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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.
  • Jack White Intros Stephen Colbert's New Rock Ballad
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    There’s nothing about this video that’s not unsettlingly awesome—nearly as epic and hilarious as the musical event that preceded it five years ago. Jack White introduces the Black Belles (and Stephen Colbert) with unbridled enthusiasm. The Colbert Report Tags: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Source: Comedy Central
  • Mesmerizing New Image From Pixar's 'Brave'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    How lucky we are to live in the age of Pixar. The upcoming epic fairy tale, Brave, looks to be nothing short of a masterpiece—this new high resolution image of Princess Merida, the film’s hero who unwittingly unleashes evil upon the Scottish countryside, supports this theory. Wield your bow, Merida. Reclaim justice. Win our hearts. Source: Collider
  • Comic Con Hosts A "Fright Night" Screening, Panel & Contest
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    This year’s San Diego Comic Con is featuring a sneak preview of the upcoming Fright Night: a 3D reimagining of the 1985 horror cult classic, this time around to star Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The convention will host a panel on Friday, July 22, featuring these stars as well as director Craig Gillespie and writer Marti Noxon. Additionally, fans will be able to attend a screening of the film as well as a “fan appreciation party.” Comic-Con and Yahoo! Movies are also hosting a contest, “The Friday Night Feeding Frenzy,” beginning on Friday, June 24. The prize of the contest is a VIP trip for two to this year’s San Diego Comic Con. To win, fans must employ blogs, Facebook statuses and twitter in to check-in to events and share movie content—doing so will earn fans points. At the end of each week between July 1st and August 19th, the premiere of Fright Night, prizes will be awarded to fans who possess the highest amount of points. For more information, visit www.welcometofrightnight.com.
  • 'WarGames' Remake Declared; Seth Gordon To Direct
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    This is it. The movie to end all movies. Remember WarGames? The 1983 thriller that paired global warfare with computer games? One of those movies you tell yourself you adamantly hate and yet will actually be late to parties, school, weddings, in order to finish watching every time you see it on TV? Well, a remake of WarGames is being deployed. I know that wordplay barely works, but I’m way too excited to be eloquent. There’s more good news. This new WarGames is being directed by a man you’ve never heard of, but should have: Seth Gordon. Aside from the hilarity promised by his upcoming Horrible Bosses, his work with traditional films has been nothing to go to battle over (sorry, I'll cut it out), but his pride and joy was a 2007 documentary The King of Kong: a film all about people playing classic arcade games. Who ELSE could do justice to WarGames if not someone who has experienced firsthand how much videogames can take over human lives?! But there’s more. You know Community and Parks and Recreation: those shows that are so good that none of your friends could possibly appreciate them, but you still try to convince every one of them to watch? You know Modern Family: that show that all your friends tell you is WAY better than those other two shows, and, although you vocalize your disagreement with fervor, you actually sort of begrudgingly agree that it is pretty funny? You know The Office, which you and your friends agree had a good run before it went sour? Well, Seth Gordon has directed episodes of EACH of these shows. Good episodes, too. This man cannot be stopped. But can nuclear war ? That was the question in the original, where teens played by Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy fought to outsmart a government computer after they accidentally triggered it to launch nuclear weapons. And now, when the threat of the end of the world is all the more palpable and computers are all the more terrorizing, and the director’s credits are all the more impressive, WarGames will be all the more of a cinematic blitzkrieg (had to fit one more in). Source: Deadline
  • Sofia Vergara Pulls Out Of 'The Paperboy'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    The Paperboy just lost its headliner. Sofia Vergara, Gloria from Modern Family, was signed on for a major role in Lee Daniels’ upcoming film about a reporter heading south to investigate the possible wrongful incarceration of a death row inmate… sounds familiar… However, the actress is no longer attached to the film, as it has produced conflict filming the third season of Modern Family. However, the series has not kept her from accepting film roles entirely. In addition to appearing in July's The Smurfs, she’ll have a role in the Farrelly Brothers’ adaptation…remake?…homage?…movie, The Three Stooges, which, their record will prove, should either be fantastic or terrible. Those remaining in the cast of The Paperboy include Matthew McConaughey and Tobey Maguire. So…something tells me Vergara won’t be missing out on anything inspiring. Season three of Modern Family will debut this fall, with the whole cast in tow. And now they have a dog. Daniels’ two previous directing credits include Precious (oh, promising!) and Shadowboxer (oh…never mind). He is also currently developing a project about Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches. Source: Deadline
  • 'Bullet Run' Will Take Fast & Furious Direction From Rob Cohen
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    Back before it was a major world religion, The Fast and the Furious was a simple high-speed action movie directed by Rob Cohen, who had prior to that done most of his directing work for television. Now, Cohen is tacked on for another wearing-its-intensity-on-its-sleeve title, Bullet Run. Voltage Pictures brought in Cohen after receiving the script, which is your classic “Rogue Agent Married Couple Infiltrates Iran to Avenge their Daughter’s Death” story: a plot that was likely conjured up to serve as a reason to drive really, really fast for ninety minutes. Cohen is reportedly very excited about the project. Also in the works for the director is a mystery-thriller I, Alex Cross, based on the James Patterson novel: another revenge story (somebody must have wronged Cohen when he was younger) set to star Matthew Fox and Tyler Perry. As a man, this time. Andrew Hilton, writer of the upcoming The Lost Patrol, penned the script for Bullet Run. Zev Foreman will play executive producer. Source: Deadline
  • 'LOST's' Stephen Williams To Direct 'Transporter' Pilot
