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On the Scene at the first 'Arrested Development' reunion

There was a lot of touching yesterday at the New Yorker Festival’s “Bluth Family Reunion” panel, which reunited Arrested Development’s main players — co-creator Mitchell Hurwitz, Portia De Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, and Ron Howard (via speakerphone) — for the first time since they wrapped their final show in December 2005. There was plenty of talk about how Fox made a huge mistake when it canceled the series six years ago. And there was even unlimited juice — okay, that’s a lie, but it was still, in Buster’s words, “OFF THE HOOK.”

I’m not just referring to the clan’s announcement that they were working on a limited-run series to segue between the final episode and the show’s long awaited movie adaptation. The clearly happy-to-be-there group — Arnett finished the evening by thanking the crowd for giving them an excuse to get back together — spent a good hour and forty minutes reminiscing about the show’s early days, joking about bowel movements and pop-pop (you know what I mean), dissecting Jason Bateman’s revitalized career, and making fun of Michael Cera’s new mop-top ‘do (seriously, think Muppet hair). As for the fans, not only did they get to ask questions, but they also got to show off their stuff. And I mean real stuff — one guy had paid $350 for one of Buster’s prosthetic hands, another had purchased GOB’s Segway. They also asked the Bluths to fulfill one final request: Do the chicken dance for the audience. And they got their wish.

Here are 13 other tidbits you might have learned had you’d been there.

1.    The first script came with a warning. READ FULL STORY

The upcoming 'Arrested Development' movie and episodes: Best news ever or best news EVER?

Hey, PopWatchers! By now you’ve probably heard the amazing news that came out of yesterday’s Arrested Development panel at the New Yorker Festival. But, in case you didn’t hear (perhaps someone blew an air horn in your ear, in which case, you should probably lie down), Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz revealed that not only was he halfway through the script of the long in-the-works movie, which he hopes to begin shooting next summer, but in even more exciting news, he said he plans to shoot a limited-run nine to 10 new episodes of the series that would air next fall. (Jason Bateman summed up the time line a little differently, tweeting, “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”)

With both Netflix and Showtime currently in talks to pick up the show and make this happen and Hurwitz promising that the limited-run series will catch fans up on everything that’s been going on with the Bluth clan since Arrested Development ended five years ago (in short, “They f— everything up”), could this be even more exciting than the prospect of a movie? READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' movie: Jason Bateman admits 'It's frustrating'

There has been talk of an Arrested Development movie since the show’s abrupt end in 2006. With the film’s development, well, arrested nearly twice as long as the actual run of the show itself, are you gnashing at the teeth and shivering in your denim cut-offs, beloved never nudes? Well we have some cautiously optimistic news for you: Jason Bateman, in a U.K. presser for The Change-Up (the film is released overseas tomorrow), admitted with a heavy sigh, “It’s frustrating for me that I can’t give fans of the show a more concrete answer because I am as much of a fan of the show as they are. I get it.” That said, he confirmed that negotiations for the film were still on course and made an admittedly unofficial guess that shooting would begin “in the middle of next year.” See the full video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon and Jason Bateman rejigger 'Teen Wolf Too'

When Jason Bateman starred in his first movie, Teen Wolf Too, he was but a fresh-faced young whippersnapper making his move from the small screen to feature films. Since then, he’s gone on to garner critical and popular acclaim in Arrested Development, Juno, and State of Play, to name a few. On last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, though, Bateman admitted he’d had some career lowlights — Teen Wolf Too among them. Fallon decided to give Bateman a do-over for one scene from the 1987 film. See the full clip after the jump.


Summer Movie Body Count: R-rated 'Horrible Bosses' has fewer casualties than 'Cars 2'

Week 10 of of EW’s 2011 Summer Movie Body Count moves along with the raunchy comedy ‘Horrible Bosses’. While the characters in this funny flick don’t abide by any laws, morals, or rules, we most definitely do. Well, at least when it comes to the Body Count (give yourself a refresher on our guidelines for how this whole operation works here.) Now, as we always warn, there are some MAJOR SPOILERS ahead, so if you don’t want to know which characters don’t make it to the end credits, stop right here. Or, at the very least, duck out of work right now and take in a matinée. Your boss will understand.

Summer Movie Body Count is sort of like an Oprah giveaway episode in that it’s always full of surprises (and they may make you totally freak out.) We don’t just mean crazy, unexpected deaths, like when someone literally gets surprised to death. Rather, we refer to the difficulty of predicting how many (or how few) people will die. They just don’t make it easy on us like they used to. 8 Heads in a Duffle Bag? We could have easily guessed how many people die in that one (…eight, right?). READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Jason Bateman is the Official Boy of Summer 2011


It’s a big, big summer for Jason Bateman. The 42-year-old actor, who’s been working in Hollywood since 1981, has two major comedies in theaters: First up is Horrible Bosses (July 8), in which he and co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day star as three friends who conspire to murder their employers (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston). A month later he’ll join the Green Lantern himself, Ryan Reynolds, in The Change-Up (Aug. 5) about two friends — one settled and married, the other caddishly single — who switch bodies. After thirty years in the business, Bateman has learned not to take anything for granted. “I’ve been doing it long enough to manage my expectations a bit and not buy the confidence that I really need to be renting,” he laughs. “It would be great if these films perform well, but you try not to hang it all on the success or failure of your projects. Having said that, my fingers are definitely crossed. I’m certainly enjoying this moment of relevance that I’m having and would like to keep going.”

