June 5, 2013 |
When Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg submitted “This Is the End” to the ratings board of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, the co-directors didn't just expect their raunchy Judgment Day comedy to be slapped with an NC-17 rating -- they secretly planned on receiving the adults-only rating. Opening June 12, “This Is the End” features an array of actors playing themselves. James Franco is hosting a party at his home when the apocalypse starts. Many celebrities perish, but Franco, Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson survive and try to make it through the end of days.
March 26, 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 movies' tickets and similarly rated DVDs, music CDs and video games. Less than one-quarter of underage shoppers were able to buy a ticket to an R-rated movie, down from one-third in 2010. In fact, ratings enforcement at the movie box office is at its highest level since the FTC began its survey in 2000, the agency said.
November 13, 2012 |
The only way to kill a vampire in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" universe is to rip its head off -- not a very family-friendly method for the legion of young fans clamoring to see the final chapter of "The Twilight Saga. " So, it was with great apprehension that director Bill Condon showed the Motion Picture Assn. of America an early cut of the franchise's fifth and last installment some six months before the film was ready for release. It was a must-do for the filmmaker, who shot both parts of the final novel, "Breaking Dawn," in one long six-month shoot.
July 26, 2012 |
Let's just put it right out there: Never in the history of mankind has a movie been more phallic-ly fixated than "The Watch. "This R-rated Freudian foolishness stars some of the usual suspects known to traffic in prurient puns - Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. The very funny Richard Ayoade, representing the more restrained British point of view on things of a sexual nature, completes the film's foursome. Some of the phallic jokes work, others are really lame. Fortunately there are many other funny bits that have nothing to do with body parts that keep the laughs coming.
July 12, 2012 |
The independent romantic comedy "Dorfman" has won a battle to have its R rating changed to a PG-13, the appeals board of the Motion Picture Assn. of America said Thursday. The movie had been assigned an R rating because of "some sexual content" - specifically the word "fluffer," which refers to an employee on an adult film set who prepares male actors for performing sex scenes. The appeals board heard statements from both the film's producer, Leonard Hill, and its writer, Wendy Kout, as well as MPAA chairwoman Joan Graves.
July 5, 2012 |
When I was with a group of parents earlier this week, watching our kids play in a 14-and-under baseball tournament, I asked them how many of the boys - aged 13 and 14--had gone to see the R-rated movie “Ted.” The answer: Just about all of 'em. But here's what I found really surprising: Nearly all of them went with their mothers. Put simply: Despite its rampant drug use, crude sexual banter and profanity-fueled humor, “Ted” has become a family movie. I have to admit that I wasn't exactly shocked.