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David Cross promises “meta, meta layers of hilarity” in new “Arrested Development”


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Sure, “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be awesome. And “Django Unchained” looks pretty freaking cool. But the upcoming project we are hands down absolutely most excited for is the new season of “Arrested Development.”

Fortunately, we aren’t alone in that. IFC recently had a chance to chat with David Cross, the world’s favorite analrapist, while he was promoting his movie “It’s A Disaster” during the Los Angeles Film Festival. Despite the fact he plays a normal character in that movie, he’s ready to blue himself all over again when he reprises his role as Tobias Funke.

“It’s a character that I love and a great group of people that I look forward to working with again, and it’s a Mitch Hurwitz script so it’s going to be fucking meta, meta layers of hilarity,” he said.

Since we have visual proof that “Arrested Development” is being written, we know that there are actual, real, not speculative ideas for the upcoming season and movie floating around, though we aren’t privy to them yet. Apparently Cross knows some of them, though series creator Mitch Hurwitz would probably hunt him down if he told any of the ideas to us.

“Mitch and I talked about it the last time we were together, which was in Vegas for this Netflix thing, and told me some of the ideas,” Cross teased. “I can’t say anything for obvious reasons and I won’t say anything but they’re all great. I’m really, really chomping at the bit to do this stuff.”

Even though he can’t tell us what actually will happen in the new season, we did manage to get Cross to talk about which actors he’d like to work with more in the new episodes. Tobias storylines typically circle around his wife Lindsay, daughter Maeby and brother-in-law Michael, which means there are plenty of untapped Bluth family members left for him to harass work with.

“I would think that for comedic purposes, I would like to see Tobias and Lucille,” Cross said. “I think just writing-wise, comedic-wise, I think Tobias and Lucille would be funny.”

He continued, “I’d also like to see Tobias and George Sr. because I thought there was a bit of an untapped idea there when we were in prison because Tobias so clearly needs love and attention and a father figure and validation and George Sr. clearly, for understandable reasons, does not like Tobias at all, so I thought those two together would be kind of fun too.”

And now it’s that fun time where we get to move on to speculation. Everyone had their own favorite secondary character they wanted to see again when we pulled together our list of faces we’d like to see return for “Arrested Development’s” fourth season, and even Judy Greer teased who she’d want to see again. We asked Cross the same question, and weren’t too surprised to find out he wanted to see Kitty Sanchez again as badly as we do.

“I can say without hesitation that it would be Kitty, not speaking in how it will work in the show, but I’m just such a huge fan of Judy’s and I love her and I love working with her and she’s just such a fucking funny, brilliant, talented, nice lady,” he said. “I really, really enjoy hanging out with her so, for selfish reasons, I would say Kitty.”

But that’s not the only secondary character he’d want Hurwitz and the rest of the “Arrested Development” team to hunt down and bring back for the next season. “I would also say the horse I got to ride in the episode with Martin Short. I got to ride a horse, so I’d like to bring the horse back,” Cross said. Can we start that Internet campaign right now, please?

The last we heard, the new 10-episode-long season of “Arrested Development” is going start shooting over the summer and be released all at once later this year. That hopefully will lead up to a movie hitting theaters at some point in 2013, though we’re beginning to be doubtful that that will actually happen.

Are you as excited for new “Arrested Development” as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.