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Morning Shots: Today In Awkward Apologies For Putting Heads On Pikes

If you're into the pastime of lamenting the state of publishing and bookstores, it's very important that you read this post from The Atlantic about the tiny number of bookstores that existed in the United States in 1931 and what that meant for publishing and reading. It's a great reminder. [The Atlantic]

This is relevant to next year's Tony Awards, is my guess: Debra Winger will be in David Mamet's next play. I've been waiting for the Winger revival to hit full steam since her absolutely amazing, heartbreaking performance in Rachel Getting Married, and it's about time she starts getting piles of awards. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Not going to the movies as much as you used to? You may not be alone. You never want to make too much out of one piece of research, but this study is pretty bone-chilling for people who love film. [Deadline]

Ethan Hawke says they really are working on that third piece to the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset story. Oh, I dearly hope so. [Indiewire]

You have to love the British, really. Of course they're returning to Chariots Of Fire for the Olympic torch relay. Who wouldn't? [PopWatch]

I'm not sure whether the producers of Game Of Thrones are claiming the head they put on a pike isn't actually a George W. Bush head but just looks like one, or whether they're claiming they didn't notice it was one until after they used it, or whether they're claiming they just shouldn't have chortled over it on the DVD commentary, but whatever the explanation, HBO is now apologizing for them. [io9]

The miniseries has been on the decline in recent years, to the point where aside from PBS and HBO, hardly anybody's making them anymore. Now, in the wake of A&E's Hatfields & McCoys, will there be a mini-miniseries revival? [TV Guide]

So I think the moral of this story about the budget problems on the upcoming The Lone Ranger film is that if your story uses a lot of trains, you might want to use trains that already exist, rather than building trains from scratch, which gets expensive. [The Hollywood Reporter]

This is a story about Tom Cruise's codpiece. [The New York Times]

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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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