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SXSW 2012: Seth MacFarlane, Joss Whedon join Conference roster

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After announcing much of its film slate, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced its complete Conference roster today. “A Conversation With Seth MacFarlane” (Sunday at 11 a.m.) will likely be the biggest ticket for festivalgoers as the outspoken Family Guy creator’s work in TV and music, plus his upcoming directorial debut live-action/CG hybrid Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.

Other highlights includ “Funny or Die: Future of Comedy & Everything Else” (March 11 at 3:30 p.m.), “Restoring History: 100 Years of Universal Films” (March 12 at 11 a.m.), and hacktivist discussion “We Are Legion: Digital (R)Evolution” (March 13 at 11 a.m.).

Fifteen more features and four shorts were also announced today, including the world premieres of Patton Oswalt-Johnny Knoxville raunch-com Nature Calls and college coming-of-age Blue Like Jazz, based on the New York Times best-seller of the same name.

The Conference runs from March 9 to 13 in Austin, Tex. A full lineup is available on SXSW’s official siteJoss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods will open the Film Festival, and EW’s own Adam B. Vary will present “A Conversation With Joss Whedon” the next day.

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