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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.
  • Joe Manganiello Joins 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 14, 2011
    So, here's what the strategy for What to Expect When You're Expecting' seems to be: 1. Go to Wikipedia's "Living People" page. 2. Hire all of those guys. Added to the small society of human beings cast in the upcoming comedy film is Joe Manganiello of True Blood. Manganiello's character will be your standard free-living ladies man, inspiring jealousy in his male companions. "Davis," as is reported to be his name, will have many scenes with Chris Rock's character, who is slated to lead a support group for expectant fathers. Just yesterday, we found out that Chace Crawford, whose first name my spell check and I have a serious problem with, would sign on to play a food trucker paired romantically with Anna Kendrick, who will also be appearing in the sensation that will be 50/50. And, in case you haven't received the comprehensive list, here's everyone else who's going to be in this thing: Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Ed Helms,  Rob Huebel, Brooklyn Decker, Elizabeth Banks and Isla Fischer. Source: Vulture
  • New 'John Carter' Teaser Trailer is Otherworldly
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 14, 2011
    The new trailer for John Carter is out...and it has everything. Man wakes up in who knows where, only to face an imminent apocalypse and be told that it's his destiny to save the world he has come to know. But wait... there's swordfights, superjumps and apparently a member of Jar Jar Binks' lineage. Backed by a baritone exposition of the John Carter's lonely struggle, this is the kind of trailer that really makes a summer.
  • Check Out Over 70 New Captain America Photos
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 14, 2011
    Picture in your head every imaginable scene from the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger. Now scroll down. See how many things you missed. Source: Collider
  • Find Out How Joaquin Phoenix Plans to Take Over the World
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 13, 2011
    YES. THIS IS AWESOME. Okay, I know the flack that fans of Charlie Kaufman get—we only like him because he’s “different” and “existentialistic” and “meta-for-the-sake-of-meta” (which, really, is as meta as you can get), and we’re all just a bunch of unoriginal hipster contrarian wannabe artists without an original thought in our heads. FINE. I’LL ACCEPT ALL AND ANY OF THAT. I LOVE CHARLIE KAUFMAN, AND I LOVE SPIKE JONZE. AND THE DUO IS BACK IN ACTION, PEOPLE! But there’s more good news. Joaquin Phoenix is involved. The man who channeled the spirit of Andy Kaufman to create a new movie/lifestyle: I’m Still Here. And again, I will refute any condemnation of this opinion: that was awesome. The Kaufman/Jonze team brought us Being John Malkovich, a (great) movie about literally going into an actor’s brain, for some (great) reason, and Adaptation., a (greater) movie about the movie that this movie is, becoming the movie that it isn’t, which it does…become…you confused? Try watching the movie. By the way, it’s awesome. This new film, slated to begin production next March, will be, reportedly, a political satire about world leaders communing to determine the undeterminable: future wars, gas crises, the works. Sounds a little contrived? Well, guess what? It’ll probably be intentionally contrived just to define what contrivance has come to be, which will be epitomized by the existence of a reality equivalent and yet entirely dissimilar to the reality in the movie that both encompasses and is encompassed by the other reality, which only exists beyond the movie itself—and in its own mind. Confused? Embrace it. They’re back, people. THE DUO IS BACK. Source: Collider
  • One Pissed Off Monkey in New 'Planet of the Apes' Poster
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 13, 2011
    I stared at this poster for Rise of the Planet of the Apes for a few solid minutes to really try and figure out what was going on with this monkey. What's he all about? What's his angle? What will come of this rise? The trailer for the upcoming movie actually makes it look like a pretty interesting and cerebral film. And if you like James Franco, John Lithgow and Brian Cox—and really, what kind of person would you be if you didn't?—then you're in for what seems to be a good movie. Source: Collider
  • 'He Loves Me' Enlists a Fleet of Actors
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 13, 2011
