Yesterday marked the rollout of the Entertainment Weekly Arrested Development covers (which I personally thought were excellent,) and today gives us some predictably bland character posters. This is being done in further promotion for the comedy series’ return via Netflix on May 26. There will be 15 original episodes that are labelled season four. Just a word of caution here–the cast and crew have no desire to make anything beyond these as the goal from the beginning was to reintroduce characters before making a feature film.
Arrested Development is coming to Netflix next month (May 26th) with 15 original half-hour episodes, so Entertainment Weekly threw some Bluths up on its latest cover. This will complete the fourth season of the cancelled Fox comedy which still has eyes on getting a feature film made. Be sure to hit the jump if you are on the main page to see the other two versions.
Jason Bateman has a new low-key film coming out, a limit release set for this weekend. The project centers on a group of people looking for human connection in a wired world thus the title Disconnect. Henry Alex Rubin directed it. The Arrested Development star was on Jimmy Kimmel last night to promote the release where he also explained the setup for the fourth season of his returning TV show. This is his first film since Identity Thief in February. Continue Reading
This was on EW today, and I was not quite sure what to make of it. Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad have joined Matt Damon’s “toilet strike” in a plea to give the rest of the world access to clean water and sanitation. It is pretty self-explanatory, but go right ahead and and follow the cause if you are interested in hearing more over at strikewithme.org. The website works in conjunction with Damon’s own water.org thus how the two are connected. Hit the jump for the PSA as well as footage of Damon beginning the toilet strike a month ago. Continue Reading
Well, that took a while…News has finally surfaced late Friday night that Horrible Bosses 2 is at long last ramping up production. The story that revealed this fact was not that the script had already been completed (that could have always been tossed out,) but THR’s piece on the done-deal status of contracts for Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day to return. Furthermore, Jamie Foxx is in the loop as well to reprise as the trio’s murder consultant, Mother F***er Jones.
Seth Gordon will be at the helm of this feature to follow-up his latest film Identity Thief which ruled the box office last month. There is still no word on the plot though, but we are assuming the series’ producers have learned from The Hangover Part II’s mistake by replaying old tricks. The original story had Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis hatching a scheme to get rid of their bosses. They might be the bosses themselves now, the title may change, a lot can change.
We will keep you posted as this project gets off the ground. For now just expect a return to greatness possibly with a Melissa McCarthy cameo as the original featured stellar dropbys. It is definitely going to be hard to replace Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell who were quite possibly the best horrible bosses ever.
Jason Bateman in a dramatic thriller? It is happening, and even though it seems awfully odd for the actor to follow-up Identity Thief with such an offering, the picture actually does not look too shabby. This one is called Disconnect and it centers around a group of people looking for human connections in a wired world. The supporting cast has a few notables like True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard and Mission: Impossible’s Paula Patton which is good enough for us to give this offering the time of day. It comes from director Henry Alex Rubin whose previously behind-the-camera credits include two documentaries and some second unit work. Continue Reading
Much has been said about the success story of Identity Thief and what it might possible mean for Melissa McCarthy, but how about Jason Bateman? Well, apparently the actor is attached to Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You opposite Tina Fey. This will be yet another film added to the 30 Rock producer’s post-sitcom slate as well, so this really is a double-sided story we are dealing with today. Continue Reading
In looking at the box office predictions for this coming weekend, I was a bit stunned to see that the press had Identity Thief taking home as much as $29 million this weekend. Of course, this is based on all sorts of fancy data although that tends to be off by a whole lot from time to time which is why it is a bit shocking to see THR, BoxOffice.com, etc. showing bullish estimates for Seth Gordon’s follow-up to Horrible Bosses.
To be fair, there has not exactly been a comedy of the sort for months, and Movie 43 definitely does not begin to compare. Consumers could be angling for something more, and that might lead into a lot of love directed at small screen favorite Melissa McCarthy. Winter Storm Nemo is going to pose some problems for the North East, however, that still should not take the film’s opening below $20 million according to these early guesses.
So why the pessimism on my part? The movie has received terrible reviews and while comedies often shake the nay-sayers, that remains a rarity in today’s world where Jason Bateman’s last R-comedy (The Change-Up) which received similar feedback only found $13.5 million in its opening weekend against an early August release. This is not Horrible Bosses, and it is certainly not Bridesmaid which would be my explanation for guessing a conservative $10-15 million for the three-day.
The only other film opening wide this weekend is Side Effects–a thriller from director Steven Soderbergh.
The always busy Jason Bateman has just signed for a new film tonight prior to the release of Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief. Deadline reports that the actor will star in and co-produce Game Night for New Line. The project is being billed as an ensemble comedy that centers on a group of couples who have regular get-togethers to play games. One night, things take an unpredictably deadly turn and a murder mystery unfolds.
Game Night joins the actor’s busy schedule which includes the currently filming Bad Words and the already-announced Arrested Development feature film. The series will release its fourth season in a few months’ time on Netflix at which point audience reception will likely dictate whether the full-length reunion does come to fruition as expected.
Jason Bateman visited Jimmy Fallon last night to wrap up the week’s press for Identity Thief. The movie releases next weekend where it will try to unseat the reigning number one Warm Bodies, but the comedy crowd will be split and tracking for Thief has been a bit soft. Nonetheless, this does come from the director of Horrible Bosses so this could turn out to be ‘not a flop’ like many are already anticipating. Continue Reading
Jason Bateman has a new movie coming out next Friday, so the actor took to The Daily Show last night to promote the feature. This one has the Horrible Bosses star opposite Mike & Molly actress Melissa McCarthy in an R-comedy called Identity Thief. The latter takes the title role in McCarthy’s follow-up to This Is 40 which she supported back in December. Continue Reading
We were completely disappointed by the first official trailer for Identity Thief, but we are still following the pic anyways because this is the follow-up film for director Seth Gordon who impressed us many times over with the R-comedy Horrible Bosses just over one year ago. Thankfully, there is a brand new promo out to grab our attention, and it is vastly superior to say the least. The problem with the first one was Jason Bateman pretty much ate it, giving moviegoers no semblance of how things might flow. Now there is a clearer look at the plot as well as some more two-sided physical comedy. Melissa McCarthy getting hit by a guitar and then a car could be the feature’s saving grace. Continue Reading
Today, anxious R-comedy enthusiasts received their first look at potentially the next big film in the sub-genre. The first trailer for Identity Thief just premiered, showing off the union of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy who are fresh off of big hits of their own. Both actors were seen as integral to their respective 2011 summer blockbuster ensemble pieces (Horrible Bosses and Bridesmaids,) so why not put them together and see what happens?
While Bosses’ Seth Gordon is at the helm, this debut footage looks somewhat weak to say the least. They are selling the plot and not the laughs which is a bit unsettling especially since audiences were also privy to Bateman in a slew of mediocre comedies throughout the past half-decade or so, convincing us that a ‘wait and see’ approach would be most appropriate here. That said, the red-band trailer could sell this one, so stay tuned for that. Continue Reading
Jason Bateman fans will be pleased by today’s news. The actor is reportedly about to pick up another project outside of his Michael Bluth reprisal for the Arrested Development mini-series and subsequent feature film. Continue Reading
A little while back, Jason Bateman teamed with his Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett to start a viral advertising company called DumbDumb. Today it all paid off as TBS has entered into an agreement with the duo to air their shorts via the network’s internet platforms. Read on for the full press announcement with further details. Continue Reading