THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE TO OPEN SXSW FILM 2013

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the world premiere of the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, from Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, as the 2013 Opening Night Film on Friday, March 8, 2013.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone [still]

Warner Bros. Pictures release – Photo by John P. Johnson

The story follows superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), who have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego.  But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other.  Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale.  But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

Directed by Don Scardino, from a screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, and story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, the film also stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini.

SXSW also revealed a handful of titles that will also premiere at the 2013 event. Additional films include Joe Swanberg’s welcome return to SXSW with Drinking Buddies, a comedy exploring the blurry line between “friends” and “more than friends,” Downloaded, Alex Winter’s definitive documentary on the rise and fall of Napster, Harmony Korine’s provocative ride Spring Breakers, Evil Dead, the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit, directed by Fede Alvarez, Ryan White’s doc Good Ol’ Freda, chronicling the never-before-told story of The Beatles’ secretary Freda Kelly, and Everyone’s Going to Die, the first feature from UK directing collective Jones.

The complete festival lineup will be announced January 31, excluding Midnighter features, which will be announced with the Shorts lineup on February 6. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, March 8 – 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

“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 Film Conference and Festival Producer 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 8am Monday viewing.”

In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately
feature over 150 informative and entertaining featured Conversations, panels,
workshops and mentor sessions.

Additionally, Jacob Soboroff, the host of AMC News as well as a host and producer of HuffPost Live, will be emcee of the first Fastball Speed Pitches event at the new SXSW Film Startup Alley. This fast-paced event, designed for bootstrapping startups and geared towards SXSW attendees with short attention spans, will offer registrants the opportunity to get their entertainment company in front of the tastemakers and investors at SXSW.

Also confirmed for Startup Alley is Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List, who will speak on a panel focusing on entrepreneurs shaping the entertainment industry, and discuss the addition of paid subscription components to his well-known script discovery site. For more confirmed Conference sessions, including details on programming in the Digital Domain, Film Startup Alley, and the new Come & Capture Film Factory at the InterContinental Hotel, visit www.sxsw.com/film/sessions/about. The final Conference lineup will be released February 13.

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