Sometimes, it's as if the Internet hive mind realizes that the world's office dwellers need a mid-week pick-me-up and graciously decides to provide one. Today's Wednesday Web Gift comes via Univision's ¡Despierta América!
. Tom Hanks went on the popular Spanish-language morning show yesterday to flog his new movie Larry Crowne
, in which he plays a laid-off guy who gets his groove back by going to community college, joining a scooter gang, and romancing Julia Roberts. (Hanks directed the film, and co-wrote it with My Big Fat Greek Wedding
's Nia Vardalos.)
I cringe every time I see the film's trailer , which seems determined to mock our collective memory of Hanks' past rom-com glories. But this weather segment has me reconsidering Hanks' charms (and my early morning television choices). It's hard not to love a man who can pull off the old mime-going-down-the-stairs bit with such aplomb.
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The Other Huxtable Effect
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