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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.
  • Jane Lynch Forgets to Feed Her Stepdaughter: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 04, 2011 6:06am EST
    Last night, Jane Lynch stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about accidentally starving her ten year-old stepdaughter, her early adventures with drinking and smoking, and her mother's confusion over her marriage to a woman. Evangeline Lilly visited The Tonight Show to talk about filming Real Steel and The Hobbit, and traumatizing her new baby with her Elf costume. The League's Paul Scheer appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about the dead-on Jack Nicholson impersonator that he got to be the best man at his wedding (who was very, very creepy), and trying to be cool on the subway. Finally,  also on Late Night, Kathy Bates and Jimmy Fallon discussed their mutual residence in the world of Emmy losses, and her show Harry's Law.
  • 'Terra Nova' Recap: Instinct
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 03, 2011 7:44pm EST
    S01E02: It’s hard to tell what type of series Terra Nova is setting out to be. The first episode suggested a continuous narrative—somewhat reminiscent, perhaps, to LOST—in which episodes end with questions rather than with answers (the pilot concluded on a note revolving around the mysterious markings that have something to do with Commander Taylor, his estranged son, and the Sixers. Tonight’s episode carries out more of a self-contained storyline regarding one of the newfound dangers of life in prehistory (turns out, living amongst dinosaurs is not entirely safe). However, the episode does pose on question that we’re meant to keep in mind—Taylor knows that the Sixers have a mole at Terra Nova. But who is it? The more pressing issues of the night: mini-pterodactyls, and, to a slightly lesser degree of importance, clingy ex-boyfriends. "Zoe's sleeping in her own bed. We're alone..." - Liz "Screeeeeeeeeech!" - Mini-pterodactyl "Unbelievable." - Jim Things are going just fine in Terra Nova, save for Jim’s and Liz’s inability to have some private time. It’s either reptilian screeches or youngest daughter Zoe being too afraid to sleep alone—but there’s always something keeping the Shannons from intimacy. In the same theme of love, both older Shannon children are finding themselves marginally romantically invested in a Terra Novian. With Josh, it’s the same femme fatale who almost got him killed last week (she’s nice, though…give her a chance). With Maddy, it’s the studly, Hemsworth-looking fella who apparently works directly for Commander Taylor and Alicia Washington, his survival-expert associate. But love is complicated when Liz runs into an old boyfriend from college in the hospital—an old boyfriend who is none too pleased to find out that she has brought her husband with her to Terra Nova. His name is Malcolm. And Jim hates him. The episode opens on two nameless Terra Nova soldiers who are attacked by what we later find out to be mini-pterodactyls (hardly the technical term, but reasonably accurate) out in the woods. Pretty soon, the mini-pterodactyls are making their way into society. First, only a couple show up (conveniently, for us, they attack Jim). After a while, more and more start to accumulate on the border fence—eventually amassing in such great quantities that desperate measures need to be taken. "Talk about a small world!" - Malcolm "Yeah, that, and eighty-five million years..." - Liz Somewhere in the midst of the chaos, Jim decides it’s more important to start asking questions about Malcolm—he finds out, via Taylor, that Malcolm was the one who put Liz’s name on the list for Terra Nova recruitment, all in the name of rekindling an old flame. Jim really hates Malcolm. But back to the million-plus flying savages. Taylor, Washington, Jim, Liz and ol’ Malcolm are on the task force to figure out how to rid the town of these bird-monsters. The scientists figure out that the birds are angry because Terra Nova has been built on their literal breeding ground. The scientists also conjecture that if they create a synthetic pheromone, they can lure the pterodactyls away with it. This is where the soldiers come in. Taylor and Jim are given the job of capturing individual specimens of the creature to extract the pheromones, and then driving the lure (which is like a huge aerosol can stuck on ‘spray’) away from camp, taking the pterodactyls with them. And that’s what they do. In the meantime, the three Shannon kids plus the two post-adolescent ones’ love interests are holed up in the