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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.
  • Spike Lee Revives 'Do the Right Thing' Character for a Sequel?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 11, 2011
    I already have no idea how I feel about Spike Lee—it’s actually a dilemma that keeps me up a few nights a month. And now he’s going and doing something like reviving his character from Do the Right Thing, the Spike Lee-est of all Spike Lee Joints, in a sort-of-a sequel, Red Hook Summer. The ambiguity is deepened. Lee shot and starred in Do the Right Thing twenty-two years ago, and hasn’t acted whatsoever in just over a decade. So this choice to play Mookie, his ‘89 film’s protagonist, in a new movie wherein an Atlanta-based character visits Brooklyn for a summer is surprising. Adding to the mystery of the film is the out-of-nowhere start date for production: today. This morning, Lee (via his Twitter), sent out the message, "Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet." Vague, but definitive. The director is describing the project as a “small indie” film, due possibly to the trouble he is reportedly having with finances. Lee is also involved with the Mike Tyson-based series Da Brick on HBO, and a remake of Oldboy. Source: Collider
  • What People Think About 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 11, 2011
    Sequels and adaptations are generally types of films that are most susceptible to harsh criticism. Fans of the original movies or source materials often take issue with liberties taken by the filmmakers, unjust representations of characters or events, or a failure to capture the essence of the story. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has defied all odds and become one of the most well-reviewed movies I’ve ever encountered. No one seems to have a bad thing to say about the film. We’ve compiled a small list of a few of our colleagues’ thoughts on Deathly Hallows Part 2, all singing its unabashed praises. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter "It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory -- and quite satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.…This is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now." The Young Folks "The best word to describe the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is epic. But even that is an understatement. I was blown away by the movie, and it was only the test screening! The final Potter film is a tour de force, with enough momentum that I think it will ride in victoriously during awards season. (Finally!)" Slashfilm "Non-fans might find it strange at times, but who cares? They shouldn’t have come to a seventh sequel in the first place. This movie is the close-enough-to-perfect cherry on top of a franchise that will be remembered for years to come. It’s ripe, beautiful, and you’ll be sad – but satisfied – when you’re done with it." Peter Bradshaw, Guardian "Sensational, satisfying, surreal ... an explosive final chapter puts the magic back into the Harry Potter franchise." Justin Chang, Variety "With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, Part 2 will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric Part 1." Helen O'Hara, Empire Magazine "A worthy farewell that packs in as much action as its seven predecessors combined and manages not to stint on the emotional beats. Harry Potter leaves us as a quiet, bespectacled, corduroy-wearing hero for the ages." Sean Munro, What Culture "Bear with the slow start and what you get in this bookending installment's latter two acts is more pathos, exhilaration, and sheer entertainment value than anything else in the entire eight-film, ten-year saga. Potter has certainly saved the best for last." Birmingham Mail "All too soon, in the words of the tagline, 'It All Ends'. Spectacularly. Emotionally. And Wonderfully." Sam Reynolds, Digital Spy "It's Harry Potter as a full-tilt action picture, yet unlike the mind-numbing action of Transformers, here you feel totally invested in the protagonists' plight." Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.com "Defined by darker mood and greater gravity than previous chapters, this film concludes the series on a high note that should please viewers and get serious attention as Oscar contender."
