Welcome to The Morning Read.
This is the third... YES, THIRD... false start on the column today. I'm having monstrous computer issues this morning. Let's see if I can get through this in baby steps, because I am having a hard time writing more than three lines before my computer throws up and runs screaming around the room for ten minutes.
It's not all bad news today, of course. Vern declared "Spawn" the worst comic book movie of all time, so Wednesday's got that going for it.
And speaking of comic books and superheroes, when our own Greg Ellwood interviewed Michel Gondry back in April, Gondry suggested that the involvement of Stephen Chow as Kato was, at best, an unresolved question. Now, unsurprisingly, Chow has left the film. I couldn't imagine a scenario where he stepped aside as director but stayed on to play a supporting character. I'm so curious to see what Gondry and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are putting together, and I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing that Chow's gone. All depends on how Kato's written and what Gondry wants from him.
This is an important conversation for all of us who are writing online these days, because trust me... things are changing out there. I have no idea what the internet's going to look like five years from now or even a year from now... but I guarantee that our media diets are only going to get more complex and that the number of voices out there involved in the media will only increase.
Great article about marriage that was originally linked to on Twitter by Dave Chen, of Slashfilmcast infamy, and it ties in nicely to an interview with Bill Hader that was shot for "Paper Heart," and which is online now:
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