Thursday, August 22, 2019

LYNCH’S CHAINED MAY GO OUT BRANDED NC-17

May 2, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Since the MPAA ratings board routinely bestows an R rating on movies with the most sadistic non-sexual violence, industry watchers on Tuesday were speculating about the content of Jennifer Lynch’s new movie Chained, whose NC-17 rating was upheld by the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration. It marks the second time that a Lynch film has […]

A KILLER RATING FOR KILLER JOE?

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The MPAA’s ratings appeals board has upheld the NC-17 rating meted out to William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey and Gina Gershon. The board cited “graphic aberrant content” including violence and sexuality. Reviews of the film mention scenes in which Gershon appears nude below the waist. (Somewhat ironically, Gershon disclosed on Wednesday that she […]

MPAA RATES FRIEDKIN FLICK NC17

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Killer Joe, directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) and starring Matthew McConaughey and Gina Gershon, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating. While the film includes scenes of brutal violence, they reportedly are no more outlandish than countless similar scenes in R-rated films. Reviews of the film, however, mention scenes in which […]

WEINSTEIN TAKES THE BULLY PULPIT

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Harvey Weinstein is ratcheting up his battle with the MPAA and theater owners over the R rating his soon-to-be-released documentary Bully has received because of language. On Tuesday Weinstein responded to a letter from John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners, who wrote that if Weinstein refuses to submit future films to […]

SHAME BOX OFFICE: NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT

December 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Demonstrating — at least in the 10 venues where it was shown — that an NC-17 rating is not the kiss of death that it is often made out to be, Fox Searchlight’s Shame opened with $361,181 over the weekend, for an average of $36,118 per theater, far higher than any other movie currently in […]

NATO CHIEF SUPPORTS NC-17 MOVIES, CALLS FOR MORE

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Persistent reports that newspapers will refuse out-of-hand to run advertisements for NC-17 movies and that many theaters will likewise refuse to screen them are perpetuating a “myth,” according to John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners. In an interview with the Associated Press, Fithian hailed Fox Searchlight for its decision not to […]

STUDIO SAYS IT’S NOT ASHAMED OF NC-17 FOR SHAME

October 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Fox Searchlight has no intention of appealing the NC-17 rating meted out to director Steve McQueen’s Shame by the MPAA Classification and Rating Administration. “I think NC-17 is a badge of honor, not a scarlet letter. We believe it is time for the rating to become usable in a serious manner,” Searchlight President Steve Gilula […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BLUE VALENTINE

December 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Fresh off their victory in persuading the MPAA ratings board to reduce the rating of Blue Valentine from NC-17 to R, the Weinstein Brothers are receiving much critical praise for the film as it opens in limited release today (Wednesday), in time for Oscar consideration. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times calls the film, […]

WEINSTEIN WINS BATTLE WITH MPAA RATINGS BOARD

December 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Harvey Weinstein emerged victorious Wednesday after successfully appealing the NC-17 rating meted out by the MPAA ratings board to Blue Valentine, which is due to open on Dec. 31. The 14-member appeals board agreed to reduce the movie to an R after receiving what the Los Angeles Times described as “a 200-page dossier of letters […]

NATO PRESIDENT URGES MORE NC-17 MOVIES

November 23, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

The president of the National Association of Theatre Owners is urging motion picture producers and distributors not to shy away from films that have been designated NC-17 by the MPAA ratings board. In an interview with USA Today, John Fithian disputed the widespread notion that theater owners will refuse to screen movies with the adult […]