Movie power rankings: 'Veronica Mars' kickstarts to the top spot
This list is usually topped by blockbuster film franchises like "Star Wars," "Avatar," "Star Trek" or the Marvel films, but fans should't be too surprised to see "Veronica Mars" at the No. 1 spot this week. Did we see a possible future for movie financing last week when fans of the show coughed up millions of dollars to help fund a feature version of the defunct cult series? Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell took to Kickstarter to try to raise enough funds for the film. And, oh boy, did they raise the funds. The potential project broke records for the site, and "Veronica" has racked up nearly $4 million so far, with plenty of time to go. What will this mean for the future of cult TV shows and films? Will crowd-sourced coinage ever become the norm for feature films? The "Mars" movie is still quite a ways off, but the repercussions of the move will likely be felt for years to come.
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March 23, 2013
1. "Veronica Mars" (Last week: Not ranked)
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2. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Last week: Not ranked)
Halle Berry's back as Storm, Daniel Cudmore is returning as Colossus, and Fan Binbbing is joining as Blink. It's one big happy family, including a bearded (?) Professor X.
3. "Spring Breakers" (Last week: Not ranked)
Harmony Korine's satiric ode to questionable college choices cleaned up in limited release. And the presence of stars Selena Gomez, James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens is helping the film break though to mainstream audiences. Spring break 4-eva.
4. "Avatar" (Last week: Not ranked)
Director James Cameron dishes on the upcoming sequels to the biggest box office hit of all-time.
5. "Kick -Ass 2" (Last week: Not ranked)
What's one way to make the sequel even crazier than the gleefully ultra-violent original? By adding Jim Carrey as a crazed vigilante, of course. Check him out in the film's first trailer.
6. "Pacific Rim" (Last week: Not ranked)
just how big are the giant monsters and robots going to be in Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming action epic? These two brand new images from the film give you a hint. Watch out, Godzilla.
7. "Jurassic Park 4" (Last week: Not ranked)
He's not quite as famous as Steven Spielberg, by "Safety Not Guaranteed" helmer Colin Trevorrow was selected to direct the long-awaited fourth installment.
8. "The Wolverine" (Last week: Not ranked)
We'll *finally* get a look at the new Hugh Jackman movie when the trailer is unleashed May 27. It has something to do with a mutating rodent-like former-man or something.
9. "Divergent" (Last week: Not ranked)
The YA adaptation is drawing an impressive cast. First, "Descendants" star Shailene Woodley, then "Golden Boy" star Theo James. Now, even Oscar winner Kate Winslet is getting in on the action.
10. "Tron 3" (Last week: Not ranked)
Is the computer world threequel still happening? "Tron Legacy" co-star Olivia Wilde says it is.
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2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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