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So what's Will Arnett up to these days?Movies
As it turns out, Will Arnett is up to a whole lot. And nearly all of it looks really promising. For the most part, it's because he's working with incredible casts, many of them full of great comedians. Check out a breakdown of the movies he's involved in from soonest to latest release date:

The Brothers Solomon (Sept. 7, 2007)

Synopsis: A pair of well-meaning, but socially inept brothers try to find their perfect mates in order to provide their dying father with a grandchild.

Will Arnett and Will Forte are both pretty hilarious, and from the trailers it looks like they're able to complement each other's comedy well. Add to that the fact that Bob Odenkirk (of Mr. Show fame) is directing, and you've got Champ from Anchorman, Pam from the Office, and SNL comics (Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader), and there's an obvious wealth of comedy in this cast/crew.

Semi-Pro (Feb. 29, 2008)

Synopsis: Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.

Apparently Will Ferrell just can't get enough sports comedies. We've had Talladega Nights for NASCAR, Kicking and Screaming for soccer, Blades of Glory for figure skating, and now he's doing basketball.

But like the last one, this one's got a crazy cast. ..there's Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, and Maura Tierney in addition to comics like Andy Richter, Andrew Daly, and Champ again.

Horton Hears a Who (Mar. 14, 2008)

Synopsis: Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.

I've actually posted (briefly) about this one before saying the following: "And get a load of this (voice) cast: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Isla Fischer (Borat's wife :), Jaime Pressly, Dane Cook, and Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin). That's a boatload of comedy talent, and some pretty unique voices too." I really am pretty blown away by it...this Dr. Seuss flick is going to rake in the dough.

Spring Breakdown (2008)

Synopsis: The storyline revolves around three thirtysomething friends who break the monotony of their uninspired lives by vacationing on an island that's a popular spring break getaway for college co-eds. One of the women works for a powerful senator whose daughter is one of those co-eds, only she's as geeky as her chaperones.

Another comedy with an absurd cast...a bit of SNL (Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Seth Myers), a bit of the "Best in Show gang" (Parker Posey, Jane Lynch), and Ann (egg?) from Arrested Development. I don't know about the storyline, which makes it sound kind of stupid. But there's a whole bunch of hot actresses in smaller roles too.

Most Likely to Succeed (2008)

Synopsis: At his 20th high school reunion, a guy (Arnett) tells his the girl of his dreams a series of lies that make him appear to be a wealthy, successful New Yorker. When she shows up in his city, he goes to extraordinary lengths to keep up the charade.

This one seems to have a mediocre premise, but I think the fact that it's got a writer and two directors (one of which was also a writer) from Arrested Development mean that it's got much more potential, and we may get to see some more of Arnett in a Gob-like role. As someone pointed out in the comments, in Arrested Development Michael was labeled in the yearbook as "Most Likely to Succeed."

We're the Millers (2009)

Synopsis: After turning 30, a pot dealer (Buscemi) realizes his life is meaningless and wants to get out of the business ... but not before one last big score that will finance a new life. His last pot-related task is to assemble a fake family and smuggle 1,400 pounds of pot across the Mexican border in a motor home.

You've got Steve Buscemi, Will Arnett, the writers of Wedding Crashers, and the director of the Full Monty. If this happens, it will be bananas.

And finally, here's some of his smaller/limited detail projects:

Space Invader (2009)
Writers from Just Shoot Me and the director of Night of the Living with a movie about: "A love triangle develops between a group of astronauts at a space station orbiting the earth." Sounds dumb.

Get 'Em Wet (2009)
As someone on the IMDb boards mentioned, after the failure of Let's Go to Prison, do you really think they'll make another movie where Dax Shepard and Will Arnett team up? Hopefully not. The premise: "Two hot tub salesmen travel to Japan to break into the local market."

Jeff the Demon (2009)
They've got the writer/director of Da Ali G Show which is a big plus. And they've got a writer/producer of Monk. But the premise sounds lame: "Two high school losers find a book that allows them to summon a power from the netherworld. Said demon, Jeff (Arnett), helps them win every battle and right every wrong in their lives ... at a price."

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