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Actor Simon Pegg ignited a firestorm last week when he posted photos of a recent visit to Marvel’s New York City offices, including one shot of himself posing in front of a mural and pointing to an image of Ant-Man. Could it mean he’ll re-team with frequent collaborator and good friend Edgar Wright for the long-brewing Marvel Studios film? No, Pegg was just having a little fun with fans.
So what was he doing in the Marvel offices? Apparently, he was just taking a tour, and recording a video to promote his new film The World’s End (opening Friday). Unless … the above image is Pegg’s way of telling us he’ll be replacing Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Age of Ultron …
See more photos from his visit at Marvel.com.
Turf artist Tommy Lee Edwards is teaming with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World director Edgar Wright to created a crowd-sourced online animated story with Internet Explorer called The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator. There aren’t a lot of details, but it appears to be a Choose Your Own Adventure-style project that follows a would-be writer named Brandon “whose world unravels as he seeks to break the dam in his head and let the ideas flood out.”
Each episode of the noir-inspired series will call on the audience to decide the story’s direction. The Mighty Boosh star Julian Barratt will narrate. Check out the too-brief teaser below, and follow the Brandon Generator Facebook page for updates.
I always find it difficult to critique a film when I’m a fan of the source material. Playing the continual game of compare and contrast in my head tends to leave me a bit muddled. Am I appreciating the film on its own merits or do I just like it because it’s a spin-off of something I’ve really, really like a whole lot? Am I griping about it because it’s legitimately flawed or because it doesn’t match up with the perfect movie version I’ve been playing in my head for months on end? Are my criticisms fair and balanced or sloppily biased? Am I just playing yet another round of “Well, it’s not how I would have done it”? Obviously any review is subjective, but am I being subjective in a totally objective way? ‘Tis a puzzlement.
So I’m not sure what to say about the new Scott Pilgrim Vs the World film, which I happened to catch a preview of at my local cinema center last week. I liked it; it’s peppy and entertaining and, at least on a surface level, extremely faithful to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s work. Yet I’d be lying if I didn’t say it didn’t have flaws — flaws that, depending upon what drew you to the graphic novels, may sink the movie for you.
Spoilers await after the jump.
Is Scott Pilgrim the king of all media? Consider the launch of the character’s sixth and final comic from Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, which drew literally thousands of fans to midnight release parties Monday night. Consider the San Diego Comic-Conslaught of publicity for Edgar Wright’s Michael Cera-starring movie adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, hitting theaters in just a few short weeks. And finally, consider the multiple albums on the way containing all the music recorded for the movie. The much-ballyhooed soundtrack contains songs from alt-rock heroes Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric, performing in-character as bands from the story, plus tracks from T.Rex, the Rolling Stones, Frank Black, and of course Plumtree, whose song “Scott Pilgrim” gave our hero his name.
Now comes word via The Playlist that an extended edition of the soundtrack will feature alternate versions of Beck’s contributions, with the Loser himself on vocals this time around. Also headed our way is the original score album, featuring music by Beck and Radiohead superproducer Nigel Godrich, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Gorillaz knob-twiddler Dan the Automator, Japanese art-pop weirdo Cornelius, longtime Wright collaborator Osymyso and more. Rock out with your Scott out, people.
I post this new international poster for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (via Heidi MacDonald via Empire) mostly to ask our illustrious readers the following question. I understand how SP‘s origin as an independent comic, its use of music by indie/alt-rock icons Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric, and the presence of Quirkmeisters General Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman is the collective lens through which a lot of people are viewing the thing. But am I the only person who’s got it on a “movies to see this summer” list that includes Predators, Neil Marshall’s Centurion, and Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables — seeing it first and foremost as an action movie rather than a whimsical hipster romantic comedy, in other words? I’m always excited for movies that introduce a new way to shoot action and combat to Western audiences, from Saving Private Ryan to The Matrix to 300 to Speed Racer, and I think what Wright (and of course the source, Bryan Lee O’Malley) are up to in Scott Pilgrim might do exactly that. What say you?
If you only watch one trailer for Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series, make it this one. If the previous trailers had a face, this one would punch it. It would punch the previous trailers in the face.
(Via Bryan Lee O’Malley)
New scene…INT. TIM HORTONS. DAY. Scott Pilgrim walks in to get coffee. In the middle of the floor he is shocked to see Thor’s Hammer. END.
The adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Oni Press series opens on Aug. 13, most likely without the Mjolnir cameo.
Well, “peek” isn’t quite the right word, but sneak listen just sounds kinda funny. Either way, Canadian rock outfit Metric is offering a sneak preview (yeah, that’s the ticket!) of one of their contributions to the deeply cool-sounding soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, director Edgar Wright’s upcoming adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s much-beloved comic series. Visit Metric’s Facebook page and become a fan to have a listen to their song “Black Sheep.”
The song is basically performed in character: Metric will be handling all the music for Scott Pilgrim‘s fictional band The Clash at Demonhead, while their semi-sister band Broken Social Scene will be “playing” Crash and the Boys. The music for Scott Pilgrim’s own band Sex Bob-omb will be provided by none other than Beck.
Man, this movie’s gonna be fun.