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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.
  • Sneak Peak: Saddle Up for Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' with Clip Collection
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 23, 2011
    Next week, American moviegoers will be treated to Steven Spielberg's majestic War Horse: the story of a horse named Joey who prevails through many World War I adventures to find his way back home to his best friend, young Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine)—the true testament to the fact that when you truly love somebody, even wild [something...] can't keep you from getting to them. We have compiles a harras of War Horse clips in celebration of the feature film and all of its gallant glory. Enjoy the videos below and catch War Horse in theaters everywhere. You can also check out these two reviews of War Horse: one by our own Matt Patches, and one by the demonic rock band GWAR. As it turns out, not quite everybody loves horses. When patriarch Ted (Peter Mullan) brings home Joey, his wife Rose (Emily Watson) is none too pleased with her husband’s purchase. But despite this domestic war, young Albert sees something in Joey. Perhaps…a friend.
  • Listen To Taylor Swift's Song From 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 23, 2011
    Taylor Swift is inching gradually into the world of movies, both on screen and off. This coming March will see her lend her voice to two big films: The Lorax, voicing one of main characters, and The Hunger Games, with her new song "Safe & Sound," featuring the Civil Wars. Swift announced her contribution, to The Hunger Games soundtrack via Twitter last night, which should be exciting news for fans of both Swift and the Suzanne Collins book series. Considering the nature of the story—which has a whole lot of battles-to-the-death going on—Swift's mellow and sweet song might be a good way to soften the delivery of the movie, which features Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Click on the photo below to view more pictures of Taylor Swift! Sources: Blackfilm, Twitter
  • Conan O'Brien Delivers Jon Hamm as a Secret Santa Gift: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 23, 2011
    Last night, Conan O'Brien revealed that he is the absolute worst Secret Santa ever when he completely forgot about getting his recipient a gift and had to scramble something together at the last minute. Fortunately, he seemed to have made up for it pretty well with a surprising present: Jon Hamm. Jonah Hill appeared on The Tonight Show to talk about getting (and answering) Morgan Freeman's fan mail, celebrating his birthday with Brad Pitt and several very expensive bottles of wine, and to reluctantly perform a short but lively dance with Jay Leno. Finally, Anderson Cooper visited The Late Show to be caught a bit off guard by Letterman's quoting of an off-color comment that a citizen said to Newt Gingrich.
  • 'The Avengers' Will Assemble in 3D
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 23, 2011
    Let’s face it. We all knew this was going to happen. There was almost no way that The Avengers wasn’t going to be released in 3D. Think of the opportunities: Hawkeye’s arrow soaring right at you...in 3D. Bruce Banner’s rage transforming him into the monstrous, gigantic Hulk...in 3D. Tony Stark saying something marginally sexist...in 3D! The film was made for 3D. On the other hand, the film was not made for 3D. I mean this literally: The Avengers was shot in 2D, but will be post-converted to 3D for theatrical release. This is a practice with which a lot of the viewing public has taken issue. There is a noticeable difference between the quality of a movie shot in 3D—or, at the very least, a movie shot in 2D but given ample time for properly convert the footage—than to that shot in 2D and converted speedily, as will be the process undertaken by The Avengers. Just yesterday, we lamented J.J. Abrams’ decision to post-convert his Star Trek 2 footage, but at least Abrams is taking his time with the conversion process (I might have been a bit too harsh with you yesterday, Abrams; I realize that now). Of course, griping about it is a silly decision either way. We will still have the option to see the film in its natural 2D. But I guess its just the Marvel hero in each of us that hates to see innocent moviegoers bamboozled into watching an inadequately three-dimensional film. ...Maybe we should make our own movie... The Avengers stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, and will reach theaters May 4, 2012. Source: Indiewire
  • Seth Rogen Attached to Disney Spy Comedy 'The B Team'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    Seth Rogen gets a lot of chops for just being the guy who banks on his raspy laugh and jokes about narcotics. Nonetheless, I've always been a fan of his—not just his acting talents, but his behind-the-scenes work as well. Rogen was written a fair share of popular films, including Superbad and Pineapple Express (he also lent his pen to series Undeclared and Da Ali G Show). He has played producer on a slew of movies. And he will carry out this role once again in accordance with a developing Disney comedy titled The B Team. The movie will surround a secret agent's sidekicks—the tech support team who never sees any danger of its own—who are called into action to save their leading man when he is kidnapped by a supervillain. It sounds like it is in the vein of traditional motley crew/underdog stories, which, as far as I am concerened, belong to a timeless well that never dries out of comedy. Disney has been developing this project for many years now; perhaps Rogen's specific visionary style will give it the right flavor to progress the film forward. In addition to playing actor, writer and producer, Rogen has also been said to be taking his first stab at directing: adapting the short film Jay and Seth Vs. the Apocalypse, in which he and Jay Baruchel starred in 2007, to a feature film. Sourc: Variety
  • Video: Kate Beckinsale Introduces the 'Underworld' Legacy
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    Much like its immortal heroes (and villains), the Underworld series seems like it will have life in it forever. We'll at least get to see a fourth installment this January in the form of Underworld: Awakening. Series star Kate Beckinsale appears in the beginning of the clip below, introducing a video that explains the legacy of her vampire race in the move series. Beckinsale catches us up on the origins of the vampire and werewolf species of the Underworld universe, the spark of the warfare between them, and the involvement of her character, Selene, and Scott Speedman's Michael as two of the key players in the age old battle. Watch the clip below, and catch Underworld: Awakening when it reaches theaters on Jan. 20, 2012.  
