Thursday, July 8, 2010
A very cool list from Mr. Minimac and 11Points.com:
For today's list, I decided to pick out one of my favorite nuances of the TV series, Arrested Development -- its unprecedented fourth-wall-shattering references to its actors' previous roles. During its three seasons almost no one was safe from a shout out to their past -- cast members, guest stars and narrators/ producers all got swept up in those nudges to the most hardcore fans.
HENRY WINKLER MAKING THE FONZ POSE AND JUMPING A SHARK
Henry Winkler playing against type as the incompetent, foul-mouthed, bi-curious family lawyer was one of the great casting coups of "Arrested Development". Also, if any show deserved to have Winkler recreate both his classic Fonzie pose AND his infamous shark jumping, it was this one.
LIZA MINNELLI UPSET OVER "NEW YORK, NEW YORK" KARAOKE
I definitely didn't recognize this one right away. In the episode "Queen For A Day", Liza's Lucille Two character goes into Tobais's nightclub and hears him singing "New York, New York". She exasperatedly says, "Everybody thinks he's Frank Sinatra." Turns out this was addressing a long-standing beef of Liza's. She actually recorded "New York, New York" a few years BEFORE Sinatra... but he's the one who's associated with the song.
CHARLIZE THERON IN MONSTER AS HER PRE-PLASTIC SURGERY PHOTO
This was a really strong one. When it's revealed that Charlize Theron's character Rita has a lot of money (she owns all of Wee Britain AND the Wee Britain in Cleveland), her uncle talks about how she had plastic surgery to look like she does now. Then they flash up the photo of Charlize from "Monster"... where she gained a ton of weight and took every possible measure to make herself look terrible. It's a laugh-out-loud shout out, because you never, ever see it coming... but afterward it makes so much sense.
JEFFREY TAMBOR'S ACTING COMPARED TO BRAD GARRETT'S
In 2005, Brad Garrett won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy... beating out Jeffrey Tambor. So when Michael Bluth thought his father (Tambor) was lying convincingly, he compared the strong acting to Brad Garrett. It was a very cathartic moment for the fans who couldn't believe an "Everybody Loves Raymond" actor got deemed to be funnier/stronger/better than an "Arrested Development" actor -- and I'm guessing it was cathartic for Tambor, too.
JUSTINE BATEMAN AS MICHAEL'S (JASON BATEMAN) POSSIBLE SISTER
When they brought Justine Bateman in as Nellie, a prostitute who was potentially Michael's sister, it cast a perfectly comedic, awkward shadow over the whole episode. Plus, with the show's love of casual incest -- they carried the cousins-in-love storyline for all three seasons -- you never quite knew how far things were going to go before either Michael or Nellie put up the stop sign.
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