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January 18, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ads call Madonna's new movie "the erotic thriller of the year." But anyone under age 17 can see the pop star bare her breasts and make steamy love to Willem Dafoe in "Body of Evidence"--if they are accompanied by an adult. It's rated R. On the other hand, the movie industry's toughest warning to parents was given to the upcoming "Wide Sargasso Sea," an art-house film that has only modest lovemaking scenes compared to "Body of Evidence" or last year's R-rated "Basic Instinct."
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December 20, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
When Jack Valenti , the president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, asked historian and public television host Richard Heffner to oversee the group's controversial movie ratings system, Heffner turned it down, saying his mother "did not raise me to count nipples. " But Heffner eventually reconsidered and became, by some accounts, "the least-known most powerful person in Hollywood. " Heffner, who for two decades helped parents decide which movies were suitable for children, died Tuesday at his New York City home of a cerebral hemorrhage, said his son, Daniel Heffner.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2000
I must be getting younger. Movies with language rated "unsuitable for young children" are also unsuitable for me. GEORGE WOOD Malibu
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By David Horsey
In a review of the 945 top-grossing films since 1950, researchers for the American Academy of Pediatrics found that movies rated PG-13 have become progressively more violent, with gunplay tripling since 1985. In fact, today's PG-13 movies are more violent than most R-rated films, the study shows. A lot of the mayhem is cartoon violence - quite literally, since many of the movies are based on comic book characters. But those characters are not what they used to be. Back in 1966 when Batman was conceived for TV, for example, the caped crusader would throw a punch and the word “pow” would explode on the screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By David Horsey
In a review of the 945 top-grossing films since 1950, researchers for the American Academy of Pediatrics found that movies rated PG-13 have become progressively more violent, with gunplay tripling since 1985. In fact, today's PG-13 movies are more violent than most R-rated films, the study shows. A lot of the mayhem is cartoon violence - quite literally, since many of the movies are based on comic book characters. But those characters are not what they used to be. Back in 1966 when Batman was conceived for TV, for example, the caped crusader would throw a punch and the word “pow” would explode on the screen.
OPINION
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Motion Picture Assn. of America President Jack Valenti has agreed to talk to filmmakers who signed a petition protesting the current movie rating system. Oscar-winning directors Sydney Pollack, Francis Coppola and Barry Levinson were among 31 directors whose names appeared on a petition presented Tuesday to MPAA officials by Silverlight Entertainment, a small New York-based distributor whose soon-to-be-released "Life Is Cheap . . . But Toilet Paper Is Expensive" was recently X-rated by the MPAA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small demonstration against the new NC-17 film rating erupted into a scuffle Friday night when a man who had come to see the movie "Henry and June," the first film to receive the new rating, got into a fight with a demonstrator. The two men fell to the sidewalk, wrestling and shouting, outside the Edwards Bristol Street Cinemas on the 3700 block of South Bristol about 7:25 p.m. The fight was over by the time two police cars arrived a few minutes later.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By John Horn and Steven Zeitchik
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By John Horn
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Susan King
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1990 | ROBERT RADNITZ, Radnitz is the producer of the feature films "Sounder," which received five Academy Award nominations, and "Cross Creek," which received four, and the TV movie "Mary White," winner of an Emmy Award. and
Since its inception, I have fought against the rating system. I have felt it to be a ploy to ward off federal legislation, but in point of fact, I believe it has brought the motion picture industry closer to federal regulation than it ever was. Personally, I have nothing against sex or violence in any film for anyone--provided that it not be gratuitous. When it is, it should be castigated for what it is--bad filmmaking. I believe in the American people's ability to discern for themselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2002 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "Spider-Man," a goblin is impaled, a cable car full of children hangs from a bridge, and a father and a father figure die. In "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" a mother dies in her son's arms; a father is decapitated and his boy finds the severed head in a helmet. Does this sound like appropriate fare for young children? To some parents, the answer is a resounding no. "I've never had so many e-mails about a movie as I have about 'Spider-Man,'" said Nell Minow, a Washington, D.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
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.
OPINION
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.
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