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MOVIE REVIEWS: BULLY

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Weinstein Co.’s Bully is garnering some of the strongest reviews of the year, with several critics stepping out of their roles as appraisers and becoming advocates for it — many of them condemning the Motion Picture Association of America for its decision to slap the film with an R-rating because of language. (The Weinstein […]

CONGRESSMEN ENTER BULLY BATTLE

March 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Twenty members of Congress have reportedly signed an online petition started by a high-school student asking the MPAA to set aside the R rating for Bully, the theatrical documentary about teenage bullying due to be released later this month by The Weinstein Company. The bipartisan group of congressmen, led by Democratic Rep. Mike Honda of […]

MPAA SURVEY: PARENTS WANT F-WORD BARRED IN PG-13 MOVIES

March 7, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

The MPAA has commissioned a survey of U.S. parents to determine whether they wish the organization to overlook bad language — in particular the use of the F-word — in assigning ratings to films, the Los Angeles Times reported today. It quoted Joan Graves, who heads the MPAA’s ratings board, as saying that the survey […]

WEINSTEIN TO APPEAL RATING FOR BULLY DOC

February 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co., plans to fight the R rating meted out to the Lee Hirsch documentary Bully, which deals with what the filmmaker calls the bullying crisis in American schools that has scarred the lives of countless children and resulted in numerous suicides. The film purportedly includes several utterances of profanity […]

PG-13 VERSION OF KING’S SPEECH FAILS TO ATTRACT

April 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Cleaning up the king’s speech in order to permit The Weinstein Co. to rerelease their R-rated film with a PG-13 rating instead did not pay off at the box office as the company had hoped. Today’s (Monday) Los Angeles Times observed that the recut version of The King’s Speech collected only $1.2 million in ticket […]

ANTI-SMOKING GROUPS SCORE RANGO

March 9, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Three anti-smoking groups are fuming over scenes in the animated Rango in which the characters are seen with cigarettes and cigars. In a statement, Legacy, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the American Academy of Pediatrics particularly objected to a scene in which “the hero, a chameleon, swallows a cigar and breathes fire in the face […]

TILLMAN DOCUMENTARY TO FEATURE UNAIRED NEWS FOOTAGE

August 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Although the broadcast networks and cable news channels are generally reluctant to provide unaired news footage to official investigators and other authorities, the producers of the documentary about the death of former NFL player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan were apparently able to get hold of some damning video that one network chose not to run. […]