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.
Wright will be a stage guest at two separately ticketed events on May 1. First, at 7:30 p.m., it’s the ultimate zombie pub film, Shaun of the Dead, followed by an on-stage Q&A about the 2004 horror comedy that starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. That daft trio’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy continued with Hot Fuzz in 2007 and reaches its possibly apocalyptic last call in August with the release of The World’s End.
The second program for the night is the Scott Pilgrim reunion at 10:30 p.m. when Wright shares the spotlight with Winstead (who portrayed Ramona Flowers, the girl of Pilgrim’s dreams), Schwartzman (who played the film’s highest-level challenge, Gideon Graves, the seventh of the Evil Exes), and O’Malley (the Eisner- and Harvey-winning artist who hails from Canada but lives in Los Angeles). A screening of the movie on 35mm film follows the stage conversation.
The CapeTown Film Festival shares its name with EW.com’s CapeTown, the hub for EW’s all-universe coverage of sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, horror, and animation. The CapeTown brand will echo on EW’s satellite radio channel and throughout EW.com’s award-winning coverage of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
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