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July 25, 1990 | DAVID FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the X rating the equivalent of "economic suicide" for non-pornographic films, a New York-based distributor announced on Tuesday that his company is releasing Wayne Wang's "Life Is Cheap . . . but Toilet Paper Is Expensive" with a self-annointed adults-only A rating. "If the (Motion Picture Assn. of America) is not ready to do that, then we'll do that ourselves," said Silverlight Entertainment President Mark Lipsky, at an 11 a.m.
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August 6, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While acknowledging that the current movie ratings system has "served the public interest and the (film industry) for years," the Writers Guild of America on Friday added its voice to the chorus of critics calling for changes. "Our feeling is that there is something wrong (with the ratings system)," said WGA West President George Kirgo, adding his personal view that the ratings have not "kept up with the times."
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While acknowledging that the current movie ratings system has "served the public interest and the (film industry) for years," the Writers Guild of America on Friday added its voice to the chorus of critics calling for changes. "Our feeling is that there is something wrong (with the ratings system)," said WGA West President George Kirgo, adding his personal view that the ratings have not "kept up with the times."
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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.
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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.
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August 8, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Rated A: The New York Times has accepted an ad for a movie that carries an adults-only rating assigned to it by its own distributor. Wayne Wang's "Life Is Cheap . . . But Toilet Paper Is Expensive" was rated X by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, but Silverlight Entertainment, arguing that the X creates an undue economic hardship on films, put its own "A" label--for adults only--on the ad and submitted it to the New York Times.
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July 24, 1990 | DAVID FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the X-rating the equivalent of "economic suicide" for non-pornographic films, a New York-based distributor announced today that his company is releasing Wayne Wang's "Life Is Cheap But Toilet Paper Is Expensive" with a self-appointed adults-only "A" rating. "If the (Motion Picture Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1997
I loved "Jerry Maguire." I also am not a fan of Shakespeare. Nevertheless, my two college kids urged me to go see Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet" last month. After leaving the theater I realized I had just witnessed one of the greatest motion pictures I'd ever seen in my lifetime. I'm still not too crazy about Shakespeare, but this particular film's excellence is a fact that even I had to acknowledge. Imagine my shock when "Jerry Maguire" got a best picture nomination and "Hamlet" did not ("The Indies' Fat Tuesday," Calendar, Feb. 12)
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September 12, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "Life Is Cheap . . . but toilet paper is expensive" (Nuart) writer-director Wayne Wang's ambitions exceed his abilities. It would seem that he was overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to catch on film the vibrancy and complexity of Hong Kong--no easy task, of course--and tries for a kind of jaunty film noir spoof. The result is arch and precious.
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July 5, 1990 | JACK MATHEWS, TIMES FILM EDITOR
Barry Levinson, Spike Lee and John Sayles are among the prominent American directors whose names appear on a petition urging the Motion Picture Assn. of America to create a rating category that would allow adult-themed films to avoid the commercially poisoning X. The petition, urging MPAA President Jack Valenti to overhaul his 22-year-old ratings system "in order to more fairly reflect the original intent of the X," is being circulated by Silverlight Entertainment, a small New York distributor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 1990 | DAVID FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the X rating the equivalent of "economic suicide" for non-pornographic films, a New York-based distributor announced on Tuesday that his company is releasing Wayne Wang's "Life Is Cheap . . . but Toilet Paper Is Expensive" with a self-annointed adults-only A rating. "If the (Motion Picture Assn. of America) is not ready to do that, then we'll do that ourselves," said Silverlight Entertainment President Mark Lipsky, at an 11 a.m.
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August 10, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time since the movie rating system has come under increased pressure for modifications to its adults-only X classification, Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, has publicly acknowledged that a change may be coming.
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