• I very much like this even-handed discussion in The Daily Beast about changes in the plot of The Lovely Bones between the novel and the upcoming movie directed by Peter Jackson. (There are spoilers, sort of, though they seem to relate largely to the premise.)
• Chris Weitz, the director of New Moon, has come out in defense of a moviegoer now in legal trouble for videotaping part of the movie — inadvertently, she claims, during the recording of a birthday party.
• Good news continues to come in the world of cable drama: Alfre Woodard has signed on for an upcoming TNT pilot.
How to get an R rating, performance visas, and Nook doubters, after the jump.
• I haven't spent much time with the online reader network Goodreads, but it has a fine reputation and has now secured some additional financing.
• It turns out that if people in your movie smoke marijuana and nothing terrible happens to them, that can get you an R rating, even if those people are Meryl Streep and Steve Martin in the upcoming It's Complicated.
• Lots of interesting numbers in this sobering NEA report on declining attendance at arts performances, but here are two that stood out to me: "The report shows that since 1982, the number of 18-24-year-olds who said they had any music education in their lives has declined by more than a third. For visual arts education, the number has decreased by a half."
• What does it take to get a performance visa to enter the United States? More than you might think.
• There's been a lot of breathless talk about Barnes & Noble's Nook as the e-reader of the holiday season, but this review contains some caveats that may be real doozies for e-book fans. (Three seconds to turn a page? Pass.) Strikingly similar sentiments from All Things Digital.