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.
  • Ben Stiller Brings Derek Zoolander to 'Saturday Night Live'
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 10, 2011 7:34am EST
    This weekend, Saturday Night Live welcomed Ben Stiller as host. Beyond his upcoming film Tower Heist and in-progress projects like Neighborhood Watch and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the biggest Stiller-related news is likely his development of a Zoolander sequel. In January, Stiller made promising remarks about the film, including the fact that Will Ferrell will return as Mugatu. More recently, Owen Wilson stated a few things that we should expect about the Hansel character. So it's no surprise that Stiller wanted to embrace his own character, Derek Zoolander, during his hosting gig. Seth Meyers' Weekend Update segment featured consistently hilarious recurring character Stefon (Bill Hader) delivering tips about enjoying the Halloween season in New York City. To help plug some of the area's more high profile events, Stefon welcomed Derek Zoolander to the segment. Stiller delivered all of the necessary components of a Zoolander monologue: misunderstanding of simple words, a clumsily named charitable organization, and, of course, a new look.
  • New 'Haywire' Trailer and Poster Are Powered by Rocket Fuel
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 10, 2011 7:20am EST
    Ordinarily, a straight-up action-thriller like this wouldn't seem too appealing to me. It's curious, then, why I'm as excited as I am for Haywire. The first trailer laid the groundwork for anticipation, focusing a little more on Mallory Kane and her reluctant stowaway than this new one does.Still, I'm invested. Kane is a deadly weapon. She has been trained and employed by "the agency." But out of nowhere, they try to kill her. Of course...she's a deadly weapon, so they're in a little over their heads. Now, she's on a mission to find out why they tried to get rid of her, and to stop them from doing so. Also, revenge. Gina Carano leads a cast including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Bill Paxton. Haywire is directed by Steven Soderbergh and reaches theaters January 20, 2012. Check out the trailer and the poster below.  Source: Momentum via Comingsoon, Ugo
  • Tom Cruise to Join 'Bourne Identity' Director for 'We Are Mortals'?
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 10, 2011 6:21am EST
    So far, We Are Mortals have taken to signing real all-or-nothing individuals. Over the summer, the film (previously called All You Need is Kill), was handed to Doug Liman to direct. Liman has given us some celebrated pieces of cinema: The Bourne Identity, Swingers and (I may be alone in putting this in the pros category, but for some reason I really love this movie) Go. However, he also contributed the lackluster Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the so-bad-it's-good Jumper. So who knows what to expect here? And now, We Are Mortals is considering another big name who is hit-or-miss: Tom Cruise. Cruise is sort of a fizzling supernova. His heroism spanned largely in the days between Risky Business and Vanilla Sky (there are actually a whole lot more good ones than I realized) hasn't exactly persisted over the years. Since shortly after the turn of the century, he delivered some lesser pieces. Many of them weren't bad, just pale in comparison to the stardom once attributed to Cruise. So what could we expect from a teaming of Liman and Cruise in the sci-fi war piece We Are Mortals? Cynics will assume something forgettable. But we must remember what these men are capable of: good, memorable, exciting movies. Let's pull for one of those instead. Source: Comingsoon
  • Netflix Drops Qwikster, Back to Being a Streaming and DVD-Rental Site
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 10, 2011 5:40am EST, that whole Qwikster debacle? Scratch that. That's over. Netflix has decided to return to being a one-site stop for both movie and TV show streaming as well as DVD rentals. The company will maintain its newer, higher prices. Netflix is stating via its blog, however, that it is "done with price changes." This should come off as a big sigh of relief to just about every Netflix subscriber. The initial burst of outrage occurred when Netflix raised its prices, sort of leaving just enough energy for an "Oh, come on, now," when we all heard about the Qwikster arrangement. But this is one step in the right direction. It was curious from the customer's point of view as to why in the first place Netflix opted to split into two sites, presumably making things more complicated with no feasible upside (I know...this should be our biggest problem. But what can we say? We like movies). Netflix apparently sees its clientele's point, and has, less than a month after the Qwikster announcement, rescinded on this plan. Netflix may never gain back the air of wonder and glory it once held in its customer base's eyes, but at least it's trying to fix itself up, willing to admit to poor judgment. Godspeed, Netflix. We'll still always love you, albeit begrudgingly. Though, this helps. Source: Netflix via Comingsoon
