Celebrity Sightings: Erik Davis snapped the above photo of our own Jen Yamato interviewing Elektra Luxx actresses Malin Ackerman, Carla Gugino and Emmanuelle Chriqui outside the Paramount Theater. And while not in-person, Erik also spotted Emma Roberts in the most random billboard ever.
UPDATE: During the Elektra Luxx screening, the projector broke with only a quarter of the film left to go, forcing director Sebastian Gutierrez to stage an impromptu q&a that eventually included cast members. As uncomfortable as it was -- for them, for SXSW and for us -- Gutierrez powered through it and kept everyone laughing, feeling good and totally vibin' this random freak festival occurrence as if it had suddenly become "the event" of the week -- so much so that he and the cast were given a standing ovation when the festival finally announced that they wouldn't be able to fix the problem at that moment in time. As such, our review will be delayed until we screen a full cut of the film. No other screenings are scheduled as of this writing. More upcoming ... [added by Erik Davis]
Our Coverage: Jen Yamato talked to the Kick-Ass cast and creators about Kick-Ass 2, in which co-star Clark Duke may take the War Machine role: "I've already gotten multiple promises from all of them -- Matthew and Mark and John, all the apostles -- that I get a costume."
Jen was also on a panel called Hyperbole In Film Criticism & Analysis with fellow Cinematical writers Scott Weinberg and Erik Childress, as well as friends James Rocchi (MSN Movies), Drew McWeeny (HitFix) and Marjorie Baumgarten (Austin Chronicle). indieWIRE's Anne Thompson live-Tweeted the event, calling it "depressing." She noted that Childress called Pete Hammond a "whore extreme" and quoted McWeeny as claiming Twilight is "culturally dangerous" and that Siskel & Ebert's thumbs were "deadly to film culture." Rocchi admitted, "if I were a whore or a gigolo I'd be much thinner." Neil Miller of FIlm School Rejects also followed the panel on Twitter. He quotes Weinberg, then responds: "'I take what I do seriously. I have a lot of respect for my profession.' That's the lesson here, kids."