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Philomena: The Book Versus The Movie

Philomena: The Book Versus The Movie

Watching the film Philomena, about an unwed woman forced to give up her baby during the 1950s, left me with a lot of questions. What happened to the disgraced mother after she lost her son? Where did she go when she left the convent that housed her during that traumatic ...

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Parents Beware: “Spring Breakers” Ain’t No High School Musical Remake

Parents Beware: “Spring Breakers” Ain’t No High School Musical Remake

Why am I not surprised? Because in my 30-plus years of working in media I’ve seen it time and time again—child and teen stars go off the deep end once they enter adulthood and some eager agent/producer/director or even (sadly) their parents are all too keen ...

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Teacher Suspended After Showing Eminem Video In Class

Teacher Suspended After Showing Eminem Video In Class

I’ve had many parents tell me their kids see more R-rated movies in school classrooms than they ever do in movie theaters. If you’ve had that experience with your kids, you may appreciate this story of a seventh-grade teacher (yes… that’s grade seven) who showed her class ...

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Applauding Adultery? Smooth Dave… Real Smooth

Applauding Adultery? Smooth Dave… Real Smooth

In case you haven’t heard the latest celebrity gossip, comedian and talk show host David Letterman recently jumped into his car early one morning and found a package on the back seat. Inside were the details of many not-so-good things he apparently did and a threat that unless he ...

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Does Watching Sex on Television Predict Teen Pregnancy?

Does Watching Sex on Television Predict Teen Pregnancy?

This article may be the first that looks at actual data that suggests there is a prospective link between exposure to sexual content on television and the likelihood of experiencing a pregnancy before the age of 20. The data was collected over 3 years.

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Changes in Movie Ratings Part 2—More NC-17 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You

Changes in Movie Ratings Part 2—More NC-17 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You

For years, independent producers (and foreign filmmakers) have claimed their movies receive stricter ratings than movies coming from the big six studios that contain similar content. One filmmaker who decided to make a strong statement about this inequality is Kirby Dick. His recent documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, ...

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Is the MPAA Giving In on CLERKS 2?

Is the MPAA Giving In on CLERKS 2?

A friend of mine who has been reviewing movies from a traditional artistic viewpoint for decades pulled me aside at a screening a couple of weeks ago.

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Pulling Young People Into The Matrix

Pulling Young People Into The Matrix

I’m often asked to present media sessions in schools. I’m amazed how frequently arms shoot up in an elementary classroom and “The Matrix!” is exclaimed in response to “What’s your favorite movie?”

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Take2 Interactive: Guilty of Mocking ESRB Ratings?

Take2 Interactive: Guilty of Mocking ESRB Ratings?

Is it a game publishers dream? Or nightmare?Just when you thought the controversy surrounding Take2 Interactive’s Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas was fading away, a new development has brought the game back to the forefront of news media—and likely cash registers.

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The Faithful Are Still Easy Pickings in Media

The Faithful Are Still Easy Pickings in Media

My kids love blonde jokes. And for the most part, I put up with it. But I don’t know that I’m making the best decision. No matter how innocent it may seem, teaching children it’s permissible to make fun of any identifiable group of people, is ...

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U of Michigan Confirms: Sex and Violence Don’t Sell

U of Michigan Confirms: Sex and Violence Don’t Sell

I recently covered a sexually charged television advertising campaign’s failure to sell beer. Shortly after filing the story, I discovered a recently released study from the University of Michigan that may provide more reasons than ever before for advertisers to avoid violent and sexual television content.

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If Sex Can’t Sell Beer, Why Is TV Still Hooked On It?

If Sex Can’t Sell Beer, Why Is TV Still Hooked On It?

In 2003, Miller Brewing began a series of ads that got far more response than they expected. Titled “Cat Fight,” the spots featured a couple of impossibly breasted women ripping each other’s clothes off as they fought over conflicting positive traits of Miller Lite.

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The Reality Plague Hits Theaters

The Reality Plague Hits Theaters

Today I sat through 90 minutes of reality entertainment that left me convinced there are far too many dollars in the pockets of people who have nothing to do, because unlike Reality TV The Real Cancun is a Reality movie.

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Canadian Parents Unplug Naked News

Canadian Parents Unplug Naked News

Imagine a sixty-minute newscast with no news footage – only anchor people reading news copy, weather reports, and sports scores. Sound boring? Now imagine the same thing, only naked.

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