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Morning Shots: Tree-Lighting Drama, The Grammys, And Broadway Tickets

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• You may have seen two-disc combo packs that include Blu-ray and DVD versions of a movie (Disney has experimented with them for kids' movies, in particular); now the Jason Bourne movies are coming out in "flipper disc" versions, with Blu-ray on one side and DVD on the other. There's no ultimate escape from encroaching obsolescence of your gizmos except to decide to live a gizmo-free life, but the possible advantages for folks who want to be able to watch on whatever player is available could convince some takers.

• If you love TV specials about trees, you'll really love the news that NBC insists its tree-lighting special tonight will go on just fine, in spite of a labor dispute that threatened to disrupt the completely miserable, crowded, loony experience that is December in Rockefeller Center. (It is possible that this item has been influenced by the fact that I worked in Rockefeller Center.)

• Here's the problem with getting mad at Britain's version of Dancing With The Stars for going on tour and depriving real dance groups of income: it sort of implies that you want people to attend your performances because they aren't offered more appealing alternatives. I can certainly understand the frustration over celebrity dancing being more appealing than quality dancing, but is criticizing them for touring really the answer?

After the jump: The Grammys, more media in-fighting, another sign of success for Glee, and more.

• The Grammys are among the who-cares-iest awards in a whole season of "who cares?" awards, but for those of you who deeply care about the current status of the Taylor Swift-Kanye West brouhaha, the Grammy nominations will be announced tonight.

• Brad Falchuk, one of the creators of Glee, has a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Next up: marching band! (Probably not. I wish, though.)

• The best part of this story in The New York Times about Broadway ticket sales is the line graph that shows, as near as I can tell, no patterns whatsoever. "Here is a graph that demonstrates that we have no idea what might happen."

This piece in The New Yorker is getting some mostly negative attention, primarily for its high placement of Knocked Up among the writer's favorite films of the decade. Two things, however: (1) I like the fact that he says these are his favorite films of those he's seen, not the best films overall, and (2) If you read the description of Knocked Up, it's not really just that movie that's being praised there; it's the power of funny directors.

This argument that e-readers will wind up like eight-track players is one of those weird tech pieces that's written from a purely money-maximizing perspective that pretends that it's the same thing to carry a Kindle (which I can read from with one hand while standing up on the Metro) and to carry a miniature laptop. The inaccuracy of the idea that you can substitute these two devices for each other is genuinely preposterous, no different from saying nobody should need an iPod when you can just carry around your computer with all your music on it.

• Rupert Murdoch and Arianna Huffington threw down yesterday, with him accusing her (in a roundabout way) of theft and her telling him (in a roundabout way) to "stop whining." Fight! Fight!

• I never realized how many blogs The New York Times actually has (they have one about high-end auto racing!) until I read this piece about how they may fare against expected cuts.

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