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Comic-Con: “Scott Pilgrim” advance screens for small army of lucky fans

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Comic-Con attendees who packed into Hall H late Thursday to hear director Edgar Wright and his “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” cast — including Michael Cera, dressed as Captain America — discuss their upcoming comedy-romance received an extra special treat.

Well, some of them did, anyway.

At the end of the panel, Wright announced that nearly 6,000 people who had received a specific button upon arrival at the Hall were invited to follow him to an exclusive, advanced screening of the film, according to the L.A. Times. The crowd quickly dispersed from Hall H and converged on the nearby Balboa Theatre, where the anticipated Universal Studios film was screened.

“I’m so, so glad I made it,” fan Jennifer Gladwell told The AP. “I didn’t know where we were supposed to go!”

The movie wasn’t the only surprise. Once it finished, alternative rock band Metric — whose appear on the film’s soundtrack — took the stage for a musical performance.

Only at Comic-Con, folks. The rest of us can see “Scott Pilgrim” when it opens on Aug. 13.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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