My friend told me a story the other day: a receptionist in her office, knowing that my friend was an Avengers fan, asked whether she should take her 7-year-old son to see the movie. "He's the biggest Spider-Man fan," the receptionist explained. "He wants to dress in his Spider-Man costume to watch it." My friend's eyes went round with horror. "No," she said. "Oh, no, no, no. Take your kid and run in the opposite direction."Read More
Earlier this month, we reported that The Weinstein Company, producers behind the upcoming film 3 Generations, were fighting the Motion Picture Association of America to change the "R" rating they'd given the film, fearful that this rating would prevent the young people that would benefit most from seeing it. Well, the fight paid off! The MPAA has now given the film a "PG-13" rating instead.Read More
The MPAA is a bunch of hosers.
Remember Kevin Smith's yoga/superhero movie, Yoga Hosers? The film stars Harley Quinn Smith and her IRL bosom buddy Lily-Rose Depp—the daughters of Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp, respectively—as Canadian teens who harness the power of yoga to defeat monsters attempting to keep them from a high school party.Read More
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has some concerns about a law against revenge porn proposed by Minnesota legislators.Read More
The only Star Wars film out of the existing six that has earned a PG-13 rating thus far is Revenge of the Sith -- and now, The Force Awakens will share at least one thing in common with a Star Wars prequel, because it'll be rated PG-13 as well.Read More
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."Read More
Pros and cons.
Some ups and downs for the state of queer representation in media.Read More
"I wanted a Klondike Bar."
This is the best Game of Thrones fan encounter pic I've ever seen.Read More
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...Read More
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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.Read More
It Came From Outer Space
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.Read More
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.Read More