×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

SXSW to open with ‘Burt Wonderstone’

Warner Bros./New Line comedy stars Steve Carell and Jim Carrey

South by Southwest has selected “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” as its opening night film on March 8 in Austin, marking the world premiere of the Warner Bros./New Line comedy.

The selection of “Burt,” which opens March 15, was revealed Tuesday by the fest, now in its 20th year. Don Sacrdino’s “Burt” stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as Las Vegas magicians facing competition from a guerilla street magician, played by Jim Carrey; producers are Chris Bender, Steve Carell, Jake Weiner and Tyler Mitchell.

Last year’s opening night title at SXSW was Joss Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods.”

Fest announced half a dozen additional films: Joe Swanberg’s comedy “Drinking Buddies,” Alex Winter’s Napster documentary “Downloaded,” Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” Fede Alvarez’ “Evil Dead,” Ryan White’s doc “Good Ol’ Freda” about The Beatles’ secretary Freda Kelly and “Everyone’s Going to Die,” the first feature from UK directing collective Jones.

The SXSW showings will be the world premieres except for “Spring Breakers” which will be its U.S. premiere.

The complete lineup will be announced Jan. 31 excluding Midnighter features, which will be announced with the shorts lineup on Feb. 6.

“Everyone knows that we like have a good time at SXSW, and our 20th year is already well on track with smart, stylish and highly entertaining work,” said SXSW topper Janet Pierson. “Though this is just a taste of what SXSW 2013 will have to offer, what better way to get the party started than with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which had us laughing our heads off, despite an 8 a.m. Monday viewing.”

SXSW also disclosed several panels: “A Conversation with Matthew McConaughey”; “Humanizing Heroes: Storytelling Beyond Sports”; “Bates Motel: Story to Screen with Carlton Cuse” and “Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop.”

The Startup Alley section will feature a panel with Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of The Black List.

More Film

  • Avengers: Endgame

    'Avengers: Endgame' Reaps $83 Million in China by Early Afternoon of Opening Day

    “Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking records in China, raking in $83 million (RMB558 million) as of 2 p.m. on opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom. The Marvel finale has already set a new [...]

  • Film Review: ‘The Gift: The Journey

    ‘The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash’

    Very much in the manner of an “unplugged” acoustic album that showcases the musicianship of a major artist without distracting flash and filigree, “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash” is a tightly focused yet impressively multifaceted documentary that attempts nothing less than to delve past familiar myths and illuminate the soul of its fabled [...]

  • Emily Morgan Cormac Fox Gregoire Debailly

    European Film Promotion Reveals 2019's Producers on the Move

    Twenty of Europe’s up-and-coming producers are going to Cannes with European Film Promotion. The organization unveiled its latest roster of Producers on the Move on Wednesday, a lineup that features France’s Gregoire Debailly, who produced Jean-Bernard Marlin’s “Sheherazade,” which premiered in Critics’ Week in Cannes last year, and Ireland’s Cormac Fox, who produced Sophie Hyde’s [...]

  • Avengers EndGame Trailer

    ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Marvel claims the top spot in spending with “Avengers: Endgame.” Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.28 million through Sunday for 927 national ad airings on 39 networks. (Spend figures [...]

  • Oscar OScars Placeholder

    Netflix Can Chill: Academy Rules No Change in Streaming Oscar Eligibility

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not change eligibility rules for the Oscars, despite speculation that streaming companies might see a crackdown on their release practices when pursuing golden trophies. A board of governors meeting on Tuesday voted to maintain the status quo, that any feature-length film can be considered for the [...]

  • Aniara review

    Film Review: 'Aniara'

    Each year brings an example or three of purported “thinking person’s science-fiction” films, a category that pretty much embraces anything not centered on monsters or lightsaber battles. These efforts are often more admirable in theory than result, but “Aniara” — the first film drawn from Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Harry Martinson’s 1956 cycle of 103 [...]

  • Avengers: Endgame

    'Avengers: Endgame' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

    It’s been a long year for Marvel fans since the release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” but the wait is nearly over. The finale to the Infinity Saga is here, and while most diehard fans will know to avoid them for fear of spoilers, early reviews are mostly positive. Last year’s “Infinity War” took home an [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content