Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Oct. 11, 2011 | 3:00 p.m.

‘The Thing’: Mary Elizabeth Winstead on living up to John Carpenter’s legacy

The most frightening element of the 1982 John Carpenter horror classic “The Thing” is the title creature, a shape-shifting alien parasite brought to gruesome life with detailed practical effects. For actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the scariest part about starring in a new prequel to the film, also called “The Thing” and opening Friday, was the risk of not living up to a cult favorite. “I think there was some pressure going into it knowing that we were going to be watched very closely and that if we didn’t do it justice, there was going to be a lot of anger,” Winstead said in Los Angeles. But the 26-year-old actress, known for her roles as a Hollywood starlet in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” and as the object of Michael Cera’s affection in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” saw in “The Thing” […]
Aug. 17, 2010 | 6:46 p.m.

‘Scott Pilgrim’ vs. the box office? Epic fail — and here’s why

Ben Fritz covers the business of show business for the Los Angeles Times and the Company Town blog and is a familiar byline here at the Hero Complex. Today he looks at the weekend fizzle of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a movie as beloved by those who turned out opening weekend as “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” It garnered an average grade of A- and it would have been an A if not dragged down by the small number of people over 35 who saw the movie and just didn’t take to it. “Pilgrim” fans loved director Edgar Wright’s loyalty to the books, from quirky humor to visual effects inspired by video games. Acoloytes were all over blogs and Twitter professing their love, and many are already planning to go see it a second time, if […]
Aug. 12, 2010 | 8:33 p.m.

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’: The year’s most honest romance?

Our “Pilgrim”-age continues at Hero Complex as guest blogger Todd Martens from Pop & Hiss considers the film “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and affairs of the heart. Could “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” be the next “(500) Days of Summer“? Yes, the Edgar Wright-directed film flirts with absurdity, as anyone who has seen even one of the TV spots can attest. There are seven “evil” exes, and they’re not just jealous: one has the power to summon “demon hipster chicks.” Police can blow through walls, but punishments are doled out for cheating on a vegan lifestyle rather than any of the carnage the film ‘s characters inflict on the city of Toronto. And highlights in your hair? A well-placed punch can knock them to the floor. And yet Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the actress who stars as the coveted Ramona […]
Aug. 11, 2010 | 9:28 p.m.

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’: California teen crafts an epic trailer

It’s only hours now until the opening of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and no doubt come Friday someone will say, “The books are waaay better than the film.” No comic book adaptation can escape it, and those who listen carefully in the last act of the movie can even hear a character declare as much. Edgar Wright’s big-screen take on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics had to omit some material in order to condense six books into a movie with a running time just under two hours, but Hero Complex can assure those who haven’t seen the film that it’s actually pretty dang faithful to O’Malley’s creation. How faithful? Just watch the above for a taste. O’Malley alerted the universe to the fan-made trailer with a tweet on Tuesday, and it lovingly re-imagines one of the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” teasers […]
Aug. 11, 2010 | 12:17 a.m.

Before there was ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’ there was . . . Goblin?

Guest blogger Tim Martens continues his “Pilgrim”-age with a deeper look at the sonics of “Scott Pilgrim vs The World.” There have been plenty of articles documenting and analyzing the video game and pop-culture references in the upcoming comic-book adaptation “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Far less, however, has been written about the influence of Italian prog rock band Goblin on the movie’s musical score, released Tuesday via ABKCO Records. Composer Nigel Godrich‘s music for the film definitely contains moments that recall the work of the group, perhaps best known as the go-to band for horror master Dario Argento. But the idea for the homage sprang from the mind of “Scott Pilgrim” director Edgar Wright, a devoted fan of the Italian filmmaker. Before Godrich completed his score, Wright used Goblin — and lesser-known selections from Hong Kong martial arts films — […]
Aug. 04, 2010 | 2:57 p.m.

