July 20, 2012 |
Spike Lee's provocative Sundance movie, "Red Hook Summer," will be assigned an R rating by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, with the film avoiding the more severe NC-17. A person familiar with the MPAA's ruling who was not authorized to speak about it publicly said the group's raters had in recent days formally decided to allow moviegoers under the age of 17 to see the film if accompanied by an adult. An NC-17, of course, would have precluded any teenagers from seeing it no matter who they were with (and restricted potential play dates and marketing)
May 13, 2012 |
At first, the email rants from readers expressing their distress about Hollywood's increasing reliance on foul language were a mere trickle. Like the way one couple lost faith in one of their favorite actors, Paul Rudd, mortified by his graphic pep talk to his private part in"Wanderlust. " Before those complaints could be chalked up to a prudish few, they grew into a steady stream of frustration, such as the distinct distaste for the dialogue in writer-director-actress Jennifer Westfeldt's indie comedy"Friends With Kids.
March 28, 2012 |
The news media has been abuzz recently about the Motion Picture Assn. of America's decision to adopt an R rating for the film documentary"Bully,"and understandably so. School bullying has reached epidemic proportions, and with the rise in social media, bullying insidiously follows children from the schoolyard into their homes, their dorm rooms and their computers. A long list of Hollywood celebrities, sports stars, members of Congress and just plain folks denounced the MPAA for assigning the R rating to "Bully," and they called for a lowerPG-13rating instead.
March 23, 2012 |
Even as domestic ticket sales stalled last year, the international movie business climbed to new heights. A report released Thursday by the Motion Picture Assn. of America states that global box-office receipts for all films released around the world in 2011 reached $32.6 billion, up 3% over 2010 and 35% higher than five years ago. The rise in global ticket sales reflects the rapid growth in overseas markets, particularly in China, where the box office grew by a whopping 35% to $2 billion in 2011 alone, according to the MPAA.
March 23, 2012 |
When the Motion Picture Assn. of America voted to uphold the R rating for the documentary "Bully" several weeks ago, the film's distributor, Harvey Weinstein, kicked up a dust storm of protest and publicity. But it's not just Weinstein keeping the appeals board busy these days — the organization is facing a significant increase in the number of filmmakers seeking to overturn the initial ratings for their movies. The MPAA, which administers the ratings system via its Classification and Rating Administration, has already heard eight appeals for films scheduled for release this year.
October 27, 2011 |
Motion Picture Assn. of America Chief Executive Chris Dodd is calling on Silicon Valley and Hollywood to jointly fight the entertainment industry's biggest enemy: piracy. The former U.S. senator from Connecticut said it was time for California's two signature industries to stop sparring over the issue of rampant online piracy. "We have so much in common," Dodd told a gathering of scientists and engineers who work for the entertainment industry. "There is so much we can accomplish together — for our customers and for the millions of Americans we employ.
September 16, 2011 |
Putting his stamp on the Motion Picture Assn. of America, former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd has assembled his own team of top-level executives at Hollywood's chief lobbying organization. Dodd, who was tapped in March to run the MPAA, announced Thursday that Lori McGrogan, his former chief of staff in the Senate, will be brought in as his senior advisor, assisting in strategic and long-term planning as well as day-to-day operations. Laura Nichols, formerly a senior fellow for the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C., think tank, will head up the MPAA's communications team.
July 20, 2011 |
The great thing about hiring an economic consultant to support your position on a public issue is that it's never hard to find one who will take your money to parrot your talking points. That's obviously the principle underlying a recent finding by the consultants at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. that California's film production tax credit, which doles out $100 million a year, purportedly to keep Hollywood productions from leaving the state, has been a huge economic boon.
June 28, 2011 |
Bob Pisano is stepping down as president and chief operating officer of the Motion Picture Assn. of America after nearly six years on the job. Pisano's departure was expected after the board of the MPAA, which acts as Hollywood's chief lobbying arm on Capitol Hill, hired former U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd as its chairman and chief executive this year. The MPAA is not expected to fill Pisano's position. A spokesman for the group said Pisano's departure was a "mutual decision" reached with Dodd.