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.
  • Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to Star in Comedy Inspired by 'SNL' Rivalry
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 1:15pm EST
    It's starting to feel like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin do literally everything together. They hosted the Oscars together. Martin has guest starred on Baldwin's series 30 Rock. They're in a perpetual Saturday Night Live hosting gig competition, continuously trying to show each other up. You can say this of their relationship: it's complicated. But they've apparently grown quite attached to one another over the years. And now, director Adam Shankman will once more reap the benefits. Shankman produced the 82nd Academy Awards, of which Martin and Baldwin played co-hosts. The producer/director is now working on a new film to star both comedians. According to Deadline, the movie will borrow its theme from classic two-men comedies like Trading Places and Grumpy Old Men, and that the whole idea was inspired by Martin's surprise appearance during Baldwin's opening monologue on the SNL season premiere two Saturdays ago. The appearance was fueled by Martin's unwillingness to submit the title of SNL's most recurring host to Baldwin. This will probably not take any sort of advertizing. Who doesn't love both Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin? Someone, maybe. But not someone I know. Not someone I'd trust, either. The men have a comic chemistry that can only be borne from a mutual professional respect and a longstanding personal friendship. This is perhaps the most pleasant development to come out of Hollywood in years. Make it happen, gentlemen. Make us laugh. Source: Deadline
  • The Great Werner Herzog to Play Villain to Tom Cruise in 'One Shot'
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 1:03pm EST
    The film adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot, starring Tom Cruise as the mountain-of-a-man Jack Reacher, a perpetually on-the-road rogue agent who sets out to prove his innocence in a violent murder, has gotten itself a villain. And that villain goes by the name of Werner Herzog. Now, you may be thinking, "Werner Herzog? What in tarnation is so great about Werner Herzog?" Oh, you mean the the man who got shot in the stomach during an interview for Grizzly Man and insisted that he was well enough to keep talking about his awesome movie? Or, are you perhaps referring to the man who pulled Joaquin Phoenix from an overturned car after a crash, potentially saving the man's life? THAT WERNER HERZOG? Yes. That. Werner. Herzog. As said, Werner Herzog will be playing the villain in One Shot, to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Also cast are Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall and David Oyelowo. ...Werner Herzog. Source: Indiewire
  • Russell Crowe Spawns a Hero in 'Man of Steel' Pics
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 11:51am EST
    The Coolest Man in the World. He's not just a movie star, not just the emperor of a planet, not just the father of the universe's most powerful being, not just Australian...he's all of those things.     Below we see Russell Crowe, the human bearcat, suited up for the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel. In the comic book film, he plays Jor-El, the biological father to young Superman (Kal-El at birth). As most know, Jor-El made the difficult decision of sending his only son off into a one-man rocket moments before his planet of Krypton was destined to be destroyed. The infant Kal-El crash-landed onto the planet Earth, where he was raised by the Kents, a Kansas couple who loved him despite his pesky habits of destroying large pieces of architecture and his seemingly unfounded aversion to kryptonite.     Man of Steel will star Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, and is set for a June 2013 release.     Click this photo to see more pics of Russell Crowe as Jor-El on             Source: Daily Mail
  • NYCC 2011: Marvel Premiering Exclusive 'The Avengers' Footage at Comic-Con
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 11:31am EST
    Nearing are the days when you're considered a nerd if you aren't into the Marvel superheroes. Someone's fifth grade bully is getting a harsh phone call pretty soon... I knew our time would come... But this is no time to think about vengeance; this is a time to focus on The Avengers! Marvel Studios will be visiting New York Comic-Con for the first time this year, and bringing with it a panel for the upcoming super-movie, The Avengers. Visiting with the panel will be castmembers Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) and Cobie Smulders (Agent Hill), as well as producer Kevin Feige. Additionally, Marvel will present never-before-seen footage from The Avengers, which is always a big sell. The best news: we'll be there reporting live from the floor! This event is scheduled for October 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm so you can check in at from a live report from the event. The Avengers will reach theaters May 4, 2012. And everyone is going to see it. Now to practice my triumphant laughter... Click the photo to further satisfy your Avengers fix.
