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The New ‘Arrested Development’ Trailer Is Here!

We all know by now (and are totally excited, I presume) that Arrested Development is coming back with a whole new season exclusively to Netflix. I just re-started my Netflix membership a few weeks ago, so I’m ready to go! All your favourites will be back – Portia de Rossi, Jason Bateman, David Cross, Will Arnett and more. Kristen Wiig will even be making an appearance as a young Lucille Bluth. It’s basically going to be amazing.

Above, the first trailer for the full season – which will be available all in one go from May 26. Why isn’t it May 26 yet? More importantly, how many episodes will there be before we get a taste of the Chicken Dance or until Buster brings back Franklin?

What do you guys think – looking forward to more Arrested Development or has the ship sailed?

Melissa McCarthy Gets Called a “Female Hippo” by Rex Reed: A Story in .Gifs

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Listen, Identity Thief seems like a pretty sub-par comedy despite its genius stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. The script is weak and the plotline is corny, but thankfully the actors save it from being a total disaster by being masters of gesture, delivery and physical comedy.

While it might seem natural to criticise a shitty movie for the above shortcomings, Rex Reed – the Grumpy Old Man in human form film critic for The New York Observer – did nothing of the sort. Instead, he concentrated on insulting McCarthy about her weight while giving Bateman glowing reviews for being… thin and attractive?



“Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success. Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck.”

Other choice words Reed dedicated to McCarthy:

- “tractor-sized”
- “a female hippo”
- “humungous creep”
- “cacophonous”



Melissa McCarthy is fantastic has always been frank in discussions surrounding her weight – which of course there have been many of, because that’s the way this stupid world works – and has admitted that she still struggles with her body image on a daily basis but tries to master the urge to, oh, hate herself, because she would never want to pass such behaviour down to her own daughters. But here’s the thing: what on God’s green earth does McCarthy’s weight have to do with whether or not a movie is funny? The great thing about so many of her roles – for instance, her part of Sookie on Gilmore Girls – is the fact that it illustrated that – surprise, surprise! – fat people’s lives don’t revolve around being fat! Fat people fall in love, fat people hang out with their friends and have jobs and even (gasp!) eat salads and work out! It’s a miracle!



On another note, if we want to get personal, Rex Reed needs to take a look in the mirror before he starts picking on someone else’s appearance.



Maybe he was a stud in his heyday, but the caterpillar eyebrows, Rudolph nose and his choice of accessories (yellow silk, bro? Really?) leave a bit to be desired. And by “a bit”, I mean this asshole – who is rather portly himself – is no prize piece.



As a final side note, Bridesmaid director and total sweetie Paul Feig took to Twitter to respond to Reed’s hateful diatribe, writing:

“For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f**k himself.”

We agree.



All-New ‘Arrested Development’ Episodes Coming to Netflix!

Image: Arrested Development via Peanuts, by Bill Mudron!

Here’s some news that is sure to thrill 10% of you!

“Netflix is gassing up the staircar!” Jason Bateman tweeted yesterday (see image of staircar, above), adding, “I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to wear a pair of khakis.”

YOU READ RIGHT! A new season of Arrested Development (get with it! Emily mentioned this last month) is coming to your laptops, Xboxes, and iPads, not to mention your Wiis, Boxees, PS3s, and what-the-heck-ever else, thanks to a new deal with Netflix.

Arrested Development was canceled in 2006; since then, Netflix has been experimenting with original streaming content. And now Netflix has been charged with Arrested Development‘s very resurrection! It’s great news for everybody!

Depending on your television-watching proclivities this is very exciting news—and if you aren’t excited, what is the matter with you?—but nonetheless, try to hold onto your butts. According to some sources, the show won’t “air” until 2013. Blah. But oh, well! Masterpieces take time.

(Image via Bill Mudron. I think I am obligated to also tell you that you can currently buy this print for five damn American dollars. Love you, Bill!)

Another Season of Arrested Development?

If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, your heart has probably grown weary of repeated promises of a movie. You probably dejectedly watch reruns and cry over the distinct lack of such comedic gold nowadays. It’s ok, I understand. But, if you haven’t heard, there was a remarkable event that took place today at the New Yorker Festival: A Bluth Family Reunion, including the likes of Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter, so basically everybody. Another important guest was Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the show, and, according to an audience member, he had some important words to say:

So I’m not going to get my hopes up, but … I’m kind of getting my hopes up. Anybody else?

Jason Bateman and His Wife Are Having a Baby!

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Doesn’t it seem that when a celebrity – who’s been kind of off-the-radar for awhile – stars in a few good movies all at once, at the tail-end of their whirlwind publicity pounce they end up having babies with their S.O.’s? I think that’s what’s going on here.

Jason Bateman and his wife, Amanda Anka (yes, the fabulous Paul Anka‘s daughter), have confirmed that their expecting their second child, and it’s another girl. The couple already has a 4 1/2 year-old daughter named Francesca.

Also, what’s with the baby boom of girls in Hollywood lately? Something in the water, perhaps? I mean, with the exception of Natalie Portman, it seems like every baby born in the past few months (and every expecting mom expecting) are girls.

Congratulations to the family!

Jason Bateman Does ‘Teen Wolf Too’

Ah! It’s everyone’s favorite crinkly-eyed boyfriend, Jason Bateman, doing his promotional rounds for The Change-Up. And God, is he likeable. He seems so warm and genuine, even though everything he says is dripping with irony. Just like Chandler Bing!

But before Jason became high-strung Michael Bluth, he paid his dues as a child actor. Worst offense? That would be Teen Wolf Too, the 1980s’ most needless sequel.

Still, every grievous mistake is an opportunity for redemption. So here’s Mr. Bateman with Jimmy Fallon, reenacting a scene from Teen Wolf Too.

Jason Bateman Deserves An iPhone 4 G More Than You

Jason Bateman Causes Apple Controversy

Jason Bateman is getting a lot of shit from the nerd community. Yesterday the iPhone 4G was released, and typically, Apple stores had lines around the block of people dying to get their hands on their new toy. One of Los Angeles’ most popular Apple stores, the Grove location, had a particularly bad line. Arrested Development star Jason Bateman showed up to the mall and joined the line, but was quickly ushered to the front because an Apple store employee recognized him.

Now people are all up in arms and saying that Jason’s celebrity got him access to a phone that they had been waiting for all day. I can understand the frustration of the people waiting in line (don’t you hate it when you get cut at a bar or a bank or anywhere?) but let’s be real: It’s not like the dude showed up and cut the line immediately. And if an Apple employee, for whatever reason, singled you out and told you that you could cut a 200-something person line and not stand in the hot sun for two hours, would you “do the right thing” and tell them no thanks? Probably not.

Celebrities get preferential treatment all the time, but in the grand scheme of things, this is small beans. It’s not like he got away with murder or something.