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"...Ever wonder why people love Fantastic Fest so much? There was a woman at last night's world premiere of Tim Burton's new masterpiece Frankenweenie, and a lot of people were commenting on how great her dress was: A perfect Wednesday Addams outfit, but for a grown-up. That got the comments, not that it was Winona Ryder wearing it...."
"...The July 25 wide release of the third (and, presumably, final) installment in the hugely popular Spy Kids franchise is fast upon us -- and even faster for Austinites with deep, deep pockets. Austin and the Paramount Theatre will play host to the world premiere of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over -- that's right, kids, the world premiere -- on Sunday, July 13..."
"...Tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s world premiere of One Peace at a Time, Turk Pipkin’s followup to his doc Nobelity, which tracked down nine Nobel laureates to discuss the world’s biggest problems. One Peace at a Time is more answer-oriented, however; according to the film’s website, “While Nobelity deals with global problems, One Peace at a Time will focus on specific solutions..."
"...Fans of Gone Girl have anxiously awaited the arrival of author Gillian Flynn's latest onscreen adaptation, Sharp Objects and many of them were in the crowd for HBO's premiere of the limited series at the ATX Television Festival on Thursday...."
"...Tye Sheridan (l) and Ben Mendelsohn on the red carpet for the world premiere of Ready Player One..."
"...A selectively small SXSW 2010 audience already got a first look at clips from Predators, and now Austin nabs the July 7 world premiere...."
"...Steven Spielberg himself was the first in a series of surprises at the world premiere of Ready Player One. Joan Jett dropped in to headline the afterparty, but the night's real unlocked achievement? The world now has a crowd-pleasing video game movie...."
"...The invitation was actually just the first honor. The second was being chosen to premiere a new choral piece..."
"...SXSW 2016 begins next week. Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some is having its world premiere, Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue and stars in In a Valley of Violence, a spaghetti Western..."
"...In advance of its SXSW Film world premiere, we talked to director Alexander Dunn and producer Alex Noyer to learn more about the film and the instrument that Questlove called the most futuristic thing he'd ever heard...."
"...Ray and Campbell of CrashCam Films were previously best known for stoner spectacle Rock Opera and videos from the likes of heavy-hitters such as the Riverboat Gamblers and Nashville Pussy. Hell on Wheels has its world premiere this Sunday, March 11, 1:30pm at the lovely and historic Paramount Theatre..."
"...The oversized buttons of the Anti-Reality panel are mapped with time-saving Adobe Premiere shortcuts, but the iTunes "Waveform Collider" features a "trill" button to select a random Bun B song. The Subspace Sat Comm manages Internet functions, including a button to type "haha" into Gchat and another that links to the Reddit homepage, the browsing of which he rations to 10 minutes a day using the time-management program Stayfocused...."
"...It may have been the presence of Oscar-winner Adrien Brody that generated the press scrum outside last night's Predators world premiere at the Paramount. Yet inside the biggest plaudits were reserved for the local crew that turned around a $50 million action movie in under a year...."
"...Despite my plea to the ether that no filmic breaking news happen while I was on vacation, the ether went ahead and broke it anyway. Like yesterday's news that SXSW posterboy Joe Swanberg would world-premiere his latest, Alexander the Last, there in a unique twin-platform release with IFC Film's Festival Direct – meaning, as the curtain goes up on March 14 at a SXSW theatrical venue, Swanberg's film will be available on video-on-demand simultaneously..."
"..."'Antone's: Home of the Blues'," Screens, March 19, 2004Documentary world premiere at SXSW Film '04..."
"...Documentary Feature Competition, World Premiere Wednesday, March 14, 2:45pm, Alamo Lamar A..."
"...Visions, World Premiere Jules and Dolores Saturday, March 12, 5:45pm, Alamo South Lamar Sunday, March 13, 12:30pm, Alamo Slaughter Wednesday, March 16, 3:15pm, Alamo South Lamar Saturday, March 19, 1:45pm, Alamo South Lamar..."
"...Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (Sony) Scott Adkins delivers some Van Damage with this surprisingly cerebral addition to the Universal Soldier franchise (read our review here and our report from the Fantastic Fest 2012 premiere here)...."
