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New Arrested Development Coming to Netflix

The highly anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development will debut in the first half of 2013 exclusively on Netflix, the subscription service announced Friday.

Last month, creator Mitch Hurwitz announced at the New Yorker festival that the cult comedy would return for a fourth season and a movie.

Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce the show and the entire cast is expected to return, according to reports.

Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

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Waxman Needs Attention, Invites Finke to Speak

Call us cynical but the Sharon Waxman and Nikki Finke feud benefits them both. Possibly one more than the other. If they’re lucky a New York journalist will write about their flame war as if it’s new/news. Then they’ll get national attention.

But it’s been quiet for months. Too quiet.

Waxman posted an invite for Finke to speak at her conference titled The Grill. She also name drops before getting into the reasons why Finke should speak. Of course, the note was posted on her site as opposed to or in addition to being sent privately to Finke. We’re all so shocked by this.

Waxman writes:

Dear Nikki,

We have known each other for a very long time, much longer as friends than as enemies.

With a view to that relationship I would like to invite you to be a keynote speaker at our upcoming entertainment leadership conference, TheGrill.

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In The Trades: He’s My Buddy

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Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller ARE The Hardy Boys, er, Men. Cruise and Stiller will star in a comedy based on the mystery series. Stiller will produce, Shawn Levy will direct and get this:

Cruise and Stiller have been friends for years–an alliance that grew out of Cruise’s admiration for Stiller’s penchant for doing Cruise impersonations.

“I love it when you do me.” Does that sound as Brokeback to you as it does to us?

Red Envelope, the production arm of Netflix, will produce a doc. about ancient but game Tony Bennett, EP’ed by Clint Eastwood, who’ll also show up in the film. Netflix plans a theatrical release, a tv airing, and a live event for the film. Why?

“Tony Bennett has been at the enter of the culture for more than 60 years,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “There are not that many people on the planet who can talk about Duke Ellington, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy in the first person.”

In fact, no one can talk about them in the first person, because (a) one can only refer to oneself in the first person and (b) they’re dead.

CBS hired former NBC drama excec. Chris Castalloas to oversee reality programming. Sounds nonsensical, but he’d worked with Glen Maynard, exec. vp of alternative programing before, and Hollywood is all about who you know.

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Second Life creator Philip Rosedale tells all. Five gigabytes of code!

Sony has acquired all media rights for Afterworld, a futuristic animated episodic drama. Right now it’s on Bud.TV, but soon it will be a game, a tv series, a web series, a cell phone series and a breakfast treat.

Goldwyn will distribute Goya’s Ghosts, Milos Forman’s
film about the Spanish artist. Natalie Portman stars as his muse.

ShoWest honors Bruce Joel Rubin as screenwriter of the year next month in Las Vegas. Rubin won an Oscar for Ghost.