At South By Southwest in Austin, the bulk of my time has been spent downstairs at the CNN SXSW Grill, working in a dark, cement-walled basement. (I’ve grown fond of my captors – they give me Sun Chips and Diet Coke.)
But I do have a platinum SXSW badge hanging from my neck, which allows me access to various panels and events at the interactive/music/film festival.
Sunday afternoon, I decided to actually put this undeserved badge to use and casually strolled into the convention center with the goal of taking in a panel. Any panel. I was literally looking for an open door and a chair.
The crowd at SXSW was treated to two surprises from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane on Sunday: a sneek peek of the beginning of his anticipated film "Ted" and a special guest.
There was a full house for "A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane" where the animator and actor spoke on everything from the near-demise of "Family Guy" to his jazz album and his new film "Ted," a live-action/CGI movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
Looking back on it now, Fox yanking "Family Guy" not long after it debuted turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In fact, MacFarlane said "the cancellation was the best thing that happened to the show." FULL POST
Basketball legend Magic Johnson has been quite public about being HIV positive, but he's never spoken publicly about what he endured behind the scenes in revealing that status.
"The Announcement" examines that day more than 20 years ago when the sports star shocked the world with his revelation that he had contracted the virus which causes AIDS. FULL POST
Joss Whedon wants to surprise you.
To that end, he and director Drew Goddard are pretty circumspect about what they want to say about their new movie, "The Cabin in the Woods."
The film premiered opening night at SXSW where fans stood in the pouring rain waiting to see the horror movie with a twist, served only as the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" impresario can do. FULL POST
SXSW is well known for breaking the next best thing in music.
But this year one of the most sought after performances is an act that's already pretty well known: Jay-Z.
Fresh off of his new daddy duties, the rapper has teamed up with American Express for a concert at the massive interactive/film/music event held annually in Austin, Texas. Tickets were made available to card holding attendees of the festival who sync their Amex cards with their Twitter accounts. FULL POST
South by Southwest, the tech-music-movie conference getting under way here Friday, isn't typically a place for big newsy announcements. The indie ethos of SXSW is more about discovering the hot emerging thing - a new mobile app, a bold filmmaker, a brilliant set by an undiscovered band.
It's hard to predict what everyone here will be talking about by the time SXSW wraps on March 18. The festival is too huge and fractured for that, and tastemakers often disagree.
But based on early chatter, here are some guesses about what will make headlines at SXSW 2012:
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