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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.
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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Casting Update: Who Will Play the New Jedi?

'Star Wars: Episode 7' has been quietly casting now for what feels like years and still, the only real confirmed role we have is Adam Driver, who will play the film's villain. We know we're going to be introduced to a new era of Jedis, but who is actually going to play the new hero? Let's get ourselves updated and acquainted with the actors at the top of J.J. Abrams' list.

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Ellen’s Oscar Selfie Was Part of a $20 Million Samsung Ad Buy With ABC

Did you think that bit at the Oscars where host Ellen DeGeneres wandered into the audience to tweet a selfie with A-listers like Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper was a refreshing moment of spontaneity in an otherwise scripted affair? Wrong. The viral photo was actually part of a $20 million Samsung advertising campaign designed to promote the Galaxy Note 3, the phone that took the picture.

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‘Avengers 2′ First Look to Debut During an ABC Special on the Marvel Universe

'Avengers 2' has only just begun filming, but if you already can't wait for next summer, you can get your first look at the superhero sequel next month as ABC premieres the special, 'Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe,' which will include a "sneak peek" at 'Avengers 2' and other upcoming Marvel properties.

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Adam Driver to Star as the Villain in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′

Adam Driver missed out on the role of Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman' because of a scheduling conflict. What kind of conflict could keep someone from starring in one of the biggest movies of the year? THE biggest movie of the year. Variety is reporting that Driver is in final talks to star as the villain in 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'

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‘Godzilla’ Trailer: God Help Us All!

We've seen tantalizing glimpses of 'Godzilla' in the previous two teaser trailers, but with the new film set to hit theaters in just over two months, it's time for a full 'Godzilla' trailer and a really good look at the big lizard. That time is now as a new 'Godzilla' trailer has arrived that finally shows us the King of the Monsters in all his massive glory.

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Why Don’t You Just Tell Me the Name of the Movie? Aol Officially Hanging Up Moviefone

Moviefone was made famous in the early '90s as a way for people to get movie showtimes over the phone, and was later cemented as a pop culture landmark as the focus of a classic 'Seinfeld' episode (wherein Kramer's phone number is one digit away from the Moviefone number, so he begins to adopt the role of Mr. Moviefone with hilarious results), but as of today, Moviefone is no more. Aol announced that it is shutting down the 777-FILM number and the Moviefone service, prompting many people to wonder aloud, Moviefone was still around?

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Rumor Buster: Does the ‘Captain America 2′ Soundtrack Completely Spoil the Film?

The rumor goes that over the weekend, Amazon UK accidentally printed the tracklisting for the 'Captain America 2' soundtrack, which revealed some major, major spoilers. Realizing their error, the listing was quickly removed from their site, but not before some enterprising fanboys were able to copy and paste the information on to various message boards. But, is any of it true? Did the 'Captain America 2' soundtrack reveal a massive 'Captain America 2'?

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Has ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Cast the Star of ‘Transformers 4′?

'Star Wars: Episode 7' is scheduled to begin filming in May (just about two-and-a-half months from now), so you'd think casting announcements are imminent. So far, we've heard precious little information about who will actually be starring in the new 'Star Wars' films (aside from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and others from the original trilogy), but is that about to change? The latest rumor has it that the star of one of this year's biggest movies - 'Transformers 4' - will be the star of one of next year's biggest movies, 'Star Wars: Episode 7'.

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