household, which becomes peskily infested by the pterodactyls. There’s some maneuvering. A few meaningful comments and glances. Everyone turns out okay. And same goes for the town in general—Taylor and Jim drive off with the pheromone, taking the entire species with them. They return come morning to warm welcomes from their respective mates (Taylor and Washington have kind of a spark going). "What's this? A kind of wine?" - Liz "Yes. Eight-five million B.C.. Very good year." - Jim So, status quo in Terra Nova. The Jim-Malcolm rivalry is set to rest while Jim and Liz finally have time to themselves. Josh, who has been upset over the girlfriend he left back in the 2100s, is beginning to forget about her thanks to the kindly vixen Skye. And Maddy is experiencing love for the first time. All very sweet. But here’s the thing: who is the mole? The far too obvious answer is Malcolm. We’re already told not to like him via Jim, so it can’t be him. I’m thinking second-in-command/budding romantic interest Alicia Washington. She had prominent screen time in the episode, but was more or less kept inconspicuous. Plus, if they are building a relationship between her and Taylor, that could be the foundation for some chaos. And what does a dinosaur-laden village need more than chaos? My complaints with Terra Nova remain consistent, as do my praises. The dialogue is entirely phoned in. Stars Jason O’Mara and Shelley Conn actually have pretty good screen chemistry. It’s a shame it’s wasted on empty, uncreative lines. If they could just make the dialogue more funny, nuanced, or believable, then we could have ourselves a far more enjoyable show. The pros section: the show does keep you watching. Not so much in a “What’s going to happen next?” way. A lot of the self-contained action is pretty predictable. You can tell whether something good is going to happen, or something bad…you can predict a lot of the episode’s beats. But you keep watching because, all in all, it’s a pleasant watch. It’s like watching an old movie you’ve seen a few times over. It feels familiar, but nice. And that can be attributed, again, to the Spielbergity of the mood.
  • Casting Roundup: 'Modern Family' Brings in an Apatow Favorite & 'Hot in Cleveland' Gets a Spinoff
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 03, 2011 2:23pm EST
    Modern Family has done wonders in the world of guest casting. The series has brought in television icons and A-list film stars to play hilarious, touching and all-around memorable roles. This season, we'll be getting two notable visitors to the Modern Family set. The first is Judd Apatow repeat-offender Leslie Mann, who will play, curiously enough, a love interest for Cam...in an effort to prove he can pass for straight, Cam sets out to woo Mann's character (probably to explosive and hysterical results). Also joining the show as a new neighbor to the Dunphys will be standup comedian Kevin Hart. gave Phil and Claire a new neighbor, it was in the form of Philip Baker Hall—he gave a stellar performance as an elderly grouch who forms an unlikely friendship with the youngest Dunphy, Luke. Who knows what kind of effect Hart's character, stated to  be a doctor, will have on the family...or what effect they (especially the incurably wacky Phil) will have on him? Modern Family airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine, EW The Closer's final season is chock full of welcome guest stars. Weeds alum Elizabeth Perkins and omnipresent funnyman Fred Willard have both been mentioned to play guest roles in the past, but the latest news revolves around Sunset Beach star Jason George. George's character, Marvin Evans, is a wealthy businessman who might have indirect connections to the murder of Terrell Baylor. George also had a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy. The Closer will pick up the second half of its final season on Nov. 28 on TNT. George's episode will air on Monday, Dec. 26. -EW Cedric the Entertainer is no stranger to television roles. He started his career as a supporting character (or two) on The Steve Harvey Show. He also lent his voice to the animated series The Proud Family. And most recently, he enjoyed a lively guest role on the Betty White-starring TBS series Hot in Cleveland as a musical preacher. It looks like this role was hardly a waste, as Cedric the Entertainer will star in a Hot in Cleveland spinoff series as this character. Cedric's minister's (who is proficient in the musical stylings of R&B) series is in production. -AOLTV
  • Which of Our Favorite TV Characters of Today Were Inspired by 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'?
