Morning Shots: Please Enjoy Santa's Workshop Done In Meat And Glitter In today's roundup: A Real Housewives live show, Jeff Buckley casting news, a Lady Gaga holiday, and the power of the on-a-roll Melissa McCarthy.
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Morning Shots: Please Enjoy Santa's Workshop Done In Meat And Glitter

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It's the most obvious thing in the world, and yet it strikes me so funny: Lady Gaga is going to decorate Christmas window displays at Barney's. She's going to interpret Santa's workshop. No, she really is going to interpret Santa's workshop. I look forward to the first depiction of elves with hamburgers for heads. Maybe Santa will wear a thong! Yaaaay!

I mentioned this yesterday on Twitter (the best place for up-to-date news on things I think are deeply strange), but if you have $170 to spend on a ticket to a live show of the Real Housewives of Wherever, I invite you to not talk to me about it. (Or, as I put it tactfully on Twitter, "move to Jupiter.") These people are literally famous for not doing anything and in fact having so little to do that they can nurse their unmotivated grudges on a full-time basis.

Adam Carolla has issued the latest apology that is not at all an apology for comments he made that got him in trouble with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Presumably, if he were actually sorry, he would not have said "I'm a comedian, not a politician," because that's actually a justification, which is the opposite of an apology. Just keeping our terminology clear.

I'm not sure why, 14 years after Jeff Buckley died, the Buckley biopic market is so active all at once, but the second actor cast as Buckley is Reeve Carney, who comes straight from Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. The first, by the way, was Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl. (Buckley, by the way, is most recognized for his version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and not unreasonably, but if you've never heard Live At Sin-e, in which he hums seat-finding music for latecomers, you are missing out severely. It makes me giggle my head off every time. A tip from me to you.)

From the sublime to Kate Gosselin: As we mentioned yesterday, Kate Plus 8 has finally been canceled, but Kate may find new reality life with Bachelor producer Mike Fleiss, who we assume (and hope) (and need to believe) is joking.

Dear Walton Goggins: You are a genius. Are you sure you want to be in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation?

According to Deadline, the red-hot Melissa McCarthy (woot!) has gotten Jason Bateman so excited that he had the co-starring role in one of his upcoming films rewritten from a man to a woman so that he could put her in it. I would watch that pairing, I do believe.

I had completely forgotten many of the TV remakes The Atlantic presents in its slideshow of failed TV remakes. (Which, I guess, does make sense.) Eva Longoria in Dragnet!

The Telegraph has the latest intel on J.K. Rowling's Pottermore, the site that will continue to provide fodder for obsessives (I mean that in the nicest way) in the post-Harry-Potter-books-and-movies age.

Tom Hanks continues his quest to be named Goodwill Ambassador Of Hollywood: According to a story ... well, okay, it's apparently in the National Enquirer, but still ... Hanks ran into some dissatisfied Larry Crowne watchers at a gas station, and he happily refunded their money. Aw, Tom Hanks.