News Nuggets: Will Meryl Streep earn a record 20th Oscar nomination for ‘Ricki and the Flash’?

Matt Brennan declares they “might as well give Mo’Nique her Emmy” now for HBO’s upcoming telefilm “Bessie.” He says her supporting performance as Ma Rainey “steals the show” and that “her intense, razor-like charisma” are out front in the biopic of blues legend Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah. The movie debuts on May 16 for the premium network. Thompson on Hollywood

Watch our video chat with Queen Latifah and other Emmy contenders

A new cover photo gives the first glimpse at the anticipated western film “The Hateful Eight” from two-time Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino. The awards season movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Tarantino says it will be “a bunch of guys in a room who can’t trust each other.” Entertainment Weekly

Even though “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is just now making an explosive box office debut, Marvel and Disney announce an even bigger all-star cast for another superhero movie. Due out next May, “Captain America: Civil War” will star Chris Evans in the title role with Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, and Anthony Mackie. Others will be Paul Rudd, William Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Bruhl, and Martin Freeman. USA Today

‘Late Show with David Letterman’ – Discuss in our fun forums

Out of respect for his idol David Letterman, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will not offer a new episode on the night of Letterman’s last “Late Show.” On May 20, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will air a repeat instead. Kimmel says, “I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show. Plus I’ll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work.” Both Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien will air new episodes that evening. Deadline

Red hot Amy Schumer will headline her first stand-up comedy special for HBO. The show will be directed by Chris Rock at New York’s Apollo Theater on May 29. The premium network has hosted many top comedians over their history, including Rock, Louis C.K., Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, George Carlin, and Jerry Seinfeld. The Wrap

Emmy and Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris finally has a title for his new variety series. Debuting this fall on NBC, the program will be titled “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.” The structure is based on the British show “Saturday Night Takeaway.” Harris hosted the Oscars this year and has emceed multiple times for the Tonys and Emmys. Playbill

More News from GoldDerby