Friday Afternoon Distractions

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Whiling away your last few hours at work? These videos should help make time fly extra fast!

An announcement this week confirmed that The Amazing Race Australia's applications will stay open until September 17.

This week, with hype building for the Australian version, we got an insight into the most recent series in America, seen in the video above.

It must've stung, but wow, it's funny.

Following Claire Danes' success in the role of Temple Grandin at this year's 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, we found this interview of the real deal, as she headed into the award ceremony.

It's not funny, but she is a fascinating character -- and with a back story that is more than deserving of the successful HBO biopic. Click here to watch the trailer and see how perfectly Danes captures Grandin.

I'm not even going to attempt to draw a television parallel with this one.

Think of it as a test in endurance though; if you can make it to the end of the video without breaking a smile once, you win.

The prize? The Heartless Cup.

Sylvester Stallone has been making his rounds in the media recently, promoting his new movie, The Expendables.

Paying homage to his younger and fitter days in the earlier Rocky franchise is this rather agile walrus. Probably not the most flattering homage of all time, but a homage nonetheless.

The final episode of season 4 of Dexter has recently aired in the States, and hype is already building for the popular Showcase drama starring Michael C. Hall.

Rumoured to be starring in at least 10 episodes of the new season is The Bourne Identity's Julia Stiles. See her comments from the set of Dexter above.

The big news this week has been the major quake in New Zealand. Oh, and the fact that Australia now has a government.

But, short of videos of Julia Gillard leading a Labor caucus congo line, here instead is a truly incredible video of the fault line running through roads, across the New Zealand countryside. The shot of the crippled train lines perfectly capture the brutal force of this major event.

On a similar note, on the power of nature, is this terrifying video from the Pacific region, as the cruise-liner Pacific Sun hits major swell on the way back from Vanuatu.

Complete chaos strikes.

We love Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

See last week's Friday Afternoon Distractions here.