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August 13, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," the inventive, free-floating ode to nerdville, the comic-book geek stays in the picture. Whether it's Scott's everyday loser life or his ninja-fighting, super-powered imaginary one, it's all played with a sort of Michael Cera-styled sweet, nebbishy sensibility that works well since the real Michael Cera actually got the role. Go figure. Actually, there was a lot of figuring to be done to convert Bryan Lee O'Malley's distinctive artistic, and loosely autobiographical, musings about a 22-year-old Toronto native whose life is framed by his total lack of ambition until he's in a fight to the death to woo the girl of his dreams.
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August 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
August has been a particularly rich month for movies that fall between the mindless, overblown summer superhero blockbusters and the polished prestige of the super-serious Oscar brigade to come. Edgar Wright's "The World's End" is the right movie for this moment, a comedy with action and wow-factor effects that's also tinged by regret, a light sadness and a lacerating self-awareness. Even for its flaws, it is hard to ask for more from a late summer movie than "The World's End. " The film finds the director collaborating again with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the trio having burst on the scene with their zombie pastiche "Shaun of the Dead" and cop sendup "Hot Fuzz.
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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.
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August 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Labor Day is almost here and we're deep enough into the calendar year that when a film critic declares a picture to be "light-years the most entertaining movie of the year," we sit up and take notice -- even if the year as a whole has been almost entirely bereft of "entertaining" movies, or, at least, the kind of movies that aspire to merely entertain and not make you dwell on tragedy ("Fruitvale Station"), the emptiness of our culture ("The Bling Ring") or the struggles that come with aging and evolving with someone you love ("Before Midnight")
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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.
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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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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 ?
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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.
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June 15, 2008 | Todd Martens
Michael Cera is in. Now what about the rock 'n' roll? Inspired equally by music and video games, Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" series is a "High Fidelity" for those weaned equally on Nintendo and record stores. The six-part comic series -- Vols. 1 to 4 are out now, and O'Malley hopes to have Vol. 5 in stores by the end of 2008 -- is being turned into a film by Universal Pictures, with shooting pegged to begin this year.
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May 31, 2011
SERIES America's Got Talent: The reality competition returns for another season (8 p.m. NBC). Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: Your host samples the fare at foreign missions on Washington D.C.'s Embassy Row (9 p.m. Travel). Traffic Light: This sitcom offers its season finale (9:31 p.m. Fox). Million Dollar Decorators: Designers put their best ideas forward in this new series (10 p.m. Bravo). Love Handles: Couples in Crisis: Plus-sized couples fight the fat while working out relationship issues in this new reality series (10 p.m. Lifetime)
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January 27, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
In "Magic Magic," which premiered at Sundance as part of the Midnight section, a fun-loving holiday goes horribly awry. But it isn't so much a horror film as an exploration of insanity, selfishness and emotional brutality that leaves audiences weirded out. Filmmaker Sebastian Silva was in Sundance with two films, both starring Michael Cera, and Silva picked up a directing prize for his "Crystal Fairy" in the International Dramatic competition....
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January 19, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
PARK CITY, Utah -- Among the screenings on the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival was the world premiere of a new film starring Michael Cera shot in Chile in Spanish and English by writer-director Sebastian Silva. But which one? The festival actually has two. “Crystal Fairy” played Thursday as part of world dramatic competition, while “Magic Magic” will premiere Tuesday as part of the midnight section. Cera himself said he found it “uncanny” to have two films premiering at once that are so similar and yet so different.
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July 11, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's movie studios are heading to Comic-Con with less spring in their step this year. Stung by splashy presentations in the past that resulted in costly box-office duds like"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"and"Green Lantern,"the major studios will not arrive in full force in San Diego for the annual event that begins Thursday. Although Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate are making presentations and trumpeting their wares for fans, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures are skipping the show this year.
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May 31, 2011
SERIES America's Got Talent: The reality competition returns for another season (8 p.m. NBC). Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: Your host samples the fare at foreign missions on Washington D.C.'s Embassy Row (9 p.m. Travel). Traffic Light: This sitcom offers its season finale (9:31 p.m. Fox). Million Dollar Decorators: Designers put their best ideas forward in this new series (10 p.m. Bravo). Love Handles: Couples in Crisis: Plus-sized couples fight the fat while working out relationship issues in this new reality series (10 p.m. Lifetime)
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May 2, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The New Orleans-set "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night" brings vampires, werewolves, zombies, detective noir and spoofy comedy together for a murky genre gumbo with barely any flavor. Based on a globally popular Italian comic book series by Tiziano Sclavi, director Kevin Munroe's structural mess of a movie stars Brandon Routh as the title character, a human private eye embittered by past dealings with the city's hiding-in-plain-sight undead. When a wealthy importer's murder shows lycanthropic leanings, Dylan gets pulled back into the city's creature corners — and pitted against a vampire kingpin (Taye Diggs)
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January 14, 2011
MOVIES Edgar Wright Triple Feature With a cinematic oeuvre that features comedic zombies, explosion-happy British village constables and guitar-wielding teen heroes, the English director distinguished himself with a unique comedic vision. He'll share inspirations and methods of his films ? "Shaun of the Dean, "Hot Fuzz" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. " New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., $7. (323) 938-4038. Graphation Film Festival In recent years, comic books and graphic novels have proved fertile ground for Hollywood movie adaptations.
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January 14, 2011
MOVIES Edgar Wright Triple Feature With a cinematic oeuvre that features comedic zombies, explosion-happy British village constables and guitar-wielding teen heroes, the English director distinguished himself with a unique comedic vision. He'll share inspirations and methods of his films ? "Shaun of the Dean, "Hot Fuzz" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. " New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., $7. (323) 938-4038. Graphation Film Festival In recent years, comic books and graphic novels have proved fertile ground for Hollywood movie adaptations.
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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 ?
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