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February 15, 2018

Rock and Roll Out the New Look

Bud Light bottles SXSW 2018

Among the unique things to appreciate about the SXSW Conference & Festivals is the Bud Light exclusive packaging design. This year, Bud Light commissioned well-known local street artists and longtime friends, Zuzu and Mouf, to create its aluminum bottles.

They worked collaboratively to design custom SXSW packaging that not only represents Austin itself, but is also reminiscent of their memories and moments as locals of Austin. Luckily for you, the unique South By-inspired bottles can already be found on shelves around the city.

Bud Light also took over ACL Live on Monday for their 2018 SXSW Packaging Launch Party. This lively event featured plenty of refreshing Bud Light for all the brand’s friends and guests, who also munched on brisket and ribs from a local BBQ joint. Following the much-anticipated reveal of the SXSW packaging, the up-and-coming local artist Eric Tessmer stole the show with an authentic, raw live performance for all in attendance. The entire event was a smashing success, even by SXSW standards.

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February 13, 2018

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Of all the great features inside of Adobe After Effects, the mask is my favorite. With only a handful of customizable attributes, this little tool …
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February 11, 2018

The Weinstein Company Sale Might Not Go Through Due to New York Attorney General

The Weinstein Company’s future has been in doubt since late last year, when the first wave of allegations against Harvey Weinstein were made public. A number of potential buyers have emerged in the months since, including one involving indie stalwart and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon, but now Variety reports that the current frontrunner has hit a snag involving the New York attorney general.

Maria Contreras-Sweet is the head of an investor group that has been in negotiations to buy TWC for $500 million, which includes $225 million in assumed debt. Though the deal could have been made official as early as today, the fact that David Glasser — a former right-hand man of Weinstein’s — would become CEO of the new entity has raised attention from AG Eric Schneiderman.

According to Variety, Schneiderman’s office “has come to believe that [Glasser] failed to protect employees from Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. The office has also raised concerns with the new ownership group about whether a proposed victims’ fund would provide adequate compensation.”

Schneiderman would reportedly require that certain conditions be met if this sale were to go through, which the investors group would likely object to.

Source: IndieWire film

February 11, 2018

The Onion’s ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Review Is a Nightmarish Descent Into Existential Dread Reminiscent of ‘Twin Peaks’ — Watch

Have you ever seen a movie so bad it made you realize you were dead? The Onion’s film critic has, and it’s “Fifty Shades Freed.” Peter Rosenthal describes the steamy romance as “a film that has brought me to the profound realization that I am dead — I am dead, and as a punishment for my sins I have been trapped in some kind of film purgatory where I’m forced to review these derivative sequels and disposable franchises over and over again.”

Rosenthal briefly snaps out of it from there, describing the franchise-concluding film in more standard terms. It doesn’t last long: The movie’s narrative is “so poorly constructed that, as I watched it, I suddenly shook from my years-long stupor and realized I have never, in all my existence, left this cosmic hell that is this movie-review studio.”

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been imprisoned here, forced to watch an endless cavalcade of rote, insipid filmmaking — one after another after another. Indeed, this is my whole world. Every DVD that I watch it slipped in on a tray through a crack in the door over there. And recently, for some baffling reason, they’ve also been putting this revolver on it, too.”

He then goes on to reveal that he’s never seen another person, doesn’t eat or sleep, and isn’t even sure that anybody is watching. “Is there a single living soul out there listening?” he asks.

It all derails from there, as Rosenthal gives up the pretense of reviewing “Fifty Shades Freed” and repeatedly asks whether anybody can hear him. Eventually he coughs up a key that finally leads him beyond the confines of his studio; once he’s made it out the door, he’s treated to disorienting strobe lights and a recursive loop that makes him realize he can never truly escape. Watch the full nightmare below.

Source: IndieWire film

February 11, 2018

‘Peter Rabbit’ Criticized for ‘Allergy Bullying’

Peter Rabbit” hasn’t exactly endeared itself to critics, with the newest take on Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s book garnering mixed reviews. One other group that isn’t a fan of the film: food-allergy organizations, which are taking issue with its “allergy bullying.”

