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.

Garrett Hedlund Says ‘Tron 3’ Isn’t Dead Yet

by Mike Sampson September 25, 2015 @ 9:26 AM
Disney surprised everyone earlier this year that Tron 3, a sequel to the mediocre 2010 Tron: Legacy, was on the fast-track. Stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were set to return, along with original director Joseph Kosinski. And then, just as quickly as the sequel materialized, it disappeared. Disney abruptly canceled the film and everyone was left scratching their heads. Why randomly start developing Tron 3 (a movie that, frankly, few were clamoring for) five years after Tron: Legacy only to cancel it just a few short months later? Well, now Hedlund is saying it might not actually be as dead as you think.

Director Paul Feig to ‘Ghostbusters’ Haters: ‘Go F— Yourself’

by Mike Sampson September 24, 2015 @ 11:10 AM
Sony Pictures
The reaction to the new Ghostbusters reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig has been…divisive to say the very least. At the very worst, it’s been downright hateful. Director Paul Feig has been as polite as possible to all the people who’ve come at him on Twitter, but even he reached his breaking point. After a series of particularly upsetting tweets, Feig had some harsh words for the haters: “Go f— yourself.”

Wait, Is Vin Diesel Going to Direct ‘Fast and Furious 8’?

by Mike Sampson September 23, 2015 @ 2:02 PM
Universal Pictures
The Fast and Furious franchise wouldn’t be where it is now without Vin Diesel. The films didn’t even kick into high gear until Diesel returned for 2009’s Fast and Furious, and the box-office numbers have been climbing astronomically since then. To say Universal owes Vin Diesel a gigantic debt of gratitude is an understatement, but exactly how much do they owe him? Would they actually let Diesel, who has little experience directing a movie let alone directing a movie on the scale of a Fast and Furious film, behind the camera of Fast and Furious 8? According to a new report, this may be what Vin Diesel wants and Universal is terrified.

Watch ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ in Black & White

by Mike Sampson September 23, 2015 @ 8:59 AM
When you first watch Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the things you notice immediately are the vibrant orange and teal colors that saturate almost every frame of the film. But, it’s not always the way the film was intended. Director George Miller said they played with the saturation level during post-production, going back and forth between completely draining all the color and really cranking up the colors, eventually deciding on the latter. Miller even went so far as to say that he felt the “best version” of Mad Max: Fury Road was in black and white. There were rumors of a black and white version of the film being included on the Blu-ray, but that never happened. Luckily, a film student made his own version: Mad Max: Black & Chrome.

Is Blofeld the ‘Spectre’ Villain? Director Sam Mendes Addresses the Rumors

by Mike Sampson September 21, 2015 @ 10:13 AM
Sony Pictures
Almost as soon as Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz was attached to star in Spectre, the rumors began that he would be playing legendary James Bond villain Ernst Blofeld. Yet, when the cast was officially announced (via a press conference in London), Waltz was announced as playing “Franz Oberhauser”. In the time since, 007 fans have debated whether this is all an elaborate ruse (not unlike the Benedict Cumberbatch / John Harrison / Khan Star Trek Into Darkness debacle), or whether Waltz really and truly is not playing Blofeld. Now, Spectre director Sam Mendes has finally chimed in to try and clear things up.

Disney Developing New ‘Mary Poppins’ Movie, Not a Sequel or Reboot

by Mike Sampson September 14, 2015 @ 3:20 PM
Walt Disney Pictures
As they have grown rather fond of doing, Disney is looking back at one of their past hits in order to create some future success. After modern day versions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland (not to mention, upcoming versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book), Disney has hired Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) to direct a new Mary Poppins musical based on P.L. Travers’ original children’s books.

Roger Deakins on ‘Blade Runner 2’: ‘It’s an Entirely Separate Movie’

by Mike Sampson September 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
Warner Bros.
Earlier this summer, it was announced that 12-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins would be working on Blade Runner 2, a comforting thought for those who were skeptical about a sequel. Whether the film is good or bad, necessary or not, we at least know that Blade Runner 2 will look fantastic. Though we know that Deakins will reunite with his Sicario and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve for the film, we still don’t know much about what this new Blade Runner will be. Our own Matt Singer caught up with Deakins (who’s at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting Sicario) and asked Deakins about the film who said the sequel is “definitely going to happen” and is an “entirely separate movie” from the 1982 original.

Olivia Cooke Set to Star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

by Mike Sampson September 11, 2015 @ 2:59 PM
Getty Images
Though Me and Earl and the Dying Girl may not have been the sleeper hit that Fox Searchlight hoped for this summer, it at least has propelled its lead actress to stardom. Fresh of that Sundance hit, Olivia Cooke has been cast as one of two leads in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi adventure Ready Player One.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Post Credits Scene to Tease ‘Rogue One’?

by Mike Sampson September 11, 2015 @ 9:29 AM
The Marvel movies aren’t the first movies to have used post-credits scenes to promote upcoming movies, but they certainly have popularized the trend. Nowadays, even films that barely have a mythology (Hitman: Agent 47??) have post-credits scenes. If a Hitman movie can get a post-credits scene, you better believe that the biggest movie of the year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, can have one too. But the question is, What will it be? A new report suggests that it will be our first look at the next Star Wars movie.

Listen to Tom Hiddleston Sing as Hank Williams in ‘I Saw the Light’

by Mike Sampson September 10, 2015 @ 12:20 PM
We all know Tom Hiddleston as Loki, but aside from the Avengers and Thor movies, but American audiences haven’t gotten to see much else from the actor. That’s about to change as Hiddleston has a showy role in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. Musical biopics have traditionally been the road to awards and Oscar glory, but can the same be said for Hiddleston’s performance? The film doesn’t open until late November, but today we’ve got our first look, and listen, to the British Hiddleston sing country western.