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.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.