Fantastic Fest updates lineup with The Fountain, Tideland

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The second annual Fantastic Fest keeps looking better and better ... if you like sf/fantasy, horror, and animated films, that is. The festival updated its 2006 film lineup this week with a number of exciting features. The big news is that the closing night film will be The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky's latest film starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. Aronofsky will attend the Sept. 28 screening and hold a Q&A after the film. I'm pleased to see Tideland, Terry Gilliam's latest film, in the lineup even though I believe it has an October U.S. release slated. I've been dying to see this film for a year and I'm happy to learn that it will play in Austin at least once. (I may have made loud squeaky noises when I found out about this.) Even the panels and presentations look interesting -- last year's certainly were. I attended a demo of the rotoscoping software used for A Scanner Darkly, and a presentation about the creature costumes created for The Chronicles of Narnia. The festival runs a full week this year, so the badge is definitely worth purchasing if the programming sounds at all interesting to you.