Morning Shots: Garth Brooks And Lifetime Finally Unite, As Nature Intended This morning: Garth Brooks finally brings one of his songs to the best venue possible, a sports reporter deals with a depressingly recurring problem, and present-tense novels and M. Night Shyamalan both take critical hits.
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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.

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.