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.
In addition to being catastrophically lame, the decision to have Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character fall in love with a girl named Autumn at the end of (500) Days of Summer put the kibosh on any hopes for an aimless, largely unnecessary sequels. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll undoubtedly cherish this video of Levitt and co-star Zooey Deschanel singing Nancy Wilson's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" If you didn't, it's still acceptable to watch and smile a bit, safe in the knowledge that Deschanel's locked up doing TV for the foreseeable future and director Marc Webb is attached to direct the Spider-Man reboot [hellogiggles]
Our enthusiasm for time lapse videos of outer space is well-documented, which is why we're grateful that our colleagues at The Atlantic spotlighted this video showing how exactly our time lapse video gets made. We'll never again watch the gradually shifting of Mars without thinking of Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum [NASA]
The Colombian city of Medellín is now home to a giant outdoor escalator that cost $6.7 million to construct. Before you point out that giant outdoor escalators that aren't attached to buildings are seldom a good investment, it's worth noting that the contraption will cut what used to be a 35 minute walk to the center of town down to six minutes. That represents a genuine utility, and pretty soon the Colombian government says it's going to put in some sort of covering to make the journey both efficient and dry. [ABC News]
Noted character actor Chazz Palminteri is opening a pizza parlor called The Chazz. In Baltimore! Palminteri is from the Bronx, so this is a change of pace. Not that the former spokesman for Vanilla Coke needs our help, but a 165-seat pizza parlor seems awfully spacious, even if the ovens are coal-burning and the actor has always wanted to run what co-owner Sergio Vitale promises will be "a pizza-based restaurant." He also probably wanted to catch Keyser Soze, and look how that turned out. [WJSZ]