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Morning Shots: Piers Morgan Gets His First Reviews, And They're Not Kind

The Green Hornet had a reasonably strong opening at the box office in its first four days -- $40 million and first place. For those of you who like highly specialized superlatives, that's the biggest opening ever for "a live-action superhero comedy."

Over at FirstShowing.net, they've got a nice roundup of movies that have relatively recently become available on Netflix Instant, including Shutter Island, An Education, Goodfellas, and Network.

The BAFTA nominations are out. That would be the set of awards that are American-ocentrically referred to as the "British Oscars." And you'll find that the nominees closely resemble the ones you might expect to see when the Oscar nominations are announced on January 25 (that's a week from today).

Last night was the debut of Piers Morgan as Larry King's replacement on CNN. He sat down with Oprah Winfrey, and these three reviews all conclude that he wasn't much of a match for her.

Reactions (and mostly overreactions to those reactions) continue to pour in from Sunday night's Golden Globes and the supposed wave of controversy they caused. But Hugh Hefner, who was the target of one of Ricky Gervais' most aggressive bits of comedy, offered a reaction that can best be paraphrased thusly: "Eh."

Cinematical runs down a list of some of the women presenting films at Sundance.

You might remember that in the course of not liking CBS's daytime show The Talk, I mentioned that the sprawling six-mom cast was "ripe for change as things shake out." As if by magic, Marissa Jaret Winokur is leaving the show, saying that she wasn't getting enough airtime.

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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.