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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.
  • 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
  • SDCC 2011: New 'The Avengers' Poster
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    The adamantly anticipated The Avengers have availed to America an astronomically aesthetic affiche. All aficionados ardently await the attraction, advertised with assuredly awesome action, and aforesaid allotment of art assuages anxious aggravation and adds ample amusement about the admirable account of the alliance of amalgamated audacious adventurers. For more about The Avengers and other upcoming masterpieces, check out our complete coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2011. Source: Comingsoon
  • New 'National Lampoon's Vacation' Movie Back on the Road
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    I'm not strictly of the philosophy that old classics should never be reattempted. I do retain excitement over 21 Jump Street, Ghostbusters III and even Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, but there is one '80s classic that looks to suffer an unsatisfactory reimagining; they're back on track in developing a new installment in National Lampoon's Vacation series. Horrible Bosses writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are working on a script for New Line. Now, a movie that already has thirty-five sequels (with sixty-three different actors cast as the Griswold children) might not seem so sacred as to warrant such dread of another incarnation. But here's the problem: the main character of this new film will be an adult Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark, who, as played by Chevy Chase, was the real reason we've all seen every single Vacation movie. Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are hopeful to reprise their characters, but only in a cameo. The plot will focus on Rusty and his own wife and children visiting Wallyworld, as did the original Griswolds in the first Vacation film. An adult Rusty and Audrey Griswold taking to the road again would be a fine premise, as long as their parents were in tow (or, more applicably, the ones doing the towing) throughout the film. What's more, this film is suggested to harbor a palpable absence of Cousin Eddie, played ceremoniously by Randy Quaid. Sure... the Vacation movies are not exactly holy ground. But if you're going to attempt another one in this post-post-modern world of outstandingly self-aware pieces of work, you should do it the right way, with the entire original cast of characters deconstructing the roles with which we are so familiar. Or at least just Chevy Chase falling down a lot. He can still do that, you know! Source: AVClub
  • Ryan Gosling Licks a Stranger: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    Ryan Gosling visited Jimmy Fallon on Late Night and told an interesting, if not unsettling, anecdote about his experience at a Turkish bath. Daniel Craig popped into The Tonight Show to tell Jay Leno about Cowboys and Aliens. The two also discuss Craig's feelings on not being invited to the royal wedding, as well as his notable means of supporting equality between men and women. Justin Timberlake visited Conan to lead an audience chant for Conan's wife and to discuss the perks of working with Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits. Finally, Jon Stewart welcomed his old friend Steve Carell back to The Daily Show to talk about his "being fired" from The Office, his upcoming film Crazy Stupid Love, and the possibility of a The Daily Show cast reunion. The Daily Show - Steve Carell Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook
  • Chilling New 'Contagion' Poster
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    Contagion, the upcoming thriller that pits an all-star cast (including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet) against a fatal epidemic, has released a new poster, bearing a substantially dark acrostic poem. If you're in the mood to be haunted (and really, what kind of life are you leading if you're not perpetually in the mood to be haunted?) check out the trailer. Source: Comingsoon