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I know we’re a bit late on reporting this, but after listening to Adam WarRock’s excellent Scott Pilgrim rap recap, I just had to share it with you all. The song recaps the first five volumes of Scott Pilgrim in five minutes with some awesomely geeky rhymes. It also recently got some love from director Edgar Wright and  Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, so you know its nerd-approved.

WarRock has a habit creating geeky rhymes that don’t fall into the typical nerdcore category. I also recommend checking out his song about Ira Glass — it’s particularly endearing if you’re a This American Life nerd like me. He’s currently working on a studio album for Fall 2010. He also runs a comic book podcast with his War Rocket Ajax crew.

Take a listen to “I Gotta Believe”, the Scott Pilgrim recap, after the break. You can also listen to it at WarRock’s Tumblr site.

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The Last Airbender

I have a feeling that the controversy surrounding The Last Airbender’s casting won’t die down anytime soon. At a recent round table event, several journalists gathered to chat with Shyamalan about the film. He answered some general questions about it (check out io9’s full coverage of the event), but inevitably the conversation steered towards the race issues surrounding the casting of the film’s leads. Specifically, the casting of white actors in the roles of Sokka and Katara, and Dev Patel in the role of the villain. For a good visual representation of the issue, check out Adam Quigley’s recent post.

Shyamalan seemed to have thought a lot about the controversy, and ultimately champions the film as an example of racial diversity. Some choice quotes from him after the break.

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Last September I wrote about the very ambitious startup Anyclip, which at the time aimed to let you find a clip of “any moment from any film ever made.” The site was in beta for some time, and it finally launched a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the company wasn’t able to convince Hollywood studios to let them license any actual films — despite how useful such a service would be for both film lovers and studios — so Anyclip was forced to launch its service without any film clips.

But even without movie licensing (which the company is still actively pursuing), Anyclip is still aiming to help you find other aspects of specific movie moments — in particular, movie quotes.

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TechCrunch is reporting that Fandango has begun pushing out a mobile ticket program that will bring movie tickets to your cellphone. Instead of printing out a paper ticket after buying a ticket online, you’ll receive a 2D barcode via a text message, which the ticket-taker will be able to scan. Since the movie theater employees will need special scanners to read the barcodes (pretty much the same scanners you find at Target or Walmart), it will take some time to roll out the service. is apparently testing out a similar service as well.

Theaters participating in the new Fandango service include City Cinemas 1, 2 & 3, Angelika Film Center, East 86th Street Cinemas, Village East Cinema, Beekman Theatre, and The Paris Theatre, all of which are in New York. Find the full list of theaters over at TechCrunch.

Peter Graves Dies at 83


Actor Peter Graves, most famous for his roles in the Mission: Impossible television series and the Airplane films, passed away on Sunday afternoon from natural causes at the age of 83. According to his publicist, the actor was returning home from brunch with his family to celebrate his upcoming 84th birthday, when he collapsed on his driveway. One of his daughters attempted CPR, but was unsuccessful.

The actor specialized in rugged roles across his vast filmography, which included more than 70 films and TV shows. His tough persona made his comedic turn as Captain Clarence Oveur in Airplane all the more hilarious. Most recently, he’s had guest parts on House and 7th Heaven.

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Our hopes of seeing Mickey Rourke as papa to Jason Momoa’s Conan were shattered when Rourke left the project for Tarsem’s War of the Gods — but now it appears that there’s another badass on the horizon for Marcus Nispel’s Conan remake. Vulture is reporting that Ron Perlman — of Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy fame — is in negotiations to play Conan’s father Corin.

Perlman would be joining a cast which currently includes Rachel Nichols as Tamara, a royal bodyguard in league with Conan, and Stephen Lang as the villain, Khalar Singh.

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You have to wonder how nobody saw this coming. Last week it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen would be presenting at the Oscars this Sunday. Yesterday, his name disappeared from the presenters list. The reason for the dismissal, according to Vulture, was that Cohen was collaborating with Ben Stiller for an Avatar sketch that might have offended director James Cameron — someone not exactly known for his sense of humor.

The sketch was dropped by Oscar producer Bill Mechanic, who also dealt with the director as head of Twentieth Century Fox when Cameron was working on Titanic. Mechanic likely gathered a sixth sense towards Cameron’s prickly nature during that film’s shoot, and didn’t want to risk him walking out in the middle of the Oscar ceremony.

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Something tells me that Kathryn Bigelow won’t have too much trouble finding more work in the future after the massive critical praise and award hype for The Hurt Locker. We’ve previously reported that she’s re-teaming with Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal for the Latin America-centered Triple Frontiers, and there’s also word that she’s attached to direct Held By the Taliban.

Today we’ve learned that Bigelow has another project on her plate. THR is reporting that she’s set to direct the pilot for The Miraculous Year — an upcoming HBO series by screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, The Last Samurai). The show is described as “an examination of a New York family as seen through the lens of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer.” Bigelow will also exec-produce alongside Logan.

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David Goyer Leaving FlashForward


Things haven’t been going as planned for FlashForward, ABC’s Lost-replacement sci-fi drama that debuted last fall. Ratings have dropped steadily for the series since it launched, it lost Marc Guggenheim as its first showrunner in November (who was replaced by co-creator David Goyer), and then ABC decided to extend the show’s hiatus until March to avoid January competition. Oh, and it’s also sort of terrible.

Now ABC has another reason to sweat — Goyer has announced that he’s stepping down as showrunner as well. The series still has five episodes to shoot of its remaining 23-episode season order, and it’s not yet known who will be replacing Goyer.

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Hot on the heels of the news that Olivia Wilde (House) is joining the cast of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens, we finally have a release date for the film from Universal. The studio announced on Friday that they’re carving out a prime summer spot for the film, which stars Daniel Craig, on July 29, 2011. The date isn’t a huge surprise since it’s perfect summer fare from the guy who gave us Iron Man, and we already know that the film will start filming sometime this July.

The release date was previously owned by Peter Berg’s Battleship, but that’s now set for a May 2012 release. I’m not going to shed any tears for the Battleship delay, and quite honestly I’m glad that we’re getting the more interesting Cowboys and Aliens first.

[Source: The Wrap]