New 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Trailer: Less Zeppelin, More Exposition

Plus: Nobody wants to be the savior of NBC

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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:

The new, exposition-heavy trailer for David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is online and it's staid, unexciting, and muddy looking. In other words, it's everything the May faux-bootleg teaser was not. Without the "Immigrant Song" cover pounding on the soundtrack, the decision to retain the book's Swedish setting while casting American and English actors in the lead roles goes from being a non-issue to the most distracting thing you will experience all day. [Sony]

Think Progress suggested Utah senator Orrin Hatch was comparing Antonin Scalia's critics to the Death Eaters from the Harry Potter books today in a speech on the Senate floor. This would be a great test of the liberal blogosphere's capacity to take great offense at being compared to a minor villain from a series of children's books, but it's pretty clear from rewatching the clips that Hatch is a grown man with responsibilities who isn't totally familiar with the Harry Potter books. Or if he is, he seems to think they're westerns, and all the bad guys are on wanted posters. Which actually would be a good premise for a new young adult series about the troubled, magical ranchhands of the old west. Call me if you'd like to see a few sample chapters. [YouTube]

Comedian Whitney Cummings has two shows debuting this fall: CBS's 2 Broke Girls ("The good one," according to Vulture) and NBC's Whitney, the not-so-good one, which is also the one she picked to appear in. If the show's middling early reviews didn't add to Cummings' level of stress, Kathie Lee Gifford anointed her the savior of the struggling Peacock network during her Thursday appearance on the Today show. Cummings's double-take after being informed "NBC needs a big ol' hit! And you're it!" is perfection. You can see the panic as the plot of Misery and career of Conan O'Brien at NBC flash before her eyes. There's also a delightful moment later on where she makes a joke about a water bra and an unseen male child roars--roars!--with laughter. [NBC]

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