    The directors of Little Miss Sunshine are redelivering cinematic glory with the upcoming He Loves Me, about the most despicably relatable frenzy for people in my line of work: writer’s block. Aside from an already compelling theme and winning directorial team of Valeria Faris and Jonathan Dayton, this movie has brought in a pretty impressive cast: Paul Dano, Little Miss Sunshine’s silent nihilist will lead the way, along with Annette Bening (last year’s Best Actress contender for The Kids Are All Right), Elliott Gould (for the older crowd: M*A*S*H; for the younger: Monica’s and Ross’ dad), Zoe Kazan (It's Complicated), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge), Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Antonio Banderas (you know who that is). Word has it that The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi is in consideration for a part as well. So, this movie seems to have something for everyone: the old, the young, the hip, the romantic, the nihilistic, the vampirious, the British... and with the duo that cranked out the shockingly good Little Miss Sunshine at the wheel, I'd call this a project with incredible promise. Source: Collider
  • Vin Diesel Starring in Secret Action-Thriller
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 13, 2011
    No one knows anything about the upcoming Vin Diesel movie—not the title, the story, anything. The one detail that has been released is that it’s an action-thriller…but, when we heard it was a Vin Diesel movie, we kind of assumed… Diesel and producing partner Samantha Vincent, both affiliated with One Race Productions, will be developing the film in a partnership with Simon Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas of the greenhorn company, the Ink Factory. Aside from this outlandishly secretive project, Diesel is also in the works with David Twohy for another Riddick installment—so…prepare for that. He’ll also be starring in and producing The Machine, which sounds almost exactly like Iron Giant…which starred Vin Diesel. Source: Comingsoon
  • Paul Rudd to Be Frozen...for Science!
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 13, 2011
    Documentarian Errol Morris decided to take his first crack at a feature film since 1991, adapting Robert Nelson’s We Froze the First Man, a comedy about awry cryogenics experiment, to put it simply (and rob it of justice). All of this is well and good, but it became well-er and good-er when Paul Rudd signed on to star in the project. Paul Rudd is making it happen in spades: this August, he’ll be the title character in the comedy Our Idiot Brother, which, thankfully, seems like it will utilize his comedic prowess beyond the role of straight man. Don't get me wrong, he's awesome at sardonic and jaded, but he's more than capable of playing some seriously "out there" characters: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Ten and (a movie I can't seem to stop citing in these articles) Wet Hot American Summer. Currently in production are the adaptation to every teenager’s favorite book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in which he’ll play the protagonist Charlie’s teacher Bill, and a sequel of sorts to Knocked Up, focusing on the relationship between Rudd’s and Leslie Mann’s characters. And then we’re gunna get to see him freeze people. Morris’ film, tentatively titled The Demon in the Freezer, is written by Zach Helm, who also cranked out Dr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and Stranger than Fiction, which was proficient in making me doubt reality entirely—but in a much funnier way than The Matrix did. Source: Indiewire
  • Will Josh Brolin Join Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 12, 2011
    Spike Lee is signed on to remake Oldboy -- there seems to be nothing anyone can do to stop that -- so we might as well make the best of it. The production company behind the remake, Mandate, is reportedly reaching to place a major role in the indubitably capable hands of Josh Brolin. The original Oldboy, for those unaware, was a South Korean action-packed mystery/thriller made back in 2003; it followed the short window of opportunity a former hostage victim has to take revenge on his kidnapper. So far, no word has reached the public on Brolin’s interest in the project. But if he does sign on, that’d put some major points in the film’s column. Brolin’s a winner. He was the saving grace of W., he stole the show in True Grit, and was totally awesome in that season one episode of 21 Jump Street. Even if the man doesn’t sign on for this role, we’re in for some upcoming Brolinity. Gangster Squad, a developing 1940s crime piece, has Brolin cast alongside every amazing actor alive today. He’ll also be playing the Young Agent K in the upcoming Men In Black III -- hopefully, there’s a lot of flashbacks. Source: Twitchfilm
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt Takes on Fate in New '50/50' Poster
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 12, 2011
    I feel very weird saying this, considering the subject matter, but I am EXTREMELY excited for the upcoming comedy-drama 50/50, wherein Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character gets cancer and has a (I bet you can guess) chance at surviving. I am prepared to laugh so hard I cry... and also just plain cry. The new poster shows best friend/support system character Seth Rogen watching uneasily as JGL taking matters into his own hands.. Get a taste for intriguing balance between drama and comedy in the trailer for 50/50, which hits theaters September 30. Source: Slashfilm