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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.
  • Santana Sings 'Santa Baby' in Deleted Scene from 'Glee' Christmas Episode
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    Glee's Christmas episode, "Extraordinary Merry Christmas", was filled with a good amount of holiday classics—"My Favorite Things," "Blue Christmas," "Christmas Wrapping"... but there was one notable piece of music missing: "Santa Baby." As it turns out, Glee filmed a scene wherein Santana regaled Finn, Fox's audiences, and all of the customers and employees at a Lima jewelry store with a rendition of the holiday classic. In the scene below, Santana takes the opportunity to enamor everyone in sight with her musical prowess. We're not quite sure why the scene was cut, but all that is null and void. Enjoy the clip below, and get ready for Glee's return to Fox on January 17, in an episode with a very surprising, very famous guest star. Source: TVLine
  • Watch GWAR Give Their Review of 'War Horse'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    Last month, NextMovie graced the world with the glorious video of rapper Immortal Technique giving his review of the movie Immortals, which you can watch here. Continuing the trend of misguided music artists giving their take on new cinematic releases, two of the members of heavy metal band GWAR have teamed with NextMovie to share their feelings on Steven Spielberg's War Horse. Below, you can watch Oderus Urungus (David Brockie) and Balsac the Jaws of Death (Mike Derks) discussing their reactions to War Horse, focusing primarily on their disappointment with the lacking war aspect to the movie. They were, however, quite pleased with the performance of the lead horse...whom they have some pretty bizarre feelings for. Enjoy the clip below, and catch War Horse in theaters this Friday. Source: NextMovie
  • Sean Penn Rocks, Rolls, and Hunts Nazis in 'This Must Be the Place' Trailer
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    This Must Be the Place is an amalgamation of everything that makes up a profound and exemplary piece of film. It more than dabbles in rock and roll history. It centers around a revenge quest—and the best kind: a revenge-against-a-nazi quest. But the main character, Cheyenne (a mystifyingly overtaken Sean Penn), is not avenging himself, or even someone he knows very well. He is avenging his father, with whom he has not spoken in over thirty years. Like in the great Saving Private Ryan, the sheer act of the mission is more important to our hero than is the man to whom the mission is purposed. But beyond its plot points, this movie looks incredibly spirited. Penn is so ensconced in the character in this below trailer that I am already attached to this figure as a vivid, remarkable human being. Cheyenne himself is a retired rock star whose eventful career (he once sang with Mick Jagger Mick Jagger once sang with him) seems to be long over. The emotionally rattled, aimless character adopts this quest to avenge his father against the war criminal who tortured him at Auschwitz, possibly sacrificing his relationship with the loving Jane (Frances McDormand) in the process. And the mere presence of Judd Hirsch bumps this movie up about ten degrees in awesome. Source: Slashfilm
  • Helen Mirren Will Lend Her Voice to 'Glee'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    Glee has been reaching for a handful of pretty big name guest stars lately. Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Chewbacca... but this one tops the lot of them: Helen Mirren—the Helen Mirren—will contribute her talents to Fox's musical series. But here's the catch: Mirren will not exactly be appearing on Glee. Instead, she'll be providing her voice alone to the show. Mirren's "character" will be the inner voice to one of Glee's regulars. Whether this is along the lines of a helpful Jiminy Cricket conscience or a demonic The Shining homage is yet to be seen, as is which character will be aided/tortured by Mirren's presence in his or her mind. But if I had to guess, I'd say the breakout basket case that is Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris) will be the character injected with this classy dose of internal narration. According to recurring Glee director Eric Stoltz, his friend/former collaborator Mirren was an easy sell for the role: she is a big fan of the show, and was more than willing to lend her voice for the part. Mirren will be heard on the first episode of the midseason, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Source: TVLine
  • GLAAD Accuses 'Work It' of Being a Harmful Depiction of Transgender People
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    ABC's midseason lineup will feature the new sitcom Work It, which stars Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco as a pair of car salesmen who wind up unemployed thanks to what they refer to as the "man-cession" (a recession of society's demand for men in the workplace). The duo decide to dress in drag and adopt female identities in order to secure jobs for themselves in the newly female-centric economy that the show is touting. But this premise has stricken controversy for GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. GLAAD is vocalizing the idea that Work It will trivialize the hardships that the vast majority of transgender men and women admit to suffering in the workplace. The organization teamed with the Human Rights Campaign to open a campaign, via Daily Variety, educating the media and the public about the dangers of Work It's perspective on cross-dressing. Although the men in the show do not dress as women for any reason relating to gender identity, the organizations still feel as though the images propagated by the show will be detrimental to the plight of the transgender population. The organization published the following statistics on its website in accordance with its condemnation of Work It: Transgender Americans can be legally fired in 34 states today simply for being who they are. 97% of self-identified transgender people reported being harassed or abused at work. 26% reported losing their jobs because they are transgender. Source: EW, GLAAD
  • Spoiler-Filled Clip from Chilling 'American Horror Story' Finale
