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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.
  • SDCC 2011: 'Haywire' Trailer Will Make Your Mind Sizzle
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    So, here's what I can tell so far about Haywire... American Gladiator/MMA fighter Gina Cararo is a walking lethal weapon who the government employs to carry out some covert opp, then tries to kill. Simple enough, right? NO WAY. Maybe it's the cinematography, the stunts, the music, the inclusion of Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor and Antonio Banderas...but something about this trailer makes this movie seem like it's going to be twisting and turning in every conceivable (and otherwise) direction, taking our brains, hearts and adrenal glands on a bumper-car dragrace through an avalanche-tornado. To hear more about the plot and production of this killer thriller, check out our report on the Comic-Con Post.
  • David Cronenberg's 'Scanners' to Become Series
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    In light of the colossal spike in popularity of science fiction and horror on television -- look at The Walking Dead and Falling Skies -- Dimension Films is adapting the 1981 film Scanners into a drama series. The plot of the movie, written and directed by the sensation of a filmmaker David Cronenberg (The Fly, Spider, M. Butterfly, and a ton of awesome non-bug-related movies) is about a corporation that attempted to exploit, in some remarkably dastardly ways, people who had extrasensory perception, and other psychic powers. Originally, the remake was intended to be a film, but Dimension decided it more advantageous to develop it as a series. The Walking Dead especially proves that a quality horror fiction series is possible when done correctly. French horror film director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) is on board as executive producer and might direct the pilot, so perhaps this show has a shot after all. Source: Deadline
  • SDCC 2011: 'The Avengers' Black Widow and Hawkeye Art Revealed
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    Yesterday, Comic-Con gave us a look at some artwork depicting Captain America and Iron Man. Today, two more Avengers are revealed: Hawkeye and Black Widow. Unlike the former mentioned pair, neither Hawkeye nor Black Widow have yet to release a movie dedicated to their back stories (in this generation of The Avengers, anyway). But Clint Barton and Clair Voyant will each be a venerable force in The Avengers. Source:Comingsoon, Comingsoon
  • Sean William Scott to Do a Reverse-'Happy Gilmore' in Red Band 'Goon' Trailer
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    Just this morning, I was discussing the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore with a fellow commuter. He went on about the glory of this movie, fifteen years old this past February, and lamented the comedy films of present day. Well, lament no further, my co-supporter of the LIRR. For anyone who loved Happy Gilmore, why don't you check out the reverse: Goon, starring Sean William Scott as a violent hired muscle channels his anger into the sport of hockey. SWS will be joined by Jay Baruchel and Scott's old American Pie colleague Eugene Levy. Check out a Red Band trailer below that highlights all of the violence, debauchery and foul language that this film promises. Source: Indiewire
  • We've Flagged Down a New 'Muppet Movie' Poster!
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    Chris Evans, Shmis Shmevans. The REAL American icon of modern cinema is Sam the Eagle, depicted below in a new poster for The Muppet Movie. They really don't need to release any further promotional material; NO ONE isn't excited about this movie. But I definitely hope they do, because each poster and trailer so far has just amplified my excitement one notch further. This patriotic image is no exception. Source: Heyuguys
  • 'Good Old Fashioned Orgy' Trailer As Wild As It Sounds
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    When I first heard about A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, I assumed it was a bunch of prudish, perhaps adventurously repressed adults of relative affluence and respectability, breaking down to overcompensate for mundanity with (insert title). However, the trailer has educated me that it's actually a bunch of lewd, suspended adolescent party animals who just never braved this particular manifestation of debauchery. So, is this a disappointment or a relief? I'm not sure, and the trailer does not give me conviction in either direction regarding the quality this movie will promise. But I do enjoy a The Goonies reference when I hear one.
  • Emma Stone Has a Panic Attack: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    Emma Stone visited Jay Leno on The Tonight Show last night to discuss her sleepover at the mayor's house in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and how childhood trauma effected her performance in Crazy Stupid Love. David Letterman welcomed Harrison Ford to Late Night, where the Cowboys and Aliens star shared a very memorable comedy routine. Brooke Shields nurtured a small turkey-chick on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon while discussing her stint in The Addams Family on Broadway, and paying accolades to her hilarious castmembers. Finally, Lisa Kudrow stopped by Conan to talk about her new Showtime series Web Therapy, and to "in" her husband.
  • SDCC 2011: Intense New 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Video
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    When a film preview starts out with someone jogging, you know there is terror to follow. This trailer, played at Comic-Con's Fox Panel, depicts all of the rage-driven simians from Rise of the Planet of the Apes taking action against their human oppressors. Watch some primate-induced destruction, violence, boundary-invading, and even... murder. Or, at the very least, apeslaughter. Or does the 'man' refer to the one being slaughtered? This story has taken a dark turn. Just enjoy the clip. Source: Aintitcool
  • Can You Spot Brad Pitt in the 'Moneyball' Poster?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    So what do we know about Moneyball? Well, Brad Pitt will depict Billy Beane, Oakland A's general manager, who utilizes statistical data to combat budget constraints in the development of a top-quality roster of baseball players. We know that the sensational Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Art Howe and Jonah Hill will play Paul DePodesta (under a pseudonym). And all this is well and good, for fans of film and baseball alike...but what can we really sink our teeth into? Chris Pratt as Scott Hatteberg. In fact, Chris Pratt as Anyone It-doesnt-matter-who-berg would be awesome, because that guy is a champ. He's the real Moneyball. You got that? Source: Heyuguys
  • Find Out Why 'Attack the Block' Is the Buzziest Movie in Ages
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 22, 2011
    Everything I see regarding Attack the Block makes me more excited for this movie than a ten year-old me was for his birthday party at Laser Tag. And you all know how awesome Laser Tag is. Attack the Block, starring John Boyega and the grandmaster Nick Frost, will not fall short of excellence in the realms of action, comedy, science fiction and good old-fashioned strength in character. Everything about this alien invasion film looks original and indestructible. A limited American release will begin July 29, so if you don't live in a major city, move to one.