Fox TV owns Jason Bateman … or is it, Jason Bateman owns Fox?

Given the skyrocketing trajectory of Rye native Jason Bateman’s career of late, it can’t be too long til he starts charging millions for photos of his babies, too.

The latest update, via Variety, is that 20th Century Fox has signed a deal with the actor-cum-mogul to develop TV series (as in series, plural). Bateman, you may recall, was already tapped to direct the pilot for “Do Not Disturb,” a new fall series. He’s also been on a role lately with roles in “Hancock,” the upcoming Ricky Gervais comedy “This Side of the Truth,” and the Russell Crowe flick “State of Play.”

So, what will be the first new project Bateman brings to the table under his new deal? Call me crazy, but I seem to recall a certain affection he has for one of his past TV series, and a lingering desire to turn that series into a feature movie. And no, I’m not talking about “The Hogan Family.”

Meanwhile, sis Justine, when she isn’t out shilling for SAG, is also branching out beyond acting. She’s been writing scripts for Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” I’m not exactly sold on the Daily News’s classification of the show as “red hot,” but I will say this: It’s high time we finaly got a sanitized, family-friendly version of “Charmed.” That Alyssa Milano was showing waaay too much cleavage.

(Jason: AP Photo/Reed Saxon; Justine: ABC Photo / Danny Feld)

Podcast: June 4

On tap this week: Bill Murray’s not-so-funny divorce, Zeyonce’s new Scarsdale mansion, and the “True Colors 2008″ tour.

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The quiz this week — which I’m very happy to say stumped Stacy-Ann (woohoo!) …

A lot of Lower Hudson Valley celebrities have been rumored to be romantically involved with Cameron Diaz in recent months. Can you guess which of these stars has NOT been linked to her in the tabloids?

A. Matt Dillon, of Mamaroneck
B. P. Diddy, of New Rochelle
C. John Mayer, of Bridgeport
D. Jason Bateman, or Rye

The answer, as always, is at the end of the video and after the break.

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Podcast: April 23

On this week’s podcast: Al Pacino’s cinematic abortion, how Jason Bateman got his groove back, and Rosie O’Donnell gets “Crafty.”

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As you probably know if you’ve been keeping up with Suburbarazzi, we’ve become huge Kimberly Locke fans ever since interviewing her last month. So I couldn’t resist making another quiz question about the North Salem songbird. To wit:

After the recent episode of “American Idol” in which Locke performed her new single “Fall,” she told TMZ that one of the contestants tried to ask her out on a date. Alas, she declined. Can you guess which AI hopeful got the big diss?

A.  David Archuleta
B.  Michael Johns
C.  Chikezie
D.  Jason Castro

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Jason Bateman pilots new FOX comedy

Hot off the news that he’s joining the cast of the new Ricky Gervais project, “This Side of the Truth,” — as well as the rumor that there might be an “Arrested Development” movie — tjndc5-5b5kl7lh4cnedh92ezi_layout.jpgthe former Fox show’s star is returning to the net to direct his own comedy pilot, “The Inn.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Inn” will be like the British show “Upstairs/Downstairs,” only set in a hip NYC hotel. It should be noted that Bateman, a Rye native, has directed before — he helmed one episode of “AD,” as well as a handful of other pilots and the short-lived series “For Your Love.”

No word yet on when the new show is supposed to make it on air.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Jason Bateman joins the greatest cast in film history

Somebody give Jason Bateman’s agent a bonus. Although the Rye native had a little rough patch there (see: “Fast Track,” “Smokin’ Aces”), he landed two of the best roles of his career last year with “The Kingdom” and “Juno.” tjndc5-5iv2rku56eu10ajkpffs_layout.jpgAnd 2009 is shaping up to be even better now that Bateman has found his way into the cast of Ricky Gervais’s newest project, “This Side of the Truth.”

The “Truth” about Gervais? The man’s a comedy genius, as evidenced by the original “The Office” and HBO’s “Extras” (and, for that matter, his podcast on iTunes). But even if you’re not a fan of his cockneyed quirkiness, just look at the stars he’s rounded up for his new flick: Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonah Hill, and John Hodgman. Yeah, pretty much the entire brain trust of an American comedy.

I’m not sure I’d put Bateman (or, for that matter, some of the other cast, like Jennifer Garner and Rob Lowe) in the same class, but hey, way to latch onto the funny.

In other Bateman news: the rumored “Arrested Development” movie continues to be, well, rumored. Only now by people like Bateman and Michael Cera, which makes it slightly more plausible.

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“Jason Bateman Will Believe Ricky Gervais’ Lies” [CinemaBlend]

(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: ‘Arrested Development’ the movie, William Hurt in ‘Vantage point,’ and Ace Frehley’s solo album


This week’s quiz:

Bill Murray, once a fixture of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, missed the tournament a couple weeks ago. Murray is the undisputed best celebrity golfer in our region, with a handicap of 7.2. But can you guess which fellow local star is close on his heels, with a handicap of 7.3?

• Kevin Dillon (Mamaroneck)
• Al Pacino (Sneden’s Landing)
• Dick Clark (Mount Vernon)
• Joe Torre (Harrison)

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Batemans, Unite!