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    The creepiest member of the fall season is shutting the doors on its haunted house for the time being: American Horror Story's first season finale will air tonight. A clip has been released from the episode, which is pleasantly titled "Afterbirth." If you're not up to date, it is a bit spoiler-heavy (as is the description below). The clip, courtesy of E! Online, sees Constance (Jessica Lange) giving Ben (Dylan McDermott) some unsolicited advice on how to care for his new baby. Despite everything he has been through, Ben is still in the mindset that he and the baby will be fine in the Murder House. But it looks like Constance might actually drill into his head that he needs to get out of there as quickly as he can.   See Ben, Constance, Vivien (Connie Britton) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga) in the American Horror Story season finale tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. Source: E! Online
  • J.J. Abrams to Convert 'Star Trek 2' to 3D After Shooting
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    We'd expect J.J. Abrams to know better than to do something like converting Star Trek 2 to 3D post-shooting. As the elected emperor of the film nerds, we'd expect Abrams to embrace the mentality about 3D: it should generally be reserved for films shot and visualized in the medium. A lot of movies opt to apply 3D post-shooting as what is widely considered a cheap ploy; 3D rarely contributes much to the moviegoing experience here. Then there are films like Avatar and Hugo, which were conceived and shot in 3D, and show in contrast how the technique can actually enhance the story and the world within the movie. To Abrams' credit, he seems to be taking a very thoughtful stance on the conversion, telling MTV that the production team will employ a "a good high-end conversion," and that they "have the months needed to do it right." But this isn't all the news surrounding the format of the upcoming Star Trek sequel. Abrams has also made mention of shooting the movie in IMAX, although he seemed less assured that this endeavor would take place (despite his apparent passion for IMAX). All of that aside, Abrams offers a good deal of confidence about Star Trek 2: "The three writers, Damon [Lindelof], Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman], wrote the most amazing script. And I am thrilled to get a chance to direct it. It's totally mine to screw up. So if you don't like it, [it's] completely on me. Our sets are almost done, so we go back and start shooting next month." This 3D thing might be a slight rift in your usual good judgment, Abrams, but I think we're all still pretty pumped for the Star Trek sequel. Source: MTV
  • Tom Cruise Goes Wherever He Wants: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    Last night, Tom Cruise appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He talked about his pre-acting days as a maintenance worker in his Manhattan apartment building, and how he completely disregarded the commands of security guards when he was on a trip to India. Patton Oswalt stopped by Conan to put his own spin on "Little Drummer Boy," talk about a particularly bizarre write-in comment some fan sent in regards to his love scene with Charlize Theron in Young Adult, and just spit out a bunch of really hilarious nonsense about an airline pilot and his own body. Finally, The Artist star Bérénice Bejo talked about learning English from The Beatles and The Muppet Show, and how she slept with the director of The Artist to get the part...but it's not as sordid as it sounds.
  • James Franco Considers 'Lovelace' as Forty Other People Join the Cast
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 20, 2011
    James Franco has decided that he wants to be Hugh Hefner. It's a sentiment a lot of men have harbored. But the difference is: James Franco actually can be Hugh Hefner. The developing film Lovelace, a biography of pornographic actress Linda Lovelace with Amanda Seyfried playing the lead, involves (pretty understandably) a small appearance by the character of Hefner; Franco has decided he is interested in playing this role. The actor was previously considered for the film's depiction of Chuck Traynor, Lovelace's extremely abusive husband and manager. The role eventually went to Peter Sarsgaard. Franco's casting is not yet solidified, but the film is not exactly taking its time with the bringing in of talent: new to the cast are Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick. Azaria will be playing Jerry Damiano, who wrote and directed Lovelace's biggest film, Deep Throat. Cannavale and Chris Noth will play two business partners of Traynor. Finally, Patrick will take on the role of Lovelace's father John Boreman, who is defined by the mixed feelings he has over his daughter's career choice. The newcomers will join a cast including Seyfried, Sarsgaard, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple. Lovelace is being directed by the team of Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, who also helmed the biopic Howl (starring Franco as Allen Ginsberg). Source: Indiewire
  • Matt Damon Casts Frances McDormand in Directorial Debut Opposite John Krasinski
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 20, 2011
    Matt Damon + John Krasinski + Dave Eggers + Frances McDormand. It's like somebody read my dream journal and decided to turn it into a movie. As you may have heard, Matt Damon has the directing bug. His first attempt will be a film he is writing with The Office's charming John Krasinski, who is also set to star. The two are developing the script based off an idea by the extraordinary novelist, screenwriter and superhero depot owner Dave Eggers, who co-wrote the scripts for Where the Wild Things Are and Away We Go, the latter of which starred Krasinski. Eggers also worked on the documentary American Teacher, which featured Damon as a narrator. So these guys are all pretty much best friends. As if this triad of gentlemanly heroism was not enough, they're calling in the mighty Frances McDormand, who consistently brings zest to the films of her husband: one half of the Coen Brothers. Damon has confirmed that McDormand will be joining the cast of the still untitled project. So what can we expect from this amalgamation of brilliance? Well, all we know about the story so far is that it centers on a salesman (presumably Krasinski) whose arrival in a small town incurs an epiphany of sorts in him, provoking some life-changing choices. Any story stemming from an Eggers idea is going to dabble in the existential. Any performance delivered by Krasinski has got to have an appreciation for the subtle and introspective. And although we have yet to see what Damon does as a director, I think we're all at least a bit optimistic. In any event, this is a project to keep our eyes on. I'd bet that zoo I just bought on it. Source: Indiewire