November 12, 2013 |
When the first "Die Hard" and "Terminator" movies landed in theaters in the 1980s, both were rated R. But their sequels arrived with PG-13 marks - even though the level of violence had actually escalated. Critics have blasted Hollywood's movie ratings for years, claiming that the Motion Picture Assn. of America takes a prudish view of sex and foul language but a very liberal one when it comes to mayhem and bloodshed. A new report provides strong evidence for that critique, concluding that gunplay has tripled within PG-13 films since 1985, the first full year the rating was used.
November 11, 2013 |
A comprehensive study of violence in movies rated PG-13 has found that gunplay has tripled in such films since 1985, when the rating was introduced, and further concluded that from 2009 to 2012, PG-13 films have contained as much or more violence than films rated R. The study, published Monday in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers a troubling portrait not only of the accelerating levels of violence in...
April 16, 2013 |
Chris Dodd, chairman and chief executive of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, announced a new "Check the Box" movie ratings awareness campaign Tuesday morning at CinemaCon, the National Assn. of Theater Owners' annual convention in Las Vegas. The campaign encourages parents to use the rating descriptors that are featured for every film rated PG or higher to make decisions about what films are family friendly and appropriate for their children. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Throughout its existence, the goal of the rating system has never changed: to inform parents and allow them to make their own decisions, considering the children's sensibilities and unique sensitivities," said Dodd.
March 25, 2013 |
An undercover government survey credits movie theaters for making a "marked improvement" in keeping underage audiences away from R-rated movies. The Federal Trade Commission arranged for 13- to 16-year-olds, unaccompanied by a parent, to attempt to buy R-rated movie tickets and similarly rated DVDs, music CDs and video games -- including CDs carrying a parental advisory label (PAL) that warns of explicit content and video games rated M, which means they may be unsuitable for people age 17 and under. Between April and June 2012, the teenagers attempted to buy movie tickets and entertainment products from national and regional chain stores and theaters across the United States.
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.