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 03, 2011 1:24pm EST
    It almost makes you wanna trip over an ottoman, just for the hell of it. Today marks fifty years since the premiere of The Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the most iconic and influential sitcoms in television history. The Dick Van Dyke Show, starred (you probably don’t need us to tell you) Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, a family man and comedy writer for a New York City-based variety TV show. TDVDS seems to have all the facets of your standard workplace comedy—tyrannical boss, wisecracking coworkers, put-upon errand boy -- but there’s something that differentiates this series from others of its type: it was the first of its kind. In fact, TDVDS was a pioneer not just as a workplace comedy (seriously—name one that came before it), but also in its portrayal of woman and minorities. One of the main characters, Sally Rogers, was a brash, single woman and professional comedy writer. TDVDS was nearly unprecedented in its portrayal of a black family as economic and societal equals to the Petries. And finally, it was one of the first shows to include a number of Jewish characters. But in addition to these important sociopolitical steps, it was also the foundation for several types of comedic characters that have stood the test of time. We may not realize this, but characters from our favorite sitcoms today—workplace, family, all genres—draw inspiration from the cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Liz Lemon (Tina Fey on 30 Rock) Liz Lemon is the hapless head writer of TGS with Tracy Jordan, a sketch comedy show on NBC. Since the series' start, Liz is illustrated as a career woman who has let her work addiction, and (often ironically counterproductive) measures to advance the depiction of women on television, stand in the way of her personal life. However, Liz's mission is to "have it all." She wants to meet a good man and start a family, but is in no way willing to give up her demanding job. Additionally, the scattered attempts Liz does make at finding love are always ill-fated, either by her own abrasive personality or by her attraction to terrible men. Each and every one of these characteristics can be traced back to Rose Marie's character, Sally Rogers, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Sally's lack of apparent femininity led her to often be jokingly referred to as "one of the guys" by coworkers Rob and Buddy. She was a markedly successful professional writer, but she often lamented her inability to find a husband. The few men that Sally was seen with over the course of the series never offered much promise: her on-off love interest Herman Glimscher was immature (much like Liz's recurring boyfriend, and the best character in the history of television, Dennis Duffy). Furthermore, Sally often drove men away due to her unbridled personality and sense of humor. Tom Haverford ( Aziz Ansari on Parks and Recreation) While he was employed at the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana, Tom Haverford was rarely seen contributing to anything but the office vibe. Tom is an incurable wiseass. At every waking opportunity, he goofs off and makes fun of his coworkers (specifically Jerry...and Leslie...and Ben...and Jerry). There have been many quick-witted slackers over the years, but Tom is one we are pleased to have with us today. And, of course, we might not have Tom if we never had Morey Amsterdam's character, Buddy Sorrell, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Although Buddy's work ethic was slightly more impressive than Tom's (after all, he was a comedy writer, so technically, making fun of the producer was part of the job...right?), he was not exactly a model employee. Buddy never let an opportunity to snark at producer Mel Cooley slip by, usually vying for the obvious target of his baldness. Like Tom, Buddy was shown to be a decent guy underneath his attitude -- still a jackass, but a decent jackass. Dean Craig Pelton (Jim Rash on Community) Every fan of Community (that I know) cheers whenever Greendale Community College's Dean Craig Pelton struts into the library to deliver what will inevitably be unappreciated, irrelevant, and annoying news to the study group. The dean is the biggest victim of the eightsome's constant barrage of mockery due to his overzealous embrace of everything that he has to say. Somehow, despite his laughable appearance and incredibly peculiar personality, Dean Pelton takes himself incredibly seriously, and takes great offense to anyone who insults him or his job. In this case, there are as many physical similarities between Pelton and Richard Deacon's Dick Van Dyke character Mel Cooley as there are personal. The bald, bespectacled Mel cherished his position of authoirty over the fun-loving gang of writers. However, his authority was strictly in title; he rarely commanded any respect from the trio, especially Buddy. Mel was the victim of endless abuse from the wisecracking comedians. Still, he carried out his position with great pride, much like Dean Pelton does his. Of course, Mel was never shown to be a pansexual deviant...maybe Community got that from Leave it to Beaver. Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak on The Office) Ah, the horrible boss. Beyond every other staple in workplace comedy has this one pervaded. Now, one might find it curious that, in use of The Office, we wouldn't highlight the iconic Michael Scott as the 'bad boss.' The thing is, Michael, while bumbling, insecure, immature, and ill-equipped for his position, was actually a pretty decent guy...underneath it all, anyway. Ryan Howard, however, during his reign as Michael's superior at Dunder Mifflin Corporate, was very much the opposite. He embodied perfectly the 'evil boss.' He was seflish, egotistical, insensitive, and obsessed with own success over others' and the company's. He was not above belittling, berating or manipulating his employees if it meant getting what he wanted. Over the years, there have been many, many terrible bosses. But they all date back to creator Carl Reiner's character Alan Brady, star of the in-universe Alan Brady Show for which Rob, Sally and Buddy were writers. Alan originated as a faceless character, much like the George Steinbrenner character we saw in Seinfeld. Once the show made a transition into depicting Brady as a full-fledged character, he got meaner, ruder, more narcissitic and less compassionate -- especially to his own brother-in-law, Mel. Phil and Claire Dunphy (Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen on Modern Family) Phil and Claire are a classic formula. Goofy husband, high-strung wife. Both good-hearted and devoted to one another. Unlike some other series of recent past, it is easy to see why Phil and Claire love each other. Their differences are not played to extremes in the interests of laughable chaos. We actually see plenty of their similarities, as well. While Phil's bumbling nature often causes Claire grief, and Claire's flusterability (just go with it) might upset Phil, we never doubt that they're right for each other. And this is something we definitely find in Rob and Laura Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke himself and the great Mary Tyler Moore. They started it all: the great married couple. Not perfect to the point of inhuman like the Cleavers. Not flawed to the point of "Well, why are they even married?" like the Barrones. Totally real. Totally lovable. Totally memorable. Like the show itself, a true legacy.
  • Tom Cruise Hangs Out to Dry in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' IMAX Poster
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 03, 2011 10:52am EST
    In this new poster for Man on a Ledge, you can see...oh, wait, no...this is Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Man on a Ledge is a different movie about a man on a ledge. See for yourself here. The new poster for MIGP asks one to consider the scale of IMAX. In all seriousness, this poster is magnanimous. Seriously—I have no appreciation for art. I'm like Kurtwood Smith in Dead Poets Society or any of the antagonists on Glee. But this...this I get. The movie will probably be pretty good, too. Missions? Love 'em. Impossible? We'll see! Ghosts? Shakin' already. Protocol? Nothing cooler. IMAX? Now you're just showing off, movie. By the way, that's Tom Cruise. Source: Yahoo via Comingsoon
  • 'Chaos Walking' Young Adult Fiction Series to Be Adapted to Film
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 03, 2011 8:37am EST
    DYSTOPIA. Sounds kind of like a waterfront rave club, doesn't it? Well, it's much more than that. It's a craze. One that is sweeping our nation, both in book and movie form. The dystopian novel has long been a staple of fiction—particularly during eras when things we're all pancakes and pollywogs. But lately, the theme is coming back in a big way. Fans of the book series salivate over the imminent The Hunger Games film adaptation. Jeff Bridges plans to headline a movie version of the classic The Giver. The Mortal Instruments also exists. Now, for the newest addition: Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy. The book series centers around Earth's colonization of a distant planet that seems habitable to humans. A race of aliens (although, to them, we're the aliens...think about that) already live on the planet, but are in danger of mass genocide at the hands of this new planet's corrupt Earthling conquistador. Involved are a strange occurrence called The Noise, which broadcasts the thoughts of all living beings aloud. There's also, in keeping with the tradition of The Hunger Games and (especially) The Giver, one young man who can save everyone. Doug Davidson will produce the new film adaptation of Chaos Walking for Quadrant Pictures, which is new. That's why you haven't heard of it. Source: Hollywood Reporter
  • UPDATE: Where Will The New 'Arrested Development' Air?
