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MPAA gives 'Fifty Shades of Grey' R rating


NC-17 or R? That’s been the discussion surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey since the moment they decided to adapt E.L. James’ bestselling series into a movie. And now, the MPAA has made up its mind: The film will be rated R.

According to Variety, the MPAA designated the R rating based on “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity.” There was no mention of Christian Grey’s overwhelming sex appeal, though that was probably meant to be implied.

Fifty Shades of Grey arrives in theaters Feb. 13.

MPAA, cinema owners announce 'zero tolerance' for Google Glass, other recorders

In the continued effort to prevent poorly filmed copies of movies being leaked online, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have announced an updated anti-theft policy that will make your Google Glass unwelcome at a screening of Interstellar.


FAA grants permission for filmmakers to use drones (Updated)

UPDATE: This afternoon the FAA announced it has granted regulatory exemptions to six of the seven aerial film production companies that applied for permits after finding they don’t threaten national airspace security. (It requires more information from the seventh company.)

“Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in broadening commercial UAS [unmanned aircraft systems] use while ensuring we maintain our world-class safety record in all forms of flight,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Secretary Anthony Foxx on a conference call with an FAA administrator and MPAA CEO Chris Dodd.

The press release also notes that the FAA is currently “considering 40 requests for exemptions from other commercial entities.”


Eva Green is too hot for the MPAA: Studio reworking risque 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' poster


Is Eva Green revealing a bit too much in her Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster?

According to Deadline, a poster for the upcoming sequel featuring Eva Green wasn’t approved by the MPAA for “nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.” Though they declined to comment, Dimension Films did confirm to Deadline that the poster was being reworked prior to the film’s Aug. 22 opening. This process is nothing new for the MPAA, who meet with film executives to approve of all advertising materials prior to a film’s release and will offer any tweaks and suggestions to make any needed changes or at least a compromise. No matter the ultimate decision, all of the material is still open for the public’s view.Take a look at the full poster below and judge for yourself: READ FULL STORY

'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).


Will the MPAA ever get the ratings right?

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. “The MPAA say they represent middle-American parents. It’s okay to dismember someone—just don’t swear.”

Motion Picture Association of America defends its ratings system

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. READ FULL STORY

Weinstein Company wins appeal to change 'Philomena' rating to PG-13

The MPAA has had a change of heart, and we have James Bond to thank.

The Motion Picture Association of American originally gave the new Stephen Frears-directed film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, an R rating because more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” was used as an expletive in the film. The Weinstein Company, which produced the film, argued the rating should be changed to PG-13 based on the subject matter and context.

“We felt the MPAA had made the wrong decision in handing the film, which has no violence or lewd material and the bare minimum of adult language, an ‘R’ rating,” said Frears. “I am overjoyed they’ve changed their ruling in order to give families like mine an opportunity to see this film together. Now we can let the whole world see it.”

Dench and Coogan made videos parodying Dench’s iconic James Bond character M, to get the rating changed. Coogan, who also co-wrote the film, was on hand at the MPAA hearing in Los Angeles today to speak on the film’s behalf.

'Philomena' vs. the MPAA: Adam Sandler could be collateral damage -- VIDEO


The MPAA ratings war over Philomena, the upcoming Judi Dench movie that was tagged with an R-rating for profanity, is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress and co-star Steve Coogan are plotting some double-O shenanigans to put pressure on the movie organization to lighten up and assign them a more box-office-friendly PG-13 rating. It’s a complex and convoluted plan that also might involve killing Adam Sandler.

Click below for the James Bond-inspired video from The Weinstein Company that posted on Funny Or Die:

China settles with Hollywood over withheld payments

The Motion Picture Association of America is celebrating a resolution with the China Film Group that will allow Hollywood studios to collect millions of box-office dollars that was being held back by the Chinese since last year. “The MPAA understands that the China Film Group stopped payments owed to MPAA studios in China pending resolution of the application of a new value-added tax (VAT) due to be implemented nationwide as of August 1,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Christopher Dodd, in a statement. “We are pleased to hear that the Chinese government has addressed the matter and all money due will be paid in full. It is our understanding that the payment process has recommenced.”


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