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The Latest in Vague “Arrested Development” Movie Updates

The Latest in Vague “Arrested Development” Movie Updates (photo)

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Back when I was hosting our IFC Live webchats for “Arrested Development,” the one question that came up at least once every week was: “When are they going to make the ‘Arrested Development’ movie?” Doing IFC Live, we quickly learned to look for updates whenever the “Arrested” cast members released a new film or TV series. If an “Arrested” alumnus was doing interviews, odds were pretty good that someone would ask them about the movie. And sure enough, several former Bluths are busy junketeering this month, prompting a new round of vague, noncommital answers about the “Arrested” movie.

Promoting “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” at Comic-Con, Michael Cera told MTV News that he thought that it was going to happen “soon.” Then, he qualified the soon with a “hopefully.” Then, he qualified the qualifier by adding, “But I know so little about it.”

A couple days later while promoting his new film “The Switch,” Cera’s fictional former father Jason Bateman talked about the possibility of adding his “Switch” co-star Jennifer Aniston to the “Arrested” ensemble for the movie. Bateman told MTV News that he already had a part in mind for her (for what it’s worth — i.e. not a whole lot — Aniston says she’s interested. UPDATE: Bateman has since tweeted, “Why do reporters reach so hard for a headline? I was merely thinking out loud during an interview about Aniston being in the AD movie.”).

Last Monday, “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz discussed the movie at the annual Television Critics Association press tour while talking about his new series “Running Wilde.” His response: “We’re writing it; we’re halfway through,” he said. “The reason I’ve been so cagey is fans have been so [eager about it]. I really want to do it.” At the same presentation, “Running Wilde” star (and “Arrested” alum) Will Arnett told The Wrap that the movie was “definitely happening,” and that he’d “just had a meeting about it.”

David Cross was also at the TCA, talking about his new IFC series “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” (Arnett’s a part of that show as well). Cross must not have gotten an invite to that meeting because he didn’t even wait for a question about “Arrested Development” to say “Until I’m sitting in a theater watching the movie I won’t believe it.”

To summarize: the movie is definitely happening, unless it doesn’t. And it’s going to be made soon, unless it takes a while. And everyone’s involved, unless they’re busy. And Jennifer Aniston may join the cast, unless she can’t work it into her schedule. Glad we could clear that up. The only thing we’ve really learned is that people are surprisingly interested in the “Arrested Development” movie. Where were all these people when the show was struggling to stay on the air? If half of these folks were as interested in the series as they are in the movie, they wouldn’t have needed the movie because “Arrested” would never have been canceled in the first place. Besides, there are other ways to get your “Arrested Development” movie fix.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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