Austin American-Statesman - - D MOVIES & LIFE -

“The Hob­bit” ar­rived in Austin a lit­tle ear­lier than ex­pected. Di­rec­tor Peter Jack­son pre­sented his lat­est epic to a packed crowd at Harry Knowles’ 14th an­nual Butt-Numb-AThon last week­end. The 24-hour movie marathon, which took place at the Alamo South, fea­tured 11 movies, rang­ing from the old (“Broad­way Melody of 1940”) to the new (Sylvester Stal­lone ac­tioner “Bul­let in the Head”).

Jack­son was not the only big name on hand for the event. Guillermo del Toro pre­sented the up­com­ing hor­ror film, “Mama,” star­ring Jes­sica Chas­tain, which he pro­duced. And for a bit of lev­ity, multi-hy­phen­ate Paul Feig popped in to screen the trailer and some scenes from his new movie, “The Heat.” The bud­dy­cop com­edy, star­ring San­dra Bul­lock and Melissa McCarthy (“Brides­maids”), is sched­uled for re­lease in April.

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