News Nuggets: How did Andrew Garfield find out he’s not Spider-Man anymore?

While Andrew Garfield has earned many new fans in the most recent two “Spider-Man” films, he just found out he will no longer play the superhero. A new deal between Sony and Marvel means the next film will have a new star. He and his team were suprised they did not get a phone call, but it was simply “decided that it didn’t make sense” for Garfield and that “the parties would be splitting ways.” With the actor already at age 32, the studios want a young new star like Logan Lerman or Dylan O’Brien and will probably take the character back to his high school days and combine him into the world of “Avengers” characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. Cinema Blend

Christopher Rosen reports that the third season of “House of Cards” leaked onto the Netflix website for a brief moment on Wednesday. The company says that “due to a technical glitch some Underwood fans got a sneak peek” and to watch for the real release with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright on February 27. In the meantime, Netflix offers descriptions for the first 10 episodes. For the premiere: “A rocky start for the Underwood Presidency. Frank wants to introduce an ambitious jobs program, while Claire sets her sights on the United Nations.” Huffington Post

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With Jon Stewart departing “The Daily Show” later this year, a new poll asks who should replace him on Comedy Central. Would you vote for a correspondent like Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Olivia Munn, John Hodgman? Or would you select someone outside the show like Aziz Ansari, Joel McHale, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, or Sarah Silverman? Hollywood Reporter

A new Harris Poll discovers that America’s favorite TV show across almost all demographics is “NCIS.” The CBS program doesn’t “receive much media buzz” and seemingly doesn’t have active viewer engagement, but that is a false notion. Others in the top 10 are “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Walking Dead,” “Scandal,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” “Modern Family,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Criminal Minds.” Entertainment Weekly

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Stevie Wonder receives a special tribute Tuesday in Los Angeles with an all-star lineup of performers. The special will air February 16 on CBS. The artists incude Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Tony Bennett, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Ariana Grande, The Band Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Jennifer Hudson. Billboard

Oscar winner Bill Condon reunites with his “Gods and Monsters” star Ian McKellen for the upcoming film “Mr. Holmes.” It tells the story of an elderly Sherlock Holmes at age 93, now handling a case with clues from his past. Based on the novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” the new movie debuted this weekend at the Berlin Film Festival. Variety

Sophia Loren will be one of this year’s special guests at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Robert Osborne will interview her on March 28 about the Oscar-winning role in “Two Women” before a special screening of “Marriage Italian Style.” Other recent honorees at the festival have been Peter O’Toole, Luise Rainer, Kim Novak, Eva Marie Saint, and Alan Arkin. TV by the Numbers

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