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15 Nerdastic Facts About Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Supercharge your next viewing of Edgar Wright’s comics-inspired film with these 15 little-known facts.

1. Edgar Wright waited six years before agreeing to direct.

The eventual executive producers of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World first approached Wright to make the film in 2004 after a screening of Wright’s first film, Shaun of the Dead, by giving him a copy of the first volume of author Brian Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel. Wright would go on to make 2007’s Hot Fuzz before settling on adapting Scott Pilgrim (which was released in 2010).


2. Brian Lee O’Malley named the character Scott Pilgrim after a song.

“Scott Pilgrim” is a 1998 song by Canadian band Plumtree. In the movie, Scott can be seen wearing one of their band t-shirts and their titular song appears on the soundtrack.


3. O’Malley and his wife, cartoonist Hope Larson, make cameos.

You can spot them at Lee’s Palace after Sex Bob-Omb come offstage.


4. Wright told the actors to not blink during takes.

He wanted to mimic the feel of Japanese anime.


5. The film is filled with hidden numerals tied to the sequential numbers of Ramona’s evil exes.

Matthew Patel has one chevron on his military jacket. Lucas Lee has the Tibetan symbol for “2” tattooed on his neck, wears a belt buckle made of two Xs, drives a car with the racing numeral 2, and also points at Scott with two fingers. Todd Ingram wears a t-shirt with the number 3 on the chest and with three stripes on the shoulders, and the trashcans in the alley where he fights Scott all have 3s on them. Scott fights Roxy in a nightclub called “4,” and Roxy also has four rips in her leggings. The Katayanagi Twins each have “5” and “6” stenciled on their cuffs and turn their volume up to the Japanese character for 11 (5+6=11, which is also a nod to the film Spinal Tap). Lastly, the logo for Gideon Graves’ G-Man Records is made of 7s turned on their sides. Scott meanwhile drinks Coke Zero and wears a T-shirt that says “Zero” on it because he isn’t an evil ex.


6. Scott’s Pac-Man story is true.

Pac-Man was originally called “Puck-Man” because of his hockey-puck-shape, but the name was changed in American markets to avoid unwanted vandalism.


7. Scott’s bass is a Rickenbacker 4003.

It costs $2,159 in US dollars or about $2,459 Canadian dollars.


8. Lucas Lee’s pompous final exchange with Scott happened to Edgar Wright in real life.

While backstage at a concert for the band The Hives, Wright told lead singer Pelle Almqvist he was a “big fan.” Almqvist responded, “Why wouldn’t you be?”

9. Ramona’s exact phone number is 212-664-7665.

This number often appears in films, including Munich, Definitely Maybe, and The Adjustment Bureau. It’s a real phone number that was acquired by Universal Studios to avoid the fake 555 area code normally used for phone numbers in films.


10. Real life bands wrote and performed the songs for the fictional bands in the movie.

Sex Bob-Omb’s songs were by Beck, Crash and the Boys’ songs were by Broken Social Scene, The Clash at Demonhead’s were by Metric, and The Katayanagi Twins’ songs were by Cornelius. Additional music, like the themes to the fictional video game Ninja Ninja Revolution, was written by hip-hop producer Dan the Automator.


11. The voice-overs in the film are all done by comedian Bill Hader.

Even the voice in Ninja Ninja Revolution.


12. All the animation in Ramona’s flashbacks was drawn by Edgar Wright’s brother Oscar.

He mimicked the style of Brian Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels.


13. The film includes a nod to Quentin Tarantino.

Edgar Wright said he included a close-up shot of Ramona’s feet during her date with Scott as a tribute to his friend and fellow director, who notoriously has a foot fetish. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Ramona Flowers, previously appeared in Tarantino’s film Death Proof.


14. Michael Cera and Mae Whitman (Roxy Richter) were lovers before they were enemies.

On screen, that is. They previously appeared together (and dated) on Arrested Development before they battled each other in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.


15. In the original ending, Scott stays with Knives Chau instead of going with Ramona.

Wright, co-screenwriter writer Michael Bacall, and O’Malley all rewrote the final scene together and agreed that Scott should end up with Ramona since he’s been fighting for her all along.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.