Morning Shots: 'Sex' Is Money, Hulk Hogan Sues, And We Love Celebrities

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Mostly terrible reviews aside, Sex And The City 2 is already on its way to making a huge wad of dough: it picked up $3 million just from midnight showings when it first opened.

In other multiplex news, the very first "megaplex" (designated as a theater with stadium seating and at least 14 screens) is taking a powder after being unable to reach terms to renew its lease.

Today's obligatory ruminating about how the Internet is responsible for any lack of meaning you may note in your life comes from The Washington Post, which has this story about a bunch of staffers who unplugged themselves for a week. Some of it is interesting, while some of it involves complaining about how Twitter is mostly for discussing whether you just "ate a hamburger," which is right up there with "my VCR clock blinks 12:00 12:00 12:00" when it comes to fresh observations about technology.

When you look at one effort at a ranking of TV series by their 18-49 ratings performance, a few things jump out, including the fact that The Ghost Whisperer not being renewed wasn't as much of a surprise as it might have seemed to be — and the fact that Friday Night Lights fans are really lucky to still have that show. (And as one of them, I say: "Whew.")

My favorite part of this story about Hulk Hogan filing a lawsuit over a Cocoa Puffs commercial is that it makes it sound like he's partly mad that, in the commercial, what he claims is his cartoon likeness loses a wrestling match against a cartoon character.

There aren't too many stories of pushback against Apple over its demands regarding iPad and iPhone apps, but there might be a little bit of pushback in NBC's decision not to pursue an app.

One study suggests that celebrity endorsements don't just work because celebrities are pretty or appealing; they work because our brains retrieve our happy memories of enjoying their work and transmit them to the object the celebrity is endorsing. It's actually ... kind of creepy.

And finally, just because it's fun: We talked the other day about Heather Morris of Glee and just how delightful she is. If you find her as great as we do, you might enjoy this video in which she explains that she came to Glee because of her dance experience with a little number you may have heard of, and they just sort of discovered how funny she is. A small miracle.




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