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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.
  • The Spectacular Eddie Redmayne Joins Tom Hooper's Great Cast in 'Les Miserables'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    Tom Hooper, when all this is over, we're going to throw you a party. By 'we,' I mean the viewing public. By 'party,' I mean Earth-shattering expression of gratitude for what is certain to become of Les Miserables. The latest master of screen and stage to join this mission of musical/narrative majesty is Eddie Redmayne, whom you might remember from his colorful performances in Black Death, Powder Blue, The Yellow Handkerchief and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. The torrentially fantastic cast that Les Miserables is building is something we'll be able to tell our kids about. With Hugh Jackman as the lead Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as his love Fantine, Russell Crowe as the merciless Inspector Javert, and Helena Bonham Carter as the wicked Madame Thenardier, we'd better bring our full attentions to this film. Missing even a moment will be unacceptable. Redmayne is set to play the student revolutionary Marius. Redmayne's next cinematic jaunt will be in the company of Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn, which opens Nov. 23. If you're not familiar with the show, get a taste for the part of Marius courtesy of a Jonas Brother. Source: Deadline
  • 'American Reunion' Trailer Delivers on Nostalgia, Laughs
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    Excitation for American Reunion, the fourth installment in the American Pie series, is high. The teaser trailer showed us the Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) we know and love get a little skeeved out by but still generally find affable, and the slideshow and pictures show the whole gang back together again in East Great Falls. But what we haven't seen just yet is how everyone has changed. Jim and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have lost some of the passion in their marriage. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) has become a bit of a harried nebbish. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has taken to riding a motorcycle. And, most surprisingly of all, Stifler (Seann William Scott) has some kind of a job that warrants wearing a suit. Plus, Oz (Chris Klein) is back, committed to a new girlfriend. In the trailer below, we also get some quick glimpses of old Pie friends: Vicky (Tara Reid), Heather (Mira Sorvino), Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), the Shermanator (Chris Owen), and the MILF Guy (John Cho). Plus, we might be getting some interesting developments involving Jim's Dad (Eugene Levy) and Stifler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge). From the moment we heard about this movie, many of us at Hollywood.com have been moved by the prospect of a reunion of these characters. The more we see, the more excited we get about the film, and about what it will give to the people who grew up with these characters. American Reunion reaches theaters Source: Yahoo
  • Jimmy Kimmel Will Host the White House Correspondents' Dinner
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be joining the ranks of talk show hosts and political comedians to host the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Kimmel will make his mark on the White House next April, delivering jokes about President Barack Obama, his administration, and current events in general at the annual dinner party for the elected officials and the press. Kimmel will be in good company as a White House Correspondents' Dinner host. Among his fellow late night comedians, those to participate in the Washington D.C. tradition include Jay Leno (twice: once in 2004 for President George W. Bush, and once in 2010 for President Obama), Conan O'Brien (back in 1995 for President Bill Clinton), Jon Stewart (also for Clinton, in 1997), Craig Ferguson (in 2008 for President Bush), and, most famously, Stephen Colbert, whose 2006 hosting gig for the Bush administration was notable as the most edgy, biting satire of of a presidential administration at a White House Correspondents' Dinner. Earlier this year, Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers also hosted the dinner to critical acclaim, deriving a lot of material from current events surrounding guest Donald Trump. Jimmy Kimmel Live! might not be as heavily affiliated with political comedy as Colbert or Meyers, but Kimmel is a clever, intelligent comedian who is bound to deliver an enjoyable presentation. He'll will host the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Apr. 28, 2012. The event will air on C-SPAN. Source; AOLTV
  • HBO's 'Luck' Premiere Moved Up to December
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    We avid television fans are used to the disappointment of our most anticipated shows being pushed back, but today we get a treat: Luck, the HBO horse-racing drama to star Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, will premiere a month earlier than originally slated. The series is created by David Milch, who was also responsible for HBO's critically acclaimed period Western Deadwood. Michael Mann, who has directed films including Heat and Public Enemies, helmed the pilot of Luck. Hoffman's character will lead the cast; he plays a recent ex-con whose life is heavily soaked in the gambling. Other members of the cast include Dennis Farina, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind and John Ortiz. The series will explore the inescapable, intricate world of gambling, placing Hoffman's character, Chester "Ace" Bernstein, almost perpetually at the horse track. You can watch the preview teaser of the series here. Luck will premiere Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (after Boardwalk Empire) on HBO. Source: Variety
