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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.
  • 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.  
  • Spielberg to Bring Hugh Jackman Play to Film?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    Hugh Jackman, the pinnacle of all things whimsical, has announced to the world that the Broadway play A Steady Rain, in which he starred with the mighty Daniel Craig, is being adapted to film by Steven Spielberg. The story of the play, which spent twelve weeks on Broadway, concerns a pair of Chicago police officers who redeliver a boy into the hands of a cannibalistic kidnapper who is playing himself off as the boy's uncle. As long as Jackman and Craig reprise their roles for the film, this project is a sure-fire winner. Jackman is already involved in the film adaptation of Les Miserables (try and stop me from being there opening night), so he clearly appreciates the marvel that Broadway adaptations can be. Spielberg, the king of direction, and Craig, whose charms are boundless, will contribute to what I've already made up my mind will be a phenomenal melding of stage and film. Sure, the small matter of this not being at all definite is something to consider, but I'm more than willing to overlook that. Source: Comingsoon
  • 'Man of Steel' Moved to June 2013 Release
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    The real impending disaster of December 2012 is that Zack Snyder's Man of Steel will not debut during it. In fact, the Superman movie is pushed to June 14, 2013. Now, as appropriate as Flag Day is for the release of the defender of the American way (among truth and justice), this is outrageously angst-inducing. As it was, 2012 was set to be quite a year for superhero films. First, a fun-filled adventure with The Avengers. Then, the heavily-anticipated (no matter what side of the fence you're on, you're definitely waiting to see what this movie shapes up to be) The Amazing Spider-Man. Then, the crack to my dangerous Batman withdrawal The Dark Knight Rises. And finally, the perfect way to cap off a super year with Kal-El himself. This was going to be our year, people! And they've RUINED IT. I know, I'm being way too melodramatic. It's not like they're scrapping the movie entirely. But what with the imminent apocalypse, they might as well be. After all, only Superman could have saved the world from total annihilation...but he had to delay his premiere. What happened to you, Clark? You used to love us.  
  • SDCC 2011: New Images From Sarah Michelle Gellar's 'Ringer'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    I'm not alone in being really pumped for the small-screen return of Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the plot for Ringer does not seem like it will rob her of the opportunity to show off her trying-to-survive-in-an-awesomely-outlandish-world gig for which she is so finely trained. Gellar stars as a murder witness who dons the identity of her twin sister in order to hide from danger. Unfortunately, this affluent new lifestyle causes her more trouble than she bargained for. Check out the trailer to be wowed. Click here to return to our Comic-Con coverage. Source: Comingsoon
  • Say "'Paranormal Activity 3' Trailer" Three Times in a Mirror
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    Maybe it's the home video-style of cinematography, maybe it's the presence of children as the central characters rather than adults, or maybe it's the inclusion of an age-old urban legend that my big sister used to terrify me with when I was young, but this trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 makes the upcoming movie look pretty authentically scary. Boding well for the movie is that it was made by the same people who developed the documentary Catfish, an intelligently horrifying-in-its-own-right account of the human condition. Source: Comingsoon