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Novelist Andrea Cremer Chose Veronica Mars Over a Summer Vacation

The best part of Dave Itzkoff’s look at the forthcoming crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie are the personal details about some of the film’s high-end Kickstarter donors.

One guy, Cyrus Chung, is described by his wife Ina in the article as being more excited on-set in Los Angeles as a Veronica Mars extra than he was on their wedding day! The couple ponied up $3,000 for that privilege. Meanwhile, Andrea Cremer, author of the popular Young Adult novel series Nightshade, made a personal sacrifice when she pledged $2,500:

“It’s a big chunk of money,” Ms. Cremer said. “I was planning on going on vacation this summer, and it was like, well, either vacation budget or Veronica Mars.”

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The Many International Voices of George Clooney

Shutterstock_GeorgeClooneyLast week, it was an Indiewire “Project of the Day.” This week, thanks to public-vote support, Being George Clooney became the site’s “Project of the Week,” alongside a separate write-up in The Hollywood Reporter.

When your Kickstarter project revolves around the charismatic bachelor-king of Hollywood and features his full name in the title, it’s almost guaranteed to be The Perfect [PR] Storm. Even more so when the idea at the film’s core is so genuinely appealing:

Helmed by Paul Mariano, the co-director of documentary These Amazing Shadows, the film explores audio dubbing of Hollywood films for foreign markets by visiting the men who are the international voices of Clooney. Among them are a German actor, a Brazilian ER doctor, a Japanese man who studied to be a lawyer and a children’s book author.

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Ralph Bakshi Talks JFK Assassination, Kickstarter

Ezra Glinter, deputy arts director for The Forward, recently got to chat with animation pioneer Ralph Bakshi. As per usual with Bakshi, the interview does not disappoint.

RalphBakshiConeyIslandAfter a long absence from cinema’s frontier, where Bakshi paved the way for South Park, Adult Swim and more, the 75-year-old artist is busy working on his first feature since 1992′s Cool World and first project of any kind since the 1997 TV series Spicy City. It’s called Last Days of Coney Island, with Bakshi planning to release Part 1 online in the coming months:

The first segment centers on Shorty, a four-foot tall dwarf and enforcer for the mob, voiced by Matthew Modine, and other characters include cops named Louis and Max, and a call girl named Mollie, who has recently gotten out of prison…

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Mediabistro Ad Leads Elizabeth Chan to a Very Kardashian Christmas

There was a nice write-up this week in NYDN‘s “New York @Confidential” about Elizabeth Chan, a former Condé Nast employee who has found quick success as a Christmas music singer-songwriter. Her single “Fa La La” is climbing the holiday charts, while nine of a staggering 300 Chan songs were recently licensed for possible use in the Kardashian sisters’ E! December 1 Christmas special.

Kickstarter played a key role in Chan’s bold new career, but so too did Mediabistro. While at Condé Nast, where she was an executive producer-director of integrated marketing for Self magazine and a consumer business development consultant, Chan liked to peruse our website.

“I found a link that asked something along the lines of, ‘What is the one dream you’ve had that you were too afraid to try? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’”

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Kickstarter Feeds Food Policy Blog Civil Eats

There’s a brand new addition to Kickstarter’s most funded Publishing campaigns page. At around 5:51 p.m. ET last Friday, Civil Eats – a website that keeps a critical eye on the American food system – squeaked by its $100,000 goal and wound up with just a few hundred dollars to spare.

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But the important thing is that the site made its goal. In the five years that Civil Eats has been functioning, co-founders Naomi Starkman and Paula Crossfield (pictured, l to r) have never taken a salary or been able to pay contributors. But thanks to 1,153 backers, a lot of that is about to change:

Now that we’ve raised the initial money – it is after all, a Kickstarter, money to help us kick start our long-term goals – we will begin the process of bringing on a managing editor, create a pay structure to begin paying our writers and contributors, and developing and implementing a membership program to encourage individual support on the site.

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Proverbial Fat Lady Frames New York City Opera Coverage

Take your misdirected-allegory pick. That is if you believe the expression “It ain’t over til the fat lady sings” has everything to do with the late Kate Smith and little do with arias.

The “fat lady” is all over today’s coverage of the New York City Opera’s announcement that it has been forced to cancel the 2013-14 season and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. She’s singing the lede at Crain’s New York Business; belting out the headline for TIME; and being rudely pluralized in the New York Daily News.

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At the Opposite End of Spike Lee, Zach Braff and Veronica Mars

We’ve been keeping an eye on a different breed of Kickstarter movie campaign. Of a kind that resides well beyond headlines about celebrity projects like Spike Lee’s just-funded “new joint.”

We still can’t decide if we think New York City Cowboys (with James Brolin attached) deserves our admiration for aiming high or our admonishment for picking the all-or-nothing crowdfunding option. On Kickstarter, the makers of this family film about a widow who trades her Manhattan taxi cab company for the wide open spaces of Montana set the fundraising bar at an astonishing $3.2 million. On this final day of the campaign, they’re $3.125M short. [Update: The project got a little burst of support after this item, but still fell well short. Final tally: $106,973.]

We’re not picking on New York Cowboys. We’re just curious whether they honestly expected to be able to raise two and a half more times than what Lee just did.

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Spike Lee Does the Kickstarter Thing

And… Although this somehow feels way more organic than either Zach Braff or Veronica Mars, there is sure to be a lot of debate about a man who gets paid big bucks to make Nike commercials bringing his pitch to Kickstarter.

Spike wants $1.25 million for an as-yet-untitled “Joint,” and there’s little doubt he will get it (deadline: August 21). Per the video above, this latest campaign is all thanks to a student in Lee’s NYU classes, who brought the filmmaker up to speed on the recent Braff and Mars campaigns:

As I stated in the Video, I promise on my Mother’s Grave and Right Hand to the Almighty – every Red Cent, every Wooden Nickel, every Dollar will go up on the Screen and not into my pocket. I’m not taking a Fee, your generous contributions will get this Film made.

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Former GOOD Staffers Launch Kickstarter for New Mag

Earlier this month, 8 suddenly unemployed members of the GOOD editorial team announced they were collaborating to create a single issue magazine called Tomorrow. Today the Los Angeles-based group launched a fundraising effort on Kickstarter for the project, and they’ve already raised over two thirds of their $15,000 goal.

Beyond the opportunity to support a promising publication from a proven editorial team, there’s great swag to be had. A donation of $500 or more will earn you a personal PG-13 phone message from porn star James Deen. And if for some unimaginable reason that doesn’t do it for you, there’s also a tote bag.

Elevator Pitch: Kogeto Brings 360º Video to iPhone

In the latest episode of Elevator Pitch, host Alan Meckler talks with Kogeto founder and CEO Jeff Glasse about the Dot, his company’s panoramic video iPhone attachment, which was built with funding from Kickstarter.

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