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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Want to see talent put to work for those of us with short attention spans? Check out this week's viral vids.

"FCU: Fact Checkers Unit." This paean to journalistic butt-covering features the giggle-inducing adventures of two fact-checkers at fake men's mag Dictum. The pair has less than 24 hours to determine whether Bill Murray actually drinks a glass of warm milk before turning in for the night. Being the best they are at what they do, checkers Dylan and Russell (comedy duo Pete Karinen and Brian Sacca) break into Murray's house and end up partying with the notorious bon vivant. But do they get the story straight?

The clip: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/eae26bb96d.

"Leave Nothing." Wes Anderson has directed commercials for AmEx, David Lynch did the same for Calvin Klein, and even Michelangelo Antonioni brought his trademark ennui to ads for Renault. Michael Mann is the latest big-name director to shill on the small screen, and his mesmerizing CGI-fueled spot for Nike follows San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson as they bend the laws of space and time to wreak pigskin mayhem -- all set to the score from the director's own "Last of the Mohicans."

The clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55BZ2gSsSmY.

" My First Crush." As a cartoon hound follows a blue fox across a playground, we hear a grown British man say that in grade school, he would "definitely, definitely" sit behind a girl so that he "could, um, smell her." Animator-

filmmaker Julia Potts's final student film from her days at Kingston University features embarrassing and touching moments from her subjects' first amorous stirrings.

The clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY4Epc2XSGc.

-- Greg Zinman

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