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.
Movie stars love Bill Clinton. They also love making well-timed appearances in Funny or Die viral videos. So naturally, the cast for the gently self-deprecating new short to mark the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Foundation is more distinguished than that of some Robert Altman movies. And despite the presence of Sean Penn, Matt Damon, and Kristen Wiig, it's longtime Clinton interlocutor Kevin Spacey who gets the only dialogue scene with the former president. [Funny or Die]
The leaked video for Britney Spears' new single "Criminal" is unnervingly violent, voyeuristic, and British. The only thing to orient you is Spears, who performs with the same twangy robot voice she used for "Oops! ... I Did It Again." (Watch it while you can: Spears's label has been yanking the footage off the Web all afternoon, which doesn't seem like the best marketing strategy for a singer trying to make a comeback on the strength of her nostalgia appeal.) [YouTube]
The Descendants has been slowly building its case for Best Picture inevitability throughout the fall. In the film's new trailer, the Fox Searchlight marketing department brings out the heavy artillery, with blurbs raving it's the best performance of lead George Clooney's career, in addition to being one of those movies that will "drive you to tears and have you laughing seconds later." Hence, all the hugging. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Why would a person need a robot that can perfectly mimic their signature? Lots of reasons! They could be a forger, or one of those people that thinks cursive is too hard. Or they could just want the robot to get smarter by practicing its penmanship. There's no shortage of reasons [Wired UK]