The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the final 15 contenders for the 2010 Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

This is only the first cut, though. Next, members of the Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee will select seven of the final 15. At that point, all the members of the visual effects branch watch 15 minute clip reels from those seven films and then select the five nominees. Eventually, one film will be given the Oscar on February 27 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. After the jump, look at the full list and join along in guessing which films will make the cut and which won’t. Read More »

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LOL: Guillermo Del Toro Signs Scott Pilgrim DVD

/Film reader Tim Caballero brought his copy of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World to Guillermo Del Toro‘s autograph appearance and got the filmmaker to sign his DVD. Del Toro has been a vocal supporter of Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and the film and even interviewed the director, cast, and crew at a recent screening (watch the video here). I retweeted a photo of Tim’s autographed Pilgrim DVD on Twitter but thought that the non-twitter site readers would enjoy the laugh as well. Now if only Universal used this exact del Toro quote on the dvd cover, movie poster and television ads…

The Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Blu-ray has been out for over a week now and, chances are, you’ve already burnt it out. The visuals look insane, the sound blows out your speakers and the special features highlight how much love and care went into the project. It’s an awesome disc. But, now that you own it and have watched it all, what’s next? It sits on your shelf. Sure you’ll revisit it every once in a while, but how do you spruce up your old Blu-ray? How about with not one, not two, but THREE different downloadable covers?

The first one you may have seen already. It’s an awesome, original Nintendo inspired, Blu-ray insert by artist Adam Lowe which Edgar Wright tweeted about and Collider posted last week. The second two are personally autographed inserts that I got signed at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA, each slightly different from the first. Each is signed by Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Satya Bhabha, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Brandon Routh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Jason Schwartzman and Edgar Wright. Download all three, and read the story behind them, after the jump. Read More »

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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Even as cinematic self-awareness has reached an all-time high in recent years, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World represents a pinnacle of postmodern cultural reflection for the medium. At its core, the film (and the graphic novel on which its based) is a classic love story and coming-of-age tale, but it’s been filtered through very modern sensibilities, playfully satirizing a generation that’s become heavily defined by its pop culture influences—if not outright consumed by them. And how better to convey that than by literalizing those influences? The universe of Scott Pilgrim is one that’s specifically tuned to the zeitgeist of modern youth, populating its world with super powered hipsters, 8-bit weaponry, and death as represented by people bursting into coins. It’s deceptively smart, it’s funny as hell, and best of all, it doesn’t let its appropriately hyperactive mentality prevent the narrative from being driven by the characters. Moreover, the movie is exceptionally well made, featuring wonderfully choreographed, shot and paced action beats, a perfectly realized score from artists including Beck, Metric and Broken Social Scene, and some of the most stunning editing I’ve seen to date. After 8 viewings—none of which marked the slightest hint of diminishing returns—I’m convinced that literally every single scene transition comes equipped with some sort of clever play on location, sound, and/or imagery. Still, I’m not surprised that the picture failed at the box office. Scott Pilgrim is potentially a very alienating film, guaranteed to put off those (read: most audiences) who don’t have an affinity for its pop culture-obsessed stylings. I am confident, however, that the film will build a dedicated following over time, and will hopefully be looked at alongside The Social Network as a film that defined Gen Y in ways no future film is likely to achieve. If not, no matter; that the film exists at all is achievement enough for me.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Commentary with director Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley, a second commentary with Wright and director of photography Bill Pope, a third commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh, a fourth commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber, deleted and alternate scenes with director commentary, bloopers, and a trivia track. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as alternate footage, featurettes (“Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, “Music”, “You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb”, “Visual Effects”, “Sound Work”, “Pre-Production”), production blogs, an Adult Swim Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation feature, storyboard picture-in-picture, a digital copy of the film, and a copy of the DVD of the film.

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When two of the biggest film geek directors in the world sit down to chat, it’s always something to behold and that’s exactly what happened this past Monday at one of the numerous sold out screenings of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in anticipation of its Blu-ray release on November 9. This particular screening took place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood CA, which is literally 3 blocks from my front door. And though the proximity was a huge plus, as was the opportunity to see the awesome film on the big screen once again, the biggest reason for my attendance was that Guillermo del Toro would be interviewing co-writer and director Edgar Wright as well as Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley after the film. As an added surprise, several cast members including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Johnny Simmons and Satya Bhabha came out to help introduce the film while Scott Pilgrim himself, Michael Cera, hung out after to take part in the Q&A.

We posted a few clips of this earlier in the week, but if you have an hour and a half, the whole Q&A is now online and is extremely entertaining. Besides all the basic stories, there’s a simple joy in watching how Del Toro and Wright interact with each other, not to mention the hilarious commentary that Cera provides. I’m so glad you can now all get to experience what I did. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

On Monday November 1st 2010, Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) moderated a question and answer session with director Edgar Wright , star Michael Cera and comic creator Bryan Lee O’Malley about the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The event, which took place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, was captured by cameras — and a few video clips have made it online. Hit the jump to watch them now.

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Bless you, Edgar Wright. While most of us common folk are sitting around counting the days till November 9, when Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is finally released on DVD and Blu-ray, you went ahead and alerted us to several clips that have been posted from the Making Of documentary on the disc. According to Wright, it’ll take you “three days” to wade through all the extras, so now is as good a time as any to get a head start. We’ve got six clips after the jump. Read More »

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UPDATE: We’ve got the full press release with the full, official list of extras and a hi-res version of the cover art after the jump.

The cover of Monday’s USA Today Life section has some exciting news. They announce that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will hit DVD and Blu-ray on November 9 with “deleted and alternate scenes, bloopers and commentary from cast members and director.” That’s all that’s official as of now. Hit the jump for some of the rumored extras and a photo of the cover art. Read More »

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Though it’s probably not playing in a theater near you anymore, many of us can agree that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is still near and dear to our hearts. The Blu-ray release can’t come soon enough so we can pour over every frame and see all the wonderful things that director Edgar Wright placed there for fans to find. One example would be these drawings by Scott Pilgrim’s creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. He drew these sketches of two of the bands Sex Bob-Omb must perform against for the film but, they flash by so quickly, it’s hard to truly appreciate their awesomeness. Until now. Edgar Wright blogged about them and now you can check out Crash and the Boys as well as the Katayanagi Twins after the jump. Read More »