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Morning Shots: Katherine Heigl, 'The Social Network,' And A Hand Model's Ego

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The feeding frenzy that occurs every time Katherine Heigl does anything has always struck me, as I've written before, as utterly absurd in volume and often grossly unfair. Thus, I was intrigued by this weekend's New York Times profile suggesting essentially the same thing — and pointing out that people who come to work with her expecting her to be a nightmare because of her reputation often don't wind up having that experience at all. (Please note how the same writer responsible for the Defamer item about her smoking that I mentioned in the piece linked above — who now works at Best Week Ever — represents and describes the intentionally twist-y opening of the Times profile when discussing it here.)

ABC's decision to cancel My Generation after two episodes — a show I found moderately promising, but most other critics didn't — will not cause as much of a hullabaloo as Fox's cancellation of Lone Star last week, you can bet your fast-forward button.

The Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced this week. Isn't the entire idea of prize-giving in literature a little bit strange? Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin thinks so.

Hey, hand models? If your hands happen to appear somewhere extremely famous, don't let it go to your head. Because if you do, you will wind up like Twilight Hand Model Lady, who is apparently hanging out at Barnes & Noble trying to get the credit she deserves. Also noted: the irony of her "veinless" hands, as pointed out by The New York Post.

The Social Network wasn't a blockbuster over the weekend or anything, but it did solid business, taking in $23 million. We may not all be excited about seeing a movie about Facebook, but we don't seem to be refusing to see it in large numbers, either.

Bryan Cranston (three-time Emmy winner for Breaking Bad) showed up to host Saturday Night Live this week, and unfortunately, the reviews were not kind. The consensus among reviewers seems to be that the show didn't use him enough or didn't use him well or both, and particularly that the total absence of a Breaking Bad sketch was a bit strange.

I'm not sure why the idea of Don Johnson and zillionaire Mark Cuban fighting over money made by Johnson's show Nash Bridges seems so inherently funny to me, but it's probably partly because I'm not the one who's contributing to a total Don Johnson payout of $51.7 million.

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