Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website ScreenCrush.com. For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.
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That’s a scene from 2011’s Goon, a warm but irreverent comedy about a sweet-natured (but incredibly tough) enforcer for a minor league hockey team. Goon was a Slap Shot for the 2000s, right down to the way it almost immediately gained a small but deeply passionate cult fanbase, and it boasted one of the best performances of Scott’s career. (Seriously. He’s awesome in it. And he’s great as Stiffler, too, and doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a comic actor in general. But that’s a conversation for another time.)
When Frank Grillo’s character was introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he seemed like a decent dude; working for S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Chris Evans’ Cap to save a bunch of kidnapped hostages. But for longtime Marvel readers, Grillo’s character’s name, Brock Rumlow, was a major red flag. In the comics, Rumlow is the real name of Crossbones, a deranged super-villain and frequent associate of the Red Skull. Sure enough, by the end of Winter Soldier, Grillo’s Rumlow revealed his true allegiance to Hydra (an organization created by none other than Red Skull) and squared off with Anthony Mackie’s Falcon in hand-to-hand combat.
According to Latino Review, after a long search, Butterfield has secured the role of Peter Parker for Sony’s newer, hipper, younger, version of Spider-Man. Word on the Interwebs (heh) claims this new Spider-Man will make his onscreen debut in next March’s Captain America: Civil War before spinning off into his own solo movie franchise that will be released by Sony but made in conjunction with Marvel and would be considered part of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. That film (or, let’s be honest, franchise) would be separate from the animated Spider-Man movie that is also currently in development at Sony, under the direction of Lego Movie filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Next week, after three final shows, David Letterman hangs up his double-breasted sport coat and retires as the host of the Late Show with David Letterman. Today, CBS announced the lineup for the final episodes. Monday Tom Hanks and Eddie Veder will appear; Wednesday will be “an hour filled with surprises.” In between, in a decision perfect in its own circular way, Bill Murray will join Letterman for the final time.
I know the default mode of all movie bloggery is skepticism, cynicism, and snark. But I read the news from The Hollywood Reporter that the men of The Lonely Island — Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone — are in production on a “musical comedy” and all I feel is joy and excitement, like a man who’s on a boat, or a different man enjoying a lazy Sunday, or a third person who just cut a hole in a box for the express purpose of then stuffing his junk in that box.
T-minus one week and counting until the very last Late Show with David Letterman and the tributes are coming faster and faster, and sadder and sadder. I hope on the last installment of Stupid Pet Tricks one of the tricks is a shih tzu shedding a single tear for the end of this venerable late-night franchise, which comes to a close on May 20. It’s only fitting.
In the 1990s, Luc Besson looked like the next European director to take Hollywood by storm. Each of movies made a bigger impact in the U.S. than the one before it; La Femme Nikita, The Professional, and The Fifth Element. But just as he cracked through to the mainstream, Besson pivoted away from directing and became more of a mini-mogul, running his EuropaCorp production company and cranking out action flicks that he would often co-write and produce but not direct like District B13, Lockout, and The Transporter and Taken franchises.
ScreenCrush editor, comic-book lover, and undiagnosed masochist Matt Singer is systematically watching every single (American) comic-book movie ever made in the order in which they were released. This week in The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies: This looks like a(nother) job for Superman.
The Hollywood Reporter calls it “Godzilla meets Lost in Translation.” That gives me images of a giant Bill Murray demolishing Tokyo, but no, apparently there are no oversized Ghostbusters in the film, which is titled Colossal. Instead, Anne Hathaway is “set to star” in the project, which will be written and directed by Timecrimes and Open Windows filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo. Here’s the plot description:
By now, you’ve probably heard: Mad Max: Fury Road is a modern masterpiece of action filmmaking. But you may not know that Mad Max: Fury Road is also one of the most amazing assemblages of crazy character names in the history of cinema. There’s Max, and then there’s everyone else; apparently when the world ran out of gas, they also ran out of normal names. Charlize Theron plays “Imperator Furiosa.” Nicholas Hoult is “Nux.” And those are on the not-crazy end of things, it gets really weird from there.