Have you put together your list of possible David Letterman replacements yet? You better get started—I'm not sure how long CBS will continue to read our tweets before making their decision! After you attend to that, please take a look at what we have to offer you this week: data showing that people will watch movies even if they star women (can you imagine?), a Game of Thrones catch-up ahead of the season four premiere, an update on Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret lawsuit, and more!
- Have you ever put off seeing a difficult-to-watch movie until you could screen it the emotional safety of your own living room? Your sweet little living room, where you could cuddle up with your tiny little blanket? Aww, look at you. You're so cute! Noel Murray discusses what might be wrong (and right) with that approach for The Dissolve.
- Bryan Cranston is writing a memoir to be released in the fall of 2015 in which he says he'll “tell the stories of [his] life and reveal the secrets and lies that [he] lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad.” Oh my god. Was he not making meth that whole time?!
- "FX Is the Edgiest and Most Prolific Drama Producer on Ad-Supported TV."
- "We did a statistical analysis of films to test two claims: first, that films that pass the Bechdel test — featuring women in stronger roles — see a lower return on investment, and second, that they see lower gross profits. We found no evidence to support either claim." For FiveThirtyEight, Walt Hickey uses the Bechdel Test to examine the stark and, he finds, financially unwarranted bias towards male-led film production.
- News broke after Thursday's taping of Late Show With David Letterman (oddly, in a tweet from R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who appeared on the show that night) that Letterman would end his 32-year run and leave the show in 2015. CBS released video of his announcement soon after, and you can watch it here.
- Also released soon after Letterman's retirement announcement: just about every single person's opinion on who could or should replace him!
Letterman 2015 Replacement: My sources say Stephen Colbert "the only one on the air currently that CBS is considering."— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) April 3, 2014
I love Letterman but I am really excited about what this could mean for the diversification of late night. Trying not to be a pessimist...— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) April 3, 2014
.@DAVID_LYNCH I would like to replace Letterman, do you have any tips.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 3, 2014
- Blogs were quick to post their lists of Late Show potentials (you can start with Vulture , Splitsider , and the New York Post ) but oddly not one writer brought up the idea of just replacing him with a cute little dog. Late Show With Dog. We could watch the dog play around by itself at the top of the show, and later celebrities could interact with it before showing their clips. Very different! Very good idea.
- Have you taken a look at the Tribeca Film Festival's schedule and put together your Tribeca Wish List yet? No? Why not?!
- "7 Alternative Movies to See Instead of Captain America This Weekend."
- The wonderful Richard Lawson wrote one million words about Game of Thrones in order to catch you up for the fourth season's premiere on Sunday. Want to read them?
- "There are discoveries you make along the way when you’re wrestling with the problems of: how do I tell this story, how do i make this credible, how do you really make a story about an alien, what’s the approach? It felt like the methodology of shooting like that and the story became the same thing, so that’s when it came together. At that point everything began to make sense and everything had to serve that concept." Hillary Weston spoke with Jonathan Glazer about bringing to life Michel Faber’s Under the Skin, and filming an alien among humans.
- Film Independent will premiere Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (which was leaked a few months ago, causing Tarantino to cancel plans to make the film) as a staged reading later this month.
- The six-year legal battle over Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me follow-up Margaret has finally ended. Here's the background on the lawsuit—including how Martin Scorsese got involved—and an explanation of how it was settled.
- In a piece that has taken on another layer of relevance after last weekend's #CancelColbert campaign, Emily Nussbaum discusses "bad fans"—that is, those who attach themselves to a character while missing the creator's intent—and their original leader, Archie Bunker.
- (And if you're still in the mood to read about #CancelColbert itself, I'd suggest this piece from Jay Caspian Kang.)
- "A maybe allows the lines of communication to remain open, whereas a no might sever a future, potential business dealing." The Hollywood Reporter on why, and how, Hollywood never says "no."
- And finally: on April Fool's Day, the incredible Homestar Runner updated for the first time in three years. Watch the new video—it's a real treat!