  • 'Boardwalk Empire' Recap: A Dangerous Maid
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 09, 2011 11:05pm EST
    S02E03: Returning to its true form after last week, Boardwalk Empire's episode "A Dangerous Maid" is back to an excess of storylines (several interconnecting) as opposed to detailed focus on one. Although, we do see an interesting personal development with Nucky this week. Maggie is concerned that the household is stretched beyond its means, but Nucky insists that they do not appear wanting, and is more insistent that Maggie is denied nothing she might desire. However, this is made difficult by several issues. First, Nucky's associate, Damien -- one of the few remaining -- delivers a pretty light envelope of money to Nucky from the casino, to which Nucky supplies alcohol. The casino explains that without ample (and good) alcohol, people gamble less, thus less they make less money and have less to pay Nucky. It's knd of a vicious cycle. "It's important to always have something to look forward to." - Nucky More bad news for Nucky: he is visited by Al Capone, who delivers the news that Mr. Torrio no longer wishes to purchase alcohol from Nucky. He instead is dealing with George Remus of Ohio, and a Canadian organization. Nucky is notably displeased. But, he keeps his head up. At home, he talks with Maggie about a letter she received: information on her siblings, who are all now in America. Maggie is unsure about contacting them. Nucky tries to make her happy by promising to take her and her children to Paris someday, saying, "It's important to always have something to look forward to." Nucky's bad news continues, however. He calls in a favor with the attorney general, whom he helped by bailing the President out of a paternity jam (fans of Season One will recall this storyline). The attorney general is unwilling to help Nucky avoid jail time, however, furthering his displeasure (naturally). But Nucky gets a little bit of good news: Owen Slater comes to visit him, offering his 'services' as someone who is good at 'deterring antagonism.' Nucky isn't exactly open to the idea of hiring Slater, but he does seem a little intrigued by the man's offer. Slater comes in handy later on when he stops an alcohol sale between the casino, for whom he works, and the Commodore, who is being represented by the only reasonable man on Boardwalk Empire, Richard. The sale is terminated on the grounds that only Nucky Thompson supplies alcohol to the casino. "I keep my promises, James. And now I'll make you one. I will...ruin you." - Nucky Nucky decides to take Maggie out to dinner. Maggie has had her own bad day. She found out one of her sisters passed away twelve years ago, and only one of the maids knows. Maggie enters the maids' liesure time, wishing to drink with them. This is when Nucky comes home, inviting her out to dinner. The two of them and another couple go to the prominently featured fancy restaurant, where Nucky sees Jimmy, the Commodore and Governor Edwards talking business. At first, Nucky tries to ignore this. However, once he is told that lobster, which he has ordered for Maggie, is no longer available, Nucky snaps. He storms over to their table and throws the Commodore's lobster on the ground. He and Jimmy get face to face; Nucky challenges Jimmy by calling him disloyal, and threatening to destroy him. The whole ordeal thrills Maggie -- enough to launch her to behaving "above" the hired help when the two return home. The maid reveals that she knows that Maggie is the sister who is presumed dead, but Maggie rejects her kindness and sends her off. At home, Jimmy laments his situation. He is truly conflicted over betraying Nucky, who he acknowledges openly was more of a father to him than his real father ever was. "I can't live like this." - Lucy "And once the child is born, you won't have to." - Van Alden Due to their unintended pregnancy, Nelson Van Alden is keeping Lucy Danziger in his Atlantic City apartment. He pays her, keeps her fed, but does not allow her to leave (nor to have much of any type of enjoyment). We can see this eating away at the lust-for-life character Lucy, who seems like a shell of a human being now. She requests a simple dinner with the neighbors, some conversation and music, but Van Alden denies her this, causing Lucy to comment, "Say what you will about Nucky Thompson. At least he was fun." Van Alden apparently