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Morning Shots: Just How Long Is Spider-Man's Review-Proof Grace Period?

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The GLAAD Media Award nominations are out (har), and they include Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, Scott Pilgrim Versus The World, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Project Runway, and lots, lots more.

One begins to wonder whether there's anything new to say about Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, but this is an interesting exploration of the right of a show that's charging consumers for tickets to treat itself as an unfinished work for the purposes of not being critiqued.

MTV is reportedly putting some mild brakes on its version of the British drama Skins, which it cast with young actors who wind up playing pretty risque material. Brian Stelter reports in The New York Times that the network is reacting out of "a fear that coming episodes of the show may break the law."

Ricky Gervais is coming dangerously close to looking like he's trying to eat lunch off of a controversy that largely never happened: once again, he's talking about his performance on the Golden Globes and whether he did anything particularly horrifying and offensive. Which, it should be noted, very, very few people have said he did.

Variety is reporting that Will Smith is interested in making a version of Annie starring his "Whip My Hair"-famous daughter, Willow.

Robert Downey, Jr. is out of Sam Raimi's Oz The Great And Powerful, and Johnny Depp might eventually be in. If none of this means anything to you, check out the backstory.

And finally: if you're interested in the reactions to Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez kicking off their American Idol judging stints last night, the sometimes conflicting responses can be found within The Hollywood Reporter alone, where one writer says that Twitter and "the blogosphere" (worst word EVER, please go away, word) agree that Tyler was great, while actual tweets deliver a much more mixed review.