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Kevin Smith Challenges MPAA Ratings System With Porn Star in Tow…And Wins

Kevin Smith.jpgKevin Smith, everyone’s favorite oddball indie director, challenged the MPAA rating system for his new pic, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” and won a reduction from NC-17 to R.

The director of such hits as “Clerks,” “Jersey Girl,” “Dogma” and “Chasing Amy,” is no stranger to taking on the MPAA.
When “Clerks” first came out it, too, was given and NC-17 rating that Smith was able to alter to an R. And his Ben Affleck film “Jersey Girl” was shifted from an R to a PG-13.

With “Zack and Miri…,” Smith cast Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as roommates who decide to make a porn film to get themselves out of debt.

“We didn’t set out to make an NC-17 film. That’s just commercial suicide,” Smith told The Associated Press.
The original rating would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from ever seeing the film.

Now, teens can go with a parent — if the parent dares.

The Weinstein brothers are putting it out under their eponymous label, which is not only separated from the Weinstein’s original Miramax label, but is luckily no longer tied to Disney, which would no doubt love to be behind a porn film.

katiemorgan.jpgCo-star Katie Morgan, who has some fairly graphic sex scenes with Jason Mewes, is a well-known porn star.
The MPAA revised the rating after its appeals board viewed the film and decided it wasn’t as dirty as an NC-17 rating might convey.

“They felt it was rather sexually graphic. My point is, it was comically graphic. All the sex in the movie with the exception of one scene is very cartoonish, very campy,” Smith said. “It wasn’t designed to titillate.”

The appeals board, a separate panel from the ratings board, viewed the movie Tuesday, and Smith presented his arguments.
See the Associated Press story below:

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Trade Round-Up: August 24, 2007

ang lee.jpegAng Lee is back with a new film and like his last boundary-pushing pic, “Brokeback Mountain,” the Oscar-winning helmer pushes the envelope again but this time it’s with the MPAA. His newest film, “Lust, Caution,” just received an NC-17 rating, Variety reports. It’s an erotic espionage thriller which is set to premiere in Toronto next month. Get some of the dirty details on why “Lust, Caution” kissed its way to dreaded NC-17 territory here.

It was kind of a big deal when Starbucks opened its doors and clientele to Hollywood marketing gurus who hoped that in-store campaigns for studio pics would lead to a frenzy of caffeine-induced ticket sales. However, Variety reports that a potential boon in receipts has so far tasted more like a stale cup of decaf.

Members of the Directors Guild of America won’t be getting any free DVD screeners this year heading into awards season, Variety reports. Guild guy Dave McNary gave the news to DGA members in today’s paper and wrote that the news comes following last year’s semi-controversial awards season when Paramount/DreamWorks caught some flack for getting the green light to send out “Dreamgirls” screeners to DGA members.

Fox‘s blonde and busty “Anchorwoman” will have to find a new medium for her talents. THR reports that the network has pulled the plug on the pseudo-reality show less than 24 hours after airing the first episode, which barely managed to cross the 2 million mark in viewers. Maybe she can see if there is an opening on “Girls Next Door.”

THR‘s Borys Kit reports that Paramount is rounding up the troops for a live-action take on the “G.I. Joe” brand with Stephen Sommers signing on to direct. Pic is based on the popular Hasbro military action figures.
- CHRIS GARDNER

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?