The scene in question reportedly involves Peter and his cohort attacking the villain, played by Domhnall Gleeson, with blackberries; they do so knowing that he’s allergic to berries, and he’s forced to inject his Epipen into his leg.

Global Anaphylaxis Awareness and Inclusivity (Globalaai), an Australian organization, has created a petition asking Sony Pictures to apologize. It claims that the film “mocks the seriousness of allergic disease and is heartbreakingly disrespectful to the families of those that have lost loved ones to anaphylaxis.” It currently has more than 6,000 signatures.

In a Facebook post, Kids with Food Allergies Foundation writes that it “believes that food allergy ‘jokes’ are harmful to our community” and that “making light of this condition hurts our members because it encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously, and this cavalier attitude may make them act in ways that could put an allergic person in danger.”

Sony has yet to respond.

Source: IndieWire film

February 11, 2018

Oscar Features and Shorts Boost Weekend Specialty Box Office

The bulk of specialized business continues to come from the usual Oscar contenders that have dominated the scene for months now. The annual package of Oscar nominated shorts proved the strongest new opener this weekend.

Among limited releases, an exclusive showing of last year’s Sundance entry “Golden Exits” (Vertical) leads the field. It remains to be seen what happens to the business when these run out of steam before long in most cases.

As a reminder that winning an Oscar does not guarantee audience good will for future openers, Indian/American anti-corporate musical “Basmati Blues” (Shout! Factory) starring Brie Larson (“Room”) managed only around $8,000 in 10 theaters.

After making a big Super Bowl splash with the unexpected dropping of “The Cloverfield Paradox” after the game, Netflix opened three movies this weekend, but only one (Sundance documentary debut “Seeing Allred”) in theaters. Last year’s Toronto premiere “The Ritual” and romantic comedy “When We First Met” skipped theaters and went straight to streaming.

The week at least six other titles debuted on streaming (including “Basmati Blues”) as several of this year’s top Oscar contenders are already available via those venues, with others soon to come.


2018 Oscar Shorts (Magnolia)

$615,000 in 180 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,417

The Oscar shorts package’s per theater average is almost identical to last year (with slightly fewer theaters) for this annual assemblage of shorts from the three Oscar categories (shown in most theaters as separate admissions) once again finding interest and heading for a likely $2.5 million or better total.

What comes next: This will continue in many theaters through the Oscars (it often sees a rush the days before) with streaming announced for February 27.

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“Golden Exits”

Golden Exits (Vertical) Metacritic: 68; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin 2017

$12,210 in 1 theater; PTA: $12,210

The Sundance 2017 U.S. Dramatic section film about a newcomer joining a Brooklyn community found a decent debut at New York’s Lower East Side Metrograph Theater. With strong local appeal, this effort from Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”) delivered a credible initial showing which should boost its future dates. This was acquired by Sony for worldwide release, with Vertical handling the U.S. theatrical dates.

What comes next: Seven more cities open this Friday with more in the following weeks.

The Peacemaker (Central Square) – Festivals include: Fullframe, Hot Docs

$4,400 in 1 theater; PTA: $4,400

This documentary about a charismatic Boston-based Irish freelance diplomat with decades of international experience opened in Manhattan as a New York Times Critics’ Pick. It showed a respectable gross for its low profile.

What comes next: Individual dates in theaters in the Northeast before opening in Los Angeles next month.

La Boda de Valentina (Lionsgate)

$1,125,000 in 331 theaters; PTA: $3,399

Lionsgate’s Mexican partner Pantelion provided this bilingual romantic comedy. It had a same-day release in both the U.S. and Mexico, with both countries figuring in the plot about a Mexican politician’s daughter with a New York boyfriend caught up in election intrigue. The gross came in a little lower than “A la mala,” the one previous day and date binational release from Pantelion.

What comes next: With Valentine’s Day coming, expect a small boost and a possible $3 million U.S. total.

Also available on Video on Demand:

Permission (Good Deed/Tribeca 2017) – $(est.) 10,500 in 13 theaters

The Female Brain (IFC/Los Angeles 2017) – $ 7,006 in 2 theaters

International releases:

Pad Man (Sony/India) – $760,000 in 152 theaters

“The Post”

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Week Two

A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)

$121,623 in 20 theaters (+15); PTA: $6,081; Cumulative: $232,962

The expansion to top cities for the Chilean Oscar contender is the top result among SPC’s awards contenders since “Wild Tales” three years ago (which includes “Toni Erdmann,” “Elle,” “Land of Mine,” and “Son of Saul”). In a wide open Foreign Language Film race, that should give it a boost.

