Mike Sampson Biography

Has Jessica Chastain Had Talks With Marvel About Playing Captain Marvel?

by Mike Sampson November 04, 2014 08:04 AM
Getty Images/Marvel
Once upon a time, back in 2012, Jessica Chastain was in talks with Marvel to star in 'Iron Man 3' as scientist Maya Hansen. Chastain eventually passed on the role saying, "My schedule is jammed packed and I can’t fit anything else in." (The part would eventually go to actress Rebecca Hall.) At the time, Chastain posted to her Facebook fans, "Hopefully there’ll be another Marvel film in my future." Has that time come already?

Christian Bale Unexpectedly Drops Out of Steve Jobs Biopic

by Mike Sampson November 03, 2014 01:17 PM
Warner Bros.
Christian Bale has abruptly pulled out of Danny Boyle's planned Steve Jobs biopic, just two weeks after entering discussions with Sony Pictures and Boyle over playing the iconic Apple CEO. Though Bale hadn't officially signed for the part (and hadn't even begun contract negotiations), his participation was considered a near certainly and his unexpected departure is another casting blow for the project, which already had Leonardo DiCaprio turn down the starring role.

'Avengers 2' Clip: Yes, Even More Footage From 'Age of Ultron'

by Mike Sampson November 03, 2014 09:15 AM
With the 'Avengers 2' trailer, extended trailer and advance trailer for 'Avengers: Infinity War', you're probably sick of all this 'Avengers' footage and don't want or need to see anymore. You certainly don't want to see this 'Avengers 2' clip with Cap and Iron Man getting heated with each other and introducing the tension that will continue through 'Captain America: Civil War'. Oh wait, you're not sick of 'Avengers 2' and you DO want to see this footage? OK, good.

Watch the Live-Action Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer Starring Taylor Kitsch and Emily Ratajkowski

by Mike Sampson October 31, 2014 10:20 AM
The last time Taylor Kitsch and director Peter Berg teamed up to adapt a live-action version of a popular game, the world suffered through a 'Battleship' movie. Now, Kitsch and Berg have reteamed for a live-action trailer for the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game, and even at just under two minutes, it's already better than 'Battleship.'

'Avengers: Infinity War' Trailer: Watch Marvel's Teaser For the Epic 'Avengers' Finale

by Mike Sampson October 29, 2014 08:28 AM
There was so much information revealed at yesterday's Marvel event that we're still playing catch up. You've likely heard by now that Marvel announced 'Avengers 3' and 'Avengers 4' would be released as 'Avengers: Infinity War' Parts I & II in 2018 and 2019. But, what you might not have known is that the live audience at that Marvel event was actually treated to the first 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer and it's just made its way online.

Marvel Has No Current Plans For Hulk or Black Widow Movies

by Mike Sampson October 28, 2014 02:55 PM
There was a lot to digest out of today's major Marvel Event that saw the formal announcement of the eight films in Phase 3 including 'Black Panther' and 'Captain Marvel' spinoffs. But, with all these Avengers getting sequels and spinoffs, one has to wonder about two of the more popular characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who are still left without their own films: Hulk and Black Widow. Despite the fact that audiences love both the characters, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that they have no current plans to give either character their own solo movie.

Chadwick Boseman Cast as Marvel's Black Panther, Will Appear in 'Captain America 3'

by Mike Sampson October 28, 2014 01:45 PM
As part of Marvel's secret event today that announced pretty much all of Phase 3, the studio announced their first black superhero movie, 'Black Panther.' And, while everyone was expecting Benedict Cumberbatch to walk on stage to confirm his casting in 'Doctor Strange' it was actually '42' star Chadwick Boseman who surprised the crowd by appearing with Kevin Feige to announce his role as T'Challa.

Benedict Cumberbatch Cast as Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

by Mike Sampson October 27, 2014 01:44 PM
Paramount Pictures
The 'Doctor Strange' casting has come full circle. After a series of stops and starts (we're looking at you, Joaquin Phoenix), Marvel has returned to one of the very first actors they had their eye on for their upcoming superhero movie: Benedict Cumberbatch. Deadline is reporting that the 'Sherlock' star is in "final negotiations" with Marvel to star in 'Doctor Strange' and, presumably, a number of other big 'Avengers' style crossover movies.

'Fast and Furious 7' Gets Official Poster, Title and Trailer Release Date

by Mike Sampson October 27, 2014 08:38 AM
Universal Pictures
Were it not for the untimely and tragic death of Paul Walker, 'Fast and Furious 7' would have been released this past July and probably would be making its way to DVD and Blu-ray within the next few weeks. But, the release date was pushed back to April 3, 2015 and, after some lengthy reshoots, we're finally ready to see the first footage from the film next week.