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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.
  • 'Captain America' Could Be the Kookiest Movie of the Summer
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    Captain America: The First Avenger has everything: war, romance, action, superpowers, cars, scientists, marching, mustaches, flaming barrels... don't believe me? Have a look! Warning: you may experience a sugar rush. Source; Comingsoon
  • Jason Sudeikis to Join 'Eastbound & Down'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    Proving to be the hero that we always knew he was, Jason Sudeikis is not shirking his attachment to television acting, despite an influx of movie roles. Sudeikis will play a recurring role in the third season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down, starring Danny McBride. Sudeikis will play Kenny Powers’ (McBride) friend. This season will return Powers and his team to their North Carolina setting. Aside from co-headlining Horrible Bosses, which opens today, Sudeikis will reunite with (one of) the Farrelly Brothers for an untitled project in which he’ll play Batman. I am already intrigued. He’ll also be starring with Lucy Punch, Leslie Bibb and Martin Starr (who should really be way more famous than he is) in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, in which a group of longtime friends attempt to accomplish the exactly what is described in the title. A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is set to open September 2. Source: Variety
  • Hill and Wahlberg to Kick Butt, Make Us Laugh in 'Good Time Gang'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 08, 2011
    These days, action and comedy have been melding prevalently among the main clique of funny guys in Hollywood. It started with Pineapple Express, progressed through The Other Guys, and will be manifesting in the form of the upcoming 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill. Now, further contributing to this series, Hill is set to star in Good Time Gang with Mark Wahlberg. Good Time Gang is a “buddy mercenary” movie—they have a section for that on Netflix, right?—wherein Hill and Wahlberg, a pair of fun-loving hired guns, get attached to a terrorist assassination that inspires conflict when one of the two title characters realize he is related to one of the terrorists they are hired to kill. Max Landis, currently working on a Frankenstein film (reportedly from the perspective of Igor) for Fox, wrote the script. Wahlberg will also be seen in the upcoming projects Contraband opposite Kate Beckinsale, Three Mississippi opposite Will Ferrell and Ted opposite a stuffed animal. Source: Collider
  • TNT Renews 'Falling Skies' For a Second Season
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 07, 2011
    Good news for (apparently) a whole lot more of you than I thought: TNT’s alien invasion series Falling Skies is renewed for a second season. The science-fiction drama stars Noah Wyle as a former history professor playing an authoritative role in the post-invasion military society and vying against all odds to keep his sons safe, all the while fostering a good deal of chemistry with a pediatrician played by Moon Bloodgood. Apparently, the network isn't taking any big risks by issuing the renewal. Falling Skies garners over six million viewers per week: the highest ratings for a cable drama. The fifth episode of the first season, “Silent Kill,” will debut this Sunday. The second season is set to air at the beginning of summer 2012. Source: TVLine
  • Alexandra Daddaro Joins 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 07, 2011
    To conceive of a Texas no longer plagued by Chainsaw Massacres… what a world that would be. The upcoming installment, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, has just added Alexandra Daddaro to its cast. Daddaro is still relatively new to film; she led Percy Jackson and the Olympians (and is rumored to do the same for a sequel) and played a supporting role in Hall Pass. John Luessenhop will direct this new Massacre, which will be the seventh big-screen incarnation of the idea developed by Tobe Hooper (for whom the upcoming film’s protagonist is named) in 1974. You’ve given cinema a new face, Mr. Hooper. A face of leather. Daddaro’s character is reported to be a somewhat dark and disturbed, but generally “good” woman named Heather, whose ambiguous connections to the murders prompt her to investigate. Source: Comingsoon
  • That Funny Kid from 'Modern Family's' Joins Funny Movie 'The To Do List'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 07, 2011
    I think, what with the imminent apocalypse, whatever force it is that controls the universe has decided to allow the best comedy film ever to be made: The To Do List, which just keeps getting more and more impossibly awesome—trigger the inclusion of Nolan Gould, better known as Luke Dumphy from Modern Family. Two of my cowriters here at Hollywood.com have penned their own love-letters (one and the other) to the accumulating cast of this movie, which was previously titled The Hand Job. As the players in the film include Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat and Bill Hader, you’d have to be a comatose Satanist not to be as excited as we all are. There’s something about Nolan Gould’s (who, in contrast to his Modern Family character, is actually a member of Mensa) delivery as Luke that is at once extremely peculiar but incredibly effective as a comedic performance, which makes me just as excited to see the child actor take to the big screen in this supermovie as I am to see the love of my life, April Ludgate (now Dwyer…but I’ll find a way to change that), star in it. Gould’s character will be the head of a pre-teen gang of Pool Rats, who hang around by the public pool, inciting trouble and shadowing the older kids of the neighborhood. Writer-director Maggie Carey, I don't know how to thank you for doing this for humanity. We all really love you here. Source: Hollywood Reporter
  • Giovanni Ribisi Joins Overload of A-List Talent in 'Gangster Squad'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 07, 2011
