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Regal Cinemas Holding Captivity?

0711captivity.jpg‘Torture-porn’

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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    ‘Gruesome’ Cuthbert Movie Poster Pulled From 1,400 Taxi Tops

    After a barrage of phone calls to the Motion Picture Association of America, After Dark productions and Lionsgate Films, a poster for the upcoming Captivity is being removed from 1,400 New York City taxi tops. The poster features a “gratuitous depiction of the film’s star Elisha Cuthbert being tortured and killed.”

    The above one seems entirely benign — hardly “gratuituous”; this one is slightly more questionable.

    Billboards in L.A. for the film are also being removed, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    Cuthbert, meanwhile, has come a long way from 24 and blogging about the NHL. She’s apparently Paris Hilton‘s new BFF.

    Angelenos About To Be Freed From “Capitivity”

    captivity.jpgAlmost as soon as the billboards for the Lionsgate film Captivity went up, the complaints came in.

    Women were outraged by the four panel billboard that showed a woman being kidnapped, confined, tortured and killed. Go figure. Quite a few of them told the movie studio that if they wanted misogyny with their morning commutes, they’d listen to Howard.

    As a result, the studio (which claimed to have no knowledge of the billboards) will be pulling all 40 of them by Tuesday, according to the LAT.

    Lionsgate had partnered with After Dark Films, which said the billboards’ release was an “accident.”

    Sources tell FBLA that this mistake could cost the film a “Not Rated” designation by the MPAA — which would keep the film out of many theaters. Our crusading insiders also told us that After Dark Film is considering making a contribution to an organization that helps abused women.

    We’d like to see a portion of any contribution go to giving the film’s star, Elisha Cuthbert, just one role in which she isn’t bound and gagged.