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“Arrested Development” movie currently being written, full cast is back

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As an “Arrested Development” fan, it’s hard not to be excited about the plan to create a 10 episode series and then movie to premiere on Netflix. But since it was announced in October, skeptics have been ready to claim that the project will never come to fruition. Not so, says writer Dean Lorey. The series-to-movie addition to the “Arrested Development” series is well and truly happening.

“We’re really doing this thing. Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and I are off writing the new season of ARRESTED to premiere on Netflix in 2013,” he wrote on his blog. “The original cast is back. There are offices and parking spaces. We’re shooting this year. I wish I could give more specifics but, for the moment, even the schedule is being kept under wraps. But it’s happening and it’s great to be back with my pals from the show.”

So there you have it. This thing is really, really happening. The original series ran for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 on Fox before it was canceled. The current plan is for the series to have a 10 episode return on Netflix followed by a feature film. The 10-episode run will feature on catching the audience up-to-date with what the show’s characters have been up to over the past six years.

If Jason Bateman still has it right, filming should start this summer with the episodes’ release in early 2013. So much for Ron Howard’s implication that the TV series and movie are still a ways off.

“‘Arrested Development’ is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement in November.

Are you glad that “Arrested Development” is finally moving forward? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Ron Howard gives “Arrested Development” movie updates

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Fans have been clamoring for an “Arrested Development” movie since the day the show went off the air in 2006. It was in that final episode that narrator Ron Howard uttered the now-famous suggestion that maybe the Bluth’s story should be made into a movie. Since then, no one involved in the production has managed to escape an interview without being asked about the highly anticipated film and, even after its announcement, that hasn’t changed a bit.

Howard recently sat down with Collider at Sundance and talked about the “Arrested Development” movie and Netflix-owned TV show. He’s agreed to voice the series’ narrator again, but unfortunately doesn’t have too much of an update on when production will actually get started on both projects.

“There’s not a specific start date, but Mitch Hurwitz is definitely working to quickly get it all underway,” Howard said. “I don’t want to burden him with any release dates, but I know he’s well underway and it’s something he’s been thinking about a lot, over the previous year.”

That being said, it sounds like we’ve taken a few steps back from the big reveal of Hurwitz’s planned TV-series-into-a-movie idea. Howard’s implication seems to be that more “Arrested Development” is still a ways off.

“It’s a huge challenge ‘cause we’re talking about 10 episodes, or almost character studies, individually featuring various characters from the Bluth family and showing where they are now and updating audiences, as we build to what we eventually expect and hope will be a movie. So, we need to re-acclimate everybody,” he said.

If fans need re-acclimation, they can just catch one of the many airings of “Arrested Development” on IFC nearly every day. But we understand that it takes some time to organize all the crazy shenanigans that the Bluths have likely been up to — like Buster getting an iPad for a hand — into a cohesive story.

“He’s got some hilarious idea about where these characters are in the world now, four or five years later, what they’ve been up to, what their frame of mind is now, and how they relate to each other,” Howard teased. “It’s pretty hilarious, outrageous stuff. Mitch is really enjoying delving back into the Bluth family.”

Are you looking forward to more “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

What to Watch on IFC: December 27 – January 1

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It’s that magical week between Christmas and New Year’s when anyone who is working is wildly unhappy about it. So let’s all shut our computers and go sit on the couch with the television turned to IFC while our moms bring us snacks when we yell really loudly. A (lazy) people united, will never be defeated.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Tuesday

If you like Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” you’re sure to like “The Boondock Saints.” In this wild vigilante thriller, two Catholic men acting on God’s will, set out to kill pretty much everyone. Brothers Conner and Murphy MacManus (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) take to performing their divine duty against the Russian mob. They massacre a bunch of unsuspecting Mafioso in a scene of absurd violence, then they let more blood in a mass killing of porn-shop customers. Instead of getting thrown in jail, they are dubbed “saints” by the Boston Herald, and they are praised by brilliant, tortured, and gay FBI agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe). The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday

In from “From Dusk Till Dawn,” which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino stars with George Clooney as a pair of bad-to-the-bone brothers named Seth and Richie Gecko. After a string of robberies that left a river of blood in the Geckos’ wake, the sadistic siblings head to Mexico to live the good life. To get over the border, they kidnap Jacob Fuller, a widowed preacher played by Harvey Keitel, and his two children, Kate (Juliette Lewis) and Scott (Ernest Liu). Once south of the border, the quintet park their RV at a rough-and-tumble trucker bar called The Titty Twister, where Seth and Richie are supposed to meet a local thug. After a couple of drinks, they realize that they’re not in a typical bar, as the entire place begins to teem with vicious, blood-sucking vampires. And then the fun really starts.

