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.

Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange to Appear on Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ Series

by Mike Sampson April 24, 2015 @ 10:27 AM
Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight said he wanted to try and work more Marvel easter eggs into the first season of the Netflix series, but a lot of future characters (like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage) hadn't been cast yet. But, what if for one of the upcoming Marvel shows on Netflix, they were able to introduce a future character that had been cast? That's the basis for a pretty interesting, yet unconfirmed rumor, that states Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as Doctor Strange in the upcoming Iron Fist series.

How Marvel Risked Everything to Go From Bankruptcy to Billions

by Mike Sampson April 23, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
On December 27, 1996 Marvel filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The company was losing money hand-over-fist. Worse, it owed money (coincidentally, its highest debt, $1.7 million, was owed to Disney). Over one-third of Marvel employees were laid off. For a company that had created some of the most iconic and recognized characters the world over, the future seemed bleak. This may seem hard to believe for a company about to release Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to a film that grossed over $1.5 billion, and a studio whose lowest grossing movie (Captain America: The First Avenger) still brought in $370 million worldwide. So, how did Marvel scratch and claw all the way from the bottom to the top? They risked everything.

‘Black Mass’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Reminds You He’s a Great Actor

by Mike Sampson April 23, 2015 @ 12:59 PM
It wasn't long ago that Johnny Depp, a highly respected actor, starred in the first Pirates of the Caribbean and became a huge A-list star. But, instead of taking his newfound fame (and wealth) and using that to star in some more challenging roles, he’s starred in a bunch of Pirates sequels, Tim Burton movies and Mortdecai. Had Johnny Depp lost his touch?, people asked. If this new Black Mass trailer is to be believed, no. Absolutely not.

Paul Rudd Debuts First ‘Ant-Man’ Clip: “We All Can’t Wait For How Stupid This Is!”

by Mike Sampson April 22, 2015 @ 2:46 PM
Paul Rudd was promoting Ant-Man on The Late Show With David Letterman last night, which may seem early considering Avengers 2 hasn't even opened yet and Ant-Man doesn't hit theaters until July 17. But, with Letterman set to retire on May 20, this would be Rudd's last time appearing on the show (and, as he reveals later in the interview, he's a literal member of the Dave Letterman Fan Club). It was more of an excuse for Rudd to say goodbye to Letterman and pay his respects before the final show, but Rudd did bring along the first Ant-Man clip and tried his best to explain what this movie is about.

‘John Wick’ Directors to Adapt ‘Bloodshot’ Comic, Build Valiant Universe For Sony Pictures

by Mike Sampson April 21, 2015 @ 1:54 PM
While Marvel and DC continue to build their cinematic universes, another comic company is getting into the game. Sony Pictures has announced a deal to build a Valiant Cinematic Universe, starting with Bloodshot, a comic adaptation to be directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski (John Wick) that will eventually lead to the crossover film Harbinger Wars.

Joss Whedon Says Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Was ‘The Best Script Marvel Ever Had’

by Mike Sampson April 21, 2015 @ 10:47 AM
It's futile to continue to talk about what could've been when it comes to Edgar Wright, Marvel and Ant-Man. For their own separate reasons, they parted ways, the film was rewritten by Adam McKay (Anchorman) and star Paul Rudd, and was eventually directed by Peyton Reed. And that may very well wind up being a great Ant-Man movie (the trailer certainly looked promising enough)! But, if we're to believe Avengers director Joss Whedon, Edgar Wright's Ant-Man could have been the best movie Marvel ever made.

Full Batman Costume From ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Revealed by Director Zack Snyder

by Mike Sampson April 21, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
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Despite the Batman vs. Superman trailer leaking online over the weekend, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder still went ahead with their big IMAX presentation yesterday in over 35 cities across the U.S. and Canada. It should have been the first time anyone saw the trailer, but after the leak, everyone had seen it. So Snyder had to give the fans a little something extra...

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

by Mike Sampson April 19, 2015 @ 2:38 PM
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?

by Mike Sampson April 17, 2015 @ 6:02 PM
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?