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 03, 2011 6:54am EST
    UPDATE: So, we're all wondering who will pick up Arrested Development's fourth "limited release" season. In the infamous "S.O.B.s" episode, Michael (Bateman) and George Sr. (Tambor) facetiously batted around meta references to HBO and Showtime picking up AD after its cancellation on Fox, but could  these jokes be coming true? According to Deadline, rumors are cir-sum-venting Showtime and Netflix (which has been seeking opportunity for original programming) as potentials to air the upcoming Arrested Development episodes, but of course, nothing is at all cemented yet. EARLIER: It ain’t easy being… an Arrested Development fan. For five years now, we’ve been told that there was a movie version of our favorite series was in the works. And every time creator Mitch Hurwitz or one of the Bluths shared some words of encouragement, we’d reluctantly let our hopes rise just a bit…only, a few months later, to hear that the script had yet to be written and the actors were perpetually tied up in other projects. It’s enough to incur a frustrated “Come on!” every single time. But somehow, and call it blind faith, this time around, the news seems solid as Iraq. This weekend, Hurwitz and the cast of Arrested Development (including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walters and director/producer Ron Howard as the narrator) announced at a New Yorker Festival panel that they would be putting together a new season of about ten episodes, followed by the long awaited movie. Hurwitz explained that the rationale for the development of a new season: “I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.” Each episode of the new season would be dedicated to one of the characters, explaining what he or she has been up to since the eventful series finale. Mention was made regarding the summer of 2012 as the estimated start of production. So yes, we’re all a little wary to accept this as definite. But if we let our optimistic sides run wild a little, we can accept that this is the biggest thing to happen since Uniprod hired that wee-brain to run Drama Development. It’s surely exciting news. Let’s just hope in a few months time, Hurwitz isn’t muttering, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” Source: New York Times, Deadline
  • 'Breaking Bad' Recap: End Times
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 03, 2011 4:48am EST
    S04E12: Pure anxiety. Deep, tremor-inducing, throat-drying, torturous, wonderful anxiety. From beginning to end. There are few dips. Mainly, we’re on edge the whole time. This is beyond what the capabilities of dramatic television should be. After last week’s episode of Breaking Bad, there were several theories floating around regarding where the events would take these characters now that they’ve reached a tipping point. It appeared that Saul’s faux-Witness Protection Program was no longer an option for Walt and his family due to their inability to collect the money in time (Walt crumbled when he found out Skyler gave much of their money to Ted Beneke -- symbolic, don'tcha think?) and further due to Saul’s whole leaving-town shtick this episode. But the show does make a point of highlighting the large sum of cash bestowed unto Jesse this week, and now that Jesse and Walt are back in “good graces,” might we expect him to fund the Whites’ escape? Another option—Gus does, in fact, stick to his word in killing Skyler, Walt Jr. and Holly. The most horrifying option, for sure. But the show does that. Of course, this doesn’t tell us what will happen to Walt, among others. But what seems to be instituted in this episode, at least for now, is war. Walt holes up in the White house, spinning guns and barricading entries. Seriously—never have scenes of a guy sitting silently have been so damn invigorating. "There must be another way." - Skyler "There isn't. There was, but now there isn't." - Walt The episode picks up almost immediately after last week’s: the Whites are packing hastily so that they may take hospice in the safeguarded Schrader house—all but Walt, who insists he stay behind for the safety of his wife and children. It’s a rare moment of decency for the man Walter White has turned into (or the man he always was and has finally let out into the world—too much tension to debate this right now). After a great deal of contesting Walt’s point, Skyler finally succumbs and heads on over to Hank’s and Marie’s with Walt Jr. and Holly. More invigoration over at the Schraders—Walt Jr., keeping with tradition, blames his mother for Walt not coming to safety. Hank doesn’t seem at all worried, and Marie is a mess. Hank has still got his theories about the Laundromat, so his pal Steve heads over to investigate, convincing