the MPAA and male nudity; more battles between TV networks and cable providers; the Oscars race is on; more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
Why Is The MPAA So Concerned About Male Nudity?

No Bourne or Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy

Television Blackouts in U.S. Reach Decade-High Over Fee Fights

“Napoleon Dynamite” Getting Cartoon Makeover for TV

Javier Bardem to star in movie about Chilean miners

Too Many Magazine Apps Are Still Walled Gardens

Jim Henson’s Son to Direct Dark, Twisted Muppet Movie for Lionsgate

Author JK Rowling voted UK’s most influential woman

Academy: Oscars date won’t be moved up

‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Sequel and TV Series Flying Our Way

How the Arts Contribute to the [U.K.] Economy

British media scrambles to prevent Murdoch takeover of Sky Broadcasting

Stieg Larsson had ‘nearly finished’ fourth Millennium novel before his death

Richard Castle, Lead Character On ABC’s Hit Series “Castle,” Will Have His Second Novel – “Naked Heat” – On The New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers List At No. 7

I’m Homeless and This Is Why I Have an iPad

The Crisis of the Humanities Officially Arrives

BBC bans its own ‘derogatory’ jokes

Why Mark Zuckerberg Should Like ‘The Social Network’

‘Alien’ Prequel May Star Natalie Portman and Be PG-13

BBC produces online tests to help public understand editorial changes

Zach Galifianakis Is Vanity Fair’s New Swimsuit Model

Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ going into battle against his ‘Tintin’ next December

The true colours of Orange Wednesdays [free movies via a U.K. mobile phone provider]

Let the 2010 Oscar Season Begin!

Can pop culture push sustainable mobility?

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