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Morning Shots: Garth Brooks And Lifetime Finally Unite, As Nature Intended

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If you heard us discussing the Devil trailer on our Happy Hour podcast a few weeks ago, don't miss this discussion of whether the film's association with M. Night Shyamalan can be overcome, and what a startling reversal of fortune that is for a guy who once appeared to be an auteur in the making.

Oh, Wonderbra. You are hilarious, with your 3D billboard.

Have you ever listened to a country song and thought, "That's a nice song, but man, the story kind of sounds like a Lifetime movie"? The Garth Brooks song "Unanswered Prayers" is being adapted into a Lifetime movie.

This is an especially depressing story about what it's like, even now, to be a female sports reporter covering football. But it's also an interesting story about how changes in media have given people different tools to respond to claims about their own behavior — note that the reporter, Ines Sainz, promptly posted on Twitter a picture of her outfit (jeans and a button-down shirt) to refute the very predictable claims that she brought it all on herself with what she was wearing.

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Gareth Malone, the central figure of my adored The Choir, talks here about singing — how to start, and how to enjoy it. But honestly, some of this advice applies to a lot more than singing, particularly "Just have a go."

In happy celebrity news, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are now expecting the world's best-looking baby.

Jimmy Fallon continues using his late-night show for interesting purposes: this week, he's devoting time to showcasing Broadway musicals, including Memphis; Promises, Promises; American Idiot; and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

I don't think I feel as strongly about present-tense novels as this unhappy commentator, but I will say that the device seems very overused — more and more so — and rarely introduces as much immediacy and energy as it's intended to introduce.

Hey, remember that very awkward press-tour exchange a reporter had with Matthew Perry about David Schwimmer? Well, it turns out David Schwimmer has been working for seven years on a rather intense film project he's directing that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. So that's what that guy is up to.