One of the most anticipated trailers of the year, one of the most controversial shows currently on air and updates on several popular programs all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Aaron Sorkin defended The Newsroom criticism and said the writing staff was not fired.
  • The seventh season of Doctor Who gets a brand new trailer.
  • Two more actors were added to the Mark Strong AMC show Low Winter Sun.
  • January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks are all about to get raises for Mad Men.
  • Will Arnett loves the new Arrested Development season and talked a bit about its structure.
  • Check out a deleted scene from the third season of Glee.

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Everyone’s dream comic book meet up is finally happening on the big screen, but in a very unexpected place. Batman and Superman, whose characters have long danced around the chance of appearing together on screen, will both appear in Warner Bros. upcoming 3D Lego film, Lego: The Piece of Resistance directed by 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller along with Robot Chicken director Chris McKay.

Will Arnett will voice Lego Batman and Channing Tatum has been approached to voice Lego Superman, but has yet to sign. Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation) has signed to voice the film’s lead Lego figure named Emmet. Read more about the story after the jump. Read More »

Having tackled the fast-food industry, the war on terror, and product placement with his last several works, Morgan Spurlock takes on the less overtly political topic of male grooming in Mansome. Featuring interviews with experts, ordinary joes, oddities, and celebrities (Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Judd ApatowJohn Waters, etc.), the lighthearted film tackles the full spectrum of masculine appearance maintenance in contemporary society. It’s a very broad topic and Spurlock only manages to skim the surface, but what Mansome lacks in real insight, it makes up for in sheer entertainment.

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Those new episodes of Arrested Development won’t be hitting Netflix til sometime next year, but in the meantime you can content yourself with watching Will Arnett and Jason Bateman enjoy an epic spa day that’d be worthy of Lucille Bluth.

Titled Mansome, the new documentary by Morgan Spurlock sees Arnett, Bateman, and other paragons of masculinity exploring the eternal question of what makes a man a man, through the prism of modern-day male grooming rituals from beard maintenance to back waxing to posh mani-pedis. Several of Arnett and Bateman’s other comedy pals show up, including Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, and the Old Spice Guy (a.k.a. Isaiah Mustafa). Check out the trailer after the jump.

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As fans patiently wait for new episodes of Arrested Development, maybe watching Michael and Gob Bluth talk about body hair will help fill the void. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett not only star in, but are the executive producers of a new documentary called Mansome, directed by Morgan Spurlock. The humorous documentary delves deep into the crevices of male grooming and plucks at how the practice has changed what it means to be a man. Scheduled for release on May 18, the film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month and some clips from the film have sprouted online. Hopefully not in a hard to reach area. Read More »

We’ve seen a few trailers for Studio Ghibli‘s 2010 film, known in some territories as The Borrower Arrietty, and in the US as The Secret World of Arrietty. But we haven’t seen much from the film that features English-language dialogue. Not that it really matters with a Studio Ghibli film, as the animation is pretty enough to carry us through a trailer in Japanese.

Now Disney has released the first trailer for the US release of The Secret World of Arrietty. It looks like a good version of Mary Norton‘s young adult fantasy novel The Borrowers. This one is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. See the trailer, featuring the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias, below. Read More »

A lot of the reviews I’ve read of this fall’s new series seem to keep returning to the same theme: television comedy is making a comeback. That’s definitely the case in this edition of TV Bits, which includes news about the cancellation of NBC’s much-hyped drama The Playboy Club, and new sitcoms for AMC and Fox. Hit the jump for more.

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Update: EW has confirmed that Showtime and Netflix are in talks with producers about airing the miniseries.

Keep holding out hope, Arrested Development fans. Five years after the series finale, creator Mitchell Hurwitz is still insisting that, yes, a movie based on the brilliant-but-cancelled sitcom is definitely in the works. And what’s more, he’s now hoping to do a nine- or ten-episode lead-in miniseries as well. Intriguing news indeed, but I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath. More details after the jump.

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