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Shooting In Austin Near SXSW Leaves at Least One Person Injured, Police Confirm

The celebratory mood Saturday night at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas ended in chaos, after a shooting erupted at the corner of 6th Street and San Jacinto, according to an eyewitness report from the scene. “There was loud pop that I heard. There was a pause of a second or two, then the people in the crowd started shouting ‘a shooting,’ and everybody started running,” festival attendee Matthew Carey told Deadline. Paramedics responded and at least one… Read


Young ‘Good Boys’ Stars Talk Slumber Parties (But Not Sex Toys) At SXSW Premiere

Good Boys

When tween actors Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon got cast in Good Boys, they were eager to work with producer Seth Rogen. Except they hadn't seen Rogen in the role they were hoping to channel for their own film. So Noon says they got permission from their parents and then got together to watch Superbad. "We had a slumber party that night," he said. Although big names like Rogen and his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg highlight the project, it was the… Read


Ethan Hawke Toplines Abolitionist ‘Good Lord Bird’ Limited Series For Showtime; Anthony Hemingway Directing

Ethan Hawke and Jason Blum are certainly going to have some Good Lord Bird to talk about today on-stage at SXSW now that Showtime has officially ordered the limited series. His deal having just closed in the past few days, multiple Oscar nominee Hawke will play pivotal 19th-century abolitionist John Brown in the Blumhouse TV eight-parter. Good Lord Bird the series is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by James McBride. The National Book Award for Fiction winner is… Read


Stacey Abrams On Not Out-Trumping Trump, And Her Own Presidential Run Timeline – SXSW

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams' star turn happened last month when she provided the Democratic response to Donald Trump's State of the Union address (Marco Rubio sent me like a really nice tweet," she said. " 'Hydrate before you give the speech' "). Although at the time the stage was set for her to tackle Trump one-on-one, Abrams said she mentioned his name twice, maybe three times. During a conversation with PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor on Monday morning at SXSW, Abrams emphasized she… Read


‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Teaser: Timid Jesse Eisenberg Turns To Sensei Alessandro Nivola In SXSW Dark Comedy

“I’m afraid of other men. They intimidate me. I want to be what intimidates me,” Jesse Eisenberg’s Casey says when asked about why he decides to sign up for karate classes. The line is from the newly released first look at Bleecker Street’s The Art of Self-Defense, a dark comedy written and directed by Riley Stearns. Starring Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots, the pic premieres Sunday at SXSW in Austin. It follows timid bookkeeper Casey who, after he's… Read


Kevin Reilly Drops Out Of SXSW Amid WarnerMedia Shake-Ups

EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Reilly canceled a planned South By Southwest appearance set for Friday after the WarnerMedia executive worried he might be needed back at HQ. As it is, the now President TBS, TNT and Chief Creative Officer Turner and Direct-to-Consumer is actually scheduled to be sitting down with Bob Greenblatt tomorrow, afternoon, I hear. The meeting with the newly minted chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct to Consumer comes around the same time Reilly was… Read


SXSW Film Festival Sets ‘Pet Sematary’ As Closing Night Film, Unveils Slate Of Midnighters, Shorts, And More

Pet Sematary

The SXSW Film Festival has added more to their already robust lineup including the world premieres of the forthcoming remake of Pet Sematary and the horror The Curse of La Llorona as well as a screening of the series finale of Comedy Central’s Broad City and the second of season of YouTube’s Cobra Kai. In addition, they have unveiled a massive slate of Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilots and Virtual Cinema Projects. The 26th edition of the South by Sou… Read


‘Heavy Trip’ Producer & Cast Map Out Music Fronted Comedy Film

Heavy Trip, the story of big dreamers from a small town, had its world premiere last month at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. In the film, Turo, with his band Impaled Rektum, steal a van, a corpse and a coffin from the local cemetery, a new drummer from the local mental hospital and flee to Norway. As they are escaping Finnish police, they have to face the Norwegian Army in order to get to play their first real gig. “Two directors from very high up in the North came to… Read


‘Hereditary’ Helmer: “The Film Is A Meditation On Grief And Trauma” – SXSW

Writer/director Ari Aster has seemingly hit a home run with his directorial debut film, Hereditary, which is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. After the film’s late night screening at SXSW, Aster, along with cast members, Milly Shapiro and Alex Wolff, paid a visit to Deadline’s Austin Studio. “The film is a meditation on grief and trauma,” said Aster when describing the inspiration behind the concept. Starring Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, the pic… Read


‘Number 37’ Helmer On Paying Homage To Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ – SXSW

Director/Writer Nosipho Dumisa made a trip to Austin with her first feature, Number 37, which she describes as a nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Rear Window. It follows Randall, a recently wheelchair-bound criminal cooped up in his apartment in a rough Cape Town neighborhood. Randall is heavily indebted to a sociopathic loan shark and with no means to play up, despairs for himself and his devoted girlfriend, Pam. The Gift of a pair of binoculars presents him with an… Read


‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Director On Why It Was Important To Cast Former Thailand Prisoners – SXSW

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s prison drama, A Prayer Before Dawn, is based on the true-life account of troubled British boxer, Billy Moore, which he detailed in his bestselling novel of the same title. Moore was sent to two of Thailand’s most notorious jails and became immersed in a world of drugs and gang violence.  Refusing to die in prison, Billy becomes a student of the lethal art of Muay Thai Boxing, and in the process, finds a brotherhood that will guide him on an… Read


Adam Pally Breaks Down Who Is ‘Most Likely to Murder’ – SXSW

Described as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window for stoners, Most Likely to Murder follows Billy (Adam Pally), who comes back to his hometown expecting a prodigal son type of welcome but instead he finds his ex (Rachel Bloom) is dating the former high school outcast (Vincent Kartheiser). On a drunk and high binger, Billy becomes obsessed with proving the outcast is actually the killer behind a mysterious local death. Similar to Rear Window, per co-writer and director Dan Grego… Read