As an internet aficionado, both as Tom on Parks and Recreation and in real life, it makes sense why Aziz Ansari would be eager to do a Reddit AMA. The comedian was predictably hilarious as he discussed his new standup comedy on Netflix and much more. Here are his best answers.
The funniest non-comedian he knows: "My brother Aniz makes me laugh harder than almost anyone."
On his childhood dreams: "People always ask whether I dreamed of being a comedian, but I grew up in a really small town in South Carolina and you just don't dream that big there. When you're growing up in Bennettsville, your dream is to just get out of Bennettsville."
The show he's love to guest star on: "I'm gonna start lobbying to play a corrupt Indian senator on House of Cards. Really want to film a scene at Freddy's Ribs."
His Halloween costume: "I was Idris Elba dressed as Thomas the Tank Engine. I dropped in as Thomas at the Comedy Cellar and did standup too. It was super fun."
Why his fake twitter account for Homeland's Sgt. Brody has been inactive: "Lost the password for that account!"
His favorite up-and-coming standup comedians: "Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, John Mulaney."
On the representation of Indians on TV: "I made the decision early on not to take roles whose sole source of humor is ethnic stereotype humor. And I think over the years, that trend of staying away from that is obviously taken off between myself, Mindy Kaling, Danny Pudi, and many others. As an Indian American, I'm proud because I don't ever remember seeing Indians represented on television or film growing up and now we are. Just think 25 years ago, Fischer Stevens PLAYED an Indian guy in Short Circuit 2!"
On whether he'd ever do white face: "I'm gonna play a white guy in the reboot of Short Circuit. Bring things full circle."
His most memorable scene on Parks and Rec:"Very easy. Ben and Tom are having lunch with a drunk Joan Calamezzo who is creepily hitting on Tom and we have this exchange...Probably the hardest scene I've ever had to get through without breaking. Adam and I just had to skip doing it for the first few takes. It's on the blooper real I believe. Also, props to Mo Collins, who always brings it as Joan."
On voicing DRL on Bob's Burgers: "Getting to do Bob's Burgers is so fun. The next DRL episode is NUTS. I can't give away what they did, but its a great idea and anyone that is a fan of Terminator 2 is going to be VERY pleased."
On why Jerry from Parks and Rec is so disliked: "Get off of reddit Larry"
His favorite Game of Thrones characters: "Tywin Lannister is pretty amazing. Also Hodor."
His favorite on-set experience with Nick Offerman: "When that little puppy licked his mustache."
The actor's new role will see him advise bosses at Mobli, a visual media firm which was introduced to him by a friend while the technology was still being tested several months ago.
Mobli CEO Moshe Hogeg tells the Huffington Post, "Leo is not a tech guy and we're not looking for advice on technology, but he is a very, very smart guy concerning marketing, so he will be advising us in this territory - branding marketing and stuff like this. Leo is very excited. He believes in the vision of the company and thinks that this is the future of media. He wanted to get on board in the beginning, influence it, and give his input into the company."
Other stars who are investing in technology include Ashton Kutcher, who has funded companies including Flipboard, Chegg, GroupMe and Hipmunk, and Justin Timberlake, who is working to revitalise social networking site MySpace.com.
With its 2010 iteration, Fantastic Fest can now claim the title of Largest Genre Film Festival in the U.S. What does genre exactly mean, though? Basically, it's an oddball amalgamation of horror, fantasy, martial arts, obscure dramas, sci-fi, thrillers, experimental films -- you name it; if it's something that's not likely to be up the alley of most mainstream moviegoers, chances are good that it's right up Fantastic Fest's alley.
That's not to imply that the movies that play FF are weird and inaccessible; they're just not what you're going to find in an 18-screen megaplex on a Friday night. And that's why I love the fest. So here's a look at what's playing at the fest that anyone reading a weekly column on sci-fi films is going to want to put on their radar.
