Matt Singer Biography

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.

Disney Bans Smoking in Youth-Rated Movies

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by Matt Singer July 14, 2015 @ 12:09 PM
Walt Disney Pictures
If you’re a fan of Disney baddies like cigar-smoking Bill Sykes from Oliver & Company (and really, who isn’t a fan of Bill Sykes from Oliver & Company?), this news is relevant to your tobacco-stained interests: The Walt Disney Company has banned all depictions of smoking from all of its films from all of its child-oriented labels (including Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm) rated G through PG-13. Via a press release:

Comic-Con and the Eventification of Hollywood

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by Matt Singer July 14, 2015 @ 9:13 AM
San Diego Comic-Con. Hall H. Land of excitement, exclusives — and absurdly long lines. All weekend, thousands of geeks waited to get into one of Comic-Con’s famous Hall H panels. By Thursday, the line stretched almost a mile and a half across the waterfront. Meanwhile, tucked into an obscure corner of the San Diego Convention Center with no line whatsoever, a panel took place that explained exactly why all those fans were waiting in the first place.

‘Fantastic Four’ Comic-Con Trailer: It’s (Almost) Clobbering Time

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by Matt Singer July 14, 2015 @ 8:32 AM
My favorite line in the new trailer for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, which was just released online after its debut last weekend at Comic-Con, is the one spoken by Reg. E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm. “It is our duty as human beings,” he says, “to push forward into the unknown.”

Warner Bros. Announces ‘Green Lantern Corps’ Movie at Comic-Con

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by Matt Singer July 11, 2015 @ 2:19 PM
Warner Bros.
The biggest news coming out coming out of today’s Warner Bros. panel: A confirmation of one of the biggest comic-book movie rumors in recent weeks, that Green Lantern is coming back to the big screen in the near future, and this time with multiple heroes sharing the spotlight. Reports have tied both Chris Pine and Tyrese Gibson to the project, and while neither gentleman was on hand at Hall H, Warners did confirm the movie is in the works, and it has a title: Green Lantern Corps.

Live From the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Comic-Con Panel

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by Matt Singer July 10, 2015 @ 7:48 PM
Lucasfilm
This is it. The moment fans were waiting overnight in a mile-and-a-half long line for: the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at San Diego Comic-Con. On hand for the festivities were director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, writer Lawrence...

Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Is Getting Its Own Comic Book

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by Matt Singer July 9, 2015 @ 4:15 PM
Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Ben Affleck knows a thing or two about playing comic-book characters onscreen. Ten years ago, he played Daredevil for Fox; next spring, he’ll tackle the role of Batman for Warner Bros. in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Before he’s seen as Bruce Wayne though, Affleck will first be seen in the Warner Bros. thriller The Accountant, as “a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin.” It’s not based on a comic book (it’s from an original script by Bill Dubuque) but it sort of sounds like one, right? Apparently the folks at Warners agreed, and as revealed at a panel this morning at Comic-Con, it’s going to become one.

‘Ant-Man’ Review: A Marvel Movie of Frustratingly Small Pleasures

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by Matt Singer July 8, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Marvel
Marvel is all about bigness. In the last couple years, the comic-book company turned Hollywood goliath has become become synonymous with a certain kind of blockbuster that’s so large it metastasizes beyond its own borders and crosses over into others. Marvel doesn’t make movies; they make universes. But you can paint yourself into a corner by perpetually topping yourself. At a certain point, how much bigger can you get?