Bryan Lee O’Malley


What is Movie News After Dark? For tonight at least, it will be your gentle companion. Due to it being a little on the late side, it will be brief and to the point. The point being all the audio/visual goodness that it can provide in one sitting. Fear not, generation of non-readers, there will be video! Tonight’s lead is something you’ll wish you could wipe away from your memory banks moments after you see it (so right about now), a first look at the stage production “Batman Live.” Clearly drawn from the recesses of Joel Schumacher’s mind, buried somewhere alongside his other horrid mistakes, is the look and feel of this London-set ‘stravaganza. God save the Queen, and The Dark Knight.



We get it, you saw the movie and no one else did. We’re very sad about it, as well. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have been one of the more entertaining and fun films to see a release in 2010, but that doesn’t mean it was able to take that quality to the bank. You know what the world needed? More people who had read the Scott Pilgrim comic series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. And even though the film’s release came and went, then came again on DVD and Blu-ray (another highly recommended gift — call that one a bonus), it doesn’t mean you can’t get someone started with the gift of Pilgrim. That’s where today’s treasure swoops in with the power of self respect.



Tuesday night, fans of all things Scott Pilgrim were treated to not only a showing of the film at the Egyptian Theater in celebration of the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Blu-Ray and DVD on the 9th of this month, but a fantastic Q&A session hosted by Guillermo del Toro featuring the director himself, Edgar Wright. Accompanying him were Michael Cera, and Scott Pilgrim creator Brian Lee O’Malley. Being that this was my first time in the presence of the greatness that is Guillermo del Toro, I didn’t know what to expect — but it’s very clear this is the guy I want doing pretty much every Q&A for every event from here on out — ever, including the presidential debates. Before the film began, del Toro took the time to mention the difference between effortless directing, and the talent to pull it off using porn star boners as an example. Clearly, Edgar Wright is the pornstar boner of directing in the eyes of Guillermo del Toro. Who knew? It only got better from there.


Scott Pilgrim Smack

Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Despite being a comic book adaptation, it’s unlike anything we’ve seen. This summer hasn’t been the greatest season for wide releases, but with the summer coming to a close, it’ll end with something more unexpected and out there with Edgar Wright’s name on it. Just like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it’s a film that has a heart big enough to win over non-nerds alike. It’s not a full on fanboy movie, and that seemed important to Wright. He hits the right amount of gray areas, has its hero being selfish and reckless and, most importantly, has a yeti fighting a dragon – where else have we seen all of this in one film? Unless I’m mistaken, nowhere. Thankfully, Wright (a film school reject himself) had plenty to say about his latest and best film thus far:



As I mentioned to my beloved followers on Twitter late last week, I exited my own screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World convinced that director Edgar Wright’s style was perfectly matched with my own tastes. Wright’s films — everything from his work on Spaced to Shaun of the Dead to my very favorite buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz — have all the right pieces to play perfectly to my own moviegoing disposition. His films have undeniable energy. This is oft referred to by people who don’t know any better as his ability to “play to the ADD generation,” but is more in line with Hitchcock’s knack for suspense. It’s just always there. Wright’s films are brisk and consistent because he doesn’t allow much room for downtime. The jokes are meticulously strung together to create not beats, but a constant stream of style and tone. I adore this in his films. I also love the way he casts the things. So to say that Scott Pilgrim — based on a series of books filled with wry observations about culture as I’ve experienced it in my 26 years on the planet — is built for someone like me is an understatement. To me, it’s the perfect marriage of filmmaking style (Wright) and razor-sharp writing without the loss of character depth (comic creator Bryan Lee O’Malley). This may be the case for many of you. But what does it offer to the rest — the millions of folks not familiar with the […]



What do you expect from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? Seriously. Do you expect that it will be as fresh and full of wit as the first time you read through Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic series? Will it be as ripped with energy and inventive humor as Edgar Wright’s first few films? One can only hope that it will be both. One can only feel confident — at least based on what we’ve seen so far — that it will deliver on these promises. But what if our expectations carry beyond that point? Is there a point where one can expect too much from such a property? I have a feeling that we’re about to find out.



After several days and a social media campaign to get 100,000 fans to follow the film on Facebook, Universal has released the latest trailer for Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.



Our friends in the UK may have yet another great reason to see Kick-Ass this weekend. That is, aside from all the buzz. It will also have a trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World attached to it, marking one of the most highly anticipated trailer debuts of the year.

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published: 01.28.2015
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