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Morning Shots: An 'Avatar' Record, A Very Bad Typo, And The Jukebox Musical

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• How many copies of Avatar sold on its first day of release? Suffice it to say: very, very many. "Record-setting" many. "One day, there will be landfills full of highly ironic Blu-ray discs" many.

• You're about to be able to get a Kindle at Target, which I'm sure wasn't Amazon's first choice, but as the article points out, when Nooks and iPads are both available at Best Buy, you can't stay ahead if you don't provide an outlet for people who don't like buying things they've never seen in person.

• In case you need any more evidence that "hipster" is badly in need of better definition or outright retirement, consider this piece, which is actually about whether Glee has any chance of winning Emmys, but which refers to Felicity as a "hipster show." That's right: Felicity.

The world's worst typo, the world's most incompetent people, and the way an ad for a movie finds itself accepted or rejected, after the jump.

• I was both amused and horrified at this rather nightmarish publishing tale, in which the question arises: just how bad does a typo have to be before you would incinerate all the books and start over? Because that typo is very, very, very bad. (Hat-tip to Bookninja.)

• Pixar is no more immune to the sequel bug than anybody else, so it's probably no surprise that they've confirmed plans for a sequel to Monsters, Inc.. Also: a change to the name of their princess movie, formerly known as The Bear And The Bow.

• Please enjoy a glorious video saluting all those infomercials where people seem utterly incompetent to do ordinary tasks.

• In this thoughtful piece in The Toronto Star, one theatre critic ponders the implications of the popular "jukebox musical."

The New York Times peeks inside the process by which the MPAA judges the appropriateness of movie advertising.