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    Stephen Williams, one of the clearly convoluted minds behind LOST, has signed on to direct the pilot for Cinemax’s upcoming series, The Transporter. The show, as was the case in its film franchise basis, centers on Frank Martin (played on the big screen by Jason Statham), a former Special Forces operator whose new career is transporting. Anything. For anyone. No questions asked.To play Martin in the series will be Chris Vance, memorable for Prison Break. Williams’ history on LOST, where, in addition to being the co-executive producer, called for him to direct twenty plus episodes, may lead those familiar with the show to wonder if Frank Martin’s already mysterious job description may in fact be more than meets the eye. Returning as his Inspector Tarconi character from the film will be Francois Berleand. Also signed on are Andrea Osvart as a former CIA operative, Delphine Chaneac as a reporter investigating Martin’s work, and Rachel Skarsten as a someone somehow linked to the title character’s past. Source: Hollywood Reporter
  • New 'Captain America' Trailer Tells A Story
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 24, 2011
    This new Captain America trailer actually seems to promote a little more story than previous ones. I guess they figure once you’re hooked by the parade of inexplicable explosions, they can sneak in a little character development. Still, this underdog story will stake its primary foundation in impressive visuals—so don’t expect a thinker. And Tommy Lee Jones is always worth watching. Source: Deadline
  • David O. Russell Testing Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde & Others For Next Film
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 23, 2011
    It’s really happening for David O. Russell. Now that he’s on the map thanks to The Fighter, he’s taking on a few ambitious projects—one of which is entitled The Silver Linings Playbook. The project will reunite Russell with three-time collaborator, Mark Wahlberg, but the lead female has yet to be cast. Apparently, it’s a role of heavy interest. Russell is in the process of testing a few ladies to take the part. Notable candidates to play against Wahlberg include Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, Olivia Wilde, and possibly Jennifer Lawrence. I’m a little torn on who to hope for, but I would enjoy seeing Mara expand her screen time to another role suitable to her talents. The story centers on a man (Wahlberg) who is rejoining society in an attempt to pinpoint life’s positives after four years in a mental institution following a mental collapse. The female character, a recent widow, will act as his love interest during a proverbial parade of grief-fueled sexual encounters. In addition to The Silver Linings Playbook, Russell is working on Maleficent, a Sleeping Beauty reimagining. After directing series of films that earned him modest recognition, Russell is finally gaining the notoriety he deserves. Sure, you’re all jumping on his bandwagon now. But I actually saw I Heart Huckabees in theaters. I’m still dealing with that on a personal level. Source: Hollywood Reporter
  • Fox's Announces 'X Factor,' 'Glee,' 'Terra Nova' Fall Premieres
    By: Michael Arbeiter Jun 23, 2011
    It's undeniably therapeutic to find out the exact date and time of all your favorite TV shows' premieres. Thankfully, Fox is providing us that luxury. They just announced the premiere dates for their returning and brand new Fall shows. One of this season’s most anticipated newcomers is The X-Factor, a British singing-competition franchise similar to American Idol both in format and in that Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul will reunite as judges, along with songwriter-producer L.A. Reid. Another exciting new program is Terra Nova, a science fiction series about a family from a decaying 2149 A.D. Earth who are transported to prehistoric times so they can help rebuild the world. Perhaps the most awaited returnee on Fox is Glee, which will sport a new cast of freshman characters, the students we know and love pursuing post-high school lives, and a fresher, more story-oriented approach. Finally, Fox will broadcast the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Nominees will be announced on July 13, giving us two months to get a head start on all the reasons why it must have been award show politics that caused our favorite programs to go home empty-handed. Here's the full premiere schedule, according to The Hollywood Reporter: Saturday, Sept. 10 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT COPS (Season Premiere) 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT COPS (Encore Episode) Sunday, Sept. 18 8:00-11:00 PM ET/ 63RD PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS (Live Telecast) 5:00-8:00 PM PT Tuesday, Sept. 20 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT GLEE (Season Premiere) 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT NEW GIRL (Series Premiere) 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT RAISING HOPE (Season Premiere) Wednesday, Sept. 21 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT THE X FACTOR (Series Premiere, Part 1) Thursday, Sept. 22 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT THE X FACTOR (Series Premiere, Part 2) Friday, Sept. 23 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT FRINGE (Season Premiere) Sunday, Sept. 25 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere) 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Season Premiere) 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT FAMILY GUY (Season Premiere) 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN DAD (Season Premiere) Monday, Sept. 26 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT TERRA NOVA (Series Premiere) Monday, Oct. 3 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT TERRA NOVA (All-New Episode) (Time Period Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT HOUSE (Season Premiere) Saturday, Oct. 29 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (Quarterly Specials Premiere) Sunday, Oct. 30 7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Time Period Premiere) 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode) 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT ALLEN GREGORY (Series Premiere) 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT FAMILY GUY (All-New Episode) 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN DAD (All-New Episode) Thursday, Nov. 3 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT THE X FACTOR (All-New Episode) 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT BONES (Season Premiere) Wednesday, Nov. 23 8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT THE X FACTOR (All-New Episode) 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (Series Premiere) Source: Hollywood Reporter