The 'Shame' Trailer Is a Cardio Workout; Hold the Muppet Backlash

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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 most obvious takeaway from the Herm Cain sexual harassment report is to be careful with your potentially offensive hand gestures. The other, less obvious takeaway (one that's so abstract only Ann Coulter can see it) is that "our blacks are better than their blacks." Wait, what? Coulter's logic is that Cain, unlike noted "son of a Kenyan" Barack Obama, is "the grandson, the great-grandson of American blacks who went through the American experience." Even for Coulter, this is a confusing and loaded argument, but it boils down to a belief that everyone born before 1900 was better at everything -- especially being an American -- than anyone born after, except Ronald Reagan. [Fox News]

Director Steve McQueen's new movie Shame is all about reckless sexual impulses spinning out of control. This presents a marketing problem for Fox Searchlight, because how do you cut a two-minute trailer for a movie that's all about reckless sexual impulses spinning out of control? Their answer is to cut the sultriness with lots of scenes people running at night. It's actually pretty effective. It conveys isolation and obsession and lets the sound mix guys play fast-and-loose with the grunts and ululations. But we worry about Michael Fassbender's form. If he keeps bouncing his weight around like that for two hours, he's going to get shin splints.  [iTunes via Coming Soon]

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Nobody in the American Reunion trailer goes for an arms-flailing nighttime run, which is remarkable considering the personal embarrassments everyone suffered through the first three films of the series. And while it's true the film's first full-length trailer feels dated, particularly in its insistence that Sean William Scott is the funniest member of the ensemble, and also when someone says it's time to party like it's 1999, it's also true that fatherly advice from Eugene Levy is timeles. [YouTube via Hollywood Elsewhere]

The publicity blitz for the new Muppets movie has been exhausting and hit-or-miss (we still don't understand what they were doing in that video with OK GO), but their appearance on WWE Raw last night was one of the highlights of the young TV season. As a new rule, we think the gang should only be allowed to make real-world appearances with people who don't consider it an honor to be talking to the Great Gonzo. Mitt Romney would be a perfect foil. Say what you will about him, but he does not seem like the kind of man who knows who Pepe the King Prawn is. Which means when they meet, there's a strong chance he'll call Pepe a shrimp. At which point all bets will be off. [Movieline]

Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries has inspired a 66-second Taiwanese animation short. As with their adaptation of the Steve Jobs book, the folks at Next Media Animation leave out one of the highlights of their story: the time Humphries bumped into Kim's sex tape collaborator Ray J on a plane. And had to talk to him!  [Next Media Animation via The Village Voice]

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