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.
Every few weeks, like a plum from heaven, comes a clip from the new Ricky Gervais mockumentary series Life's Too Short to amuse and discomfort. In the first, he asked actor Warwick Davis, who is a dwarf, about the height of his doorbell. Then he tried to apologize to Johnny Depp for making fun of The Tourist at the Golden Globes. In the latest clip, he has to explain to Liam Neeson why AIDS isn't the best subject to tackle in an improv comedy sketch. Which itself doesn't sound very funny and seems destined to go off the tracks, but it doesn't. It's staggeringly funny and probably the best sustained six minutes of Gervais's career [YouTube via David Roth]
Lars von Trier is not the easiest person to work with. But as Kirsten Dunst explained on Conan last night, beneath the Nazi sympathizing and refusal to fly, he's just a big Danish kid who likes to take his pants off, because he thinks it's funny, and slap people on the rear, which he also thinks is funny. Who does that guy think he is, an American in a Lars von Trier movie? [Team Coco]