After skipping the opening-night premiere of his latest film, "Song to Song," an experimental love-triangle melodrama set against the backdrop of the Austin, Texas, music scene, notoriously reclusive filmmaker Terrence Malick made a rare public appearance Saturday morning to discuss the film with star Michael Fassbender and fellow filmmaker Richard Linklater.
The trio dove into Malick's intensely immersive and improvisational filmmaking methods, in which no time is wasted and no opportunity for filming is missed. With the exception of a 30-minute break for lunch, Malick's crew is constantly shooting, or recording the many voice-overs that float over scenes in the final film, shot in and around Austin.
“I don’t think we could have survived anymore," Fassbender said. "Once we started going, there was no stopping."
AS THE AUDIENCE filed out of Austin’s Paramount Theatre following the South by Southwest opening-night screening of Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” there was a line around the block waiting to get in for a screening of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film “Alien,” along with footage from Scott’s upcoming “Alien: Covenant.” Opening May 19, the film is the sixth in the series and the third directed by Scott.
Scott first took to the stage to introduce the footage from the new film, telling the ecstatic crowd, “My goals haven’t changed. My mantra has always been to scare the living … out of you.”
And with that there were three scenes shown from the new film. The first featured a team that includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz, Demian Bichir and Carmen Ejogo taking a craft from a main spaceship down to another planet. Among those seen on the main craft are Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett and Callie Hernandez.
IT WAS NO SURPRISE when the famously private filmmaker Terrence Malick (“Tree of Life,” “To The Wonder,” “Knight of Cups”) was a no-show to the world premiere of his latest drama, “Song to Song,” the star-studded opening night film of the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Instead, his A-list cast took the stage Friday night in Austin, Texas, to describe what it’s like to work with the iconoclastic director: “rewarding,” “painful” and, yes, even “fun.”
“It’s interesting, it’s challenging, it’s rewarding, it’s fun, it’s scary,” said Michael Fassbender, who co-stars in the very Malickian picture set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene. “He never stops writing.”
Every day was different. Suddenly, Patti Smith was there.
Austin, Texas, is in for a lot of cinematic action this weekend, not just from the wave of film fanatics in town for this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, which opened Friday, but also from many of the movies they will see.
Over the years, SXSW has become known for edgy comedies; “Bridesmaids,” “21 Jump Street” and “Sausage Party” all debuted in Austin. But this year’s lineup also includes a medley of marquee action movies. Edgar Wright’s cars-and-crime picture, “Baby Driver,” starring Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm; David Leitch’s hit man graphic novel adaptation “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron; and Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller “Life,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, will all have their world premieres, and Ben Wheatley’s intense shootout movie “Free Fire,” starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, has its U.S premiere.
Comedy is present, to be sure — James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” a look at the making of the modern cult movie “The Room,” will be shown as a work in progress — but it’s definitely a shift, a nod to the universal conundrum film festivals face: how to create a consistent identity while also trying to keep things fresh.
The actor and activist’s Twitter account, where he has 2.23 million followers, is flooded with comments about President Trump, healthcare reform, jobs, LGBT rights and other issues of the day.
On Saturday, Takei will do more talking – this time in person, at a news conference at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The event will kick off the museum’s exhibition “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei,” which The Times previewed in November and which opens to the public Sunday.
A sequel to "Avatar" — the 2009 blockbuster that went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, bringing in $2.8 billion worldwide and winning three Oscars — was originally expected to hit theaters in December 2014. Now director James Cameron is saying the film has been delayed again, even past 2018.
"Well, 2018 is not happening," Cameron told the Toronto Star. "We haven't announced a firm release date."
Originally, Cameron expressed plans for a five-film franchise with sequels that would be shot simultaneously and premiere in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. With filming yet to start but expected to begin sometime this year, it remains unclear whether the other proposed films' release dates will be pushed back as well.