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Morning Shots: Smoking In Movies, Weekend Box Office, And Diane Sawyer

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• Check out this interesting PSA about online bullying.

• A.O. Scott has an essay in The New York Times about smoking in Avatar, and about the proper role of ratings in shielding kids from things that they, in theory, might emulate.

• At the box office this weekend, Extraordinary Measures had a weak start, despite, as The Los Angeles Times points out, having much of the same appeal as The Blind Side.

Conan's last show, the PGA Awards, and how things are for Diane Sawyer, after the jump.

• The winners of the Screen Actors Guild awards, held Saturday night, will look very, very familiar if you saw the Golden Globes.

• Diane Sawyer's ascendancy to the desk of ABC's World News didn't receive the kind of massive, splashy launch given to, say, Katie Couric's similar transition at CBS. But Sawyer seems to be having an effect on ratings.

• Everything I would have said about Conan O'Brien's terrific final show on Friday night was said so well by James Poniewozik of that I don't feel the need to comment further.

• If you can stand one more piece of awards news, the Producers Guild of America handed out its awards on Sunday. Not a lot of surprises in most categories, but Avatar's roll toward Best Picture hit a bump when the PGA went with The Hurt Locker — which has suffered some awards snubs of late — instead.