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Morning Shots: Are E-Books Bad For Our Values Or Just Spicy Good Fun?

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Imax is into what's big and splashy; it only makes sense that they'd be looking to get into Bollywood. [The Hollywood Reporter]

E-books are part of a loss of permanency that is "not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government." So says Jonathan Franzen. [The Guardian]

On the other hand, e-publishing of erotica is really taking off, so if we don't have justice or responsible self-government, at least we'll have plenty of distractions. Bread, circuses, and hubba-hubba. [CBC]

I firmly believe that questions like "What Really Famous Book Should Be Cut Down So It's A Lot Shorter?" are only asked as bait for those who enjoy indignant spluttering, but I have to hand it to The Guardian for asking a similar question in a way that left lots of flexibility: It only took two posts for someone to change the subject to spluttering about Facebook. [The Guardian]

This story makes my face melt, just because: Jekyll & Hyde returns to Broadway, starring Constantine Maroulis, the frog-lipped crooner who once came in sixth on American Idol and is now, undeniably, a Thing. Specifically, he is both Jekyll and Hyde. I am defeated. [The New York Times]

Still looking for Oscar prognostication advice? Michel Hazanavicius of The Artist took home the Director's Guild award this weekend, and while that's not a perfect predictor, when you combine it with the rest of the tea leaves, it makes the film a pretty persuasive Best Picture favorite. [Slashfilm]