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SXSW 2023

William Shatner Explains How He Landed ‘Star Trek’ Role as Captain Kirk

William Shatner recalled how he managed to land the role of Captain James T. Kirk on the original 1966 Star Trek series. During the actor’s keynote interview at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League asked Shatner about how he got his career-changing gig. “Talent,” Shatner initially deadpanned, to […]

‘The New Americans: Gaming a Revolution’ Review: A Punchy Primer on the Intersection of the Internet, Finance and Extremism

Director Ondi Timoner ('Last Flight Home') unveiled her latest documentary, an investigation into the toxicity of our current moment, at SXSW.

‘Self Reliance’ Review: Anna Kendrick in Jake Johnson’s Timidly Absurdist Take on Reality TV

The 'New Girl' star's feature directorial debut, executive produced by The Lonely Island, is about a cantankerous man who agrees to go on a dark web reality television show.

TikTok’s Former Head of Product Says Creator Fund Wasn’t Launched to “Help Creators Monetize”

Sean Kim, the former head of product for TikTok’s U.S. operations, said the company’s $2 billion creator fund was not launched with the altruistic goal of helping creators monetize on the platform. Instead, according to the executive, TikTok created the fund as a “reactive measure” against competition like YouTube and Snap and as a way […]

‘Tetris’ Review: Taron Egerton in a Compelling Video Game Origin Story That Could Have Been More

The actor plays Henk Rogers in Jon S. Baird's fictionalized look at the licensing battle around the popular puzzle game Tetris, premiering at SXSW.

‘American Born Chinese’ Review: Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan Reunite in Disney+’s Vibrant Graphic Novel Adaptation

An ordinary teenager becomes involved in a celestial power struggle in Kelvin Yu's adaptation of the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, co-starring Daniel Wu, Ben Wang and Jimmy Liu.

Austin City Council Member to SXSW: Do Right by Artists Who Are Raising Pay Issues

There were few SXSW badges in sight as a crowd filled in Austin’s West Campus mainstay Hole in the Wall bar on March 14, one night after a car collided into the venue. For this showcase, one of countless during the annual festival week, pay for the eight billed artists was top of mind. “There’s […]

‘Wild Life’ Review: ‘Free Solo’ Directors Deliver a Stirring Depiction of Conservationism Tinged With Loss

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin's new documentary looks at the love story between Doug and Kris Tompkins and their quest to turn Chilean wilderness into national parks.

‘Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life’ Review: A Portrait of an Artist Attempting to Stay Faithful to His Vision

Filmmaker and artist Dan Covert profiles an accomplished graphic artist whose work adorns Nike footwear, Apple watches and a variety of other products.

‘Angel Applicant’ Review: A Moving Meditation on Finding Solace in Art

Ken August Meyer's documentary chronicles his struggle with the life-threatening disease systemic scleroderma and the comfort he took in the artworks of Paul Klee.

‘Another Body’ Review: Intriguing Deepfake Porn Doc Is Not as Deep as You’d Think

This documentary chronicles what happens when a college student discovers that her face has been digitally planted over the bodies of porn stars.

Why Mattel Aims to Be In the Driver’s Seat For Its Films and TV Shows

On March 10, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves — the big-budget bet based on Hasbro’s role-playing game franchise — premiered as SXSW’s opening night title to mostly positive reviews from critics in Austin. The early takes are a sign that Hasbro, which co-produced the film through its eOne division with Paramount, could score a […]