It seems like just about everyone associated with Juno is getting all kinds of Oscar love (Ellen Page, Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, to name a few), but one of the names sadly missing is Jason Bateman — one of the most unheralded but outstanding parts in the movie. Then again, in a year with both Javiar Bardem and Hal Holbrook duking it out for Best Supporting Actor, he still wouldn’t have stood much of a chance.

But for all you Bateman fans out there, we have some good news on the Rye native: He’s teamed up with sister Justine to create a WGA strike video. It’s the first time the two have appeared onscreen since “Arrested Development.” The best part, though, is that the clip is all done in Peanuts “waaa-waaa-wa-wa-waaaa” speak. Trust us, it works.

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Oh, and here’s a link to the WGA strike blog, United Hollywood, where I found this.

(via Cinematical)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Matchbox 20’s return, Aaron Sorkin’s retreat to Broadway, and Marthapedia’s rise


This week’s quiz:

Which Lower Hudson Valley native has been signed on to headline the “300� spoof “301�?
• Mamaroneck native Kevin Dillon
• Rye native Jason Bateman
• Former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie
• Peekskill-born Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman)

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Jason Bateman will not, I repeat not, be making a porno … yet

It was simply too good a rumor to be true.

Last month sites like CinemaBlend began hinting that Rye native Jason Bateman might have one of the leading roles in the new Kevin Smith flick, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” Eh, not so much. As Bateman himself put it to fellow movie-industry gossiper SlashFilm, “No, I read that, but no, Not at all… I met him at a coffee bean and tea leaf in LA about three months ago, and that’s about as close to the accuracy of it.”

Too bad. Guess his IMDB profile didn’t get the memo. On the positive side, while we won’t get to enjoy Bateman’s finest Ron Jeremy impersonation, he does have two highly anticiapted flicks coming out this fall: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and The Kingdom.

Support your neighbors … at the movies

Suburbarazzi’s (semi-) weekly look at which current films have connections to the Lower Hudson Valley:

• “The Ex” — Zach Braff is a 30-something slacker forced to take a job at a new age advertising agency when his pregnant wife (Amanda Peet) quits hers. There he encounters wheelchair-bound ad man Chip (Rye native Jason Bateman), who just happens to be infatuated with his wife and is making attempts to sabotage him. Much as I’ve been looking forward to this movie, which was originally titled “Fast Track” and supposed to come out in 2006 (see my previous post, “Fast Track takes the excruciatingly slow track”), the 32 score on Metacritic doesn’t bode well. But ah, forget that. It was filmed in Nyack and features Bateman: Reason enough to go see it.

• “Spider-Man 3” — In case you didn’t notice this post, or this one, or this one, the latest Spidey installment stars Bryce Dallas Howard, who once lived in Armonk and graduated from Byram Hills HS. Yes, she’s only on screen for about eight lines of dialog, but oh, that bleached blond hair is totally worth the price of admission. Metacritic score: 60

• “The Hoax” — Pound Ridge resident Richard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, the guy who somehow managed to sell a phony biography of Howard Hughes to publishers in the ’70s. Make sure to go see this one while its still in the theaters (and Gere is still safe from India’s hyper-prudish court system). Metacritic score: 70

• “The Namesake” — This film, about an Indian family’s assimilation into the United States, was shot in Eastchester (the main home used for the Gangulii family), Yonkers (the parents’ initial apartment in the U.S.), and Nyack (the library). And oddly, it’s the perfect complement to “The Hoax.” This film delves into many Indian cultural taboos, such as public displays of affection. Once you’ve seen Kal Penn’s character cringing as Jacinda Barrett kisses his on-screen parents, you’ll have some sense of why some people in India freaked out over Gere passionately smooching actress Shilpa Shetty. Metacritic score: 82

If Susan Sarandon isn’t in a movie this year, chances are Jason Bateman is

I’m beginning to think that the cancellation of “Arrested Development” was the best thing that could have ever happened for Jason Bateman’s career. Since it went off the air the Rye native has gotten a starring role in “The Kingdom,” which is already garnering Oscar buzz for ’08. He’s also in “Juno” with Allison Janey, Jennifer Garner, and one of his AD costar, Michael Cera. Throw in “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” and a part in the Will Smith superhero romance flick “Tonight, He Comes” and — well, it’s almost enough to make us all forget about “Teen Wolf Too.”

“Jason Bateman is in everything. Why?” [Orlando Sentinel]

Jason Bateman + Alyssa Milano + Mr. Belvedere + Nintendo = Classic YouTube goodness

Speaking of Rye native Jason Bateman, there’s a great YouTube clip of him hamming it up with Alyssa Milano backstage at the 1988 Ice Capades. The plot thickens when the Super Mario Brothers — on ice, no less — must save the world from the menacing threats of King Koopa, played by “Mr. Belvedere” himself, Christopher Hewitt. Naturally, it’s a shining beacon of ’80s savory goodness.

When I wrote about this for my personal blog, Varsity Basketweaving, here were two of my points:

• I think Bateman is a great actor (seriously!) and nothing conveys this better than the way he is cheesily thrilled to find a “Nintendohhhh!” game system, as if he just found his lost doggie. Bonus points for gushing, “I’d love to play!” while gripping a controller. And the Emmy goes to….

• My absolute favorite part: At the video’s 4:30 mark, after Luigi has vaporized various enemies, check out the Hammer’s half-hearted approach to vanquish the green-clothèd plumber. Just sad. With sad meaning hilarious.