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7 “Arrested Development” reunions you might have missed

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We can expect a sharp decline in our GDP come May 27: It’s the day after the hotly awaited fourth season of “Arrested Development” will be unveiled on Netflix, and, as such, will be responsible for everyone spending that day looking for opportunities to be injecting references into conversations instead of, you know, working. Although the show didn’t live very long, and it was on the air a long time ago, the show has built up a rabid fan base — obviously, one strong enough to warrant more episodes a decade later.

The fourth season will reportedly be structured rather differently from the previous episodes, with not all the characters appearing in all of the episodes, but the entire cast will be represented across the run. Nevertheless, this is undeniably an “Arrested Development” reunion — but did you know there actually have been lots of smaller scale reunions of similar scale, too? Obviously, you did. That’s why you’re reading this, and reading this far. Or that’s why you’ve skipped over these two paragraphs and are diving into the blurbs and video clips below. Either way, I’m gonna go perfect my mayonegg recipe.

1. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera: “Juno”

Although they didn’t appear in scenes together in Diablo Cody’s breakout 2007 film, and I generally avoided instances like this, “Juno” merits inclusion because it was one of the very first times multiple “Arrested Development” actors appeared in the same project, period, after its cancellation in 2006. In this movie Jason Bateman and Michael Cera play semi-analogous versions of the same character: a boy ushered into manhood too quickly (Cera’s character done got Juno preggers in high school), and a man pining for his youth (Bateman’s character never got over his adolescent dreams of becoming a rockstar).


2. Michael Cera and Mae Whitman: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

Don’t recognize the name “Mae Whitman?” Really? You don’t recognize “her?” Yes, Ann and George Michael are reunited in Edgar Wright’s brilliant cinematic interpretation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ingenious graphic novel series equating romance with video games. Cera plays the titular character, who’s a slightly more nervous but also slightly more self-assured version of his usual baseline character, whereas Whitman plays Roxanne “Roxy” Richter, who couldn’t be more different from Ann. She emotes! She’s a ninja! She’s not just into the secular flesh; she’s also a lesbian!


3. Will Arnett and Jason Bateman: “Mansome,” many others

On “Arrested Development,” GOB and Michael are constantly at odds with each other: They’re the ant and grasshopper fable come to life, with a twist. Michael works hard and almost never gets results, whereas GOB doesn’t work hard at all and performs illusions (not magic tricks). In reality, though Bateman and Arnett are almost like brothers. If the above video of them enjoying a spa day together for the 2012 documentary “Mansome” doesn’t prove it, consider the fact that they have started a business together, Dumbdumb Entertainment. The company brings a comedic flair (really) to advertising, usually in successful ways. In Bateman’s own words, “Will Arnett and I make funny shorts that have products integrated organically.” So, in other words, there are lots and lots of commercials for companies like Orbit, Denny’s, Old Navy that helped pay for all those $100,000 suits those guys like to wear.


4. Will Arnett and David Cross and Mitch Hurwitz and David Schwartz: “Running Wilde”

“Running Wilde,” the 2010 show, about a pompous bachelor (Will Arnett, natch) who attempts to woo a childhood sweetheart, didn’t last very long: after 13 episodes, it was dunzo. But, it did reunite those two with another pair of “Arrested Development” names: David Cross (the love interest’s fiancé) and “AD” composer (who plays the composer, an unseen character who writes all the music for the series).


5. David Cross and Will Arnett: “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”

David Cross teamed up with IFC (a great channel) to make this show about Todd Margaret, a man so out of depth he makes Tobias Funke seem somewhat sane by comparison. Margaret takes a job running the London sales team for an energy drink, Thunder Muscle, but there’s only one problem: He knows nothing about British culture, sales, and how to sell to British people. Arnett plays Cross’ boss, and guess what: A familiar dynamic emerges, wherein Arnett dumps all over Cross, like so much club sauce on a plate of chicken fingers. Man, what a great IFC show: Take it from us.


6. Tony Hale and Will Arnett: “Up All Night”

“Up All Night” is seemingly drifting to being canceled right now (creator Emily Spivey departed in January, co-star Christina Applegate announced she was leaving in February, and Arnett has been cast in a now CBS pilot), but if nothing else it gave the world a reunion of the actors who played GOB and Buster on “Arrested Development.” They even slipped in a slick reference to the show, with Hale calling Arnett his brother in a hip, urban way.


7. Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor and Judy Greer: “Archer”

If you haven’t been watching “Archer,” you’ve missed out on a steady stream of “Arrested Development” reunions. Judy Greer (Kitty) is a regular, as is Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth), but on two separate occasions, Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth Sr., Oscar Bluth) has guest starred as two different characters. Yes, they sound pretty much the same, but who cares: It’s George Sr. and Lucille, reunited!

Do you have any favorite “Arrested Development” reunions? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

10 lines that made us love Tobias Funke

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Tobias Funke is the world’s most famous never-nude, but it is his too-good-to-be-true Fruedian Slips and repressed homosexuality that make him the most quotable character on “Arrested Development.” In anticipation of the Season 4 premiere, and the inevitable gay innuendo, here is a list of Tobias Funke’s best lines.


10. “Where the F*** are my hard boiled eggs?”


Tobias explains that it’s always important to express your feelings, because they’ll come out in unexpected ways – like losing your temper over hard boiled eggs. Cue the Charlie Brown music.


9. “I guess you could say I’m buy-curious!”

Buying a female wig - we mean a bob wig - is something that can't be rushed. Hence Tobias is buy-curious. If only he'd just admit he's also curious about naked men.


8. “Do these effectively hide my thunder?”

As a never-nude, it is of utmost importance to make sure the thunder is effectively hidden.


7. “OH MY GOD WE’RE HAVING A FIRE…sale.”


As a professional “acteur” Tobias always puts forth his dramatic best, even if it usually ends up leading to complete disaster.


6. “Oh man, I can just taste those meaty leading man parts in my mouth.”


Would it be better if he said leading man roles? Probably not. Oh Tobias, just admit it. We'll still love you.

The most absurd disguises of Gene Parmesan

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A staple of “Arrested Development” is the writers’ penchant for running jokes. One of their greatest and most underrated gags is the use of Lucille’s private investigator Gene Parmasan. He was originally hired to find out if George Sr. ever had an affair but never found anything. So he might not be that much of a detective, but much to Lucille’s delight, he is a master of disguise who pops up when you least expect him. He disappeared throughout season 3 but it’s been said he’ll be back to surprise us in season 4. To prepare ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of Gene’s most absurd disguises.


1. The Bear Suit

Gene surprises Lucille yet again (though she knew it!!!) as a bear delivering balloons. To be fair, at least his face is covered in this one.

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2. The Mexican

Gene follows Michael to find GOB in Mexico. The only thing hiding his identity is a sombrero, but Michael still doesn't realize it's him until GOB has been tackled to the ground

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3. The Doctor

Bad news! It's not a doctor, it's Gene. While Lindsay and Maeby rolled their eyes at the obvious decoy, Lucille was still tickled at the reveal of her favorite private investigator.

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4. The firefighter

Gene Parmesan proves he's ready to audition as any civil servant you may need when he shows up as a fireman to update the Bluth's on George Sr.

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5. The Janitor

We first meet Gene when he dresses as a janitor, with a mustache over his own mustache as his only disguise. It is by far his most absurd attempt at hiding his identity

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What is your favorite Gene Parmesan disguise? What do you hope he shows up as in Season 4? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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