This week, it’s movies and television talk, part two, as we delve into late-night switch-ups, a beloved movie critic, and the return of a fan favorite show.
Tonight Show Switch-up
Rumors started swirling earlier this week that Jimmy Fallon would be replacing Jay Leno and take over "The Tonight Show" gig on NBC. The two released a cheeky video that didn’t really confirm nor deny the rumors (at left), but NBC confirmed on Wednesday that yes, Jay Leno would be stepping down from his late-night hosting gig to make room for Jimmy Fallon. "The Tonight Show" will also be moving back to NYC to its old home at 30 Rock. Jimmy Fallon said, " I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow." (Get it? Because his current show starts after midnight?) Hopefully this sticks, because I love Jimmy — but I also know we’ve totally heard this before when Conan O’Brien took over Leno’s show and then had the hosting gig taken away. So I guess we’ll see!
Over the last few years, there’s been a resurgence of superheroes, though not in comic book form but instead in movies. Everyone from Wolverine and Spider-Man to Captain America and Thor have gotten their own films — some better than others, and then that Green Lantern movie that we don’t discuss.
It doesn’t look like the superhero craze will die down any time soon, so it’s no wonder that comic book legends have also made their way to the theater stage. On Broadway, there’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which got off to a rocky start but is now consistently among the top-selling tickets for Broadway shows. Starting today, It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's Superman!, a play featuring the Man of Steel, premieres at New York City Center.
But what about the villains? I can’t say I’m a comic book reader (I’m not) but I’m a total sucker for superhero movies, especially the kind that make me sympathize with the villain. (Think "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter.") So here are my picks for villains whose stories I’d totally pay to see in theaters, live and on the big screen.
If you’ve ever seen the "X-Men" movies (new or old), then you know a little bit about Mystique. For one, she’s blue with yellow eyes, and her powers are awesome. As a mutant, she can shape shift into literally anyone. Um, how handy is that? For most of her life she’s a supervillain, although she also spends some time working as a double agent and generally being one of the most amazing supervillains ever by just wrecking everyone’s lives. She’s crazy old, so she has a long, complex history, and I’m sure there’s some sort of touching back story there that could pull at your heartstrings.
I'm a huge, huge fan of "Wreck-It Ralph," and I love this live action, shortened take on it. It may not make perfect sense unless you've seen it, but it's pretty cute on its own. So if you've only got 60 seconds to watch a movie today, there you go. Otherwise, I'd probably recommend checking out the whole thing, but hey, it's your call.
Another week is in the books and a lot of news was made this week. Here is just some of the things people couldn't stop talking about:
Ever since the world got its first glimpse of the new movie, "The Avengers," when its trailer premiered last October, the anticipation for it has been growing out of control. It opened today, May 4, so fans will finally get their chance to see if the film meets their expectations. Early reports predict that the movie will bring in a half billion dollars in box office sales worldwide by the end on the weekend. Yikes.
The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson (of course...he's in everything!). "The Avengers" has received a rating of 93% on RottenTomatoes.com so far and should be a big hit. After seeing the trailer (on the left), there is no chance that I don't see the movie this weekend.
Cinco de Mayo
This weekend also marks one of the great non-holiday holidays, Cinco de Mayo! Wikipedia describes the day as a date of "celebration of Mexican heritage and pride," but most people just use the day to have a FIESTA!
The most talked about subject this week though was the unfortunate and untimely death of NFL legend Junior Seau. There is a lot of speculation and unanswered questions surrounding his passing, but one thing nobody can question is his impact on the game of football. He played the game with passion and heart, and if you ask many linebackers in the NFL today, they would say he was their role model growing up. He played for parts of 20 seasons in the NFL, suiting up for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He played his college ball at USC, and they did a great tribute video with him singing and playing the ukulele. It's worth checking out.