17 items from 2013
It's good to get all your vices in at once, apparently.
According to a study that researchers conducted at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, there are a startling number of PG-13 rated movies where the characters engage in violent behavior, then smoke and drink right after.
The Wrap, which ran down the report, made note that, "more than half of the highest grossing PG-13 movies over the past 25 years featured characters acting violently while also drinking, engaging in sexual behavior or smoking. The post-aggressive pleasure seeking usually happened within a five-minute segment, researchers found."
Vocal critics of the MPAA, which awards movies their respective ratings, have always claimed that stylistic loopholes actually allow PG-13 ratings to be more harmful, allowing instances of graphic violence (sans blood) but condemning the mere mention of sexuality. This is an idea explored in Kirby Dick's documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated »
- Drew Taylor
Veteran filmmaker John Waters might be semi-retired from directing. After all, the 67-year-old filmmaker last stepped behind the camera in 2004 for A Dirty Shame. Still, Waters continued to make his shock presence felt throughout the film landscape as an actor (Seed of Chucky), a narrator (In the Land of Merry Misfits) and documentary subject (This Film Is Not Yet Rated). Waters also continued to work as film journalist contributing his Top Ten Film list to Artforum magazine. Waters chose Harmony Korine’s sexy crime drama Spring Breakers, starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as college girls who turn into thieves over spring break, as his favorite film of 2013. »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes trailers for Zombie Hamlet, Cowboy Zombies, and Antisocial, details on an apocalyptic card game, release information for 7E, and much more:
Zombie Hamlet Trailer and Release Details: “The All-Star comedy feature film, Zombie Hamlet, will be available exclusively on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment beginning on December 31, 2013. Following a successful film festival run, the movie sets its sights on entertaining audiences everywhere that DVDs are available for rental or sale by capitalizing on a uniquely funny story and a long list of recognizable names and faces including: Travis Wester, Jason Mewes (Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back), Emmy Award winner Shelley Long (“Cheers”), Vanessa Lee Evigan, with Emmy® Award nominee John Amos (“Good Times”) and June Lockhart (“Lost In Space”).
- Tamika Jones
Chances are not many teens have been clamoring to see Philomena, a drama opening Nov. 22 about an elderly Irishwoman (Judi Dench) who goes looking for a son she had to give up 50 years ago. But when The Weinstein Co. appealed to the Motion Picture Association of America to change the film’s rating from an R — which it had received for using the F-word twice — to a PG-13, the studio wasn’t just trying to broaden the movie’s audience or score free publicity.
“The argument was important,” says actor Steve Coogan, who co-wrote the film and costars with Dench. »
- Josh Rottenberg
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About The Film
Under increasing pressure over its threshold for violence in PG-13 films, the Motion Picture Association of America defended its often-criticized rating system on Wednesday.
A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Ohio State University recently published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that gun violence in the most popular PG-13 releases since 1985 has tripled in frequency. The number of scenes featuring gun violence in PG-13 films, the study found, has come to rival or even surpass the rate of such sequences in R-rated movies.
The association’s ratings board is no stranger to criticism, but the study »
- Associated Press
There's been plenty of outcry in the Us over lesbian sex in Blue is the Warmest Colour. Brutality onscreen, however, is fine
If you bothered to listen to the Parents Television Council, you would think that New York's tiny IFC Center was evil incarnate when the theatre decided not to enforce the Nc-17 rating for the film Blue Is the Warmest Color. The Parents Television Council called the move "shocking" and fretted that this meant "minor children" would be allowed to view graphic sex scenes (because they'll no doubt be camping on the street to see a three-hour French drama). Though its "stern warning" was not widely reported, it may very well have contributed to the film's strong box office results thus far.
Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but here's where the fury of the Parents Television Council breaks down: these conservatives are so obsessed with sex, but seemingly care far less about violence. »
- Sarah Jane Stratford
First Netflix crashed the Emmy party. Now the streaming service is poised to do same at the Oscars.
Weeks after picking up its first statuette for original series “House of Cards,” Netflix is set to join the awards hunt on the film front with its first documentary acquisition in several years: “The Square,” the Jehaine Noujaim documentary about the unrest in Egypt.
While Netflix, which declined comment, hasn’t acknowledged any deal to obtain “The Square,” The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the streaming service is in final negotiations to acquire exclusive rights to the film. “Square” has drawn the kind of buzz from critical acclaim and awards at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals that could give it a shot in the documentary category.
The acquisition is in keeping with the announcement Netflix made along with its second-quarter earnings in July of its intent to expand beyond series »
- Andrew Wallenstein
You want funny? We got funny! From Airplane to Duck Soup, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' pick of the 10 best rib-ticklers
• Top 10 romantic movies
• Top 10 action movies
Peter Bradshaw on comedy
Notionally, one of the most loved of genres, comedy persistently finds that it is somehow ineligible for greatness. Comedies rarely get Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, the great comic, was one of cinema's first international superstars. Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy produced sublime gems of film-making, arguably cherished more now than at the time. Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot is one of the most loved films of all time, with a miraculously light touch and a glorious romantic chemistry between Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe. In Hollywood, the screwball tradition came to be supplanted in public taste by Woody Allen, whose DNA can be traced through the cerebral creations of Charlie Kaufman.
Recently, Hollywood comedy »
Veteran box office tracker Paul Dergarabdian is joining Rentrak Corp. as senior media analyst.
