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Jason Bateman talks “Arrested Development” Twitter leaks, new cast members

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It turns out that Jason Bateman wasn’t supposed to have given away as many secrets about “Arrested Development” season four as he has.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Bateman has opened up about being the number one leaker of information from the set of the new season. Apparently Mitch Hurwitz has not been too pleased about it.

“I’ve been accidentally leaking,” Bateman said. “[Mitch] has been yelling at me because, like, stuff in the background I’m accidentally getting that actually has some relevance and I don’t realize it. So I’ve stopped.”

That certainly explains the radio silence. But just what specific leaks is Bateman talking about? Apparently he was not supposed to spill that the cast of “Workaholics” is in the first episode of the show.

“Well, I wanted to take a shot on the first day of lights and camera and, like, ‘obviously, he’s on a set,’ and in that shot are a couple of cast members from a show ‘Workaholics,” he recalled. “And after I took that picture, like hours afterwards, I was talking to those actors and a kid came up asking for their autograph. And I said, “Are you guys in a movie or a show or something?” And they were like, ‘Yeah, we’re in this show called Workaholics.’ And I was like, ‘Oh cool, I gotta see that.’ And then of course once the Tweet was up, I’d already sent out the Tweet, but I didn’t put two and two together and a day later I saw that it was all over the boards: ‘Oh my god! ‘The Workaholics’ are in it!’ Mitch said, ‘Hey man…’ [does scowling Mitch impersonation].”

At least we don’t have to worry about Hurwitz firing Bateman over it. And Bateman didn’t stop with the teases there. During the Vulture interview, he admitted that the stair car is back (though he hasn’t done any scenes in it) and he hasn’t had to ride a bike on set yet. He also teased that there will be a big Bluth family reunion coming up.

“All I can tell you is that obviously the family does have some sort of reconnection, otherwise you’ve got nothing,” he said. “Yeah, we all do end up finding each other again.”

And what about potential co-stars? We already know everyone from Mae Whitman and Liza Minelli to Judy Greer and newcomer John Slattery have joined the new season, but Bateman wouldn’t dish if we’ll see anyone else.

“Truthfully we’re only a little bit of the way through. Almost halfway through it. And a lot of us haven’t seen what is to come,” he said. “So, yeah, there could be [other actors], but I know if and when the movie happens there’s been a lot of talk… there are people that have kind of reserved spots in that that would be very exciting.”

“Arrested Development” season four will air on Netflix at some point next spring. It will have anywhere from 10 to 13 episodes, and could be released all at once instead of weekly.

What new actors do you hope join the cast of “Arrested Development” in season four? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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