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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Grab your denim cutoffs, the Bluth Family is returning whether you like it or not.

As an Arrested Development fan, you’ve probably already seen the Season 4 trailer. When we defended the return of Arrested Development we shared the trailer for the return of the series on Netflix and we’re gonna share it again now in case you missed it.


Even if you had seen it before, are you fan enough to go out and BE a banana grabber? Or unashamed enough to prove you are a Never Nude to the public? Or brave enough to ride the stair car? Or confident enough to do the chicken dance at your biggest rival? If you follow the show’s official Twitter account (@ArrestedDev), or those of various cast members, you may be an even bigger fan. But if you live in a major metropolitan area, you may get lucky enough to participate in join the Bluth family for some fun. The first activities followed the pop-up Bluth Banana Stand, which made its debut in London before it stopped a few times in New York City, including at Columbus Circle, Yankee Stadium and finally in Times Square. Jason Bateman gave a clue the day before he was thinking to show up and, sure enough, he did—making many a fan into a banana grabber. He tossed chocolate covered bananas into the crowds alongside co-star Will Arnett on the hot early summer day. Delicious.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013
The documentary extols Wambach's hard work and talents, her strength and control, and her willingness and ability to play the women's game "like a man."

“You have to be willing to sacrifice everything,” says Katie Wano, “Because once you’re in the air, you have nothing to protect you.” Wano played with Abby Wambach at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and as she speaks, Abby Head On, illustrates just how thrilling and challenging the move can be. Airing as part of ESPN’s Storied series starting 15 May, the documentary celebrates Wambach’s many achievements and narrates her life story, with the sorts of images you might expect: photos of her childhood, the youngest of seven children growing up in PIttsford, New York, apparently competitive from the moment she could be, admiring talking heads, and swelling music on the soundtrack, or, during moments of seeming reflection, an earnest piano plink. Following a basic chronology, from Wambach’s high school stardom through college and then her triumphs as a professional player, the film notes the 2008 friendly game, the 32-year-old Wambach’s 200th, termed by narrator Jack Youngblood a “testament to her durability.” The film includes as well a particular test of that durability, when Wambach collided with another player in 2008 and broke her leg. While she takes it as a lesson that “You can’t get too emotional,” US women’s national team head coach Pia Sundhage remembers thinking, “Gold medal, here we go, off.” At the London games in 2012, the US women’s team does win, with Wambach making a dramatic header.


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Thursday, May 9, 2013
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If you're a PopMatters reader, you probably do. Sony Pictures Television is lobbying NBC through a viral media effort, #RenewCommunity to do just that. Watch the video and Tweet to save. Who knows, maybe Netflix will pick up 'Community'...


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Monday, May 6, 2013
It was at the 2011 New Yorker Festival that Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development, announced that the much- beloved but all too short-lived comedy show would be making a return.

He was there with everyone from the main cast for a special Bluth family reunion/panel discussion. In preparation for the new season, which premieres in its entirety on Netflix later this month, The New Yorker recently posted full video of the event on its website. If you have an hour and a half to spare, do watch it. Hurwitz and the cast (along with Ron Howard, who continues his role as a disembodied voice) discuss the process of making the show, their favorite moments, influences, and why Tobias’ mustache created a touch-and-go situation. They conclude by once again demonstrating that few members of the House of Bluth have ever seen a chicken. 



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