takes issue. While Nelson is out, Lucy has company: Eddie Cantor the (real life) comedian/song performer with whom she appears to have a good friendship. Cantor introduces her to a play script that has a lead role for which Cantor believes Lucy would be perfect. Van Alden comes home to Lucy practicing the role in front of a mirror, and, as one would imagine, reviles the whole idea of plays and actors (there isn't a whole lot that this guy doesn't have a problem with). He takes the script from her possession, leaving her again defeated. However, Van Alden does issue a rare apology for his actions this time around. Van Alden's investigation takes him to Mickey Doyle, from whom he extracts some information. The scene ends with Van Alden, apparently having had taken Lucy's words to heart, asking Doyle if he would consider Nucky "fun." The next time we see Lucy, she is examining her pregnant body in the mirror sadly. The next time after that, she is standing at the top of a long, ominous flight of stairs, considering a very drastic move. As she tries to bring herself to step over the edge, a package delivery arrives: it appears that Mr. Mueller (the alias Van Alden is using for the apartment to keep his extramarital pregnancy a secret) has ordered her a record player so that she may enjoy music while kept alone in the apartment. Van Alden arrives home to see Lucy dancing hypnotically to the music, apparently very pleased. "We already pay half the take of that game to you." - Meyer "Yes, and now you boys know why." - Rothstein A meeting occurs between Rothstein, Lucky, Meyer Lansky and Masseria, who is taking issue with the fact that two of his nephews died (in last week's episode, at the hand of Jimmy) right after a card game attributed to his name, executed by Lucky and Meyer. Rothstein, to settle the bad blood, institutes that Lucky and Meyer will pay Masseria a flat fee as well as a percent of their intake from the games to come, which appeases Masseria. Then, in Italian, he invites Lucky to leave Rothstein and Meyer (whose Judaism he apparently also takes issue with) to join him. Lucky denies this invitation, and Masseria goes back to insulting him as well. The episode's greatest accomplishments are throwing Nucky a bit further over the edge and cementing Jimmy's guilt. It's uncertain whether or not Jimmy will return to Nucky's side; he'd have to do a lot to right his wrongs if he did indeed wish to. It doesn't seem like Jimmy, regardless of what he now acknowledges, would be able to bring himself to do that sort of thing. But perhaps the most interesting development is, subtly, in Richard. Al Capone visits Jimmy's house, singing in Italian to his son, earning silent stares from Richard (who he insults twice: first by calling him Frankenstein, second by referring to Odette as a 'whore' and nothing more). Something is brewing with Richard. It's mysterious as to what it is, but that makes it all the more exciting.
  • 'Breaking Bad' Season Finale Recap: Face Off
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 09, 2011 10:55pm EST
    S04E13: Let's be honest. Almost nothing was going to live up to our excitement for the Breaking Bad Season 4 finale. First of all, Season 3 concluded with one of the most intense pair of episodes that many of us can remember seeing on television in the past several years. Secondly, somewhere around the middle of Season 4, the episodes began embracing more and more drama, tension, excitement and terrific storytelling (both back and forward), culminating with the colossal episodes "Salud," "Crawl Space," and "End Times." So this episode, which was a little lighter on the dramatic elements and more interested in just wrapping things up, might have paled a little in comparison. But it was still very, very good. Just not edge-of-your-seat good. The episode picks up immediately from last week's: Walt runs to the hospital parking garage to remove the bomb from Gus' car, and then rushes hastily into the hospital to speak with Jesse and find out why Gus turned away from his car -- a question we never get the answer to. Or will we? Could this loose end be one that brings up a whole new string of problems in Season 5? Walt versus Jesse. Walt probes Jesse for information on where he can surprise Gus. He wants to find a spot where Gus will inevitably end up -- without cameras, like his home and workplace -- so that Walt can plant the bomb there. As Walt and Jesse chat, a pair of detectives approach and demand Jesse come in for questioning regarding his claims to Andrea that Brock was likely poisoned by risin. As this questioning gets underway, Walt rushes to Saul's office for aid in the matter. He breaks in while Saul's secretary is shredding documents, and asks her for a phone number where the incognito Saul