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.

‘Goonies’ House Closed to Fans After Harassment, Vandalism From Visitors

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by Mike Sampson August 20, 2015 @ 7:39 AM
Warner Bros.
The real-life Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon has becoming something of a mecca for fans of the 80s cult classic. They would stop by, take pictures, do the Truffle Shuffle and all was good. But all of that Pacific Northwest hospitality has disappeared as the owner of the house has gotten sick of the attention and blocked access to the property, including covering the outside of the house in tarps. Hey, you guyyyyyys…get off my lawn!

‘The Martian’ Trailer: Bring Matt Damon Back Home

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by Mike Sampson August 19, 2015 @ 8:02 AM
A crew of insanely smart scientists travel to a barren alien landscape. After an interstellar storm, one of the crew is left behind and presumed dead. He is, however, very much alive, and slowly begins plotting his return. No, it’s not the story of Doctor Doom in the new Fantastic Four reboot...OK, it is, but it’s also the plot for the upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi drama The Martian, and today we’ve got a brand new trailer for you.

Next ‘Resident Evil’ Movie Will Definitely Be the Last (At Least Until the Eventual Reboot)

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by Mike Sampson August 18, 2015 @ 12:28 PM
Constantin Film / Screen Gems
As Resident Evil: The Final Chapter prepares to begin shooting later this year, we’re left to wonder whether the film’s subtitle is honest. Is this really the last chapter of one of the longest-running horror franchises? According to one of the stars of the film, it most definitely is.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reveals Limited Edition Drew Struzan Poster at D23

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by Mike Sampson August 17, 2015 @ 10:08 AM
Lucasfilm
D23, Disney’s massive fan convention, took place over the weekend including the best from all of Disney’s many properties, including Star Wars and Marvel. As part of the big Star Wars: The Force Awakens presentation (which included appearances from John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o and Harrison Ford), all the fans in attendance got an extra special treat: a limited edition copy of the Drew Struzan poster for the film.

‘Fantastic Four’ Producers Shoot Down Idea of ‘X-Men’ Crossover

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by Mike Sampson August 7, 2015 @ 10:23 AM
Fox / Illustration by ScreenCrush
Long before anyone knew how bad Fantastic Four really was (currently at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes), Fox had floated the idea of an X-Men vs. Fantastic Four movie, or at least some crossover event featuring the superheroes from both teams. X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer even commented, saying, “Those ideas are in play. That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it.” Hey, it worked for Marvel and DC, right? Well, know that Fox knows they have a stinker on their hands, those plans might be completely done.

Watch the Best Moments From Jon Stewart’s Final ‘Daily Show’

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by Mike Sampson August 7, 2015 @ 6:46 AM
Jon Stewart said goodbye to The Daily Show last night in equal parts star-studded and quiet, personal fashion as former correspondents like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Olivia Munn returned to pay their respects, while Bruce Springsteen closed out the slow with a performance — at Stewart’s request — of his 1999 song “The Land of Hopes and Dreams” and, for his fellow New Jerseyan, “Born to Run”.

Review: ‘Fantastic Four’ Is a Complete Bore

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by Mike Sampson August 6, 2015 @ 7:52 AM
20th Century Fox
Here’s the thing about this Fantastic Four movie: it was supposed to be horrible. This movie has been riding an almost unprecedented level of bad buzz since earlier this year. Strangely, it seems to have started over literally nothing. Fans were upset they hadn’t seen anything official from the movie and began to suspect it stunk. Then, depending on who you talk to, the director was fired, the actors were upset and the script was a mess. But, the days of speculation are over and none of that bad buzz matters any more; there’s an actual film that can be judged on its own merits. Sadly, Fantastic Four, on its own merits, is still horrible.

‘Deadpool’ Director Hints That We’ll See Cable as the Villain in a Sequel

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by Mike Sampson August 5, 2015 @ 2:54 PM
Marvel
Though Ajax (Ed Skrien) is the villain in Deadpool, he doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other superhero movies. He’s not Ultron or Dr. Doom or Green Goblin or Joker or even Apocalypse. He’s, frankly, a character most audiences won’t know. While this movie might have a largely unrecognizable villain, expect that to change in Deadpool 2 as a major Marvel character will be facing off against the Merc With a Mouth.

Did We Finally Get Proof That Hulk Is in ‘Captain America: Civil War’?

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by Mike Sampson August 4, 2015 @ 8:40 AM
Marvel
When the massive Captain America: Civil War cast list was released there was one big, green name missing: Hulk. While Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, War Machine, Vision, Ant-Man and even Spider-Man are joining Captain America for his next film, Bruce Banner was apparently looking to sit this film out. Or, is he? A new report suggests that Mark Ruffalo was spotted on set in Berlin shooting new scenes for the movie with Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie and Daniel Brühl.

Ronda Rousey to Star as Ronda Rousey in ‘Ronda Rousey: The Movie’

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by Mike Sampson August 3, 2015 @ 12:30 PM
UFC
This past weekend Ronda Rousey continued to dominate the world of UFC fighting defeating challenger Bethe Correia with a devastating knockout in just 34 seconds. She may very well be the most dominate athlete in her sport. Hell, she might be the most dominate athlete in any sport. While she’s officially conquered the world of mixed martial arts, Rousey wants to next conquer Hollywood. After supporting roles in Furious 7 and Entourage, Rousey has signed on to star in a biopic about her own life for Paramount Pictures.