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Morning Shots: Seth MacFarlane Is Sagan, And The Girl Who Stopped At Three Books

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After much speculation, it appears that the late Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, didn't leave behind enough finished material to cobble together a fourth Millennium Trilogy book. So if you're in need of vivid descriptions of horrible vengeance meted out by a socially-stunted punk-savant, the seduction of every woman in a two-kilometer radius by a shlumpy middle-aged man or a never-ending array of sandwiches and coffee, you're on your own.

Theatre professor and critic David Fox ponders the merits of booing during stage performances. Perhaps this conundrum could be resolved by having theatres institute comments sections.

Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Sons) have just gotten engaged. Somewhere, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard are going, "Pfft. Please."

For the first time since 1966, Jerry Lewis will not be hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon. Robert Lloyd at the Los Angeles Times offers some thoughts that are nicely balanced between clear-eyed and nostalgic.

Let's be honest: When you heard that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was going to be a producer of the new version of Carl Sagan's classic Cosmos series (possibly 10 seconds ago, right here), you probably thought, "Well, why don't we just put Brett Ratner in charge of the Oscars, while we're at it?" Two things: 1) That can be arranged, and 2) read this New York Times article, which can convince even the most staunchly anti-MacFarlane morning-roundup writer that the guy's enthusiasm is genuine and his heart is clearly in the right place. We'll see, Guy Who Writes Insufferably Self-Satisfied Animated Comedies. We'll see.

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