  • Chord Overstreet Sparks 'Grease' Lightning in Photos from Upcoming Episode of 'Glee'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    This is really long overdue. The most musical high school in the world singing about the most famous high school musical in history (that's what I think of you, East High): Glee is taking on Grease. As up-to-date watchers know, Trouty Mouth Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) is back in town, possibly for quite a while. Par for the McKinley High course, rumors about his summer fling with Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) spread like wildfire—culminating in a scene especially reminiscent of Grease's greatest gift to Bar Mitzvahs, "Summer Nights." And it looks like Sam is taking the role of Danny Zuko...which would make him possibly the only incarnation of Danny Zuko who can speak fluent Na'vi. The trend continues beyond the bleacher-top number as Sam actually seems to be trying out for the swim team, possibly to impress and win back Mercedes, who has taken up with a new beau (LaMarcus Tinker). His coach, Real Housewife Nene Leakes, doesn't seem to be the easygoing type...but I guess that's sort of a trend among Glee coaches. In a subplot, Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), fed up with their spotlight-hogging classmates, move to the country and live out of a rucksack. ...Okay, they're probably just having a picnic. But wouldn't that be a cool arc for the season? Glee returns to TV on Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Source: TVLine
  • Sneak Peek: Matt Damon Buys a Zoo (and More) in 'We Bought a Zoo' Clips
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    This Friday, Cameron Crowe's life-affirming We Bought a Zoo starring the lovable Matt Damon, will reach theaters. Damon stars as the good-hearted, outsmarted Benjamin Mee, a man who, having no place else to turn, buys a zoo for him and his family. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson as a begrudging zookeeper, Thomas Haden Church as Ben's cynical brother, Patrick Fugit as zoo employee Robin and a whole bunch of animals ready to teach Ben how to live. Below is a collection of We Bought a Zoo clips, filled with all of the energy and whimsy you'd expect from a film centered around a man's financial reception of a menagerie. When Ben and his young daughter Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) are escorted to their new property, they don't expect to find too many surprises. Fresh air, a quiet environment...maybe a lion or two. When they arrive, their real estate agent (J.B. Smoove) informs them of something a little disconcerting: they bought a zoo.
  • Video: Watch a Shocking News Report from 'The Darkest Hour'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    The Darkest Hour opens on Christmas day...but there is very little about it that can be called "merry." As you can see in the below clip, the film is really embracing the apocalyptic horror that is attached to all of the greatest traditional alien invasion films. Below, we see a Russian journalist reporting rather uninterestedly on the economic climate of his country. Things take a quick turn when the supernatural overtakes the cityscape, and he and his cameraman are stunned. But their nerves aren't the only thing that get shocked... The film, directed by Chris Gorak, stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Harris, Joel Kinnaman and Max Minghella as a group of young adults who fight back against the invading aliens. You can catch the film in theaters starting on Dec. 25.
  • This Just In: Aaron Sorkin's HBO Newsroom Drama Has a New Title
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    Well, we can finally stop saying "tentatively titled." Aaron Sorkin's developing newsroom drama series has operated with the working title More as this Story Develops for quite some time. And it fits. It's pretentious, clever, insidery...it's as Sorkin as a title gets. But the HBO series seemes to have opted for something more simple and to-the-point: The Newsroom. This news comes via a trailer released by HBO, containing shots of all of its new and returning series. Among them is a shot labeled The Newsroom, which depicts star Jeff Daniels, who will play newsman Will McAllister. Others who have accumulated as Newsroom castmembers include Emily Mortimer and Alison Pill as two of McAllister's producers, and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel. Although diehard Sorkinians might find this new title a bit of a downgrade, it's a small gripe when you consider the team of Daniels, Mortimer, Pill, Patel and director Greg Mottola attached. And if that still isn't enough to amp you up, the aforementioned trailer, which you can watch below, is basically a fire-powered celebration of HBO's cavalcade of dramatic TV. Source: Deadline