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Jason Bateman dropped by "Late Show" to talk about the upcoming new season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. He joked that it's taken seven years for Season 4 to come together because his co-star, Will Arnett, was holding out for more money.
Actually, the two became friends during the show, and remain close today. They even dropped by a Bluth's Banana Stand in Times Square that Netflix had set up to interact with fans of the cult comedy series. What they didn't realize was that there was also a "Never Nude" convention going on -- a nod to the "Ad" character Tobias, played by David Cross.
“All these folks are wearing just tight jean cut-offs. There’s hundreds of ‘em out there," he said. "This particular group, they thought it’d really be a really funny thing if we took a bunch of pictures with them, which it’s a dodgy photo-op. »
- Jason Hughes
Matt Damon’s “toilet strike” for water.org is claiming more and more celebrities in an Oprah-like sweep: Now Bono won’t use the bathroom! And Olivia Wilde! And British mogul Richard Branson! Like Damon, the trio has pledged “not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the whole world has access to clean water and sanitation.” Damon kickstarted the strike in February; Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad joined him in March. The movement protests the plight of the 780 million people who lack access to safe drinking water and the 2.5 billion people who go without safe water and sanitation facilities. »
- Adam Carlson
Last night on the Late Show, David Letterman made it a mission to figure out the cause for the lag in reuniting the Arrested Development cast. "It was, uh, nothing really exciting," Jason Bateman stuttered. "Money, huh?" Letterman interjected. "Um, yes, uhh, no, ahhh." "Who was the holdout?" "Will Arnett." Oh, Gob. Plus: Gillian Anderson, seated between two bearded gentlemen, Aziz Ansari and Jimmy Fallon, caused a bit of a quibblefest over the manliness of manscaping. Also, Tom Hanks, in his quest for a new theater, disrupted David Letterman's monologues over and over and over. As Hanks sees it, the Ed Sullivan theater will soon go the way of the Tonight Show. And finally, Craig Ferguson's zany comedy left Zach Galifianakis utterly defeated and speechless. Watch our compilation to see what you missed. »
- Caroline Shin
Scheduling has always been a major roadblock for more Arrested Development, what with the careers of much of the cast taking off after the show. We knew shooting the new season demanded some flexibility, but it's crazy to what extent. Mitch Hurwitz, talking to Rolling Stone, explained just how pasted together shooting was: "We ended up with an eight-hour movie of Arrested Development where the pieces do kind of come together. Not only was the show told out of sequence, it was shot out of sequence. Half of the stuff is on green screen. There are scenes where there are two characters talking to each other. On one side, it's Jason Bateman in July, and on the other side it's Portia in November. It was these crazy, crazy things where everybody had to say, 'Wait, she hasn't gone to that party, so she wouldn't have that makeup on, therefore...' Hurwitz asserts, »
- Jesse David Fox
It happened all right. After years of clamoring from fans and rumors firing them up while the cast hung on for a green light, "Arrested Development" has risen from the dead with 15 half-hours premiering en masse on Netflix on Sunday at 3:01 a.m. Edt.
"Arrested Development" is the cock-eyed comedy blessed with a king's ransom of talent and the twisted vision of its mastermind, Matt Hurwitz, that aired on Fox for three seasons as a cult favorite, then was canceled for low ratings – and maybe because it befuddled everyone who wasn't hooked on its lunacy. (Those original three seasons are available for streaming on Netflix, too.)
"I think the show scored some `cool points' for dying before its time, »
The "Arrested Development" cast members had a lot of TV and film credits before they were the dysfunctional Bluth family.
Jessica Walter -- matriarch Lucille Bluth on the former Fox, now Netflix series -- has been making TV appearances since the 1960s. She won an Emmy for "Amy Prentiss" in 1975 and in 1977, Walter guest starred in a "Wonder Woman" episode, "The Return of Wonder Woman."
Click through the gallery below to see the "Arrested Development" cast in their early roles.
"Arrested Development" returns with new episodes on Netflix on Sunday, May 26.
- The Huffington Post
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- Maria Mercedes Lara
It's a Bluth brothers bromance! Jason Bateman and Will Arnett spent some quality time together in New York City on Thursday, May 16. Clearly having some fun with photographers, the Arrested Development costars -- who play siblings Michael and George Bluth, respectively -- held hands and pretended to go sightseeing while strolling through Manhattan's TriBeca neighborhood. Later that afternoon, the actors promoted the show's revival by handing out frozen bananas at Bluth's Original Banana Stand in Times Square. The cult series returns for a fourth season on [...] »
At just 14 years of age, Alia Shawkat found herself starring alongside comedic all-stars such as Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and David Cross in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development as Maeby Funke. 10 years and numerous film and TV credits later, the actress and the rest of this talented Arrested Development cast is back with 15 brand new Season 4 episodes, debuting simultaneously Sunday, May 26 on Netflix. After attending the press conference a few weeks back, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Alia Shawkat one-on-one to discuss this comedy's return. Here's what she had to say.
Since each episode this season centers on a particular character, I was curious how many episodes you show up in, aside from your Maeby-centric episode?
