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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: 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
  • Images from 'The Raven' as Dark as Poe's Writing
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 21, 2011
    James McTeigue, former disciple of the Dojo Wachowski and director of V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin, is bringing us The Raven: a period thriller following Edgar Allen Poe's (John Cusack) attempts to track down a murderer who borrows inspiration for his killings from the poet's work. The images below depict the film in the dark and brooding style reminiscent of Poe's writing itself. A great deal of the story is heavily fictionalized, but the appropriate mood is captured so precisely, that all moviegoers will say with satisfaction, "That's so Raven!" Source: Indiewire
  • FX Announces Season Premiere Dates for 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'It's Always Sunny' and More
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 20, 2011
    FX announced its schedule for the Fall 2011 television season. Despite being way up in the 40s, at least where I live,  FX has really made a name for itself with some terrific original series. Where the channel really shines is in its comedy. This fall will bring back the only show that pretty much everyone I know loves, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, with its raw brilliance, splattered onto jagged pavement a la Jackson Pollack. Also returning are the popular series The League and Sons of Anarchy. Sons of Anarchy —Tuesday, Sept. 6, 10 PM ET/PT (Special 90-Minute Premiere) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia—Thursday, Sept. 15, 10 PM ET/PT Archer—Thursday, Sept. 15, 10:30 PM ET/PT for a three-week run (the third season will officially kick off in 2012) American Horror Story (New Drama Series)—Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10 PM ET/PT The League —Thursday, October 6, 10:30 PM ET/PT Source: Collider
  • Is the New 'Hunger Games Poster' Hotter Than the First?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 20, 2011
    Granted, this is pretty similar to the last Hunger Games poster we uploaded... except this one doesn't move. But don't let this static image cool you down—the crew behind The Hunger Games is still cooking up one hell of a barnburner. If the scorching new poster doesn't make you combust with excitement, then I'd say your brain is fried. This will surely be a film to rem-ember. See it, or you're toast. It'll be confla-great (new winner). The only thing that might top the heat in this poster? Star Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23, 2012. Source: Filmonic
  • 'Enchanted' Director to Helm Animated 'Monkeys of Mumbai'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 20, 2011
    I knew nothing about Monkeys of Mumbai, but was hooked once I heard the title. The developing DreamWorks Animation film has signed on director Kevin Lima, whose past projects have included Tarzan, A Goofy Movie, 102 Dalmations and Enchanted. A man this dedicated to both animated and live-action whimsy is a perfect fit for the magical tale of a pair of simians defending their home against a supernatural demon. My guess: they win. The story is actually derivative of a Hindu poem titled "The Ramayana," wherein the reincarnated embodiment of the Hindu god Vishnu befriends and teams with a monkey soldier to battle the demon Ravana. It appears as if the DreamWorks film is straying away from some of the spirituality and focusing primarily on the power of monkeys. There really is just something about monkeys... Source: Comingsoon
  • 'South Park' Renewed Through 2013
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 20, 2011
    South Park will never die. Nothing can kill it. Existing long after a nuclear apocalypse prompts the downfall of humanity will be shockingly relevant episodes of the series, catering to an audience of the remaining populace of cockroaches. But for now, Comedy Central is asking for two new seasons to continue through 2013. Before the subsequent season kicks off, we'll see the second half of the currently on-hiatus fifteenth season this fall. Seven new episodes will broadcast starting October 5. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone may have suggested otherwise in the subtext of the most recent episode, wherein a fight between characters Randy and Sharon Marsh was an overt allegory for an argument that the cartoon was growing stale and repetitive. However, nothing is stopping the show in the near future. Perhaps, though, we might see a change-up in its formula. Source: AOLTV
  • Ben Stiller to Reimagine 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 20, 2011
    A remake of 1947's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of those grand Hollywood aspirations that never managed to materialize. The project was passed through the hands of some very accomplished directors: Spielberg, Howard, Verbinski. But none ever got this film off the ground. So who in this day and age, pray tell, is so capable, so ambitious, so artistically poignant as to not merely take this movie on as director, but also as its star performer? The same man who double-headed Zoolander: Ben Stiller. As an actor, Stiller has his techniques. He's got the timid shlub good-guy and the machismo-epitomized antagonist. Somewhere in between, he occasionally lands on the vapid, self-centered priss for whom we eventually decide to root. As a director—and I might not be in vast amounts of company here—I've always found him to be surprisingly adept. Reality Bites is the move I always wished I was old enough to appreciate when it was relevant. The Cable Guy is amazing (stop shaking your head; it's amazing). And Heat Vision and Jack is way too good for anyone to have ever heard of it (a little Google searching can uncover that one). So, this new project is not without its promise. The story visualizes the title character's imagination, in which he invests himself in order to escape, if only briefly at a time, his unhappy life. However (as is the glory of film), his daydreams begin to invade reality: so we're looking at something in the vein of either Bedtime Stories or Stranger than Fiction. Let's aim for the latter, Stiller. Souce: Indiewire