"...This isn't the first time the filmmaker has explored an aspect of the alcohol industry. Back in 2013, his Hey Bartender, a documentary about the resurgence of the cocktail scene across the country, had its world premiere at SXSW..."
"...9 in E minor, Opus 95 "From the New World," commonly called the New World symphony. Horowitz describes its Carnegie Hall premiere in December 1893 as "the climactic moment in Dvorák's American career."..."
"...I'm thinking of Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, Ken Jacobs, Peter Whitehead. I'm thinking of directors more interested in theory than in story, who will never see their faces on the cover of Premiere because they're indifferent, even hostile, to the whims of the marketplace..."
"...YouTube — best known for clips and outtakes — recently announced that it was going to start carrying long form material, while media sharing sites like Hulu and Netflix have already dipped into the distribution business. Hyams reported that the independent film Crawford (which showed at SXSW last year) is now one of the top hits on Hulu with premiere numbers much higher than it could have hoped to expect in a traditional, street distribution model..."
"...The odd thing about Adelaide was that when Harmony was accepted into New Directors/New Films in February of 2009, the head of that series, Laurence Kardish, had mentioned to me that he was going down to Australia to head up a jury at a festival that happened every two years in the middle of nowhere. He had mentioned, when he got back, that there was a good chance that Harmony (tho' still not completely finished, we were working furiously to prep for April premiere), would be playing at a festival two years into the future... So there I was, in February 2011, wandering around this version of a forecastable future for the film, something like deja vu? I'm still unpacking it, and unpacking, and I'm jet lagged, and not to be jingoistic or anything, but there's no place like Austin......"
"...In addition to that whole Oscar-winning business, Jonathan Demme has proved again and again to be the master of the music doc. He's chronicled the Talking Heads, Robyn Hitchcock, and Neil Young already, and he's going back for more with Young: SXSW Film has just announced it will premiere Demme's latest, the performance doc Neil Young Trunk Show, come March...."
"...Ran into Austin filmmaker David Modigliani at Barton Springs yesterday, and he had nothing but good news to report. First, there was the June 4th Crawford, TX, premiere of Crawford, Modigliani's doc about W's effect when he set up house in the small Texas town..."
"...The big story coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the wealth of standout films made by Austin directors. Today, the South by Southwest Film Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, and guess what: A whole new batch of Austinites’ films will make their world premiere come March...."
"...In addition to previously announced films like opening night comedy I Love You, Man (the cast of which – including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones – will all be in attendance at the festival), SXSW 09 has some big-buzz films, like Spike Lee’s Passing Strange, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, and the locally made Beeswax from Andrew Bujalski. You got return trips from SXSW alums Ry Russo-Young (You Won't Miss Me), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), and Alex Karpovsky (Trust Us, This Is All Made Up), plus you’ll-never-believe-this docs like Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man and Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie (it’s Troll 2, in case you were wondering)… Not to mention the world premiere of Women in Trouble, written and directed by Sebastian “Snakes on a Muthafuckin’ Plane” Gutierrez..."
"...Austin's primo genre film festival, Fantastic Fest, has just opened fire with its first wave of titles for 2018, and it's already bringing the big guns, with the announcement of the world premiere of action-horror Overlord...."
"...Cinema's ickiest threesome is back for more and making its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2011...."
"...What happens when two Austin festival juggernauts collide? It might look something like the Fantastic Fest at Midnight slate playing at SXSW 2009. The six films will screen at the Alamo South Lamar (you know what time), kicking off with the world premiere of the rabidly anticipated Ong Bak 2 (don’t be fooled: it’s actually a prequel)...."
"...Starring: Leonid Markov, Tatyana Dogileva, Alexandre Pankratov-Cherny, Olga Tolstaetskaya, Katya Urmancheeva and Rita Shubina. The world premiere of an independently made Russian film will occur this week in Austin..."
"...A wickedly entertaining postmodern take on the hallowed, Eighties-era slasher flicks peculiar to American cinemas, Behind the Mask is a faux documentary centered on the title character, played to the blood-flecked hilt of his rusty, old hand scythe by Baesel. Set in a contemporary world where hometown maniacs like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees are very much alive, or dead, or undead (and if those names don't ring a funereal bell in your head, this likely isn't the mockumentary for you), Behind the Mask (which had its world premiere at SXSW 2006) uses the increasingly familiar trope of a documentary camera crew that follows the titular character throughout his preparations for his debut killing spree, allowing us entrée into the inner workings of the allegedly supernatural serial killer's mind, motivation, and technique..."
