<p>Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; if that&#39;s what fans want.</p>

Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of 'Veronica Mars' if that's what fans want.

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Kristen Bell on making the 'Veronica Mars' film for old fans and new viewers

Did the Kickstarter success put pressure on the series star?

For some reason, I had to fly to Dallas to do all of the "Veronica Mars" interviews on the day before I flew to Austin, even though the entire cast and crew was heading into Austin the same time I was for the same film festival.

No matter. I'll take whatever the opportunity is to sit down with Kristen Bell. We met on "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and at that point, I had just caught up with "Veronica Mars" and had realized that she was, in fact, awesome. I was on the set for a week in Hawaii, and my wife and my son had joined me, so they were hanging out at the pool and dropping by set to see some of what was going on as well. Bell was hilarious and completely disarming and didn't seem remotely stand-offish with any of the people staying at the hotel.

We ended up seeing her several times over the next few months, most notably at the premiere of the movie. Before the party, my wife and I were standing outside the restaurant on the top floor of the Hollywood & Highland center, and we saw Bell approaching. She was in a dress that looked like a full-time job to wear, and she ducked behind us so that the photographers outside weren't able to see her. "Give me a minute here, guys," she said. She used the momentary shelter to make a few fairly major adjustments for both comfort and modesty, and then hurried inside.

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<p>This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.</p>

This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.

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Review: Aaron Paul is spinning his wheels in the ridiculous 'Need For Speed'

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This thing is barely a movie

"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid.

There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences.

Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, and if all you want is to see car mayhem that was shot for real without CG, then go see "Need For Speed." You'll feel like you got your money's worth.

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<p>You can&#39;t really talk about &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; without also talking about the large ensemble cast that supported her over the run of the show.</p>

You can't really talk about 'Veronica Mars' without also talking about the large ensemble cast that supported her over the run of the show.

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What you should know about the 'Veronica Mars' series so you can enjoy the movie

Catching up with this one should be fun for newcomers

There are several things you should know about "Veronica Mars."

First, you should know that it's great.

While I think the full run of the show, seasons one through three, is uneven at times,  particularly towards the end, the high points are so high, and the basic heart and soul of the show is so durable, that I am completely puzzled as to why it was ever anything less than a ratings gargantuan.

Second, you should know that the new film leans heavily on the relationships of the characters in the series, and at least in script form, it never felt like it was slowed down or over-explained for newcomers. It's very much a next chapter of "Veronica Mars," and that should have fans very excited.

The film's arriving in theaters tomorrow, and unfortunately, Netflix Instant doesn't currently have the show in its library. You can find it at iTunes and Amazon Prime, though, so we wanted to offer you a primer to pick up with the show and to help narrow things down for you so you can take a crash course.

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<p>Jaime Alexander shows up on Earth in pursuit of a deadly foe in this week&#39;s episode of &#39;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Jaime Alexander shows up on Earth in pursuit of a deadly foe in this week's episode of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Review: Asgardian temptress Lorelei complicates things for everyone on 'Agents Of SHIELD'

Plus how will this fit into the end of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'?

One of the things I've noticed is that "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." is very careful to just show scenes in their "previously on" montage that directly relate to the episode ahead. It makes sense we'd see a little bit of what happened last week to Skye and Coulson and the rest of the team, but I was surprised to see them include a moment of May and Ward discussing their surreptitious sex life.

The show is feeling more and more serialized each week. We pick up immediately after the end of last week's episode, with Lorelei (Elena Satine) still traveling with the groom she stole from his own honeymoon. She finds a motorcycle gang that better suits her ambitions, and she tosses away the first guy like a dirty tissue. She's obviously looking to assemble an army of men under her own control, and because of her powers, it makes perfect story sense for Sif (Jaime Alexander) to be the one who has to go after her.

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<p>I am fairly sure that I am the only person who decided to have a certain conversation with Imogen Poots at a recent press day for &#39;Need For Speed&#39;</p>

I am fairly sure that I am the only person who decided to have a certain conversation with Imogen Poots at a recent press day for 'Need For Speed'

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Imogen Poots on how she built a dynamic role for 'Need For Speed'

Plus watch us bond over something very special that we share

One of the more unusual interviews I've had recently was with Imogen Poots, who is the female lead of the new action film "Need For Speed," and who was also seen in this spring's "That Awkward Moment."

It is not often that I sit down across from someone after seeing a film and find myself stymied for what we are supposed to discuss, but that happened when I attended the press day for "Need For Speed." After all, the role she plays in the film might as well just be named "The Girl." The part is so thinly written that the majority of what she has to do in the movie is sit in the passenger's seat and smile at Aaron Paul while he does things.

I decided not to tiptoe around things, and I asked her how she approaches the challenge of taking a non-existent character and turning it into something that keeps her dynamic and engaged and that gives her something worth doing. The truth is that most writing for women in mainstream movies is dire, and for young women, that is doubly true. At least there are more character roles available as people age, but when you're a young and beautiful woman, the range of what you're asked to do can be enormously frustrating.

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<p>Godzilla is almost ready for his big debut, and tonight&#39;s SXSW event had him center-stage.</p>

Godzilla is almost ready for his big debut, and tonight's SXSW event had him center-stage.