He has been president of the box office division of Hollywood.com for the past five years.
Rentrak specializes in data and analysis of viewership of movies, TV shows, home entertainment and videogames. It announced in August that it was purchasing iTVX, a small concern that analyzes products placed directly into TV programs and movies.
Dergarabedian worked for Exhibitor Relations for 14 years before starting box office site Media by Numbers in 2006. He joined Hollywood.com after it acquired Media by Numbers.
Dergarabedian has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio news programs along with documentaries including “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” “The Blockbuster Imperative” and “The Award Show Awards Show.”
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- Dave McNary
At Friday’s 10th anniversary screening of his documentary “Los Angeles Plays Itself” at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, filmmaker Thom Andersen told the audience, “It’s not an update. I didn’t see the need.
“The way movies foreclose the possibility of emancipatory politics has not changed,” he added, and the gulf between an impoverished working class and a wealthy one percent — another running theme of Andersen’s film — is “even more of a truism now” than it was in 2003.
And yet, much is new about “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” Andersen’s encyclopedic, sardonic valentine to his adopted hometown and how it has been represented — for better and worse — by its most famous local industry. For starters, Andersen has remastered “Los Angeles” (which was made at the tail end of the analog video era) in high definition, replacing most of the thousands of film clips excerpted therein with HD source material. »
- Scott Foundas
For your chance to receive complimentary passes to see the film at the Uptown Palladium in Birmingham, Michigan on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:30 Pm, just scroll down to the “Enter to Win” link further down on this page and click it.
You’ll then be directed to a form where you’ll be asked to provide your name and email, from there you’ll get a URL to visit and a code to enter for your chance to win the tickets. But hurry because the contest closes on Sunday, September 8th, 2013!
About The Film
I do not want to make brash accusations that the MPAA is a crooked organization but well, they consistently make questionable decisions. A really entertaining documentary you should check out on for more enlightening information on the subject is “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”. Multiple celebratory figures make insightful statements including South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Whether you have seen it or not is irrelevant to the forthcoming list but I recommend doing so if you enjoy this article. We don’t know much about the MPAA or its committee aside from common traits we have picked up on and acknowledged from our film watching experiences. Minimal usages of f*** are allowed, nudity should be kept to a minimum, violence cannot get to graphic, etc.
What happens when multiple rating certifications start contradicting each other from film to film though? Is the system in place even logical? »
- Robert Kojder
Day 58. Today's on-set playlist. twitter.com/MarcW/status/3…— Marc Webb (@MarcW) April 29, 2013 Hmmm....London Calling, Power, Feed the Animals... I was initially going to write this off as a meaningless tweet but maybe....nah....but perhaps...I honestly don't know. Maybe it's something, maybe it's nothing. Debate away in the comment section. Related Content: More Set Photos Of Peter And Gwen On The Set Of The Amazing Spider-man 2 Editorial: Building The Sony Cinematic Universe Around Spider-man Marc Webb Teases Amazing Spider-man Supervillian Prison Running Time: Filming in progress Release Date: May 2, 2014 (USA) MPAA Rating: This Film Is Not Yet Rated Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Shaeline Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Foxx, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, Dane DeHaan and Martin Sheen. Directed by: Marc Webb Written by: James Vanderbilt (story),Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner (screenplay) In “The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2,” for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life »
The official website of the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Frank Miller’s side-quel, 300: Rise Of An Empire, has revealed a brand new banner (above), character posters and descriptions of the films main characters, Themistocles, (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia, (Eva Green). The film is the much-anticipated follow-up to Zack Snyder’s 2006 visual blockbusting sword and sandals epic. Snyder is also back onboard as producer but makes way for Noam Murro in the directors chair. Check out the official synopsis below, along with the aforementioned promo material.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
“300: Rise of an Empire »
- Craig Hunter
Nestled among the listings of the many, many panels that made up the SXSW Film and Interactive festivals this year was an unexpected name -- Joan Graves, the Senior Vice President of the MPAA and Chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration and the only member of the ratings board whose identity is made public. Graves does not do many interviews, and the MPAA itself has always kept its process partially shrouded in secrecy -- so much so that the name of the event, This Panel is Not Yet Rated, could serve as a nod to the 2006 Kirby Dick documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," in which a private investigator was hired to figure out who, exactly, the people were who determined what gets a PG-13 versus what gets an R. Graves appeared on the panel with filmmaker Vincenzo Natali, whose "Haunter" was making its world premiere at the festival; Travis Stevens, »
- Alison Willmore
Kirby Dick's "The Invisible War" has snagged one of the coveted five competing spots for the Academy's Best Documentary Oscar, and will be released January 18 at the Film Society at Lincoln Center and at Laemmle's Santa Monica, Pasadena and Claremont theaters January 19. The director has made a name for himself by writing and directing documentaries that challenge powerful institutions, from the Catholic Church (Oscar-nominated "Twist of Faith") to the MPAA Ratings Board ("This Film Is Not Yet Rated"). Most filmmakers hope that their movies will be seen, talked about, make money, earn awards, and maybe have some influence on the culture at large. With "The Invisible War," Dick and producer Amy Ziering set their sights on reforming the U.S. Military. They were determined to shake things and up and push for change, because to allow what is happening to continue is intolerable, unthinkable. "Invisible War" is now out on. »
- Anne Thompson
17 items from 2013
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