Kirsten Dunst selfie
In a video called Aspirational, Kirsten Dunst and director Mathew Frost “pull focus to this weird cultural trend that has replaced those archaic pen-to-paper autographs”. It shows what taking a photo (selfie here) with a celebrity is like from the star’s perspective (pretty depressing and hollow). The two-and-a-half-minute clip finds Dunst accosted by two teenage girls who hop out of their car upon recognising the actress and start taking selfies with her. Here, the fans don’t care about respecting Dunst’s privacy, they just want their own stock to rise. One of the girls breathlessly says, “We’re going to get so many random followers that we don’t even know!” The video has been watched nearly half a million times.
In a funny take on the serious, brooding HBO show True Detective, YouTube channel Funny or Die replaces Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson with actresses Ellen Page and Kate Mara. In the parody, Page and Mara prove to be every bit as tough and grizzled as the two guys. But they face challenges as Rust Cohle and Marty Hart never had to because they’re so darn short. Mara and Page stand at 5’2” and 5’1” respectively, so they have problems with reaching shelves, seeing evidence and punching someone across the table. The ‘short’ was timed with the announcement that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will be the leads in season two of HBO’s show. The video has, so far, been viewed a million times.
KLM lost & found service
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines came up with a new commercial this week where they announce that they’ve added a new member to their lost-and-found team. An adorable beagle named Sherlock, who’s been trained to return forgotten items, bounds up to passengers flying into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with their lost phones and stuff toys. One employee calls the dog a “real asset to the company” and says she loves to spoil him. Social media loved it, but it was too good to be true. Though the video made the implausible service feel real, it was actually a marketing stunt and the dog doesn’t actually work for the Dutch airline. The video has been watched over 6 million times on various platforms.