Warner Bros. Greenlights “Veronica Mars” – Here’s How They’ll Make It

by Shannonn Kelly
5:24AM, EST, Friday March 15, 2013

The Veronica Mars 'Kickstarter' Campaign
The Veronica Mars ‘Kickstarter’ Campaign

Everybody’s talking about it and here’s how it all happened:
Two days ago, Rob Thomas creator and writer of “Veronika Mars” (2004–2007) started a campaign on Kickstarter, a crowd source funding tool for creative projects.

Thomas Said in the Campaign:

Of course, Warner Bros. still owns Veronica Mars and we would need their blessing and cooperation to pull this off. Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot. They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot.

Thanks to the news of the campaign first blowing up on the hyper-geek early adopter social networking site Reddit, then followed quickly by Twitter and FaceBook – in less than 12 hours, with pledges ranging from $1. – $10,000., Thomas raised his $2 million target in less than 12 hours from VM loyal fan base.

And now with (at time of writing) 28 days left to go in the campaign, Thomas and key creatives like Kristen Bell, has 49,427 Backers and $3,273,558 raised which far exceeds Thomas’s $2,000,000 goal.

I pledged $35 and the image below shows what my perks are:

ShannonnKelly.com Veronica Mars Pledge Confirmation
ShannonnKelly.com Veronica Mars Pledge Confirmation

So now, with the permission to proceed from Warner Bros. arriving just 24 hours the Kickstarter campaign, Warner Bros. has decided they will fund the cost of distributing the film and the marketing campaign as well. The entire production budget however, will come solely from the Kickstarter campaign.

According to Brent Lang at TheWrap.com:

The noirish “Veronica Mars” followed an aspiring private investigator through high school and later college as she was tutored in the art of deduction by her detective father. It was never a ratings blockbuster, but it did inspire a passionate following — something the intense response to the Kickstarter campaign demonstrated.

Thomas said on Kickstarter that the movie will be shot over the summer and post-production will happen in the fall. The film will get a limited theatrical release in 2014 before debuting on video-on-demand and electronic sell through.

Feisty Actress Valerie Harper Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer

by Shannonn Kelly
10:16AM, EST, March 06, 2013

Actress Valerie Harper - 'Always every awkward girl's mentor'...
Actress Valerie Harper – ‘Always every awkward girl’s mentor’…

Such sad news around the celebrity world as we learn that feisty actress Valerie Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer – – leptomeningeal carcinomatosis on January 15, 2013.

The sad news was announced this morning on the NBCThe Today Show“.

She says doctors advise her she may have as little as three months to live. This is such sad news as is comes on the heels after Harper, a 73-year-old nonsmoker, battled lung cancer in 2009.

Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off “Rhoda“, received tweets that poured in for her from her acting community admirers:

“Valerie Harper, please know you will always be every awkward girl’s mentor. Love, Toula,” ~Nia Vardalos

“You were the ultimate comedy role model to me when I was growing up – the quintessential ‘best friend!’ Sending you love…” ~ Rachel Dratch

“My longtime friendship w/ @ValerieHarper has been 1 of the gr8est gifts of my life. I’m here 4 any/everything she may need one day at a time.” ~ Cloris Leachman

In an interview from 2002 with Larry King, Harper recounts how she was cast as Rhoda. Continue reading “Feisty Actress Valerie Harper Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer”

Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…

by Shannonn Kelly
05:03AM, EST, March 02, 2013

Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli
Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli

Beloved TV actress Bonnie Franklin who’s been suffering complications from pancreatic cancer is dead. She passed away yesterday at the age of  69.

In junior high, Franklin had two un-credited film roles – The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) and The Wrong Man (1961) by famed director Alfred Hitchcock. She eventually graduated from Beverly Hills High School that produced other famous movie alumni such as Nicolas Cage, Betty White, Gina Gershon, and Crispin Glover to name a few.

A long standing advocate for Women’s Rights especially in the story lines for her famous sitcom “One Day At A Time” (1975-1984), Franklin also starred in stage productions, most notably in “Applause” oppsite the great Lauren Bacall. Here’s a clip of Franklin’s Tony Award nominated performance.

