With two box office hits this weekend, Susan Wloszczyna wonders how actress Scarlett Johansson should use her new career superpowers. She co-stars in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as the Black Widow. In “Under the Skin,” she is an alien whose Earthly mission is to harvest male victims. At the young age of 29, she has already had an impressive film career, with roles in “The Avengers,” “Her,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lost in Translation,” “Match Point,” and “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” While she hasn’t received any Oscar nominations so far, she did win a Tony Award in 2010 for “A View from a Bridge.” She says that Johansson “really needs to go to the next level as a serious actress (with) one mind-blowing performance” like Julia Roberts had with “Erin Brockovich” that is “tailor-made to exploit her special qualities.” Thompson on Hollywood.
It could be one of the most epic box office battles in film history. The Warner Bros. movie “Batman vs. Superman” had already claimed the date of May 6, 2016, for its debut. Now with the success of its second film, Marvel (through Disney) is staking out the same date for the third “Captain America” movie. Which of the superhero flicks will be first to blink and move? The first of the “Superman” reboots was out last spring starring Henry Cavill. Two-time Oscar champ Ben Affleck is set to portray Batman for the first time. “Captain America” stars Chris Evans and is part of the ongoing “The Avengers” franchise. Entertainment Weekly.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns for a fourth season to the best ratings in its history. Sunday’s premiere episode drew 6.6 million people, rising 50% over last season’s debut. It is the largest audience for any HBO program since the finale of “The Sopranos” in 2007. The previous high for a “Game” episode was 5.5 million for a mid-season show last year. Variety.
Two of America’s top dramas are competing at the next BAFTA TV Awards. “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards” are nominated in the international category against the Danish “Borgen” and French “The Returned.” This is the first year that a web-based programmer (Netflix) was allowed to enter the competition. The ceremony will be held in London on May 18. TV Guide.
NBC leader Steve Burke says there is nothing contractual preventing either Tina Fey or Jay Leno from moving over to CBS as a replacement for David Letterman. On the other hand, he believes Fey is happy making theatrical films and shows for NBC plus she would not want to go against her former “Saturday Night Live” co-star Jimmy Fallon. He said that Leno will most likely want to produce a series of specials for the peacock network. He is confident that Fallon on “The Tonight Show” will be “very, very successful no matter who is in the same time period.” The Wrap.
Turner Classic Movies will honor the late Mickey Rooney with a 13-film marathon to air on Sunday, April 13. Rooney died Sunday at age 93 after a long career in films, television, and on stage. The TCM lineup will include “A Family Affair,” “Captains Courageous,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Boys Town,” “National Velvet,” and “Babes on Broadway.” Deadline.
Legendary journalist and host Barbara Walters officially announces her retirement date to be Friday, May 16. That will be her final day co-hosting “The View,” for which she has also been an executive producer. ABC will also air a two-hour retrospective of her life and 50–year career that evening. Disney chairman Robert Iger said, “She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It’s hard to imagine television without her.” TV Line.
Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the new producers for a “Police Academy” film reboot. The two men host the increasingly popular “Key and Peele” sketch show, for Comedy Central. New Line is also bringing back Paul Maslansky, a producer for the original comedy franchise which began in 1984. No word yet if they will appear on screen or just behind-the-scenes. Calling it a “low-stakes” project, the eventual movie will either be a “dud” or show they really are geniuses by making “Police Academy good again. Grantland.