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November 7, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
It's time to brush up on your pop culture references and talk about "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. " The genre-breaking cult hit is being released on DVD and Blu-ray. In case you're so behind on your pop culture news, a breakdown: The film, based on a graphic novel series, follows a young man's quest to fend off the seven evil exes of his lady love. Yes, lanky Michael Cera is capable of kicking some rogue butt (we're just as surprised). Oh, and there's an 8-bit Nintendo-style Universal Studios ride opening ?
October 3, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
They're the size of a medium pizza, as thin as a Communion wafer, and they melt in your mouth. They are tortillas ? and they are the driving force behind pilgrimages to a tiny Mexican restaurant on Tucson's west side. And for many pilgrims, it's impossible to leave with just a dozen. A woman once shipped the tortillas to her son 5,000 miles away ? in Japan. Recent destinations include Texas, Colorado and Wyoming. One family from San Diego lugs between 10 and 30 dozen home after each Tucson sojourn.
September 9, 2010 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The rental house on Cape Cod where I've spent part of nearly every August since I was 9 years old has an amazing library. It's one of the appeals of the place: the opportunity to dig around in all those books, familiar and unfamiliar at once. They're not my books — and yet, after all this time, I know them so intimately that it almost feels as if they were. I discovered Georges Simenon in this house, one rainy afternoon when I was in my teens, and also P. G. Wodehouse, read Steinbeck's "Burning Bright" and "The Moon Is Down," worked my way through Bellow and Dickens and the collected writings of JFK. Many of these authors I've come to gather on my own shelves, but there is something about the randomness, the serendipity, of what a friend calls the guest house library, a way of simultaneously getting outside of and coming closer to oneself.
August 17, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
For Amy Berciano, this was the moviegoing weekend of the summer. More than a year before "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" hit movie theaters, the 20-year-old UCLA junior became a huge fan of the graphic novels that inspired the film. At July's Comic-Con International in San Diego, she waited more than an hour to meet the cast and filmmakers; "I even kissed [director] Edgar Wright on the cheek!" she bragged. After attending the debut midnight screening of the movie Thursday night while dressed as one of the characters — Knives Chao, Scott Pilgrim's obsessive ex-girlfriend — Berciano declared herself eminently satisfied.
August 16, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Nostalgia dominated cutting-edge at the box office this weekend. "The Expendables," directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone with a crew of aging action stars, proved far and away the most popular movie in theaters as it sold a strong $35-million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. With men of all ages and a surprising number of women in attendance, it decimated "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. " The well-reviewed melange of video game and other pop culture references, based on a cult favorite series of graphic novels, opened to a weak $10.5 million.
August 13, 2010
'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' MPAA rating: PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes Playing: In general release
August 13, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
One of the biggest action stars of the 1980s is poised to destroy the competition at the box office. "The Expendables," directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, has men of all ages excited to come to theaters this weekend, with pre-release surveys indicating it will sell about $35 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada. An adaptation of the bestselling book "Eat Pray Love," starring Julia Roberts, is expected to draw a smaller number of adult women and open to around $25 million.
August 5, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's obsession with comic books led to media giant Walt Disney Co.'s $4.3-billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment and Warner Bros.' decision to revamp its DC Entertainment unit. But it's also transforming even the smallest comic book players. Oni Press of Portland, Ore., which has nine employees and publishes three to five comics or trade paperbacks each month, is behind a big movie being released Aug. 13 by Universal Pictures: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." The special effects-heavy comedy starring Michael Cera as a slacker who must battle his new girlfriend's seven evil exes is extremely loyal to writer-artist Bryan Lee O'Malley's comics, including borrowing their hyper-stylized, video game-inspired visuals.
July 18, 2010 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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 same way Mario and Luigi battle pixilated turtles — with a kick, a jump and a prayer for a...
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