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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.
  • New 'Abduction' Poster Features Taylor Lautner With a Gun
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 22, 2011
    This new poster for John Singleton’s Abduction highlights the action-packed side of the story of young Nathan’s (Taylor Lautner) uncovered origins. Opening September 23, and boasting a cast that includes Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver, this movie looks to be more than just a teen drama about finding out you’re adopted. Source: Comingsoon
  • UPDATE: Ron Howard Considers 'Spy Vs. Spy' And 'Frankenstein'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 22, 2011
    UPDATE: Ron Howard's ambitions are expanding to include two more possible projects. The first is Spy Vs. Spy, an action-comedy derivative of the Antonio Prohias comic strip under development by David Koepp and writer John Kamps. The second project is a Frankenstein adaptation from the perspective of Igor, being written by Max Landis for Fox. These two films may join Howard's heavy workload which includes Rush and The Dark Tower. Tower might be in danger of termination, although Howard assures the public that he intends to complete the film. EARLIER: The days of thunder have returned—with class. A biopic called Rush, about the rivalry between Formula One racing drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, is now in the works. And to transform what could have been Fast and Furi-Six (that’s what they’ll call it) into a legitimate examination of human relationships in high-stakes competition, the project's creators enlisted director Ron Howard. When I put it that way, it sounds boring. But Howard is capable of gold. Look at A Beautiful Mind—he made us care about a guy whose entire life was basically just math. Cocoon—he turned hyperactive geriatrics into a classic sci-fi. EdTV—okay, bad example. But if anyone can take a topic like auto racing—a theme more connoted with base animal mindlessness than any other—and explore the intricacies of humanity that probably exist behind it, it’s Howard. Paul Greengrass, who gave us two thirds of the Bourne series, was originally attached to direct and the script comes from Howard’s Frost/Nixon collaborator, Peter Morgan. Howard will also be working on The Dark Tower—an apocalyptic western starring the horrifyingly good actor Javier Bardem. So, after immortalizing the auto industry with this groundbreaking study of interrelationships, Howard is sending Anton Chigurh on an amble—or a mosey—through the desert to save his dying world. Awesome just got awesomer. Source: Slashfilm
  • Jennifer Lopez Tapped For 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 22, 2011
    Last time Jennifer Lopez was pregnant in a movie, it didn’t work out so well for her (on many different levels). So, for her sake, let’s hope What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a different story. The singer-actress is reportedly deep in a deal with Lionsgate to play a major role in the upcoming comedy, which will chronicle six dissimilar expectant couples’ stories. Lopez’s future is already ill-defined, as she has yet to announce whether or not she’ll be returning to American Idol. One can assume that accepting a film role will drive her further from the possibility of playing host for another season on Fox. Also to play soon-to-be mothers in What to Expect When You’re Expecting (named for Heidi Murkoff’s and Sharon Mazel’s bestselling advice book series) are Cameron Diaz and Isla Fischer. The latter is also starring in the upcoming The Great Gatsby, for which I can't decide if I'm thrilled or terrified. Among the male cast thus far are Ed Helms—who just made me want to see this movie—and, if the studio gets its wish, the film will add Glee's Matthew Morrison, whose role on the series and musical tour would be a bit of a conflict for the film’s schedule. Source: NYMag
  • 'Entourage' Creator Enlists Spike Lee, Mike Tyson for HBO Show
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 22, 2011
    Every once in a while, we all get to thinking…What if Entourage was about boxers? And it was set in Newark? And it wasn’t a comedy? Entourage writer/producer Doug Ellin is setting out to answer these questions with a show HBO is developing: Da Brick. And working along with Ellin on the program include—get ready for this—Spike Lee, and—here’s the kicker—Mike Tyson. Apparently, the idea blossomed from a conversation Tyson had with Ellin during the former’s guest spot on Entourage in 2010. Tyson suggested a series based on his own rise to fame in boxing, paralleling Entourage roots in Mark Wahlberg acting origins. Ellin was interested in the project, but decided to only play producer, presumably as his writing roots are primarily in comedy. Producing the show with Ellin is regular partner Jim Lefkowitz, and acting as writer and showrunner is John Ridley, Lee’s partner in a developing film about the L.A. riots. Also involved with production are Azim Spicer and Tyson's wife, Lakiha Tyson. So, what is to be expected from a show based around a young Mike Tyson? Well, that’s just the thing. The man is as boundless as person can get in terms of conduct—so, add to the mix that we’re dealing with a plane of fiction and we can expect to see some things I don't think the human race is prepared for. Source: Deadline
