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Pacino sightings, plus SXSW keynote drama

By Monica Riese, 4:30PM, Thu. Dec. 5, 2013

Mikaila Ulmer and Al Pacino, bee-ing sweet
Mikaila Ulmer and Al Pacino, bee-ing sweet
Photo via Bee Sweet Lemonade/Facebook

A South by Southwest keynoter is on the FDA's radar, a local lemonade queen says hello to a little friend, and more shining stars at Sundance.

South by Southwest Interactive keynoter Anne Wojcicki, CEO and founder of 23andMe, will have plenty to talk about. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration ordered the company to cease and desist selling its $99 DNA test until it receives FDA clearance. Wojcicki finally spoke out Wednesday night, admitting at a San Francisco dinner, "We completely recognize we're behind schedule [in sharing information about the tests' accuracy with the FDA]; we failed to communicate proactively."

• Pacino alert! Legendary actor Al Pacino has been in town shooting David Gordon Green's Manglehorn. We've heard rumors of him getting into a (fake) bar fight off Ohlen, bopping around on Bouldin Creek, and meeting "Best of Austin"-winning kid-trepreneur Mikaila Ulmer, the 8-year-old lemonade queen pictured above.

• Following Wednesday's announcement of its programming slate, the Sundance Film Festival dropped a few more names today in its Spotlight and Park City at Midnight sections, including Fantastic Fest alum R100 in the former and Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's The Guest in the latter. And, in a totally different direction, the festival will include a kids-centric section for the first time in its 30 years in 2014.

• In other Sundance news, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRECord on TV has been announced as an official New Frontier selection. The series launches on Pivot Saturday, Jan. 18, 9pm CT; read more about the organization and its recent book release here.

• The Austin Film Festival is partnering with the Wittliff Collections to present a special event this week on the University of Texas campus. Join Cast Away screenwriter Bill Broyles for a conversation Sunday, Dec. 8, 4pm, at the Harry Ransom Center, then walk across the street for a free screening of the film at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Details are available here.

Badass Digest is getting a little more badass. The crew has announced the addition of an ebook publishing arm, and its first book is a heavy-hitter. Twitter celebrity Film Crit Hulk's Screenwriting 101 – available in TRADITIONAL ALL CAPS and capitalization-corrected versions – is out now; as Editor-in-Chief Devin Faraci put it in a press release, the book "smashes right to the heart of cinematic storytelling and will help you better understand movies, whether you're a professional filmmaker or someone who just loves to watch."

• A local artist sent his work to Nevada to "find its final home as an official Burning Man Honorarium art project," but along the way, its journey was captured by A&E's Shipping Wars crew; that episode, called "Flight of the Giant Baby Head," airs this coming Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 9:30pm. The artist, David Karave aka Altair has worked as a crew member on Robert Rodriguez's Machete, and his next feature is in the works.

• Finally, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 proves we'll watch Andrew Garfield do just about anything. See for yourself:


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