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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SAG Award TV Nods Include 'Boardwalk', 'Mildred Pierce' and 'Modern Family'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation. The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS. Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees. 18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO) Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO) Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel) Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO) James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO) Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS) Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel) Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS) Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA) Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO) Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV) Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC) Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC) Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV) Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX) Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS) Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC) Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC) Steve Carell - The Office (NBC) Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS) Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC) Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime) Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC) Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC) Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series  Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef  Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods
  • SAG Award Film Nods Include 'Bridesmaids', 'Moneyball' and 'The Descendants'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's film award nominations are listed below, and many of us will be quite pleased with the tributes paid to 2011's greats, such as The Descendants, Bridsmaids, and Moneyball, which each garnered multiple nominations. Some others to make the list include The Help, The Artist, J. Edgar, My Week with Marilyn and Albert Nobbs. The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS. Click here to read the list of this year's television nominees. 18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Demian Bichir - A Better Life George Clooney - The Descendants Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar Jean Dujardin - The Artist Brad Pitt - Moneyball Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs Viola Davis - The Help Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn Armie Hammer - J. Edgar Jonah Hill - Moneyball Nick Nolte - Warrior Christopher Plummer - Beginners Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Berenice Bejo - The Artist Jessica Chastain - The Help Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer - The Help Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Artist - Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller Bridesmaids - Rose Byrne, Jill Clayburgh, Ellie Kemper, Matt Lucas, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig The Descendants - Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Shailene Woodley The Help - Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel Midnight in Paris - Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson
  • Josh Holloway's Power Comes from His Stubble: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 14, 2011
    Josh Holloway, a.k.a. Sawyer, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about working with Tom Cruise on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and the powers (and hardships) that come along with his signature stubble. Barbara Walters showed up on The Late Show to debate the merit in many of her Fascinating People with Letterman, touching upon the Kardashians and Donald Trump. But the most mysterious part was the secret name of the Most Fascinating Person of the Year, whom nobody knows about...but Letterman thinks he cracked the code. Dana Carvey appeared on The Tonight Show in character as Ron Paul, Barack Obama, Billy Crystal, Regis Philbin, Rain Man and more. Finally, back on The Late Show, Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader stopped by to prove that he's funny no matter what he's talking about: he told a story about a family ski-trip from his childhood that went awry and resulted in a Swedish man coming to the rescue.
  • Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough Celebrate Fun Times and Good Music in 'Rock of Ages' Trailer
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 13, 2011
    Rock of Ages, the film adaptation of the hit Broadway period piece about the rock world of the 1980s, has released its new trailer. And maybe it's just bad timing, but it sort of reminds me a great deal of New Year's Eve. It might be a stretch, but with one presenting itself as a high-energy, upbeat tribute to an era and its music with a superstar cast, and the other presenting itself as a high-energy, upbeat tribute to a single day and its music with a superstar cast, I can't help but connect the two. And like New Year's Eve, Rock of Ages looks to be on a quest for pure, smile-inducing, somewhat cheesy, but generally well-meaning fun. In its corner, the movie has some pretty good music to help it do that. And in this age of rampant nostalgia, I can't imagine the film won't rope in audiences who are wistful for their glory days rocking in the Reagan years, as well as those who are two young to have lived through that era...and have always regretted that. So, if you belong to either category, here's a trailer for you. And with a cast including Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige and Bryan Cranston, you probably won't be deterred. Source: Zap2it
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan Embrace the Book's Magic in 'The Great Gasby' Images
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 13, 2011
    I've been skeptical—and I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been—about the developing film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: a piece of writing connoted, arguably more than any other, with the term "the Great American Novel." It is a grand gesture to attempt an adaptation of a work of art of this magnitude. And I'm not ignoring the fact that Gatsby has been adapted to film before: in 1974, with Robert Redford playing the titular hero, Mia Farrow playing Daisy Buchanan and Law & Order's Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway. But to me, that doesn't take away from the risky business attached to any subsequent attempts at making a Gatsby film. That said, I am beginning to warm up to the idea. We've seen pics from production before, like star Leonardo DiCaprio driving an era-appropriate car and the three stars (DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire) on set, in costume. But the below images are the first ones straight from the movie itself. And something about them makes me feel a little bit of the magic that is powdered throughout Fitzgerald's pages. DiCaprio is a universally acclaimed figure in the acting world. Almost everyone thinks he's almost always almost perfect. Carey Mulligan is more of a newbie, but I'll be damned if she is not a dramatic minefield (if you're unconvinced, see her in Shame...you'll cry). Tobey Maguire isn't exactly my cup of tea, but I can't say that he's not an understandable fit for the character of Nick Carraway. And though Tom Buchanan is a slightly smaller role, they've roped in the great Joel Edgerton to play him. And that's just dandy. In short, the more I prepare for The Great Gatsby's sublime release date, the more I'm willing to let my hopes rise. Baz Luhrmann's adaptation also stars Isla Fisher, Gemma Ward and Jason Clarke.  Source: Indiewire