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.

Bryan Singer Says Wolverine Cameo in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Is ‘Birth of a New Direction’

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by Mike Sampson April 26, 2016 @ 2:51 PM
Fox
Earlier this week came the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer that confirmed what we all suspected: Wolverine would be making an appearance in the upcoming X-Men movie after all. Most of us also assumed that decision was made because Hugh Jackman is a huge...

Spider-Man Fights Winter Soldier in New ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Footage

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by Mike Sampson April 26, 2016 @ 8:28 AM
Marvel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJvtzWRdzoo
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters in just over a week and, to date, we’ve seen precious little footage of Spider-Man in action. Besides the “underoos” scene from the final trailer, Marvel has kept...

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Casts Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man

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by Mike Sampson April 25, 2016 @ 1:58 PM
Marvel
James Gunn and Nathan Fillion have worked together on a number of projects from Slither to Super to the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Fillion has become the John Ratzenberger of the works of James Gunn. That collaboration is set to continue in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Willem Dafoe Joins the Cast of ‘Justice League’ in Mysterious New Role

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by Mike Sampson April 19, 2016 @ 11:31 AM
NeoClassics Films
The Batman vs. Superman follow-up, Justice League, quietly began filming in London last week, and while there wasn’t a big splashy announcement, we do have a new and interesting bit of casting. In addition to all the many known cast members both...

Joss Whedon Says ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Made Him Feel Like a ‘Miserable Failure’

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by Mike Sampson April 19, 2016 @ 9:48 AM
Getty Images
The first Avengers film was such a success, Joss Whedon originally didn’t want to come back to direct a sequel. How could you top a movie that became one of the biggest movies of all-time? Eventually Marvel and a lot of money were able to convince...

Exclusive: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Producers Reportedly Tested Visual Effects That Would Make White Actors Appear Asian

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by Mike Sampson April 15, 2016 @ 10:42 AM
Getty Images/Kodansha Comics USA
After the backlash surrounding Johansson’s role in the film, producers reportedly attempted to quell the controversy with an old standby Hollywood uses to fix a lot of problems: CGI. According to multiple independent sources close to the project, Paramount and DreamWorks commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.