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Edgar Wright and the 'Scott Pilgrim' crew rock EW's CapeTown Film Fest: Five things we learned

Cult filmmaker Edgar Wright did double-duty last night at Entertainment Weekly‘s CapeTown Film Fest, showing off his zombie romcom Shaun of the Dead and his romantic rock-gamer odyssey Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Wright also sharedsome footage for his upcoming projects, including an eye-popping test reel for Ant-Man.) Before the Pilgrim screening, Wright brought some friends onstage: actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, and Satya Bhabha, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Below, the coolest tidbits from their chat: READ FULL STORY

Edgar Wright talks Cornetto Trilogy and 'Scott Pilgrim' at EW's CapeTown Film Fest -- VIDEO

At the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles during EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, writer and director Edgar Wright discussed the origin of the ice cream jokes in his “blood and ice cream” trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming The World’s End) — amongst other things at back-to-back screenings of his films Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Guests were also treated to exclusive footage of some of Wright’s upcoming movies, as well as a panel of Evil Exes, answering questions about the lines they most enjoy having quoted back at them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, better known as her character Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim, said she will never tire of having people tell her they are “in lesbians” with her.

Below, check out some of the best moments from last night’s Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Q&A’s, moderated by EW writers Anthony Breznican and Geoff Boucher. Wright was more than eager to re-visit some of his past projects, as well as teasing the third film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, out later this summer.

Fair warning — some harsh language follows.

'Scott Pilgrim' reunion and 'Iron Man 3' added to EW CapeTown Festival

If you’re a fan, friend, or Evil Ex of Ramona Flowers, it’s a good time to make a Pilgrimage to Hollywood.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will get a next-level celebration on May 1 when the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles reunites filmmaker Edgar Wright with two of the film’s stars — Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman — and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian cartoonist who has followed Pilgrim’s progress (or lack thereof) over six bestselling graphic novels.

Maybe the inventive 2010 film didn’t light it up at the box-office like studios execs hoped, but with its 8-bit spirit and subversive wit (not to mention all of the superhero cameos) it’s a natural fit at the CapeTown Festival. The EW event with a quirky name — no, the home office is not in South Africa — has a truly stacked first-year schedule with on-stage guests such as Terry Gilliam, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, and Neil Gaiman. The festival, sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, kicks off April 30 with a free screening of Iron Man 3 for EW subscribers and wraps up May 6 with Star Trek (2009) and Leonard Nimoy’s return from retirement for a one-night visit to Federation space. All tickets are $11 or less but most screenings are sold out.

The EW festival is staged at the Egyptian Theatre in partnership with the American Cinematheque, the non-profit arts center that owns and operates the 91-year-old movie palace that was shuttered for years until a $12 million renovation returned to its Old Hollywood glory. The festival is also the site of a special May the Fourth be with You celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4) with four screenings of The Return of the Jedi (which made its world premiere at the Egyptian in May 1983) and a free fan-fest at the Egyptian Courtyard, with activities, cosplay photo ops, giveaways, and merchants.


Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are 'hard at work' on new movie 'The World's End' (probably) -- PHOTO

It is fair to say that, between the Oscars and Sundance, we’ve hardly been lacking movie news today. But for those with a penchant for painstaking genre homages, the onscreen pairing of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, debates about the relative merits of Stone Roses albums, and a certain brand of British frozen treat, the real story today is the photograph to the left.


Tales of the box office: Why retro '80s action works -- and 'hip' marketing to the kids doesn't

expendables-eat-pray-loveImage Credit: Karen Ballard; Francois DuhamelIt’s not every weekend that finds three major Hollywood movies in competition, but this weekend’s triple threat of The Expendables, Eat Pray Love, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was more or less perfectly arranged to appeal to three separate — and, in theory at least, equally powerful — slices of the demographic pie. What resulted probably looks, in hindsight, like it was all too predictable. But the eternal fascination of the box office horse race is that nothing in Hollywood is ever truly foregone. (Especially the retro-lug appeal of Sylvester Stallone.) Here’s what the success, or lack of success, of these three movies tells us.

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Now that the numbers are in, the popularity of The Expendables seems, in every sense, a no-brainer. Extravagant big dumb action movie. With a dozen veteran machos. Including the formerly hot (Sylvester Stallone), the newly hot (Jason Statham), the still sort-of-hot (Bruce Willis), and the once-hot-then-not-now-hot-again (Mickey Rourke). All served up with a cheeky dash of self-deprecatory Man, we’re old! nostalgia. The result? A $35 million opening weekend gross. Like, duh. But let’s get real: The relative smash-hit opening of The Expendables was not, by any means, a sure thing. Though I personally thought that the movie delivered the goods, the reviews, on the whole, were middling, if not downright hostile. And in a summer where a movie as stoopid/clever as The A-Team foundered, this latest meathead retread of The Dirty Dozen looked as if it might have an even more severely limited appeal to women. What The Expendables was selling, however, wasn’t just action, it was ’80s-action nostalgia. The success of the movie delivers the same message that the success, back in the ’80s, of movies like Stallone’s Cobra did: that when it comes to blowing stuff up real good, it’s hard to aim too low. These are the kinds of pulp-vengeful, smash-slice-and-blast fantasies that Robert Rodriguez spoofed so exquisitely in his Grindhouse trailer for Machete (and, one hopes, in the upcoming feature based on it), and what evolved in the Reagan era is that this sort of picture moved, for the very first time, from the grindhouse to the multiplex, with bigger stars to sell it. (Cobra was like Machete starring Rocky.) That the formula still works to the degree that it does, and with a movie as grimy/fun/disreputable as The Expendables, is proof that tastes haven’t changed — if anything, they’ve just grown more resolutely devolved. READ FULL STORY

'Scott Pilgrim' vs. 'Eat Pray Love' and more: Owen and Lisa chow down on summer movie moments

Have you ever seen a movie you completely forgot in a week — except for one moment in it, which stayed with you for years? When you think about it, a lot of movies are like that. Lisa and I recently took time out to recall a handful of the movie moments from this summer that we suspect will be sticking in our heads for a very long time. (You know, like that final machete thrust in The Expendables. Or Julia Roberts savoring the perfect plate of Roman pasta in Eat Pray Love.) Of course, some movies are better than others, but what makes a moment memorable has its own mysterious chemistry. Check out our video conversation after the jump, and then tell us about some of your favorite movie moments from this summer. READ FULL STORY

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