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"VERONICA MARS" from Warner Brothers opens Fri., March 14, 2014.

STARRING: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino and Ken Marino.

DIRECTOR: Rob Thomas (creator of original television series).

SYNOPSIS: Veronica Mars (Bell) returns to Neptune, California, years after walking away from her past as teenage private eye. Suddenly, she is pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage and an unraveling murder mystery.

Once a reasonably successful television series with a significant following, it is now a movie featuring many of the cast members fans of the show know and love. The question that will be answered is will there be enough interest outside those ranks to make it worthwhile? Obviously, the series did not command the numbers of Star Trek, for example, so the fear is that it will not command those kind of numbers for the film.

Still, Ms. Bell is a very talented actress who has been in a number of films that did well at the box office, most recently "Frozen". That film has done extraordinarily well. Coupled with the fact that Ms. Bell's performance on the Veronica Mars series was deserving of an Emmy, the film version could benefit from the carry-over effect. She, as a producer of the film, certainly hopes so. The only other new film out this weekend is the stupid, pointless "Need for Speed", making this a more viable choice for entertainment.

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