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Morning Shots: 'Tron' Vrooms Its Way To The Top, Plus Lots Of Colin Firth

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This weekend at the box office, Tron: Legacy took the #1 spot, opening at $43.6 million. It's a lot of money, though it's important to add the asterisk, which is that it's estimated to have cost $170 million to make. Yogi Bear (which I haven't seen) and the James L. Brooks comedy How Do You Know (which I have seen, except for the handful of minutes I, er, slept through) did not fare so well.

If you enjoyed The King's Speech (and it's terrific, so if you haven't yet seen it, I encourage you to do so), you might enjoy this story from the BBC, including the king's actual speech. Listening to it may, among other things, increase your appreciation of Colin Firth's work, because he truly nails some of the specific quirks of the way George VI sounded.

And while you're in a Firth-y mood, The Philadelphia Inquirer has this chat with the guy, as well as with the director who reveals that he's an enthusiastic spinner of anecdotes, which one might not expect.

From right here at NPR, a title worth a thousand words: 2010's Best Nonfiction For Winning Family Arguments. Now we can all use that one occasionally.

Brian Stelter of The New York Times has this look at the current state of Oprah Winfrey's new project: her cable network, set to launch in January.

Billy Bob Thornton would like Hollywood to know that all of its movies are terrible. Just terrible. Also: he hates video games.

Deadline Hollywood features a lengthy talk with director Danny Boyle about life after Slumdog Millionaire, and how he wound up arriving at 127 Hours. (Did they have to twist his arm?) (Sorry.)

And finally: objections to dirty dancing on television have broken out in the UK, as thousands of complaints poured in about performances by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera on the finale of The X Factor. This may be one of the only times I have ever seen a completely straight-faced use of the word "cavorting."

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