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: a longer look at Matthew Broderick playing Ferris Bueller for Honda, Kermit and Ms. Piggy respond to Eric Bolling's suggestion that they're anti-big oil, and The Artist blooper reel will remove any remaining objections you may have about seeing The Artist.
It turns out that Honda is the phantom sponsor of the Super Bowl spot featuring Matthew Broderick as a puffier, Honda-driving version of Ferris Bueller. The full version of the commercial is well-executed, though we don't understand the logic of paying Matthew Broderick to recreate key moments from Ferris Bueller's Day Off in a Super Bowl commercial, and then electing not to spring for The Dream Academy's cover of The Smiths' "Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" during the updated version of the film's museum scene. It makes the whole ad feel off in a small -- but crucial -- way. [Honda]
Back in December, Fox Business Network's Eric Bolling accused the Muppets of having an anti-oil company bias in their new movie. Never ones to forget a slight, Ms. Piggy and Kermit the Frog responded to Bolling's comments during a press conference for the film in London. [LeicesterSquareTV]
When The Insider came out in 1999, Mike Wallace and others associated with 60 Minutes raised quite the ruckus about how they were depicted by director Michael Mann. Christopher Plummer, who played Wallace, was beyond magnificent in the roll, and during an interview with Pete Hammond at the Santa Barbra Film Festival last night, he let it slip that Wallace even confessed to being a fan of the performance. It's a simple story, but a reminder that nobody -- nobody -- in Hollywood today relates an anecdote better than Christopher Plummer. [Hollywood Elsewhere]
If you have a whale with scoliosis and don't know what to do about it, the footage of the ingenius brace rigged up by trainers at Sea World should give you new hope that your whale can enjoy a pain-free existence. There's also a chance it will make you very sad. That's what happened to us, and we don't even know any whales. [The Daily]
Admittedly, we're a bit late to the blooper reel featuring the cast of The Artist. That being said, it's tremendous, and should be required viewing for anyone who doesn't think a silent movie from France is their cup of tea, even if it is a Best Picture nominee. [AlloCine via The Hollywood Reporter]