February 28, 2013
Is Scott Weiland still the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots? Depends on whom you ask. Early Wednesday, the other three members of that grunge-era holdover - guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz - released a tersely worded statement declaring that they had "officially terminated Scott Weiland. " The firing came after what Rolling Stone recently described as "a rocky period" for the band, which, following a lengthy break, reunited in 2008 and toured heavily in support of a self-titled 2010 album.
February 27, 2013 |
Concerned about a backlash against violent television shows and movies in the wake of several high-profile mass shootings, the entertainment industry is rolling out an advertising campaign it hopes will keep lawmakers off its back. The goal of the initiative is to inform parents about the "many tools that can help them manage what their children see on television and at the movies. " Among the groups backing the effort are the Motion Picture Assn. of America, National Assn. of Broadcasters, the National Assn.
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August 21, 2012 |
Henry Herx, who for more than 30 years prepared the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' movie ratings and wrote reviews that were distributed by the Catholic News Service, has died. He was 79. Herx died Wednesday at his home in Ramsey, N.J., of complications from liver cancer, his family told the Catholic News Service. Herx also edited movie guides, including "Our Sunday Visitor's Family Guide to Movies and Videos," in which he evaluated thousands of titles through the prism of Catholic doctrine and took stock of sexual content, violence and offensive language.
March 21, 2012
Rated S for stupid Re " Calls grow to revamp movie ratings ," March 17 Congress has better things to do than get involved in movie ratings. As you write: "Two dozen members of Congress - mostly Democrats, though the list includes Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) - have signed a letter to the MPAA complaining about the'Bully' rating. " Our nation suffers from endless wars, high unemployment, uneven and unfair taxation, a bleak future for the younger generation and hundreds of other serious problems.
March 29, 2011 |
Warner Bros. is in advanced negotiations to acquire the popular movie ratings website Flixster, signaling the studio's big push into social networking. The Time Warner Inc.-owned studio is now the most likely buyer of privately owned Flixster Inc. and would pay close to $90 million in cash, according to people familiar with the matter. San Francisco-based Flixster allows consumers to rate and comment on movies, as well as see what others think of films using social networking tools.
December 8, 2010
Applying a rating to a movie is not a scientific process, which helps explain why decisions by the Motion Picture Assn. of America sometimes seem arbitrary. A recent spat between Weinstein Co. and the association over the assessment of an upcoming film makes the association's inconsistencies all the more apparent. The company is upset because its film "Blue Valentine" was designated NC-17 by the MPAA's Classification and Rating Administration. Such a harsh assessment (which bars admission by children under 17)