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The Big Picture consists of three types of content, namely: Expert Studies [Expert Studies], Articles [Articles], and Reviewers' Blog [Reviewers' Blog].

Articles

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… read more »

Articles

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 medium that was especially popular for kids.

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Reviewers' Blog

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 read more »

Articles

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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Expert Studies

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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Reviewers' Blog

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.… read more »

Articles

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 permanent replacement for Glickman… read more »

Articles

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—read more »

Articles

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 other changes that I haven’t… read more »

Articles

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 the types of movies you find at your local… read more »

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