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Morning Shots: Tom Cruise Validated By Bret Michaels, Fortunately

Bret Michaels has given Tom Cruise the thumbs-up for Cruise's performance in Rock Of Ages. So that's one thing you don't have to worry about today. [L.A. Times]

When soccer — we call it soccer — is on in the UK, how many people watch it? A lot. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Ashley Tisdale, late of High School Musical, is taking her act to Sons Of Anarchy. Not the trajectory you might have expected. [A.V. Club]

E! has run down five possible reasons the Tony Awards might have seen the ratings drop they did this year. I don't want to say they had trouble thinking of reasons, but of the five, two are the same. [E! Online]

ABC, currently being sued by CBS over alleged similarities between the former's upcoming Glass House and the latter's ongoing Big Brother, makes the very fair point that there's really nothing special about either of these shows. [Vulture]

I must confess: Until today, I had no idea there was an Officer And A Gentleman musical. [Deadline]

There's a guy at Gawker whose entire job it is to re-post silly things he's found and try to help them go viral. Reading his story sends a deep chill into my soul. [Nieman Lab]

There's currently a bit of a literary dust-up (believe it or not) over who writes better sex scenes, men or women. I enjoyed this discussion of the issue. [The Telegraph]

Yesterday on Marketplace, you may have heard a story part of the upshot of which was that some iPhone people assume that anyone who doesn't have an iPhone can't afford one or isn't "cool" enough to have one. As a person who neither has nor wants an iPhone, I am forced to conclude that I am not cool, which comes as a terrible surprise indeed. [Marketplace]

There's an interesting story at Clutch magazine arguing that Sherri Shepherd made a mistake by recently taking public issue with someone who harassed her on Twitter. It raises a lot of interesting questions about how best to deal with this particular problem. [Clutch via The Root]

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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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