Edgar Wright gets retro with ‘Scott Pilgrim,’ a hero for the AOL crowd

Todd Martens of the Pop & Hiss blog continues his guest-writer pilgrimage on Hero Complex… “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is advertised as “an epic of epic epicness.” But it also could be considered a date movie with dated datedness. “It’s largely a nostalgia trip,” said director Edgar Wright of the retro tech that appeared in the film.”It’s better to start dated. … Scott Pilgrim doesn’t have a cellphone. He’s the only character in the film who doesn’t have a cellphone. I love that. A lot of people comment about the contemporary references, and them being very 2010, but really, the technology references are all outmoded.” In this Web 2.0 era of constant technological one-ups, Wright said the only way to give the film an aesthetic shelf-life was to preserve the past and sprinkle it on the edges of the film. Cool gadgets? Not here. […]
July 27, 2010 | 3:05 a.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: Movie prospects, pitfalls and payoffs

Sure, every movie feels like a hit when it’s promoted in the celebratory climate of Comic-Con’s Hall H. But there’s cheering and there’s cheering; some movies preview at Comic-Con and begin their journey to serious bank, while others start down a lonely road from which they’ll never return. On Hero Complex’s sister blog 24 Frames, The Times’ Steven Zeitchik takes a look at the winners, losers and tweeners at this year’s fan extravaganza. RECENT AND RELATED The ‘Sucker Punch’ trailer and its liquid calamity COMIC-CON 2010: Check out our full coverage Harrison Ford gives ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ an otherwordly feel Slowly but surely, ‘Let Me In’ builds some goodwill PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from Comic-Con 2010 Stallone, locked and loaded in “old-school way” “Scott Pilgrim” in San Diego…with jet-packs Jeff Bridges, old and new, plugs in “Tron: Legacy” “Sucker Punch” amps […]
July 23, 2010 | 6:38 a.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Scott Pilgrim’ versus San Diego [video update]

Universal Pictures has only three weeks left to establish “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” in the public’s preoccupied consciousness. The studio made a lot of progress at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday night. Opening at the end of the summer against some formidable competition—Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” and Julia Roberts in “Eat Pray Love” premiere the same weekend—director Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s much-loved graphic novel series showcases much of what Comic Con guests covet but don’t always get: inspired action, creative use of music and, more than anything else, visually compelling storytelling. The simplest version of “Scott Pilgrim” sounds like so many other impossible romances between twentysomethings: nerdy guy (Michael Cera) desires cool, stunning girl (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) but faces impossible odds winning her heart. The principal twist—and what Wright focused on in much of […]
July 21, 2010 | 9:32 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: Hollywood invades the Scott Pilgrim comics

Todd Martens, the lead writer on Pop & Hiss, the must-read music blog, continues his guest coverage of Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” which plugs its pop-culture amp into comic books, comedy and cool-kid music. Those who picked up the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s Scott Pilgrim series, “Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour,” should not, said O’Malley, be too worried about spoiling the ending of Edgar Wright‘s big-screen adaption, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” They deviate — a little. “They’re different to some degree,” said O’Malley, who recently spoke to Hero Complex in advance of Comic-Con and the Aug. 13 release of the “Scott Pilgrim” film. “As we went on, we converged more than I originally thought we would. The book definitely changed. I don’t know if it was just pressure from the audience or me […]
July 15, 2010 | 9:58 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is ready to put up a fight — and rock out

What film will be the breakout sensation of Comic-Con International 2010? You might want to put your money on Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” which plugs its pop-culture amp into comic books, comedy and cool-kid music. Todd Martens, the lead writer on Pop&Hiss, the must-read music blog, will be our go-to writer on the film here at Hero Complex. Below is a longer version of the “Pilgrim” article he wrote for the Los Angeles Times Calendar section’s big Comic-Con International preview package on Sunday.   If a geek-chic lifestyle came with a primer, it might read something like Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” graphic novels. A six-part series influenced equally by rock ’n’ roll and old Nintendo games, O’Malley’s tale of one hopeless romantic’s quest to win the girl of his dreams is filled with relationship-challenged characters who come of age the […]
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