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.
Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Roars to Record Number One
In one weekend, ‘Black Panther’ has made more money than ‘Thor’ did in its entire run in theaters.
George Romero, Director of ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ Dies at 77
The inventor of the zombie film genre was 77 years old.
‘The Birth of a Nation’ Sells for a Sundance Record $17.5 Million
To the list of Sundance 2016 deals so far we can now add another; and not just any deal, but the biggest sale in the long history of Robert Redford’s film festival. That would be Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, which Variety reports Fox Searchlight is “closing” a dea…
Winona Ryder Says ‘Beetlejuice 2’ Is Actually Happening
You remember Beetlejuice. That crazy, anarchic ghost guy played by Michael Keaton who materializes in his black-and-white striped suit whenever you say his name three times.
Watch Jon Stewart’s Powerful Response to the Charleston Shooting
We are going to miss Jon Stewart.
Christopher Lee, ‘Dracula’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor, Dead at 93
After a staggering career that spanned more than sixty years actor, Christopher Lee has died. He was 93 years old. The BBC reports he passed away on Sunday “at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure.” The legendar…
Vivica A. Fox Will Return For ‘Independence Day 2’
When Bill Pullman dumped that big “We will not go quietly into the night!” speech at the end of Independence Day, he really wasn’t kidding. Even though Will Smith will not return, Independence Day 2 is still moving forward, like an enormous alien spaceship slowly approaching the…
HBO Now Standalone Service Launches in April Exclusively on Apple Devices
After years of complaining from people who didn’t have or couldn’t afford cable (or whose parents refused to give them their HBO Go password), HBO is finally delivering a standalone streaming service, HBO Now. Today, the company announced some of its availability details, including pri…
‘Focus’ Review: Welcome Back, Movie Star Will Smith
It’s been a decade since Will Smith was “Will Smith” onscreen. Sure, he’s made movies in the last ten years; science-fiction pictures, dramas, comedies. He even played Satan, once. But none of them riffed on that classic Will Smith persona that everyone loves; the infecti…
The ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Trailer Isn’t Long, But Size Doesn’t Matter
It’s great when a movie understands exactly what it is. ‘Magic Mike’ was an intelligently made Steven Soderbergh movie about life in Great Recession America. But it became a huge surprise hit in the summer of 2012—grossing $167 million worldwide against a budget of just $…