Australian Ratings Board Stands By ‘I Want Your Love’ Ban

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 5:50pm PST

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.

The Australian Classification Board is unmoved by James Franco’s YouTube plea to reverse the ban on I Want Your Love, the gay-themed drama written and directed by his friend … Read More »

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James Franco Calls Australian Ban Of Sexually Explicit Gay Film “Embarrassing”

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 1:16pm PST

Oz The Great And Powerful star James Franco took to YouTube in support of his Interior. Leather Bar co-director Travis Mathews, whose drama I Want Your Love was banned last month from screening at multiple Australian film festivals by the Australian Classification Board. The unrated pic, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Iran Disses ‘Argo’ After Oscar Win, ‘I Want Your Love’ Banned In Oz, HBO Go Launches In Asia, Depardieu In Chechnya & More

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST

Iran Dismisses ‘Argo’ As “Anti-Iran”, Pro-CIA
Iran’s culture minister blasted Argo, day after it won the Best Picture Oscar, calling it anti-Iranian and weak artistically. Iran’s state TV also called the movie “an advertisement for the CIA.” “This anti-Iran film lacks any artistic aspects and it is a very weak film from an artistic perspective and we don’t expect anything else from the enemy,” Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini said, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency and reported by Reuters. Mehr called the Oscar “politically motivated” because first lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson via video link from Washington to help present the best picture award. Argo has not screened in any Iranian theaters but the movie has been widely available on bootleg DVDs in the black market in Tehran. The Iran hostage drama also won best film editing and best adapted screenplay. Read More »

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