MTV News’ first two days of SXSW action in Austin consisted of a lot of “The Cabin in the Woods” and a little “Killer Joe.” First we hit up the “Cabin” world premiere on Friday, followed by a lively round of interviews with the cast members and filmmakers at the film’s press day Saturday. What we’ve learned so far from that talented group: the actors are perfectly charming and delighted with the film, also Joss Whedon and first-time director Drew Goddard have such an easy rapport that we see more films from the co-writers in the future.
With respect to “Killer Joe,” we spent some time with cast members Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon and Emile Hirsch at the film’s U.S. premiere where they promised audiences a unique blend of humor, violence and cringe-worthy moments from their performances in the William Friedkin-directed film.
Clearly the theme of the films in our Saturday slate was violent and funny. Today we’re easing up on the gory theme and upping the funny and outrageous factor, with a little help from the major players in”Nature Calls,” “Small Apartments,” “Frankie Go Boom,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” and “Ted.” This means you’ll be seeing fun-filled interviews with the likes of Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle (“21 Jump Street,” “The Lorax”), Matt Lucas (“Bridesmaids,” “Little Britain”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Keith Poulson and Seth MacFarlane.
Other buzzworthy film-related happenings at the festival include the opening of the Mondo gallery, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique which at the time of its opening had 38 pieces of original and screen-printed sci-fi-themed artwork. The word on the street is very positive indeed, so we’re hoping for a break in our busy day of interviews so we can go check it out. Also, the empowering collective action web platform Tugg, Inc., which enables moviegoers to choose the films that play at their local theaters, recently announced that 2011 SXSW favorite “The FP” and 2012 SXSW midnighter “The Loved Ones” will be available theatrically through Tugg. “The FP” will open in select cities on March 16, “Loved Ones” will open through Tugg in June.