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.

‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ Trailer: Found Footage Goes 3D

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by Mike Sampson June 24, 2015 @ 7:56 AM
The first three Paranormal Activity movies, released in successive years from 2009-2011, made over $577 million worldwide. The fourth movie made half what the previous film did, and the fifth, a Latin-American themed spinoff subtitled The Marked Ones, made even less than that. The film built up a complicated mythology and then seemed to abandon it all. The next, and reportedly final, Paranormal Activity movie will arrive in theaters this fall (in 3D, no less) and promises to reveal all the film’s secrets. Now you can watch the trailer for the latest installment and see if you still care.

Meet the ‘Game of Thrones’ Body Double Who Performed Cersei’s Naked Walk of Shame

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by Mike Sampson June 19, 2015 @ 9:53 AM
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One of the most harrowing moments of the Season 5 Game of Thrones finale (of which, there were many) was Cersei’s walk of shame as the Queen Mother was forced to walk, naked, through the streets of King’s Landing as punishment for confessing adultery with her cousin, Lancel Lannister. It was a powerful scene, one that sparked immediate appreciation for actress Lena Headey’s performance. But, there’s someone else who should also get some credit: body double Rebecca Van Cleave, who actually performed the walk naked on set.

‘Jurassic World’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Set Revealed, Includes a Big Spoiler

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by Mike Sampson June 17, 2015 @ 10:03 AM
Universal
Jurassic World just opened to a record-breaking $209 million opening weekend, but Universal Pictures doesn’t want you forgetting how much you (seemingly) loved the movie. Just five days after it hit theaters, they’ve already announced a Limited Edition Gift Set that includes a 3D Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and a collectible bust that’s...actually kinda of a spoiler.

Here’s How Marvel Congratulated ‘Jurassic World’ on Beating the ‘Avengers’ Record

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by Mike Sampson June 16, 2015 @ 2:34 PM
Marvel
Just a few days ago, box office analysts were predicting a $125 million opening weekend for Jurassic World. Defying all expectations, Jurassic World brought in a whopping $209 million making it the biggest opening weekend of all-time, beating the previous record holder, The Avengers. The team at Marvel took it all in stride, releasing this poster on Twitter congratulating the Jurassic World crew on their achievement.

Bill Hader Talks ‘Inside Out’ Reveals He’s Been Working in Pixar’s Writers’ Room

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by Mike Sampson June 16, 2015 @ 11:06 AM
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In addition to supplying the voice for Fear, the neurotic and anxiety-driven emotion inside the brain of 11-year-old Riley, Hader has also been spending time inside the Pixar writer’s room, where the so-called Brain Trust convene to work out their upcoming movies. The former SNL star (who also has a cameo as the running slug in Monsters University) has been making recurring trips to the Emeryville campus to contribute to the story process, similar to his role as a Creative Consultant on South Park. We spoke to Hader about working with (and for) Pixar, his contributions to their movies and why, even though he was cut out of the film, he still thinks The Good Dinosaur is going to be awesome.

Forest Whitaker Joins the Cast of ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

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by Mike Sampson June 15, 2015 @ 12:41 PM
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Whereas the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast was revealed with one big announcement, the actors joining director Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One have been very slowly making their way public. So far we know that Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Sam Claflin, and Riz Ahmed are set to star in the film, and today comes word that Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the Star Wars spinoff in an “unspecified” role.

After ‘Avengers’ Uproar, Marvel Planning a ‘Big Focus’ on Products For Girls, Women

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by Mike Sampson June 11, 2015 @ 10:32 AM
Marvel
It was a common complaint after Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in theaters: women of all ages went looking for products featuring their favorite female superheroes and found precious little. Black Widow was left out a toy set based on a scene where she was one of the main characters. Even Avengers star Mark Ruffalo had enough, asking Marvel for more toys for his daughters. Finally it seems as if Marvel has gotten the hint and for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War merchandising line, they’re promising a “big focus” on new products for women.

Chris Hemsworth Joins ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot as New Receptionist

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by Mike Sampson June 11, 2015 @ 8:35 AM
Marvel
If you had told us about a year ago that Chris Hemsworth would be starring in the new Ghostbusters movie, we never would’ve guessed he’d be the one sitting behind the desk answering phones. But, the Marvel action hero has indeed signed on to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot as the ersatz Janine Melnitz to Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.