Alia Shawkat: I was shooting a lot of scenes for the first two months, »
ABC 8:00 The Bachelor's Funniest Moments (new) 9:00 Dancing With the Stars (new, season finale) 11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat, with guests Ethan Hawke and Desiree Hartsock) 12:37 Nightline (new) CBS 8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 9:00 NCIS (repeat) 10:00 NCIS (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Jason Bateman) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough) Fox 8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (new) NBC 8:00 The Voice (repeat) 9:00 The Voice (new) 10:00 Grimm (new, season finale) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Eric Stonestreet and Jeremy Wade) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Aziz Ansari and Gillian Anderson) The CW 8:00 The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 9:00 America's Next Top Model: College Edition (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
As NetFlix was no doubt hoping, I recently started rewatching all the existing episodes of "Arrested Development," and I have found myself amazed by it all over again. The writing on the show is dazzlingly funny, dense and smart, and it still confuses me why people didn't pick up on what they were doing in a bigger way. One of the things that really holds the show together is the work done by Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth. If you weren't a fan of the show, the premise is simple. The Bluth Family, headed by George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor), is a »
- Drew McWeeny
It’s difficult to imagine Identity Thief, this year’s biggest comedy, without Melissa McCarthy. But when Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were originally planning their buddy-road movie with its nods to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Midnight Run, the Oscar-nominated actress wasn’t part of the picture. In fact, her felonious character who steals people’s identities and maxes out their credit limits wasn’t even a she — it was a he. Then came Bridesmaids, which opened Hollywood’s eyes to a new brand of bawdy female comedy that was the perfect match for Gordon’s R-rated comedy. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Chicago – “The Goodwin Games” is bad, bad, bad. You know a show is likely to be awful when a network cuts back the order and buries its premiere in a time of year when most people are getting outside or going to see Summer blockbusters. While the networks are busy promoting Fall 2013 at Upfronts, who cares about a new show that won’t make it more than two months? And yet there is sometimes reason for hope that a network executive just missed the humor and is actually burying a hidden gem. Hope dies at “The Goodwin Games” and I wish they had buried it deeper.
Television Rating: 1.0/5.0
Not one laugh. A talented cast, decent direction, even a clever concept — but not one laugh. The attempts at jokes hit the floor, the character archetypes are broad, the emotional manipulation is unacceptable. Not one laugh. In fact, it’s stunning that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It's been 10 years since the world was first introduced to the dysfunctional Bluth family, but they're more popular than ever. "Arrested Development" lasted for three seasons and 53 episodes on Fox before getting the axe, but the cult-hit found more viewers after its death thanks to word of mouth and Netflix. Now, again thanks to Netflix, "Arrested Development" is back from the dead with 15 new episodes.
Many members of the cast said they never thought this day would come.
"It depends on when you asked me," Porti de Rossi (Lindsay Bluth-Funke) told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "When we were canceled back in 2006, I would have never imagined that we would do this rival for Netflix or be a part of this kind of business model where they can release all episodes at the same time ... But a part of me knew because the cast loved the show so »
- Chris Harnick
Jason Bateman ended his partying ways because he knew he needed to grow up. The former child star is married to actress Amanda Anka - together they have children Francesca, six, and Maple, one - but he insisted his family life wasn't the reason behind him toning down his lifestyle. He said: 'No, it was just a natural progression of growing. You do certain things in your twenties that are just not appropriate in your forties. 'Eventually you even the scales and it's time to move on and become an adult and start working hard again and going to sleep a little bit earlier.' The 'Arrested Development' actor is able reflect fondly on his early years in the industry - »
It's been 10 years since the show first premiered and seven since "Arrested Development" went off the air. There's a ton of hype surrounding its 15-episode Netflix revival, but Hurwitz said he's had to turn off the fears of tarnishing the cult-hit's legacy.
"I have to turn that off. And it’s hard to turn it off. I had to turn it off after the pilot. When the pilot was well-reviewed: 'Uh-oh, I gotta do an episode 2,'" he told EW. "The perfect antidote to that kind of stuff is just curiosity. Curiosity about what characters do, what’s funny this time ... We’ll hopefully create a new legacy for the show. I don't know that it'll be exactly the same legacy for this new run of shows as it was for the old shows, but I know »
- Chris Harnick
Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" made its mark at the box office this week, which gave him a jump on TheWrap's PowerGrid. It wasn't just the man behind the scenes who saw his power rank rise: one of the film's stars (Carey Mulligan) saw her power rank move up as well. Shawn Levy, who will also direct and produce "The Internship," saw his dramedy, "This Is Where I Leave You," go into production this week. The film stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver and a slew of others. Find out »
- Rebecca Rosenberg
If there is one person that deserves credit for the revival of Arrested Development, it’s… you. You, random fan — by buying millions of DVDs, discovering the show on Hulu/Netflix, or quoting it endlessly to friends who then became converts (or just annoyed) — have persuaded the Hollywood powers that be that this off-kilter cult comedy is worth bringing back from the dead. (May 26. 15 new episodes. Netflix. Be there.) But if credit goes to a second person, it’s Mitchell Hurwitz. For years, the show’s creator/executive producer/mastermind has been plotting some form of return for the critically loved, »
- Dan Snierson
Kim Kardashian has taken some hits over her pregnancy weight gain, but what star just reached about to her about her journey into motherhood? Hint: It’s not Kanye West. [MTV] Dexter fans: The trailer for the new season is up! Check it out below. With Arrested Development’s return now only weeks away (!!!), actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman were in New York and decided to tease some nearby paparazzi by holding hands and dotingly looking into each others eyes. Taste the happy, America. [Daily Mail]
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- Rahsheeda Ali
Arrested Development’s journey back to the screen has been long and unpredictable. It has taken many turns, involved the use of many birds. And on this December evening, it has banked a hard right onto a Hollywood side street and pit-stopped in a magic club on gay night.
Inside the gothic lounge of mystery, patrons in leopard vests, Army fatigues, and assless pants groove about. Near the bar, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz studies Will Arnett and Michael Cera as they rehearse a scene that will play out in multiple episodes: Decked out in leather and chains, Arnett’s sleazy-cheesy »
- Dan Snierson
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