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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.
2014 Oscars Seth macFarlane
ABC

2014 Oscars: Seth MacFarlane Asked to Host Again

At this year Oscars, Seth MacFarlane caused quite a controversy as he hosted the ceremony with a number of risque bits and jokes (most notably the "We Saw Your Boobs" song from the opening monologues) but that was exactly what Oscar producers hoped MacFarlane would bring to the normally staid production. The 'Family Guy' creator previously said he has no interest in returning, the producers seemed to have liked the controversy (and the ratings that went with it) and MacFarlane has officially been invited to return to host the 2014 Oscars.

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Weird Science reboot
Paramount Pictures

A ‘Weird Science’ Remake is Happening and Why This Might Not Be a Bad Thing

It was one of the few 80s movies left that hadn't been remade but now it looks like the inevitable will happen: the John Hughes classic 'Weird Science' will be rebooted at Universal with a R-rated take on the comedy. But you know what? We've actually got faith and we'll tell you why.

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Harrison Ford Star Wars Episode 7
ABC

Harrison Ford Flips Out After Audience Member Asks a ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Question

Harrison Ford was a guest on last night's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to promote his movie '42' and naturally the discussion came around to 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and the future of the franchise. Ford tried to stay mum and say he couldn't talk about anything 'Star Wars,' but when he agreed to some questions from the audience, things got heated and Ford walked off the set. Watch video of the incident below.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Michael Rooker
Marvel/AMC

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Casts ‘Walking Dead’ Star Michael Rooker

'The Walking Dead' star Michael Rooker was openly lobbying to voice Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie. The bad news? He didn't get the part. The good news? He got another part. Rooker has joined the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' cast as Yondu Udonta of the planet Centauri IV. Don't worry, we'll explain.

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Robert Downey Jr
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Robert Downey, Jr. Got Paid $50 Million For ‘The Avengers’

'The Avengers' made over $1.5 billion (with a b) at the box office, which is enough to make it one of the biggest films of all-time. But Marvel executives weren't the only ones making money off the film. Star Robert Downey, Jr. confirms he made over $50 million to star in 'The Avengers' adding, "Isn't that crazy?" Yeah, pretty much.

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Captain America 2 The Winter Soldier
Marvel

‘Captain America 2′ First Look: Filming Begins on ‘The Winter Soldier’

'Captain America 2' has begun filming and you won't have to wait until Comic-Con to get your first look at Cap back in action. We've got your first 'Captain America 2' photo below! And what's better? How about confirmation that Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson will be co-starring in 'The Winter Soldier?' Yup, we've got that too!

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Star Trek Into Darkness poster
Paramount Pictures

New ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Poster and Pictures: Earth is in Big Trouble

'Star Trek Into Darkness' - perhaps the most mysterious film of the summer - is only about a month away and the mystery will soon be revealed. Today we've got a brand new, ominous 'Star Trek Into Darkness' poster plus 12 hi-res new 'Star Trek Into Darkness' pics to shed a little bit of light on the 'Darkness.' (Get it?...) You can check them all out after the jump.

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Rush trailer
Universal Pictures

‘Rush’ Trailer: Faster and More Furious?

If 'Fast and Furious 6' doesn't satisfy your need for speed, there's another high-octane racing film on its way this year - the Formula 1 set pic 'Rush' starring 'Thor' himself, Chris Hemsworth. While it may not have as much action as 'Fast and Furious,' it looks like it's trying to offer something up a little more dramatic. Is it successful? Let's watch the 'Rush' trailer and find out.

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