PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: Jason Bateman (1-10 of 20)

'Arrested Development' cast does 'Inside the Actors Studio': 10 things we learned

Okay, a moment of Bluth: Last night’s Inside the Actors Studio, which featured much of Arrested Development‘s cast and the show’s creator, wasn’t exactly essential viewing.

For starters, several key players were missing — including David Cross, Michael Cera, and Tony Hale. (A Bluth reunion with no Buster?! Sacrilege!) And secondly, even though the group was pared down, there were still so many talented people onstage that an hour was hardly long enough to give any of them a worthy spotlight — no matter how quickly the show’s editors cut from answer to answer. I almost wish the Studio had instead welcomed only a few of AD‘s stars, especially if the entire cast wasn’t going to be around anyway; at least that way, we could have gone a little bit deeper.

Still, the episode was an entertaining hour of television — and it had a fair share of illuminating moments. Here are the top few, plus a couple extra tidbits gleaned from the additional video clips posted on Bravo’s website:


'Arrested Development': Five episodes to watch to get ready for Sunday

We’re less than 48 away from BRAND NEW ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT EPISODES! They’re here! It’s really happening! So what better way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend than by re-watching some of the best episodes of the first three seasons? (Who needs the beach?)

This post isn’t intended for newbies — if you’ve never spent any time with the Bluth gang, you should definitely start at the very beginning and watch straight through. Instead, if you’re a banana stand regular who hasn’t dropped by the model home recently, read on for the best episodes to re-watch to get ready for Sunday. Note: I’m not saying these are the absolute best episodes of the series; rather, these are a few of the ones that introduced main recurring jokes/plot that might resurface come season 4. Come on! READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Behind the scenes of the new 'Arrested Development'


One month from now, all of your questions will be answered. What dysfunctional disasters have befallen our Bluths since we last saw them in 2006? Did Buster survive that last seal confrontation with his other hand intact? Is the stair car now a hybrid? (Probably not.) And, oh, yes, will the new Arrested Development episodes scratch that seven-year-wait of an itch?

But maybe you can’t wait another month. You need some answers now. So make yourself a breakfast of champions — vodka rocks and a piece of toast, perhaps — and check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, which celebrates AD with three collector’s covers (click through to see the rest) and fills you in on the revival of one of this century’s most beloved cult comedies. On May 26, Netflix will release 15 new episodes of Arrested all at once, and they are intended to serve as a set-up to that long-anticipated movie (which is not yet greenlighted). We spoke with all nine cast members as well as series creator/executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz about the surprisingly emotional reunion, what to expect from this batch of episodes, and more. “This year is about the enduring entanglements of family,” Hurwitz explains of the new season. “They are 10 years older than when we met, so that means emotionally they’re, like, two years older than we met them. Amazing things happen when one goes from being emotionally 12 years old to emotionally being 14 years old.” Or, as Will Arnett, a.k.a. misguided magician Gob, declares: “It’s the story of shame, cunning, thievery, dishonor, backstabbing, deceit, bold-faced lying, one-upmanship, psychological torture, lust, financial ruin, and magic, all supported by a very broad beam of dysfunctional love.” READ FULL STORY

Jason Bateman explains 'Arrested Development' 'hybrid package' to Jimmy Kimmel -- VIDEO

Arrested Development fans are counting down the days (only 45 to go!) until its 15-episode fourth season premieres on Netflix, and last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jason Bateman went into detail about how the new episodes will differ from those that aired during the cult classic sitcom’s initial 2003-06 run on Fox.

On Kimmel to promote his new film Disconnect, Bateman told the host, “I want people to manage their expectations. They are great episodes, but what they are not are episodes like it was when it was on that other network [Fox].”

Bateman went on to explain that the narrative writer/creator Mitchell Hurwitz conceived for the planned Arrested Development movie was too expansive, so he broke the plot of film’s first act into the episodes that will air on Netflix.

“We were supposed to do a movie, and we still very well might. But every time the showrunner tried to put this big story that he wants to do in this movie in a movie script, which can only be like 110 pages, it got too big. So what he thought was, I’ll put the first act of this three-act story in these episodes,” Bateman explained. “So each character gets their own episode and all the action happens at the same time, so it can only really work on Netflix, where these episodes are released on the same day. So like, you can stop my episode if you see Gob [Will Arnett] run by on his Segway, you can stop mine, click over into his, watch where he’s going because all the action happens at the same time ’cause it’s all just act one. And in the movie it’s going to be act 2 and act 3, so it’s like a hybrid package.”

