It’s hard to believe it, but today marks our fourth day in Austin, TX as we continue coverage of the 19th annual South by Southwest Film Festival. Sunday’s full day of events and interviews was our busiest yet. We spoke with the filmmakers and casts of “Nature Calls,” “Small Apartments,” “Frankie Go Boom,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” and “Ted,” the highlights from which included British scene-stealer Matt Lucas, two encounters with MTV’s own Johnny Knoxville (He’s in “Nature Calls” and “Small Apartments”) a super surprise appearance and interview with Mark Wahlberg for “Ted,” and the most hilarious interview of the festival and recent memory courtesy “Somebody Up There Likes Me” stars Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson), Keith Poulson and director Bob Byington. Not only that, but after three days of being soaked and drenched by relentless rainfall, the clouds finally parted midday to reveal the one element that had been sorely missing from this year’s fest: sunshine and warm temperatures.
Before we get to today’s lineup, do yourself a favor and click on the video above for a small helping of the extra special surprise treat that Universal served up with Seth MacFarlane’s “A Conversation With” panel yesterday: “Ted” star Mark Wahlberg, who was a very welcome addition to our interview with MacFarlane, along with the 8-minute preview of the R-rated comedy and raunchy red band trailer that screened at the panel.
Today’s happenings kick off with a round of interviews with the cast of one of the most buzzworthy films this year, “21 Jump Street.” We’ll be sitting down with stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Shortly thereafter we’ll venture over to the Paramount theater for the premiere screening of HBO’s new comedy “Girls,” which is of course being compared to “Sex And The City” because it is also a half hour show that centers around the lives and loves of young women living in New York City. The show is executive produced by Judd Apatow and stars multi-tasker Lena Dunham of “Tiny Furniture” fame, who created the show and serves as co-executive producer. She also wrote and directed the pilot. After some afternoon fun with “Girls,” we’ll be doing some multi-tasking of our own by briefly swapping out our movie coverage hats for our music ones in order to prep coverage and attendance of one of the fest’s biggest music events, the “Amex Sync Show Presenting Jay-Z.”