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.

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Shows Off Footage, Confirms Plot at Star Wars Celebration

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by Mike Sampson a day ago
Lucasfilm
Star Wars Celebration wasn't done with the premiere of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer on opening day. To close out the festivities, director Gareth Edwards took to the Anaheim stage to discuss his upcoming spinoff film, Rogue One, and despite filming not set to begin for another few months, already had some footage to show from the film.

How Does BB-8, Everyone’s New Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Character, Actually Work?

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by Mike Sampson 3 days ago
If you saw any of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens live stream from Star Wars Celebration, there were two immediate takeaways. One: that trailer tho. Two: BB-8, the new ball droid, who might just be the cutest thing ever. (Someone already even got a BB-8 tattoo!) It wasn't his presence in the Star Wars trailer (which was limited to just a very brief appearance), but his live appearance. It's one thing to pull this off in a movie where strings, rods and tracks can be digitally erased, but live on stage in front of an audience of thousands is a completely different how did Disney and Lucasfilm do this?

Watch the New ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Trailer!

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by Mike Sampson 4 days ago
The brand new Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer premiered this morning at Star Wars Celebration, as J.J. Abrams and the film’s cast showed off the footage to a packed audience of hardcore Star Wars fans. But, you don't have to be in Anaheim to get a new look at The Force Awakens: we've got the trailer for you right here, right now!

J.J. Abrams Buys Pizza For the Thousands of Fans Waiting in Line at Star Wars Celebration

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by Mike Sampson 5 days ago
Lucasfilm
Because Star Wars Celebration is delivering our first look at the new Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer (among other surprise things), anticipation is high. We're here in Anaheim and last night when doors opened at 6pm, fans rushed to begin the long overnight campout on the concrete floors of the Anaheim Convention Center. It's not a fun way to spend a night, but these are Star Wars fans who are dedicated to the cause. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is in town to introduce the new trailer and once he got wind of the massive line, he did right by them and had pizza delivered for every single person on line.

Mark Ruffalo Says There Have Been ‘Talks’ of a ‘Planet Hulk’ Movie

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by Mike Sampson 7 days ago
Marvel
The Planet Hulk movie rumors have been swirling around the internet for years, but they have been dismissed swiftly by everyone from Avengers director Joss Whedon, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and Marvel president Kevin Feige. It seemed that the rumors would stay as rumors and that a Planet Hulk movie would never happen. But now, just as Avengers 2 is set to hit theaters, star Mark Ruffalo has provided some fuel to the fire that it just may happen one day in some way, shape or form.

‘Ant-Man’ Trailer: Superheroes Don’t Get Bigger Than This

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by Mike Sampson 8 days ago
Ant-Man may provide Marvel it's biggest challenge yet. Yes, even bigger than that movie that starred a talking tree and a talking raccoon. But, just as they turned the little-known Guardians of the Galaxy into one of the biggest movies of the year, Marvel may be able to do the same with Ant-Man. The new Ant-Man trailer has a balance of action and humor that might remind you of some friends from another part of the Galaxy.

Watch an Extended ‘Avengers 2’ Clip of the Epic Hulk vs. Hulkbuster Fight

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by Mike Sampson 8 days ago
Marvel
Since the very first Avengers 2 trailer, one of the scenes we were most looking forward to was the Hulk vs. Hulkbuster battle. If you just can’t wait until May 1, last night during the MTV Movie Awards, Marvel premiered an extended clip showing you more of the epic brawl between the two Avengers powerhouses.

The Upcoming Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ Movies Will Be Released in IMAX Under New Partnership

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by Mike Sampson April 8, 2015 @ 8:49 AM
Marvel/IMAX
It's not much of surprise these days when a major movie announces it is going to be released in IMAX. But, Disney has taken things to the next level with a new three-year partnership with IMAX that will see all the upcoming Marvel and Star Wars films, plus a number of live-action tentpoles and select animated films released in IMAX theaters.