Stars visit Austin for SXSW premieres

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by SHANNON MURRAY and DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on March 10, 2013 at 1:48 AM

AUSTIN — It was another star-studded night in downtown Austin Saturday for day two of the film portion of South by Southwest.

"This is absolutely kind of the rock-and-roll of film festivals. It's always kind of, you feel like one of the cool kids when you get to come to go South By," explained actress Anna Kendrick.

Saturday's premiere, "Drinking Buddies," filled up within 90 minutes. It's a romantic comedy about two things: Drinking and flirting.

"It's about beer and people liking each other," Kendrick said.

"People get a little bit sloppy, so it's a great movie about getting sloppy," said Ron Livingston, who's also in the film.

The film is about co-workers Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work at a Chicago brewery and spend their days flirting, even though they're in committed relationships. Their significant others are played by Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick.

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"Olivia Wilde is in it... she's pretty good-looking I guess," Kendrick joked.

"It is totally improvised, it is totally organic, and it's funny," Wilde said. "It's the thing I'm most proud of."

Wilde is no stranger to SXSW. In fact she was just on the red carpet Friday for the premiere of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" with Jim Carrey and Steve Carell.

"How lucky am I? I get to have two films here," Wilde said.

For this group, SXSW is about more than just work; the crew is also enjoying the festival and Austin

"We went to a food truck, so that was a solid choice," Kendrick said.

"You guys have a home-grown film industry scene, and this is one of the only festivals that is still for filmmakers by filmmakers," Livingston added.

"I got into town last night, and my goal has been to drink as much craft beer as possible... and try and see some movies," said director and writer Joe Swanberg.

Swanberg said he feels a special connection to SXSW.

"Austin is a huge beer town, and also SXSW has been such a good home to me," he said. "This festival has been incredibly supportive; they showed my first movie here."

That's why Swanberg says there's no better place for the world premiere of his film, starring some of his own favorite actors.

The film portion of SXSW continues until March 16.

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