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.

Uggie, The Scene-Stealing Canine Star of ‘The Artist,’ Dead at 13

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by Matt Singer August 12, 2015 @ 8:20 AM
David Livingston, Getty Images
The Artist was never an easy sell. A black-and-white silent film made in 2011? With a cast of French actors unknown in America? A big part of what helped this unique project crossover with U.S. audiences, connect with viewers all over the world, and even win an Oscar for Best Picture was Uggie, the adorable Jack Russell Terrier owned by the film’s main character.

The Director of ‘Crash’ Doesn’t Think It Deserved the Best Picture Oscar Either

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 3:52 PM
Lionsgate
Check almost any post of the worst Oscar winners in history (like, say, this or this or this or this) and you are bound to find, at or near the very top, Paul Haggis’ Crash. The story of racial collisions (like, literally) in Los Angeles got plenty of good reviews upon its release in 2005, but pretty quickly the positive sentiment curdled into resentment as the film wound up sweeping through awards season and besting even more well-regarded films like Brokeback Mountain and Good Night and Good Luck. A decade later, public opinion is almost unanimous; the Oscars got it wrong.

There Won’t Be a New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer at D23

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 2:55 PM
Lucasfilm
If you’re the Star Wars fan who loves to be teased with lots of hints and clips about the upcoming movies then J.J. Abrams is basically your Darth Vader. Abrams hates to tease people with lots of hints and clips; he prefers to keep as much of his movies hidden from view for as long as humanly possible. His Bad Robot team practices a code of omerta that would make the Mafia blush.

New ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Trailer Brings Us Closer to Showtime

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 1:58 PM
Universal
I’m not ashamed to say it; I watched Jem as a I kid. I liked it! It wasn’t so much the glamour and glitter that appealed to me (ditto the fashion and fame). But the idea of this rock star with a superhero-style secret identity seemed really cool, as did some of the details of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, which I assumed (at the age of like five years old) was basically like a documentary.

Bestflix: August 2015’s Best New Netflix Instant Titles

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 12:09 PM
https://youtu.be/YXA1Eoy6oWc
Bestflix — ScreenCrush’s monthly video series dedicated to finding the best new stuff to watch on Netflix — is back with more recommendations for August 2015. (If you missed May, June, or July’s episodes, it’s not too late...

Tom Hardy Loads Up ‘100 Bullets’ Movie Adaptation

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 11:28 AM
DC Comics
Tom Hardy digs DC Comics. He was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and he was supposed to star in Suicide Squad until scheduling conflicts with The Revenant forced him out of the project (Hardy said he was “gutted” to lose the gig). In May, we got word that Hardy was also developing another DC project, though he wouldn’t say just what it was. Here’s how he described it at the time:

Christopher Guest Is Making a Netflix Original Film about Sports Mascots

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 10:53 AM
Netflix
Netflix is reportedly planning to spend $5 billion (not a typo, billion with a ‘b’) on original content next year, and they keep unveiling one big project after another. Here’s the latest: A Netflix Original Film from Christopher Guest, the director of classic mockumentaries (although he hates that term, never use it in front of him for any reason, and I say this from experience) like Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show, and one-third of the mock-rock band Spinal Tap, whose own faux documentary essentially invented the entire genre of fake-doc comedies.

Spider-Man Might Wear Two Different Costumes in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 10:27 AM
Sony
Before he stars in his own solo film for Sony, Tom Holland will make his big Spider-Man debut for Marvel in next spring’s Captain America: Civil War. Though neither film will tell Spider-Man’s origin, Holland’s Spidey will be young and inexperienced; the better to contrast with the more adult heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A young and inexperienced Peter Parker also potentially means a poorly dressed one; what kind of 15-year-old kid knows how to make an incredibly intricate superhero costume with multiple colors and webs and such?

Fox Reportedly Still Moving Ahead With ‘Fantastic Four 2’

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by Matt Singer August 11, 2015 @ 9:52 AM
As of this writing, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four has made $25.6 million. Improbably, that’s less than half of either of the previous big-budget Fantastic Four movies, which are widely disliked by comics fan and cinephiles alike. There’s a chance Trank’s FF could wind up grossing less in theaters than Blade: Trinity, or even Trank’s own surprise debut hit, Chronicle (which cost about a tenth of his follow-up). In Hollywood parlance, those are ungood numbers. In most cases, they would almost mean certain doom (har dee har har) for any chance of a sequel.