Joss Whedon screened his delightful Shakespeare adaptation "Much Ado About Nothing" at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival on Saturday afternoon, but during a post-screening question and answer session, one intrepid audience member had little interest in the Bard's tale. Austin resident Peyton McLeod wanted to know if Whedon, the geek master of the universe behind "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and "Marvel's The Avengers," had ever watched "Lost."
"Settle in, people," Whedon said as the audience at the Vimeo Theater inside the Austin Convention Center laughed. Was Whedon about to throw the polarizing series, produced and co-created by fellow geek icon J.J. Abrams,, under the bus?
"I've never seen it," Whedon said, to some surprise. "I missed out on a lot of culture: you either make TV or you watch it. So, yeah I've never seen it."
That doesn't necessarily mean Whedon didn't have at least some awareness about the popular show. "I hear it's really good and then it gets confusing," Whedon said.
Fans of "Lost" who spent more than a few hours unpacking origins of the smoke monster are probably nodding in agreement.
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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
Steve Carell and Jim Carrey star as dueling magicians in this new comedy from Warner Bros. "Burt Wonderstone" premieres at SXSW one week before its nationwide bow on March 15.
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Richard Linklater's third film in the "Before Sunrise" franchise is one of the year's best thus far, an honest relationship comedy with genuine laughs and heartbreaking honesty. "Before Midnight" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and will reach theaters on May 24. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as Jesse and Celine.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut focuses on the title Jon, a New Jersey ladies' man who is also addicted to internet porn. "Don Jon's Addiction" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was picked up for release by Relativity Media. Look for the sex comedy in theaters nationwide this summer.
Matthew McConaughey, indie king. The 2012 breakout star continues his run in 2013 with "Mud," a new drama from Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") about a drifter and the kids he encounters.
"Your Highness" director David Gordon Green went back to his indie roots with "Prince Avalanche," a two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. The film, which premiered at Sundance, is set for release this summer.
Spring break, forever.
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"At Any Price"
If Matthew McConaughey is indie king does that make Zac Efron indie prince?
"The Spectacular Now"
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"Short Term 12"
Brie Larson could be the Miles Teller of SXSW '13. She's the rising star of the indie drama "Short Term 12" and has a small appearance in "Don Jon's Addiction."
"I Give It a Year"
The UK romcom makes landfall in the States at SXSW. Rose Byrne ("Bridesmaids") leads the way.
"Much Ado About Nothing"
Because Joss Whedon is Joss Whedon, he made a black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" while finishing "Marvel's The Avengers." The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and screens in limited release this summer.
Adam Brody plays a man looking back on his past relationships in "Some Girl(s)," a new film written by Neil LaBute.