Bruce Springsteen Spells Things Out; Paul Rudd Needs Nicer Friends

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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 day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: the video for Bruce Springsteen's new single goes heavy on the text, another Wes Anderson mashup, and Paul Rudd once again plays a character who needs nicer friends.

The video for Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own" has arrived, and it's terrific. It's also subtitled, which seems like a curious decision, until you remember all the trouble Springsteen had with people completely missing the point of "Born in the U.S.A." We're not sure the point is as easy to miss this time, but he's clearly not taking any chances. Which is fair, considering the number of times we've seen the word "anthemic" pop up in connection to it. [Bruce Springsteen]

People sure are having fun at Wes Anderson's expense this month. Along with the montage of all his protracted overhead shots, we now get a mashup of all his slow-motion walking scenes, set to Ja Rule, which quite reasonably makes it NSFW. We hope the meme has the momentum to last through the weekend, because we'd like to see all the shots of people lighting cigarettes set to something from La Boheme. [Slackstory]

Paul Rudd is playing a nice man who is interested in things that others find silly again in Wanderlust. This time, he likes the band the Spin Doctors, which isn't a silly band to like at all. Of course, neither was his interest in Rush in I Love You, Man or fantasy baseball in Knocked Up, but people still made him feel bad about it. One of these days, someone's going to surround "the Paul Rudd character" with decent people who enjoy enthusiasm because it feeds their enthusiasm. Until then, he'll have to make due with folks who go grim and slack-jawed when a non-professional musician forgets the words to a song that's two decades old. [Meta Cafe via Collider]

Your end-of-the-week slice of prettiness is "an attempt to capture the visual flow" of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" on video. Please enjoy, and remember: Those in the first three rows may get covered in swirling paint. [Petros Vrellis via Co.Create]

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