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December 2, 2011 | BY JOHN HORN, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - The last time Fox Searchlight released an NC-17 rated movie, the world was a different place - but whether it's changed enough could dramatically affect the performance of the company's "Shame," a controversial drama about sexual obsession opening in limited release today. (The film opens next Friday in Philadelphia at the Ritz East.) The art film subsidiary of 20th Century Fox released Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually explicit "The Dreamers" in 2004, when Fox Searchlight faced several marketing obstacles, including several newspapers that wouldn't advertise an NC-17 rated film.
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December 8, 2011 | By Dolores Barclay, Associated Press
Is NC-17 really the kiss of death? Will the merest flash of naked flesh or the softest moan from hot, sweaty bods doom a film to celluloid purgatory? Granted, while only one movie with the adults-only marker (no one under 17 admitted) has become a box-office hit ( Showgirls ), some have won critical acclaim. Midnight Cowboy , released before NC-17 with an X rating, even won a best picture Academy Award. With director Steve McQueen's hotly anticipated Shame opening (Friday in Philadelphia)
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October 12, 1990 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, the Washington Post and USA Today
The Birmingham News has rejected advertising for the first movie released under Hollywood's new rating, NC-17, and the president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) says the publisher is living in the Stone Age. The 180,000-circulation News, the first paper in the country to take such action, said it would refuse ad copy for Universal's Henry & June as well as all subsequent NC-17 (no children under 17 admitted) films. "I can't tell the publisher how to do his business, but . . . the reasonable, sane and fair way to do things is to find out what the picture is before you decide to ban its (ad)
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July 28, 2004
STEPHEN V. Gilmore writes about the Eagles calendar being inappropriate for children. Well, it's not meant for children - it's a calendar for adults, much like the "Victoria's Secret" catalog, Sports Illustrated swim suit issue, etc. So may I suggest you not buy one for any children - or for yourself. Plus, as for your Panthers - well, all I can say is they have as much of a chance beating us as of you buying one of those "inappropriate" calendars. And thanks for not ordering one. That means there's one left for me. Joe Pineiro, Philadelphia
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October 6, 2004 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily news wire services contributed to this report
THE MOTION Picture Association of America has officially lost its collective mind. According a Rachel Abramowitz story in the Los Angeles Times, the group that slaps those Gs, PGs, and Rs on movies has hit the upcoming "Team America: World Police" with the dreaded NC-17 - the death rating that means a lot of theaters won't show it and some newspapers won't take ads for it. And what in this spoof from the creators of "South Park" has so...
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January 24, 1993 | By Ryan Murphy, FOR THE INQUIRER Also contributing to this story was the Los Angeles Times
"It's absurd!" blasts Louis Malle. "They keep telling you it's not censorship, but clearly it is. To release a film in this country with an NC-17 rating is a kind of kiss of death. You won't get a wide release, some newspapers won't even carry your advertisement. So what can you do? You're forced to make changes to fit into the system. " The director pauses, searches for further fuel for his tirade, and then can only laugh when he repeats himself. "I tell you, the NC-17 rating is absurd!"
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October 1, 1990 | By Carrie Rickey and Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critics
Philadelphia movie audiences have to wait only until Friday to see Henry & June, the first film to carry an NC-17 rating under guidelines unveiled Wednesday by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). In fact, it was the fight about what to rate Henry & June, a Universal Studios release about the sexual entanglements of expatriate erotic novelists Henry Miller and Anais Nin and Miller's wife, June, that spurred the MPAA to create the audience advisory. Like the X rating, which it replaces, NC-17 bars children under age 17 from gaining admittance to a film.
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October 1, 1990 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Is the censorship tide turning already? Though the movie industry is still trying to gauge the impact of the new NC-17 rating, the demise of the dirty old X means audiences will likely be seeing more on-screen sex and violence. Whether this means the boundaries of taste will be pushed to the max in an era of increasing limits on expression in the arts remains to be seen. But at the very least, with the banning of the dreaded X, movie makers are no longer under pressure to trim scenes that have been deemed too sexy or too violent by the movie industry rating board, part of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
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October 6, 1994 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A funny thing happened to The Wild Bunch on the way to its 25th anniversary re-release. In 1969, Sam Peckinpah's classic about violent desperadoes who, after long and dishonorable lives, die for an honorable cause, got rated R. Two weeks ago when it was resubmitted to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) before a proposed theatrical re-release, the film was branded NC-17, meaning that no one under the age of 17 can see it, fewer theaters will book it and some newspapers will refuse to publish an ad for it. Times have changed.
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October 3, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The NC-17-rated "Showgirls" stumbled out of the starting gate its opening weekend, but Hollywood's steam quotient is still rising. Spike Lee says his upcoming "Girls 6" got an NC-17 but probably will be edited to an R. Greg Araki's "The Doom Generation," with a walk-on by Heidi Fleiss, will go the unrated route, a la "Kids. " Meanwhile the upcoming "Jade" has escaped with an R.
