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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People wait in line for hours, even days, to get inside Hall H, San Diego Comic-Con’s Mecca of giant panels and exclusive video presentations. Last year, I walked the entire line the night before a big day of events; it stretched almost a mile and a half along the San Diego waterfront.
Talking animals, man. The kids love ’em. They love ’em.
The very last line of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is “That isn’t terrible at all,” dialogue that can only be interpreted as a final nod to a fanbase that has worked itself into a lather fretting about this reboot’s tone, special effects, and particularly its female-centric cast. It feels sort of like when the doctor gives you a pep talk after a shot you’ve been dreading: That wasn’t so bad now, was it?
If you can’t decide what to watch this weekend, ScreenCrush’s Staff Picks are here to help. They’re like the curated recommendations at an old video store, except you don’t have to put on pants or go outside to get them. Here are three things to watch this weekend:
I have a dream job. What could be better than watching and talking about movies for a living? Nothing; the answer is nothing. But lately my job has been a lot less fun than normal, because the movies themselves have been a lot less fun. Quite frankly, this summer sucks.
Some very cool news about this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, via the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun: They report that Beyond will reveal that John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu is gay. The character is also revealed to be “the loving father of a daughter with a same sex partner. And in typical trailblazing Trek fashion - it’s just not a big deal.” At least the daughter aspect fits with what little the previous Star Trek series revealed of Sulu’s private life; in 1994’s Star Trek Generations, Sulu’s daughter, Ensign Demora Sulu, serves as the helmsman on the Enterprise-B.
Emma Watson’s most recent movie might have been an epic flop in U.K. theaters last weekend, but I have a hunch that her next film might be a wee bit bigger. Just a smidge.
mp of online streaming for years now, but the competition is nipping at their heels like never before. Anyone who uses the service can tell you their film selection has shrunk in recent years, while other sites like Hulu and Amazon have beefed up their movie offerings. Variety writes about a new deal between Amazon Prime and Warner Bros. to boost the online retailer’s video site with a bunch of new exclusive WB titles.
That TV spot for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is called “The Slimers.” And if you watch through to the end, you see Slimer driving a car (ghosts can drive?) with a female Slimer. I guess that makes her a Slimette? I don’t know. Either way, she has hair and bright lipstick. Ghosts have hair? And lips?
It’s been a persistent question for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans: What will Marvel do when Robert Downey Jr. decides to retire as Iron Man, either because he gets too old to play a superhero or too bored with the character or too rich to be wooed from his Tony Stark-esque mansion with promises of tens of millions of dollars? A new storyline in the pages of Marvel Comics suggests one possible solution.