Ongoing/expanding (grosses over $50,000)

The Post (20th Century Fox) Week 8

$3,050,000 in 1,865 theaters (-597); Cumulative: $72,836,000

Spielberg’s latest now has equaled the gross of his “Bridge of Spies” three years ago, with $80 million or better looking like its ultimate domestic take.

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) Week 11

$3,000,000 in 1,780 theaters (-561); Cumulative: $49,765,000

Dropping back from its unusually high theater count, but still in the Top Ten (fourth time during its run, #9 this weekend) and doing all it needs to do to justify its position as Oscar frontrunner.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) Week 13

$2,200,000 in 1,273 theaters (-453); Cumulative: $45,344,000

This dropped by only 27 per cent (as low-grossing theaters fell away) the weekend before this becomes available for home viewing (theatrical dates will continue). One of the reasons this continues to stay in strong contention for multiple Oscars is its sustained success for three months.

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“Darkest Hour”

Jack English

 Darkest Hour (Focus) Week 12; also available on Video on Demand

$1,590,000 in 1,045 theaters (-441); Cumulative: $51,470,000

This became available for home viewing this week, but theatrical play is still in force with another chunk of gross added to what so far has been the top performer among specialized nominees (though “The Shape of Water” is nipping at its heels and should ultimately do better). This has been a major, sustained success for Focus, and the timing of its release and maximized gross have played a key role in positioning Gary Oldman as the likely Oscar winner.

I, Tonya (Neon) Week 10

$1.553,000 in 1,088 theaters (-362); Cumulative: $25,230,000

This double acting nominee (and likely Supporting Actress winner) is the best performer among the non-Best Picture contenders. It dropped more than half this weekend, but looks set to top $30 million. That will be more than quadruple Neon’s previous biggest success.

Phantom Thread (Focus) Week 7

$1,190,000 in 558 theaters (-628); Cumulative: $16,388,000

A majority of the theaters dropped out for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest. The remaining ones kept a per theater result a little under last weekend. This looks to end up around $20 million, better than either “The Master” or “Inherent Vice.”

“Lady Bird”


Lady Bird (A24) Week 15

$934,650 in 651 theaters (-458); Cumulative: $45,238,000

Greta Gerwig’s break out comedy actually saw its per-theater performance increase as it lost theaters. It becomes available for home viewing this week. That will reduce its upcoming gross-maximizing returns got A24 in the lead-up to the Oscars. In the meantime “Lady Bird” will end up grossing more than $50 million, far more than the company’s previous biggest hits, “Ex Machina” ($25 million) and Oscar-winner “Moonlight” ($27 million).

Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 12

$683,460 in 475 theaters (-106); Cumulative: $13,946,000

The core remaining theaters aren’t providing a robust per screen average, but the numbers should be enough to propel this to around $18 million ultimately. It’s not a big number among top nominees this year, but about where SPC’s best recent success Best Actress-winning “Still Alice” reached three years ago.

The Insult (Cohen) Week 5

$109,508 in 50 theaters (+13); Cumulative: $454,995

The Lebanese entry in this category is performing well enough to sustain its runs through the awards and become one of the few recent specialized titles to top $1 million.

Film Stars Die in Liverpool (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7

$58,365 in 39 theaters (+5); Cumulative: $394,099

Quite weak results in still limited theaters for this Annette Bening-starrer that has never gained traction despite a major push from SPC.

Also noted:

The Florida Project (A24)  – $31,025,000 in 32 theaters; Cumulative: $5,792,000 (also available on Video on Demand)

The Disaster Artist (A24)  – $26,200 in 11 theaters; Cumulative: $21,062,000

Faces Places (Cohen)  – $21,575 in 13 theaters; Cumulative: $810,548

Source: IndieWire film

February 11, 2018

Dylan Farrow Responds to New York Times Article Doubting Her Woody Allen Story: ‘I’ve Consistently Stated the Truth’

Following a New York Times article casting doubt on her allegations against Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow has defended her account in a series of tweets. The piece, Bret Stephens’ “The Smearing of Woody Allen,” says that the evidence against Allen is not as strong as it is against Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, making it dangerous to automatically assume his guilt; Farrow’s response argues that “to presume I invented this story & convinced myself of it is no less insulting than calling me a liar.”