Franklin’s TV daughter from “One Day At A Time”, Valerie Bertinelli wrote on her website yesterday:

My heart is breaking.  Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me.  The years on “One Day At A Time” were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat and Mackenzie  we were a family in every way.  She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself.  I will miss her terribly. Continue reading “Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…”

Beyoncé HBO Documentary “Life Is But a Dream” or… a Beautiful Nightmare

by Shannonn Kelly
06:52AM, EST, February 16, 2013

Beyoncé HBO documentary, "Life Is But a Dream"  premieres On HBO
Beyoncé HBO documentary, “Life Is But a Dream” premieres On HBO

How do you feel about Beyoncé…?

I used to really like her when she was with Destiny’s Child and then on her first solo album Dangerously in Love (2003).

But, around 2006 with release of her second solo album, B’Day and top 10 hits “Déjà Vu“, “Irreplaceable” and “Beautiful Liar” and up to her third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), with “If I Were a Boy” “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams“, quite frankly, I honestly got pretty tired of her and her insipid lyrics.

Continue reading “Beyoncé HBO Documentary “Life Is But a Dream” or… a Beautiful Nightmare”

Grammy News :: 55th Annual Grammys – Biggest Award Night For Music!

by Shannonn Kelly
6:55AM, EST, Saturday February 09,2013

The 55th Annual Grammy Award® Ceremony on CBS
The 55th Annual Grammy Award® Ceremony on CBS

Whether its Pop, Rock or Hip-Hop, music plays a big place in people’s lives. It’s what gets us up in the morning and often what gets us through the day.

The Annual Grammy Awards® is music’s biggest night and the 55th installment is sure to provide a ton of entertainment with performances by Alicia Keys And Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, Miranda Lambert, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood and Jack White to name a few.

While last year’s Grammy’s were marred after Whitney Houston died getting ready for the big Clive Davis after-party, no one can deny the Grammy’s are a very big deal for the industry, where a golden trophy can turn all those years of playing in dark and desolate clubs into a game changer literally over night.

I see a LOT of live music. After film, I would say music is my next big interest which spans across all genres – – Yes – – even Country.

I’d have to say my favorite concert from this past year was seeing Goyte. I saw him in the summer and 6 months later, I’m still reminiscing about that concert.

Who’s your favorite musical artist of this time or any other? Will you be watching the Grammys?

The Live Grammy Ceremony will be telecast Live Sunday, February 10 at 8PM, EST on your local CBS station.
Below is the COMPLETE List of the 81 categories of Grammy Nominees for 2013.

I’d love to hear what you think. Drop me a comment… Continue reading “Grammy News :: 55th Annual Grammys – Biggest Award Night For Music!”

It’s a Great Day for America! Barack Obama Officially Begins 2nd Term

by Shannonn Kelly
12:57PM, EST, January 21, 2013

President Barack Obama gave his 2nd Term Inaugural Address in front of thousands of people at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC
President Barack Obama gives his 2nd Term inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

“Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.

We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.

What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
~President Barack Obama, January 21, 2013 Continue reading “It’s a Great Day for America! Barack Obama Officially Begins 2nd Term”

FaceBook Friend of The Week – Harvard Swing Dance Man – Benji Schwimmer

by Shannonn Kelly
05:27AM, EST, January 16, 2013

Educated Swing Dance Man Benji Schwimmer (drawing courtesy of "FreckleSmile)
Educated Swing Dance Man Benji Schwimmer (drawing courtesy of “FreckleSmile”)

On Friday January 18, Season 2 Winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji Schwimmer turns 28 years-old.

Born probably swing dancing in the womb, Benji’s father is West Coast Swing dance king Buddy Schwimmer who invented a dance step called “The Nightclub Two-Step”.

Benji’s mother Laurie and sister, Lacey Schwimmer, a 4th place finalist on Season 3 SYTYCD and most recently on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS), are also west-coast swing dancers in their own right.

Born “Benjamin Daniel Schwimmer” in Redlands, California, Schwimmer won the second season of Fox’s long-running So You Think You Can Dance reality competition show where he also hotly competed with now “Emmy® Award nominated” Travis Wall who has been a choreographer on SYTYCD since season 7.

To this day I remember most of Schwimmer’s routines. But, out of all of them, I loved the show-stopping nerd-fest hip-hop routine with Benji and Travis or “Tranji”. Click here for a great laugh and some terrific moves by Benji and Travis.

