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Sundance Film Festival

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: New Muppets Most Wanted Poster

Woo! There’s a new poster out for the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted. How excited are you all to see Tina Fey in a Muppet movie? I know I’m crazy excited. (via Empire)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Mondo’s New Lord of the Rings Art

Mondo has introduced (and promptly sold out of, ’cause it’s Mondo) two new Lord of the Rings posters: This one by comic book artist Paolo Rivera and another by Mike Sutfin. You can see the second at /Film.

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Oh Hollywood

Are You a Female Who Wants to Make Movies? You’ll Have Better Luck If You Stay Out of Hollywood.

We know (though some choose to ignore) that there’s some heavy-duty gender inequality going on behind the scenes in movies and TV. But a new study conducted by the Sundance Film Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles has found that female filmmakers have it better in the world of indie film than in Hollywood. Not great, mind you. But better.

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We Can Be Heroes

Sundance Gets Female Director-Friendly With Their Festival Lineup

Last year the Cannes Film Festival got into some hot water by not including any films by female directors in its competition lineup. Regardless of what you think of that particular controversy, not being open to female directors is certainly not a charge that can be leveled against the Sundance Film Festival, which for the first time this January will have a U.S. Dramatic Competition lineup that’s 50% directed by women.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Triumphant, Geeky Return of the Scrunchie

This is just one use for a printed out 3D Hilbert curve. And what better than to resurrect hair accessories of the ’80s and ’90s by making them geek-friendly? (via Boing Boing)

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Mutatis Mutandis

The Sundance Institute and Women In Film Will Track, Then Try to Change the Small Numbers of Female Filmmakers

We’re sure that you’re well aware of the paltry numbers concerning the presence of women in film. Not actors — directors, writers, producers, etc. The people behind the scenes who call the shots. It’s been great to hear about recent successes — like Kathryn Bigelow winning an Oscar for The Hurt Locker in 2010 and Jennifer Yuh Nelson becoming the world’s highest grossing director — but it’s more frustrating to hear about the missed opportunities — like Patty Jenkins being replaced as the director of Thor 2 or Brenda Chapman being taken off Brave. But why are the successes so few and far between? The Sundance Film Festival, taking place in the snowy mountains of Utah as we speak, is hoping to change this. Along with Women In Film, the Sundance Institute has pledged to start tracking the progress of female filmmakers, then use that information to increase the parity between men and women in the film industry. Because seriously, it shouldn’t be that shocking to find out that women can direct a great movie — they do it all the time.

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Review

Contemplating Another Earth

With the recent discovery of Kepler-22b (and others like it), it’s not really far fetched to start thinking about what life would be like on another planet similar to our Earth. But what if there were another planet out there that was identical to Earth in every way? Right down to there being another you. That is the premise of Another Earth, winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, but it’s also a lot more than that. Hit the jump for the trailer and my review.

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