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Morning Shots: Kevin Smith Leaves Deals Behind And Hits The Road

Kevin Smith is convinced he's just the man to prove that not only can independent filmmakers make their own movies, but they can release them on their own as well. He announced at the Sundance Film Festival that he will self-release his upcoming horror film, Red State, by relying on social media and a national tour. Of course, even if Kevin Smith is successful, it brings to mind something I remember hearing about Radiohead's partial self-release of In Rainbows, which is that in order to successfully release your own record, step one is "be Radiohead."

Those planning to miss Kyra Sedgwick's The Closer when it finishes its reporter final season on TNT, take heart, or at least take note: there may be a deal to either continue the show with a new lead or create a spin-off, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The Wall Street Journal has the latest on the upcoming paywall from The New York Times. I know it's confusing.

Perhaps the Golden Globes won't have Ricky Gervais or any other snarky host to worry about in the future: the lawsuit involving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions remains unresolved, which theoretically imperils next year's show. Emphasis on "theoretically."

If you really want something to worry about, consider the fact that AMC does not yet have a deal in place for any more seasons of Mad Men. That's right. No deal, nobody's writing, nobody's preparing, at least not officially. It's going to be a while before you see Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce again.

OPRAH WATCH! Oprah Winfrey is promising a big family bombshell on her show today. I wonder if she's buying everyone in the audience a new cousin.

The Razzie Award nominations are out (one day ahead of tomorrow's Oscar nominations, of course), and Twilight and The Last Airbender have cleaned up.

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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.