In his article, Stephens writes that “an in-depth, contemporaneous and independent investigation into the allegations, conducted over several months by the Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1992 and 1993, noted that there were ‘important inconsistencies in Dylan’s statements,’ and that ‘her descriptions of the details surrounding the alleged events were unusual and were inconsistent.’ It concluded categorically: ‘It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen.’”

He also claims that “it’s precisely because Dylan’s account plays to our existing biases that we need to treat it with added skepticism. Most parents know that young children are imaginative and suggestible and innocently prone to making things up.”

Farrow notes that “there is much more information [Stephens] can find on my case than what he cites in his piece” and “it’s Stephens’ right to doubt me if he so chooses but his incredulity doesn’t change what happened that day.” Here’s her full thread:

Source: IndieWire film

February 9, 2018

The VR Market Matures – 2018 SXSW Programming Trends

Each year, different trends emerge from SXSW programming and act as identifiers for where we’re at and where we’re headed. From the 12 significant trends identified by the SXSW Programming Team for the 2018 event, The VR Market Matures explores a promising future for multiple industries through the growing presence of VR, AR, and MR. Get to know this trend and related-SXSW sessions below that we think will dominate discussions this March.

The VR Market Matures Trend

Virtual Reality first shook the tech industry with its ability to transport us to new worlds. But now, companies are looking beyond the spectacle of virtual spaces to improve the user’s sense of presence and interactivity. In turn, VR’s immersive nature has become the focal point of mainstream tech in the arts, medicine, business, and entertainment. Our 2018 speakers will be joining us to discuss how VR, AR, and MR will affect their respective trades, from revolutionizing news media consumption and the treatment of hospital patients to altering the experience of storytelling.

Hear from Jacqueline Bosnjak of Q Department & Mach1, Justin Denton of Here Be Dragons, and Tim Dillon of MPC Advertising, as they discuss the transition from virtual environments to overlays in The Next Phase of VR: Moving to MR. Discover how AR/MR technology can redefine our relationship with relevant news in the session Reality But Better: Augmenting the World with News, led by Google’s Erica Anderson, Jeremy Gilbert of The Washington Post, and more.

VR’s role in the medical field will be explored by Walter Greenleaf of Stanford University, Framestore’s Guillaume Raffi, and Mia Tramz of Time + LIFE VR in the session Designing VR Rx. Establishing a deeper connection between artist and audience through immersive storytelling will be explored in the session Setting the Visual Language of VR Storytelling, and and the next level of experiential fun is altering how we do entertainment in Full Body Immersive: The Future of Fun.

We’re a month away from SXSW 2018, but there’s still time to add these sessions to your 2018 SXSW Schedule. Until then, stay tuned for more programming announcements through March so you learn more about how VR, AR, and MR technology is becoming a mainstream tool for the world’s major industries.

The VR Market Matures Session Highlights

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2017 SXSW VR Experience – Teaser Photo by Merrick Ales

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February 9, 2018

SouthBites Update: SouthBites Market Lineup and Quesoff Announcement

SXSW Quesoff

The sixth annual SouthBites® Trailer Park, rooted in celebration of Austin’s iconic food trailer culture, is right around the corner. Get ready for a great time full of food and fun, March 9-17.

In collaboration with Sprudge, SXSW is welcoming Roasters Village to SouthBites this year to highlight the growing tea and coffee industry on the weekend of March 10-12. Not only will you find your favorite roasted drinks at Southbites this year, but you’ll also discover some of the best rolling restaurants around. Exciting as this may sound, the icing on the cake and cherry on top for SouthBites this year are two new special events: SouthBites Market and Quesoff!