might be reached in exchange for an inordinate sum of money. The scene is a fun one because the woman goes off on Walt and how he ruined her life. The value (other than comic relief) is that it clues us into all of the minor, nameless and faceless people whose lives Walt and Jesse have ruined via their catastrophic endeavors. We see this woman in many episodes, but we have never heard any of her story. Breaking Bad humanizes everyone, eventually. So this was interesting and fun. Anyway, in order to pay the woman off, Walt must head to his house and get some cash from his crawl space -- but, there is the strong possibility that his house is not safe. Gus has people everywhere. So Walt, watching from a reasonably safe distance, has his neighbor head into the house with a fake errand as a decoy. She emerges safely, and Walt sees two of Gus' men leave the backyard. A safe (but close) interim period between the men's departure and return allows Walt to retrieve the money from the crawl space. Cut to Saul cutting Jesse's interrogation short. "Did you tell them anything?" - Saul "I told them they're dicks." - Jesse "He's quite a wordsmith." - Saul Saul also meets with Walt to discuss some information Jesse gave Saul about Gus: every so often, as we have seen, Gus visits Hector Salemanca at the nursing home to taunt him. So, Walt pays a visit to Hector—the first time he has seen him since their very tense meeting in Season 1 (which is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series, for what it's worth)—and offers him a chance to get revenge on Gus, who, if you recall, recently killed everyone of Hector's family members and friends. Hector is silent, communicating with his nurse via a board of letters, and requests a meeting with the DEA. His wish comes true and he speaks specifically with Hank, but he uses the meeting to spout obscenities and apparently insult the DEA and waste their time. However, the plan is to arouse the suspicions of Gus. And he does. Tyrus stakes out the meeting and informs Gus, who decides to take action himself. First, Tyrus goes in to Hector's room at the nursing home to see whether or not it is safe. He brings a metal detector, but fails to notice Walt hiding outside on the ledge (Breaking Bad has done this sort of thing before, and has done it better each time before, but this is a minor detail). Among these scenes, we see Jesse set free from the detectives' interrogation. Risin is ruled out as a poison, which makes all us cock our heads a little. Immediately after he is released, Jesse is tasered and kidnapped by Gus' men, and brought back to work in the lab. Then, Tyrus and Gus pay Hector a visit. Gus insults Hector for talking to the DEA and reveals a needle with which he apparently intends to inject (and kill) Hector. But before he can, Hector begins ringing his bell frantically, setting off the bomb that Walt apparently strapped to his chair (after Tyrus' inspection) and rigged to be activated by the bell, killing all three of them. Hector was well-aware that he was going to die; we never explicitly see the plan being detailed, but we do see Walt asking Hector if he is "sure" he is willing to do this, to which he rings once: yes. "What kind of man talks to the DEA? No man. No man at all." - Gus And the bomb goes off. Gus emerges from the room, standing upright. We only see his profile at first, but the camera revolves to show that half of his face was blown off. Gus adjusts his tie, and falls to the ground. Dead. Now, this is kind of a weird choice. On one hand, it's off-beat and interesting. Plus, one can assume that, since Gus was the primary antagonist for the past two years whose death has been plotted for a while now, that the show wanted to let us see him in his last moment before death. And it shows him as he lived: dignified, yet destroyed. The series is intent on keeping his air of sophistication, even though he is a vengeful, maniacal drug dealer. But on a visceral level, it's just a strange, kind of silly scene. But I'm willing to ignore that. It is, after all, Breaking Bad. So, Gus is dead. All is well, right? Walt finds out via FM radio, and then meets with Jesse to put all matters to rest. Walt shows up at the lab, killing the two Gus cronies who are watching over Jesse, and then informing his friend that Gus is dead. The two take immediate action in destroying the entire superlab. It's a brilliant montage (for lack of a less '80s-movie-reminiscent word), visually, musically, and in terms of the story and characters. They set the fire alarm on the way out as to free all of the laundromat employees from their bondage to this horrible institution. "Walt, what did you do?" - Skyler "I won." - Walt And, in a final cathartic scene, Walt and Jesse speak on the hospital roof. Jesse explains