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: Tom Brokaw thinks the White House Correspondents' Dinner is too fancy, Explosions in the Sky channels The Tree of Life for a new video, and the Copenhagen Philharmonic provides a musical ride home.
Tom Brokaw issued a call for White House Correspondents' Dinner reform during an appearance yesterday on Meet the Press. Shrewdly, he declined to star-bait, referring to George Clooney as a "great guy" and noting he'd very much "like to meet Charlize Theron." Instead, he went for the Washington jugular and played the Out of Touch card, describing the whole enterprise as a "glittering event, where the whole talk is Cristal champagne" and celebrity sightings. Coming from anyone else, that could be written off as just sour grapes, but Tom Brokaw is Tom Brokaw, and also because he's a "charter member" of the White House Correspondents Association, which allows him to scold a little when he deems it important. [via @catchatiger4]
If the video for Explosions in the Sky's new song "Postcards from 1952" feels more ethereal and post-rock than usual, it might have something to do with the fact it was directed by Peter Simonite, the director of photography on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. There aren't any dinosaurs, but the rundown of life milestones -- birthdays, first steps, etc. -- feels Malick-inspired, though mercifully, the airiness last a little under 10 minutes, not three hours. [The Huffington Post]
Here is Saturday's supermoon -- which was like the regular moon, but brighter -- seen in photographs taken at various locations around the globe. So being in an overcast area is no longer a valid excuse for not having an opinion on the supermoon. [via ABC News]
The Copenhagen Philharmonic is no stranger to foisting classical music on unsuspecting commuters, having taken over Copenhagen Central Station for a performance of Maurice Ravel's Bolero last spring. Last month, they managed to take over an entire subway car for a performance of Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt that was nothing short of luminous, even if it did exacerbate an already obvious seating crunch. [CPHPHIL via NPR]
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