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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 12 Apr 2013 7:50 AM

Today in the roundup: David Lowery to direct Robert Redford, the Perot Museum earns an environmental distinction and the DMA offers an incentive.


CATCH A RISING STAR: David Lowery’s ascension to the Hollywood big time continues. Last month, we learned that the Dallas filmmaker has been hired by Disney to revamp Pete’s Dragon. And now we find out he’s been tapped to direct the crime movie The Old Man and the Gun, starring Robert Redford. The pairing isn’t totally out of left field, though. Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which hits screens in August, debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And the guy who founded Sundance, of course, is Robert Redford.

GREEN IS GOOD: The good news also continues to roll in for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Earlier this week, the museum’s CEO, Nicole Small, announced that 550,000 people have already visited in the four months it’s been open. And when they visit, they’re entering one of the city’s most environmentally friendly buildings. So says the Green Building Initiative, which awarded the museum four Green Globes, its highest rating for sustainable building design. It’s one of only 12 buildings in the country to earn the distinction.

MERIT BADGES: When the DMA announced it was going free, it also unveiled a new social media program. Part of the program is the ability to earn “badges” for completing various activities. Earn enough badges and you can cash ’em in for prizes. This week on the museum’s Uncrated blog, a new badge was announced: Super Fan: Cindy Sherman. Think you’ve got what it takes? All you’ve got to do is become Cindy Sherman.