The cast of Arrested Development were joined by their significant others and a few famous friends when they hosted the premiere of their series's new Netflix episodes in Hollywood yesterday. Portia de Rossi cuddled with wife Ellen DeGeneres on the orange carpet, and the duo chatted with Portia's costars at the event. Meanwhile, Jason Bateman brought his wife, Amanda Anka, to the bash, and David Cross posed with his spouse, Amber Tamblyn. Aubrey Plaza dropped by the premiere's afterparty and talked with friend and The To Do List costar Alia Shawkat, who also posed alongside Michael Cera. One celebrity who wasn't at the premiere was John Krasinski, who will reportedly have a cameo in Arrested Development's upcoming episodes. No details have been revealed about John's guest appearance, but fans will be able to find out soon enough when all 15 episodes of the show hit Netflix on May 26.
Rooney Mara was there to support her sister, Kate Mara, on the red carpet at last night's House of Cards premiere party in NYC. Rooney wore an all-black Band of Outsiders ensemble, the same outfit she also wore to a special Q&A for her upcoming film Side Effects with Jude Law yesterday. Meanwhile, Kate wore a silver Dolce & Gabbana dress, which she paired with black platform sandals.
Kate stars in the new series — which begins streaming on Netflix on Feb. 1 — alongside Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who both attended the premiere fete. The political drama follows a ruthless politician, played by Kevin, who makes plenty of enemies as he attempts to win the presidency. The series is based on the hit UK miniseries from 1990. Other celebrity guests at the premiere included Natasha Lyonne, Kim Cattrall, and newlyweds Amber Tamblyn and David Cross.
Blake Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, were among those who traveled to upstate New York over the weekend for Amber Tamblyn and David Cross's wedding. Amber and Blake have been pals since their Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants days, and their other two costars, Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera, also traveled to the nuptials, along with famous friends like Amy Poehler and Questlove, who Instagrammed pictures from the busy weekend.
Amber wore a yellow dress and went shoeless for her big day. Amber, 29, and David, 48, had Yo La Tengo as their wedding band, with Questlove as the DJ. It was Amber's turn to have the spotlight after the Traveling Pants gang attended Blake and Ryan's South Carolina wedding just last month.
Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, and David Cross reunited in LA yesterday to begin filming new episodes of Arrested Development. The cast is getting back together after a six-year break to shoot 10 new episodes that will air in 2013 on Netflix. Jason tweeted a photo from the set accompanied with a message, "First day. Away we go . . ."
Rumors about a possible Arrested Development movie started swirling over a year ago. According to Jason, the Arrested Development reboot promises to be "everything you would want it to be and more." The show's creator Mitch Hurwitz says there's still the possibility of a movie spin-off and future episodes if this season is a hit with fans. Will Arnett is expected to return as his eccentric character Gob Bluth, though he'll be double-booked with his other show, Up All Night, currently shooting their second season. Are you excited for new episodes?
I've already given you a refresher on the returning Fall TV shows, but we still have a few more newbies to cover too (keep them all straight with this calendar). For today's pilot scoop, take a look at Fox's new comedy, Running Wilde.
What it's about: Steven Wilde (Will Arnett) is the self-centered, not-too-bright son of an oil tycoon who lives in the lap of luxury thanks to daddy's dollars. Steven's only friends are the help and a competitive next-door neighbor, but he continues to long for the one childhood girl who got away: Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell). Emmy now resides in the jungle with her fiancé (David Cross) and daughter Puddle (Stefania Owen), where they spend their days helping indigenous people. In an effort to get in Emmy's good graces (and her pants), Steven gives himself a humanitarian award so she'll return for the ceremony and the two can rekindle the old flame.
Where it works: Arrested Development writers James Vallely and Mitchell Hurwitz are behind the script, giving us small glimmers of the offbeat humor that made that show a cult favorite. Of course, it helps that they have some of the same actors — Arnett and Cross — delivering lines.
Where it doesn't: The series was already off to a shaky start when producers decided to re-shoot the pilot and swap a few cast members. Despite the change, the humor still feels like it's trying too hard, and some characters are grossly unrealistic to the point of being unlikeable. I'm also disappointed by Russell who feels like the wrong casting choice (even though I love her).
Am I hooked? I like the actors, so I'll keep watching and hope the show improves.
When is it on? Running Wilde premieres Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m
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Gob Bluth is about to get a little help from his brother-in-law — David Cross is joining Will Arnett and the rest of the cast of Running Wilde as a series regular! Cross will play a radical environmentalist (a part that originally belonged to a different actor in the show's pilot). With two former Arrested Development stars coming together this Fall, could we be in store for more cameos on the newbie show? Portia de Rossi seems to be available . . .
Jennifer Aniston was in LA last week for a wedding with her stylist, but she popped up in NYC last night to take part in the annual 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. She joined a handful of actor couples for the evening, including Emily Blunt and John Krasinski as well as Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Demi Moore was a lot more covered up than her recent W cover, as she posed with husband Ashton Kutcher. Jennifer joined her fellow thespians onstage to sing "Yellow Submarine" and take part in the hastily-written theater exercise, which was held to benefit arts in education programs in public schools. She took her bow next to a similarly-dressed Brooke Shields before moving on for some after-hours fun with Ashton and Demi.
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Michael Cera and Jack Black coordinated in purple accents for the premiere of Year One in NYC last night. Their costar Christopher Mintz-Plasse was lucky enough to have gorgeous Zoe Kravitz on his arm, who stood out in her glittery dress among all the funny men on the red carpet. Ed Helms also came out to show his support, and even though The Hangover will be getting some competition at the box office this weekend, he and the boys already have a sequel in the works.
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When I think of David Cross I think "ooh, funny!" (actually I think "never-nude" but that's for another conversation). When I think of Michael Vartan I think first "hot" and then "Vaughn," but never "funny!" And yet, these two will be paired up for the comedy Demoted. The Hollywood Reporter has more details:
Vartan will play Rodney McAdams, a hotshot Treadline Tires sales associate who delights in tormenting his less-than-cool colleague, Ken (Cross). But when their boss suddenly dies, Ken is promoted and assigns Rodney to a secretarial job as payback, giving the male chauvinist a taste of his own medicine.
I love to see Cross getting more work. And though these two seem strange together, maybe they'll have a great funny man/straight man thing going on. What do you think?
And now, for some news that should warm the heart of any Mr. Show fan in the universe: David Cross and Bob Odenkirk are teaming up again, this time for an HBO comedy that's going to begin shooting this spring. They confirmed on their vaguely NSFW Web site that the pilot has officially been picked up and they'll soon be working together to "make funny TV happen." Oh, yes.
Cross has said the show, tentatively titled David's Situation, is a sitcom that pokes fun at sitcoms, with him starring as a fed-up, washed-up actor who's left Hollywood for the glamorous world of in-flight magazines. He's living in a gated community somewhere with two crazy roommates, one of whom is a cranky conservative and the other of whom is a left-leaning liberal. Of course, knowing Cross, this could all be a lie, and he's actually starring in a show about a farm in outer space. Who really knows?
My favorite thing Cross has mentioned is their plain for the commercial breaks. HBO, of course, doesn't have advertising, so he and Odenkirk plan to write their own faux commercials to play during the show where normal networks would have ad breaks. Advertising parodies were always one of my favorite parts of Mr. Show, so I'm glad they'll be churning out more twisted fake propaganda soon. To check out one of my favorites from Mr. Show, the segment pitching Coupon: The Movie, just read more