the de facto manager with some smooth double-talk to let him and a partner (which turns out to be a drug-sniffing dog) investigate the place. They turn up with nothing—in the meantime, Jesse and Tyrus wait silently underground (not too much of a stretch for Tyrus). Jesse gets a call from Gus, just to make sure he understands what is going on, and whose fault it is. Jesse insists that there will be a problem if Gus decides to kill Walt. "Put in a good word for me with Gus." - Saul After the cops are gone, Jesse is dropped off at his car, where he calls Walt (unsuccessfully) and listens to a series of desperate messages from Saul, begging him to come over. He does. He is patted down aggressively by Huell. Saul delivers Jesse a large sum of cash, as he is skipping town. He “lets slip” that Gus took Walt into the desert and threatened him at gunpoint, and makes mention that he might be back when this is all over. Back at Jesse’s house, he gets a frantic call from Andrea—her son Brock is very sick in the hospital. Jesse rushes over and tries to console her. He is asked to wait outside by an ICU doctor. While fishing in his pocket for a cigarette, Jesse notices the ricin cigarette is missing, and then takes notice of Brock’s symptoms…he has been poisoned. Jesse, freaking out, tells Andrea this—she is none too comfortable with the news, nor with Jesse’s insistence that he not explain how he knows. This is the point where we begin thinking, “Have we ever seen Brock sneak a cigarette? No…” And then begin thinking some more, “Did somebody do this to him?” Tension builds, but we’re not exactly freaking out just yet. Give it a scene. "I have been waiting. I have been waiting all day. Waiting for Gus to send one of his men to kill me. And it's you." - Walt Jesse shows up at the White house—Walt is sitting in the dark, furniture against the doors and windows, waiting. He lets Jesse in after some hesitance. Without letting Jesse say so much as a “Hello,” Walt begins rattling off his own problems, giving Jesse a chance to pick up the gun he has left on the ottoman, which Jesse points at Walt. A frantic Jesse explains that he “knows” Walt poisoned Brock as he is the only other person who knew about the ricin cigarette. He rationalizes that Walt had Saul (by extension, Huell) grab the cigarette off of Jesse that morning so that they could kill Brock. But Walt protests. Why would he do such a thing? How could he do such a thing? It doesn’t make sense. But it makes sense for Gus to do it. Gus has killed children before (children in the same family, mind you). Gus wants to turn Jesse against Walt. Gus has cameras everywhere—allowing him to know things that they don’t think he knows. Jesse realizes Walt might be right, and agrees to take Gus out. Together. Like old times. Here’s the thing, though…Jesse believes Walt. After all, he makes a good case. And sure, Walt’s a smart guy. But he makes too good a case. He “figures out” Gus’ entire plan, then delivers it to Jesse in a perfectly convincing explanation. It horrifies the viewer to suspect this…but it can’t be discounted that Walt is the one who actually did poison Brock. Could he suspect that Jesse would come to realize Brock was poisoned with ricin? Possibly. Could he have expected Jesse to immediately suspect Gus? Or was Jesse’s initial suspicion of Walt part of the plan? It might not matter. Walt’s reasonably adept at thinking on his feet—at least when it comes to people who are willing to trust him, which he knows that Jesse is. So…did Walt poison Brock, an eight year-old child, in order to get Jesse to kill Gus? That’s the question. Andrea’s family has requested that Jesse not be admitted into the ICU area, so he camps out in the waiting room. Tyrus shows up and tries to get Jesse to come to work, but Jesse refuses, and says that if Gus wishes to speak with him, he can come do so directly. Gus does this: he and two henchmen show up and speak to Jesse in the hospital chapel. At first, Gus insists that Jesse come back to work. But when Jesse explains that Brock has been poisoned and that he refuses to leave the hospital (not sure what his angle is here), Gus allows Jesse to take all the time he needs. Gus and his duo head back to the garage to the car, on which Walt has planted a remote-detonated bomb he constructed (he’s a genius scientist, remember?). Walt waits with binoculars on the adjacent roof…but Gus stops as he walks to his car. He goes to the edge of the garage, and looks out over the city. This, by the way, is heart-stopping anxiety. Tension to the max. Walt hides, and it never appears that Gus spots Walt. But Gus eventually turns around and heads back into the building, leaving Walt (and the viewer) frantically crying and wondering what the hell is going to happen next.
