Mel Gibson, Wrecker of Totem Poles; The Man With the Golden Hands

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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: Joe Estzerhas says Mel Gibson is, among other things, a totem pole breaker, the rise and fall of a Hollywood hand model, and Michael Bloomberg and Miss Piggy liven up the Friday news cycle.

Nobody is going to emerge victorious in the Mel Gibson-Joe Estzerhas spat. We get that. But it's not every day that the man who wrote Showgirls goes on The Today Show to accuse Lethal Weapon of discussing "sexual butchery" with his 15-year-old son and knocking over an "expensive, beautifully-carved totem pole." Ball's in your court, Payback. [via Vulture]

You'll have to click through to our sister site to watch Ryan Palmieri's strange, funny and moving documentary about Steve Hershon -- the hand double of the '70s and '80s -- but it's worth it, if only to learn about the man behind the hands who picked all those locks on Simon and Simon. [via The Atlantic]

Bruce Springsteen will play eight outdoor shows this fall in baseball parks in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Queens and Boston -- you know, The Bruce Belt. So now we know what we're doing September 14. The announcement was accompanied by a video for "Death To My Hometown," the third single from "Wrecking Ball." The man can't stop giving. [via THR]

While Newark mayor Cory Booker spent the day answering questions about how he saved that lady from a fire, Michael Bloomberg was at hard at work doing actual mayoral things, like kissing Miss Piggy at a press conference to the delight of reporters looking for a fun piece of footage on a slow news Friday. We all need heroes. [via The New York Observer]

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