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Watch Paul McCartney's New Video "Dance Tonight," Starring Natalie Portman

May 23, 2007 12:48 PM ET

The most obviously interesting thing about the Michel Gondry-directed video for Paul McCartney's new single "Dance Tonight" is that it stars A-list sprite Natalie Portman as a gleeful, mischievous phantom delivered to Sir Paul's country house in a box containing a mandolin. Portman's mercurial I'm-there-but-also-not quality makes a song that at first seems to be a relatively simple ode to joy ("everybody's gonna dance tonight, everybody's gonna feel alright tonight") seem darker and more desperate, like it's about wanting to join a party one can't quite get to. Check it out. It's weird. In a good way.

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