Mike Sampson Biography

Mike Sampson is the Editor-in-Chief of ScreenCrush. He studied to become a lawyer and worked as an architectural planner after graduating college but neither of these professions afforded him the opportunity to watch movies and TV for a living. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of JoBlo.com for 10 years. He lives in New Jersey and probably spends too much time playing video games and overthinking things.

A Brief History of Cameron Crowe Describing His Movies as “Love Letters”

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by Mike Sampson 2 days ago
NBC
Aloha, Cameron Crowe’s eighth feature, opens in theaters tomorrow. Its arrival has been met mostly with indifference from both audiences, who seem unaware of its existence, and the studio releasing it, who seems to be hiding it from that audience. In an attempt to raise Aloha’s profile, Crowe took the highly unusual step of making an appearance at the film’s Los Angeles press screening, where he defended his work and called it a “love letter” to Hawaii. Actually, that last part was not that unusual, at least for Crowe, who calls his movies “love letters” any chance he gets.

Tilda Swinton in Talks to Play The Ancient One in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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by Mike Sampson 3 days ago
Getty Images
For all those who’ve said that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a far too male dominated landscape...well, you’re right. But, it looks like Marvel is at least trying to work on that and has made one big, exciting step forward in the right direction. Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton is in talks to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange as The Ancient One, a role originally written for a male.

Watch Batman Chase the Joker and Harley Quinn on the ‘Suicide Squad’ Set

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by Mike Sampson 4 days ago
YouTube
Set photos of Ben Affleck in costume already confirmed the reports that Batman/Bruce Wayne would be making an appearance in Suicide Squad, but if you needed any further confirmation, we’ve got that for you. Over the weekend, Suicide Squad was shooting a massive chase scene between Batman and Joker (in their respective vehicles) on the streets of Toronto, and we’ve got the video to prove it.

Marvel and Director James Gunn Have Already Started Casting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

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by Mike Sampson May 21, 2015 @ 12:43 PM
Marvel
While the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is partying together on the set of Captain America: Civil War, the Guardians of the Galaxy must be feeling a little lonely. While they haven’t yet been integrated into the larger Marvel universe, director James Gunn is ready to expand the Guardians universe. During a Periscope chat with fans yesterday, Gunn revealed that he’s already in talks with an actor about joining Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for a major new role, a new Guardian.

Watch David Letterman’s Final, Star-Studded Top Ten List

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by Mike Sampson May 21, 2015 @ 7:08 AM
There were no scheduled guests on the final episode of The Late Show With David Letterman (minus The Foo Fighters, who closed out the night with a performance of “Everlong”), but that didn’t mean that a few of Letterman’s old friends didn’t stop by to say goodbye one last time. Some of the funniest people alive all came together to present one final Top Ten list, Things I've Always Wanted to Say To Dave.

Watch a Brutal Fight Between Cap and Crossbones on the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Set

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by Mike Sampson May 20, 2015 @ 3:11 PM
AKM-GSI
Captain America: Civil War continues to film outdoors in Atlanta, which is currently standing in for the fictional African city (and home to Black Panther), Wakanda. We brought you a first look at Frank Grillo as the new villain Crossbones, and today you can get a look at Crossbones and Captain America in a major fight scene, including some video from the set!

The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Stormtroopers Were Inspired by Apple

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by Mike Sampson May 20, 2015 @ 8:58 AM
Lucasfilm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is introducing a whole new set of characters for the upcoming trilogy, including Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren and, most importantly, BB-8. It’s also bringing back some old favorites like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and the Stormtroopers. Because the movie takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the looks for the new characters needed to be updated. We know Luke has a bushy new beard, Han Solo has visibly aged and the Stormtroopers have gotten a new look. But instead of looking older, the Stormtroopers look brand new, and that wasn’t an accident. The new Star Wars costume designer says they were created to look like they were designed by Apple.

Damon Lindelof on Why They Cut All the Walt Disney References Out of ‘Tomorrowland’

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by Mike Sampson May 20, 2015 @ 8:13 AM
Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images
This should not surprise you considering Damon Lindelof's involvement, but audiences have so far been mixed on Tomorrowland. Some have loved it, others have not. It's a narrative that is not unusual to Damon Lindelof. We sat down to talk with the writer-producer about the film, his feelings on the public perception of his work and why they ultimately decided to cut all the Walt Disney references out of a movie that is very much a Disney film.