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Arrested Development may finally return as a miniseries and movie

The big news has finally been revealed! Fans have been waiting for an Arrested Development movie for years, and on Oct. 2, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz revealed that the script is about half done and a 9-10 episode miniseries may proceed the movie, with each episode following one of the nine cast members. Hulu and Netflix are already both bidding for online distribution rights to the project.

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TV networks, get online or get out of the way

I've been writing tech stories for Digital Trends lately and recently wrote about the TV industry and Hulu. Check it out!

Since its inception in 2007, Hulu has become one of the most popular places to watch TV on the Internet. But now its owners, including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, are Hulu’s worst enemy. Addicted to an aging business model, Hulu’s parents are using and abusing it — and other streaming sites — for their own short-term gains.

The big broadcast networks have:

  • Constantly changed the posting schedules of new shows on Hulu
  • Randomly pulled content from the site without warning
  • Disabled Hulu for Cablevision subscribers (Fox)
  • Blocked Boxee users from browsing
  • Blocked access to via Google TV
  • Refused to work with Apple TV
  • And more…

With cable companies beginning to bleed customers (800,000 in the last two years) and ad sales down, the big broadcast networks are now pushing free online distribution out of the way for something they’re more comfortable with: subscription fees. They’d like cable companies to start paying big bucks to retransmit their broadcast channels, which are free over-the-air for anyone with a digital antenna. In return, cable companies are demanding exclusive rights to network content. It’s a lose-lose for consumers and the future.

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Movie News Bits - The Lizard in SPIDER-MAN 4, Hulu to start charging, new trailer for UNCERTAINTY, DISTRICT 9 director starts next film, Willis in KANE & LYNCH

Here are a few newsy highlights for the day. I have to say, I'm very bothered by the Hulu news. This could be the end of free premium content. Entertainment executives need to get their heads out of their asses. I'm also happy to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a "new" movie. Check these stories out, and more, after the jump. 

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New Trailer for The Fourth Kind (Trailer)

Hulu is finally gaining some traction with the studios. Universal debuted the first trailer for its upcoming thriller: The Fourth Kind. The film, based on an actual unsolved investigation in Alaska, which stars Milla Jovovich, is written and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, a relative newcomer. I’m not sure what to make of the movie, but it definitely looks creepy in a new way. It doesn’t look like another Saw or Ring knock-off, so that’s good. Though, Milla Jovovich isn’t exactly known for her highbrow film roles these days. I’m not expecting much, just something better than The Night Listener, which remains one of my least favorite thrillers ever.

According to IMDB, The Fourth Kind is a “fact-based thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.”