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:
In an interview in this month's GQ, director Clint Eastwood is adamant that his new J. Edgar Hoover biopic is "not a movie about two gay guys." The comment was intended to make it clear that the movie is a period drama that's interested in the former FBI director's power politics, rather than the nature of Hoover's relationship with FBI second-in-command Clyde Tolson. Based on the film's first trailer, that may have been a mistake. Other than the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, there's not much else to distinguish it from Public Enemies, American Gangster, The Good Shepherd or any of the other sepia-tinted period crime stories about men in hats who keep secrets that have arrived in recent years burdened with Oscar expectations and no compelling reason for existing. That being said, the DiCaprio old-age makeup is hypnotic, although probably not in the seamless, you-hardly-notice-it way Eastwood intended. [The Hollywood Reporter]
When celebrity attorney Gloria Allred announced she was co-sponsoring a viewing party of the Dancing With the Stars premiere with the Equality Campaign to support the inclusion of the Chaz Bono, the show's first transgender contestant, she said at a press conference that she looked forward to "dancing on that evening with any transitioned male or female who invites me to dance." In retrospect, she didn't dance as much as slowly bob in place, while others danced around her. Hey, Glorida Allred: we invented the stand-and-bob. [TMZ]
There's something hypnotic about the sight of New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley celebrating a fumble recovery for a touchdown during last night's game against the St. Louis Rams by whipping the ball at the head of a young man the New York Daily News identifies as Giants video intern Ryan Brown. And the kid didn't even seem to mind getting nailed twice on the ricochet on Monday night football. "I've been getting up on Facebook all night," he told the Newark-Star Ledger's Mike Garafolo after the game.[ESPN via YouTube]
The $2500 Tata Nano from Indian carmaker Tata Motors has been called the cheapest stock car in the world, but that's assuming nobody decides to outfit the "people's car" with $4.7 million worth of gold and jewels. Indian jewelry company Goldplus has done just that, covering a Nano with "80 kilograms of 22 karat gold, 15 kilograms of silver, and precious and semi precious stones including rubies, pearls, emeralds, and the black beads worn by Hindu brides in a necklace," according to The Wall Street Journal. As The Journal notes, this not the company's first experience with taking ordinary things and weighing them down with gold and precious stones. In 2008, they manufactured a giant gold bangle that measured six feet in diameter and brought in 300,000 visitors when it was taken on tour of Goldplus stores around the country. The same itinerary is planned for the car. [YouTube via The Wall Street Journal via Motor Authority]
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