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CinemaCon: Hollywood Produces Violent Films Because It’s “Cool” Theater Rep Says

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT

The analysis comes from NATO‘s John Fithian after he was asked at a press meeting why Hollywood produces so many R-rated films — despite the evidence he presented this morning showing that family friendly films typically fare better at the box office. “It’s cool to be Quentin Tarantino,” he says. While lauding the the First Amendment, giving filmmakers the right to produce what they will, he says that there’s “often a little bit of a difference between the movie-making philosophy and the exhibition philosophy” about what sells. MPAA‘s Chris Dodd says that they aren’t that far apart. For the major studios he represents “less than 50% of our product is R-rated.” Still, he noted that the cost of producing a G-rated film “can be higher than an R-rated movie.” But he didn’t bite when asked whether films are too violent.  ”Our job isn’t to be movie critics,” he says. The execs added that they didn’t think that Hollywood has become too focused on making movies for overseas markets vs domestic. “Movies that are made overseas work domestically too,” Fithian says. “Our companies operate across national lines” notably since China’s Wanda Group bought AMC Entertainment and Cinemark has become a major exhibitor in Read More »

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Newtown-Related Made-For-TV Movie Sparks Controversy

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 4:20pm PST

Newtown MovieA made-for-TV movie related to December’s Newtown shooting tragedy caused an uproar when its director revealed that he’s planning to film in neighboring Ridgefield, Connecticut — just 20 miles away from where a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. According to the AP, director Jonathan Bucari told media outlets he aims to film his Newtown-themed feature in Ridgefield because it looks similar to Newtown. Per NBC Connecticut, the film’s Facebook page revealed that Demian Productions’ Illness is “the story of a mentally-ill 13-year-old boy, and the ever-growing fear of his parents after they learn about the shooting in Newtown in December 2012.” (The Facebook page and Bucari’s Twitter account appear to have since been taken down.) Bucari is credited as writer and director of a 2011 made-for-TV movie titled The Sacrificial Lamb. Ridgefield Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Lowe called the move “insensitive” while film commissioner Allison Stockel and other local officials said they had not been contacted by the production. Bucari and Demian Productions could not be reached for comment.

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