What’s incredible about Benji Schwimmer is that he’s not only a talented dancer, globe trotting Humanitarian, sought after choreographer, singer, musician; but also highly educated at some of the nations top Ivy League schools.

Continue reading “FaceBook Friend of The Week – Harvard Swing Dance Man – Benji Schwimmer”

Oprah – Armstrong – Armstrong – Oprah… In a No-Holds Barred Interview

by Shannonn Kelly
04:11AM, EST, January 09, 2013

Thank goodness for that old David Letterman joke. It helps make this post a little lighter.

Lance Armstrong 7-time Tour de France Cheater chokes on humble pie...
Lance Armstrong 7-time Tour de France Cheater chokes on humble pie…

Earlier today, according to 60 Minutes Sports:

The reported (head) of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency told (a) show representative for Oprah that Armstrong offered the agency a “donation” in excess of $150,000 several years before an investigation by the organization led to the loss of Armstrong’s Tour de France titles.

Nothing disgusted me more last October than reading about Lance Armstrong and his fall from grace in the biking world.

I never liked the guy. His ego was off the charts. I felt he was patently disingenuous. So when the news hit, I closely watched (with a bit of delight) as he crumbled hard from his ill-gotten pedestal.

I hated the fact that Armstrong made it sound like the French were unappreciative of his Tour de France records and that they didn’t deserve such a superstar like him amongst them. Continue reading “Oprah – Armstrong – Armstrong – Oprah… In a No-Holds Barred Interview”

The Big Flash Mob Bang Theory

by Shannonn Kelly
05:17AM, January 06, 2013

The Big Bang Cast
The Big Bang Cast

I’m a late comer to the phenomenon that is The Big Bang Theory. I started watching it in its 5th season in 2011 and now I cannot get enough of it.

I have TBBT auto-tuned to 3 different stations in case I pass by the TV when I’m home and it comes on, I get a chance to stop what I’m doing and watch my favorite geeks.

This past Xmas was great because the Atlanta station TBS had a Big Bang Xmas Marathon.

After I did all my charity work, visiting, eating, we got home and vegged out until Boxing Day and watched the silliness. Forget about Boxing Day deals. The Big Bang Theory was on!

My favorite addition to the cast is “Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler“played by “Blossom”, or in real-life Mayim Bialik who actually has a real-life Ph.D as a neuroscientist. I love the weird bi-sexual bent they let her play with when she’s around “Penny” (Kaley Cuoco) and then the sex-starved nerd-kitten when she’s around “Sheldon” (Jim Parsons).

But I digress. I came across this Big Bang Theory on-set flash mob video and I can’t stop playing it.

Continue reading “The Big Flash Mob Bang Theory”

Golden Globe® Watch :: “Lincoln” and “Argo” Lead With 7 and 5 Nominations

by Shannonn Kelly
07:14AM, EST, December 13, 2012

Daniel Day-Lewis uncanny portrayal of ‘Honest Abe’ in “Lincoln” by director Steven Spielberg

Beverly Hills, California was the place to be early this morning as nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe® Awards were announced.

“Lincoln” and “Argo” received seven and five nominations leading the pack this morning for Best Motion Picture – Drama. “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Life of Pi” and “Django Unchained” were the remaining nominees in the category.

Daniel Day-Lewis also received a nomination for his uncanny portrayal of ‘Honest Abe’ in the 150 minute “Lincoln”. Notice “The Master” which was high on many critics lists, was not nominated.

Ben Affleck got a Best Motion – Picture Director nom for Argo alongside Kathryn Bigalow for Zero Dark Thirty, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Steven Spielberg for Lincoln and and bad-boy Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained . Although receiving best director for world-wide blockbuster, “The King’s Speech”, this year, Tom Hooper director of Les Misérables did not receive a nomination.

In the Best Comedy/Musical category, nominees are: the star-studded “Les Misérables”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and unexpectedly, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” which is a quiet, organic love story set around an unusual premise of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to an Arabian desert. This movie has grown on me over time since first seeing it at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. But I would’ve never picked it in any award race. Continue reading “Golden Globe® Watch :: “Lincoln” and “Argo” Lead With 7 and 5 Nominations”