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
Universal's trailer for next spring's The Lorax should be shown to all studio executives trying to market movies to audiences under the age of 8. It's bright, involves human characters who for the most part act like humans, and has a premise ("What if there were no more trees?") that is both simple and open-ended. It helps to be working from a book by Dr. Seuss, but it's nice to see someone other than Pixar use the latest in animated technology to create something other than animals that talk like sassy humans. And the use of the Polyphonic's Spree's "Reach for the Sky" is sublime. [Jagfilm]
"Party" is Beyonce's third video this month. It's also the least seasonally appropriate. She clearly wants people to hang around by the pool just looking at stuff, but that's less fun when it's 40 degrees outside. The same is true of drinking water straight from the hose. This should be rereleased (and maybe remixed, since it's not particularly danceable) when kids are out of school. [EW]
Omar Sharif swatted a lady in the face today at the Qatar film festival. From the footage, it appears she broke some unwritten rule of Omar Sharif photo protocol. The Washington Post's Reliable Source blog enlisted an Arabic-speaking colleague to translate the exchange. Apparently the Doctor Zhivago star said: “My dear! I told you I’d get to you afterwards! I just said that and you’re standing here. Put something in your brain!” Then, quietly, he told her he was sorry. [TMZ]
We knew we were going to love Ricky Gervais' new series Life's Too Short as soon as we saw Warwick Davis zooming around confidently on a tiny Segway. Now, seeing Johnny Depp's stonefaced response to Gervais' queries as to whether he was offended by a joke Gervais made about The Tourist at the Golden Globes, we're more confident than ever this will be the better version of Extras. The scene moves effortlessly from a stealthily mean Helen Bonham Carter joke, to the absurd pleasure of Johnny Depp and Tim Allen's mutual defense pact. [The Daily Mail]
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