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: Larry David's guide to manners, a U2 documentary that rocks harder than Justin Bieber, and Charlize Theron dancing with dead people for Dior.
- Has there ever been a television character more preoccupied with matters of etiquette than Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm? He'd be at home in an Edith Wharton novel, particularly if it involved shrimp thieves and the self-image of the bald community. Having his theories on human interaction in a single two-minute video mashup is helpful, but we're still waiting for a pay cable Ptolemy to set down all of Larry's lessons about the natural, material and physical worlds. Future generations need to know that there are only two ways to hurt your neck. [Vulture]
- There was a time when commercials that depicted dead celebrities dancing with vacuum cleaners and hanging out with the living were seen as tasteless and creepy. No more. Thanks to advances in computer animation, not only does Charlize Theron look like she's walking around with Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Marlene Dietrich, but the effect is seamless enough not to immediately repulse potential buyers of Dior's J'Adore fragrance. Because nothing says "I smell good!" like three corpses on the catwalk. [Movieline]
- Director Davis Guggenheim passed on making Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to make the respected and important education reform documentary Waiting for Superman. After that he went to work on the U2 documentary From the Sky Down, which will officially open the Toronto film festival later this evening and debut on Showtime next month. It recreates the creative process that led to the band's iconic album "Achtung Baby," but it could be a six-hour history of the "Pop" tour and Guggenheim would still be ahead of the game, creatively speaking. [Showtime via Seat42F]
- Hugh Laurie joins Jeff Bridges as the second middle-aged actor to appear the Today show and perform a song from his vanity musical album this summer. We liked Bridges's country track quite a bit more than Laurie's uneven jazz bar-esque number. But then again, he's a film actor. Also: he's Jeff Bridges. [The Today Show]