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Many of you may not know this yet, but the international headquarters of FSR is on the move — we are headed to sunny Austin, Texas. And besides challenging the staff at Ain’t It Cool News to a wrestling match, we are also excited about the prospects of having three great film festivals — SXSW, Austin Film Fest and Fantastic Fest — right in our new back yard. And to kick off this year’s round of Austin-based festivals, we are bringing in a team of Rejects to help cover South by Southwest in March. And it looks like we’re going to need it, as the folks at SXSW sent over the first round of awesome film-related panels for their 2009 conference. Among these panels is the return of Jeffrey Tambor’s now infamous actor’s workshop, a visit from some folks in porn and the cast of the opening night film I Love You, Man. Check out the full set of details below:

  • As if opening the 2009 festival with I Love You, Man wasn’t enough, SXSW takes great pleasure in announcing that writer/director John Hamburg (Along Came Polly) will be in attendance for a special panel with cast members Paul Rudd (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Rashida Jones (NBC’s The Office). They will join him at SXSW Film Conference for a spirited look behind the scenes of I Love You, Man, and an insight into their particular brand of comedy. So expect to be engaged, entertained, and maybe even a little enlightened! Check out the panel on Saturday, March 14.
  • One of the highlights of SXSW 2008 was the fantastic acting workshop led by legendary character actor Jeffrey Tambor, best known for his role(s) as Oscar and George Bluth, Sr. in cult sitcom Arrested Development. Well, we’re giddy to report that Tambor returns, with a special SXSW Film Conference repeat presentation of his acclaimed workshop. Watch with amazement as he breaks down the craft and rebuilds it from the ground up, rehearsing and refining it with his actors, revealing the magic and process behind great performance. As much for directors and spectators as it is for actors, all are encouraged to attend this very special event…preferably packing an arsenal of questions! It all takes place Saturday, March 14, we hope you can join us.
  • Known for pushing the boundaries, we’re thrilled to announce that SXSW Film is at it again this year with the confirmation of a panel from Vivid Entertainment, a longtime standard bearer for the impact and success of the adult film industry. Leading the charge is Vivid’s co-founder and co-CEO, Steven Hirsch. Hirsch has been involved with the adult entertainment industry for more than 30 years, establishing Vivid Entertainment in 1984. At Vivid, Hirsch implemented an innovative system of exclusive contracts for adult performers, a structure akin to the old Hollywood studio system. This was only the first of many innovative and bold moves that has allowed Vivid to flourish in the ensuing decades, successfully tailoring its business model to an ever-changing audience, and ensuring Vivid’s longevity in an increasingly competitive, volatile market. Joining Hirsch at this unique event on Tuesday, March 17 will be two of the studio’s most popular contract performers, Vivid girls Hanna Hilton and Meggan Mallone.

All of these panels and workshops will be open to SXSW Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders. So if you haven’t yet registered to attend, head over to SXSW.com/attend immediately. Otherwise you are going to miss out — but don’t worry, if you can’t make it you could always follow out SXSW ’09 news feed. Its going to be the closest thing to actually being in Austin that week, only you will be less drunk.


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