"...In between its world premiere at SXSW 2016 and its debut on Netflix in early April, the canny home-invasion thriller Hush is receiving a modest theatrical rollout. That’s no doubt a testament to the effectiveness of this latest release from the horror purveyors at Blumhouse Productions and Intrepid Pictures...."
"...Occasionally repetitive, the film is nevertheless full of little moments like Springsteen’s poetic description of the stores as the place where “your dreams met the listener” or a shot of the budgetary line entry for “handtruck fuel” (code name for cocaine). All Things Must Pass, which had its world premiere at SXSW '15, is a rock doc keeper...."
"...The camerawork, in contrast, is finely focused, although a strangely surreal road trip, some amateurish close-ups that reveal the characters' makeup, and several pointless jump cuts intrude on the proceedings. Following its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, Blue Like Jazz is not likely to attract many new converts...."
"...Sure, the film’s trajectory is familiar, but it doesn’t make the journey any less meaningful to those who seek comfort in the hope it offers. Deep in the Heart, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Austin Film Festival, has a script by Brian A..."
"...A More Perfect Union plays like a movie about a bunch of guys in college made by a bunch of guys in college -- it's a little rough around the edges, to say the least. (The movie was shot here in Austin and had its world premiere in March at the SXSW Film Festival where it garnered some of the event's biggest crowds..."
"...A living testament to one of her most iconic photos, Rose Hartman arrived on the back of a white horse at the world premiere of the documentary about her life...."
"...It'll be an explosive start to Fantastic Fest with the shoot'em up thrills of the world premiere of Machete Kills. Expect director Robert Rodriguez plus stars Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega in attendance for what FF head honcho Tim League is threatening a "literally blood red" red carpet affair...."
"...Once upon a time the choice for Gary Rossington and his Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmates was between cocaine, speed, and booze. Tonight Skittles and Twizzlers are vying for his attention as he watches the world premiere of a documentary about perhaps the most iconic of all Southern rock bands..."
"...The satire is turned up to high, as a talented but neurotic writer (Wyatt Cenac) tries to find himself and escape the shadow of his successful writer wife (Greta Lee) in the world premiere of Laura Terruso’s directorial debut, the dazzling and sweet comedy Fits and Starts...."
"...BRAND: A Second Coming, the opening-night film at SXSW about the comedian/philosopher Russell Brand, might be in search of a new title. Today Brand announced on his website that he will not be “coming” to tonight’s world-premiere screening because the film makes him “uncomfortable.”..."
"...125 films. 85 world premieres..."
"...From world premieres to archive oddities; from the Arabic world to the rust belt; and from raucous laughs to nerve-jangling terror, the first wave of films for Fantastic Fest 2017 (Sept. 21-28) announced this morning has it all, including the wildly anticipated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri...."
"...Aalavandhan India, 2001, International Premiere, 178 min D: Suresh Krissna Kamal Haasan stars in this ridiculously entertaining tale of an Indian commando pitted against his own serial-killer twin brother in a deadly race to save the beautiful Tejaswini from certain death...."
"...Things are about to get weird: Fantastic Fest 2015 has announced its first round of programming, with a mix of world premieres, Turkish rip-offs, and a unique trip into the exploitation cinema obsessions of Nicolas Winding Refn...."
"...Here's the full murderer's row of titles that made this first cut: ABCs of Death 2 D: Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Todd Rohal, Jim Hosking, Julien Maury and, Alexandre Bustillo, Julian Gilbey, Soichi Umezawa, Lancelot Imasuen, Jerome Sable, Robert Boocheck, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Juan Moreno, Steven Kostanski, Alejandro Brugués, E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Hajime Ohata, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Nash, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Dennison Ramalho, Robert Morgan, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper Various, 2014, 125 min. World Premiere In 2013 the craziest anthology ever created was released to an unsuspecting public..."
"...The Austin Film Festival dropped more of its 2016 lineup today, announcing eight titles, many of which are world premieres...."