Thursday

When you watch “Scary Movie” you’ll die laughing. From the mind that brought you “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” comes this parody of the teen slasher flick. As you might expect, a group of teenagers — not-terribly-bright Buffy (Shannon Elizabeth), her best friend Brenda (Regina Hall), stoner Shorty (Marlon Wayans), fey football player Ray (Shawn Wayans), loudmouthed Greg (Lochlyn Munro), sexually overexcited Bobby (Jon Abrahams), and his prim girlfriend Cindy (Anna Faris) — are on the run from a maniacal killer who is looking for revenge after the kids accidentally kill a man following an auto accident. It airs at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Friday

Look, we know that some people like to go out on Friday nights, but we all know that is amateur night, right? We know that real professionals go out on Tuesdays and stay home on Fridays. To revel in that life choice, we are showing back-to-back episodes of “Arrested Development” beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, followed by two episodes of David Cross as “Todd Margaret.” We now what’s up …and it’s staying in on Fridays.

Saturday

It’s New Year’s Eve, which around these parts means one thing: Three Stooges marathon! Starting at 6 p.m. ET and running until the wee hours of the new year, we will be airing nothing but the best of Larry, Curly, Moe, and sometimes Shep. It’s an IFC tradition!

Sunday

Happy New Year’s Day! You may have made some poor decisions last night (tequila, spray cheese and gummi bears never mix, okay?) so to help nurse the first hangover of 2012, we’re showing an all day marathon of “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” You know that leaving the couch would be the worst decision of all.

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What to Watch on IFC: December 12 – December 18

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Don’t know about you, but whenever we’re exhausted from spending hours in the 10th Circle of Hell a.k.a. The Mall looking for the perfect Christmas present for cranky Uncle Leo, Bill Murray’s inspirational speech from “Meatballs” starts running through our heads on a loop. “It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter!” Know what does matter? That “Meatballs” is airing at 8 p.m. ET. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday

Nothing says Christmas like “American Psycho” on IFC, right? Well, that probably depends on how you feel about the prospect of spending hours and hours with your family. Cheer yourself up Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman when Bret Easton Ellis’ murderous investment banker novel comes to life at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday

“Kaos” sounds like the most aptly-named holiday movie ever, right? While the stories that take place simultaneously in the film may have nothing to do with Santa, elves, or the Hannukkah fairy, we’re sure you’ll enjoy watching Italy’s fraternal filmmaking team of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani whip up another multistoried masterpiece as you browse Amazon for last minute shopping ideas or doing stomach crunches in advance of the annual egg nog chugging contest.

Thursday

Join the ranks of people who watch “Gandhi” and shriek, “Sexy Beast!” while pointing at Ben Kingsley. Sounds like a fun trick sure to win you friends, right? So tune in to “Sexy Beast” at 8 p.m. ET. If you don’t we’ll send Don after you.

Friday

Do Friday night right and stay in watching back-to-back episodes of David Cross shows and trolling Reddit for pictures of him as a Never Nude and a Ripper. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET we have episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” which returns to IFC on Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Please to enjoy.

Saturday

It’s cold outside, so we’re showing movies so good you won’t mind being stuck inside all day. At 5:30 p.m. ET we have Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Then run to the bathroom, order the pizza and settle in, because we’re showing a double feature of awesome with Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” at 8 p.m. ET and “Life of Brian” at 10. In the greatest American tradition: But wait! There’s more! At midnight we’re showing you John Waters’ “Pecker.” Good thing it is Saturday because you’re not going anywhere.

Sunday

Recover from yesterday’s epic movie marathon with back-to-back episodes of “Freaks and Geeks” beginning at 12/11 c. You’re welcome.

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