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Al Gore set to interview Napster founder at SXSW Interactive

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Former Vice President Al Gore has been added to the schedule of speakers at South by Southwest Interactive. Gore will be interviewing Napster co-founder Sean Parker in a Q&A at 5 p.m. Monday in Exhibit Hall 5 of the Austin Convention Center. Parker also co-founded Plaxo and helped develop Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg. He was famously portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the Oscar-nominated film "The Social Network." Gore is a co-founder of Current TV and is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, so the two might talk about startups and venture capital.

- Omar L. Gallaga

Fallon to moderate Nike's Sunday panel

Comedian and talk-show host Jimmy Fallon will moderate a Sunday South by Southwest Interactive panel sponsored by Nike. Nike said in an email that the panel, which was not on the official SXSW website Friday afternoon, will include Stefan Olander, vice president of Nike Digital Sport; Fred Santarpia, general manager of VEVO; Andrew Wilson, president of EA Sports; and Allyson Felix, an Olympic track and field gold medalist. Nike's new product, the Nike+FuelBand, is a wearable fitness gadget that looks like a wristband. It's one of several products Nike will try to push to the digital creatives at Interactive.

- O.G.

`Girls Against Boys' sets provocative tone

The Midnighters section of SXSW got off to a provocative start with Friday night's screening of the stylishly filmed "Girls Against Boys." Directed by Austin Chick, the film follows the deadly exploits of a couple of young New York women after one of them is raped. The early rape scene takes place off-screen, perhaps a nod to feminist sentiments. But the violence becomes more graphic as the women seek vengeance against the rapist and other men. Both lead actresses, Danielle Panabaker and Nicole LaLiberte, are excellent. But LaLiberte has the far showier part as a psychopath nonpareil. Chick is perhaps best known for 2002's "XX/XY," starring Mark Ruffalo and Maya Stange. (Screens again at 3:45 p.m. today, Violet Crown; 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alamo Ritz; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Violet Crown).

- Charles Ealy

More music events added to lineup

"Last Call With Carson Daly" will host its first showcase, starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Red 7 Patio. The lineup includes Tennis, Roll the Tanks, Thee Oh Sees, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Bomba Estero and Cults. Daly also will spotlight SXSW artists the following week on his show. Also, Fader Fort released its daily lineup, including the "special guests" on the last slot March 17. Santigold and Gary Clark Jr., who would be the prom queen and king of SXSW 2012 if such honors were bestowed, are there, too, of course.

- Sharon Chapman

Mayer cancels show, cites throat problems

John Mayer, citing throat problems, announced Friday that he's canceling his event at SXSW and his upcoming tour. Mayer wrote on his blog said that a doctor's test revealed that a "granuloma has grown back where it had mostly healed. This is bad news." Mayer was scheduled to play at Stubb's on March 17.

- S.C.