A round up of entertainment headlines and tidbits from around the ‘net:

  • With all the award shows and film premieres, the pre-production films and shows sometimes end up lost in the shadows but I caught a glimpse of this delightful tidbit today. As part of the current Television Critic’s Event happening in L.A., Rob Thomas revealed that the rumoured Veronica Mars movie appears to be becoming a reality. His current television show (Cupid) has fewer episodes in production than originally planned, so he is actually writing the film as we speak. The plan is for Joel Silver to produce and the wonderful Kristen Bell to reprise her role as they sassy, stealthy and smarty-pants title character. Thomas and Silver are in talks with other key actors from the show to also reprise their roles, including Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) who currently stars in Flashpoint and Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls) who is set to star in a new HBO series, Washingtonienne, soon. Thomas says he has the majority of the storyline plotted out and plans to set the movie at the end of Veronica’s college years (and not in FBI training, as his initial pitch for a 4th season of the show would suggest). Here’s hoping this gets off the ground…while it’s second and third seasons may not have lived up to the near-perfection of it’s inaugural season, Veronica Mars was a smart, funny, dramatic and multi-layered show that deserves a second chance.
  • The Chicago Tribune has a great interview with Battlestar Galactica‘s executive producer Ron Moore about the direction the final episodes of the show will take us. He addresses many of the new questions that were brought up in Friday’s episode and lets us in on some behind the scenes exclusives. BEWARE SPOILERS in the interview. Do not read if you haven’t seen the latest episode (411) “Sometimes a Great Notion”.
  • Gossip Girl’s creators confirmed they will be going ahead with a rumoured spin-off of the wildly popular CW teen-drama. The spin off will take us back in time and will centre around the character of Lily van der Woodsen when she was a teenager in L.A. during the 1980’s. Josh Schwartz sat down with BuzzSugar to give more details on what we can expect…
  • The annual Sundance Film Festival kicked off this past week with a jam packed schedule full of familiar faces and a couple high-powered newcomers. IMDB.com has extensive coverage of the event – complete with schedules, mini-guides and photo galleries.
  • The legal battle for the rights to the Watchmen franchise came to a successful close this week and the film now has a solid release date of March 6, 2009. On behalf of the fans, WB and Fox…we thank you.
  • After months of negotiations and uncertainty it has been confirmed that Matthew Weiner, creator of AMC’s acclaimed drama Mad Men, has signed on to continue with the show for two years with a seven-figure overall deal with producer Lionsgate TV. The rest of the cast had signed contracts months ago without the creator on board, so I can guess everyone is heaving a big sigh of relief right about now.