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Actor Rob Lowe has been tapped to play a murdered hotel heir in an upcoming TV movie.
The Hollywood veteran has been cast as Ben Novack, Jr., the slain millionaire heir to popular Miami, Florida resort, the Fontainebleau hotel, in Beautiful and Twisted.
The film will also star Candice Bergen as Novack Jr.'s mother, Bernice, and Spanish actress Paz Vega, who will portray the hotel boss' wife, Narcy, a former stripper.
In 2012, Narcy Novack was sentenced to life behind bars after she was found guilty of murdering her husband.
What are you doing right now?
Cleaning your apartment? Writing a term paper? Manufacturing a formula to eradicate all known human diseases? Pish-tosh! Whatever you're up to, it doesn't compare to the present undertaking of one Mitchell Hurwitz. For at this very second, the writer/producer is hard at work on the big screen story of a wealthy family who lost everything: the Arrested Development movie. "I'm working on the movie right now," he tells Rolling Stone. "I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off."
That remark might supply a bit of apprehension, considering the reaction with which Hurwitz's Netflix season of Arrested was met. Not everybody was on board with the ambitious style of the string of episodes, nor the lack of ensemble scenes. But Hurwitz tells Rolling Stone that he believes people will come around to Season 4, just as they did with previous seasons:
"By now, many people have gone through the episodes again. They see the first episodes as the first chapters as opposed to the first episodes. People responding quickly to the first episodes was akin to reading a couple chapters of a book and saying, 'I don't like this.' ... When we originally did the show [people would] write things like, 'Now they're doing black puppets [Franklin]! They've ruined the show!' It doesn't matter what people like now. The first Monday after we aired on Sunday, they hated it. And then six months later, people would say, 'Why don't they do good shows like they did with Franklin?'"
So with hopes high that we'll all come to recognize the latest AD as the same bit of genius as the old, what can we look forward to in terms of the movie? And will it take place after the already announced fifth season of the show? When we last left Michael Bluth, he was working on creating (and then sabotaging) a movie about the highly publicized scandals surrounding his family. He was also nursing a nasty punch to the face courtesy of his son, George Michael, after it was revealed that Michael had been dating George Michael's girlfriend, Rebel Alley (Isla Fisher). Throw Tobias' Fantastic Four musical, a roofie-laden relationship between GOB and fellow magician Tony Wonder, George Sr.'s identity crisis, Buster's giant hand, and Lindsay's forays with a face-blind activist and a giant ostrich, and you've got... a lot of things to sort out in this movie, or upcoming set of episodes. Not to mention what exactly happened to Lucille 2. But we believe in you, Mitch. Give us some happy to taste.
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Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz obviously hasn't forgotten the importance of leaving notes. He's just left a big one for fans about how to watch Season 4's 15 episodes, debuting on Netflix May 26: don't "binge watch" and do be sure to view the new installments in order. "Don’t feel obligated to watch it all at once," Hurwitz tells Vulture. "It’s a comedy! It’s not like Lord of the Rings. Comedy takes a lot out of you."
Pacing the episodes be difficult for Arrested Development fans who've waited seven years to catch up with the Bluths and their quirky galaxy of banana stands, blue men, man-eating seals, never-nudes, maritime law, and $4,000 suits. But Hurwitz argues that binge-watching all seven-and-a-half hours of the new season will take its toll: “You can’t take it all in at once. It’s like the selective-attention test. The whole show is like the selective-attention test. No one sees the gorilla! I’ll give you an example: When I was at the last sound mix with our editors and there was one of our bigger sight gags in the background of one of our more absurd conversations, nobody saw the sight gag, including me. And all we were doing is staring at the screen!"
After the initial announcement of the new season on Netflix, Hurwitz repeatedly said that, since the episodes would be released simultaneously, they could be watched in any order. Now he's changed his mind. "Not only will the episodes be available at the same time on Netflix, but they also cover the same period of time in the characters’ lives," Hurwitz says. "So it seemed like, yeah, you should be able to jump in in any order and see George Michael’s episode and then maybe Buster’s episode, if you want, and see what each of them is doing."
But after watching all the episodes, he realized that for Arrested Development's trademark running gags and callbacks to work properly they had to be viewed in a specific order. A callback, say, to something Gob does in an earlier episode will make more sense... if you've already watched that earlier episode. "We’ll see Gob in a scene in George Sr.’s story, but we won’t really know much about him because we’re following George Sr. So later, when you get to see that scene again and you get to see Gob in that new context, you realize, 'Oh, he had more of an agenda than I realized.' That’s the fun of it, I think. It’s really just a different way at getting depth of character."
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When Arrested Development returns for its eagerly anticipated 4th season this May, everyone will be laughing and riding and cornholing (except for Buster). But the 14-episode run, which will be released all at once on Netflix, might be the last the fans get of the Bluth family.
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During a conference call with investors on Monday Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said, "Arrested is a unique property, we don’t anticipate being able to do season five, six and seven. It’s really a fantastic one-off which is coming together incredibly, and I think it will be amazing for us, but think of it as a non-repeatable amazing...Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic, as opposed to fundamental to the strategy.”
I know what you're thinking: That Arrested Development isn't a "tactic" and that there's always money in the banana stand and that there should be more seasons (and a movie, for that matter). Well, you're definitely right about those first two things, and the new era or Arrested might not be, as Hastings suggested, just a one-off.
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In response to that announcement, a spokesperson for Netflix told HitFix.com, "We're hopeful there will be more seasons. If anyone can pull it together, it's going to be [Netflix chief content officer] Ted [Sarandos]. But by no means is this the end of it. We're definitely planning to do more with them. We have first rights, so it's not like you'd see it anywhere else. We're absolutely hopeful there will be more."
Look, Arrested fans are a patient bunch, we've been hoping and waiting for more of the deranged comedy since it unjustly went off the air back in 2006. Rumors of it returning to television (or, in this case, the web) or a movie have been swirling for years. Now that we know for sure we'll get more of the Bluths (Season 4 will have episodes that individually focus on each character) the last thing we want to do is spend more time wondering if we'll get, well, even more.
Arrested could fall dangerously into Community territory, where fans spend more time worrying about the fate of the show's future rather than appreciate it for the piece of art that it is while its happening. Better yet, I don't want the show to feel pressure to keep performing. For all we know, this upcoming Season 4 could be a brilliant way to wrap it all up and not lose the essence of what the show is and was.
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And, hey, I want as much Arrested as much as the next fan, but before I get too worked up about a Season 5 or Season 6 or even that yet-to-be-greenlit movie, I'm just looking forward to that one glorious weekend in May when I get to barricade myself in my apartment, watch all NEW episodes (!!!), and drink so much juice. It's going to be off the hook.
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This is no illusion, Michael — Netflix confirmed during Wednesday's Critics Association Press Tour that the beloved (formerly) canceled sitcom would return on an unnamed date in May, with 14 (!) simultaneous brand new episodes. They also debuted a sizzle reel from the new and (is it even possible?) improved Arrested Development, which included footage of GOB (Will Arnett) on a cross, George Michael (Michael Cera) and someone else in the shower, Michael (Jason Bateman) going in for a kiss with what appeared to be Liza Minnelli, and someone stealing the aforementioned George Michael's girlfriend (please be Ann...I mean, Bland).
Netflix's PR site also debuted two brand new photos from the series — one of George Michael driving the infamous family truck (does this mean he's working with the Bluth Company?) and one of Michael arguing with Workaholics' Adam Devine. Check em' out below, and let us know your thoughts — because you should always. Leave. A note.
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