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: Steve Martin reminds of what we'll be missing during Sunday's Academy Awards, a lengthened version of the Breaking Bad credits sure to delight chemistry fans, and Montreal's hockey fans salute Expos legend Gary Carter.
We asked a similar question last week, but are we positive it's too late to get Steve Martin to host the Oscars on Sunday? Billy Crystal has had three months to prepare, but we'd much rather see what Martin can come up with in five days. (Ideally, it would involve the Los Angeles modern art scene and a silly doctor who falls in love with Sissy Spacek's brain.) It's not that we dislike Crystal: we just think we know what he's going to say. Whereas if you digitally insert Martin into a scene from The Tree of Life, we're confident he'd come through with appropriately dry and knowing line about how this will teach Terrence Malick to cut him out of The Thin Red Line. Aren't such things arranged in Hollywood everyday? Ah, well: enjoy Martin performing a new song with his bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers. If you feel inspired later, maybe pitch some jokes about the dating habits of the dog from The Artist. Call it a hunch, but that seems like a well Crystal will want to come back to. [Rolling Stone]