Springsteen rocks SXSW
March 16th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Springsteen rocks SXSW

Bruce Springsteen's 62 now. He lost his lead sideman and good friend, Clarence Clemons, last year.

But The Boss can still put on a show.

The veteran rocker gave a free concert in Austin, Texas' 2,700-seat Moody Theater Thursday night for attendees of the South By Southwest music conference, and although he didn't play "Born to Run," it's doubtful anyone came away disappointed.

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March 15th, 2012
07:12 PM ET

CNN Music discovers Royal Teeth, thanks to Twitter

At 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, we didn't even have a Twitter account for CNN Music. But we DID have an idea.

The plan, conceived over dinner, was to first actually create @CNN_Music, and then ask bands playing in Austin for SXSW to reply to us by noon Wednesday to be considered for a special one-song feature on CNN.com. Our tweet read:

At that point we had literally two followers – me (@jarrettbellini) and my fellow video producer Nick Scott (@nwscott).

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Alex Winter on his Napster doc, 'Bill & Ted' reunion
March 15th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Alex Winter on his Napster doc, 'Bill & Ted' reunion

Cult classic '80s films like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Lost Boys” helped make Alex Winter famous as an actor, but these days he is enjoying acclaim for stepping behind the camera.

He ventured to SXSW in support of his documentary about the fall of the online music sharing company Napster. Winter said he originally planned to do a narrative film on what eventually became the documentary, titled “Downloaded.”

Winter told CNN he first met Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning in 2003 “when Napster was falling apart.” The actor turned producer said he learned that Fanning and his co-founders were interested in telling their story, and Winter shared that goal.

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'Gimme the Loot', 'Beware of Mr. Baker' win top SXSW film jury prizes
March 14th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

'Gimme the Loot', 'Beware of Mr. Baker' win top SXSW film jury prizes

“Gimme the Loot,” the story of two New York graffiti artists, and “Beware of Mr. Baker,” a documentary about Cream drummer Ginger Baker, won the top jury prizes at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival on Tuesday night.

Adam Leon directed the narrative “Gimme the Loot,” which follows graffiti writers Malcolm and Sofia as they try to raise the cash to pull off a major spray painted stunt.

Beware of Mr. Baker,” directed by Jay Bulger,  tells the story of the Cream and Blind Faith drummer, who's now in his 70s and living in South Africa.

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Judd Apatow ventures into female comedy again
March 14th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Judd Apatow ventures into female comedy again

Judd Apatow knows that women have always been funny.

But the filmmaker says that after producing “Bridesmaids," he still hears lots of chatter about this being the age of the funny ladies. The thought seems to amuse him.

“It is kind of silly, I thought this was the country of Lucille Ball,” Apatow told CNN at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. “To me, I’ve never understood why there is any question about are women as funny as men.”

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Gabrielle Union on indie films, new BET show
March 13th, 2012
04:22 PM ET

Gabrielle Union on indie films, new BET show

Gabrielle Union would love to get more roles like the one she's promoting at SXSW.

The actress joined director Brian Savelson at the Austin-based festival in hopes of snagging a distributor for their film, “In Our Nature,” and she talked to CNN about her pride in the work she did on the indie.

In it, Union plays Vicky, the younger girlfriend of “Mad Men” star John Slattery’s character Gil. The dramedy centers on what happens when the couple's thrown together with Gil’s son and his girlfriend (played by Zach Gilford and Jena Malone) when a scheduling snafu has them all showing up at a vacation home.

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