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Morning Shots: If 'Moby-Dick' Had Fewer Whales, Would You Be More Interested?

The dashing Harry Shum, Jr. at the 2011 Emmys in September. Yowza.

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Love Harry Shum, Jr.? Of course you do. He's Glee's Mike Chang, he's a fantastic dancer, and he's got a profile in GQ. And while you can't read the whole thing online, you can see him dance. There's kinda too much posing and not enough dancing, but then ... it is GQ. In other Cute Fellas Of Glee news, Darren Criss sings Disney tunes. Disney tunes! Stop it, Darren Criss, you're killin' me.

Tim Goodman at The Hollywood Reporter wrote a great piece yesterday about the gross racism at play in CBS's 2 Broke Girls, where a perfectly okay comedy about friends in the city is bogged down with a diner full of racial stereotypes. (Tim didn't even get into the stereotypical stuff that's been given to Garrett Morris, which is also embarrassing.)

Fans of country ladies will want to take a moment and give a good thought for the fantastic Loretta Lynn, who's recovering at home after a tough weekend in which she was hospitalized for pneumonia. You take care, genius lady.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who kind of hates the internet and technology and people who use them and nevertheless wrote The Social Network, is reportedly in the running for another project about technology: Sony's movie based on the just-released Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs.

The New York Times is hosting a debate about whether Amazon will destroy existing book publishers and what will happen if it does.

You never like to see this happen, but the current state of arts organizations seems to bring it about more and more: the Louisville Orchestra has seen negotiations with its musicians break down to the point where it's about to start hiring replacements. That's not a good development for anybody.

More thoughts on the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Marat/Sade which, as we discussed yesterday, is inspiring loads of walkouts. Charles Spencer says in The Telegraph that while sex and violence may be part of depicting the way people really live, he'd like a little more sex and a little less violence.

We never get tired of talking about Moby-Dick. We really don't! Now, there's news of a new film production that will take the story into space. What's great about this? It's presumably Moby-Dick without the darn whales — an instinct with which I have to admit I kind of sympathize.