It’s been the kind of post-Oscar, glacially slow news day that made something like the potential of a MacGyver vs. MacGruber lawsuit a top story on the movie blogs today. Lee Zlotoff, who created the TV series “MacGyver,” is contemplating a suit to enjoin MacGruber from theaters, arguing that fair use laws don’t extend to a full-length movie. He may actually have a point, and in presenting an argument for damages, he could rightly argue that MacGruber would damage the reputation of his franchise, since Zlotoff actually has his eye set on making a big-screen version of MacGyver.
Still, it’ll all probably disappear in a few weeks — an undisclosed sum, a non-disclosure agreement, and it’ll all go away, I imagine. And MacGruber will open in theaters on April 23rd, as planned.
However, assuming that things don’t work out for Lorne Michaels and Co., and the lawsuit moves ahead, preventing the wide release of MacGruber, many of you still have an opportunity to see a movie the rest of the world may not ever be able to see. That’s because, strangely, it’ll be premiering at SXSW this March. The festival has released the full slate of movies playing at this year’s festival, and — as always — it’s a fairly eclectic and exciting bunch. That one week in Austin will be the only time you could watch MacGruber, Kick-Ass and Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers in the span of a few days or even hours.
A few of us will also be in attendance this year, bringing you reviews and news from the festival. You can check out the website for a full list of the movies playing this year (as well as information on how to attend), but here are a few of the highlights (or at least the films I’m most looking forward to, in addition to Kick-Ass).
There are also docs on The White Stripes, Motorhead’s Lemmy, and even comedian Bill Hicks, as well as a Michel Gondry film about his own aunt and her relationship with her son. It’s a pretty solid line-up, to say the least. Plus, it’s Austin, which really is one of the greatest cities in the United States. Their burritos are the size of a goddamn baby. And tastier!