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Thinking of Going to See ‘The Little Mermaid’ on Broadway? Don’t!

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Brantley Rips Mermaid a New One: The Times’ Ben Brantley on Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway: “Loved the shoes. Loathed the show. O.K., I exaggerate. I didn’t like the shoes all that much.” And that’s just the first line! [NYT]

Golden Globes Go Bushless: Yesterday we bemoaned the fact that NBC was using moronic Access Hollywood hosts Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell to emcee the Golden Globes newscast — and someone heard our cry! Now the event will be open to live coverage by all media. We’re going to watch it on Telemundo! [Deadline Hollywood Daily]

Bad Call: Voice-mail-based horror movie One Missed Call has managed the impressive feat of scoring an unprecedented zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which means Harry Knowles has not yet filed his review. [Best Week Ever]

Weinsteins Make a Deal: The Weinstein Co. has struck an interim agreement with the WGA that will allow them to hire writers again. Variety says it’s identical to the arrangement that Tom Cruise’s United Artists made recently, except the Weinstein Company won’t use their deal to make a movie about Hitler. [Variety]

Leno Still Beating Letterman: Despite its lack of writers and decent guests, Jay Leno’s Tonight Show is still beating the WGA-approved Letterman in the ratings, which means not only are writers not important — neither are celebrities. [Variety]

Thinking of Going to See ‘The Little Mermaid’ on Broadway? Don’t!