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News Archives for 2013

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Motion Picture Group Defends Movie Ratings System

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NEW YORK - Under increasing pressure over its threshold for violence in PG-13 films, the Motion Picture Association of America defended its often-criticized rating system last Wednesday. A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Ohio State University recently published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that gun violence in the most popular PG-13 releases since 1985 has tripled in frequency. The number of scenes featuring gun violence in PG-13 films, the study found, has come to rival or even surpass the rate of such sequences in R-rated movies. The association's ratings board is no stranger to criticism, but the study -... more

JFK Portrayals Brought Challenge for Screen Actors

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LOS ANGELES - A wide range of actors have played President John F. Kennedy in the movies and on TV, starting even before his assassination 50 years ago. Some memorable portrayals: MOVIES - Cliff Robertson, "PT 109," 1963. Released while Kennedy was still in office, the film starred Robertson depicting Kennedy as a Navy lieutenant in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 during World War II. JFK selected Robertson after viewing his screen test; first lady Jackie Kennedy's choice for the role was Warren Beatty. "It's a whopping adventure story of courage and action," said Robertson in the trailer. - Brett Stimely, "Watchman," 2009; "Trans... more

Disney Donates Aid for Philippine Typhoon Victims

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The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it has committed $500,000 in humanitarian aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The company said it will donate the money to Save the Children and The American Red Cross, as well as match donations from employees to organizations involved in disaster relief. "Our hearts go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this tragedy," Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Co., said in a statement. "We hope this donation and our employee matching gift contributions will help families begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of this devastati... more

Study: PG-13 Gun Violence Rivals That of R Movies

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NEW YORK - Gun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films, according to a study released Monday. Ohio State University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed gun violence in top-grossing movies, finding that the frequency of gun violence had more than tripled in PG-13 films since 1985. The PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984. Gun violence in PG-13 movies has rivaled the frequency of gun violence in R-rated movies since 2009, and actually surpassed it in 2012, according to the study. Resea... more

Movie Review: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

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”Dallas Buyers Club," a dramatized biography of the 1980s' unlikeliest AIDS activist, grabs the bull by the horns in the first shots. Gay-hatin', bronc-ridin' Texas good ol' boy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is in a rodeo arena cattle stall, consorting with a pair of willing women while in the ring a cowboy is being tossed and gored by his bull. It's a sequence of visceral animal power, and the key to Woodroof's ornery character. When he's diagnosed with AIDS, he says the hospital must have mixed up his file with "some daisy puller's." When his homophobic buddies shun him after learning of his illness, he literally spits at them. Rel... more

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