  • 'Arthur Christmas' Will Be Both a Heartwarming and Clever Christmas Movie
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 11:05am EST
    There are the good old heartwarming Christmas movies. Then there are the modern, more creative, funny Christmas movies. But it seems that we've struck gold in Arthur Christmas. Taking a look at the new trailer for the movie, you might feel like you're getting the best of both worlds. Arthur Christmas is the story of Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent) and his family. His father, the retired former Santa (Billy Nighy), longs for the good-old days of riding on his rickety sleigh with his eight lyrically-named reindeer. Things have changed, since then, and now presents are delivered by a high tech mode of operations, courtesy of Santa's older son Steve (Hugh Laurie). And finally, there's Arthur (James McAvoy): the good-hearted screw-up of the family. And, since this is both a heartwarming and laugh-plenty Christmas movie, the good-hearted screw-up will be called upon to save the day when one child goes overlooked on Christmas. Watch the'll laugh, you'll smile, you'll love. Go Christmas! Source: Yahoo
  • 'The Office' Mates Discuss What They Would Do with Lotto Winnings in New Promo
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 10:42am EST
    Michael Scott may be gone, but the Dunder Mifflin employees are quickly learning that their oblivious boss was not the only source of madness. This Thursday, The Office episode "Lotto" airs, tackling a sitcom staple of teasing its characters with the possibility of winning the lottery. It seems that everyone in The Office is involved in the pipe dream, and each have different dreams for what they'd do with their winnings. Of course, Jim and Pam dole out quite sappy stories about what their lives would be like (Pam even revisits her long-dead aspirations of being an artist), provoking Kelly and Meredith to finally say what everyone is thinking. Andy, adapting with, at best, minor success to his new position as boss, tries, and fails, to rally everyone to stop daydreaming and start working. He also tries, and fails, to do a Mr. T impression...with whom he appears to be only marginally familiar. The Office episode 'Lotto' airs this Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Source: Zap2It
  • NBC Cuts 'Playboy Club,' Gives 'Up All Night' and 'Whitney' Full Seasons
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 9:13am EST
    It's around the time when we'll begin finding out which new series to say goodbye to, and which shows deserve our investment. One of NBC's most volatile shows this season is The Playboy Club, which earned criticism from women's liberation groups and former Playboy Bunnies themselves. It seems that the old adage of even bad press being good press did not apply this time around. In light of its poor ratings, NBC decided to cancel The Playboy Club. The series has occupied the 10 p.m. ET /PT slot, which will go to Rock Center with Brian Williams come Oct. 31. On the positive side, NBC introduced two notable new sitcoms this Fall. The first is Lorne Michaels' Up All Night, the hardships-of-new-parenthood comedy starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph, which airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET. The second is Whitney, standup comedian Whitney Cummings' foray into television wherein she and costar Chris D'Elia attempt to remove all the 'niceties' from television relationships; it airs Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Each of these new comedies received full season orders from the network. NBC is a consistent home to some of the best comedies on television. While Whitney needs some work to find its footing, it does have the promise of its star/creator working in its favor. Up All Night is already opening up with some strength. Arnett is a comic goldmine, Applegate works wonders in her straight-woman role, and Rudolph is delightfully out of her mind. Source: NBC Press Release, TVLine
  • Blake Lively Passes on 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 8:15am EST
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has it all. Pride. Prejudice. Probably some even cooler third thing. So, why does no one want to be in it? A couple of weeks back, we reported that tacked onto the list of big name actresses approached to play the lead role of Elizabeth Bennett in Craig Gillespie's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was Blake Lively, who is most notable for Gossip Girl, but also for films including Green Lantern, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies, Accepted and The Town. However, PAPAZ (best acronym ever) will not be Lively's next step towards big screen prominence: she declined the starring role in Gillespie's film. There's no word as to why Lively passed. All those attached have primarily good reputations. Director Gillespie was responsible for the outstanding Ryan Gosling starrer Lars and the Real Girl. David O. Russell, director of The Fighter and the very promising film-in-development The Silver Linings Playbook, wrote the script. And its producer is Natalie we really even need to sing her praises? Even so, it seems this film can't find a lead actress. Others who have passed on the role include Portman herself, Anne Hathway, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Rooney Mara. And the search continues... Source: Indiewire
  • Will Arnett to Return as the Evil Devon Banks on '30 Rock'
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 7:28am EST
    30 Rock has some of the best recurring characters in television. Dean Winters is a champ as Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) on-again-off-again horrible boyfriend, Dennis Duffy. Chris Parnell is comedic dynamite as worst-doctor-ever, Leo Spaceman. But topping them all is Will Arnett as Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) consistent business rival, Devon Banks—the ruthless, double-crossing NBC executive who puts as much effort into stabbing his competitors in the back as he once did into hiding his sexuality. Thankfully, we will be seeing Banks again soon, as Arnett will make another guest appearance on Season 6 of 30 Rock. The last we saw of Banks, he was newly married and the father of triplets. After being approached by Jack with a chance to help the newly renovated NBC become more “gay-friendly,” Banks manipulates this opportunity to make a power play for Jack’s job. However, he realizes that he cannot bear to let the demanding position take him away from his children. Now that Banks is a family man without professional aspirations, what role will he play in his upcoming episode? Perhaps he’ll try to rival Jack, also a new parent, in a competition of fatherly superiority. Maybe he’ll find a way to involve his children in running a company. Or he might just be back to stalk Kenneth again. No matter what, it’ll be a win. Arnett stars (also in the position of stay-at-home dad) on NBC’s Up All Night, which airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Season 6 of 30 Rock will premiere as a mid-season replacement in January on NBC. Source: TVLine
  • Owen Wilson Talks About Hansel's 'Vanilla Sky' Injury in 'Zoolander 2'
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 7:02am EST
    What becomes of male models after they age beyond the point of aesthetic relevance? Some get married, have kids, and open Centers for Kids Who Can’t Read Good. In some cases, however, time isn’t as kind to them. And that’s what the latest news on Zoolander 2 concerns. Zoolander star Owen Wilson, who played Hansel -- newcomer to the male modeling game and rival (and then friend) to Ben Stiller’s veteran model Derek Zoolander -- recently made some comments about the upcoming sequel. Wilson told MTV that “[Hansel has] fallen on hard times” and has incurred “a disfiguring injury.” It's not exactly the best case scenario for a man who makes his living with his looks. Wilson further teased fans with this description of Hansel’s injury: “Think Vanilla Sky.” For those of you who are familiar with Vanilla Sky -- the 2001 Tom Cruise movie that lands somewhere between mystery, psychological thriller, sci-fi and romance -- Cruise's character spends a good deal of the movie covering up the grotesquely scarred half of his face with a Phantom of the Opera-style mask. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Phantom of the Opera…get out more. Although Zoolander 2 is not a definite yet, it seems like we can hang our hat on this deal. Wilson also spoke of Will Ferrell's intended involvement; his villainous Mugatu character from the first movie should be featured prominently in the sequel. Source: MTV via Indiewire