• Jason Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ is a cringeworthy delight (Review)

    Jason Bateman, of his directorial debut, Bad Words, offers this gentle caveat: “This movie isn’t for everyone.” Screened recently at Austin’s South by Southwest festival to a packed auditorium, the film does resist easy consumption. The story centers on a cynical 40-something protagonist named Guy Trilby (played by Bateman) hell bent on ascending in the ranks of a spelling bee meant for children. Thanks to a loophole, naturally, he finds

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    Mitch Hurwitz reveals details about the new season of Arrested Development

    Although there’s no official release date for Arrested Development’s long-awaited fourth season – it’ll happen sometime in May – we’re getting increasingly more detailed information about what to expect. In an interview with USA Today, show creator Mitch Hurwitz explains the new season, which will run between 13 or 14 episodes and will be released all at once, has been tailored especially for its new home—Netflix. In the interview, we

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    Will Arnett reveals Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter will be part of Arrested Development (Video)

    During Will Arnett’s visit to Conan last night, the Arrested Development star not-so-subtly let slip that both Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter would, in some capacity, be part of the long-awaited fourth season of the cult comedy favorite. We’ll likely have to wait until the Spring of next year, when the show debuts exclusively on Netflix, to find out how Coco and Andy will be used. But at least we

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    Melissa McCarthy ruins Jason Bateman’s life, repeatedly punches him in Identity Theft (Video)

    Whenever I hear a reference to identity theft, I’m immediately reminded of the third track from Joe DeRosa’s album The Depression Auction, wherein he passionately opines that the immense number of identity theft prevention ads and commercials is grossly disproportionate to the actual cases of the crime. And so when I heard about the premise of the forthcoming, plainly titled Identity Theft with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, I was

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    Arrested Development starts production: photos, Workaholics and more!

    Arrested Development began filming for its 10-episode season on Netflix this past week and the main cast– Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat and Tony Hale are all expected to return! And, naturally, Ron Howard, producer of the show, will narrate. One major twist is that each of the new episodes will highlight a single member of the Bluth family, with

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    Punchline Magazine analysis: the rise of comedian on comedian programming

    Late last week, HBO dropped a teaser for their new behind-the-curtain comedy special, Talking Funny (see video below) which features such astronomically big names as Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais simply sitting in a room chatting about their craft. Stalwart comedy observers might think of Talking Funny of HBO’s answer to Showtime’s oft-praised Green Room with Paul Provenza– which is basically the same concept (except it

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    Orbit gum enlists Will Arnett, Jason Bateman more for TV ad campaign

    Orbit has thrown together an all star cast for the first segment of their new online series, “Orbit Dirty Shorts.” Sure, it may only be a glorified commercial, but with the comedic talents of Arrested Development’s Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, Aubrey Plaza (the cute girl from Funny People) and Rachel Harris (Stu’s horrifying girlfriend in The Hangover), it’s actually pretty funny. For those of you who need more convincing,

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