  • Michael Caine Joins Magician Heist Movie 'Now You See Me'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    There are very few things not compelling about Louis Leterrier's developing magician heist movie Now You See Me. Two of the big sells: the words "magician" and "heist." The film centers on a group of traveling illusionists who use their abilities to pull off high-level bank robberies for the thrill of crowds, and then bestow the stolen money unto their audiences. A team of FBI agents will follow this magicians alliance, attempting to put a stop to their felonious whimsy. The newest castmember in this captivator: Michael Caine. The cast is already top-notch. Starring are Jesse Eisenberg, set to play the head of the criminal magicians, and Mark Ruffalo, who is leading the FBI team against him. Also in the cast are Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher (playing a technicians expert), Woody Harrelson (it'll be fun to see the Zombielanders back in one another's company), Melanie Laurent (who made Inglourious Basterds her movie) and Dave Franco. Michael Caine will be playing a patron of some sort of the magicians team, thus a criminal in his own right. And who doesn't love a criminal Michael Caine? Source: Indiewire
  • Justin Bieber Screams at Cars in the Rain: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    Last night, Justin Bieber appeared on The Tonight Show to force Jay Leno to try sushi, to explain his "pedestrian road rage," and to describe his romantic date with Selena Gomez in the middle of the Staples Center. Jesse Eisenberg stopped by The Late Show to talk about how even though he's working with Woody Allen, his relationship with the director wasn't always so positive. He recalls, specifically, a cease and desist letter he got from Allen's lawyers when he was sixteen. Heidi Klum paid a visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to show pictures of and talk about all the amazing Halloween costumes she has worn, including this year's "Bodies" exhibit costume. Finally, The Office's Mindy Kaling showed up on The Daily Show to discuss with Jon Stewart the wonder that is Sanjay Gupta, and how Kaling's parents thinks Stewart is a troublemaker.  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook
  • 'Terra Nova' Recap: Bylaw
    By: Michael Arbeiter Oct 31, 2011
    S1E5: This week’s theme is potentially the most important one that a show like Terra Nova could ever explore, and is one that I would imagine will be revisited consistently (or at least, it should be) as the show finds its identity: the idea that Terra Nova ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. The future Earthlings who have come back to Terra Nova have treated it as the utopian paradise that would be free from the human corruption that reigned supreme in the 2100s. However, this week’s episode “Bylaw” illustrates the flaws in mankind, and the flaws in the governing system that make Terra Nova just as inherently messed up as any time period that any of its citizens have come from. “Just because you have a lifetime supply of chicken doesn’t mean you’d turn up the opportunity at a rare bloody steak.” – Malcolm As did the second episode of the series, this episode opens with a fatal dinosaur attack on a Terra Nova soldier. This time, however, Jim determines that the attack was planned by a human. The dinosaur was lured into an isolated manmade building where it was held captive, set to attack the first person who would open the doors of the building: the young soldier. Thus, we’ve got a murder on our hands. As Jim investigates the murder, Liz, Malcolm and Zoe nurse the cracked egg of an injured prenatal ankylosaurus. Meanwhile, Josh pursues his quest to get his 2100s girlfriend Cara sent back to Terra Nova by doing ambiguous favors for the bartender, Boylan. Through investigation, Jim manages to find out that the deceased soldier had a girl on the side—a married woman named Rebecca Milner. Upon interrogating Rebecca, her husband Howard barges in and confesses vehemently to the murder. Jim is not satisfied, however. Howard is incredibly devoted to his wife and marriage, but Jim suspects that Rebecca only married Howard—a Terra Nova lotto winner—to get sent back to the paradise. "The only way is forward, for the good of the colony." - Taylor The confession is enough for Taylor, however, and he institutes banishment from Terra Nova society, into the wilderness, as penalty for Mr. Milner. This brings up an interesting point of discussion that we can hope will not be limited to a single scene in this episode. Liz finds error in a society ruled by a single man making decisions. Jim counters her argument with the underhanded, corruptible bureaucracy that reigned supreme in the 2100s. Whether Terra Nova is better than the future or not, there is a huge issue with the fact that Taylor is more than anything else an autocrat dictator. But Jim takes matters into his own hands and follows Milner into the woods. He wins the truth from Milner: he believes that his wife is the true murderer, and he only confessed in order to protect her. This Jim truly believes. He brings Milner back to his wife, who insists that she did not commit the crime—for some reason, this is also good enough for Jim. But Rebecca does enlighten Jim unto the illegal gambling that goes on among the soldiers at Boylan’s bar. With Boylan’s help, Jim and (a furious but willing-to-listen-to-reason) Taylor orchestrate a plan to get one of the other soldiers—one who owed the deceased money in gambling debts—out alone into the woods with them. There, the truth comes out: he is the real killer, and he faces the wrath of Taylor: a couple of kicks to the ribcage and a Terra Nova banishment. Back in the Josh storyline, Boylan sends the boy and his trusty sidekick Skye into the woods to meet with Mira, leader of the Sixers. Mira has the ability to communicate with the 2100s, and thus can get Cara sent back for Josh. However, she demands of Josh that he return the favor in whatever form she requests sometime in the future—he, of course, agrees. We can only assume this will involve some sort of treason. Or murder. Or dinosaurs. It is ambitious to take on a murder-mystery storyline, even if it isn’t an entirely gripping one—none of the suspects, nor the deceased, were characters we have ever met or heard of before (nor will we hear of again), so it is difficult to become truly ensconced in the story. That being said, it’s got all the ingredients of your Law & Order episode, so it must be doing something by the book. However, oftentimes on this show, things are wrapped up far too smoothly. Taylor was wrong about his first conviction, yet he is just as confident in doling out his second, even without hard evidence or a confession. I think the ending would have better served a struggle with doubt in his abilities as a leader and a judge, as Taylor is an interesting character who warrants this development. Plus, instead of focusing on an unhatched dinosaur (even though dinosaurs are rockin’), Liz could have spent her time better by representing (vocally) the flaws in the Taylor ruling system, and in Terra Nova in general. The show seems to have no problem sparking up good concepts, but it sort of tosses them aside as the hour comes to a close, without actually exploring or satisfying the parts that warrant it the most. Hopefully, something good will come of this Josh-Mira-Cara-Skye-Boylan-dinosaurs storyline, and we’ll see the characters deal with some real struggles that don’t just smooth out at the end of the episode.
  • Eddie Murphy Writing 'Jamal and Tyrell and Omar and Brick and Michael's Wack-Ass Weekend'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Oct 31, 2011
    Eddie Murphy has decided to write a comedy called Jamal and Tyrell and Omar and Brick and Michael's Wack-Ass Weekend. So, here's what I think happened. Eddie Murphy, in preparation for his Oscar hosting gig, sat down and watched a wide variety of movies. Those included: Brick, Michael, The Wackness, Jackass (or Kick-Ass...we're still in the midst of the investigation of his Netflix account) and Weekend, and was equally inspired by each of these films. Further study is needed to determine where the first thirty percent of the title came from. In actuality, Murphy's idea stems from the early days of his upcoming movie Tower Heist, which was initially set to star Murphy alongside Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan and Chris Tucker. Muphy wants to emulate the mood of the comedy presented by this era of the script in his new project. This developing story, JATAOABAMW-AW (no, that doesn't work...), will follow a quintet of friends preparing for an average weekend when they are abducted by alien invaders. Murphy has really hit both extremes as a movie writer. He penned the stories for some of his classic films, including Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop II, as well as on Saturday Night Live. Focusing on this, we can invest some hope in a revival of old creative strengths. Tower Heist comes out this Friday, Nov. 4th. Source: Indiewire
  • Queen Latifah Will Host Her Own Talk Show
    By: Michael Arbeiter Oct 31, 2011
    So many of us have loved Queen Latifah since she entered our lives with her heartwarming appearance on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air—I am referring, of course, to her role as Will's smart and funny blind date, Dee Dee, the Season 2 episode "She Ain't Heavy," and not as Hillary's manipulative, controlling boss Marissa Redman in the Season 1 finale "Working It Out." But that should go without saying. Anyway, for twenty years now, we have adored Queen Latifah. She has made her mark on music, film, and award show hosting. And now, she'll have an even more regular role in our lives, as she is developing her own talk show. Working with Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, Latifah plans to begin hosting the talk show in the fall of 2013. It's quite a ways off, which will allow its star to prepare the series adequately, infusing it with her trademark style and character. This also is a measure of avoiding the influx of blossoming talk shows prepping to air in the fall of 2012. Potential hosts of such include journalist Katie Couric, reality show personality Bethenny Frankel, and Survivor host Jeff Probst. Source: Vulture
  • A Special 'The Muppets' Halloween Poster Parodies 'The Bride of Frankenstein'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Oct 31, 2011
    Just because The Muppets promised they were done with parody trailers, it doesn't mean they're done with parodies altogether. In celebration of Halloween, the people behind The Muppets have created the below poster: The Bride of Frog'n'Swine, an obvious sendup of The Bride of Frankeinstein. Playing the none-too-monstrous Frankeinstein role is Kermit the Frog, teamed with the far more frightening bride, Miss Piggy. And, hunched over as lab assistant Igor is Rizzo the Rat. We're sure there are other festive parodies in store before the theatrical realse of The Muppets. As the movie reaches theaters on November 23, it'll have time to sneak in a Thanksgiving poster and maybe hit up All Souls Day, National Adoption Day, and Poland's Independence Day along the way. The Muppets stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones, among its non-felt performers.