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  1. 50 Shades Receives Official Rating, Jamie Dornan Elaborates on His Butthead Sex Dungeon Remarks

    He uses the words "hoo-hah."

    "In the course of researching this character, I have seen the reality very closely. I can tell you from an alarmingly first-hand perspective it's not altogether sexy."

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  2. GLAAD Records Gains in LGBTQ Representation in TV, While MPAA Rates the UK’s Pride NC-17

    Pros and cons.

    Some ups and downs for the state of queer representation in media. 

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Petyr Baelish Sad With Ice Cream

    "I wanted a Klondike Bar."

    This is the best Game of Thrones fan encounter pic I've ever seen.

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  4. Summer Box-Office Problems Likely Stem From Lack of Content for Women, Surprising No One

    Except maybe the movie execs who keep making these decisions.

    According to data from the Motion Picture Association of America, the young male demographic that most big Hollywood movies are aimed at is making fewer trips to the theater and hurting box-office totals. Who is spending money at the movies? Women, and movies aimed at women are reaping the benefits. So, you know, any time you want to get on that Black Widow movie, Marvel...

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  5. Things We Saw Today: You Can Own the War Doctor’s Sonic

    Things We Saw Today

    Does anybody else think it sort of looks like it's wearing a tiny fez? (Nerd Approved)

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  6. It’s Never Been Harder to Sneak Into an R-Rated Movie

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    We all know that people who consume violent media become violent people, right? I mean, it's so obvious. So we should all acknowledge how important it is that we keep violent movies and video games out of the hands of children, in fact, we should be calling on the movie and video games industries to put standards in place to - Wait, you mean they already have? And they're being enforced? And they're being enforced most efficiently in the retail video games market? Yes, according to the Federal Trade Commission itself, it's never been harder for kids to buy tickets for R-rated movies or purchase M-rated video games, which just goes to show that some things were not harder when you were a kid, and kids these days do not have everything just handed to them.

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  7. Six Strikes And You’re Out: What The Copyright Alert System Means For You

    As of today, three of the major Internet service providers in the United States -- Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T -- are teaming up with the MPAA and RIAA to let you know that they're watching when you use torrents  to download music, movies or TV shows, and that they don't approve. That disapproval will initially be registered by warnings that remind you that Big Brother your ISP is watching -- the digital equivalent of a disapproving glare -- but that's not the only measure they have at their disposal. Repeat offenders could find themselves blocked from certain sites or even have their connection cut entirely, if temporarily. Keep reading to learn what we know about the new policy, what we don't, and how it could impact the way you use the Internet -- especially if you use it to download media, and come on, who doesn't?

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  8. Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Will Shoot for an NC-17 Rating, Leaves Us Wondering

    i'll just leave this here

    Frankly it leaves us wondering why they're not just making a fully fledged porn. Oh right, they're suing the guys who are making the porn. The musical, though. The musical is apparently fine.

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  9. Hollywood Motion Picture Studios Caught Pirating Games, Movies, and Television Shows via BitTorrent

    The thought that motion picture studios, including members of the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, have been pirating content through the use of BitTorrent is one of those things that's long been suspected, and TorrentFreak reports that they now have proof. Specifically, they worked with BitTorrent monitors Scaneye to track down what IP addresses associated with the member studios of the MPAA have been illegally accessing, and the results were pretty much what you'd expect.

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  10. MPAA, RIAA Would Like Some Help From the Government in Fighting Piracy, Please

    When copyright czar Victoria Espinel asked for input from the public about what to do about the future of copyright law and the increasing ease of piracy, she couldn't be surprised when the MPAA and RIAA weighed in with their opinions on the matter. Those opinions -- expressed in the form of a 28 page wishlist released last Friday -- are unsurprising. Oh, except for the parts that are completely out of touch with reality -- like the idea that uploading a video you don't have the rights to should be a felony, because it is just like murder. Right? Right. That notion was a non-starter when it was a part of SOPA, but that doesn't mean it's off the organizations' laundry list of turn-ons.

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  11. Kim Dotcom Raid Footage Surfaces

    The MegaUpload raid is still a major point of contention. When the site was taken down and founder Kim Dotcom arrested, it was said that the raid made on his sprawling mansion was excessive to the point of lunacy. Officers with semiautomatic rifles and police helicopters were likely not needed for such an operation, even if he were the piracy kingpin groups like the RIAA or MPAA claimed. This broadcast from 3 News has revealed footage of the raid from the police helicopter's point of view.

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  12. Which Scene in Prometheus Tipped the Movie Into an R-Rating?