Though he’s always had plenty of fans, thanks in part to starring in the cult TV favorite Arrested Development (which he calls “a career saver” and the job he’s most proud of) Bateman has managed to balance fame and a private life — and stays out of the tabloids. “I’m just not that exciting to follow,” he explains. “I’m happily married, I’ve got a cute little girl, and all my drugging and drinking was done back before there were camera phones.”

Check out our bonus cover images of Jason Bateman after the jump, then head over to our Facebook page and “like” us to see exclusive video of the funnyman talking about his busy summer. For even more with Bateman — as well as a complete guide to the summer’s best movies, TV shows, music, books and more — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, May 27. Click here to buy the issue now! READ FULL STORY

'Sesame Street' still the coolest show on TV: Katy Perry, Jason Bateman, Kara DioGuardi among the new season's celebrity guests

If you remain unsure about whether ubiquitous singer Katy Perry is annoying with her Betty Boop eyes and whip cream-shooting bikini or actually a pure pop delight, take a look at her cameo appearance on the new season (the 41st! debuting Sept. 27!) of Sesame Street. She may in fact be the most adorable creature alive: READ FULL STORY

Do 'Cyrus' and 'The Kids Are All Right' belong in a 'worst movie year' essay?

Image credit: Chuck Zlotnick

Sign me up as one of those people who think that summer 2010 hasn’t exactly been a banner season for movies. So I was curious to see how the very amusing writer Joe Queenan would sum it up in his WSJ.com essay, The Worst Movie Year Ever? For the most part he was dead on. But I have to take issue with a few of his statements. “The Kids Are All Right…is no Sideways,” he alleges. Excuse me? The Kids Are All Right contains more heart, more truth, and more big laughs than that fine wine-drenched film. But the sentence that really jumped out at me comes near the top of his rant: “Stop making movies like Grown Ups, Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia and anything that positions Jennifer Aniston or John C. Reilly at the top of the marquee.” Now, I hear him on those first three. But Jennifer Aniston’s only film this summer is the yet-to-be-released Jason Bateman comedy The Switch, which is actually surprisingly touching. And John C. Reilly’s vehicle Cyrus is a truly unique love triangle that happens to boast a score of 81 on Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed a respectable $7 million in limited release.

Does anyone else think he was out of line to lump Cyrus in with Robin Hood and The A-Team? Or have this summer’s indie flicks been as disappointing to you as the blockbusters?

Jason Reitman to re-team with Diablo Cody? How are we feeling about a 'Juno' reunion?

diablo-cody-jason-reitmanImage Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage.comOscar-nominated director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) is in talks to direct a script penned by his Juno partner, Oscar-winner Diablo Cody. According to the Hollywood Reporter, willowy Oscar winner Charlize Theron is also in talks to star in the dark comedy, Young Adult, which reportedly centers around a 30-something, newly singly YA author who returns to her hometown Minneapolis and pines after her ex, now a married family man. (And for the love of…let the story actually allow that Theron’s character is beautiful. She need not always be mousified, even if she is playing a writer.)

Reitman and Cody have joined forces before, to memorable effect. The haters can snark over the zingy dialogue all they want. This moviegoer and adoptive parent thinks Juno was lovely and funny and surprising. And that scene of Jennifer Garner coming home to find a stunned Ellen Page and quaking Jason Bateman just up from the basement was a beaut. The YA team is looking to begin production mid-October.

Speaking of Jason Bateman, who makes my heart swell, he stopped by Cody’s Airstream trailer recently to have a little chat, including scoop on the Arrested Development movie. “Look at your f%#!ing notes cheater, go ahead.” Enjoy. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey joins 'Horrible Bosses.' Can he be more infuriating than Bill Lumbergh?

kevin-spacey-office-spaceImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Everett CollectionI say absolutely. Kevin Spacey is a master, and after revisiting 1995’s The Usual Suspects for last week’s Time Capsule gallery, I miss him. Spacey’s been cast as a horrible boss in Horrible Bosses, a workplace comedy in which three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudiekis) are so frustrated by their jobs that they decide to kill their boss. So it’s like Office Space, but Lumbergh is the copy machine.

I finally watched 2009’s Moon over the weekend and Spacey’s quiet, sardonic, know-it-all demeanor made me want to kill someone even then. And he was playing a robot! Just his voice did that! I guess this post is my way of confessing to the world that I killed someone. I was going to fall onto my knees in the streets of St. Petersburg, but we have this nationally read blog, which is so much easier. Half-baked Dostoevsky reference in PopWatch: Surprising, annoying, awesome? The answer is D.

Who would you want to kill more if he were your boss: Kevin Spacey or Gary Cole?

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