South by Southwest has officially kicked off, and in between hanging with Grumpy Cat at Mashable House and sampling the best BBQ Texas has to offer, attendees have been privy to some exciting film events.
So far, the man of the hour has been Matthew McConaughey, who was on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Dazed and Confused" with director Richard Linklater and co-stars Joey Lauren Adams, Marisa Ribisi, Wiley Wiggins, and others. "Dazed" was also inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame by none other than Quentin Tarantino. (One might even hazard a guess that Linklater's Austin-set films "Slacker" and "Dazed" inadvertently set the scene for SXSW madness and Austin's popularity as an artsy oasis for those who, like McConaughey, just want to "Keep Livin'".)
McConaughey also walked the red carpet for the premiere of "Mud," his new film with Reese Witherspoon that's much more in line with the serious, dramatic turn the actor's career has recently taken.
Another highly anticipated event was the US premiere of "Spring Breakers," the bizarro world crime-and-bikini caper. Here, director Harmony Korine, once the enfant terrible of indie film, takes a shot at Spring Break babes as only he can: with lots of drugs, sex, and James Franco wearing terrible corn rows. The movie is a new look for fresh-faced Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens -- although co-star Rachel Korine probably knew what she was signing up for given that she's married to the director. Ashley Benson from "Pretty Little Liars" also stars as one of the co-eds led deeper into depravity by Franco's Alien (yep, that's his name). Naturally, an equally crazy after-party followed.
Another sought-after film event was the premiere of "Don Jon," directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which will screen later tonight.
For more SXSW coverage, stay tuned to Moviefone this week.
Earlier on Moviefone:
On why he never wears a shirt
"<a href="http://www.celebitchy.com/8623/matthew_mcconaughey_doesnt_like_to_wear_shirts_lost_his_virginity_at_15_/" target="_hplink">Well, I grew up in the country and didn't wear shirts or shoes</a>. My mom didn't even put a bathing suit on us in the country club until we were nine."
On not checking whether a dragon is a male or a female
"When I'm running for my life I generally don't look back at the plumbing." -- Denton Van Zan in "Reign of Fire"
On naming male appendages
"If you are gonna name my... member, you have to name it something hyper-masculine. Something like Spike or Butch or Krull the Warrior King!" -- Ben in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
On turning his back on romance
"The pain you feel will never compare to the regret that comes from walking away from love. And from someone who's felt a lot of both trust me. Regret beats pain everyday of the week and twice on Sunday." -- "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
On his plans for the afterlife
"<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-548229/Matthew-McConaughhey-My-nude-bongo-playing-days-far-over.html" target="_hplink">I want to be reincarnated as a jaguar</a>. They're the coolest animals in the world. I came across one very briefly in the Manú National Park in Peru. I followed its tracks and got close enough to realize how beautifully self-contained it was. Jaguars are keen and they're perfectly poised. I'd sure love to be that well-designed."
"What if what I think is great really is great, but not as great as something greater?" -- Steve in "The Wedding Planner"
"I've had a lot of girlfriends. Sometimes I'm the rebound guy. Other times, I'm the 'explore new areas of your sexuality' guy. But every single time, we have fun. I have fun, they have fun. It's good for me, it's good for them, and I would argue that it's damn good for civilization as a whole." -- Tripp in "Failure to Launch"
"Love is magic comfort food for the weak and uneducated!" -- Connor Mead in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
On women's purses
"Guys, a woman's purse, all right, it's her secret source of power. There are many dark and dangerous things in there, that we, the male species, should know nothing about." -- Ben in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
<a href="http://www.esquire.com/features/matthew-mcconaughey-interview-0411" target="_hplink">"Life is a series of commas, not periods."</a>
On his bongo scene in "Magic Mike"
"Now <a href="http://www.hollywood.com/news/Matthew_McConaughey_requested_Magic_Mike_bongo_scene/31492439" target="_hplink">it's a pretty good scene</a>, but it probably won't be as well-remembered as my October, 1999, <a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/actor-mcconaughey-nude-bongo-bust-0" target="_hplink">get-arrested-for-playing-the-congas-in-the-birthday-suit scene</a>."
On wrestling cows as practice
"<a href="http://www.elle.com/Pop-Culture/Celebrity-Spotlight/Easy-Rider/Men-We-Love-Cherchez-La-Femme-Easy-Rider-ELLE.com" target="_hplink">If you can catch eye contact with a mammal, you can buy yourself some time</a>--because as another mammal, you can communicate. You can't trust a reptile... I have dreams about this kind of shit. I don't want to wrestle any of these things, but I'm just saying, that's what I'd do if the situation arose where I'm just sitting there and I go, 'Oh, look there. That grizzly has got my girl and child. How we gonna work this out?'"
"I love to travel to different countries where there is no electricity or where I don't know the language, there is no hot food, there is no clean water, where all of a sudden you go through withdrawals. And then you come back home to America and, oh man, that just tastes beautiful and that hot water just feels great, that soft bed feels good. <a href="http://www.iofilm.co.uk/feats/interviews/m/matthew_mcconaughey.shtml" target="_hplink">I don't notice sometimes the luxuries I have until I leave them</a>."
On being a minimalist
"<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-548229/Matthew-McConaughhey-My-nude-bongo-playing-days-far-over.html" target="_hplink">I've lived in big houses</a> and a big space gave me too many options. I had this amazing chair that I loved but I'd go months without sitting on it. I had some nice paintings on the walls but I'd hardly ever look at them. I realized I didn't need those things. My Airstream trailer is 28' by 7' and it's got everything I need. My living space is so small that I can sit on the toilet and scramble eggs at the same time. How cool is that?"
On dealing with wild animals
"<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-548229/Matthew-McConaughhey-My-nude-bongo-playing-days-far-over.html" target="_hplink">It's amazing how quickly you shower when you think there might be a python in your room</a>. There were heaps of weird creatures around in Queensland when we were shooting 'Fool's Gold.' I had an eight-foot python in the coconut tree in my backyard and a six-foot python in my shed. With pythons about, you quickly get used to sleeping with one eye open."
On being from Texas
<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-548229/Matthew-McConaughhey-My-nude-bongo-playing-days-far-over.html" target="_hplink">"To understand me, you need to understand Texan logic</a>. If you come from Texas, you're 100 percent American but you'll do things the Texan way. We're independent. We've got our own way of doing things. Try to build fences round us and we'll run you out of town."
On his favorite meal
"<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-548229/Matthew-McConaughhey-My-nude-bongo-playing-days-far-over.html" target="_hplink">You haven't lived until you've tasted my butt chicken</a>. You get a can of beer and leave half of the liquid inside it. Throw a bunch of spices into the can, then stick that in the chicken and stand it up on the grill. The beer will start to boil and the spices begin to lubricate the chicken. Do it right and nothing on this earth tastes better I cooked it up for Al Pacino while we were making 'Two for the Money.' He dug it, man. All the proof I need."
On sticking it to the man
"The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin', man. L-I-V-I-N." -- Wooderson in "Dazed and Confused"
On underage sex
"That's what I like about these high school girls, I keep getting older, they stay the same age." -- Wooderson in "Dazed and Confused."