I've already seen Scott Pilgrim, so I'm gonna cover this panel a bit differently and just share the notes I took verbatim.
6:10 - Literally anyone who is even remotely involved with Scott Pilgrim is here. Dolly grip Ron Renzetti's goddaughter is very sweet.
6:11 Edgar Wright is moderating, and is easily the con's best moderator thus far this year. He's also very wise. To wit: "Not sure that all of my 13 guests combined can match one Lundgren."
6:11 Bryan Lee O'Malley is half-asian? I... did not expect that. Clearly I'm a huge Scott Pilgrim fan. Go Hapas!
6:13 A quick reel pairs some of O'Malley's panels with frames from the film. Had I not seen the movie or had tremendous faith in Edgar Wright, I would have been afraid that this adaptation had been put through the Zack Snyder Emulation Machine of Pointlessness (ZSEMP), but Wright deftly employs uniquely cinematic techniques to both revitalize the comic's moments and infuse them with both zest and meaning. This is a story in which image and presentation are key, and how Wright re-tells this story becomes a face of the story in and of itself. It walks the fine line of being a cool film about cool, and it seldom missteps.
6:16 Sex Bob-omb! Alison pill and Mark Webber take the stage. I can't wait for the soundtrack - the amount of Broken Social Scene in the Toronto-based film almost compensates for the startling lack of hockey.
6:17 Alison Pill does not look like Alison Pill in real life. Which is a good thing for Alison Pill, and a bad thing for a guy like me who watched Milk and thought I'd be the prettier half of that hypothetical couple. Incorrect. For those curious, I'd probably be the shorter half, as well.
6:19 Kieran Culkin, Aubrey Plaza, and Anna Kendrick have taken the stage, and... wait... Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have taken the stage from them. Wright mentions that he misread the cue card and that they're not in the film and they sheepishly trundle out of sight. The audience goes berserk and sad in that order.
6:21 Michael Cera enters dressed in a Captain America costume that Stallone would have trouble filling out. Wright begins fielding questions and - due to time constraints - only allows his actors one-word answers. Overstuffed panels: great for star power, terrible for substance. One person asks "What was your favorite part of the shoot?" and ten minutes are lost.
6:23 Edgar Wright shows a non-spoilery clip of Cera fighting Jason Schwartzman from the end of the film. I'm reminded of how dense and rich Wright's compositions are in this film, and how the focus of his frames never wavers. A top-down shot of Scott Pilgrim katana-ing Gideon's henchmen into quarters raises the goosebumps, and the shot that follows does a magnificent job of registering the pathos on Pilgrim's face as he dices the last of his foes. It's a great scene, and the audience goes ballistic.
6:24 I am so glad that I'm typing too much to remember that I haven't eaten since I wrote my first post for Cinematical.
6:25 I can now only think of food. And that scene from Inception where Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes Ken Watanabe say "elephants."
6:28 Sometimes I think Macaulay Culkin just wears a wig and pretends to be other Culkins in an effort to diversify his acting career.
6:34 Speaking of Kieran Culkin, he tells the crowd that Edgar Wright cooled his anxiety about his man-on-man sex in the film by spontaneously kissing him. Wright: "Do you think Stallone kissed any of the expendables? No."
6:37 Ellen Wong - who plays the Scott Pilgrim-infatuated Knives Chau - has a cautious and sweet demeanor about her, which stood out during this predominately sarcastic panel. She's clearly new to the Hollywood machine, but absolutely kills in the film.
6:39 Michael Cera says that he wants the Arrested Development movie to happen, and believes it will. He is not the only Arrested Development cast member in attendance - and I think there's an off chance that Joss Whedon might jump onstage, publicly recognize that he's not an ideal choice for The Avengers, and decide to helm the AD movie instead. Or that, you know, the film might just be announced. A girl dressed as a zombie takes the mic to ask a question, and neither of those scenarios plays out.
6:40 Edgar Wright announces that they're screening the film in 45 minutes, and that he'll be leading a march to the theater for those lucky enough to receive buttons. He then announces that they'll be screening the film for free both tomorrow and Saturday, thus making Scott Pilgrim vs. The World the official film of Comic-Con 2010 (as if the 10-storey banner draping my hotel wasn't indication enough).
6:42 Wright shows The Clash at Demonhead concert sequence. It's an absolutely rocking way to end the panel. The clip is edited within an inch of its life but the hyper-active tendencies that smacked of immaturity in Wright's previous and otherwise excellent films, is here an appropriate and carefully modulated way of bringing us into Scott Pilgrim's precious little world. This is the film that proves that "videogame techniques" or "music video-style filmmaking" can be a legitimate or ideal means of expression in the right hands and with the right characters.
6:45 The throngs on the curb outside of the convention center are buzzing. The guy next to me is excitingly sobbing into the lens of his chest-mounted videocamera, so that all of YouTube can share his joy. But fear not - as Edgar Wright revealed during the panel - Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is being released in theaters on August 13 in 2D at regular ticket prices! Wright rhetorically asked if "We're ready to see a movie that doesn't require sunglasses?" And I will violate the rhetorical premise of that question by saying "Yes." Besides, this film would absolutely fry your brain if it were in 3-D.