News Nuggets: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ has second highest box office debut ever

Superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” blasts all other films this weekend for the second highest debut of all time. In the U.S. alone, the movie starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader, and Mark Ruffalo earns $187.7 million. The only film to surpass it was the 2012 original “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. Second place goes to holdover “Furious 7” with $6.1 million. The third spot is held by “The Age of Adaline” with $6.2 million. Deadline

The intense promotional assault for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues in advance of a December debut. Noted photographer Annie Leibovitz has a new Vanity Fair cover photo featuring cast members Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Chewbacca, and droid BB-8. See that photo now with more pictures to be unveiled soon in the June edition. Hollywood Reporter

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Conan O’Brien pens a tribute to David Letterman titled “Immediately Everything Was Wrong.” Calling him a “comedic revolution,” he recalls the first time he saw him with his “subversive” morning show on NBC in 1980. In 1982, he then went on to “Late Night” (inherited 11 years later by O’Brien) and finally “Late Show” on CBS for the past 22 years. He says that Letterman “disrupted the medium – and that’s what made him a legend.” Entertainment Weekly

Which shows lead the 18th annual Save Our Shows poll? After 122,764 voters have spoken about TV programs on the bubble, they would most like to save “Person of Interest” (CBS). Next up are “Bones” (Fox), “Agent Carter” (ABC), “Forever” (ABC), and “Nashville” (ABC). At the bottom of the poll (meaning barely any support) are “One Big Happy” (NBC), “Undateable” (NBC), “Cristela” (ABC), “About a Boy” (NBC), and “Hart of Dixie” (CW). USA Today

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Golden Globe champ Gina Rodriguez is the Performer of the Week for the episode “Chapter Twenty” of “Jane the Virgin.” The segment has her intending “to fight baby daddy Rafael for sole custody.” Her natural charisma “has built Jane into an accessible source of joy” with “unexpected, unbridled displays of passion.” Will she be able to bring CW a first acting nomination at the Emmys this summer? TV Line

Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Blake dies at age 69 in Arizona after battling a long illness. He wrote the 1988 novel “Dances With Wolves” before adapting the 1990 film directed by Kevin Costner. He won the Academy Award for penning that script, which also took the Best Picture prize that year. Variety

Ben E. King, legendary soul singer best known for the song “Stand By Me,” dies at age 76. In addition to his solo career, he was also the lead singer for the Drifters on such hits as “This Magic Moment,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “There Goes My Baby.” That group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Rolling Stone

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