The family that chicken dances together, stays together. With the February 24 announcement that Michael Cera
- the lone holdout - had finally signed on for the long-rumored Arrested Development
movie, message boards went bonkers for Bluth bananas.
Cera is easily the most successful and visible post-Bluth. With SuperBad
, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
and Sundance darling Paper Heart, this kid has perfected the tentatively awkward comedic timing that made you root for the love story of George Michael and his cousin Maeby.
Where have the Bluths been since we last laughed at them? They've been divided pretty evenly between film and television roles and never far from our hearts:Jason Bateman
Bateman, who built his career as a sweet-cheeked rascal, has adapted his warily amused comedic timing to indulge in a mix of film genres, with varying box office success. His hits have included Juno, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
and The Kingdom
. The Break-Up
and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
weren't as well received. This coming year, he's aligning with comedy geniuses with roles in Jon Favreau
's Couples Retreat
, Mike Judge
and Ricky Gervais
' This Side of the Truth
Played: George Sr.
When it comes to movies, Tambor has gravitated towards the supernatural: Hellboy II
, Superhero Movie
, and the upcoming Monsters vs. Aliens
. In his TV turn on The New Adventures of Old Christine
, as well as the short-lived series Welcome to the Captain
, he brought out the head-scratching magnetism and off-beat charm that made George Sr.'s Caged Wisdom video series an instant hit.
Need a boozy grandmother-type? Look no further than Jessica Walter, whose Lucille drank romantic rival Kitty under the table and then said, "I have to get back to rehab." On 90210
, Walter brings the comedic gravitas that the young and skinny lack. She's done a few guest star appearances on Rules Of Engagement
, Law & Order: Criminal Intent
and Saving Grace, but those shows just don't do her justice.
Few things are more enticing than Arnett in the short robe that he sported on 30 Rock
as a closeted gay TV exec. In film as well, Arnett is a tireless king of comedy and guest appearance. His recent work is a long list of laffs: Blades of Glory
, Hot Rod
, The Brothers Solomon
, and The Rocker
. Coming up, he's got Spring Breakdown
, Brief Interviews of Hideous Men
, and Monsters Vs. Aliens. Amy Poehler
actually became his Baby Mama
late last year with the birth of a son, Archie.Portia de Rossi
De Rossi has been off the radar. If you count marrying longtime girlfriend Ellen Degeneres
as playing it incognito. She recently did a guest turn on Nip/Tuck
. Her new show, "Better Off Ted
," sounds promising, in the vein of the great single-camera comedies of our new era, The Office
, 30 Rock and Scrubs
. Let's hope the costume department unearths the Shemale top.
If you're watching TV and you think you recognize that guy, you're probably watching one of Tony Hale's countless guest appearances this TV season. ER
, Samantha Who?
, The United States of Tara
- the guy is everywhere. He'll show up in Steven Soderbergh
's The Informant
. Hopefully, his new show "Boldly Going Nowhere," by the guys responsible for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
, will get picked up by Fox; the show follows the daily goings-on of an intergalactic spaceship, where Hale plays a robot. David Cross
Cross is great at the film cameo. See his hilarious turns in undeserving movies like She's the Man
, Alvin And The Chipmunks
, and School for Scoundrels
. But Cross is most at home in the ludicrous world of television, where his "Mr. Show" thrived. He has appeared on "Tim and Eric Awesome Show," "Great Job," Aqua Teen Hunger Force
and "Human Giant," passing the torch to a new generation of inventive comedians.
She acted in Deck the Halls
and Prom Wars and showed up in Bart Got a Room
. Shawkat's been playing it low key, but she's got some exciting stuff coming up - midseason ABC comedy "In The Motherhood" with comedienne Megan Mullally
, and Whip It!
, Drew Barrymore
's directorial debut starring "Juno" darling Ellen Page
Story by Ariel Vered
Starpulse.com contributing writer