We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every afternoon The Atlantic Wire highlights the day's video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today:
This is not a real This American Life segment about Ira Glass attempting to produce his own sex tape, but it could be. The cadence is perfect and the material (which is not safe for work on general principle) is almost innocuous enough to run on NPR, until the last two minutes perhaps. The bigger the Glass fan, the more they're likely to enjoy the asides about iTunes download numbers and the canoodling tactics of William F. Buckley, Jr. (The one person who didn't enjoy was Glass, who told the Village Voice he turned the clip off after three minutes because he thought it made him sound "trite and dumb.") [Village Voice]
The early teasers for the new Muppet movie were alarmingly short on actual muppets, which makes the first full-length trailer a treat. The gang's all here, even Pepe the Prawn and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. Though we could have done without that Fozzie Bear flatulence gag. And would it have killed them to include Statler and Waldorf? [YouTube]
The American Pie franchise is back this spring from its state of direct-to-DVD living death with an all-new theatrical movie. It's been 12 years since the sight of Jason Biggs on top of a pie was the joke of the summer movie season, but it's worth noting the first three films did their part to prime audience for the gross/sweet cadences of the Judd Apatow factory. And Eugene Levy remains a rare gem. [HitFix]
If Madonna's W.E. is as bad as festival reactions suggest, give Harvey Weinstein credit for putting together a trailer that makes it look like just another piece of Oscar bait that may or may not play outside of New York and Los Angeles. If the movie is terrible, he's at least made sure nobody catches on too early. [New York Post]
We missed this earlier in the week, but Random House is marking the 50th anniversary of Catch-22 by animating scenes from Joseph Heller's novel with passages from the book serving as the soundtrack. It's beautiful to look at and listen to, and nobody's pretending to make a sex tape. [The Guardian]
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