SXSW Reveals Its Midnight Line-Up

As we all dust off our cowboy boots and get ready to head down to Austin next month for the SXSW, there’s much to look forward to. We’ve already announced the main slate of the film festival but now, the good folks down in Texas have revealed their Midnight line-up and we’re definitely onboard.

With features from Rob Zombie and Xan Cassavetes and a slew of narrative and animated shorts, check out our highlights from the list and head over at The Playlist for the complete line-up.

Haunter (Canada)
Director: Vincenzo Natali, Screenwriter: Brian King
Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her 16th birthday and will be forever. She and her family are doomed to repeat the fateful day before they were all killed in 1985.
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett (World Premiere)

Kiss of the Damned
Director/Screenwriter: Xan Cassavetes
Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her sister Mimi comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…
Cast: Joséphine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran (U.S. Premiere)

The Lords of Salem
Director/Screenwriter: Rob Zombie
From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood.
Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn (U.S. Premiere)

Plus One
Director: Dennis Iliadis, Screenwriter: Bill Gullo
When the party of the decade is disrupted by a supernatural phenomenon, the night soon descends in to chaos.
Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw, Natalie Hall (World Premiere)

The Rambler
Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder
After being released from prison, a man known as The Rambler stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother.
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Lyonne, James Cady, Scott Sharot

You’re Next
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. A gang of masked murderers descend upon a family reunion, and the victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest proves to be the most talented killer of all.
Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg

Links: No Jail for Jessica Alba, PETA’s Sexy Vegetarians

● After a week of heated debate, David Letterman apologized on Monday night’s Late Show for an allegedly distasteful joke regarding Sarah Palin’s daughters. [People] ● Kristen Stewart is really getting into her latest role as Joan Jett in the film The Runaways; she’s currently donning Jett’s jet-black punk mullet and was seen carpooling with her to the film’s set. [CelebrityGossip] ● Jessica Alba will not face criminal charges for her guerilla-style shark graffiti that she plastered over a United Way billboard in Oklahoma City. [Yahoo]

● PETA has named their winners for their Sexiest Vegetarians award, and Kellie Pickler and Milo Ventimiglia took the top spots. [EW] ● Miley Cyrus is caught K-I-S-S-I-N-G — not Nick Jonas, but rather her co-star Liam Hemsworth for her upcoming film The Last Song. [JustJared] ● For Jennifer Aniston, sometimes art really does imitate life; while receiving an award, Aniston compared her life drama to her films like The Good Girl and The Break-Up. [AOL]

Links: Hayden Panettiere vs. Ex, Jennifer Aniston vs. Ferret

● Hayden Panettiere is proving her maturity post-breakup with costar Milo Ventimiglia by refusing to be on set with her ex at the same time. No surprise, as their age difference is said to be the cause of the split. [OKMagazine] ● Supermarkets in China are stoking contraception with actresses Mena Suvari and Kelly Brook on the packaging. Get a 12-pack of these celebrity condoms for the economical price of $1.50! [DailyMail] ● NASA has proven they have no sense of humor after refusing to consider Colbert, after Stephen Colbert, as a valid name for their international space station. Colbert suggested the moniker on his show last week and has garnered 115,000 votes. [Yahoo]

● This month’s Dazed and Confused will feature the top crop of party-child models like Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe rocking some serious 90s fashion and black lipstick. [DailyMail] ● Jennifer Aniston may be an animal person, but ferrets, not so much. Although working with one in Along Came Polly, Aniston says ferrets are a dealbreaker for her. John Mayer take note. [HollywoodRag] ● Some actors can’t accept that they are just good actors — some tempt fate and try singing careers. Here are the 10 worst actor-to-singer careers. The Return of Bruno, anyone? [Manofest]