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 best of the Hurricane Irene time lapse videos, an outdoorsy first look at The Hunger Games, and John Goodman raises the volume on Community.

  • There's no shortage of opinions today about whether the news media overstated, understated, or properly stated the threat Hurricane Irene posed to the Eastern seaboard. One thing we can say in defense of the coverage with relative certainty: without last week's wall-to-wall pre-storm buildup, the number of spooky time lapse YouTube videos documenting Irene's progress would be down significantly. These are three of the best, from YouTube users 11onetwo and Mauball and the Associated Press

  • The first trailer for the film adaptation of Suzaane Collins's The Hunger Games series made its debut alongside Beyonce's baby bump at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. It's only a minute long, but we imagined the post-apocalyptic future as having much less lush greenery. [EW]

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  • John Goodman will play the dean of Greendale Community College's school of air conditioning repair on the upcoming third season of Community, thus bringing him one step closer to guest starring on every television in the history of the medium. Based on the first promo released by the network, it looks like Goodman will be in hectoring powerful guy mode, rather than doing his relatable/flawed everyman routine. [NBC via Vulture]