34416814.jpgQuickie Movie Reviews: Kenneth Turan likes There Will Be Blood Kevin Crust turns his nose up at Bucket List (but thinks The Water Horse was well-executed. And Carina Chocano says Persepolis is worth seeing.

brithaircut.jpgAhmadinejad v. Spears: The LAT fills space with lists of its most-viewed stories of the year, categorized by sections. Maybe it’s not weird that LAT readers didn’t rush to the site to read the latest about Britney Spears … but the fact that she was edged off the entertainment list by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says a lot about the papaer’s industry coverage.

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Favorite LAT Graph Of The Day: “No one, it turns out, does Internet auction fraud like the Romanians. Bulgarians specialize in intellectual property theft; Ukraine is a leader in online credit card crime; the Russians have a profitable niche in Internet dating fraud.” And the rest of this Ian Wylie piece about EBay tracking down Internet defrauders all the way in Romania is just as unexpected.