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UW-Madison Alumnus David Zucker directed the comedy classic, “Airplane!”

Director David Zucker talks “Airplane!”, comedy, getting his start on campus

Surely you’ve seen, or at least heard of, David Zucker’s movies. The 1971 UW-Madison alumnus is a giant in the film industry. He directed “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” and helped start the careers of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker as well as “Dumb and Dumber” directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. In town for a campus tour with his son, I sat down with Zucker to talk about his time at UW-Madison and everything that followed.

From left: Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal at the premiere of "Life" at ZACH Theatre.

SXSW 2017: ‘Life’ lacks originality but delivers thrills

SXSW finished its film festival with the star-studded space thriller, “Life.” The film begins with a team of astronauts, lead by Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, planning to return to earth after collecting samples from Mars that may contain the first signs of extraterrestrial life.

From Left: Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani co-wrote "The Big Sick," a story about their own relationship.

SXSW 2017: ‘The Big Sick’ captures a compelling, real-life love story

The final premiere I attended at SXSW ended on a high note with “The Big Sick.” Directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow, the rom-com depicts the real-life love story between Kumail Nanjiani, a comedian who comes from a traditional, Muslim Pakistani family, and Emily Gordon, a therapist who meets Kumail at one of his shows.

From Left: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner discuss the behind-the-scenes details of "Game of Thrones."

SXSW 2017: Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner talk 'Game of Thrones' with creators

“Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made first-time appearances at SXSW this week to discuss their popular show. They were joined on stage by “GoT” stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, who play Arya and Sansa Stark, respectively. The two women served as moderators for the talk, asking Benioff and Weiss several behind-the-scenes questions regarding the show.

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