Slackery News Tidbits, July 2

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Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.

  • Thanks in part to actress Jessica Alba's Twitter feed, the film website Collider has shared some set photos from Austin-based director Robert Rodriguez's latest movie Machete Kills, currently filming in the Austin area. The sequel to the 2010 action flick, Machete, about an ex-Federale hellbent on revenge, stars Austin native Amber Heard, Edward James Olmos, Mel Gibson and, as reported by Rodriguez himself on Twitter, Charlie Sheen as the U.S. President. Danny Trejo and Alba will reprise their roles.
  • Renaissance man Ron Deutsch announced that he will teach his 14th Chef du Cinema class from 6:30-9:30 pm Saturday, August 18. Students will learn to prepare a four-course menu inspired by the Oscar-winning film, Chinatown. The neo-noir will be screened -- and food will be eaten- -- after the demonstration, which includes orange-ginger Chinese broccoli and shrimp and watercress steamed wontons with orange soy dipping sauce. 
  • Want your voice heard at SXSW 2013? Now is your chance to submit SXSW Interactive, Music, Film and Education session ideas via the fest's PanelPicker. Through July 20, participants may complete the two-step online process for a chance to have their idea considered and voted in by the SXSW community.
  • Cinema East announced the 7 pm Sunday, July 8 screening of Austin filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner's second feature film, Kid-Thing (Don's review), which premiered this year at Sundance. A director Q&A will follow. And before the feature, you can watch Kat Candler's short film Hellion, back in Austin after a film-fest circuit that included Sundance, SXSW and recently Los Angeles Film Festival. The Cinema East summer outdoor film screenings continue through mid-August at a new location, Yellow Jacket Track Field (1156 Hargrave St.).
  • Get a new "leash on life" at Fantastic Fest 2012. The local film festival announced that Frankenweenie will have its premiere as the fest's opening-night movie on Sept. 20. Directed and co-produced by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie tells the story of Victor, a boy who is forced to "pick up the pieces" after his beloved dog Sparky unexpectedly dies. The 3D black-and-white, stop-motion animated film features the voices of Catherine O'Hara (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Father of the Bride), Martin Landau and Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), among others. Frankenweenie will be released in U.S. theaters on Oct. 5.