    It Came From Outer Space

    There's a good part of me that wishes that somehow I could watch Prometheus and have it all be like this picture or even this picture and still get the experience of watching Prometheus. Instead, I'm going to wait for the home video release, probably have a drink beforehand, and keep my finger on the pause button. Because I actually do want to watch Prometheus, as it was cut. There's an interesting story out from the LA Times, however, that's about one pretty significant cut that Ridley Scott was asked to make from Prometheus, apparently the only thing in the movie that stood between it and a PG-13 rating instead of the box-office killing R. If you've already seen the movie, you've probably already guessed which one it is, and if you haven't... well, HUGE SPOILERS below.

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  13. The MPAA will Allow Users to Get Files Off MegaUpload Servers Only If No Infringing Files Are Retrieved

    Ever since MegaUpload was taken down over piracy concerns, the data on the MegaUpload servers has been inaccessible. In the intervening times, there have been several scares about whether or not the data would just be deleted; so far total deletion has been narrowly avoided. The MPAA, who wants to keep the data around for lawsuit purposes, has come out and said it would be okay with giving users access, just so long as it can be guaranteed that literally no infringing files are recovered. It's a condition that's as impossible as it is frivlous.

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  14. MPAA’s Chris Dodd Admits That Calling Piracy “Theft” Is A Bad Idea

    For years, trade associations like the MPAA and the RIAA have perpetuated the idea that digital piracy, file-sharing, copyright infringment and whatnot are literally theft with statements and ads like the famous "You wouldn't steal a car" campaign. While piracy may have potentially negative affects on sales (something this is quite hard to actually measure), calling it out-and-out "theft" has never been accurate. Now, finally, MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd has changed his tune on the issue. About time.

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  15. Judi Dench’s Filthy Mouth and Other Silly Complaints About Movies by British People

    Audience Participation

    While we wouldn't be surprised to see similar, or even weirder complaints from our fellow Yanks here in the U.S. of A., a new collection of complaints by British filmgoers is just adorably prudish and random. Compiled by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which deals directly with costumer complaints concerning movie certificate ratings, a list of the silliest gripes received by the association includes problems with what people look like, what things look like, the words people say, and the price of popcorn. Which, no, Virginia, has nothing to do with rating certificates. So, come with us after the jump to read more about how many British people have a problem every time Dame Judi Dench uses a naughty word!

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  16. Bully Gets Its PG-13 Rating After a Few Edits


    The Weinstein Company finally gave in to some of the pressure being put on it by the MPAA, and in the name of gaining its coveted PG-13 rating, exactly three instances of the "f-word" were edited out of its documentary Bully. And now, Bully is rated PG-13, meaning that teenagers can now see a movie they would prefer not to see with their parents sitting next to them -- and that means they will be exposed to the message they really need to hear. But was the so-called "crucial scene" that contained all the bad language sacrificed for the rating?

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  17. Bully Will Be Released Unrated — Now It’s Up to Theaters to Let Kids In

    I'll Allow It

    So, Harvey Weinstein and the filmmakers behind the documentary Bully have lost their appeal to the MPAA to get their movie a PG-13 rating so their target audience can actually see it. Rather than take the R -- guaranteeing that theaters will show the movie, but not allowing the kids who need to see it in to see it -- it was decided to release it unrated, meaning that technically, there are no audience restrictions. But now this raises a new question: Will theaters even let kids in?

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  18. It’s On: The Battle Over the Bully Rating Heads to Washington, DC

    Officially Official

    The public outcry over the harsh R rating for the documentary Bully has hit a new level and headed straight to the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the people who granted that rating, the Motion Picture Association of America. In an attempt to quell criticism over the rating -- which prevents the people who need to see this movie from seeing without adult supervision -- the MPAA held a screening and panel discussion to try to convince the highly-influential guests who were invited (including Congressional Representatives) why the R rating was sound. The opposite happened, and now the MPAA is under fire on its own turf.

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  19. Major ISPs To Start Throttling Repeat Torrent Pirates This Summer

    This summer, pirates who torrent copyrighted material and have a major ISP are in for a rude awakening. Starting July 12th most major ISPs, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, will begin taking steps to first "educate" and ultimately "mitigate" pirates by adopting a system of graduated warnings after which repeat offenders may experience throttling of their broadband connection. While the plan was agreed on last year, a list of some of the ISPs involved only came to light yesterday at the Association of American Publishers' annual meeting yesterday, where they were announced by RIAA CEO Cary Sherman.

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  20. “Send Them Your Money” Campaign Suggests You Pay the MPAA and RIAA for Piracy Losses with Copied Currency

    When it comes to battling piracy, there's a pretty huge semantic problem that is getting in the way of dealing with the real issue. Organizations like the RIAA and the MPAA tend to treat pirated copies of software as stolen copies of software when they're calculating their (inaccurate) annual losses to piracy. In actuality, piracy -- while illegal -- is not theft; it's piracy. That's why it's called piracy, not theft. In a bid to drive this point home, a little project called Send Them Your Money has suggested an elegantly flippant way to "appease" the MPAA and RIAA: Send them full compensation for their losses in the form of copied dollar bills.

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