  • Paramount Releases Amplifying New 'Footloose' Trailer
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 22, 2011
    With a Footloose remake, you’re not expecting a cerebral examination of the human condition. You’re expecting, and hoping for, exactly what this trailer shows: amplified emotions, outlandish behavior, and regrettably catchy music. Diehard fans will probably take issue with Kenny Wormald's lack of Baconity…but I say, give the boy a hand. Sorry for that, it had to be done. Tags: Movie Trailers, Movies Blog Source: MTV
  • New Poster for 2011 'Footloose' Movie
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 21, 2011
    After looking at the headline, how many of you don't already have the song in your head? I dare those select few to gaze deeply at the below image: Kenny Wormald, daydreaming on a Volkswagon. A hypnotic image, of a time long gone. A time before John Lithgow was a serial killer, or even an alien. A time when games of chicken in construction vehicles were the primary means of infusing oneself into new societies. Gaze at he picture. And go back to this time. Everybody. Cut loose. Source: MTV
  • James Cameron Discusses 'Avatar' Sequels
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 21, 2011
    The Avatar sequels are well into the writing process, and are naturally stirring up fans' expectations. Emperor James Cameron spoke with Fox News about the process and problems surrounding the development of the upcoming films. "We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-film story arc…not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I'm pretty excited about that…We're doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We're creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that's not already dead is coming back.” The distinction between what Cameron defines as a trilogy and what he understands to be a group of three films telling a connected story is a bit muddled, but it’s exciting to hear that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 intend carry on the tale organically. Cameron also discussed the difficulty in creating a sequel to a blockbuster like Avatar: "There's always an expectation. I had to deal with that after The Terminator back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was 'what are you doing next?' But my job is to take the audience on a journey and entertain them…The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora. I don't think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives." Cameron is currently writing the scripts to Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and plans to shoot them back to back. They are expected to reach theaters in the Decembers of 2014 and 2015, respectively. Source: Coming Soon
  • 'Breaking Bad' Trailer Suggests an Unstoppable Fourth Season
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 21, 2011
    Breaking Bad Season 3’s final episodes were so awesome as the hiatus to follow led to heavy withdrawal. But on July 17, we’ll finally have the most exciting and well-written show on television back. The new season looks like a logical advancement of Walt’s character, and a chemical explosion of life as we know it. Source: AV Club
  • Watch: The New 'Puss in Boots' Trailer
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 21, 2011
    How many Shrek-quels will the world face before we've had enough? That day may never come, but at least they've put a new spin on things with Puss in Boots. Clearly, as with its predecessors, this film will treat us to ninety visually-stimulating minutes of lowbrow humor made socially acceptable because it's being said by cats and eggs. This installment looks to have more of an action-thriller angle to it. Of course, adding Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis to the cast garners no complaints.
  • Clooney's 'Ides of March' to Debut at Venice Film Festival
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 21, 2011
    I don’t trust you, Clooney. You’re up to something. No one can be the way you are and not be up to something. I don’t know what you’re up to. But I know your latest directorial project is opening at the Venice Film Festival. And that doesn’t sit well with me. The Ides of March. That’s quite the grand title, Clooney. You got an allegory going on here? Trying to mold some minds? Inspire a new wave of thought? So who is in this thing, anyway? Paul Giamatti, eh? And Ryan Gosling? They’re pretty good. There must be a ="">pretty big angle here. All right, I’ll bite. What’s it about? A political drama? Governor aiming for the presidency? Played by you, no doubt. And you wrote it, too! Adapted it from a Farragut North by Beau Willimon with Grant Heslov. Don’t stop there—why don’t you produce? Yeah. You’re producing all right. You think you’re so much better than the rest of us, don’t you, Clooney? Sure. Everyone loved Good Night and Good Luck. Of course they did. A film about a victory over one of the most trying eras in our national history which was produced during another of the most trying eras in our national history. But I remember when you were on The Facts of Life. Remember Roseanne? I do. And what the hell was Baby Talk? So go ahead. Make your political parable. Bring it to Venice on August 31st. Wow the world. Let me know how it goes. I’m onto you. Source: THR