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'Arrested Development' Coming Back to TV

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 2nd 2011 8:30PM
'Arrested Development' is coming back to TV. Seriously! Maybe.

Speaking Sunday at the New Yorker Festival, series creator Mitch Hurwitz announced he has been working on one final TV season of the cult comedy that would lead into the long-rumored movie.

Still, it doesn't seem quite like a done deal. According to the New York Times, Hurwitz said they were "80% of the way towards an answer" on the movie, and that 'Arrested' narrator Ron Howard was helping to get it done.

Hurwitz elaborated further: "We don't completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone's been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together."

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Jason Bateman and Jimmy Fallon Recreate a Scene From 'Teen Wolf Too' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 4th 2011 5:05AM
Jason Bateman, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Jason Bateman is known now as a go-to guy for solid, hilarious comedic performances. But he's long been a staple of great cinema, as evidenced by his star turn in 'Teen Wolf Too.' He stepped into the big -- well okay, little -- shoes of Michael J. Fox and blew Jimmy Fallon away on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

He showed a clip of Bateman intimidating a woman at school and then he and Bateman decided to recreate the scene with Fallon as the old lady. It was ... well, about as good as the original actually.

Neither could quite stay in character, and we couldn't help laughing along as Fallon overacted both the disdain at Bateman's character and then ultimately the fear as he "wolfed" out a bit, intimidating her. It didn't quite make us want to go watch 'Teen Wolf Too,' but it did make us want to see them recreate some scenes from 'Love Stinks' next.

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Ricky Gervais Defends His Right to Make Fun of Hollywood Actors on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:20PM
Ricky Gervais, Jason Bateman, and Ryan Reynolds on 'Today'Ricky Gervais was cutting and funny hosting the Golden Globes, but the buzz after the show was about how many people were offended by his jokes. He managed to burn some bridges with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the awards. Now Gervais has been nominated for an Emmy for that performance. He spoke with Matt Lauer on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) about the experience, and got into a little tussle with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.

Lauer said he thought Gervais's hosting was brilliant, but said others thought his jokes had crossed a line. "I crossed the line?" said Gervais. "Who drew the line? I didn't draw the line. Where's this line?" He seemed perplexed by the idea.

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Jason Bateman Is Frustated by the 'Arrested Development' Movie News Cycle (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 10:10AM
Jason Bateman, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Jason Bateman understands that fans of 'Arrested Development' are hoping for any update on the status of a film continuation. While he doesn't mind answering the questions about it everywhere he goes, because he appreciates the enthusiasm, he explained on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) that he gets a little irritated by how the media handles those moments.

"Frustratingly, there's never really a significant update," he explained. "However, that doesn't stop the fringe media taking that ... writing a headline, 'Bateman Talks About "Arrested Development" and then you click through. [It reads,] 'There was no update.'"

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Kara DioGuardi Judges a Belly-Flopping Contest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:54AM
Kara DioGuardi, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Jimmy Kimmel set up another one of his belly-flopping competitions on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). While the first contestants were a little underwhelming, Kimmel got his hopes up when Eddie stood poised and ready to jump.

Clearly, his was the belly to beat, but could he flop it properly? Kara DioGuardi was on hand to judge, while Jason Bateman made sure Kimmel reminded him to jump belly first into the water. You can't get a good splash otherwise.

"I want there to be not a drop of water left in that pool," Kimmel told Eddie.

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Jason Bateman Worries Justin Bieber Is Bad For His 4-Year Old (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 3:31AM
Jason Bateman, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Jason Bateman and David Letterman are on opposite ends of the Justin Bieber spectrum when it comes to their young kids, though they're on opposite ends of the gender spectrum as well. Bateman talked on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) about how his four-year old daughter is obsessed with the singer.

Meanwhile, David Letterman said he doesn't even think his seven-year old son knows who Justin Bieber is. "Now, have I done something wrong or have I done something right?" he asked Bateman.

After hearing Bateman's stories about how his daughter is "singing about these heartbreaking relationships and passionate bonds at the top of her lungs to a phantom person that's sitting next to her," we're not so sure.

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Jason Bateman Thinks the 'Arrested Development' Movie is Still Alive. Really?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 21st 2010 4:02PM
Jason BatemanPerhaps you folks saw the tidbit from the LA Times late last week where Jason Bateman was asked to respond to David Cross, who told me in an interview last week that the 'Arrested Development' movie is "not going to happen."

Bateman took pains to not only say the movie was still on, but to say that "bloggers" made way too big a deal of Cross' opinion.

"I think he was simply saying, 'Who knows?' " he told the LA TImes. "He wasn't saying anything definitive, but a lot of people with blogs and whatnot, in the interest of making a splash headline, stretched things a bit."

Yeah, those damn bloggers. Always quoting people directly and then reporting on it. How dare they!

Here's the flaw in Jason's argument: We already knew that this was just David Cross' opinion. Neither I nor any of the other "bloggers" who wrote about this presented it as anything but.

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'Ugly Betty' Casts Vanessa Williams' Brother, Plus Our Favorite Real-Life TV Siblings

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 8th 2009 3:24PM
Chris WilliamsWilhelmina Slater just can't catch a break.

Not only does she have a conniving daughter, a dead lover and Daniel Meade's ineptitude to deal with, now she's set to discover that she has a long-lost twin ... well, kind of.

The Ausiello Files is reporting that 'Ugly Betty''s resident devil in Prada is in for a shock in early 2010 when she discovers that she's the subject of a drag queen impersonation act, ingeniously named Wilhediva Hater. But that's not even the best part -- Ausiello's sources say that the man behind Willie's fabulous doppelganger is none other than Vanessa Williams' real-life brother, Chris Williams. There's nothing like keeping it in the family.

