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Quick Takes: A real 'Development'

August 25, 2012

"Arrested Development" fans, the wait is (almost) over: The cult favorite will make its highly anticipated return next spring with at least 10 episodes — possibly more. The news was confirmed by a Netflix representative.

Rumors of an "Arrested Development" revival have surfaced repeatedly ever since the critically beloved but ratings-challenged sitcom was canceled by Fox in 2006. Last year, Mitchell Hurwitz and the entire cast reunited for the first time at the New Yorker Festival, and announced plans for a new, limited-run season and a possible movie.

"Arrested Development" devotees, perhaps reluctant to get their hopes up, greeted the news with cautious optimism. For many, it took empirical evidence — in the form of pictures tweeted from set — for them to believe.

Cast member David Cross teased the upcoming season, which began filming Aug. 7, in an interview with Rolling Stone, calling it "audacious and amazing." He also said that Hurwitz and his writers had come up with "too much material" for just 10 episodes, which may be why Netflix is leaving open the possibility of a longer season.

— Meredith Blake

Wainwright gets married

Musician Rufus Wainwright has tied the knot.

Publicist Bianca Bianconi confirmed Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt were married in a ceremony Thursday.

People magazine reports the 39-year-old musician and the artistic director of the Luminato Festival were married by close friend and artist Justin Vivian Bond in a ceremony in Montauk on Long Island.

Wainwright and Weisbrodt have a 1-year-old daughter together in a parenting partnership with Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen. Wainwright and Weisbrodt were engaged in 2010.

People says a number of celebrities attended the wedding, including Alan Cumming, Julianne Moore, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Antony Hegarty, Lou Reed, Carrie Fisher and producer Mark Ronson, who also assisted with DJ duties during the reception.

— Associated Press

Pact could mean 'Tootsie' musical

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced it has signed a five-year deal with Tony-winning Broadway producer Scott Sanders to adapt the studio's films for the stage.

First up? The 1982 comedy "Tootsie," which starred Dustin Hoffman in drag.

As part of the deal, Sony has purchased a 20% equity stake in the 5-year-old Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions, multiple news outlets have reported. A dollar amount was not disclosed.

Sanders' prior screen-to-stage credits include "The Color Purple" and "The Pee-wee Herman Show."

Sony's move is the latest attempt to parlay Hollywood hits into stage musicals. This year, movies were the inspiration for the high-flying cheerleading comedy "Bring It On," the holy-rolling musical "Leap of Faith" and the supernatural love story "Ghost."

— Jamie Wetherbe

Salma Hayek faults translation

Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were "lost in translation."

The 45-year-old actress issued a statement after German Vogue magazine quoted her as saying she "hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican."

"I have never denied my background or my culture," Hayek says in the statement released by publicist Cari Ross. "I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with. I have always been an active part of my community. I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride. It saddens me when my words are lost in translation and taken out of context to hurt the people of Mexico, whom I love."

This is not the first time Hayek has made remarks about her Mexican background that have drawn attention. Last year, she quipped to a reporter in Spanish, "If it wasn't because of my high heels, I would still be in Coatzacoalcos with 10 children."

— Associated Press

Steve Earle signs a two-book deal

Steve Earle likes the literary life. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, and published author, has a two-book deal with Twelve, the publisher announced Friday. Earle will write a memoir, scheduled for 2014, and a novel set in the 19th century about an escaped slave. An Earle novel, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," came out last year.

— Associated Press

Skrillex fest will be in Nashville

You might think that L.A.-based electronic producer Skrillex would stick closer to home for his just-announced festival, With Your Friends. But instead, he and fellow producer Pretty Lights on Friday planted their stakes in the country music capital of the world, Nashville.

Skrillex, born Sonny Moore, will play the Oct. 26-27 festival in downtown Nashville along with Pretty Lights, rapper Nas (with a nine-piece backing band) and fellow New Yorker Santigold, L.A. dubstep/experimental producers 12th Planet and Tokimonsta, along with Dillon Francis and Michael Menert.

— Randall Roberts

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