After 6 months of waiting, the day has arrived. It’s time to head down to Austin for SXSW to take in music, movies and some geek stuff too. We can cover the geek and music stuff later, but this years conference gives us a bunch of eclectic movies, everything from the MacGruber premier to No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, which seems appropriate given the latest news about his gambling and alcohol issues.
Last year, The Hurt Locker premiered at SXSW, and last weekend won multiple Oscars. There is a great panel with Quentin Taratino and Robert Rodriguez about filming gore and horror. For the 3rd year in a row, Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development) is hosting his acting workshop, which has provided 90 minutes of laughter and drama with his direction of two actors from the SXSW film program.
My suggestion to all the interactive folks is to check out a movie or a movie panel. Spread your wings and see what is happening at one of the better movie festivals around. You may never get to Sundance or Cannes, but Austin will give you a good idea what it is like to be at those events.
BASEKetball’s vision of sponsoring and naming every arena, stadium and field, is one step closer to becoming reality. The Dallas Cowboys have sold the naming rights to the implosion of the old Cowboys Stadium to Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. While I am sure no one will miss the old stadium, no one will forget Kraft for lending their name to this ridiculous event.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live last night AIM was used in a skit called the Handsome Men’s Club. It was great to see Ethan Hawke, Patrick Dempsey (“McDreamy”) and Ted Danson using AIM’s video chat.
Thanks to the team at ABC and Jimmy Kimmel Live, it was great working with you guys to get this set up!
Obviously I stopped updating this blog…between the stuff I was working on, which was super secretive and WordPress doldrums, I move my blog over to the Tumblr platform. You can find my blog at: http://blog.gregsmind.com
Link: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents
In grand SXSW tradition, you can now grab all the publicly available showcase music on the SXSW site in one giant torrent, instead of downloading the songs one by one. Convenience at its finest.
Check it out here.
Jackie’s latest book is out. You can order it on Amazon: http://bit.ly/cEipla. If you have children or teens who are diagnosed with ADHD she has two excellent books to help you:
Let’s Go Orange, now the #1 ranked team in the nation. The Cuse is peaking at the right time, and the all Orange-clad crowd on Saturday was awesome to see.
Link: AT&T @SXSW, don’t let me down this year!
Wondering if AT&T can handle the number of iPhone users this year at SXSW? It seems like this year they are at least acknowledging there is the potential for problems, so they are addressing them right away.