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Regal Cinemas Holding Captivity?

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More problems for Captivity, the upcoming torture movie starring Elisha Cuthbert whose marketing campaign‘s heavily misogynistic elements inspired numerous protests, including a campaign to have the MPAA remove the film’s rating.

From all indications, it looks like the 6,300 screen-strong Regal Cinemas chain is will not screen Captivity. NOW and various other women’s groups launched write-in campaigns to Regal and other cinema chains protesting the film. Director Joss Whedon called the movie “torture-porn” in his blog and we can’t really disagree. Billboards for the film featuring a bloodied, tortured Cuthbert were placed at numerous high-traffic locations throughout Los Angeles; many of which were near schools and shopping malls. New York City taxis wound up pulling 1,400 Captivity ads from the tops of their cars. Prior difficulties in obtaining a rating led to the film’s delay from an initial May 18 launch date.

If the loss of income from Regal isn’t enough, our sibling FishbowlLA is reporting that the MPAA has threatened to pull the film’s rating again. Billboards of a bloodied Cuthbert were featured outside of the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Laurel Avenue, outside Captivity‘s well-publicized release party, which featured Suicide Girls and cage fighting.

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  • FBLA Goes to the Party: Captivity Premiere Party: Not All That Freaky

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    After Dark’s producer Courtney Solomon promised that the premiere party for his horror flick, Captivity, wouldn’t be the same old blah evening of red carpet, screening, sponsored cocktail and home by 11. Biggest difference? No screening and open bar.

    Despite the presence of the Suicide Girls (who were certainly the most polite dommettes we’ve ever met–one lanky young thing in gaffer tape pasties and bondage boots squeaked “pardon me, please” as she edged through the crowd) the only risky act was breathing all the second hand smoke. Or talking to Luke Ford.

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    Joel Stein, Claire Hoffman and Dana Goodyear were pointed out to us, but it was too much trouble to fight through the crowd and shout at them. Let’s guess who gets a piece out of this first.

    We observed Paul Cullum interviewing producer Solomon. Solomon sounds like Nathan Lane when he speaks, which is so unexpected in a torture/horror mogul. He explained that showing the film at the premiere party wouldn’t help it at the box office. The film was banned from the Regal chain, but the MPAA wouldn’t allow use of the word BANNED on the ads. You’d think they don’t want people to see the movie–they didn’t watch it, so why should anyone else?

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    Ross Johnson worked that space like a cowboy at roundup–Move ‘em on, head ‘em out–Rawhide! Bas Rutten obliged. Miss HorrorFest06, Black Betty, (Jessica Chisum) was a welcome addition to the red carpet, as were Ryan Starr and Rachel Leigh Cook.

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    We must confess that we were outside, chatting up John Lippman, while the big freak show was happening inside. If you’ve seen one guy hanging from meathooks, you’ve seen ‘em all.

    Later, the on-site piercer freaked people out by announcing he was a Republican who’d voted for Nixon. Some things are just too disgusting, ya know?

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    Will Captivity Lose Rating Over Party Decor? MPAA Threatens

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    The MPAA not only is responsible for movie ratings, but also functions as a neighborhood decoration police force. Or at least for the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Laurel, where Privilege is located. Seems the Captivity party planners had thriftily used those left-over billboards to wrap the outside of the building for the much-anticipated event.

    At 6:30 Tuesday evening, producer Courtney Soloman got a call from Marilyn Gordon who threatened to pull the film’s rating if the offensive images were not removed. So, the sheets were pulled down and wrapped around various interiors of the club. He told FBLA that he’s expecting a call early Wed. morning from the MPAA.

    How Gordon found out about the party isn’t any mystery, but does the MPAA have spies at the Virgin Megastore? Maybe Jill Soloway was sitting across the street all day?

    Captivity: The Pre-show Beats the Real Show

    The Captivity party’s going to get more press than the billboards which got more press than the movie’ll ever get. Watch the video here.

    Earlier:
    Gross Ads Keep ‘Captivity’ From Being
    Angelenos About To Be Freed From “Capitivity”