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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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Johnny Depp Will Return to Star in ‘Alice in Wonderland 2′

After 'The Lone Ranger' opened to poor reviews and disappointing box office, Johnny Depp was criticized for his recent acting choices. From 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' to 'Dark Shadows,' many accused Depp of going through the motions, all-too-happy to cash his paycheck to star in whatever Disney or Tim Burton was asking him to star in, regardless of the quality.

In a related story, Johnny Depp is in final negotiations to return as The Mad Hatter in Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland 2.'

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‘Fast and Furious 6′ Review

'Fast Five' attempted - and quite successfully I might add - a reboot of sorts for the entire 'Fast and Furious' franchise, turning a series of movies about car racing into one exciting heist film. It was big and brash and sweaty and a complete success. So where do you go from there? 'Fast and Furious 6' attempts to answer that question by adding an -er suffix to all those adjectives above. Bigger, brasher, sweatier.

'Fast and Furious 6' is like 'Fast Five' on nitrous - director Justin Lin hits that proverbial turbo boost to go bigger, faster, stronger - and at times, that is a great thing. But when the NOS runs out, the drag race just turns into a drag.

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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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‘Captain America 2′ – Robert Redford Reveals Why He Joined ‘The Winter Soldier’

When 'Captain America 2' announced the casting of Robert Redford in a critical role, most of us uttered some weird combination of "wow" and "whoa" because, let's admit it, Robert Redford doesn't need to do a superhero movie. He's in that well-earned stage of his career where he can just do whatever he wants, not screw up his legacy and ride off into the sunset as a Hollywood legend. So why did he agree to star in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier?'

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Real Life Sci-Fi: Meteor Explodes Over Russia, Hundreds Injured

You've seen it a hundred times in countless sci-fi movies: an object from space comes hurtling towards Earth leaving a trail of thick smoke behind it as curious onlookers turn their heads to the sky, mouths agape. Only this time, it's real.

Over 500 people were injured in Chelyabinsk, Russia last night when a meteor came blazing into the atmosphere, exploded and sent fireballs raining down as citizens caught all the action on camera.

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2013 Oscar Nominations: Biggest Snubs

The 2013 Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there were plenty of surprises this year. While there were plenty of Oscar nominations we expected - Daniel Day Lewis for 'Lincoln' or Anne Hathaway for 'Les Miserables' - there were also plenty of Oscar snubs. So who were the most notable names that got snubbed when the 2013 Oscar nominations were announced?

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2013 Oscar Nominations
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2013 Oscar Nominations! ‘Lincoln’ Leads the Pack With 12 Total Nominations

The 2013 Oscar nominations were announced this morning by Oscar host and 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane and 'Gangster Squad' star Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. MacFarlane is the first Oscar host to actually announce the nominees since Charlton Heston's turn in 1972. So who are the 2013 Oscar nominees? Who were the big surprises and the big snubs? Find out!

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