Mike Sampson Biography

The Best Movies of 2014 (According to Mike Sampson)

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by Mike Sampson 14 hours ago
Open Road/Sony Pictures Classics/Marvel
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: No one likes putting together a Top 10 list. Oh, don’t get me wrong; it’s fun at a party if someone asks you, “What were your favorite movies this year?” and you can just rattle off a list of titles in no particular order, not overly concerned if you accidentally left something off. But this list is formal. Published on the Internet. This will be my legacy. And that’s not something to take lightly.

Superhero Fatigue: Spending an Exhausting Day With Director Joss Whedon on the 'Avengers 2' Set

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by Mike Sampson 2 days ago
Joss Whedon is tired. It’s just about halfway through the shoot for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in London, and Whedon doesn’t as much sit down for our interview as he does collapse into a chair. It’s a bright and sunny day in London, but he looks like he hasn’t seen the sunshine in weeks. He’s completely wiped out—”raggedy” as he puts it—by his schedule, which he describes thusly: “I do this, I go home, I rewrite, I go to sleep. I do this, I go home, I rewrite, I go to sleep.”

Meet Your New 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Character: Captain Phasma

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by Mike Sampson 3 days ago
Lucasfilm
Last week saw the official announcement of some of the new 'Star Wars: Episode 7' characters' names. There was Kylo Ren, Finn, Rey, BB-8, and who could forget Poe Dameron. But, there's one more new 'Star Wars' character whose name has been revealed and if you thought "Kylo Ren" sounded silly, wait until you hear this: Captain Phasma.

Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling All Interested in 'Ghostbusters' Role

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by Mike Sampson 4 days ago
Universal Pictures/Sony Pictures
The current plan for the next ‘Ghostbusters’ film is the all-female reboot, which will be directed by Paul Feig (‘Bridesmaids’). We’ve heard that Feig has spoke with Jennifer Lawrence (who would make a great Venkman, BTW), Emma Stone and Rebel Wilson about parts in the film and it seems like a very exciting cast is coming together. So…what’s this talk of Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt and Ryan Gosling wanting to star in a ‘Ghostbusters’ movie?

James Gunn Says You Shouldn't Expect the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers to Crossover

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by Mike Sampson 7 days ago
Marvel
Everyone has assumed that, at some point towards the end of this current Marvel Cinematic Universe, the paths of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers would cross. Yes, one superhero team is busy protecting Earth, and the other occupied in outer space, it makes too much sense to not have them meet up in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ right? Never mind the “it makes sense” part, we just really want this to happen. Well, we might never happen according to ‘Guardians’ director James Gunn who warns fans about making such assumptions.

‘23 Jump Street’ Will Also Be a ‘Men in Black’ Reboot. Huh?

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by Mike Sampson December 10, 2014 @ 10:23 AM
Sony Pictures
‘23 Jump Street’ is a sequel that is surely happening, this despite all the many hilarious sequel jokes during the ‘22 Jump Street’ end credits. The franchise is just too popular to let die. But, how exactly would you sequelize ‘22 Jump Street’, which did a pretty effective job of sending up sequel cliches? Well, you send Jenko and Schmidt to the Men in Black program, of course.

James Horner Didn’t Return to Score ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Because It Was “Terrible”

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by Mike Sampson December 8, 2014 @ 12:58 PM
Sony Pictures
‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ was not a good movie. This is not news. Despite it’s ambitious setup to multiple sequels and spinoffs, the last Spider-Man movie was the least grossing film in the entire franchise by a wide margin (down over $60 million from the first ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ movie). Spider-Man is one of the most recognizable heroes worldwide, yet interest in this flagging franchise is at an all-time low. How exactly did it get this bad? Let James Horner, who composed the score for the first film and declined to return for the second, help explain.

George Lucas Hasn't Seen the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Trailer, “Not Really” Interested in the Movie

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by Mike Sampson December 8, 2014 @ 8:54 AM
Disney
Pretty much everyone has seen the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer at this point. It was the most-viewed trailer of 2014 and is on track to become the most-viewed trailer of the internet age. It has been viewed over 72 million times and has spawned countless parodies and memes but, there's still one person who hasn't seen it: George Lucas. The man who created the franchise says that he hasn't seen the 'Force Awakens' trailer and has no plans to. In fact, he's not even that interested at all.

Trying to Make Sense of the ‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer and Its Convoluted Timeline

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by Mike Sampson December 4, 2014 @ 2:41 PM
If you're anything like us here at ScreenCrush HQ, you were left a little confused (among other things) by the 'Terminator Genisys' trailer. Specifically, how it fit into 'Terminator' and 'T2' and their existing timelines (we're assuming that 'Rise of the Machines' and 'Terminator: Salvation' have been completely written off). Is this a reboot? A sidequel? A bootquel? Because it started to break out brains a little bit, Managing Editor Matt Singer and I say down to try and parse the plot of this film (with the help of some GIFs and screencaps) to see if we could get to the bottom of things.