Kimmel joked that he might need Bateman to “sit with me” to understand the new episodes, which will be available in full on Netflix beginning May 26. “Yeah,” the actor quipped, “the country is not really going to put out a lot of work that day.”

Watch Bateman talk Arrested Development, as well as the slightly disturbing method he uses to cry on camera, below.


Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, Josh Gad join Matt Damon's toilet strike

Matt Damon is no longer alone in his refusal to use a toilet until the entire world has access to clean water.

Fellow “famous people” — as Damon affectionately calls them in the video below — Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad have joined his toilet strike, which he announced last month in a “press conference.” The silly-but-really-very-serious awareness campaign is led by Damon and the organization he co-founded, Water.org.

In the campaign, Damon and Water.org have called for change, citing the 2.5 billion people worldwide who are without adequate sanitation, the 800 million people who do not have access to clean drinking water every day and the 4,000 children under age five who die each day from preventable water-related illness.

Check out the new video below, which Water.org released today, to see Gad’s enthusiasm for striking, to hear about Bateman’s choice of a toilet-alternative and to learn about how Biel can make a room smell like a singing hummingbird. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce, Jon Hamm, Steve Carell and more release PSA for gun control

On the same day as the NRA’s press conference and a week after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., celebrities are coming together with a simple message: “Enough.” In a new PSA, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Bateman, Will Ferrell, Selena Gomez, Peter Dinklage, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Reese Witherspoon and 44 more lent their voices for a Mayors Against Illegal Guns PSA that speaks about the need for a new plan regarding guns.

“How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more move theaters? How many more house of faith? How many more shopping malls? How many more street corners? Enough. Demand a plan right now,” the PSA declares.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Conan O'Brien tweets first official photo from the new episodes

Today’s news: it’s not all doom and gloom and flying cows! This morning, Conan O’Brien tweeted what he’s calling the “first official photo from the new Arrested Development.” It’s sure to cheer up any Hurricane Sandy-struck AD fans who feel like they’re about to blue themselves. Here’s the shot:


Jason Bateman tweets pic from 'Arrested Development' set: 3 theories for what it could be

Jason Bateman made the opposite of a huge mistake today: He gave us a tiny gift of photography, wrapped up in a bow of mystery. Accompanied by the words “First day. Away we go…,” he tweeted a photo, presumably from the set of Arrested Development, the beloved cult comedy that is returning from the land of cancellation with new episodes. (Ten fresh installments will arrive on Netflix in 2013.)

The photo doesn’t show Bateman or any of our other cast members, all of whom are expected to return for the fourth season. But two-thirds of a very familiar trio are visible: Workaholics‘ Adam DeVine and Anders Holm. (Is Blake Anderson just out of frame?) There is a connection here: Arrested mastermind Mitch Hurwitz popped up as Cool Eric on Workaholics last year. Check out the full shot below: READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' reunion alert! The Bluth brothers demonstrate the art of shaving -- VIDEO

There’s a video of the Brothers Bluth trading quips while shaving, and you thought we wouldn’t write a post about it? Come on!

Will Arnett and Jason Bateman have teamed up to produce Mansome, the latest documentary from Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock. (Guess Tony Hale was busy?) According to its official synopsis, the doc — which premieres tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival — examines questions of masculinity “in the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore.” The film also includes candid interviews with funnymen like Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis — as well as moments like the following clip, first posted by E! Online, in which Arnett and Bateman couple razor blades with razor-sharp barbs. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Which Bluth-Funke family member is your favorite character?

In this week’s print issue of EW, we look back eight years to the premiere of Arrested Development on Nov. 2, 2003. The series (returning to the small screen next year in advance of a planned feature film) lasted only three seasons on Fox, but with the way we play our DVDs over and over and roam around the office spouting out random quotes like “I just blue myself,” it might as well have been on the air this whole time. (If only!) I’ve learned over the years to establish complete certainty about which staffers are AD nuts and which aren’t, lest I be considered rude or uncooperative when I coolly tell people during meetings, “I don’t understand the question, and I won’t respond to it.” READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP