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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.
  • '300: Battle of Artemesia' to Star Joel Edgerton?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 02, 2011
    Joel Edgerton has thrust himself into the breach more than his share of times. He played a warrior in Warrior. He was attacked by clones in Attack of the Clones. And though I can't really make a play on words with the title of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, you can bet that he was pretty stalwart as Metalbeak. His next seizing of the sword might very well take place in Ancient Greece: Edgerton is in talks to join the 300 sequel, Battle of Artemesia as its star player. Edgerton's character-to-be is Themosticles, leader of the Greek army against invading Persian forces. Like the first movie, this story takes blace in 480 B.C. Pretty big year for the groundwork of the whole Greek-Persian enmity of ancient days. Smart People director Noam Murro is trying his hand at action-adventure with this sequel, while 300 director Zack Snyder is working on the script. But, of course, the most exciting news about this project is still the potential casting of Gerard Butler. Source: Vulture
  • Hugh Jackman Rips Off His Shirt and Screams: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 02, 2011
    Last night, the great Hugh Jackman gave an unforgettable performance on Conan...as Conan. He also showed off his best impression of how George Clooney deals with excited fans,  shared a montage of his best shirtless screams, and sang a lively duet with Conan...in Mandarin. Adam Sandler stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about working with Al Pacino on Jack and Jill, and to tell a story about Pacino bursting into tears on set. Eddie Murphy appeared on The Tonight Show to determine with Jay whether or not he is a recluse or just somebody who likes to stay at home a lot, and to explain just how low of an alcohol tolerance he has.  Finally, Ben Stiller visited The Late Show to describe his Halloween, which involved being an undersized Darth Vader, and being hassled by a tech-savvy six-year-old Night at the Museum fan.
  • Nicole Kidman to Star in Phillip Noyce's 'My Wild Life' Daphne Sheldrick Biopic
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 02, 2011
    Dame Daphne Sheldrick is a monumental figure in the world of animal conservationism. She spent decades of her life caring for orphaned wild animals and rehabilitating them for capable life in their natural habitats. Sheldrick has worked with rhinoceros, zebras, warthogs and various types of birds, among other species, but she is most renowned for her work with elephants. Sheldrick is recognized as a pioneer in the successful husbandry of elephants. A film project entitled My Wild Life, dedicated to exploring and highlighting the accomplishments of Sheldrick, has been in development for some time. Actress Nicole Kidman has recently begun expressing interest and is now signed on to play Sheldrick in the biopic. Along with Kidman, director Phillip Noyce is also attached. Noyce's filmmaking career dates back to the 1960s. He has directed films including Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Bone Collector and last year's Salt. Despite her accomplishments, Sheldrick has maintained a relatively low degree of notoriety. Sheldrick is responsible for the lives of countless animals, and doubtlessly in part for the perseverance of many species. The short documentary film Born to Be Wild 3D, which was released earlier this year, features Sheldrick alongside conservationist and orangutan specialist Dr. Birute M. Galdikas. Source: THR
  • Two New Terrence Malick Films to Star Bale, Blanchett, Gosling, Mara and More
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    The Terrence Malick we all grew up with was known for making one heavy, introspective movie every eight years or so, and doing God knows what in the interim period. But those days are behind Malick. The Tree of Life was all anybody was talking about in the days between Black Swan and the OWS protests, which might be the prompt for the director to churn out two new films right away. Malick is currently working on Lawless (hopefully a Xena biopic...but, whatever it really is will probably also be good) and Knight of Cups (named presumably for the tarot card character). If the prospect of two upcoming Malick films is not enticing enough for you, listen to the casting: Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett are set to star in both movies. Lawless will also star Ryan Gosling, breakout heroine Rooney Mara, and Haley Bennett (Marley & Me). Knight of Cups' cast will include Isabel Lucas, who had a role in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the upcoming Immortals. Bale and Blanchett aside, Malick is clearly interested in newcomers to Hollywood notoriety. Before this (very fruitful) year, Gosling was primarily known as "that guy from The Notebook;" the actor has barely begun a career that promises a good deal of adventurous surprises. Mara is in the same boat. Her name is becoming more and more house-held, and perhaps this immediate plunge into a cerebral Malick film will ensure that this great young actress does not become solely identifiable by her Dragon Tattoo role. As for Bennett and Lucas, we have yet to see the full range of their ability. Hopefully, and very likely, Lawless and Knight of Cups will give all involved a chance to expand their image and showcase their talent. Source: Variety
  • Casting Roundup: Michelle Trachtenberg Back on 'Gossip Girl,' Seinfeld Takes Regis' Chair
    By: Michael Arbeiter Nov 01, 2011
    Halloween has passed, but Gossip Girl has yet to experience its most horrifying moment this season: the return of Georgina Sparks, played to wicked perfection by Michelle Trachtenberg. The most recent Sparks developments saw her skipping town after leaving Dan (Penn Badgley) with the son that, at the time, he believed was his. The diabolical manipulator of the Upper East Side will return once more on the series' 100th episode, to air sometime in early 2012. Sparks' return to Gossip Girl will mark an expectedly heavy sum of trouble for all in her path. Gossip Girl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. -TVLine Back when Kathy Lee Gifford left Regis Philbin as the lone Live! host, a series of guest hosts were invited onto the show until the producers chose a permanent replacement. Now that Philbin is leaving his seat, producers are bringing back that practice. The first guest host to sit beside Kelly Ripa on Live! will be Jerry Seinfeld. Over the past twelve years, Seinfeld has only been marginally busy: starring in the animated Bee Movie, co-creating and co-hosting the short-lived The Marriage Ref, and making guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, among a couple of other projects. Although Seinfeld is only slated for a guest hosting gig, he's certainly got the star power and the affability to take on a daytime talk show. Philbin's last episode will be Nov. 18. Seinfeld will guest host from Monday, Nov. 21 to Wednesday, Nov. 23. -AOLtv Person of Interest has been flourishing in terms of guest casting. First, we got Linda Cardellini. Then, Breaking Bad's David Costabile. And last week, character acting legend Dan Hedaya. The newest entree to this amazing lineup is Bridget Regan, star of Legend of the Seeker. Regan will play a Brooklynite hairdresser who finds her way into the lives of John Reese (Jim Caviezel), Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson), and their omnipotent machine. Person of Interest airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -TVLine
  • 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