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Michael Arbeiter
Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.
  • New High-Flying 'Amazing Spider-Man' Images, Sequels Confirmed
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 15, 2011
    The Amazing Spider-Man has finally spawned an official place on the web (I refuse to apologize for that). One of the best aspects of the launching of the film's official site, which you can view by clicking here, is the array of great new images. Another big piece of news attached to the site: the official announcement that there will be sequels. Pictured are stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Denis Leary (George Stacy), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May) and Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard), in character, as well as a few striking shots of a spider's eye view of New York City (that I might have to apologize for). Check out the pictures below. The Amazing Spider-Man will reach theaters July 3, 2012. Source: The Amazing Spider-Man via Comingsoon
  • UPDATE: PTC Rails on NBC For Stern's Role on 'America's Got Talent'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 15, 2011
    UPDATE: As one would expect, considering Howard Stern's controversial nature, some members of the viewing public might be opposed to his employ as an America's Got Talent judge. And, as one would expect, the PTC (Parents Television Council) is the first to vocalize this opposition. The group is calling Stern's hiring an "act of desparation" by the network, stating that NBC's principles "have clearly gone out the window." The PTC further called Stern "a performer who is synonymous with shock, profanity and obscenity." NBC is standing by its decision to hire Stern, citing his longstanding broadcasting success as more than enough reason to bring him on to the series. -EW EARLIER: About a month ago, Piers Morgan announced that he'd be giving up his spot as a judge on America's Got Talent. Morgan judged the series for six years, so everybody assumed that it'd be a long while before an adequate replacement was found. But that wasn't exactly the case. Later that very same day, it was announced that radio personality Howard Stern was in talks with NBC to take on Morgan's former position. And today, it is finally official: NBC's Alternative and Late Night Programming President Paul Telegdy has announced that Stern will be taking over as an America's Got Talent judge. Stern has earned notoriety in his many years as a radio personality for his crass, outrageous persona. Stern's radio fans will be relieved to hear that America's Got Talent will not interfere with his SiriusXM radio show; the NBC talent competition will be relocating its live episodes to New York, from where Stern's radio program is broadcast. The new judge will definitely add some flavor to the panel. Whether you find him entertaining or offensive, it's pretty unanimous that Stern is definitely a character, and is definitely someone who can liven up the already popular television series, which is entering its seventh season. Stern will join America's Got Talent judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel.
  • Rooney Mara Was Drunk In Her 'Dragon Tattoo' Audition: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 15, 2011
    Last night, Rooney Mara appeared on The Late Show to reveal her secret behind getting the central role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: she got really, really drunk before her audition. Also on The Late Show, Robert Downey, Jr., explained how the new Cameron Crowe movie We Bought a Zoo is actually a lot like his own life. Downey apparently owns a farm with a few interesting animals: a bunch of alpaca and some horses that Jamie Foxx gave him. Over on The Tonight Show, the great Louis C.K. to tell a very hilarious, very Louis C.K. story about going camping with his daughters and having their campsite invaded by three very large bears, and to talk about his unique way of selling his new comedy special. Finally, Inglourious Basterds' legendary Christoph Waltz showed up on Conan to pretty much give a ton of reasons why he thinks his home country of Austria is way better than Germany, and to talk about shooting his new movie Carnage with Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly.
  • Casting Roundup: 'Live!' Nabs Jim Parsons and a 'Parks & Rec' Star
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    You know what Kelly Ripa doesn't talk about enough? The Flash. For those of you in that mindset: fear not. The Live! host will be joined by Jim Parsons, the celebrated star of The Big Bang Theory. Parsons will be acting as guest host on Live! on Tuesday, Jan 3. But he's just the first star to kick off the week: Ripa will be joined by her husband Mark Consuelos, David Duchovny and Rob Lowe all in the week of Jan. 3 through Jan. 6. So, whether you're partial to the deadpan nerdiness of The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon (Parson), the hedonistic debonair of Californication's Hank Moody (Duchovny), or the literally-most-exciteable-person-on-Earth that is Parks and Recreation's Chris Traeger (Lowe), you'll be pleased by the first week of the Live! new year on. -TVLine Nick Zano can be seen on 2 Broke Girls as the recurring character Johnny, a love interest for Max (Kat Dennings). But now, Zano will be stepping away from the filthy alleys of television's version of Brooklyn, and heading over to the golden streets of television's version of Los Angeles. Zano will be appearing on the CW series 90210 in a guest role this coming February. Zano will play P.J., an affluent do-nothing who might be undergoing a change in his value system when he meets Annie (Shenae Grimes). After Zano's character falls for the series' star, he might turn his life around and clean up his act. 90210 returns from hiatus on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. on the CW. -E Online William Devane should be a name familiar to anyone with a history of watching operas. But now he'll be enjoying a stint on primetime television in ABC's Revenge. Devane will appear on the surprisingly thrilling new drama as Edward Grayson, the leader of the affluent Grayson family and father to Conrad (Henry Czerny). However, it is not his son who calls upon Edward for help, but Victoria, Conrad's soon-to-be-ex-wife (Madeleine Stowe). Devane will find his way to the Hamptons in February for a two-episode stint on the show. Revenge returns from hiatus on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. -EW
