Penalized with an R rating for harsh language, the Ivan Reitman-directed Kevin Costner starrer Draft Day appealed, and the Classification and Rating Appeals Board today gave it a PG-13. Costner plays a general manager trying to figure out what to do with the top pick in the NFL draft. If there wasn’t room for a few choice cuss words in that high-pressure event, it wouldn’t be believable football. CARA Chairman Joan Graves represented the ratings board, and Reitman and Lionsgate’s Erik Feig successfully appealed the call on the field. This is one of three movies in the offing for Costner, who should get a real career second wind after the football pic — which opens April 11 — Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 3 Days To Kill. He pulled back in recent years but still holds the screen.
Everyone is hungry to horn in on the glitz and glamor of the 83rd Academy Awards. Even the Motion Picture Association of America which first went to the media to announce it was giving a PG-13 rating to a slightly altered version of The King’s Speech before the organization even bothered to alert the movie’s U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company. I’ve learned that the Weinstein Co was told that, if 3 of the 5 uses of the swear word “Fuck” were muted, then the pic would receive a lesser rating than its current “R”. No film footage was altered in keeping with director Tom Hooper’s insistence that the stammering king’s pivotal therapy-by-cursing scene not be cut. Deadline initially broke the news that The Weinstein Co was seeking the lower PG-13 film rating in response to educational and church groups who wanted to show the movie. Not to mention that, if this frontrunner for Best Motion Picture does win the Oscar on Sunday night, the Weinstein Co will be able to draw wider and bigger audiences into theaters and thus make more moolah. Especially because the MPAA waived any waiting period.
Here is the MPAA news release:
LOS ANGELES – The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) has assigned a PG-13 rating to an alternate version of The King’s Speech submitted by The Weinstein Company. The original version of the film is rated R “for
Citing “disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence,” the Classification and Rating Appeals Board upheld the R rating given Trust. The David Schwimmer-directed film for Millennium Entertainment is a drama about a family’s struggle to deal with tragedy after their underage daughter is lured by an online predator and attacked. Schwimmer wanted a PG-13 rating and argued that the film is a cautionary tale that should be seen by teens who could be vulnerable to such approaches. The appeal was argued by executive producer and financier Avi Lerner as well as George Gale, the veep of post-production for Nu Image, which produced the film. Schwimmer told Deadline he did not want to cut the films, but he will have to if he doesn’t want to release the film with an R. The film stars Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis.
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 18, 2010) – In response to the ratings given to two of its upcoming films, The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has engaged a formidable legal team to challenge the NC-17 rating for BLUE VALENTINE and the R rating for THE KING’S SPEECH given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), according to TWC Co-Chair Harvey Weinstein.
The Weinstein Company next month will challenge the preliminary NC-17 rating that the MPAA slapped on Blue Valentine, the Derek Cianfrance-directed drama that is a potential Oscar contender for performances by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. An appeal was expected since Deadline broke the news that the film was dealt a rating that places restrictions on its theatrical run and its ancillary life as well. The hearing will be held in November, and Harvey Weinstein will be represented by attorneys Alan R. Friedman of Kattin Muchin and David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner. The film will be platformed in December to qualify for Oscar consideration.
EXCLUSIVE: In a surprising development, the MPAA ratings board has slapped an NC-17 rating on Blue Valentine, the Derek Cianfrance-directed drama that is creating Oscar buzz for the performances of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Willams. The film, about the slow corrosion of the relationship between a young couple, was acquired by The Weinstein Company after its premiere at the last Sundance Film Festival. The film also played at Cannes and Toronto.
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