Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: June 15

Marvel, Sony and Paramount All Skipping Comic-Con
San Diego’s lucrative fanboy convention will be missing some key players next month: Marvel Studios, home of the Avengers, won’t be dressing up for Comic-Con while Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures have also decided to skip the Hall H presentations.

Jon Stewart on Charleston Shooting: ‘This Is a Terrorist Attack’
Jon Stewart was not in the mood for political jokes or humor on Thursday’s “Daily Show.” The outgoing host, in addressing Wednesday’s deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina that left 9 people dead, including state senator Clementa Pinckney, said he felt nothing but “sadness” for the victims, and the racism that African Americans continue to endure in the United States.

Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ Bites Into $102 Million, ‘Inside Out’ Scores With $91 Million
The North American box office sizzled as Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out” and Universal’s “Jurassic World” duked it out at the multiplexes. After shattering records for domestic and international debuts, “Jurassic World” became only the second film in history to top $100 million in two separate weekends.

Spider-Man Needs to Be White and Straight, Say Leaked Sony Emails
Peter Parker and his alter ego Spider-Man must be heterosexual and Parker must be Caucasian, according to a legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment.

Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Lands Series Greenlight at Starz
Starz is moving forward with plans for a series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods,” to be shepherded by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green.

This Week in Entertainment 1980

“The David Letterman Show” debuted on June 23, 1980, on NBC. The morning comedy show was a critical hit and won a pair of Emmy Awards, but failed to do well in the ratings and was canceled in October of the same year. However, NBC kept Letterman under contract and “Late Night With David Letterman” bowed on Feb. 1, 1982, with actor Bill Murray as his first guest. Letterman left NBC in 1992 after losing out on “The Tonight Show” hosting job to Jay Leno following Johnny Carson’s retirement. He ended up on CBS in 1993 in direct competition with “Tonight” with “Late Show With David Letterman.” Letterman closed his run on that show on May 20 this year.

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