Swedish Cinemas Launch Ratings System To Sniff Out Sexism; Would ‘Philomena’ Or ‘Gravity’ Make The Grade?

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While Harvey Weinstein is making a case that awards-buzz title Philomena should be given a PG-13 rather than the R it’s been saddled with by the MPAA in the U.S., a group in … Read More »

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PTC Calls The MPAA’s ‘Check The Box’ Campaign An “Empty Gesture”

While the Parents Television Council’s view is no surprise, the activist group made it forcefully this week in a letter to MPAA chief Chris Dodd calling for meaningful changes in the movie ratings system and its treatment of on-screen violence. The “Check The Box” initiative that Dodd unveiled at last month’s CinemaCon confab changes movie ratings labeling to help people see the specific rationale — for example whether a PG-13 or R-rated film received the designation due to its use of profanity, nudity, smoking, drug use, or violence. PTC says that just gives studios “the appearance of doing something about media violence without actually doing anything at all.” The MPAA can “keep rating violent movies PG-13″ which means studios can “market those violent films to kids … PG-13 films run the gamut from Les Miserables to Drag Me To Hell. And because it applies to everything, in practice, it means nothing.” Read More »

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MPAA Gives Oscar Fave ‘The King’s Speech’ PG-13 Rating For Removing 2 Swear Words

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 … Read More »

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David Schwimmer Laments That MPAA R Rating Breaches ‘Trust’

Mike Fleming

David Schwimmer tells me that whether Millennium Entertainment is successful or not in overturning the R rating that the MPAA has given his upcoming film Trust, he will not alter the scenes that prompted the rating on a film about … Read More »

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Weinsteins Hire Legal Pitbulls David Boies And Bert Fields For Ratings War With MPAA

Mike Fleming

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.

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