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Film festivals come in all shapes and sizes, from the high brow Cannes Film Festival to the much more audience participation friendly Fantasia to the meeting place between the public and stars like Tiff. But few have the breezy, BBQ-soaked spirit of the SXSW Film Festival. And with things kicking off in Austin in just over two months, the first wave of titles have been announced.Organizers have revealed today that Jon Favreau's "indie" flick "Chef" has been given the coveted Opening Night Film. The foodie flick is a mini Marvel reunion with the "Iron Man" director taking the lead role and helming the flick, while enlisting Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and more (Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt ) is his tale of a chef on the comeback trail.Other early highlights include "Veronica Mars," with the fan-funded film to »

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