that Brock is going to be fine (yay), and that it was actually Lily of the Valley that poisoned him, not risin. Again, we cock our heads. Jesse says that sometimes, kids eat berries off Lily of the Valley, a flowery plant, and it makes them very sick. We're all a little set-off at this point, emotionally. Last week, the big question was: Who poisoned Brock? Gus or Walt? And now, it seems that it was just a strange accident. Not very Breaking Bad. We don't know how to feel, really. But Jesse feels guilty about 'helping' to kill Gus now that he was not involved in Brock's poisoning. Walt assures him that Gus still needed to die, which Jesse reluctantly accepts. The two shake hands and head their separate ways. Walt calls Skyler, who heard of Gus' death on the news. Horrified, she asks him if he was responsible for this. Walt gives the best, most in-character answer he could have given: "I won." Way to go, writers. Then, he drives home, passing Gus' empty car in the hospital parking garage. As an ending song plays, we see the empty backyard of the White household. At first we assume it's just some kind of artistic shot. After all the yard has been a place of a lot of important scenes over the years. Season 2's plane crash thread had floating stuffed animals in the pool. Walt got his son drunk there in a fit of pride. Just recently, we saw him spinning his gun while waiting for his doom. But then, the camera begins to zoom in. On what? Oh, nothing. Just a table. With a potted plant on it...a Lily of the Valley. And there's the spine-tingling rush. Thinking back to the gun-spinning scene, that's actually probably when Walt devised the idea. The gun probably pointed to that very plant. But that's just wishful thinking. This does pose two questions, however. One: how did Walt get the Lily of the Valley to Brock? And two: if risin was not Brock's poison, what happened to Jesse's missing risin cigarette? This is one question we never got the answer to. Will we? Could this loose end be one that brings up a whole new string of problems in Season 5? Walt versus Jesse? And what else is in store for Season 5? As of now, Jesse finding out about Walt's involvement seems to be the biggest dramatic element. Skyler is also pretty mortified by her husband's actions, so that might come up. And, of course, the DEA. But Gus is dead. The cartel is dead. Who remains? Mike (sick in a 'hospital' bed in the middle of the desert)? What on Earth will happen?
  • Casting Roundup: 'Buffy' Reunion at CW,' 'Cheers' Reunion and a 'Star Wars' Legend on ABC
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 07, 2011 1:43pm EST
    Sarah Michelle Gellar's new CW series Ringer brings us back to great memories past when we'd look forward to Buffy the Vampire Slayer every week. For those of us who were fans of the series, Ringer is giving us a treat: visiting the show in a guest role will be Buffy alum Amber Benson. Benson played Tara, Willow Rosenberg's (Alyson Hanigan) true love. In Ringer, Benson will play a stripper who doubles as a police informant for Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell). Benson will appear on the tenth episode of Ringer's first season. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. -TVGuide Fans of Star Wars will rejoice: an ambassador from Cloud City is coming to ABC. Bill Dee Williams, famous for his Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi roles as Lando Calrissean, and for playing Harvey Dent a.k.a. Two-Face in the 1989 Batman film, has signed on for a guest role, playing himself, on the ABC sitcom Man Up!. The series follows three men (Dan Fogler, Mather Zickel and Christopher Moynihan) on a pursuit for masculinity. Man Up! premieres Tuesday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. -EW In a miraculous twist of fate, we might be seeing the Cheers reunion that so many of us have long hoped for. ABC is developing The Manzanis, a family sitcom about a stereotypical loud-mouthed Italian-American family moving to (and clashing with the residents of) a quiet, white collar neighborhood. Kirstie Alley will play the lead, Angela Manzani, while her fellow Cheers veteran Rhea Perlman will be playing her mother-in-law. This sort of thing gives hope for cameos from old castmembers. I know Ted Danson is pretty busy, but he can make time, right? -TVLine
  • Lily Collins Has Some Interesting Wardrobe in 'Snow White' Movie
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 07, 2011 12:09pm EST