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December 9, 2011
THERE'S an exciting figure in movies named Steve McQueen, but he did not star in "The Great Escape," he isn't dead, isn't white, and isn't even a Yank. The new Steve McQueen is a London-born and -based filmmaker who won major acclaim for his first feature, "Hunger," in 2008, about an Irish Republican Army hunger strike, and has caused a stir with his second feature "Shame," a frank (rated NC-17) and visually distinctive look at the life of a sex addict. It stars Michael Fassbender (who played Bobby Sands in "Hunger")
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December 8, 2011 | By Dolores Barclay, Associated Press
Is NC-17 really the kiss of death? Will the merest flash of naked flesh or the softest moan from hot, sweaty bods doom a film to celluloid purgatory? Granted, while only one movie with the adults-only marker (no one under 17 admitted) has become a box-office hit ( Showgirls ), some have won critical acclaim. Midnight Cowboy , released before NC-17 with an X rating, even won a best picture Academy Award. With director Steve McQueen's hotly anticipated Shame opening (Friday in Philadelphia)
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December 2, 2011 | BY JOHN HORN, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - The last time Fox Searchlight released an NC-17 rated movie, the world was a different place - but whether it's changed enough could dramatically affect the performance of the company's "Shame," a controversial drama about sexual obsession opening in limited release today. (The film opens next Friday in Philadelphia at the Ritz East.) The art film subsidiary of 20th Century Fox released Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually explicit "The Dreamers" in 2004, when Fox Searchlight faced several marketing obstacles, including several newspapers that wouldn't advertise an NC-17 rated film.
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January 17, 2011 | By Dan Gross
TLC's "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro , brought a huge, jaw-dropping cake to the joint bar mitzvah of Cory and Lucas Fraiman on Saturday at Ice Works, in Aston. A camera crew was on hand for the event, at which Valastro ice skated with the boys, who are both in the neighborhood of 13 years old, and about a year-and-a-half apart. Their parents, Kara and Howard Fraiman , run the Ashley's Angels charity, which helps special-needs children. It's named after their late daughter, Ashley.
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January 14, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
A version of this review appeared in October during the Philadelphia Film Festival. Michelle Williams needs to make a movie that doesn't have a tragedy involving a dog, and she needs to make a movie where she doesn't look like the weight of the world is crushing her soul. Blue Valentine , an overwrought American indie from writer/director Derek Cianfrance, is not that movie. Opening with the cries of a little girl and ending with strangely incongruous fireworks and a boppy Grizzly Bear tune, Blue Valentine - shot in and around Scranton, with a side trip or two to Brooklyn - offers a fractured portrait of a couple's relationship: the meet-cute; the shaggy, charming courtship; the big problems and small grievances on the way to marriage, a daughter, and then what?
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January 9, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
The National Society of Film Critics friended The Social Network , naming the movie about the birth of Facebook the best picture of 2010 at its 45th annual meeting Saturday in New York. Network dominated the day with helmer David Fincher cited best director, writer Aaron Sorkin top screenwriter, and Jesse Eisenberg, poker-faced and antisocial as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, lead actor. For her passionate portrayal of Mussolini's secret lover in Marco Bellocchio's Vincere , Giovanna Mezzogiorno took lead-actress honors.
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October 15, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Unleashed this week in Philadelphia is a force so powerful it can summon Pete Rose, M. Night Shyamalan and even one of the "Legend of the Seeker" gals. It is the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival, drawing dozens of actors and filmmakers and some 100 movies to the city in the next two weeks. The 19th is the first full-size festival to commence in its new fall slot. After a management revamp last year, organizers moved the spring event to October, hastily putting together a free festival they called "18 1/2," resulting in a few ticketing glitches.
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October 15, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Michelle Williams needs to make a movie that doesn't have a dog tragedy in it, and she needs to make a movie where she doesn't look like the weight of the world is crushing her soul. Blue Valentine , an overwrought American indie from writer/director Derek Cianfrance, is not that movie. Opening with the cries of a little girl and ending with strangely out-of-place fireworks and a boppy Grizzly Bear tune, Blue Valentine - shot in and around Scranton, with a side trip or two to Brooklyn - offers a fractured portrait of a couple's relationship: the meet-cute; the shaggy, charming courtship; the big problems and small grievances on the way to marriage, a daughter, and then what?
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October 5, 2010 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Council Rock School District students don't have to go to the local cineplex to see movies with graphic sex, extreme violence, suicide, and other R-rated material. They can catch many of those films in class. The district's two high schools show dozens of R-rated movies - which those under 17 aren't allowed to see in theaters without an adult. That bothers some parents, who say the films are too violent or raunchy for teens. "I care about what my kids watch," said Diana Nolan, who formed Parents Active in Responsible Education (PARE)
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May 9, 2008
Directed by Xavier Gens. With Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik and Patrick Ligardes. Distributed by After Dark Films. 1 hour, 48 mins. NC-17 (Extreme violence, sadism, gore, Nazism). Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. Xavier Gens' Frontier(s) , which is the latest entry in the French Horror New Wave ( Inside , High Tension , Maléfique ), is a deeply disturbing, unapologetically brutal exercise in torture porn. But Gens tries to transcend the film's genre by using the basic structure of the classics, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance , to spin a hyperbolic parable about ethnic strife in France.
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