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

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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).

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

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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:
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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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MPAA head Chris Dodd on Conn. school shooting: 'We stand ready to be part of the national conversation'

The head of the Motion Picture Association of America has released the organization’s first public statement addressing last Friday’s deadly Newtown, Conn. school shooting and its lasting aftermath.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman and CEO of the MPAA, not only mourned those lost, but mentioned his own personal connection to Connecticut, and that those in the film industry “stand ready to be part of the national conversation.”
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MPAA praises Republicans' 'Internet Freedom' platform

Conservatives often complain that Hollywood is in the bag for the Democrats, but when it comes to internet freedom, the motion-picture industry likes what the Republican Party has to say. Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (and former Democratic senator from Connecticut), officially embraced the Republican Party’s campaign platform on intellectual property and internet freedom:

“The Republican Party platform language strikes a very smart balance: it emphasizes the importance of us doing more as a nation to protect our intellectual property from online theft while underscoring the critical importance of protecting internet freedom. As the party points out, the internet has been for its entire existence a source of innovation, and it is intellectual property that helps drive that innovation. Copyright is the cornerstone of innovation; it allows creators to benefit from what they create. As Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor — herself once a Republican elected official — wrote, ‘[I]t should not be forgotten that the Framers intended copyright itself to be the engine of free expression. By establishing a marketable right to the use of one’s expression, copyright supplies the economic incentive to create and disseminate ideas.’ READ FULL STORY

'Killer Joe' sets release date with NC-17 rating -- TRAILER

EW has confirmed that embattled indie Killer Joe has set a release date, as Deadline first reported. Matthew McConaughey’s trailer-park noir found itself in an appeals imbroglio this March when the MPAA slapped an NC-17 rating on it for scenes involving drug use, nudity, violence, and graphic sexuality, to name a few. Despite losing that fight, Joe will hit theaters unchanged on July 27. Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

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