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Morning Shots: Andrew Koenig, The Academy Awards, And Rules Of Writing

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• Really sad story: Actor Andrew Koenig, who works on the popular comedy podcast Never Not Funny — but whom children of the '80s are more likely to remember as Mike's friend Boner on Growing Pains, and who is also the son of actor Walter Koenig — is missing, last seen in Vancouver roughly a week ago. Lots of his buddies, including Official Awesome Monkey See Twitter Hero Dave Holmes, have been absolutely pounding the social media pavement very, very hard, trying to get the word out and figure out what happened. Best thoughts to all involved, and do take a look and pass it on if you're so inclined.

• An interesting infographic sheds light on some of the numbers of the Academy Awards — including how much money is generally spent on an Oscar campaign.

The Guardian offers rules for writing fiction from authors including Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman and more. Want more rules? Check out part two. What will you learn? All writers have different rules, some of which contradict each other directly, so ... that's comforting.

The Shutter Island strategy, a game-show scandal in the making, and more, after the jump.

Shutter Island was really the only big movie to open this weekend, and it looks like the gamble paid off, as this is the best opening yet for a Scorsese-DiCaprio collaboration.

• In what looks like it might have been a modern-day Quiz Show scandal had all the allegations turned out to be true, the FCC is investigating Fox's Our Little Genius, the creepily-named game show that was abruptly pulled less than a week before it was scheduled to debut, which made it pretty clear that all was not as it should be, in ways that were pretty serious.

• The Writers Guild Awards treated Modern Family well, and on the film side, they honored Up In The Air and The Hurt Locker.

• As many of you know by now, there was a super-exciting hockey game between the USA and Canada last night, and people are now wondering why NBC didn't ... you know, show it (on broadcast, as opposed to MSNBC). If you watched the ice dancing, you may understand why people think perhaps those two events could have switched places.

• Here's one that will make certain corners of the Internet explode with happiness: Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff is set to star in a pilot where she plays a brooding crime-fighter. I give that idea a big thumbs-up, and not just because I'm one of approximately six people who saw her memorable run on the Bionic Woman reboot that lasted about as long as a AA battery.

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