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'The Avengers' almost had an R movie rating -- and this is why

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It’s rare that any superhero movie would garner more than a PG-13 rating — but Joss Whedon’s The Avengers was a different story. Marvel head Kevin Feige recently revealed that the 2012 blockbuster came pretty close to having an R rating, though maybe not for the reason you’d expect.

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'G.B.F.' director blames 'R' rating on MPAA's gay double-standard

It’s an old accusation, but one that shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon: the Motion Picture Association of America is disproportionately stricter about profanity and sex than it is about violence. Relatively gruesome studio films like The Hunger Games or The Dark Knight Rises frequently win PG-13 ratings; relatively gentle films like Philomena, by contrast, are slammed with a much more restrictive R rating — initially, at least — simply for dropping one too many F-bombs.

And then there’s the MPAA’s historically fraught relationship with gay and lesbian content, which often seems to be treated more harshly than heterosexual relations. The latest apparent victim of this unspoken rule: G.B.F., a new teen comedy about the hottest girl in school (Sasha Pieterse) and her gay best friend (Michael J. Willett).

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Gun violence in PG-13 movies has more than tripled since 1985

America’s relationship to gun violence onscreen is a complicated one — but it’s only getting more prevalent. A new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Ohio State University has found that the amount of gun violence in the top-grossing PG-13 movies has more than tripled since 1985, and in 2012 it exceeded the gun violence in the top-grossing R-rated movies.

The study, “Gun Violence Trends in Movies,” also shows that the overall rate of violence in the biggest box-office movies has more than doubled since 1950, and that in 1985, the first full year of the PG-13 rating, the amount of gun violence in popular PG-13 movies was similar to that in movies rated G and PG. Since 2009 it has rivaled the level of gun violence in R-rated movies.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt will edit 'Don Jon's Addiction' to secure R rating

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, a racy comedy about sex addiction, kicked off its rating-free festival run with Sundance last month. But now the actor-director has to prepare for MPAA to come into the picture — Relativity Media has scooped up the U.S. distribution rights — and that means going back to the cutting room. Gordon-Levitt plans to cut down some of the film’s most graphic sex scenes to secure an R rating, EW confirmed. THR reported the news from the Berlin International Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

'A Good Day to Die Hard' to be rated R so Bruce Willis can yell pithy profanities at Russians

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Despite featuring explicit scenes of hardcore parkour, Live Free or Die Hard was still the first film in its franchise to receive a PG-13 rating. That always seemed a bit wrong—after all, “Yippee-ki-yay, m—–f—er!” isn’t exactly the catchphrase of Woody from Toy Story—and this sanitization didn’t really help the fourth entry. Luckily, it seems that the Moscow-set A Good Day to Die Hard will be returning to the series’ less teen-baiting roots of profanity, villainous Europeans, gunfire, explosions, and Bruce Willis yelling profanity at villainous Europeans while shooting and exploding them.

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'The Dark Knight Rises' earns PG-13 rating for violence and...sensuality?

The MPAA has come under some flack of late for its one-size-fits-all rating system and vague-at-best explanations for those ratings. But there’s a fun flip-side to the murkiness: Speculating on what those ratings and their explanations might infer about the movie in question — in this case, The Dark Knight Rises.

The MPAA handed a PG-13 rating today to The Dark Knight Rises, for “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.” The rating itself does not mean the movie is totally done — films often screen well before the director is finished with technical elements like visual effects, sound design, and color timing. But it does provide us with a tantalizing indication for what may be in store with a wildly anticipated film that has otherwise put a high premium on plot details. Namely: Language? Sensuality? Intriguing!  READ FULL STORY

Prop 8 lawyers join 'Bully' appeal, threaten the MPAA: 'They better shape up, or here we come'

Famed attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson have responded to the rallying cry to overturn the controversial R rating the MPAA gave the Weinstein Company-distributed documentary Bully. The legal duo were integral to overturning California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage and also helped TWC in 2010 when they appealed the NC-17 rating for their Oscar-nominated film Blue Valentine. Olson was a solicitor general under George W. Bush, and Boies argued for Al Gore during the 2000 election’s landmark case Bush v. Gore.

At a special screening of the documentary at New York City’s  Paley Center for Media yesterday, Boies said he would take the case to court if necessary. “How ridiculous and unfair and damaging it is to have a film of this power and importance that is being censored by a rating system that has got simply no rational basis,” he said. “You can kill kids, you can maim them, you can torture them and still get a PG-13 rating, but if they say a couple of bad words, you blame them. I hope, for heaven’s sake, that they find some rational basis before we have to sue them to revise the rating system.”

Olson added these words of warning to the MPAA: “They better shape up, or here we come.” READ FULL STORY

MPAA sticks to NC-17 rating for 'Killer Joe'

The NC-17 rating initially given to Killer Joe on March 1 will be upheld, the MPAA said today after its Classification and Rating Appeals Board heard statements from distributor LD Entertainment’s president David Dinerstein and screenwriter Tracy Letts (a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright).The trailer park noir stars Matthew McConaughey as a cop who moonlights as a hitman.

In its decision, the board noted “graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality” as the reasons for the rating confirmation. LD Entertainment had brought the appeal to the board when the NC-17 rating was first decided. Killer Joe premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September and is slated to hit theaters this summer.

Read more:
‘Killer Joe’ distributor appeals NC-17 rating
Toronto Film Festival: Emile Hirsch finds the humor in ‘Killer Joe’
Excess Hollywood: Matthew McConaughey is ‘Killer Joe’

British censors demand seven seconds of 'blood' footage cut from 'Hunger Games' movie

The British Board of Film Classification has mandated that seven seconds of cuts be made for the U.K. distribution of The Hunger Games, in order for the film to receive a 12A rating (the British equivalent of the MPAA’s PG-13).

According to the BBFC’s official listing for the movie, seven seconds were cut at the request of distributor Lionsgate UK to remove “an emphasis on blood and injury” in order to lower the rating and attract younger audiences to the film.

Details of the cuts requested by the distributor were as follows (POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT):

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