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Morning Shots: 'Jackass 3-D' Reigns Supreme, And Ed Asner Is Back

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Jackass 3-D enjoyed the most money-hauling opening weekend in the history of fall movies, making — I kid you not — $50 million. Granted, it got a significant boost from the more expensive 3D tickets, meaning it didn't take the ticket-selling record from Scary Movie 3. Civilization is saved!

Look for Ed Asner in a new sitcom on CMT, where he'll play the "misanthropic neighbor." Hey, look — the guy has been around long enough that he doesn't exactly need to stretch.

With all the talk about The Social Network, it's worth taking a moment to read this terrific piece pointing out that new media companies are no less prone to shooting their own feet off than old media companies. I'm on board for anything that embraces the wonderful phrase, "boneheaded moves," and uses it well.

Speaking of The Social Network, if you can stand one more link on this point, Aaron Sorkin and Jesse Eisenberg had a chat with Rolling Stone in which Eisenberg asserts that Rooney Mara's character (she plays the girlfriend who dumps Mark Zuckerberg for being a complete jerk) didn't "appreciate" the fact that she was with "the smartest guy in the world." To that, I can only say: Wow.

If you enjoy Helen Mirren — and really, why wouldn't you? — check out her talk with Cinematical, where she talks about cougars, big guns, and Harvey Pekar.

It took a minute for me to see the optical illusion that caused the controversy here, but once you see it, you'll see it.

Adam Gopnik says in The New Yorker that Nobel Prizes still matter, and that we still want them. The evidence to support this assertion is a bit murky.

The Wall Street Journal has discovered that basic cable now makes its own original series that compete with the broadcast networks. So now you know it must be true.

Zack Snyder is letting a few details about his plans for the new Superman movie dribble out. Early days! No particular comic! And ... that's it!

And finally: When NBC pulled The Jay Leno Show, it seemed likely that it would be seen as a failure, and that scripted dramas would prove that they still have legs. Now, NBC is doing even worse with its current 10 p.m. fare — but so are the broadcast networks (and television) in general.

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