  • Robert Downey Jr. Fans, Prepare to Swoon at New 'Sherlock Holmes' Posters
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 11, 2011
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will be with us this December. What better way to pass the time than by gazing into the eyes of the film's two leading men? You have the choice of Robert Downey Jr.'s incorrigible mug or Jude Law's mustachioed grimace. In either event, you get an ominous side-character leering from the backdrop. Choose wisely. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hits theaters December 16. Source: Comingsoon
  •  'Man of Steel' Finds Its Hard-Nosed General in Harry Lennix
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    Enlisting in the upcoming best-Superman-movie-since-1983 Man of Steel is Harry Lennix, most notable for his role in The Matrix sequels as Commander Lock. Lennix will be portraying General Swanwick, whose description as a “high-ranking military officer” might suggest a heavy significance to the story. Lennix seems to have a penchant for playing various forms of military personnel and law enforcement, as he portrayed an army sergeant in Across the Universe and has appeared in The Handler, JAG and Diagnosis Murder. Lennix joins Christopher Meloni, also cast as a military officer, and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Kevin Costner in Man of Steel. Source: Showblitz
  • New 'One Day' Trailer Looks Incredibly Good
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    The first few moments of the One Day trailer make it seem like your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. Then, BAM!---it becomes hilarious. That maintains for a while, before it becomes heartbreaking. And then at the end, you decide it has a lot to say. Plus, with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (21, Across the Universe) under the direction of Lone Scherfig (the Oscar-nominated An Education), you've got three winners at the head of this movie. So, unlike your run-of-the-mill romantic drama, it actually looks...romantic. And dramatic. And awesome.
  • Watch: Sneak Peek at Sunday's 'True Blood'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    The upcoming episode of True Blood, "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" exemplifies the show's versatility: Lafayette and Tara bounce plans off one another, some high-caliber litigation goes down when Bill doles out sentences, and Jason undergoes some pretty heavy kidnapping. The episode will air July 10 at 9 p.m.
  • Glimpse Upon the Epic New 'Conan the Barbarian' Poster
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    The new Conan the Barbarian poster promises a film exceptionally reminiscent of the source material created by Robert E. Howard. Clearly, that does not mean skimping on the intensity: Jason Mamoa will lead an epic, 3D saga of strange haircuts, screaming old men, deadly kisses and tentacled beasts, opening August 19. Source: Fandango
  • Fan Favorite Brienne Cast in 'Game of Thrones'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    The first season of Game of Thrones was way more popular than anyone expected—thus, any new actors would be wise to hitch his wagon to a role in the upcoming second season, if the opportunity was kind enough to present itself. For British actress Gwendoline Christie, the coveted role of Brienne might be what jump-starts a long career. Reportedly, she killed it at the audition, so here's wishing good luck to the aspiring performer. Brienne will be no easy character to play: she’ll prove to be an adept swordswoman with knightly ambitions and a pledge of service to Renly Baratheon, brother of the late King Robert. The character is a fan favorite among those who read the Game of Thrones books, but that doesn't always translate to the small screen. Production of the second season of Game of Thrones begins at the end of July. Others speculated to be joining the cast include Natalie Dormer and Christopher Eccleston. Source: AOL TV
  • Which Iconic Character Will Naomie Harris Play in 'Bond 23'?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    Playing rebooted characters is doubtlessly intimidating—in the Bond universe, there is nary a role that can be cast without an upsurge of “Are you kidding me?!”s. But I have a very good feeling about Naomie Harris as Moneypenny in the upcoming Bond 23, directed by Sam Mendes. As previously speculated, the actress has recently been confirmed to take on the role in the 2012 installment opposite Daniel Craig. Harris is a great pick because she’s exceptionally versatile. She doesn’t rely on a resonant persona, but instead seamlessly becomes her roles. I guess that’s the whole point of acting—but how many performers today can you say that about? Harris’ most famous work would probably be 28 Days Later and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, in which she excelled. Moneypenny, name alone, ranks high among beloved Bond characters. The role was immortalized by Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in fifteen different Bond films, over a twenty-three year span. That’s the kind of thing that really does a number on your sense of identity. Source: DailyMail
  • Robert Kirkman Walks Us Through 'The Walking Dead' Season 2
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    Every mention of the return The Walking Dead, ironically, gets my heart racing. The featurette below is led by series writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman, who is actually hilarious—he has the indisputably fascinating subject matter of zombie adventures at his disposal, and he’s making jokes about air conditioners. There is also brief "chat" with star Rick Grimes, and one with a zombie. The Walking Dead's second season will premiere this October on AMC. Source: AOL TV