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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Wu-Tang Clan producer and MC the RZA is in China now shooting his first big studio feature as writer, director and star. RZA wrote The Man With the Iron Fist with Eli Roth, and the two have Lucy Liu, Daniel Wu and Byron Mann in the cast. Also in the latest report is word that Russell Crowe, long rumored to have a role in the film, is in fact part of the cast. Reportedly he’ll be in China for most of February, which suggests that his part isn’t a small one. [Film Business Asia via Twitch]

After the break,a Miley Cyrus movie gets slightly more weird, and Studio Ghibli’s recent film Arrietty the Borrower gets two new voice talents for the English language version. Read More »

David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga Cast in ‘Goats’

Last year, we brought you a small casting report on an indie called Goats, when Ty Burrell joined the cast. Now, eight months later, the film still hasn’t shot, but a few more significant names have been added. David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga have signed on, and the film will shoot in February. Read More »

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Since it was first announced I’ve been pretty thrilled for The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. The UK show stars David Cross as a doltish American sent to London to head up the promotions for an energy drink. He makes what might be called his best effort, but things go…poorly. The show is UK only for now, but thanks to the miracle of YouTube you can watch the first episode below. Read More »

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Back in December, Hunter shared an excerpt from The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, a comedy pilot from the UK’s Channel 4. Written by David Cross and Shaun Pye and starring Cross, Spike Jonze and Will Arnett, this was unusually heavy with Stateside talent for a British production. Hands across the Ocean, cousins.

Contrary to the comment of /Film reader Daryl Smith just a few hours ago (he said it “won’t get a full season, because it wasn’t funny”), the show has already been given the nod for a full run. Well, a UK-scale full run, which is just 6 episodes of 30 minutes a piece. What can I say? We like to keep these things tight. I think there’s now over 90 episodes of the US Office do-over, but there were only ever 14 of the BBC original.

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Despicable Me Teaser Trailer #3

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In July we posted the teaser trailer for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me. And while the computer animated film is supposedly about a trio of orphan girls cause the normally deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon, the trailer focused on something else entirely: a world which has had famous landmarks stolen and completely replaced by giant blow-up replicas. The main character of the movie – Gru, who is voiced by Steve Carell, made a little more than a cameo appearance. It wasn’t even clear if the footage or characters from the trailer was even part of the movie at all.

Last month they released a second teaser trailer which focused more on the world’s #2 super-villain character Gru, and his attempts to break into a secret lair of the world’s #1 super-villain Vector. Today a third teaser trailer dropped, and I’m more confused than ever. What is this movie about again? A studio press release informs me that the creates in the trailer (and pictured on the movie poster, seen after the jump) are part of Gru’s army of not-so-bright Minions which help him carry out his diabolical plans… unless of course, they get their hands on a Moo Cow Toy!

Hardworking and devoted to their leader and his mad exploits, the Minions are content to serve as his crash test dummies along the way. After all, Gru is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world…to steal the moon!

The voice cast line-up is pretty impressive, with a handful of Judd Apatow regulars with a couple nice surprises: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews. However, you don’t really get to hear any of these voices in action in the new trailer. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Just when you thought there was nothing more outta-left-field this week than a Mickey Rourke rap anthem: here is the first clip from David Cross‘s new TV pilot, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Back in June, we first reported on Cross’s hopeful series about corporate hell co-starring Spike Jonze and Will Arnett, but we had since chalked it off to wet dream delirium. Cross, who directed and wrote the pilot, had taken note as well, referring to the mediocre cast as a “crazy dream team.” Unfortunately, only dear readers in Blighty (and /Film’s dearest Brendon) are privy to the entire pilot via the UK’s Channel 4. For the rest of us law-abiding denizens, the three minute expletive-blizzard found after the jump ranks with the dwarf in In Bruges as pretty damn funny.

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