    Every piece of news I hear about Gangster Squad further contributes to an already overzealous anticipation of this sure-to-be-awesome movie. Joining the assemblage of splendor that is the existing cast is Giovanni Ribisi, who I liked before it was cool. Ribisi will join living legends Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, and Bryan Cranston in the ‘elite cop squad’ hunting down the head of the “Jewish Mafia,” Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Ribisi’s character will be an expert in electronics, which, as the film is set in the 1940s, means he owns two lamps. Giovanni Ribisi has never disappointed me—be it mining Unobtanium, stealing cars or fathering triplets fostered by his sister’s surrogate womb, he’s got a screen presence that will only augment this already unstoppable film. The former Cory Kupkus will also be joining Johnny Depp in the upcoming adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary and will play a major role in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted. Source: Deadline
  • Meryl Streep Delivers Her Own 'King's Speech' in 'The Iron Lady'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 07, 2011
    The Iron Lady stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, the only female Prime Minister the United Kingdom has had to date. The trailer is pretty exciting (especially if you don't know what the movie is about first...which, if you've read this far, you do... sorry), and gives hope for a genuine and compelling biopic. The Weinstein Company, the same folks who brought us last year's The King's Speech, appear to be working their British drama magic once again -- which we can only assume means Oscars are on the way... Source: Comingsoon
  • 'The Big Lebowski' Rolls on to Blu-Ray, Man
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 06, 2011
    No clever remark I could input here would really do this news justice, so I’ll cut to the chase: The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-Ray will be available August 16. I can’t decide which wry reference to go with, so here’s everything I’ve got: it’ll really tie your Blu-Ray collection together; this Blu-Ray will stand, man; I’m not being fatuous, this Blue-Ray is legit—it’s not a ringer for a ringer (double whammy); this Blu-Ray is what happens when you meet a stranger in the alps (that one’s META); this Blu-Ray is the Walrus. Okay, it’s out of my system. Check out the special features: BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES: • U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive feature that lets the viewer access bonus materials without leaving the movie! -Scene Companion: Watch cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage and more during key scenes with this picture-in-picture companion. -Mark it Dude: This onscreen counter really ties the film together. Keep track of all the “F-Bombs,” “Dudes,” and “Dude-isms” in the film with this ultimate fan guide. -The Music of The Big Lebowski: Instantly identify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even purchase them from iTunes®! • WORTHY ADVERSARIES: WHAT’S MY LINE TRIVIA: Test your Lebowski knowledge by finishing lines of dialogue during the film. Play as Walter or The Dude or in two-player mode against friends. • BD-LIVETM: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more. • pocket BLU™: The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player. Also available on the iPad™, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as: -Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease. -Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film. -Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere. -Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device. -Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard. • uHEAR™: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed. ADDITIONAL BONUS FEATURES: • JEFF BRIDGES PHOTO BOOK: For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents exclusive shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski providing personal commentary on each photo. • THE DUDE’S LIFE: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and their delivery of the Coen Brothers’ dialogue that became classic movie lines. • THE DUDE ABIDES: THE BIG LEBOWSKI TEN YEARS LATER: A freewheeling conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic, including a discussion about what ever happened to the “little Lebowski” that the Dude and Maude made that fateful night! • THE LEBOWSKI FEST: AN ACHIEVER’S STORY: An in-depth look at the popular Lebowski Festival, formed by the legion of fans in honor of the film. • FLYING CARPETS & BOWLING PIN DREAMS: THE DREAM SEQUENCES OF THE DUDE: From aerial flights over Los Angeles with his bowling ball chasing Maude on a flying carpet, to the large scale “Busby Berkley” dance sequences as The Dude goes flying through the legs of all the bowling pin headed dancers, this piece examines how these “ahead of their time” scenes were constructed. • THE MAKING OF THE BIG LEBOWSKI: A behind the scenes look featuring interviews with the Coen Brothers. • PHOTO GALLERY: Slideshow of Jeff Bridges’ on-set photography. • INTERACTIVE MAP: Take a tour of the locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now. • AN INTRODUCTION: Featuring Mortimer Young, a practitioner of “non-uptight” film preservation. His restoration of the famous “toe scene” will blow your mind. (This Blu-Ray is throwin' rocks tonight!)
  • Check Out New 'Salvation Boulevard' Poster
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jul 06, 2011
    Salvation Boulevard, which played at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and opens in theaters on July 15, follows reformed Grateful Dead aficionado (Greg Kinnear), spiritually seduced by an evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan), raising a blossoming daughter (Isabelle Fuhrman) with his chronically faithful wife (Jennifer Connelly), and trying to avoid a former fellow hippie (Marissa Tomei) and recovering from the witness of a dastardly deed by the hands of the preacher and his henchman (Jim Gaffigan). Is that not enough awesome actors? Fine. ED HARRIS is in it too. Satisfied? Source: Comingsoon.net