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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Go Find A Space Party! It’s Yuri’s Night!

Listen up, space cadets! April 12 is Yuri’s Night, an international event celebrating human spaceflight and exploration. Today, our planet is hosting over 200 parties, scattered across every continent (yes, Antarctica included). Head to the official site to find a shindig near you.

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MPAA Statistics Break the Stunning News That Most of the People Who Go the Movies Aren’t White Men

Every year at CinemaCon the MPAA releases statistics (report here) on the previous year’s moviegoers: What percentage of them can be classified as “frequent moviegoers,” how 3D movies do across various markets, whether the average ticket price has changed. Stuff like that. And, of particular relevance to us, demographic breakdowns. You might have to sit down for this, because it’s shocking: Far more women and racial minorities see movies than there are women and racial minorities in movies. It’s almost like there’s not enough representation or something. I know. So weird.

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Oh Hollywood

On Average, The Top Women-Led Films of 2013 Grossed Higher Than Male-Led Films

As we’ve previously discussed, of the 100 highest-grossing films of 2013, a whopping 15 featured female protagonists. This figure became popular knowledge through a report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which compares the percentage of women working behind the camera with those featured on screen. Unsurprisingly, the numbers correlate.

Vanity Fair’s Bruce Handy had some questions about those statistics. Given Hollywood’s focus on getting as many butts in seats as possible, surely they wouldn’t ignore the preferences of their audiences. Could it be that the lack of women on screen was actually reflective of a purchasing trend? If we treat blockbusters like Catching Fire as flukes, is there economic logic behind the comparative lack of female-led films?

Spoiler: No.

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Wise Words

Divergent’s Shailene Woodley On Twilight: “What Message Are We Sending To Young People?”

“Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.”Divergent star Shailene Woodley speaking to Teen Vogue.

Hollywood is all about comparing one thing to another, especially when it comes to young adult properties (does that really ever help?), in order to cash in on the previous success. Whether it’s comparing “love stories” or pitting the lead characters against each other, it’s nice to see Woodley addressing the issues straight on.

(via Gossip Cop)

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Oh Hollywood

Let’s Get Mad: Center for Study of Women in TV and Film Releases 2013 Findings on Female Characters

Just a couple months ago, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film released their report on the gender ratios of Hollywood’s workers, discovering that the ratio of women to men in various behind the scenes roles such as editors, writers, cinematographers, composers, and special effects supervisors has not changed more than three percentage points in sixteen years. That was pretty disheartening, but theoretically, men should be just as able to craft female characters that don’t play to stereotypical tropes as women are at creating relatable male characters. So how did that go?

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i'll just leave this here

Watch This Year’s Oscar Winning Animated Short!

It’s a rare occasion when I’ve seen all the movies nominated for Best Film at the Academy Awards, let alone those nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category. Here’s this year’s winner, Mr. Hublot, written and directed by Laurent Witz, co-directed by Alexandre Espigares. And don’t forget to check out our Oscar recap!

(via io9)

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Oh Hollywood

Lead Actresses Get Less Screen Time Than Lead Actors, Because Hollywood Is a Sexist Sh*thole

This Sunday is the 86th annual Oscars, a magical night where the Hollywood elite get together to celebrate themselves and be excruciatingly boring for three-plus hours. There’s one thing*, though, that Hollywood might not want to pat itself on the back for too much: This year’s lead actor nominees got, on average, 150% of the screentime of their female counterparts. Lead actresses: Getting screwed over for screentime in their own dang films.

*Plus many, many others.

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What Boys Think of Girls

Olivia Wilde Talks About How Male Actors Were Bored In Genderswapped Movie Script

Here’s actress Olivia Wilde saying some great things about women in Hollywood. She sat on the State of Female Justice panel, a public event series by Laura Flanders as part of the One Billion Rising Campaign. The Tron: Legacy actress speaks about her own experiences, what positive things the media can do for young girls, and what she herself can do as a producer.

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Okay You Primitive Screwheads

Annual Report On Women In Media Is Predictably Angry Scream-Inducing

Hey everyone! Good news! The Women’s Media Center, founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, has released a report summarizing research done by various academic institutions about the state of women both in front of and behind the camera. It’ll hopefully raise awareness about that subject and maybe even lead to some positive change at some point in the future.

The bad news: Everything that’s actually in the report. There’s no “from bad to worse” here, because it’s all terrible. So let’s just say “from awful to also awful” and get this party started.

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Good News Everyone!

Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Program Chooses Majority Female Lead Projects in 2014

The Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program seeks to support and promote screenwriters and directors from “diverse backgrounds” and this year seven of the eleven films under the Tribeca All Access umbrella are directed or co-directed by women.

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