‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Making a Murderer’ and an Isabella Rossellini Hamster: Links You Need to See


Ron Howard has confirmed that the fifth season of Arrested Development is currently in the writing stage. He delivered the news while promoting his whale thriller (truly, an underrated genre), In the Heart of the Sea on Good Morning America.Howard said that Netflix is behind the upcoming season, as they were with its last — which, in the opinions of many was, after overwhelming initial anticipation, the series’ low point.

Following the success of HBO’s The Jinx and Serial, Netflix is releasing its own twisty true crime docuseries, Making a Murderer, whose first trailer was shared today. The series follows a man who was convicted of rape, spent 18 years in prison, then was released when evidence suggested he wasn’t guilty, and then was later convicted of murder. The official description claims that the “filmmakers look at what went wrong in the first case and question whether scientific advances and legislative reforms over the past three decades have gotten us any closer to delivering truth and justice in the system.”

Adam Driver, who’s moved well past being known as the temperamental woodworking behemoth on Girls, and will soon be seen as the antagonist of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is also the founder of the organization Arts in the Armed Forces, which performs theater for troops in the U.S. and abroad. The actor — a former marine — was followed by VICE News on the program’s performance excursions. Accompanying Driver to perform were SNL‘s Sasheer Zamata, OITNB‘s Natasha Lyonne, AITAF artistic director Joanne Tucker, famed playwright Eric Bogosian and Peter Scolari. Watch VICE News’ documentary following the performers.

Closet Monster won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF, but that’s not the only reason you should be excited about the film that just got picked up for a U.S. theatrical release next Summer by Strand. It also features Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster (a casting decision one might assume was inspired by her Sundance series, Green Porno, which saw her imitating animal mating rituals). Beyond that, the film happens to sound (and look, from its trailer, which you can watch over on Indiewire) like a compelling, bizarre and thoughtful coming of age story, following a teenager who witnessed a gay bashing as a child, and who’s now working out his own sexuality.