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Morning Shots: A Painful Casting Couch Memory And A History Of The Harlem Shake

A cup of coffee.

I refuse to say anything about Kate Gosselin joining Celebrity Wife Swap that references the apocalypse in any way, because the apocalypse doesn't deserve that affiliation. [Today]

In much better news, Minnie Driver has been added to the upcoming NBC About A Boy pilot, which started looking really promising when David Walton, most recently seen on the sadly short-lived comedy Bent, was cast in the Hugh Grant role. This one is going to be great and break my heart, I deeply fear. [TV Line]

If you're aware of the Harlem Shake (the meme), you should probably take a moment to learn at least a little about the Harlem Shake (the actual thing). [The Root]

There's something about this story about the persistence of a young playwright that makes me think a lot of people are going to read it and think, "Oh, man, I am going to be accosted by a lot of really persistent young playwrights." [The New York Times]

Also from the NYT, if you can't find something interesting in a story about Holland Taylor as Ann Richards, then I don't think we know each other. [The New York Times]

Thandie Newton told CNN a pretty freaking harrowing story about being exploited as a very young actress, and how it informed her feelings about treatment of and violence against women. "What does a young woman do in that situation?" she asks. [CNN]

You'd be surprised how interesting this story about a decision at BuzzFeed to run a story about boogers actually turns out to be. [Fishbowl DC]

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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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