  • New Poster for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Reminds Us More of 'Alien'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    Once I recovered from the sad realization that Ridley Scott's Prometheus is actually not a film adaptation of a cherished childhood memory, I began wondering: what is in store for the visionary director's newest film? So far, a lot of what we've heard traces the movie back to Scott's roots—Alien. The developing movie Prometheus is reportedly set in the same world by which we were fascinated in his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. We can see both similarities and differences in the recent set of released images, which feature stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Noomi Rapace. But even more Alien than any of the technology or giant Olmec heads in those pictures is the poster below, which is reminiscent of Alien's dark-with-an-ominous-glow poster from way back in the glory days of otherworldly cinema. Enjoy the Prometheus poster (and the Promalthien comparison poster below courtesy of our Matt Patches), and get ready for Scott's next contribution to the world of science fiction. Source: Shock Till You Drop
  • Tyler Perry Learns About Real Life in 'Good Deeds' Trailer
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    Good Deeds embraces a timeless story framework: two worlds clash, both must change. Tyler Perry plays Wesley Deeds, a born-wealthy man with a good heart but no real perception of the world beyond the reality that has been built for him for as long as he has been alive. He has a good job, thanks to his good education, is involved with a good woman (Gabrielle Union), and enjoys a good relationsip with his good mother (Phylicia Rashad). So, there's that whole notion of things being not so great for most everybody else to which Deeds is pretty much oblivious. When he meets an impoverished woman named Lindsey (Thandie Newton) struggling to take care of her young child, Deeds gets a taste of what life is like outside his bubble. At first, he's horrified. But as it seems, Deeds becomes infatuated with the beauties, excitement and dangers of Lindsay and her world. Good Deeds is written and directed by Perry himself, and comes out Feb. 24, 2012. Source: Yahoo
  • Video: Watch the Live Premiere Event for 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Here
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    A special event celebrating the world premiere of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is taking place down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, today. We in the States will have to wait for our national release date of Dec. 21 to enjoy Tom Cruise in his fourth adventure as Ethan Hunt. But we do have the option of checking out the live premiere event. You can watch via the video below, starting at 4 p.m. ET. Those who tune in to check out the premiere party will be treated to an appearance by DJ Tiesto, who will be performing a special remix of the classic, unbelievably catchy Mission: Impossible theme song. It's also likely that we'll be seeing a few members of the movie's cast, which includes Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Josh Holloway. The LiveStream Rio Premiere for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is sponsored by CokeZero.
  • Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby Gear Up Against Aliens in Exciting New 'Darkest Hour' Pics
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    Close Encounters. ET. Super 8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Attack the Block. District 9. All different. All awesome. Movies about alien invasions have a special place in the hearts of so many of us. And with this in mind, we welcome with open arms The Darkest Hour, the upcoming alien invasion starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby. Established art director Chris Gorak brings us The Darkest Hour (this is his second gig directing a feature film), the story of five young adults—Hirsch, Thilby, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Max Minghella—on a quest to defend themselves and their home planet against a survey of vicious aliens, robbing Earth of its power supply in an attempt to overtake the world. It's a traditional story, but it is one that has consistently thrilled so many of us since H.G. Wells wrote War of the Worlds. Check out the invigorating images from the film below. The Darkest Hour opens Christmas day. Source: Bloody Disgusting
  • 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' Explore a Musical Island in Clip Compilation
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the third film in the series celebrating the classic cartoon characters Alvin, Simon and Theodore, comes to theaters this Friday. To prepare you, we’ve assembled a collection of clips from the movie, which strands the chipmunks and their female counterparts the Chipettes on an uncharted island, and sets their hapless adopted father Dave (Jason Lee) off on a quest to find them. The movie stars Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon and Jesse McCartney as Theodore, and Christina Applegate, Anna Faris and Amy Poehler as the Chipettes. Enjoy the clip compilation below, and catch Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked in theaters this Friday, Dec. 16 Dave gets frustrated while trying to board a cruise ship with the rowdy, musically-compelled Chipmunks. Of course, Alvin knows how to double-talk. While Dave prepares for a night at the captain’s table, he worries that his kids will cause trouble if left on their own. He turns to the responsible Simon for some advice…but things might not be as simple as Simon seems to suppose. On the island, Alvin and company meet an inhabitant named Zoe (Jenny Slate) who doesn’t seem be part of their apparently vast fan club. The group performs a little Lady Gaga to jog her memory, but it looks like the Chipmunks’ fame does not extend to remote islands. The Chipmunks’ new friend Zoe takes them back to her island residence. But it’s not a simple walk in the park…there is zip-lining involved. When you’re stranded on an island, teamwork is an invaluable component to survival. But Alvin and the Chipmunks would rather fight over a single piece of food. At least they set it to some cheerful music! Even stringent airport security cannot stop Alvin from misbehaving. Once on the plane, Alvin takes it upon himself to make a few quick announcements to the passengers. And The Office fans should look out for a cameo from a familiar face.
  • Video: Jimmy Fallon Has Clearly Never Heard of 'Jingle Bells' in New 'SNL' Promo
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    In this promo for Jimmy Fallon's Saturday Night Live hosting gig this weekend, the former SNL star is doing his best to decorate the upcoming episode with some holiday flare. However, it doesn't help that he clearly doesn't have any idea how to sing (or play) one of the most iconic Christmas songs, "Jingle Bells." Plus, Fred Armisen is a little too worked up over his affirmation that Santa Claus is real to actually contribute anything to the video...which erupts into a minor tantrum. Since leaving SNL in 2004, Fallon has returned in a handful of cameo appearances. However, this Saturday will mark his first time hosting the show. Fallon will be joined by singer Michael Bublé as a musical guest. Watch the episode this Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.