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Attack The Block, a movie about a London gang who were thought of as hoodlums but become heroes when they defend their neighborhood against alien creatures, was one of SXSW's most buzzed about movies. We had a chance to sit down with the movie's brilliant writer/director Joe Cornish during the fest in Austin last week and he shared, among other things, one of his favorite travel tips:
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Win Win may be the most authentic high school wrestling movie ever made, even though it's more than just a sports movie. We recently had the chance to talk to the movie's writer/director Thomas McCarthy and two of its stars, Paul Giamatti and Alex Shaffer, at a roundtable event at SXSW in Austin, where they discussed the movie and, of course, wrestling.
Tom explained that he purposely looked for a wrestler for the lead role, rather than an actor, to capture a sense of authenticity.
Early on I decided I needed a wrestler for the role and not only because I used to wrestle but beyond that I'm sort of a sports nut. I can't stand when watching movies and I feel like the actor can't actually play that sport or play it well, especially if that actor is suppose to be very good...I knew with Alex's character of Kyle I needed that.
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As SXSW newbies, saying that we learned a lot last week is an understatement. Mostly, we learned how to do things differently next year when we return. So, sharing this fresh knowledge, here are our top 5 tips for surviving your first trip to SXSW:
1. Book Early.
The most important thing we learned this year is to book everything early. We booked our hotel room in mid-February, more than a month in advance, and it was still too late. We had few hotel choices at that point, and even less that were on the SXSW shuttle route. We ended up at the La Quinta South (Ben White) which was on the shuttle route, and the staff was friendly, but it had little else going for it.
The location is literally on the wrong side of the tracks with nothing but an IHOP and a Burger King within walking distance. The room was dingy, the linens were thin, the free breakfast was meh and the WiFi was less than fast.
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If you're having trouble getting back to reality after a whirlwind week at SXSW like we are, here's a look back at the week in pictures we snapped throughout the film, tech and music portions of the ginormous fest in Austin, Texas.
There's nothing like watching Austin go from geek to rock 'n roll chic in a matter of hours, or simply city blocks! Or how about taking time out to "network" at all-night parties on 6th St; staying out in the mix as late as possible to score those early hours special Foursquare badges.
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With only two days left of SXSW, you'll want to make the most out of these final hours! Here's a look at some of the best live music in Austin tonight:
· Snoop Dogg’s Funk n Soul Extravaganza with Mayer Hawthorne and the County & DAM-FUNK kicks off the closing party at the Pepsi MAX Lot (Whitley Warehouse, 301 Brazos Street, Austin TX) at 7 pm. Pepsi MAX will be livestreaming the concert on www.PepsiMAX.com/SXSW for the fans who can't make it there too.
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On Tuesday night we caught the hilarious Aziz Ansari as he headlined the Comedy Night with IFC and Comedy Death-Ray at the IFC Crossroads House at SXSW, located at E. 7th and Brazos. Dave Foley, Thomas Lennon, Eugene Mirman, and Michael Ian Black also performed at the event, which was live-streamed on IFC's website, but Aziz stole the show.
If you missed him last night, Aziz will be performing again Friday, 3/18 at 8PM with Benson Interruption at Esthers Follies, 525 E 6th St. Like the IFC event, admission is limited and only Music and Platnum SXSW badge holders will get in after also obtaining a wristband, but trust usit's totally worth it!
See more of our SXSW 2011 coverage here.
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A shift has occurred on the streets of Austin. Tuesday SXSW's Interactive conference ended and the Film fest started winding down, just as the Music festival began. Where geeks lined the streets with their iPads and MacBooks Monday, rock bands are now pushing their equipment to their next gig.
R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe is hosting an event Wednesday that will bridge these two worlds. The band is currently working on the Collapse Into Now Film Project, a selection of films accompanying each song on their new album directed by artists personally selected by Stipe.
SXSW is ripe with freebies: pens, stickers, pins...and especially beer. But some vendors are asking SXSW participants to work for their swag. Checking into Gowalla and Foursquare has become the hottest marketing tool at the fest, not to mention the best way to get free tees.
Gowalla has an airstream parked at 5th and Trinity where you can pick up a free t-shirt and a Gowalla passport. If you find five of Gowalla's other check-in locations, you will get a sticker for each (and a better t-shirt). The airstream will be there through the end of the fest on Saturday, from around 9:30am to 6:00pm.
A lot of SXSW attendees skip the trade show in the Austin Convention Center, choosing drinks on 6th Street instead, but this year there is a booth worth getting off your bar stool for.
Chevy has set up a 360° photo booth straight off the E! Red Carpet. After signing a brief formah hem, it's FREEyou can get into the ring of cameras (in front of one of Chevy's new Sonics of course) and jump, kick, or do your best Karate move while cameras capture you in midair from all angles.
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With so many panels, parties and live shows happening all at the same time, Foodspotting.com realized there's little time for a square meal during SXSW, so they brought together Austin's best food trucks to create a sort of makeshift food court on Sunday afternoon. But, just because their event is over doesn't mean the trucks are gone. Here are the best food trucks to look for around town this week:
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Apple, who consider themselves the epitome of cool, weren't going to miss a chance to be a part of SXSW, even if it meant doing it half-assed. Their pop up store is located at 6th and Congress Ave in Austin, in an empty storefront below Gold's Gym, and the only thing separating the Apple store from any other is the lack of merchandise.
When we stopped by the pop-up on Sunday they only had a limited number of 64 GB iPad 2s left and couldn't say how many they would get in the next day. Secrecy seems to be a recurring theme in the Apple pop up at SXSW, as not only will they not tell you about their inventory, but they won't let you browse through the store alone or, God forbid, take a picture of it.
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The movie will debut on YouTube Friday, March 11, as it is simultaneously screened at South By Southwest.
Zachary Quinto stars in the movie as a dentist who hires a would-be assassin (played by Carla Gugino) to kill his wife. As he finalizes the assassin's payment, he unknowingly sets off a chain of events that fuels a cross-town journey through 10 of L.A.'s many lounges, bars, and strip clubs, all in one night. Girl's stellar cast also includes Danny DeVito, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Bledel, Josh Hartnett, and Rosario Dawson, among others.