN last week, you learned a lot about the important role of filibustering in American democracy.
 
And if you read my "Amazing Race" exit interview with John Erck and Jessica Hoel, you can learn a lot about the important role of filibustering in conversations with reporters.
 
John & Jessica had one of the most notorious Legs in "Amazing Race" history on Sunday, going home with the all-powerful Express Pass still in the pocket, having misread the competitive circumstances at both sides of a Detour and then at a Roadblock.
 
I had many questions about John & Jessica's Race, which started with them winning the first Leg and ended in ignominy, but if you look at the transcript, you'll see that two of their answers took up the majority of our interview time. Both of those epic answers are very illuminating into what their mindset was in that last Leg and why they made the decisions they made, but those two answers kept me from discussing things like the random stranger they started working with when they went to the wrong house at the start of the Detour, John's repeated insistence that he has a strong eye for detail, what, if anything, the Leg told them about the way they relate as a couple or what they'd thought about Phil's "Oy vey" response.
 
So it goes!
 
Check out the full Q&A below...
 
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<p>Baauer</p>

Baauer

'Harlem Shake' spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100

Who else is making chart moves this week?

Harlem Shake” makes it four weeks in a row atop the Billboard Hot 100 even though Baauer’s viral sensation drops in YouTube streaming and radio airplay (and is also the subject of a dispute by two vocalists).

The top three positions remain static as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” stays at No. 2 and Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” holds at No. 3, according to Billboard.

Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko rises 5-4, while Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” rises 8-5 following the song’s performance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” falls 4-6, Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” slips 6-7,  Will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” inches 7-8, Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” featuring Drake and Future climbs 11-9, and Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” spends its 20th week in the Hot 100 at No. 10, down one spot from last week.

Look for Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring fun’s Nate Ruess to enter the top 10 next week, as it soars 47-18 this week.

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<p>Taylor Swift in &quot;22&quot;</p>

Taylor Swift in "22"

Watch: Taylor Swift and her gal pals star in new clip for '22'

It's girls day out in the latest music video from 'Red'

Taylor Swift didn’t go to college, but she’s living the sorority girl life in her new video for “22.” Albeit a very G-rated one.

[More after the jump...]


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<p>Prince on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'</p>

Prince on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

Credit: NBC

Confirmed: Prince will close out SXSW Music Fest

Legendary artist will play Samsung party

HitFix exclusively reported on Monday that this year's SXSW was set to get a dose of Prince for the very first time, and now it's official.

Samsung has confirmed that Prince will perform at its March 16 party, closing out the sprawling Austin festival, according to Mashable

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<p>LOOK&nbsp;AT&nbsp;HIM.</p>

LOOK AT HIM.

Credit: Universal Pictures

First red-band 'Kick-Ass 2' trailer comes out swinging and cursing and leaving a mark

Jim Carrey joins the cast in what looks like the year's wildest superhero ride

Just before Thanksgiving of last year, I spent four days at Pinewood Studios outside of London to see them wrapping up production on "Kick-Ass 2." At the end of the visit, I got to see about 20 minutes of the film, a sizzle reel that director Jeff Wadlow put together to show the cast and crew what they'd been working on so very hard, and I walked away from that deeply impressed.

Today, the red-band trailer has gone live, and Mark Millar has been counting down the hours until that premiere on Twitter, giddy because he knows what Wadlow's made, and he's justifiably excited by it. If you didn't like the first "Kick-Ass," you may not be the audience for this new one, but if you did like the first film, they've made a sequel here that seems to be poised to genuinely up the stakes from the first film while building logically onto the characters and events we saw in that movie.

You get a glimpse here of how Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) have been spending their time in the years since the death of Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Frank DeMarco (Mark Strong), and you also get a glimpse of the way they've changed the world around them. They've inspired other people to start dressing in costumes and standing up to criminals, and they begin to assemble these people into a group, figuring there must be safety in numbers. One of the most outrageous new additions to the cast this time is Jim Carrey playing Colonel Stars'n'Stripes. Look closely at him when you see him in the trailer. It's a pretty heavy set of prosthetics that Carrey designed to wear in the film, and he looks like he leapt off the pages of the comic, like John Romita Jr. drew him for the film.

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<p>Kristen Bell could be playing Veronica Mars again very soon.</p>

Kristen Bell could be playing Veronica Mars again very soon.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas launch 'Veronica Mars' movie Kickstarter campaign

Can fans raise enough money to fund film sequel to cult classic detective show?

A "Veronica Mars" movie has hovered somewhere between rumor and fantasy ever since the CW canceled the Kristen Bell teen detective drama back in 2007. The show's creator Rob Thomas has tried to get a film spin-off made on several occasions, and says that he and producer Joel Silver once came close before Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the show and its characters, decided it wasn't worth the money it would cost to make, market and release such a film.

But rather than let the dream die altogether, Thomas has come up with an outlandish idea that will either fail spectacularly or get the movie made — and if he succeeds, may change the future prospects for many beloved but low-rated projects.

Thomas is going to try to fund a "Veronica Mars" movie on Kickstarter.

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<p>Tom Hanks at the Broadhurst Theatre</p>

Tom Hanks at the Broadhurst Theatre

Credit: The New York Times

Nora Ephron's Broadway hit 'Lucky Guy' with Tom Hanks is a profound, poignant swan song

As a film, it could enter the pantheon of great celluloid depictions of journalism

NEW YORK It's fitting that Nora Ephron's swan song, the play "Lucky Guy," calls the Broadhurst Theatre on West 44th Street home. The venue, which has played host to productions of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians," Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys," Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" over its century-long history, sits around the corner from the old New York Times Building that housed the operations of the Gray Lady for 94 years. And Ephron's play, while an account of the rise, fall and vindication of New York journalist Mike McAlary, is just as much a celebration of the profession the author, filmmaker and playwright once called her own.

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<p>The &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;partners in a season 6 promotional photo.</p>

The "Mad Men" partners in a season 6 promotional photo.

Credit: AMC

'Mad Men' cast looking glamorous in new season 6 promo pictures

Don, Peggy, Joan and the rest get all dressed up for a gallery photo shoot

'Tis the week for "Mad Menpromotional imagery. On Monday, AMC released the new key art for season 6, a drawing featuring multiple Don Drapers that invited all manner or serious and silly speculation as to what (if anything) it all means. This morning, AMC unleashed a couple of dozen new promotional pictures of the cast, some of them all dressed up for a swinging '60s party, others of them (slightly) dressed down for work.

As always, I advise against reading anything into these pictures — wondering why, for instance, Peggy and Joan are posed together in a photo, even though Peggy now works with Teddy Chow-guh-guh — as symbolizing anything other than "Here is an incredibly attractive collection of actors dressed very, very well." But since we still have a few weeks before the April 7th season premiere, there's no harm in enjoying a glimpse of Don, Roger, Peggy, Pete and friends until we get to see them in moving picture form.

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