November 18, 1990
Can it really be that your Oct. 18 mail ran 5-to-1 against the NC-17 rating? Boy, puritanism sure is alive and well. None of the letter writers seemed to understand that the intent of an erotic, adult-oriented film is not necessarily pornographic. One letter goes so far as to complain that the Times' ad for "Henry & June" shows part of a woman's tush. Hell, we see a whole lot more of Heather Locklear's in her fitness club ads! Jack Valenti and his ratings people have finally arrived in the 20th Century.
March 31, 1989
The Academy Awards telecast on ABC Wednesday night scored its biggest ratings in five years, figures from A. C. Nielsen Co. showed Thursday. The three-hour-plus broadcast had an average audience of 26.9 million homes in the United States--half of all those that were watching TV during that period. By contrast, about 9.6 million homes were tuned to the movie "Stroker Ace" on CBS between 9 and 11 p.m., about 7 million watched "Nightingales" on NBC from 10 to 11 p.m. The program's raw rating of 29.
October 29, 2010
'The Walking Dead' Where: AMC When: 10 p.m. Sunday Where: IFC When: 12:15 a.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-14-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for coarse language and violence) 'Dead Set' Where: IFC When: Premiered Monday, concludes Friday at midnight. The entire series will re-air Sunday (Halloween) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Rating: TV-MA-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17 with advisories for coarse language and violence)
October 28, 1990
A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. An X-rated movie with an NC-17 rating is still an X-rated movie. I respectfully ask you to not advertise NC-17 movies. Otherwise, our family will be forced to get our news elsewhere. LINDA MURRAY, Sun Valley
September 12, 2004 |
It was at the impressionable age of 19 that I saw the Blake Edwards movie "10." The title, of course, referred to beautiful Bo Derek's sex-appeal rating on an ascending scale presumably beginning with the No. 1. Who would argue whether Derek was a 10? Not me, then or now, but that's beside the point. The film introduced the idea of hormonal calculus to an entire generation, and we are still living with it. Rating the opposite sex on a numerical scale seems to me an innately male inclination.
October 26, 1995 |
The airwaves are abuzz with the sound of talk, talk and more talk. For veterans Oprah and Geraldo and their many daytime TV disciples (we've lost count), that's hundreds of wardrobe changes a week. And as they parade up and down the aisles, their clothes come under as much scrutiny as their outrageous guests (most of whom deserve to be zinged for the tacky, dingy clothes they wear while basking in their 15 minutes of fame).
September 16, 2011
'We Were Here' Rating: No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Playing: At the ArcLight, Hollywood
October 22, 2010
'My Dog Tulip' Rating: No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 22 minutes Playing: Nuart, West Los Angeles