Slackery News Tidbits, May 28

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • The Austin American-Statesman's Charles Ealy reported from Cannes about this weekend's premiere of Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols' feature Mud. Austin-based actor Matthew McConaughey stars with Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon in this story of an unlikely friendship between a fugitive and a 14-year-old boy who helps him escape off an island in Mississippi to reunite with the woman he loves. Ealy also chatted briefly with Nichols after the screening.
  • More on McConaughey -- IndieWire reported that he'll portray John F. Kennedy in Lee Daniels' (Precious) new film, The Butler. The movie, based on a Washington Post article, is about the late White House butler Eugene Allen. Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker will star as Allen, who served eight presidents during his tenure from 1952-1986. Production is scheduled to begin July 16.
  • Local filmmaker Richard Linklater will keep viewers Up to Speed on relatively unknown American monuments, such as the shoe garden in San Francisco, according to Austin Movie Blog. Linklater's original travel series, starring historian Timothy "Speed" Levitch, is scheduled to premiere on Hulu and Hulu Plus in August.
  • Austin Film Society continues its Best of the Fests series with a screening of San Antonio filmmaker Ya'Ke Smith's feature film Wolf (Mike's review), about a family trying to come to terms with the abuse their pastor has inflicted on their teenage son, at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 6 at Alamo Drafthouse Village. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund. Watch the trailer at IndieWire, and read Slackerwood's SXSW interview with Smith.
  • Violet Crown Cinema will screen The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length comedy for United Artists, at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 5. The 1925 comedy follows a lone man's adventures in the Klondike on his search for fortune and his discovery of romance.
  • It's easier to dine and unwind as a vegan in the Live Music Capital of the World at Alamo Drafthouse locations. Austin lifestyle blog Red Hot Vegans' investigative efforts uncovered that non-buttered popcorn at the Drafthouse is, indeed, vegan. The blog also contains a list of vegan/modified vegan food compiled by kitchen staff at Alamo Village.
  • MovieMaker spoke recently with Austin-based filmmaker Joe Nicolosi, whose low-budget bumpers have been featured at the SXSW Film Festival. Nicolosi's short films, such as a Lego version of CSI, have gone viral numerous times.
  • In search of a lawyer? Adam Reposa may be your guy. FilmDrunk discovered Austin-based director Bob Ray's over-the-top commercial for the local attorney online and it's been gaining in popularity this week. One of Reposa's clients is Chad Holt, the subject of Ray's documentary Total Badass ... and you can also catch Reposa in that film. The video is embedded below.