Daily SXSW
Kitten With a Whip Ann-Margret is still a sexy little cowgirl and was the celeb to spot at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards. Thank you, ma'am, can I have another?

3:26AM Sat. Mar. 10, 2007, Joe O'Connell Read More | Comment »

Canadians rock, eh?
The big shame was the Alamo Drafthouse South was half empty for the U.S. premiere of Trailer Park Boys. After all it's had the top grossing opening weekend of any Canadian film. (About $150, a producer on hand joked). It's also potentially the funniest film you'll see at SXSW this year. I have to admit I was totally unaware of the TV show on which the film is based. Now I'm ready to track down a bootleg DVD or--as a backup--watch it all on Youtube. The story follows three guys: cat-lover Bubbles, weed-lover Ricky and rum and Coke-loving Julian as they live, love, do jail time, steal and generally screw things up in Sunnyvalle Trailer Park. Run, don't walk to the 11:59 p.m. screening Monday because the boys plan to rock the you know what out of Austin. Did I mention the lead singer of Rush plays a cop in the film?

3:06AM Sat. Mar. 10, 2007, Joe O'Connell Read More | Comment »

Conventioneers, Start Your Panels!
Supposedly, somewhere under all the day parties, free booze, shmoozing and all-round, get-out fun of SXSW, there's some industry panels (remember them? They're the reason your company sprung for all those airline tickets here in the first place?)

So heading up the extensive selection of experts that have been so lovingly gathered together was The Real Story Behind Snakes On A Plane. For those of you still waiting on your photo badge, here's the quick skinny on what you missed at 2007's first panel:

Line of the Day: "User-generated content. Can we come up with a better name for that sometime over the next week?" - Corey Denis of internet music geniuses, the Independent Online Distribution Alliance.

Buzz word of the Day: Crowdsourcing - when creative types can get audience response to their work before they're done, and alter the final product appropriately.

What -was- the real story behind Snakes on a Plane?: Great web buzz, but New Line took too long to release the actual film.

Best Moment of Audience Participation: When moderator Alex Williams of Splashcast got everyone to do the SoaP cheer. "Give me an S. Give me an S. Give me an S. Put 'em together, what have you got? Ssssssssssss ..."

6:04PM Fri. Mar. 9, 2007, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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