The ninth Marvel Studios film to date hits theaters today, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Like a number of these movies, they probably could have spent more time — quite a lot more time, actually — working on what is a pretty clunky script, front to back. But the movie does what all these movies do (and, eventually, therefore, gain passes from the critical masses): it entertains. I liked it well enough, though not as much as our own Drew McWeeny, and thought it was at least unique in the landscape of all these other films. It's a high octane, grounded ride packed with action, and it has an exciting tease for the next step of the Marvel convergence. If you get around to seeing the film this weekend at the multiplex, chime in with your own thoughts here and be sure to vote in our poll below.
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There are some moments you don’t forget. I remember exactly where I was when I heard Kurt Cobain had died.
I was sitting in my cubicle at Billboard’s New York office at 1515 Astor Plaza. I was the magazine’s talent editor. It was Friday, April 8, 1994.
Did Letterman retire because Jimmy Fallon was trouncing him?
With Fallon’s takeover of “The Tonight Show,” Dave has never been so badly beaten before. PLUS: Watch Keith Olbermann’s touching tribute to Letterman.
Advice for potential Letterman replacements: Don’t take the job!
“If anyone truly wants to become the next David Letterman, they won’t do it by becoming the last David Letterman,” says James Poniewozik. "An 11:35 p.m. show on CBS is not the place for someone who dreams of reinventing the wheel. It’s for someone who likes the wheel, and doesn’t mind watching it spin in place, over and over, for years.”
“House of Cards” is expected to get the millions tax credits it needs to stay in Maryland
The Maryland House of Delegates is also expected to drop its threat to use eminent domain to seize the Netflix show’s property.
One of the dating show contestants who rejected Jon Hamm in 1996 has no regrets
In fact, she has never watched "Mad Men."
“Downton Abbey” creator had to lecture his cast on the dangers of Twitter
Richard E. Grant recently annoyed Julian Fellowes by posting a picture of himself in “Downton” garb on Twitter. “He’s very naughty. The trouble we’ve had with things like Twitter,” says Fellowes.
“Suits” adds D.B. Woodside and Brendan Hines
The “24” alum and “Lie to Me” vet will recur in Season 4.
Tatiana Maslany talks about her newest “Orphan Black” clone
“It’s strange because we shot her in pre-production,” says Maslany of playing Jennifer Fitzsimmons. “So we shot her in like a day in pre-production, the first day of shooting basically before the crew was even there. So it was an intense day because we went through her whole illness, from health to sickness, in a succinct amount of time. PLUS: Watch the new “Orphan Black” trailer.
Check out a new trailer for HBO’s "The Normal Heart”
Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo look worried in the latest trailer for the film about the ‘80s AIDs crisis.
Poppy Montgomery secretly weds at Disneyland
Mickey and Minnie Mouse presided over the “Unforgettable” star’s vows.
"Masterpiece" is a term too many critics use with too little discernment, but I feel comfortable applying it to Jonathan Glazer's extraordinary sci-fi vision "Under the Skin," which has drawn strong opinions in every direction since premiering at Telluride and Venice last year. Reviews were initially shaky, but as was the case with Glazer's last film, "Birth," nine years ago, it didn't take long for an ardent army of critical defenders to form. The less you know about going in, the better -- but I will say that it proves Glazer to be among the greatest sensualists working in cinema today, and Scarlett Johansson as a movie star of uncommon magnetism and daring. Go see what you think, and report back below; either way, it's not a film any serious film lover can afford to skip.
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” renewed for Seasons 11 and 12
The two-season renewal will make the FXX series the longest-running live-action comedy in cable history. Meanwhile, Tracy Morgan’s FXX sitcom will air alongside “It’s Always Sunny’s” 10th season in 2015.
The forecast is definitely sunny for Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.
On Friday (April 4) morning, FX announced a new three-year pact between FX Productions and RCG Productions, a deal that includes a two-season renewal for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," a series order for a new Tracy Morgan comedy and a slew of scripts.
FXP's contract with RCG now runs through 2017.
It's time for another season two trailer from "Orphan Black," and I'm already feeling worried for our intrepid clones. The stakes are obviously higher in season two, plus we see that things aren't great (at least in one moment) for Sarah and Paul. Why? Oh, because she decks the guy. That happens.
As I said yesterday , my original plan for this week of “Game of Thrones” interviews was to talk to all three Stark kids together, but scheduling issues split Sophie Turner off from TV siblings Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Fortunately, the latter two worked just as well as a duo as I’d been hoping they would in a trio, and we talked about the challenges and benefits of their respective roles, what it was like to watch the Red Wedding and, of course, their very tall traveling companions.
“Homeland” will film in South Africa for Season 4
“We knew going into season four that we would need to move the production overseas to tell the story of Carrie returning to the Middle East as chief of station,” says showrunner Alex Gansa in a statement. “We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground.”
FXX orders a Tracy Morgan sitcom from the “It’s Always Sunny” guys
The former “30 Rock” star will work on a new straight-to-series comedy with Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.
“Scandal” hits a season low, “Community” falls to a series low
Meanwhile, “The Millers” got a big boost last night from “The Big Bang Theory."
Letterman tops Fallon and Kimmel with his retirement announcement
Early numbers show Jimmy Fallon hitting a low in household ratings. PLUS: Fallon issues a brief statement on Letterman’s exit, Arsenio jokes: “My plan is working perfectly,” and Alec Baldwin asks why Dave’s son can’t watch Nat Geo.
“Glee’s” low-rated season is reduced from 22 to 20 episodes
The Fox series has begun dipping below 3 million viewers.
“Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm has a long-haired dating show past
Check out Hamm at age 25 in 1996 competing on a show called “The Big Date."
J.Lo outbids Diddy for ownership of Fuse TV
Jennifer Lopez’s NuvoTV beat out an offer by Diddy’s Revolt for ownership of the music channel.
Watch “Community’s” G.I. Joe opening
Last night’s episode was all about G.I. Jeff.
Ariana Grande addresses “Sam & Cat” rumors, calls them “ridiculous and false”
"I just wanted to address this one rumor in particular because I am NOT making more money than my costar, nor do I think I should be,” she wrote on Twitter last night. "So we can all move on and get out of our heads that this was a money thing cause I don't play like that at all. I am, have always been and always will be about equality and fairness.”
Seth Meyers reminisces with Stefon’s co-creator
Former “SNL” writer John Mulaney recalled all the times he tried to get Bill Hader to break character on “SNL’s” Weekend Update. PLUS: Architectural Digest delves into Meyers’ “Late Night” greenrooms.
Snooki is pregnant again
The former “Jersey Shore” star is expecting her 2nd child with her fiance Jionni.
Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 3, 2014.
With "The Big Bang Theory" leading the way as Thursday's top show in every imaginable demo, CBS won the night overall with ease and with "Scandal" down week-to-week, CBS also controlled the night among young viewers.
There were weak performances aplenty across the TV landscape on Thursday. "Community" hovered around a series low, "The Crazy Ones" and "Elementary" delivered anemic audiences [though actually up from even MORE figures on 3/13], "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" found no interest for its series finale and "American Idol" dipped under 8 million viewers for its half-hour results.
Although both were down a hair, FOX has to feel OK about the relative stability for "Hell's Kitchen" and "Surviving Jack."
On to the numbers...
A story of noble heroes battling to protect priceless artworks stolen from their rightful owners during the Second World War? It sounded like Oscar bait when George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" first turned up on the horizon, and we all know how that turned out. Might it turn out any better with Helen Mirren and Harvey Weinstein leading the charge?