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.

Watch Batman Chase the Joker and Harley Quinn on the ‘Suicide Squad’ Set

by Mike Sampson May 26, 2015 @ 9:16 AM
Set photos of Ben Affleck in costume already confirmed the reports that Batman/Bruce Wayne would be making an appearance in Suicide Squad, but if you needed any further confirmation, we’ve got that for you. Over the weekend, Suicide Squad was shooting a massive chase scene between Batman and Joker (in their respective vehicles) on the streets of Toronto, and we’ve got the video to prove it.

Marvel and Director James Gunn Have Already Started Casting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

by Mike Sampson May 21, 2015 @ 12:43 PM
While the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is partying together on the set of Captain America: Civil War, the Guardians of the Galaxy must be feeling a little lonely. While they haven’t yet been integrated into the larger Marvel universe, director James Gunn is ready to expand the Guardians universe. During a Periscope chat with fans yesterday, Gunn revealed that he’s already in talks with an actor about joining Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for a major new role, a new Guardian.

Watch David Letterman’s Final, Star-Studded Top Ten List

by Mike Sampson May 21, 2015 @ 7:08 AM
There were no scheduled guests on the final episode of The Late Show With David Letterman (minus The Foo Fighters, who closed out the night with a performance of “Everlong”), but that didn’t mean that a few of Letterman’s old friends didn’t stop by to say goodbye one last time. Some of the funniest people alive all came together to present one final Top Ten list, Things I've Always Wanted to Say To Dave.

Watch a Brutal Fight Between Cap and Crossbones on the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Set

by Mike Sampson May 20, 2015 @ 3:11 PM
Captain America: Civil War continues to film outdoors in Atlanta, which is currently standing in for the fictional African city (and home to Black Panther), Wakanda. We brought you a first look at Frank Grillo as the new villain Crossbones, and today you can get a look at Crossbones and Captain America in a major fight scene, including some video from the set!

The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Stormtroopers Were Inspired by Apple

by Mike Sampson May 20, 2015 @ 8:58 AM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is introducing a whole new set of characters for the upcoming trilogy, including Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren and, most importantly, BB-8. It’s also bringing back some old favorites like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and the Stormtroopers. Because the movie takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the looks for the new characters needed to be updated. We know Luke has a bushy new beard, Han Solo has visibly aged and the Stormtroopers have gotten a new look. But instead of looking older, the Stormtroopers look brand new, and that wasn’t an accident. The new Star Wars costume designer says they were created to look like they were designed by Apple.

Damon Lindelof on Why They Cut All the Walt Disney References Out of ‘Tomorrowland’

by Mike Sampson May 20, 2015 @ 8:13 AM
Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images
This should not surprise you considering Damon Lindelof's involvement, but audiences have so far been mixed on Tomorrowland. Some have loved it, others have not. It's a narrative that is not unusual to Damon Lindelof. We sat down to talk with the writer-producer about the film, his feelings on the public perception of his work and why they ultimately decided to cut all the Walt Disney references out of a movie that is very much a Disney film.

Chris Pratt Denies ‘Indiana Jones’ Casting, Says ‘Ghostbusters’ Rumors Are ‘Bulls---’

by Mike Sampson May 19, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
Universal Pictures
Ever since his breakout success in Guardians of the Galaxy, everybody wanted Chris Pratt for everything. The one-time Parks and Rec supporting player was suddenly being offered almost every leading man role in Hollywood. He signed on to star in Jurassic World, and in just a few short months he was rumored to be attached to both Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters reboots. Pratt has addressed those two rumors saying he knows nothing about either one.

‘The Scorch Trials’ Trailer: The Maze Was Just the Beginning

by Mike Sampson May 19, 2015 @ 8:31 AM
The Maze Runner was a surprisingly entertaining little movie that probably never needed a sequel. But, this is a post-Harry Potter and -Hunger Games era and everything needs to be a trilogy. Much of this was pre-determined before the original film hit theaters, as the books were written as a trilogy and Fox picked them up, hoping they’d have their own teen-oriented, dystopian future movie. And, now they do. Today, we have our first look at the Maze Runner sequel, The Scorch Trials, which looks like it’s missing almost all the charm of the original film.