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Resurrected like a dead dove by Netflix, there’s no doubt that Arrested Development 4.0 is a beast made specifically for the internet. It’s no longer bound by commercial breaks (only answering to the internal metrics for how the streaming service defines commercial success) or the act structure and 22-minute length traditional TV entails. With the same bulk-drop mentality that Netflix started with House of Cards (which gets its own AD shout out), viewers can choose whether they want to watch one episode per week, a handful at a time, or all in one sitting. These are the two major structural differences that streaming provides, but there’s also the instantaneousness of social media that was largely missing when the show originally ran on FOX between 2003 and February 2006, ending its third season almost exactly a month before Twitter launched. It’s also not hard to imagine that it was the internet that brought the show back. With fan pages dedicated to connecting all of its dots and collecting all the quotes, the cult aspect of AD flourished on message boards and in memes alike, and its popularity within Netflix’s own walls must have been an enticement to push for a fourth season. All of that makes it feel a bit like the show once dubbed “too smart” for TV was an orphaned child who’s found the home she was always meant to live in. But like all families, there’s a bit of disfunction. The original run of the show was marked by clever turns of […]

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In the fourth episode of Arrested Development‘s third (and what initially seemed to be its final) season, Michael Bluth wakes up to find the handlebars of his bike in his bed, placed there by GOB, his sheets stained with bike grease. The moment is a clear reference to one of the most iconic scenes from The Godfather, where studio executive Jack Woltz awakes to find the severed head of his prized horse in his bed after refusing to give Johnny Fontaine a prize role in the film. But Arrested Development‘s relationship to The Godfather trilogy isn’t isolated to occasional references or sly parodies. Instead, the underlying structure of the series seems to be modeled off Francis Ford Coppola’s canonized adaptation of Mario Puzo’s crime saga. Here are a few connections between the three existing seasons of Arrested Development and the three Godfather films. Perhaps there will be more to look for when Arrested Development pulls us back in on May 26th.

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I’m guessing you just blue yourself, because I did. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Mitch Hurwitz made too much footage when filming the new Netflix-ordered Arrested Development, so they’re just going to make Netflix buy more and extend the season from 10 episodes to 12-15. That’s right. They had so much good material, that they’re going to weave in new stories and work it all into a larger-than-anticipated block. Production has suspended so that Hurwitz can review and re-plan for renewed filming in January. So far, the change does not seem like it will alter the release in March of all the episodes. Feel free to celebrate by endlessly quoting the show in the comments section.

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No, that headline isn’t from a random word generator. It’s all true. Three years before Lars von Trier took us all on the emotional, testicular roller coaster ride of Antichrist, he directed a comedy in which an IT company hires an actor to act as its president in order to get the company sold. Wacky Danish hijinks most likely ensued. Now, according to The Wrap, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is planning to remake Direktoren For Det Hele for English-speaking hijinks lovers. The Boss of it All will feature a boss who blames all his bad news on a fictional higher-up, which works well for his employees, but when a new owner takes over and wants to meet this higher-up, an actor has to be brought in. It sounds adequately sit-com-like for Hurwitz, who is set to direct the script from newcomer Emma Forrest. Hopefully von Trier will be on set everyday to obstruct.

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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When any member of the Arrested Development cast speaks, the press listens. Even when they’re saying nothing of consequence.

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Saturday at AFF: An Education; Battlestar Galactica: Caprica panel, screening, and Q&A; a downright amazing Apollo 13 screening and panel with Ron Howard, Captain Jim Lovell, and others; and a storytellers panel with Mitch Hurwitz, Ron Howard, and Steve Zaillian. Also, fake blind people.

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In the series premier of Sit Down, Shut Up, the latest addition to Fox’s Sunday night “Animation Domination” line-up, the dimwitted and largely demented faculty of Knob Haven High School, discover a bottle of what they believe to be steroids in a student’s locker.

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