News Nuggets: What was the killer twist in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’?

How did director Marc Webb pull off the killer twist in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”? SPOILERS AHEAD. Critic Peter Debruge says that anyone who follows the Spider-Man comic book mythology knew that Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) teenage love Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) would eventually have to die. In fact, many were surprised she survived the first installment. The sequel shows Spider-Man trying to save her when she plummets from the top of a bell tower. Because this tragic event will shape the super hero in the future, it sparks “the same kind of curiosity and anticipation that awaits any well-cast Shakespeare revival.” Variety.

Miranda Lambert leads all nominees for the CMT Music Awards to be held in Nashville on June 4. She is up for two individual categories, two for her group Pistol Annies, and two more for a duet with Keith Urban. Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line have five nods each. Urban and Taylor Swift are tied with four bids. Fans can vote on the CMT website through June 1. Entertainment Weekly.

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Valerie Cherish is coming back to HBO. The original series “The Comeback” was cancelled after one low-rated season in 2005. Producer and star Lisa Kudrow said, “It was almost too fun to play Valerie Cherish the first time around. I look forward to revisiting this resilient and ironically self-unaware character.” The inside-showbiz laffer will have six episodes this fall and will also be produced by recent Emmy winner Dan Bucatinsky (“Scandal“) and Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”). TV Line.

Scott Feinberg analyzes the Broadway landscape following last week’s Tony nominations. He says that Bryan Cranston‘s star power helps make “All the Way” one of “the few must-see shows of the season.” Even though “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” garnered more nods, “Beautiful” (with Jessie Mueller as singer-songwriter Carole King) “seems to be hitting its stride at just the right time.” His acting winner picks include Cranston, Mueller, Audra McDonald (“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill“), and Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch“). Hollywood Reporter.

A full month before it launches a second season on Netflix, “Orange is the New Black” is unofficially renewed for a third outing. The show’s writers and co-star Laura Prepon confirmed the news Monday on social media. The prison dramedy is entered into the comedy categories for the next Emmy Awards. It earned a Peabody Award earlier this year and the top comedy prize from GLAAD this weekend. The 13 new episodes will debut June 6 on the streaming service. Deadline.

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The National Board of Review will unveil their 2014 film winners on Tuesday, December 2. President Annie Schulhof also announced that January 6 will be the date for their awards ceremony in New York. Their winners for this past year included “Her,” Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Will Forte (“Nebraska”), and Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station”). NBR.

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Will Katie Couric be returning to the show which made her famous? NBC is considering her as a potential replacement on the “Today Show” for Savannah Guthrie while she is on maternity leave this summer. An insider said that “it’s unclear whether Katie will want to do this and be available to guest co-host.” She hosted the morning show from 1991 to 2006 and has since worked for ABC and CBS plus hosted her own syndicated program. The Wrap.

Premium network Showtime offers a free preview weekend May 9-11 to over 74 million homes. Viewers can watch the first episode of the upcoming drama “Penny Dreadful” as well as new epiosodes of “Californication” and “Nurse Jackie.” Also available are a large variety of theatricial  films plus recent and past episodes of “Dexter,” “Episodes,” “Homeland,” “House of Lies,” “Masters of Sex,” “Ray Donovan,” and “Weeds.” TV by the Numbers.

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