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Morning Shots: Nick Offerman Has A Few Things To Say About Woodworking

So Taylor Swift wrote this song about John Mayer a couple of years ago, and now John Mayer is like, "Not cool, Taylor Swift," and it's in Rolling Stone. Frankly, it is kind of "cheap songwriting," as he says, to write about your famous exes by name. But then, so is writing a song about Kanye West just to tell him you forgive him for interrupting you. [Rolling Stone]

For people who are as fond of Richard Dawson as I am, it's great news that GSN will be running a tribute to him beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, including episodes of Match Game (yay!) and Family Feud. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Did you want to read about Nick Offerman's love of woodworking? Of course you did; why wouldn't you? [Huffington Post via Splitsider]

It seems sort of inevitable that Paul McCartney would close the opening ceremony at the upcoming London Olympics, but if you were wondering: yes, this is happening. [The Guardian]

Next time you speak dismissively of Broadway, please note: The Broadway League reports that it "helped generate" (admittedly a fuzzy term) $11.2 billion in tourist spending. [The New York Times]

Apparently, Steven Spielberg has had some second thoughts about the "revisions" he made to E.T. for its 20th anniversary release. Because they're being undone for the 30th anniversary release. You know, you're allowed to just leave your movie alone when everyone already has told you how great it is. [The Telegraph]

Let's all agree that we will keep not buying pictures of celebrity babies — as we apparently didn't buy pictures of Jessica Simpson's baby — so that this extremely weird and creepy form of revenue will wither and die. [The Hollywood Reporter]

If you're interested in the publicity packages that networks and studios create to promote shows for Emmy consideration (and that everyone else has to figure out how to efficiently throw away), The Hollywood Reporter has gathered some of this year's entries into a gallery. [The Hollywood Reporter]

E! Online is all over the story of why Miss Pennsylvania USA resigned her position and accused the Miss Universe pageant of being fixed. So you can stop calling your Congressperson. [E! Online]

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Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. She began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture, and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living room space to DVD sets of The Wire, and never looked back.

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