Mike Sampson Biography

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Being Crafted Around Magneto and Mystique, and Their Hot Mutant Love

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by Mike Sampson November 12, 2014 @ 10:51 AM
20th Century Fox
While you'd think 'X-Men: Apocalypse' would focus the majority of its attention on its titular character, Fox and director have some different ideas. When you've got two of the hottest stars in Hollywood contractually obligated to star in your movie, you make them the center of the action. And, that's what is reportedly happening with the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' script, which is being developed around Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence and the burgeoning romance between Magneto and Mystique.

Margot Robbie to Star as Harley Quinn in DC's 'Suicide Squad' Movie

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by Mike Sampson November 10, 2014 @ 8:04 AM
DC Comics
Things got interesting with the upcoming 'Suicide Squad' movie when it was revealed that Jesse Eisenberg would be returning after 'Batman vs. Superman' to star as Lex Luthor. Then, things got really interesting when it was revealed that Jared Leto was in talks to star as The Joker, introducing Batman's greatest nemesis in the new era of 'Justice League' films. What was once thought to be a ragtag group of B-side villains is now shaping up to be a roster full of DC's evil A-list villains. And, now you can even more iconic villain to the lineup. What would any Joker appearance in 'Suicide Squad' be without Harley Quinn, who will be played by 'Wolf of Wall Street' star Margot Robbie.

'The Hunger Games' Stage Show Officially Announced For Summer 2016

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by Mike Sampson November 7, 2014 @ 8:41 AM
Lionsgate
How will Lionsgate continue on with the massive 'Hunger Games' blockbuster once the franchise comes to an end next year with the release of 'Mockingjay, Part 2'? Well, they're borrowing a page from the Disney playbook and adapting the films, and Suzanne Collins' novels, into a theatrical stage show that will open in London in 2016.

'Star Wars: Episode 7' Official Title Announced: 'The Force Awakens'

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by Mike Sampson November 6, 2014 @ 11:06 AM
Lucasfilm
We thought that the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' title might get officially announced this past summer at Comic-Con, but that event came and went with no official reveal. So, what better way to announce the new title than a random Thursday in November? Just this morning on Twitter, Lucasfilm and the official 'Star Wars' Twitter account revealed the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' title: 'A Force Awakens'.

Marvel is Actively Hunting Down Whoever Leaked the 'Avengers 2' Trailer

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by Mike Sampson November 6, 2014 @ 9:08 AM
Marvel
When the 'Avengers 2' trailer leaked online almost a week ahead of its planned debut during an episode of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', Marvel made light of the issue, joked about Hydra being responsible and, wisely, just uploaded an HD copy and let the leak continue. But, that doesn't mean behind closed doors that Marvel wasn't very upset and very concerned. The studio is moving aggressively to track and catch the person responsible for the leak.

Idris Elba Says Working on Marvel Movies is "Torture"

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by Mike Sampson November 5, 2014 @ 10:03 AM
Marvel
Just yesterday, Joss Whedon hinted he might have to send a scolding e-mail to Idris Elba who, earlier this week, let it slip that he would be appearing in 'Avengers 2' alongside Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth. But, Idris Elba just don't care. In a new interview with The Telegraph, Elba again talked about filming 'Avengers 2' and said working on Marvel movies is "torture."

'Avengers 2' and 'Ant-Man' Footage Previewed During Marvel TV Special

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by Mike Sampson November 5, 2014 @ 8:34 AM
Marvel
For the past two weeks, there has been a deluge of 'Avengers 2' footage - clips, trailers, extended trailers, future trailers! - and we were promised one last reveal last night. While 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' had the night off, ABC ran the Marvel TV special 'From Pulp to Pop,' which looked at the history of Marvel and Marvel Studios. It was mostly a rah-rah, pat-yourself-on-the-back kinda deal, but if you stuck around to the end, we not only got a look at 'Avengers 2' but also our first look at 'Ant-Man' footage.

Christopher Nolan on Superhero Post-Credits Scenes: “A Real Movie Wouldn’t Do That”

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by Mike Sampson November 4, 2014 @ 9:36 AM
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Marvel has built their movie empire partially on anticipation and excitement among the core fanbase. Marvel has a tradition of post-credits scenes after their movies, ever since the first 'Iron Man' movie introduced Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and name-dropped the "Avengers Initiative." It's worked out quite well for Marvel. And, while DC and Warner Bros. are very eager to catch their competitors, don't expect them to follow suit. When Warner Bros. asked Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan to add a post-credits scene to the end of 'Man of Steel,' Nolan told them, "a real movie wouldn't do that."

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

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by Mike Sampson November 4, 2014 @ 8:04 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?