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Jennifer Aniston WON’T be in the “Arrested Development” movie after all

By Fred Topel

HollywoodNews.com: Sorry blogers, news of the Arrested Development movie has been greatly exaggerated. This weekend, reports cast Jennifer Aniston in a role in the proposed feature film of the cancelled Fox comedy series Arrested Development. It stemmed from Aniston co-starring with Jason Bateman in the film The Switch.

Asked to clarify her involvement, Aniston blamed Bateman. “Did you say something that got all of us in trouble?” Aniston asked her costar at a press conference for The Switch.

Actually, it’s not all Bateman’s fault. Bateman explained how the latest rumor got started. “Somebody asked when we were doing the on camera stuff yesterday, she said, ‘You and Jen have done a couple of movies. Are you guys going to keep working together? What about the Arrested Development movie?’” he recalled. “I said, ‘Actually, there’s a great part for her in the Arrested Development movie. I’m going to pitch her.’ Just having fun. There’s about 25 headlines this morning on crappy blogs saying: ‘Jennifer Aniston to do the new Arrested Development movie.’”

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz himself told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour last week that he’s only halfway through the script. He’s got a new TV show to start up and he doesn’t even know when he can schedule all of his actors together again to do a movie. That left Bateman joking around, and people took it seriously.

“I hate talking about it because there’s never anything significant to report,” Bateman said. “I simply politely answer the questions when they’re asked and inevitably someone will take a line out of a perfunctory answer and try to build a headline around it and then the readers become exhausted and I get blamed for trying to perpetuate a non-update.

There’s nothing new to report but it’s something that we’d all love to do and hopefully soon.”

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About Fred Topel

Fred Topel has been an entertainment journalist in Los Angeles since 1999, for websites like Daily Radar, About.com, Crave Online and Sci Fi Wire. Follow his celebrity encounters on Twitter @FredTopel.

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