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Morning Shots: Critics and 'Cars,' Anne Hathaway In 'Les Mis,' And Johnny Weir

Anne Hathaway, seen here in August, has taken a role in the new Les Miserables movie. i i

Anne Hathaway, seen here in August, has taken a role in the new Les Miserables movie.

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Anne Hathaway, seen here in August, has taken a role in the new Les Miserables movie.

Anne Hathaway, seen here in August, has taken a role in the new Les Miserables movie.

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An ad on Craigslist suggests that the producers of The Real World may be looking to cast someone currently participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Rowan Atkinson isn't quite the deal in the U.S. that he is in Europe, where his Johnny English Reborn is making oodles of cash ahead of its U.S. opening this week. But Universal is making the original film in the franchise, Johnny English (logically enough), available for rent on Facebook.

I'm not sure what to make of this strange New York Times account of talking to Pixar's John Lasseter about the mediocre critical reception of Cars 2. Lasseter doesn't seem to want to really talk about it, so much of the content seems to be not really Lasseter's words, but just speculation about the motives of people who weren't interviewed, including the claim that critics waited and waited with eagerness for Pixar to make a bad movie. There's also a weird undercurrent of assumption that if a film gets bad reviews, then either the studio did something wrong or the critics did something wrong. If you make enough movies, they're not all going to be A+++ movies, no matter how hard you try. Pixar is not actually made of magic; it is a place where humans do creative work. The reviews of Cars 2 were mixed. That doesn't mean anybody is out to get Pixar, and it doesn't mean Pixar has lost anything. It means a chunk of people thought this one wasn't quite up to the studio's standards. I'm not sure that requires an entire examination of what went wrong.

Comments from the singular Johnny Weir — about figure skating or anything else — are always worth a read. This batch is no exception.

The New York Times looks at the current dust-up between DC Comics and Barnes & Noble and Amazon over digital availability of certain DC books.

The film adaptation of Les Miserables that had already signed up Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert (as well as The King's Speech director Tom Hooper) has cast Anne Hathaway as Fantine.

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