Mike Ryan Biography

Mike Ryan is currently the senior editor at ScreenCrush. Mike most recently served as Senior Entertainment Writer for The Huffington Post. Previously, Mr. Ryan was a frequent contributor at Vanity Fair and Wired magazine and wrote for Time, GQ, ELLE-UK, and New York magazine.

In Honor of Thanksgiving, the 9 Best Movie Footballs

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by Mike Ryan 15 hours ago
Fox
Last night, I received an urgent message from editors: "With Thanksgiving this week, and football such a big part of Thanksgiving, you should write a piece on the best movies about football." "Sure," I replied. TO me, this seems like a very esoteric topic and I'm not sure there's a lot of interest in a post like this, but I certainly don't want to look like I'm not a team player and disregard a feature request. Anyway, here's a list of our eight favorite movie footballs! Happy thanksgiving! [Ed. note: We meant "football movies"]

‘Selma’ and Ferguson, MO: A Movie About 1964 That is About Today; This Day

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by Mike Ryan 2 days ago
After the November 17 New York City premiere of ‘Selma’—the new Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic that details his time during the Selma, Alabama civil rights marches—the film’s cinematographer, Bradford Young, speaking to the audience after, made a reference to this film being about today as much as it’s about 1964. While doing so, Bradford, who is an extremely passionate man, evoked images from what we all saw out of Ferguson, Missouri this past August. He then spoke emotionally about his job and his life and his family:

Matthew Goode on ‘The Imitation Game’ and Benedict Cumberbatch No Longer Complaining About His Career

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by Mike Ryan 3 days ago
Weinstein
Matthew Goode has a way of being the best thing in a lot of movies, even without a lot of starring roles. In ‘The Imitation Game,’ he is surrounded by talented actors (and actors getting Oscar buzz), yet, still, Goode is a standout as the rival and sometimes friend of Alan Turing —the man who helped break the Nazi code and was then punished by his own government for being gay, which eventually led to Turing’s suicide. Ahead, in an extended interview (we had enough time that even ‘Chasing Liberty’ was brought up for reasons I can’t 100 percent defend), Goode discusses his what-should-be-awards-buzzing performance and why he can’t be in as many movies as we’d maybe like him to be.

Emily Blunt on 'Captain Marvel' Role: "Let's Call Marvel About That Right Now"

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by Mike Ryan 4 days ago
Warner Bros./Marvel
On Sunday afternoon, we spoke to Emily Blunt who is promoting her role in Disney’s ‘Into the Woods.’ During this conversation, Blunt referenced her character in this summer’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ comparing that role to what a possible Marvel movie might be. It just so happens, Blunt’s name has been mentioned in Internet buzz as a possible lead in Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel’ (due in 2018), which would be Marvel’s first movie with a female lead. Has Blunt heard this buzz? As it turns out, she has. And she seems to find that buzz quite flattering, but admits she has had no discussions with Marvel at this time.

‘SNL’ Scorecard: Cameron Diaz Stars in the Best Sketch of the Season

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by Mike Ryan 4 days ago
NBC
Cameron Diaz has almost sneakily hosted 'SNl" enough times that, after last night, she’s only one away from the vaulted Five-Timers Club. Diaz first hosted back in 1998, a show that featured one of the funniest sketches of all time, ‘Jingleheimer Junction.’ This is all to say that it shouldn’t be too surprising that last night’s ‘SNL’ came off so, let’s say, professional with one sketch that even rivals ‘Jingleheimer Junction.’ On to the Scorecard we go...

Bill Cosby: What Happens When Your Childhood Hero is an Alleged Monster

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by Mike Ryan 6 days ago
When I was a little kid, Bill Cosby was someone who I (and many others) looked at as a person to aspire to be. He was the epitome of “good.” Looking back, I should have just stuck with Spider-Man and Han Solo—fictional characters have a way of not turning out to be alleged serial rapists—but this was the reality for many children of the ‘80s. I realize how stupid this sounds now. Human being are flawed (or much, much worse), but eight year olds don’t really think like that.

Trophy Talk: All Hail ‘Selma’

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by Mike Ryan November 19, 2014 10:16 AM
Getty
People love watching famous people accept trophies. So, every so often, The Huffington Post’s Chris Rosen and ScreenCrush’s Mike Ryan will speculate about these trophies and which famous person might win one. It will be fun. Let’s talk some trophies! Today, we discuss what could be the new Best Picture frontrunner, Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, ‘Selma.’

Sam Claflin on Playing Finnick in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ While Keeping His Hair Perfect

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by Mike Ryan November 18, 2014 11:06 AM
When you speak to Sam Claflin, he is nothing like his ‘Hunger Games’ counterpart—he comes across as humble (an adjective that does not at all describe Finnick Odair) and he doesn’t quite understand why anyone would want to make such a fuss over him. As Claflin says, ‘The Hunger Games’ has brought him a lot more attention, but he can still walk down the street—it’s not quite the same phenomenon that he’s witnessed happen to a few of his co-stars. Ahead, Claflin discusses his pivotal role in this ‘Hunger Games’ chapter—which includes a prolonged filibuster used as a distraction during a rescue mission—and he explains how Finnick, in the heat of battle, can still have such perfect hair.

14 Moments That Made Us Unintentionally LOL During This Week’s ‘Gotham’ Episode, “Harvey Dent”

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by Mike Ryan November 18, 2014 09:33 AM
Fox
Monday night’s episode of ‘Gotham,’ ‘Harvey Dent,’ as advertised, introduced us to a new assistant DA named Harvey Dent. At this point, at least Harvey Dent isn’t a little kid. ‘Gotham’ is slowly improving, but it’s still caught in that awkward space between being a serious drama and a campy farce. I truly think the reason I laugh so much while watching ‘Gotham’ is that it will be in the middle of taking itself so seriously, then something stupid will happen. Anyway, here are the 14 times that I laughed out loud during last night’s episode of ‘Gotham.’

Will I Like the Hunger Games-less ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

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by Mike Ryan November 17, 2014 03:10 PM
Lionsgate
This week, the third ‘Hunger Games’ movie, which follows the first part of the third book, will be released into theaters. It is called ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ which is a lot of words. But, here we are. Already, ‘The Hunger Games...