SouthBites Market

The SouthBites Market will run March 14-17 and offer thousands of SXSW attendees the opportunity to taste and purchase many different cuisines and items. The options at the SouthBites Market will be diverse and delicious from a wide range of different vendors that are sourced locally and globally. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the confirmed vendors for this year:


SouthBites is thrilled to announce Washington State Wine presents Quesoff, a Hot Luck pop-up on March 13 this year during the trailer park, brought to you by Washington State Wine and Hot Luck. As much as Austin loves the warm, melted cheese phenomenon that is queso, it’s time that SXSW brings a one-of-a-kind “best of the best” edition of the classic Quesoff. Experience quality queso from the most iconic past competitors, plus a special appearance by Aaron Franklin. Who makes the best queso in Austin? You decide! Take a look at our Quesoff teams:

Get your taste buds ready for the SouthBites Trailer Park because SXSW is cooking up something special to share with you!

Photo by Jessica Alexander

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February 9, 2018

Digital Disruption, Esports, and the Mixed Reality Fan Experience: Sports Track Sessions at SXSW 2018

The Sports Track is back for SXSW 2018 and finds itself in some new digs tackling the future of sport from a cultural and technological perspective. Explore how the sports industry has transformed and will continue to change with our session highlights below.

“Just a few years ago, the concept of esports raised eyebrows when it aired on ESPN 2,” says SXSW Programmer Meaghan Herrmann. “Since then it has gone mainstream, estimating half a billion in revenue and drawing the attention of some of our favorite NBA teams. Through strategic partnerships, esports and traditional sports organizations can unite forces to not only grow their own fan base but drive the future of the sports industry as a whole.”

Dive deeper into the increasingly popular world of esports and learn more about technology transforming the global sports industry as we highlight sessions that discuss data-driven fan engagement, the benefits of user-generated content, and virtual reality and augmented reality technology for both fans and athletes from March 9- March 11 during SXSW Convergence programming. SXSW Convergence programming features a range of topics that straddle the cultural and technological intersection at the heart of SXSW with primary access granted to all SXSW Badges.

Sports Session Highlights

The Connected Future of Sports and Esports

Speakers: Macy Mills (GameInfluencer), Kent Wakeford (KSV esports), Andrew Paradise (Skillz), and Alexander Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks)

By 2020, esports will reach $5 billion and have more fans than basketball. As esports grow toward competitive dominance, traditional sports organizations are throwing their hats in the ring – but how can both entities combine their efforts to grow the sports industry as a whole? Through discourse between NBA, Overwatch League, and mobile esports leaders, this session will explore how esports and traditional sports visionaries can unite forces to dictate the future of this powerful industry.

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How to Create a Mixed Reality Fan Experience

Speakers: Jonathan Lowe (LA Kings / AEG Sports), Jay Kapoor (Madison Square Garden Ventures), David Feldman (NFL), and Ashley Crowder (VNTANA)

Fans want to be a part of the experience, which demands the latest in technology. Sports venues, teams, and partners are designing innovative in-game experiences to cater to this demand. Experts from NFL, AEG, MSG and leading AR brands will discuss new ways to interact with fans. They will guide attendees through situational cases including details on technology solutions that offer not only engagement but data. Additionally, they will discuss the benefits of user-generated content.

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Beyond the Game: Data-Driven Fan Engagement

Speakers: Peter Heneghan (LADbible Group), Andrew Diggle (Manchester United Football Club), and Caroline Barker (BBC)

With over half of the world’s population identifying themselves as sports fans, clubs and teams are investing in new ways to engage with their fans 24/7. Data is enabling sports clubs and teams to provide relevant content to their fans across the globe, from VR to live streams. But how do sports teams cut through all the noise in a crowded market to interact with and develop their fan base? We’ll explore how data can be used to predict and meet the needs of the always-on fan.

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The Death of Amateurism

Speakers: Kavitha Davidson (ESPN), Patrick Hruby (Vice), Ray Jackson (Rise Up Inc), and Andy Schwarz (Historical Basketball League)

A defining premise of the NCAA is that amateurism—that athletes are unpaid students—is an essential part of the appeal of college athletics. The upstart Historical Basketball League seeks to challenge that notion simply by paying players. Revenues generated by college sports are in the billions of dollars, shouldn’t the labor producing all that value be paid for it?

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