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.
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Woody Harrelson’s third time as host of ‘SNL’–and his first since way back in 1992 (he hosted just a few weeks after Jason Priestly)–was actually pretty great. Anticipation for an ‘SNL’ host is a fickle beast. Now, one might circle the calendar when he or she sees, say, Chris Rock’s name show up as host, then that show winds up being a bust. I suspect that not a lot of people were thinking, Oh, man, Woody Harrelson is hosting ‘SNL’! I need to cancel all of my plans because that will be one I can’t miss. Then Harrelson goes out and is everything we want out of a host: funny, up for anything, looks like he’s having fun, willing to sing a song about apples that is still stuck in my head. Anyway, he hosted the best show of the season so far and here is your ‘SNL’ Scorecard.
Let’s talk some trophies! Today, Mike Ryan and the Huffington Post’s Chris Rosen discuss the Oscar chances of both ‘Foxcatcher’ and ‘A Most Violent Year.’
The target audience for ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is college-age kids from 1994. Now, by that, I don’t mean “people living in 2014 who went to college in the mid-‘90s.” I mean that it’s for someone who is in college right now and it’s also 1994. I’ve never seen a movie like ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ that is so unabashedly not from this time. It’s one of the best period pieces I’ve ever seen, even though the plot of the film is set in the present. The Farrelly brothers have successfully made a movie from 1994 in 2014.
Shia LaBeouf is in ‘Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.’ He plays a high school student named Lewis who wears a horse costume. This is the most remarkable about the 2003 prequel to 1994’s ‘Dumb and Dumber’ -- a prequel that the directors of the original film, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, had nothing to do with and actively despise.
Warning, there are 'Interstellar' spoilers ahead.
Monday night’s ‘Gotham,’ titled ‘The Mask,’ was about a business tycoon who makes his job applicants fight to the death in an abandoned office building, with the winner being hired. Like most episodes of ‘Gotham,’ it was pretty entertaining, but also unintentionally hilarious. Here are the 15 times I laughed out loud while watching ‘Gotham.’
The chances of you remembering the movie ‘Cloak & Dagger’ increase significantly if you were born between 1972 and 1976. On the surface, this seems like an oversimplified statement, simply because a lot of movies are like this. I’m sure there are others, but I was born in between 1972 and 1976, so this is a movie that is very much in my own personal zeitgeist, yet it's also one that gets the most amount of blank stares when referenced in front of other people who do not fit this age criteria. (Followed closely by ‘Max Dugan Returns.’)
First of all, if you haven’t seen ‘Interstellar,’ well, this is your one and only warning that major spoilers lie ahead. We good? Let’s continue. About three-fourths of the way through ‘Interstellar' -- a movie I mostly think is pretty good -- we finally meet a character that we’ve been hearing about for the entire movie, Dr. Mann.
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 smear campaigns against movies and the recent New York Times piece about Christopher Nolan and Jessica Chastain.
On Thursday, Lucasfilm announced the highly anticipated title to its highly anticipated new 'Star Wars' movie, now known as 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' Once a new untitled 'Star Wars' movie is announced, it becomes kind of a fun Internet guessing game speculating what its title might be. Since the announcement that there would be an Episode VII back in October of 2012, there have been a lot of message board guesses. Today, using a Google search for the term "The Force Awakens," but omitting anything that came today, the earliest reference to this title came way back on Dec 21, 2012, when a user at the Star Wars fan site The Force.net named "Queen Gimmedala" guessed "The Force Awakens." Even more remarkable, this wasn't a list of like 100 guesses, nope, it's there all by itself.