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This Psychological Thrill Ride Is a 'Gift'

Critics applaud Joel Edgerton's directorial debut, as well as his acting

(Newser) - A married couple played by Jason Bateman (Simon) and Rebecca Hall (Robin) move from Chicago to LA where they re-encounter a high school acquaintance who lavishes them with housewarming presents and tries to work his way into their lives in The Gift. It's a twisted thriller from first-time director... More »

You May Want to Leave This Is Where I Leave You

Despite a strong cast, critics say this flick falls flat

(Newser) - Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda team up in This Is Where I Leave You, a film about siblings brought together by their father's death. Though audiences are somewhat pleased, according to Rotten Tomatoes , critics are instead ready to throw tomatoes. Here's what they're saying:
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The Latest in Strange Baby Names of the Stars

There were quite a few before North West...

(Newser) - Did Kim Kardashian and Kanye West take the prize for Weirdest Baby Name of All Time when they named their daughter North West? You be the judge: ETOnline rounds up the latest in strange celebrity monikers:
  • Poppy, daughter of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. (Moyer's has a daughter from
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Arrested Development Lives Up to the Hype

Netflix unveils new Bluth adventures

(Newser) - The long wait is over: Arrested Development is back, with the entire fourth season available on Netflix. But does it live up to the hype? Plenty of critics say yes, though not all agree. Still, if you're not enamored with the show's new style, give it time and... More »

Arrested Development Is Back May 26

Netflix announces date that all 15 new shows will be available

(Newser) - Arrested Development diehards have their Memorial Day weekend plans: Netflix announced today that all 15 new shows will be available on May 26, reports AP . That's actually one more than anticipated, notes the Huffington Post , which also picks up on an intriguing detail from an interview star Jason Bateman... More »

Identity Thief Steals $36.6M

Surprisingly strong showing for McCarthy despite weather

(Newser) - Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman waltzed off with the weekend box office with a surprising $36.6 million—the year's top opening thus far, notes the Hollywood Reporter , and one of the top five showings ever for an R-rated comedy. Those numbers might have been better yet were it... More »

McCarthy, Bateman Can't Save Identity Thief

One critic ignites controversy by calling Melissa McCarthy a 'hippo'

(Newser) - No matter how much you like Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, critics are urging you to decline Identity Thief, their new—sadly conventional and unfunny—buddy comedy. Here's what critics are saying, including one who got himself in hot water:
  • As a fan of Bateman and McCarthy, Mick LaSalle
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Arrested Development Filming Again

Full cast set to return

(Newser) - Michael, George Michael, and the rest of the Bluths are back as production begins today for the new season of Arrested Development. As of yesterday, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and the rest of the full cast were set to return for the 10 new episodes, each of... More »

Arrested Development: It's Back!

10-episode mini-season will be followed by a film

(Newser) - Everyone's favorite con comedy has been sprung for a brand new season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Arrested Development is coming back to TV as "mini-season" that will end with the long-rumored Arrested Development film—five years after the program was ended. "It's true," tweeted... More »

Sharp Cast Lifts Horrible Bosses

Jasons Bateman, Sudeikis star in Seth Gordon's comedy

(Newser) - Horrible Bosses is shockingly crude and a bit “uneven,” but it’s also amusing, critics say—because we can all identify with such workplace horrors. (Except maybe Jennifer Aniston as a crude, harassing dentist.)
  • The film is “frequently very funny,” writes AO Scott in the
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The Switch: Good Acting, Bad, Bad Writing

'The film offers few—make that no—surprises'

(Newser) - Fine acting by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston can't save The Switch. The film, an adaptation of a short story published in the New Yorker, promises an off-beat take on parenthood, but delivers a formulaic, and not-so-funny, rom-com plot. Here, the lackluster reviews:
  • "When you laugh at a line
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Which Celeb Cut iPhone 4 Line, Got Booed?

Apparently being famous has some perks

(Newser) - Celebrities really are just like us—they have to sit in line for hours to buy an iPhone 4, too! Oh, wait. In Jason Bateman’s case, no they do not. An Apple employee spotted the Arrested Development actor in a shopping mall line and brought him right inside to... More »

10 Celebs Who Got Naughty at Sporting Events

Yep, that's Marisa Miller getting pantsed

(Newser) - After Lady Gaga’s stripping, middle-finger-flipping spectacle at a recent Mets game, The Frisky decided to take a look at nine other celebrities who have behaved badly at sporting events:
  1. Tom Arnold: pantsed model Marisa Miller at a pre-Super Bowl celebrity tag football game
  2. Larry King: makes the list for
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Avoid This Couples Retreat

Cast is having more fun than the audience in marital-strain rom-com

(Newser) - New Vince Vaughn romantic comedy Couples Retreat takes a terrific cast and puts them in a stunning South Pacific location, say critics, but it's marooned them there with an unfunny script.
  • "Four unlikable couples gather at an all-inclusive marriage-counseling resort in this predictable rom-com," writes Ande Dagan at
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This Extract Lacks Flavor

Mike Judge effort offers a few laughs

(Newser) - Mike Judge's Extract is a view of modern stupidity, the story of a regular guy among idiots, running a bottling plant and having trouble with his marriage. While it offers some chuckles, the Jason Bateman vehicle is no comic masterpiece:
  • “What’s most striking about Extract, beyond the scarcity
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Jason Bateman Proves That Child Stars Can Survive

(Newser) - Jason Bateman ought to be a drunk or dead by now. A child star on Little House on the Prairie and a slew of forgettable '80s roles, Bateman turned to boozing, snorting, and smoking up on wild all-nighters. "Shutting that off was key," he tells Steve Kandell... More »

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