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New 'Godzilla' makes a special appearance at a screening of the 1954 original

Gareth Edwards finally unveils his giant star in his full glory

AUSTIN - Anxious fans around the world have breathlessly analyzed each new bit of footage that has been released from the Gareth Edwards-directed "Godzilla," which arrives in theaters on May 16th, hoping that this will time, they will recognize the iconic monster, praying that this will not be a repeat of the awful 1998 movie.

I think it's safe for fans everywhere to relax.

One of the events at this year's SXSW festival was a special screening of the 1954 original version of "Gojira," the film that was re-edited with new footage when it was released in America and retitled "Godzilla." Rialto Films has held the American distribution rights to the Toho production for a while now, and this will actually be the second time they've done a national theatrical roll-out of the original movie.

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<p>Aaron Paul has good reason to be excited about pretty much everything these days.</p>

Aaron Paul has good reason to be excited about pretty much everything these days.

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Aaron Paul discusses how his own 'Need For Speed' influenced his choice of roles

Can he outrace the memory of Jesse Pinkman?

Aaron Paul's post-"Breaking Bad" career is going to be interesting.

Being on a show that is a breakout phenomenon like that can be a double-edged sword. Sure, his visibility went through the roof, and all of a sudden, he became incredibly well-known, and not just as Jesse. People unearthed old game show appearances and a video of him chatting with tourists outside his house went viral. He became closely identified with the emphatic use of the word "Bitch!", and ended up endorsing a whiskey as himself.

So now what? We talked about how he's adjusted to the end of the show, and we also discussed his first major post-"Breaking Bad" role, the new car stunt extravaganza "Need For Speed" and why he chose this film.

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<p>Kristen Bell&#39;s started work on &#39;Frozen 2&#39; even if Disney hasn&#39;t.</p>

Kristen Bell's started work on 'Frozen 2' even if Disney hasn't.

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Kristen Bell says 'I'm recording 'Frozen 2' in my bedroom already'

Now all they need to do is get Disney onboard

Kristen Bell, like Anna Kendrick, has a more substantial background in singing than many audiences know, so it should come as no great shock that when she was finally given the chance to do a full-blown musical, she rocked it.

When we sat down to talk about her return to the character that first brought her to my attention, "Veronica Mars," I couldn't resist asking her whether or not Disney has already broached the subject of making a "Frozen 2." After all, the first one has become a full-blown phenomenon. I may not cover box-office stories, but it would be hard to miss just how big this film is at this point. It's been in the top ten longer than "Avatar" was, and it seems like fans can't get enough of it. Of course they're going to do a stage version of it, but for the first time, Disney may have no choice but to develop a theatrical sequel to one of the princess films, and as long as they keep the core creative team together, there's no reason they can't figure this one out.

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<p>Ethan Hawke was in a particularly great mood after the Austin premiere of his films &#39;Boyhood&#39; and &#39;Predestination&#39;</p>

Ethan Hawke was in a particularly great mood after the Austin premiere of his films 'Boyhood' and 'Predestination'

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Ethan Hawke on Linklater, time travel, and space prostitutes in 'Predestination'

A thoughtful ten minutes with the always-engaging actor

AUSTIN - Ethan Hawke walked into the Gibson Guitar Lounge at Maggie Mae's, one of 6th Street's biggest clubs, looking sharp and still flushed from how well Richard Linklater's new film "Boyhood" played for a packed house at the Paramount on Sunday morning.

His parents had joined him, and while he had seen the film at Sundance, it meant something different to him to see it in the city where it was filmed. As soon as he walked in, we started talking, and I've noticed that about him. He's one of those guys who always just seems like he's picking up a conversation with you after a brief interruption, and if you're willing to really dig into a subject with him, he'll absolutely give you thoughtful, interesting answers.

Even on those occasions where I haven't liked a film that he was in, the interviews with him over the years have been excellent, and I feel like this latest was one of the best overall interviews we've done so far. We covered a lot of ground, starting with my extreme irritation at so far having missed "Boyhood" at both Sundance and this festival. I am dying to see it. If there's any film this year that I want to see, it's that one. It's just been a brutal twist of timing so far that has kept me from having a chance.

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<p>I know both Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are pictured here in the new film &#39;Neighbors,&#39; but it&#39;s impossible to tell which one of them is which when the shirts come off.</p>

I know both Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are pictured here in the new film 'Neighbors,' but it's impossible to tell which one of them is which when the shirts come off.

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Review: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron wage a hilarious war as ill-suited 'Neighbors'

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AUSTIN - Many of the modern comedies that are considered classics become part of the pop culture lexicon, endlessly quoted by fans in all sorts of different contexts. I have a strong suspicion that "Neighbors" is going to be one of those films that is simply absorbed whole by audiences. Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise.

Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose) are a young married couple who are adjusting to parenthood, having just moved into their first house. They're at that moment where they still have fresh memories of their party days, but they're settling into a life of responsibility and chafing a bit at the sensation. When the Delta Psy Kappa fraternity buys the house next door to them, Mac and Kelly are determined to try to be the cool neighbors. They go over to introduce themselves to Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco), the president and vice-president of the frat, and they try to reach out so that there won't be any problems in the future.

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