Jason Bateman

‘Arrested Development’ Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 9: “Smashed”

Now the story of a great television show that got cancelled and the diehard viewers who had no choice but to keep yelling and screaming until Netflix brought it back for another season, seven years later. It’s the Arrested Development Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 9: “Smashed,” which finds Tobias trying (and failing) to put on a show. … Read More

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‘Arrested Development’ Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 8: “Red Hairing”

Now the story of a great television show that got cancelled and the diehard viewers who had no choice but to keep yelling and screaming until Netflix brought it back for another season, seven years later. It’s the Arrested Development Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 8: “Red Hairing,” which explains how Lindsay ended up with that red hair, and other matters. … Read More

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‘Arrested Development’ Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 7: “Colony Collapse”

Now the story of a great television show that got cancelled and the diehard viewers who had no choice but to keep yelling and screaming until Netflix brought it back for another season, seven years later. It’s the Arrested Development Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 7: “Colony Collapse,” which gives us our first close look at G.O.B.’s decline. … Read More

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‘Arrested Development’ Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 6: “Double Crossers”

Now the story of a great television show that got cancelled and the diehard viewers who had no choice but to keep yelling and screaming until Netflix brought it back for another season, seven years later. It’s the Arrested Development Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 6: “Double Crossers,” which continues the George Sr. story that began in “Borderline Personalities.” … Read More

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‘Arrested Development’ Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 4: “The B. Team”

Now the story of a great television show that got cancelled and the diehard viewers who had no choice but to keep yelling and screaming until Netflix brought it back for another season, seven years later. It’s the Arrested Development Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 4: “The B. Team,” which finds Michael entering the lucrative business of moving-picture production. … Read More

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‘Arrested Development’ Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 1: “Flight of the Phoenix”

Now the story of a great television show that got cancelled and the diehard viewers who had no choice but to keep yelling and screaming until Netflix brought it back for another season, seven years later. It’s the Arrested Development Season Four Recap-A-Thon, Episode 1: “Flight of the Phoenix,” which catches us up with a Michael who is, it seems, at the end of his rope. … Read More

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Why Michael Is the Best ‘Arrested Development’ Character

Arrested Development fans are busy counting down the hours until Season 4 premieres this Sunday at midnight on Netflix, and here at Flavorwire, we’re no different. So, we’re passing the time by declaring this Arrested Development Week, all leading up to a Recap-a-thon on Sunday, when our own Jason Bailey will review the whole season, episode by episode. This piece is the part of a series of contributors’ essays in support of their favorite Bluth. Click here to follow our coverage.

It’s not easy to be the lone voice of sanity amongst a gaggle of crazy people. In many ways, the role of Michael Bluth, the steady and reliable anchor of the madcap Bluth family, is the most thankless of Arrested Development; it’s the straight man, and nobody likes to play the straight man. But thanks to the show’s smart writing and Jason Bateman’s sly playing, the character of Michael is quite the opposite: he is, in fact, the best and most important character on the show. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: The Ultimate Ann Veal “Her?” Supercut

Arrested Development fans are busy counting down the hours until Season 4 premieres this Sunday at midnight on Netflix, and here at Flavorwire, we’re no different. So, we’re passing the time by declaring this Arrested Development Week, all leading up to a Recap-a-thon on Sunday, when our own Jason Bailey will review the whole season, episode by episode. Click here to follow our coverage.

In Arrested Development‘s Season 1 finale, “Let ‘Em Eat Cake,” a flat-voiced young woman approaches George Michael Bluth at the banana stand. This was the first appearance of Ann Veal, played in that episode by Alessandra Torresani and through the rest of the run by Mae Whitman (series creator Mitch Hurwitz said he’d toyed with the idea of having a different actress play Ann in each episode, to emphasize how unmemorable she was). She would become George Michael’s greatest love, and Michael’s greatest enemy — when he could remember her. And with that, we present a brief but thorough look at the history of Ann and the Bluths — all the “Who?”s, all the “Her?”s, all the “Egg”s, and all the insults. … Read More

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Does Jason Bateman’s Career Need an Intervention?

We’d like to say we started to wonder whether Jason Bateman might be making questionable career choices the moment a CGI-rendered baby orifice projectile pooped in his mouth. But we’d be lying. We’ve been wondering for a while. It’s just hard to accept that with wee brained comedies like Horrible Bosses, Couples Retreat, The Change-Up and The Switch, the charming Arrested Development actor we love may be well on his way to becoming the next Kristen Bell, Gerard Butler, or pre-2011 Matthew McCounaghey — actors who we really want to like, but perpetually test our affections with the awful movies they make. We stick around because we hope some day we’ll see their talent matched by worthy material again, but we all have our limits. If reviews of Bateman’s most recent film Identity Theft are any indication, breaking points could be drawing nearer. … Read More

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Watch Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman in the Trailer for ‘Identity Thief’

It’s not like us to get so excited about broad Hollywood comedies, but check out Identity Thief: Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy co-star as a yuppie with an androgynous name and the big-haired Florida woman who steals his identity and maxes out his credit card. After reporting the theft and missing his court date, Bateman decides to hunt down McCarthy on his own. Hilarity — including some amusingly unlikely action sequences — ensues. Aside from the joy of seeing two of our favorite comic actors play off each other, Identity Thief boasts the directing talents of Seth Gordon, who brought us not only last year’s surprisingly decent Horrible Bosses but also the wonderful video game documentary The King of Kong. The movie hits theaters February 8th. … Read More

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