We realize here'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 The Atlantic Wire is unveiling a new late afternoon feature highlighting the day's video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: the new Footloose trailer, Moby's ode to a cosmonaut, and an Emma Stone throwback...
- Anyone worried that Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer's remake of Footloose would lose the charm of the original's cockeyed thesis that it just takes one rebellious teen from the big city to cause a small rural town to reconsider the wisdom of a civil ordinance that bans dancing should be encouraged by the second trailer for the film: Brewer's changes to the film seem to be minor. In fact, they seem mainly to include changing the hometown of what used to be the Chicago-born Kevin Bacon character (who is now from Boston and played by Kenny Wormald, fairly described by Amos Barchad at Grantland as "a professional dancer whose biggest role to date was in the Center Stage sequel you were previously not aware existed," based on our analysis of his IMDB page) and a less overt use of the music of Kenny Loggins. [Grantland]
- We're uncertain as to whether this footage of Emma Stone performing "We Belong" on the 2004 VH-1 reality show In Search of the Partridge Family will halt or merely add more fuel to the burgeoning backlash against the actress mentioned last week. On the one hand, video from unaired reality programs tends to seem silly and rather regrettable viewed when viewed after the subject hits it big. But as Jezebel's Whitney Jefferson points out, Stone "not only competed on the series, but won the role of Laurie Partridge," only to see the network ax the show after the pilot episode taped. That's an accomplishment, even if she is a tiny bit off-key. [Huffpost Celebrity via Jezebel]
- The New York Times' story today on Popeye & Cloudy, two actors who have been performing scenes from Shakespeare's plays unannounced and guerilla-style on New York subways, made the whole endeavor seem twee and charming and somehow noble. The project, though, comes across as somewhat alarming after seeing the footage the Times links to. It truly is, as the first YouTube commenter on the duo's kamikaze clip puts it, "AWWWWKWAAARD." [The New York Times]
- If you haven't already, check out The Atlantic Wire's What I Read interview with musician Moby. Best case scenario, the interview will convince you why you need to buy a Kindle. (So you can reread Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy, like Moby does.) At the very least, it will add to your appreciation of the blue-tinted video for his new single, "Lie down in Darkness," about--what else?--an aging Russian cosmonaut looking back on his life. Moby tells Wired that the "wistful, Tarkovsky-inspired video" was inspired by his realization that "a good 50 or 60 percent of the music videos I’ve made have something to do with astronauts or outer space." We would have put that figure at closer to 70 percent. [Wired]