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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.
  • 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
  • New Trailer for 'Goon' Has More Seann William Scott Punching People in the Face
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    We've seen two trailers for Goon so far—this one and this one—as well as two poster releases—this one and this one—and they all seem to be founded on one existential principle: Seann William Scott gets in fights. Apparently, they're pretty confident in this as a big seller: a good percentage of the new trailer from Apple is Scott punching his co-stars in the face, sometimes at the slightest provocation. The bloodshed is contrasted with the fact that Scott's character, a hapless loser who finds out he's an expert fighter and is reluctantly drafted by a hockey coach to be his team's "goon," (a player reserved primarily for the violent aspects of the game), is actually a really nice, timid and apologetic guy. He takes no pleasure in hurting people, but is without any other choice given his new career. The new trailer also features costar and co-writer Jay Baruchel and a cast that includes Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Eugene Levy, Marc-André Grondin and Kim Coates. You can watch the trailer over at Apple. Goon reaches theaters March 30, and will be available On Demand on Feb. 24.
  • Louis C.K. Has a Not Quite 'Nice Time' Planned for New Years: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 22, 2011
    Last night, Louis C.K. appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about the really "nice time" he is planning on having this New Years...which involves some sordid affairs (after tricking his daughters into going to bed early). He also likened his career to a colossal train accident. But in a good way. Also on Late Night, Paula Patton visited to ask Jimmy Fallon how pretty he thinks she is, and pretending she had never heard of Tom Cruise in order to psych herself up for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Finally, Thomas Haden Church stopped by The Tonight Show to talk about shooting Santa Claus, hiring someone to steal his father's washing machine on Christmas Eve and trying to convince 20th Century Fox to make the animals talk in We Bought a Zoo.
  • Julianne Moore BECOMES Sarah Palin in Trailer for HBO's 'Game Change'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 21, 2011
    Tina Fey, I love you. But you are about to be bested in the art of Sarah Palin impersonations. The new HBO movie Game Change stars Julianne Moore as the fomer vice presidential candidate...and she couldn't possibly be more of a ringer for Palin. The film will examine the John McCain campaign after the selection of Palin as his running mate. Playing McCain is the always stupendous Ed Harris, with Woody Harrelson in tow as McCain's campaign strategist Steve Schmidt. Game Change, directed by Jay Roach and based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, will hit HBO in March.     Source: Indiewire
  • 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