In light of this fierce casting, we at Inside TV have taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite real-life sibling co-stars to have graced the small screen in recent years:

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Top 50 Teen Idols

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:00AM


You tacked their photos to your wall, faithfully watched their TV shows and bought their records --and you might have even written some of them a mash note or two ('fess up!). These are the AOL TV picks for the top 50 teen idols of all time; the 50 young gents who made us swoon, pledge our undying devotion and join more than one sappy fan club.

Our list includes a pair of real-life brothers, several fellas who played brothers on TV and more than a few double-threat actor/singers (what can we say -- they're double the pleasure). But did your favorite Teen Beat cover boy make the cut? Only one way to find out ...

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The latest about the Arrested Development movie

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 5th 2009 11:02AM
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Does it seem like every other month there's some talk about the proposed Arrested Development movie? Perhaps that's because it's an idea that simply won't go away until the film is actually in theaters and fans of the Emmy-winning Fox series will finally be satisfied. Well, satisfaction may be just around the corner. The Arrested Development movie is really developing now. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz is at work on the screenplay -- working with co-executive producer James Vallely -- and the Bluths are creeping closer to big screen reality.

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10 Former TV Child Stars Who Aren't Crackheads

by Patricia Chui, posted Sep 3rd 2009 3:45PM
Jason Bateman in Extract'Extract,' the new Mike Judge comedy opening in theaters this weekend, stars Jason Bateman as a bored factory manager. Those of us who grew up on '80s TV are thrilled that former child star Bateman's become such a success as an adult -- especially since we still think of him as Ricky Schroder's rambunctious best friend on 'Silver Spoons.' (Did anyone else watch 'It's Your Move' religiously? Just us?)

It's quite a feat for Bateman to have come this far, as the list of former child stars is littered with tales of drug abuse, DUIs, anorexia, obscurity and death. And then there are those who pop up in the news for doing random things, such as Soleil Moon Frye resurrecting Punky Brewster to celebrate her massive Twitter following.

But why dwell on the negative and the bizarre? Here's a list of 10 formerly famous tykes who bucked the odds and emerged from childhood TV stardom -- often after long periods in which they took time off or struggled to find work -- and became famous adults in their own right. We couldn't be more proud.

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MTV keeps the '80s revival going with Teen Wolf pilot

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2009 10:02AM
Teen WolfMichael J. Fox's Teen Wolf was infectious fun back in 1985. By the time we got to Jason Bateman and Teen Wolf Too, a lot of the luster had worn off. Still, MTV thinks there's still plenty to mine from the concept, as they've ordered a pilot for a Teen Wolf series.

MTV VP Liz Gately says, "It has a fresh take and is very different from the original." They go on to explain that it's more similar to An American Werewolf in Paris (not London, but Paris). I'm still trying to wrap my brain around why remakes seem to be all the rage right now. Especially if this remake is so different from the source title. Why is it a remake then?

Have we reached a creative laziness where it's just easier to try and sell the public on a property they've already heard of than something brand new? If this is as "very different" as Gately says, then why not just call it something else entirely? Vampires and werewolves are popular enough right now with the kids that you don't need a 24-year old movie title to sell a series.

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Sit Down, Shut Up: World's Greatest Teacher

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 4th 2009 12:22AM
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I'm still not completely sure what I think about Sit Down, Shut Up yet. This is the third episode, and this is what I have so far: it's funny enough that if I were flipping channels and came across it, I'd keep it on FOX, but if I didn't have to review it, I wouldn't set my DVR.

This week's episode, in which Knob Haven High was up for a distinguished school award, definitely had its funny moments -- the very end where Ennis realizes that he slept with Miracle's mother made me chuckle. However, it wasn't consistent enough to keep my mind from wandering in the middle. I had to rewind a couple of times because I completely spaced out and missed a few scenes.

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Sit Down, Shut Up: Miracle's Are Real

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 27th 2009 1:47AM
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Last week, when I rewatched Sit Down, Shut Up for my review, I said that while I still wasn't enthralled by it, the show was much better upon the second viewing. Since I thought episode 2 was much better than the pilot, I expected to like it even more upon rewatching. Oddly enough, I didn't.

As stellar as this cast is, I'm trying to separate my feelings about this show from my feelings about them. I love Kristin Chenoweth on Pushing Daisies, so I don't really want to admit that her work on this show reminds me of a more grating Amy Sedaris with none of the humor, but it kind of does. I don't know if it's the way her character is written, or the fact that Chenoweth's particular brand of pixie cuteness doesn't translate unless you're looking at her, but she just sounds shrill to me.

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Sit Down, Shut Up off to a bad start

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 20th 2009 3:03PM
Sit Down Shut UpWhat do you call an animated show whose premiere is sandwiched between two other highly-rated animated shows yet still manages to be third in its timeslot? You could call it a lot of things. You could call it "poor" or "slow". You know what I call it? A one-season show.

Seriously, I watched the premiere of Sit Down, Shut Up (and it was reviewed here on TV Squad), and while I thought some bits were funny, I don't see it lasting more than a season on Fox, if that. This is a network that is quick to pull the plug on many quirky shows (including Hurwitz's previous work, Arrested Development).

I could be wrong. Arrested Development lasted three seasons and animated shows are only a fraction of the budget of live-action ones. If his last show is any indicator, Sit Down, Shut Up is probably one of those shows that rewards loyal viewers with various Easter eggs and hidden double-meanings. Hopefully Fox will give it time.

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