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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Cera signs up for Arrested Development movie
With the entire cast enthusiastic about the project, lone holdout Michael Cera has signed on to an Arrested Development movie, which means every member of the dangerously dysfunctional Bluth family is ready to appear on the big screen.

Failing after only three seasons, Arrested Development lacked popular appeal during its run on television. However, since its demise, the show’s popularity has only increased " the innovative comedy still maintains a loyal fan base that hangs on to hope of a motion picture.

Considering a script is currently non-existent, the film has been in its early stages for several years. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz and acclaimed director Ron Howard both argue time is needed to produce a movie that will surpass the comedic genius of the original show.

While waiting for the film to enter production, many cast members have been involved in other projects, including Canadian funny man Will Arnett, who filmed The Rocker with fellow Canuck Rainn Wilson. Also, Jason Bateman has starred in movies such as Juno and the alcoholic superhero flick Hancock.

Set for release early next year, let’s all hope this TV-to-movie transition doesn’t disappoint loyal fans that have been waiting far too long for this feature film.
" Mary Ann Boateng

MGMT threatens to sue French president
Brooklyn’s MGMT is threatening legal action in response to alleged copyright infringement against the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy’s political party, the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, or the UMP, has admitted to using the indie band’s track “Kids” at its national congress in January, as well as in online videos and political advertisements. Although the UMP did pay a fee to France’s music licensing body, MGMT’s lawyer Isabelle Wekstein claims the €53 (approx. $86 CAD) is insufficient to cover all uses of the song.

Nicolas Sarkozy

In response, Sarkozy has offered the band a symbolic €1 for the infringement, claiming it to be an unintentional mistake. The band was not impressed.

“This offer is disrespectful of the rights of artists and authors,” Wekstein said. “It is insulting. We are dealing with acts of counterfeiting, an infringement of intellectual property.”

The band has requested full financial compensation for the song’s use. MGMT has gone on to indicate they will in fact sue the president of France if they are not paid. Fortunately, the UMP’s secretary general has promised the band will be paid; however, there is speculation that this may be a move to save political face.

Next week, the UMP is scheduled to present new legislation carrying stricter penalties for online piracy and file sharing.
" Matt Quinn

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