  • Seven 'Real Steel' Clips Pack an Iron Punch
    By: Michael Arbeiter October 02, 2011 5:31am EST
    Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo, is a film exploring the growing industry of the Robot Fighting League, which former regular boxer Charlie Kenton (Jackman) enters as a coach/operator to reclaim his glory days, and maybe make a little money for his struggling wife-like counterpart Bailey (Lilly). All the while, the estranged Charlie forms an unexpected relationship with both his son Max (Goyo) and new robot pal Atom (Atom). Real Steel comes out next Friday, October 7, and is directed by Shawn Levy. Let's start this out with some substantial robot-on-robot violence. Charlie Kenton coaches his fighter through a successful round. While rooting around a rainy junkyard for robot parts, Charlie teaches his son Max, a little bit about how robot boxing came to be. Charlie's robot Noisy Boy gets a warm welcome from Finn (Anthony Mackie) and the robot boxing underworld, and a potentially fatal challenge. Charlie trains his new friend, Atom, in one of the Rockyest scenes in any recent movie. Bailey brings some money problems to the attention of Charlie, who tries to charm his way out of it. Charlie lets his ego get the better of him and makes a risky deal for his fighter, Noisy Boy. Atom takes the ring against the "undeniable champion of this or any universe"...stakes are high. What will happen?
  • Michael Bay, Christopher Nolan and Others Considered to Direct 'The Twilight Zone' Movie
    By: Michael Arbeiter September 30, 2011 1:55pm EST
    You are traveling through another dimension; a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of superfluous explosions and chase scenes. This is because you have entered The Twilight Zone...as directed by Michael Bay. As of now, this reality is exclusive to the bounds of The Twilight Zone itself...but it could pervade into reality. Warner Bros. is searching for a director for a developing Twilight Zone movie project, and their setting their sights high. Although Bay isn't exactly known for the cerebral, introspective storytelling that is The Twilight Zone's M.O., there's no arguing with the fact that the man can draw a crowd. However, there are other big names, and potentially better fits for the project. Christopher Nolan, who I'd agree to let direct my life, is also a high choice. Nolan's intriguing vision, as we've seen in the realms of Batman, magicians and unconscious B&Es, would be perfect for a Twilight Zone movie. Another good choice: Alfonso Cuarón, director of Y Tu Mama También and Children of Men. Cuarón's versatility is inspired; he might be able to do wonders with a Twilight Zone movie. Others that have been mentioned for the position: David Yates, who won the world over with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Rupert Wyatt, whose Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the most fun and interesting movies of the summer. All in all, pretty good list. But who will it be? What other choices might arise? Charlie Kaufman (the Twilight Zone is the real world, which is the Twilight Zone!)? Spike Lee (the Twilight Zone is oppressive)? Robert Zemeckis (the happiest, most magical Twilight Zone you could ever imagine)? Who would you choose? Source: Variety