Appearances & Events > 2013 > March 8: World Premiere of “Drinking Buddies” at SXSW

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Miscellaneous > Fan Photos > March 9, 2013: World Premiere of “Drinking Buddies” at SXSW

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Stars visit Austin for SXSW premieres

AUSTIN – Another star studded night in downtown Austin for day two of the film portion of South by Southwest.

“This is absolutely kind of the rock and roll of film festivals. It’s always kind of, you feel like one of the cool kids when you get to come to go southby,” explained actress Anna Kendrick.

Saturday’s premiere, “Drinking Buddies,” filled up within an hour and a half. It’s a romantic comedy about 2 things: drinking and flirting.

“It’s about beer and people liking each other,” explained Kendrick.

“People get a little bit sloppy, so it’s a great movie about getting sloppy,” said Ron Livingston who’s also in the film.

The film is about co-workers Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work at a Chicago brewery and spend their days flirting, even though they’re in committed relationships. Their significant others are played by Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick.

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“Olivia Wilde is in it… she’s pretty good looking I guess,” joked Kendrick.

“It is totally improvised, it is totally organic and it’s funny. It’s the thing I’m most proud of,” Wilde claimed.

Wilde is no stranger to SXSW. In fact she was just on the red carpet Friday for the premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Jim Carey, Steve Carell).

“How lucky am I? I get to have 2 films here,” she said.

For this group, SXSW is about more than just work; the crew is also enjoying the festival & Austin

“We went to a food truck so that was a solid choice,” said Kendrick.

“You guys have a home grown film industry scene, and this is one of the only festivals that is still for filmmakers by filmmakers,” Livingston said.

“I got into town last night and my goal has been to drink as much craft beer as possible and try and see some movies,” said director & writer Joe Swanberg.

Swanberg said he feels a special connection to SXSW.

“Austin is a huge beer town and also SXSW has been such a good home to me,” he said. “This festival has been incredibly supportive, they showed my first movie here.”

That’s why Swanberg says there’s no better place for the world premiere of his film, starring some of his own favorite actors.

The film portion of SXSW goes until the 16th. {}


The best of Drinking Buddies! Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick sport matching vintage looks to their film’s festival premiere

They had the daunting task of acting through the improv comedy without a script.

But that didn’t stop co-stars Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick from looking effortlessly chic at the red carpet premiere of Drinking Buddies at the South By Southwest Festival.

The screening took place at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on Saturday.

Beer babes: Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick star in the film Drinking Buddies about friends working at a craft brewery, which premiered at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday

Tron: Legacy starlet Olivia, who turns 29 on Sunday, flaunted her incredibly slim figure in a collared World War II-inspired red dress and open-toed green heels.

Olivia, who is engaged to comedian Jason Sudeikis, wore light make-up and wrapped up her ombré brown locks in a loose up-do.

The duo co-star in Drinking Buddies, a comedy about flirtatious best friends who work together at a craft brewery.
The whole gang: Olivia and Anna posed alongside their male cohorts in the film, actors Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston

The whole gang: Olivia and Anna posed alongside their male cohorts in the film, actors Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston

Olivia also graced the red carpet alongside co-stars Jake Johnson, who plays her buddy Luke in the film, as well as her on-screen boyfriend Chris, played by Ron Livingston.

The improv-style comedy was a stretch for Oscar-nominee Anna, who said that the only preparation she got for her role was an hour long conversation with filmmaker Joe Swanberg.

‘I never got one piece of paper – never once,’ she told IndieWire.

‘I think the most we got into the structure of the story was a conversation I had with Joe for about an hour on the phone.’

‘That was as close as I ever got to knowing what the hell was going on,’ she continued.

The film is the second premiere for Olivia Wilde at the festival, having walked the red carpet on Friday for her latest theatrical release The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. {}