    When Lily Collins signed on for her first acting role in 2008, playing the part of "Phoebe Adams" in two consecutive episodes of the CW series 90210, she must have thought, "This is it. This is my start. And now, someday, I will be able to wear a hat comprised entirely of the upper half of a swan." The American dream. The upcoming photos for the determined-never-to-have-a-title Snow White movie display Collins as the untitular character, dressed in her swanday best in the middle of a fanciful gala. Although this seems to be more reminiscent of the Cinderella story, I don't think anyone's going to have much of a problem with it. Seeing sweet, underprivileged young Disney princesses feel the mystical heat of glamour wash over them as they get their first taste of what it's like to live the magical high's always a winner. Below, we see Armie Hammer embracing the role of gallant prince: sword in hand, powerful grimace, a heart worthy of warming. Click here to see photos of cast members Julia Stiles, Nathan Lane and others, in character, over at Yahoo. Source: Yahoo
  • 'The Simpsons'' Harry Shearer Will Take Pay Cut, Just Wants Show to Keep Going
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 07, 2011 10:33am EST
    Clearly, we're not the only ones who aren't too thrilled with the turmoil The Simpsons is facing do to financing issues. In case you haven't heard, Fox has threatened to terminate The Simpsons at the end of this season if the cast is not willing to take a 45 percent pay decrease. Yesterday, Fox further stated that even with the pay decrease, The Simpsons would likely not continue on past one additional season on the network. Although most of the cast has been silent on the issue (funnily enough, considering 'talking' is their primary job description), one of the voice actors has vocalized his stance on the issue: Harry Shearer (who plays a vast array of characters including Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner). Said Shearer earlier today, "If pay cuts are what it will take to keep the show on the air, then cut my pay. In fact, to make it as easy as possible for Fox to keep new episodes of The Simpsons coming, I'm willing to let them cut my salary not just 45 percent but more than 70 percent—down to half of what they said they would be willing to pay us. All I would ask in return is that I be allowed a small share of the eventual profits."  Shearer further highlighted Fox's unwillingness to grant this to he or any of the other castmembers in previous talks: "There were, the Fox people said, simply no circumstances under which the network would consider allowing me or any of the actors to share in the show's success." However, he is hoping for a change in the network's perspective soon. Shearer made a point of noting that he does not speak on behalf of any of his fellow castmembers: this statement applies solely to him, unless and until we hear otherwise from the rest of the team behind The Simpsons (which includes Dan Castanella, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria). Some of Shearer's additional Simpsons characters include Otto the busdriver, Homer's friend and coworker Lenny, Dr. Hibbert, news anchor Kent Brockman, Reverend Lovejoy, action star Ranier Wolfcastle, retiree Jasper Beardley, music teacher Dewey Largo, police officer Eddie, Judge Roy Snyder, war veteran/amputee Herman, Kang the alien and Scratchy (of The Itchy and Scratchy Show). Source: Hollywood Reporter
  • Aaron Eckhart to Play the Monster in 'I, Frankenstein'
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 07, 2011 9:49am EST
    It was bound to happen eventually. Vampire craze, zombie craze, something of a werewolf Frankenstein craze. The latest Frankensteinian development is I, Frankenstein: a story of Mary Shelly's monster surviving for centuries and living to see an age-old warfare between two immortal societies. If you're not really on board with that, there is some good news: Aaron Eckhart will play the role of Frankenstein's monster ("Adam"). Yeah, it's hard to picture Aaron Eckhart as grotesque. A lot of us even found it hard to accept him as minorly shlubby in Meet Bill...although it might be inaccurate to assume that a group described as 'a lot of us' actually saw Meet Bill. But Eckhart as an adept performer. He did pull off half-monstrous in The Dark Knight with a hefty sum of excellence. So why not go the whole nine yards this time? Now,you might be thinking, that the presence of other types of superhuman monsters running societies could go against the point of the original novel. But as the film's director and writer Stuart Beattie (who contributed to the scripts of each of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) has said, "Mary Shelly's story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human." It seems like the man intends to stay loyal to the spirit of Shelly's character. Even if this new world is not one we ever expected Frankenstein's monster to wind up in, that doesn't mean it is a direct contrast to anything we have derived from Shelly's literature. Source: Comingsoon