Thursday, April 2, 2015

ATX Gossip's top 10 moments of SXSW 2015

Another SXSW has come and gone and as we look back, we can't help but smile at the good times we had at this year's fest.

As we started learning three years ago, it is simply impossible to do everything you want to do. So, instead of running ourselves ragged trying to get to all the red carpets and see all the big films, we ditched the schedule (for the most part) and simply went where the day took us.

And, oh, the places we would go.

Here are our top ten moments from SXSW 2015.

10 - Crossing paths with Glee's Lauren Potter

At the Samsung Lounge we spotted Potter, who played Beck Jackson on Glee. The actress also stars in Guest Room which premiered at the fest.

9 - The Mophie rescue dogs

So cute.

8 - Angie TriBeCa 

I am not a sitcom/comedy person. But the Airplane style humor in this new TBS series had me in stiches.

The panel that followed, featuring Steve and Nancy Carell and Rashida Jones, was hilarious as well. I now have a girl crush on Jones, who I later spotted wearing THIS rocking leather jacket. 

7 - Randomly running into Cameron Frye

Spotted Alan Ruck at Starbucks on day one and couldn't pass up the chance to snap a pic with the Sausage King of Chicago. Ruck wasn't even in town for SXSW. His wife is shooting a pilot for ABC and their schedule just happened to overlap with the fest.

6 - All the cats!

Met Morris (or, more likely, a descendant of the famous ginger), Grumpy, Waffles, Oskar and Klaus... and, our most favorite, Lil Bub.

5 - A selfie with Sally Field

We like her. We really like her.

4 -  A selfie stick at the Mashable party

Fancy in the foreground, John Cusack in the background
Because there's no one who needs a selfie stick more than us.

3 - Nat Geo's Escape the Cold

We had the best time at the Nat Geo Escape the Cold experience. 30 more seconds and we'd have escaped. 

Afterwards, we hung with Sue, the star of the Life Below Zero series. She is fascinating!

2 - All the 80s

In addition to the run-in with Alan Ruck, we watched The Breakfast Club with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy in attendance, snapped a pis with John Cusack in the background and screened Christian Slater's new series Mr. Robot.

1 - All the TV

With Constance Zimmer from UnREAL
With all the TV programming, we had little time for film and we're totally OK with that. Lifetime screened the new drama UnREAL, CW premiered iZombie, FX showed The Comedians and, as previously mentioned, TBS previewed Angie Tribeca while USA brought the entire cast of Mr. Robot to the fest. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet LA actor Jay Ali of "The Fosters" on ABC Family

Jay Ali left England for LA just over five years ago. He had no contacts, no prospects and no acting experience. Though he was greeted by a sea of people telling him he was wasting his time in Hollywood, he stuck with it. 

Currently starring as Timothy on ABC Family's The Fosters, he's been working consistently for the past three years.

ATX Gossip asked him to share some of his experiences and offer a bit of advice to others looking to get into the biz.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SXSW 2015 Day 8 - Rachael Ray's Feedback House

For the eighth year, Rachael Ray is back at SXSW with her Feedback party and house. 

We hit the house Friday evening to check out Music Band, Parlour Tricks, Colony House and Alberta Cross. 

Spotted Rachael Ray in the crowd looking adorbs with her hubby, whose band The Cringe plays Saturday's Feedback party at Stubbs. 

Here are highlights from the evening lineup. 

We're pretty sure the lead singer of Music Band (left) is wearing a wig. Right? hailing from Nashville, the band has a Spinal Tap vibe.
Parlour Tricks was up next. Hailed as the Best Pop Band in New York 2014 by the Village Voice, we totally understand why. These ladies can rock... or pop... or whatever.
When it was time for Alberta Cross to take the stage, Rachael Ray passed right by us as she excused her way to the front of the crowd with her hubby and two pals in tow.
She stayed put for the entire Alberta Cross set.
We also crossed paths with the Brewmaster for Blue Moon. They sponsored the event along with parent company Miller Brewing, Gevalia Coffee, Titos and Grand Hawaiian, who brought in a  food truck.
The annual Feedback party is going down Saturday at Stubbs. Check back for a rundown of that event on Sunday.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SXSW 2015 Day 7 - Miley Cyrus at Fader Fort

After conflicting reports earlier in the week that Miley Cyrus was at the Flaming Lips show (our sources say she was camouflaged as a mushroom on stage while online tabs say she remained back stage) it's now official. Miley is at SXSW. 

The singer showed up onstage at Mike Will Made-It's Fader Fort show performing We Can't Stop

Here's a compilation of some of the best photos we found online. 

SXSW 2015 Day 6

Day six at SXSW started with an on TV sighting. Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson made a stop at FOX 7 with the band he manages North of Nine. We snagged this pic pal Lauren Petrowski posted after their appearance on Good Day Austin.
Unfortunately, it was off to the airport not long after that. Yours truly is out for the rest of the fest. Luckily, though, we have some staffers on the ground in Austin to continue bringing you highlights.

But before we departed, we made one more celeb sighting. Henry Rollins walked right past me as I picked up my bag to board the plane. Whew! I thought I was going to have my first ever celeb-less day at ABIA.  

SXSW 2015 Day 5

Day five of SXSW 15 started with yet another 80s flashback.
Christian Slater attended the screening and Q&A for the upcoming USA series Mr. Robot

Co-stars Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin and Portia Doubleday were also on hand.

The series revolves around a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer suffering from an anti-social disorder who connects to people by hacking them. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SXSW 2015 Day 4

We just keep going and going and going.

Day four was yet another blur of activity, starting with the Breakfast Club's 30th anniversary restoration screening. 

Attendees were treated to Breakfast Club themed donuts and coffee or a mimosa. 

And, as if that wasn't enough, cast members Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald were in attendance for a Q&A. 

But the real highlight was the Barton Hills choir singing Don't You (Forget About Me) before the screening.

Thankfully the Q&A happened before the screening because we didn't have time to stick around since the iZombie screening was happening at the Vimeo Theater at the convention center.