TMR: Matthew Vaughn talks ‘Kick-Ass,’ and Aziz Ansari takes Raaaaaaaandy off the leash

07.13.09 8 years ago

Welcome to The Morning Read.

I have a tendency to overdo these on Monday morning and be totally out of things to post by Friday, so let’s try to make this a solid but not ridiculous one.

Here’s a question:  why is it okay to ruin Lars Von Triers’s “Anti-Christ” in every single article written about it?  Whether someone likes a film or not is irrelevant.  There are some things you don’t reveal about a movie, especially one that won’t be out in the U.S. until October.  I had a chance to see the film last week, so I’m not upset personally… but I would have been if I’d stumbled across either this article or this one.  They’re both good reads after you’ve seen the movie, but not before.  Heck, even the name of the first article is a huuuuuuuuge spoiler for the film.

I like this interview a lot.  I like it when people interview below-the-line crew who wouldn’t normally get interviewed.  You can hear great stories if you do that.

Great interview on AICN by Mr. Beaks, talking to Matthew Vaughn about where “Kick-Ass” is at the moment.

A Soderbergh sequel to “The Limey,” with Terence Stamp again?  Yes, please.  There seems to be some disagreement about whether the proposed co-star of the film is Michael Caine or Michael Keaton, but either way, I’m curious, and ready to see how they’d follow-up one of my favorite of Soderbergh’s movies.

Okay… you ready for the main event in today’s Morning Read?  Aziz Ansari has a small role in Judd Apatow’s new film “Funny People,” and in the final cut of the movie, it’s really just a couple of appearances.  A hint of a character.  But Aziz has been working out with this character for a while now, and he actually shot a documentary about the character, and Funny Or Die has part one now:

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I love Raaaaaaaandy.  He’s everything that horrifies me in comedy.  His DJ is amazing, and the three rules they share?  Gold.

Want a list to argue about?

I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, which is amazing, but have you seen this footage?

Michael Jackson Flashmob Tribute in Stockholm – Watch more Funny Videos

I don’t care what you think of Michael Jackson… a flash mob like that is a fun blast of surreality to anyone’s day.

This is just silly.

This, on the other hand, is very sweet.

I can’t help it:  this widely-circulated photo of Obama makes me giggle.

As does this:

Oh, I hope there’s more of that.

When Spike Jonze recommends a music video, it’s worth taking a look at, and over at We Love You So, he writes:

“This is a Sour video shot by people all over the world on their web cams. The amount of pre-planning and choreography by the directors Masashi Kawamura, Hal Kirkland, Magico Nakamura and Masayoshi Nakamura remotely from the other side of the world is of Michel Gondry level complexity.”

You read that, but you have no idea how insane the video is.  Watch this:

Epic.  There are tricks in there that make me smile like a little kid.  So smart, and so much pure fun to watch.

And while I’m smiling like this, I’ll sign off.  More stuff coming this afternoon, so I’ll see you back here then.

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