'Kick-Ass' to open SXSW film festival

'Cold Weather,' 'Elektra Luxx' also on 2010 program

Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass" is finally ready to ... well, you know.

The violent, comic-book-derived, high school-set actioner has been chosen as the opening-night film of the annual SXSW film festival, which runs March 12-20. The films "Cold Weather," "Elektra Luxx," "Hubble 3D," "Lemmy" and "Saturday Night" have also been slotted in the festival's 2010 program.

"'Kick-Ass' is a truly fun ride, with nonstop action, clever humor and even heart, which is exactly what our audience has come to love and expect from SXSW every year," said film conference and festival producer Janet Pierson. "We feel fortunate to have found such a tailor-made good time to kick off our 2010 event!"

Lionsgate snatched up North American distribution rights to Vaughn's flashy and profane adaptation after he showed some well-received footage at Comic-Con last summer. Vaughn's Marv Films and Plan B Entertainment had financed the production privately when potential studio backers passed on the provocative material.

The youth-leaning SXSW bash, which also includes music and interactive festivals, will likely provide a healthy bounce leading up to the film's theatrical release April 16. Scenes and trailers have been popping up over the last few months to enthusiastic fan chatter.

Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather" is about a former forensic science major and avid reader of detective fiction who gets involved in something unexpected after he returns to his hometown of Portland, Ore.

Sebastian Gutierrez follows up his SXSW 2009 film "Women in Trouble" with its sequel, "Elektra Luxx," which details a day in the life of a former adult film star as she tries to survive in the straight world.

SXSW's Bob Bullock Imax Theater will host the first public screening of "Hubble 3D," directed by Toni Myers, which journeys through distant galaxies and the mysteries of our celestial surroundings.

Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver's documentary "Lemmy" delves into the personal and public lives of heavy metal icon and Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

Directed by James Franco, "Saturday Night" looks behind the scenes at a week in the life of "Saturday Night Live."
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