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: a brief reemergence for the sleeper car on the New York City subway, Charlize Theron test-drives her Michael Fassbender jokes, and we meet the unlikely actor at the center of the viral buzz-building effort for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Train travel has been on the decline for 60 years, a much-lamented turn of events that has also contributed to the sleeper car disappearing from American popular entertainment. This is a shame, because as The Palm Beach Story and Some Like It Hot showed, nothing was funnier than life in the sleeper car. The sleeping portion of the sleeper car -- if not the madcap hilarity -- made a recent comeback on the New York City subway, thanks to performance stunt by Charlie Todd of the comedy troupe Improv Everywhere and stillspotting nyc, a particularly in-your-face urban studies project supported by the Guggenheim. The result was cute, but could have benefitted from multiple dollops of zaniness. [Improv Everywhere via The New York Observer]