Few films playing this year's FF are as heavily stylized as Bunraku, a frenetic genre mashup that takes place in a distant future where guns have been banned and swords are once again the weapon of choice. It stars Josh Hartnett as a wandering stranger (think of him as a gunslinger without the gun), Japanese pop star GACKT as a samurai on a mission and Woody Harrelson as the bartender who unites the two in their common goal of killing the local warlord, Nicola (Ron Perlman). Standing in their way is Nicola's army of finely dressed killers, led by the always great Kevin McKidd.
Unfortunately for most, Bunraku is a little too stylized. Director Guy Moshe designed the film with a very specific artistic goal in mind, which sadly narrows the scope of a work that should feel much bigger. The camera can't simply pan across town; it must zoom through it like a pop-up book. Elevators don't go up and down; they move like the chambers of a revolver, and no scene can have too little color. A legion of camera tricks and groovy visual touches like those are bound to appeal to a very appreciative set of moviegoers (most likely under the age of 20), but for most, Moshe's film is perhaps a little too cool for its own good.
A few really standout sequences -- particularly Hartnett's violent charge down flight after flight of jailhouse stairs -- do make the style-over-substance nature of Bunraku entertaining, but their arrivals are poorly paced throughout. Despite there not being enough content to spread across the run time, however, the movie at least looks stunning at every turn.
Rubber is a hard film to get your head around, and writer-director Quentin Dupieux wouldn't have it any other way. After all, how does one make a movie about a sentient car tire that goes on a killing spree make sense? You don't. And that's the point. It's a nonsensical story that exists entirely because it's nonsensical. A lot of people will hate that; I loved the hell out of it.
Dupieux' film is one of the funniest at Fantastic Fest. It exists in a bizarre world where not only are there no rules, but there's no set of instructions to clarify that there are no rules. Things just happen, and it all makes sense in a very ethereal, dream-like way. Plus, it's got an absurd amount of exploding heads in it, which is always a good thing.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
I feel as though I don't deserve to enjoy movies as much as I enjoyed Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, film that might as well have dripped out of my brain while I was sleeping. Jalmari Helander's feature debut is about a corporation that tries to dig up Santa Claus' body from within its tomb in a mountain in Finland. Thing is, the Finnish version of Santa isn't the jolly, gift-giving version that the U.S. knows. All their Santa -- who sports not a red cap but a massive set of goat horns -- cares about is dishing out punishment to naughty boys and girls.
What's so great about Rare Exports, however, is that it's not the Santa slasher that plot description implies. It's less a horror movie and more a dark adventure with a child as the hero. Think of it as The Goonies meets ... I'm not even sure what. There are too many muses at play to single any one out. In an instant, Helander's film jumps from being a "kids trying to save their parents' livelihood" story to a twisted horror movie to a Die Hard-esque, against-all-odds action flick. It all comes together painlessly, though, and I can't wait for it to come out Stateside this Christmas. Check out the trailer here.
Demi Moore has booked back-to-back indie films, says today’s Hollywood Reporter. The actress will join Parker Posey to star in Happy Tears from filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein. She will then team with Woody Harrelson and Josh Hartnett for Bunraku.
Tears, written and directed by Teeth’s Lichtenstein, follows a woman (Posey) prone to self-aggrandizement who returns to her Wisconsin home to deal with her bitter sister and father.
Moore will play the sister who is fed up with dealing with the hateful father who suffers from a rare form of dementia.
The film is set to begin shooting this month in Philadelphia.
Bunraku, meanwhile, written and directed by Guy Moshe, follows a man (Hartnett) on a revenge quest who finds himself in an even bigger fight than he bargained for, says The Reporter.
The film is set in an original universe a la Sin City and draws from a mixed bag of genres. Moore is set to play the enslaved concubine of a warlord who is forced to marry her captor. Harrelson plays a bartender.
The shoot is scheduled to take place in Europe.
Moore most recently starred alongside Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks.