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Planner for Friday, July 26: Fantastic Fest announces some films and more

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Keanu Reeves in “Man on Tai Chi,” which will screen at Fantastic Fest in September.

Fantastic Fest announced its initial lineup this week, and it’s headlined by the red carpet premiere of “Man of Tai Chi,” starring and directed by Keanu Reeves.

“Every year we scour the globe for the freshest and craziest genre films,” says Fantastic Fest founder and creative director Tim League. “This first incredible selection of films gives a small taste of the fun, but I can assure you there are lots of surprises yet to come. 2013 should be remembered as a vintage year for Fantastic Fest.”

Other films in the early lineup:

“Big Bad Wolves,” an Israeli film from the folks behind “Rabies.”

“Borgman,” the eerie Dutch horror film that made its premiere at Cannes.

“Cheap Thrills,” from director E.L. Katz.

“Commando — A One Man Army,” from India.

“Eega,” a reincarnation/revenge tale from India.

“Halley,” a Mexican/Dutch horror flick from director Sebastian Hofmann.

“Kid’s Police,” from Japan.

“LFO,” a dark comedy from Sweden.

“Narco Cultura,” a documentary about the drug war and its — music. Yep, you read that right.

“Nightbreed — The Cabal Cut,” a director’s cut of the Clive Barker horror flick.

“Northwest,” about a teen hoodlum in Copenhagen.

“Nothing Bad Can Happen,” another entry from this year’s Cannes. And a very disturbing tale about a Christian’s matyrdom.

“On the Job,” with prisoners who get a day pass to kill.

“The Resurrection of a Bastard,” from the Netherlands.

“She Wolf,” from Argentina.

“Vic + Flo Saw a Bear,” a Canadian tale about life that unravels.

Fantastic Fest will take place Sept. 19-26 in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.

— Charles Ealy

Bob Schneider video premiere

Go to austin360.com at 10 a.m. Tuesday to see the premiere of the video for Bob Schneider’s “Wish the Wind would Blow Me,” from his recent “Burden of Proof.”

HAAM Benefit Day

The annual event that raises money for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is Sept. 24. It’s all day and into the night — from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. — and all over town. Participating business donate 5 percent of that day’s profits, and musicians perform just about everywhere. Details at www.myhaam.org.

Mack, Jack & McConaughey coming back

The splashiest new entry on the Austin charity circuit will be back next season after netting nearly $1 million for children’s charities.

Back in the spring, Mack, Jack & McConaughey cleverly combined the celebrity of Longhorns coach Mack Brown, country music artist Jack Ingram and movie star Matthew McConaughey for two nights of all-star fun and fundraising, mostly at ACL Live.

It also brought to the table the considerable talents of their wives, Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves. Anyone who thinks this giant event came off without their additional charisma and planning skills hasn’t met these powerful women.

You read it here first: The conglomerated charity show will return April 24-25, 2014.

This year’s iteration included a golf tourney, fashion show and a concert that brought to the stage Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Randy Travis, Bruce Robison, Bobby Pinson, Bob Schneider, Hayes Carll, Holly Williams, Radney Foster, Allen Shamblin and Todd Snider.

MJ&M benefited five groups close to the hearts of the celebs: The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, CureDuchenne, and Grounded in Music.

— Michael Barnes

Next week in Austin360

We’ll check out the scene at Strange Brew, which in a relatively short time has become a go-to hangout for musicians and folks in the club’s South Austin neighborhood. It’s one of several neighborhood clubs thriving outside Austin’s usual entertainment districts.