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Brad Pitt Will Let His 13-Year-Old See Fury

Brad Pitt Will Let His 13-Year-Old See Fury

Fury has been called a “face-first plunge into the blood, guts and terror of combat”, “the nauseating exhilaration of combat” and a “bleak and savage story of a World War II tank crew.”

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The PG-13 Movie Rating Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

The PG-13 Movie Rating Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

You can thank Steven Spielberg for a lot of things. Movies like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, Jaws, The Adventures of Tin Tin, and Lincoln are just a handful of projects that have the Spielberg touch. You can also thank him for the PG-13 movie rating that was ...

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What Movie Ratings Pay Off for Studios?

What Movie Ratings Pay Off for Studios?

On March 30, Disney announced the movie Frozen had become the top-grossing animation in box office history, topping $1 billion in worldwide sales. Now the snowy tale about two sisters is inching its way up another scale.

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7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV

7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV

Truth is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn’t have a list of specific words that can’t be said on the airways. (However profane speech is banned on broadcast radio and television between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.) You can thank comedian George Carlin for the inventory of dirty ...

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Another Era Ended—Archie Comics Dismisses Comic Code Authority

Another Era Ended—Archie Comics Dismisses Comic Code Authority

For many, the seal of the Comic Code Authority that used to be boldly emblazoned on comics in the 1950s, than a tad smaller in the 1960s, is a rarely noticed icon. Yet it represented one of mass media’s earlier attempts to regulate and tame the content of a ...

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After Oscar Win “The King’s Speech” Is About To Be Altered

After Oscar Win “The King’s Speech” Is About To Be Altered

The King’s Speech was the toast of the evening at the 83rd Academy Awards this past Sunday, taking home the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screen Play. It’s also notable as being the very first R-rated movie to receive an A-grade from ...

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Family Oscar Parties 2011

Family Oscar Parties 2011

With the Academy Awards less than a week away, many people are making final preparations for their own Oscar parties. But how can parents with children make this a family friendly affair with so many of the top titles earning an R rating?

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FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

Released in December 2009, this report details improvements and deficiencies in the current US marketplace with the selling of media products to children and teens. Of particular interest within the report are the compliance rates of specific retailers in making sure underage customers don’t have access to adult rated products.

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Is Oscar Becoming More Of A Family Man?

Is Oscar Becoming More Of A Family Man?

This week’s Oscar nominations caught me a little by surprise. After last year’s collection of films were deemed to be seen by the least number of people ever at the time of nomination, it appears this year’s awards are trying woo back Mr. and Mrs. America—and ...

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Will A New MPAA Leader Bring Changes to Movie Ratings?

Will A New MPAA Leader Bring Changes to Movie Ratings?

After the late Jack Valenti headed the Motion Picture Association of America for over three decades his replacement, Dan Glickman, took over in 2004. Just last week (January 22, 2010), Glickman announced his resignation as CEO of the MPAA. In the interim Bob Pisano, President and COO, will take the helm until a ...

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New Potter Movie Is Back To PG—But Don’t Get Too Excited

New Potter Movie Is Back To PG—But Don’t Get Too Excited

The Harry Potter series began in the realms of PG ratings, but the last two (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) went into PG-13 territory. However, the latest magical movie—Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince—has been rated PG ...

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Changes in Movie Ratings—Yet Again

Changes in Movie Ratings—Yet Again

In January I wrote about new MPAA head Dan Glickman’s encouraging remarks to filmmakers to create more NC-17 movies and have them playing at suburban theaters. [http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/publications/rgcolumns/2007/0125.asp] But over the past few months—and especially the last two weeks—I’m seeing ...

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Changes in Movie Ratings Part 1—Why Independent Producers Want Change

Changes in Movie Ratings Part 1—Why Independent Producers Want Change

With the recent media coverage regarding television ratings, few have taken notice of the other major media rating system that is being modified. The Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) movie rating system is about to be affected by subtle changes that I feel could spell big differences in ...

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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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Jackass: The Movie? Or the MPAA?

Jackass: The Movie? Or the MPAA?

Please forgive the questionable title on this column, but it certainly is a question that begs to be answered after checking out the content in Jackass: Number Two, a "movie" (better described as an obscene circus act) that has left many—including hardened liberals—wondering just what does ...

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