Matt Singer Biography
Let’s say you don’t get out to the theater much, and you’ve seen the list of 2015 Academy Award nominees, but you haven’t seen any of the films themselves. Catching up with them individually would be almost impossible, not to mention wildly expensive. But if you want to watch all this year’s Best Picture nominees in one shot there is one way: AMC Theatres is bringing back their annual tradition of marathoning the entire Oscar field. If your butt is strong enough to withstand eight movies back-to-back(-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back), this event is for you.
If you haven’t watched Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘The Interview’ yet, either because you’re too cheap to spend $6 to rent it online, or you were worried North Korean hackers would catch you buying it and share your private emails slagging your boss with the world (I’m sorry Mike! When I called you “a giant goober,” I meant that in an affectionate way, like Goobers candy! Which everyone loves!) you are in luck. As part of their quarterly letter to shareholders, Netflix announced that they will “exclusively” offer the comedy to its U.S. and Canadian customers starting this Saturday, January 24. Sorry Netflix Netherlands! You’re out of luck for now.
When Disney bought George Lucas’ company, they got more than the buildings, computers, droids, and the ‘Star Wars’ intellectual property. They also got George Lucas’ unused ideas for future ‘Star Wars’ movies. Though Lucas had insisted for years that ‘Revenge of the Sith’ was his final ‘Star Wars’ film, that didn’t stop him from brainstorming a few other potential stories that could be set after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and, I assume, mostly involve Jar-Jar Binks wandering the universe and getting into “hilarious” misadventures).
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: A look back at the forgotten hero who starred in the genre’s first-ever masterpiece:
‘American Sniper’ had a record-shattering weekend at the box office, grossing an astounding $105 million from Friday to Monday. It’s already the second biggest earner of Clint Eastwood’s entire career after ‘Gran Torino,’ and with six Academy Award nominations (and great word-of-mouth) behind it, it’s posed to become his biggest hit ever.
In 2002, a movie terrified a generation with seven simple words: “Before you die, you see the ring.” The ring of ‘The Ring,’ this creepy video tape (and the weirdo ghost attached to it), was based on a Japanese novel and subsequent movie adaptation but went on the great success and acclaim in its own right. (Many, this writer included, actually prefer Gore Verbinski’s American version to the original.) A not-so-hot sequel followed and then, well, nothing. Maybe the idea of a VHS tape that kills everyone who watches it started to lose its cache after VHS went extinct. Just a guess.
‘The Simpsons’ is old. It’s been airing on Fox since 1989; 26 seasons of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie and counting. For point of reference, for something to have been in its 26th season on the air in 1989, it would have had to debut in 1963, the year President Kennedy was assassinated. The show’s longevity is just insane.
Imagine what it must be like to make a movie. You pour your heart, soul, and several years of your life into it. It gets nice reviews, makes a little money. People tell you you’re an Oscar contender. Then people tell you you’re a major Oscar contender. Then you wake one day and watch the Oscar nominations live and they don’t call your name. And then you have to pretend that you’re not hugely emotionally devastated because everyone expects you to be a good sport and a gracious loser and to smile and applaud for your colleagues.
I wonder if Chris Kyle was a Clint Eastwood fan. ‘American Sniper’’s marketing materials describe Kyle as “the most lethal sniper in U.S. history,” but before his military career, Kyle was a cowboy. He wore a hat and boots, and even carried a six-shooter. Eventually, he gave up the cowboy life and decided to serve his country. He was a gifted marksman and trained to be a Navy SEAL. But even as a soldier, Kyle never lost that cowboy swagger—or that sense that someone has to venture out into the frontier and protect the American way of life. That’s what Kyle learned from his father—who raised him to be a “sheepdog,” a watchful protector in a world of sheep and wolves—and from watching violent Westerns like the ones that made Eastwood a major Hollywood star.
To be clear, this is not the trailer for ‘Die Hard.’ Or ‘Spy Hard.’ Or ‘Drive Hard.’ Or ‘Walk Hard’ (although that’s closer). No, this is the trailer for ‘Get Hard.’ Good, glad we cleared that up.