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SXSW slate includes Reynolds documentary, McBride comedy

NEW YORK (AP) – The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival unveiled the slate for its 23rd edition, including premieres of a documentary on Burt Reynolds and an upcoming HBO series from Danny McBride.

As usual for SXSW, the 139 films announced Tuesday by the Austin, Texas, festival are heavy on music documentaries, thrillers and comedies. Among them are Jesse Moss’ “The Bandit,” about Reynolds; the Ethan Hawke-starring revenge thriller from Blumhouse Pictures, “In a Valley of Violence”; a first-person action film starring Sharlto Copley, “Hardcore Henry”; and McBride’s upcoming comedy series, “Vice Principals.”

Other selections include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; the Adam Scott-Nick Kroll comedy, “My Blind Brother”; and Marina Zenovich’s documentary on the Duke Lacrosse scandal, “Fantastic Lies.”

A few films that previously played at festivals will stop in Austin, including Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, “Miles Ahead”; and the Chet Baker biopic, “Born to Be Blue,” starring Hawke.

The nine-day festival will kick off March 11 with the previously announced opener: the Richard Linklater ’80s comedy, “Everybody Wants Some.” Also previously slated to debut at SXSW is Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee return, “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” for Netflix, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comic book adaptation “Preacher,” an AMC series.

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