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.
About That Time Tobey Maguire Got Fired From Spider-Man and Was Replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal
It’s 2003. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man has just become the biggest movie of the year, grossing over $400 million (at the time, one of only four films to achieve that feat). Maguire had just wrapped filming on Seabiscuit, a prestige film that would go on to earn six Oscar nominations including Best Picture...
Jesse Eisenberg Still Doesn’t Know If Lex Luthor Will Return For ‘Justice League’
The following post contains SPOILERS for Batman vs. Superman. When we last left Lex Luthor at the end of Batman vs. Superman, he was behind bars at a supermax prison in Metropolis, warning Batman that the “bell” had already been rung and strongly insinuating that another villain from another world was already on its way...
‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Wants Daisy Ridley as New Lara Croft
Not sure if you saw that Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie that came out a few months ago, but if you missed it, I’ll let you in on a little something: actress Daisy Ridley is pretty great! You can have your beefs with J.J. Abrams and his lens flares and mystery boxes all you want, but you can’t deny that the man has a remarkable eye for talent...
Is Luke Skywalker Gay? Mark Hamill Says ‘Of Course He Is’
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams said recently that it “seems insanely narrow-minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in [the Star Wars] world.” But, what if there was already a gay character in the Star Wars universe and we just didn’t know it? And what if it was the biggest Star Wars character in a galaxy far, far away?
Ben Affleck Reportedly Rewrote ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Script Every Day…in Costume
One of the stipulations when Ben Affleck signed on to star in Batman vs. Superman was that his Argo writer, Chris Terrio, would come aboard to help fix the script. Though Terrio was indeed brought in to rewrite the script (originally written by David Goyer), it seems Affleck still was not happy with it. According to a recent report, Affleck spent each day rewriting that day’s scenes until they were up to snuff. Oh, and he did it dressed as Batman.
A Yoda Cameo Was Cut From ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Though Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place over 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, director J.J. Abrams still found a way to work on some classic characters who had long since passed on. Kylo Ren has a conversation with Darth Vader’s helmet. Obi-Wan speaks to Rey during her Force vision. And, there was one additional cameo that ultimately was cut from the film: Yoda.
This ‘Deadpool’ Billboard Is the Best Billboard Since the Last ‘Deadpool’ Billboard
I’m on the fence about Deadpool as a movie. On the one hand, I like the irreverent tone and how it mostly seems to be sending up all the cliches we’ve become used to in modern superhero movies. On the other, I could see this potentially getting annoying and grating over the course of an entire movie. But, one thing I think we can universally agree on is that the marketing so far has been brilliant. Latest case in point? This Los Angeles billboard which uses emoji in the dumbest and most immature way. And it’s fantastic.
Zack Snyder Defends ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Trailer: ‘There’s Plenty You Don’t Know’
The Batman vs. Superman trailer was released last month and, well, it’s fair to say that the internet wasn’t very happy. Not necessarily because it looked like a bad movie, but because it seemingly gave away everything. It felt like one giant spoiler dump; the entirety of the movie condensed down to two minutes and 30 seconds...
‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Will Be the First Film to Shoot With 8K Camera
As Star Wars: The Force Awakens shot some scenes with an IMAX camera and Quentin Tarantino shot an entire movie on 65mm with Ultra Panavision lenses, clearly Hollywood is looking at ways other than just upcoverting to 3D to entice audiences to go to the movies...
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Passes ‘Avatar’ to Become Biggest Movie of All-Time
As was widely expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens passed Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all-time on Wednesday morning. It was a record many, including George Lucas, thought would never be broken; The Force Awakens did it in just 20 da