Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead. Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films. The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies. There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance). I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.
SXSW 2013 has announced their first wave of films, and the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open this year’s festival. That’s a huge vote of confidence for the film (last year’s opener was The Cabin in the Woods), which stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). SXSW has also revealed that they’ll host the premiere of Fede Alvarez‘ Evil Dead remake, and they’ll also be showing off Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, which should be a perfect fit for the festival.
Hit the jump to check out the first wave of films announced for SXSW 2013 as well as highlights from the 2013 conference. The majority of the festival line-up will be announced on January 31st. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.
LAIKA’s awesome 3D stop-motion feature, ParaNorman opens this Friday. Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell, the film centers on a young boy who can see the dead and must use this gift to lift a curse that threatens his small town. ParaNorman features the voices of Kodi-Smit McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Goodman, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Jodelle Ferland and more. For more on the film, here’s six clips, a very cool featurette called Time Lapse, and all our previous coverage.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I spoke to Anna Kendrick, and we talked about making ParaNorman, her reaction to the finished film, what surprised her about the recording process, upcoming projects like Drinking Buddies and End of Watch, and what people want to talk about when they meet her (hint: Twilight). Hit the jump to watch.
We’ve got a few quick casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Tobey Maguire has joined the cast of Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day. The film “centers on a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter over Labor Day weekend. It’s later revealed that the man is an escaped convict and the three spend a weekend together that will shape them for the rest of their lives.” According to Deadline, Maguire will play the adult version of the boy, and Maguire also narrates the film. He joins Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith, Gattlin Griffith, and Brighid Fleming. I haven’t seen enough Maguire in theaters lately (his last movie was 2009′s Brothers), but his film The Details, which played at Sundance 2011, will finally see the light of day in September, and I’m looking forward to his portrayal of Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby this December.
Hit the jump for casting news on new additions to Drinking Buddies. Filming on Labor Day begins later this month in Massachusetts.
Tonight brings casting notices for a pair of actors I always enjoy:
- Adam Brody will star in the indie drama All the Wrong Reasons alongside Kevin Zegers, Sarah Gadon, and Emily Hampshire.
- Anna Kendrick has signed on to lead the indie comedy Drinking Buddies, the latest from writer/director Joe Swanberg (Hanna Takes the Stairs).
Hit the jump for details on both projects.