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Regal Cinemas Holding Captivity?


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.


  • ‘Gruesome’ Cuthbert Movie Poster Pulled From 1,400 Taxi Tops
  • ‘Money Honey’ To Interview Condi


    Somehow, we doubt Condi will get derailed like Michael Moore last week:


    What: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be interviewed on “Closing Bell”

    When: Wednesday, July 6th at 4:20 PM ET

    Where: CNBC’s “Closing Bell”

    In a sit down interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Rice will discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s U.S. visit, U.S.-China relations, the war in Iraq and the Middle East. Transcript to follow.


  • ‘Money Honey’ To Interview Michael Moore
  • Times Pool Reporter Makes Plea To Hillary Campaign

    Via FishbowlDC, New York Times pool reporter Patrick Healy‘s memo to other pool reporters. Note the third paragraph:

    According to the campaign, after the University of Iowa event, the Clintons met with a group of 60-70 people — some of whom attended the rally, and some of whom were invited to come meet with them. WJC spoke briefly introducing HRC, and then HRC took some questions, and then Tom Vilsack wrapped up by saying here’s-why-you-need-to-support-hillary.

    THEN the Clintons go into a smaller room with about 20-25 of these people and asked them to be county coordinators, etc. They did this last night after the fairgrounds event, and they are doing it after each of the events today. They also did this in Des Moines with about 300 people. The Clintons are hoping that these smaller-group exchanges will help seal the deal with Iowans and sign up county leaders.

    Please note: I asked the campaign if your pool reporter could attend these private events, at least the next one in Davenport. It was told no — that the Clinton political team had decided that these events should be private. I argued that these events were newsworthy events and that we were entitled to have a single pool reporter there, at the least, and also noted that our media organizations were expending significant resources to have reporters here — and that the press corps should not be restricted to only covering the same 6 rallies. I’m told the campaign would take my request and argument under advisement; it might help if other reporters and producers made similar requests.


  • Clintons Adjust to Her Turn in His Old Role [NYT]
  • Seinfeld’s Bee Rape Joke Stings

    seinfeld_bee_movie_062107.jpgWhat’s the deal with rape?

    Jerry Seinfeld‘s been busy promoting Bee Movie, his upcoming children’s flick. This riff, quoted in the Daily News, has some women’s groups stung:

    “Bees have the only perfect society on earth … They have no crime, they have no drugs, they have no rape. A little rape, but it’s not that bad.”

    “It surprised me, frankly, because I’ve always been a Jerry Seinfeld fan,” Karen Baker, director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, told Radar. “With what I hear about every single day, I don’t find anything at all funny about rape, and I don’t like it being made light of. I understand he’s a comedian and he’s inclined to find humor in everything, but it was offensive.”

    Says Margaret Mikkelsen, executive director of Students Active For Ending Rape: “I’ve always been a fan of Jerry Seinfeld, but I’m not a fan of rape jokes, whoever’s telling them. Working in the anti-violence field, we get accused of not having a sense of humor. But just because you’re a comedian doesn’t mean that everything that comes out of your mouth is funny.”


  • Seinfeld At Oscars: What’s The Deal With Popcorn? Theater Owner: Here’s The Deal, Funny Boy
  • VH1 Greenlights Seven New Shows

    vh1_062007.jpgThe network responsible for such cultural moments as I Love New York and Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School is at it again. Starting later this summer, VH1 will trot out seven new shows, giving the station a third night of original programming.

    The highlights:

    • The Salt ‘N’ Pepa Show, which follows the Grammy-winning rap group as they attempt to reconcile their differences and re-unite. Salt has found God and a home in Long Island, while Pepa still parties like the rock star she was. Will the group ever top the charts again? Or, at the very least, sell out the Knitting Factory?

    • America’s Most Smartest Models, hosted by Ben Stein, pits 14 models against each other as they try to answer the age old question, “Do smart models exist?”
    • According to the release, the tentatively-titled Danny Bonaduce’s Child Star “challenges Danny Bonaduce to seek out one great, aspiring, triple threat stage-hungry kid, identify them as a star, and train their driven stage mom or dad to be a supportive and fit parent who won’t end up driving their kid into rehab.”


  • 3.3 Million VH1 Viewers Tune In For Flavor Of Love 2, Get Literal ‘No. 2′
  • B.Y.O.B. @ Times Moving Out Party

    times_building_061907.jpgThat New York Times moving out party to celebrate the move from West 43rd to the new Renzo Piano-designed palace? It ain’t all that posh.

    A tipster let Radar know that the Times is making staffers bring their own alcohol. In other Eighth Avenue-related news, the broken elevator is no longer broken … and the NYT cafeteria will now be run by Restaurant Associates, they of Condé Nast and Hearst Building fame.

    Does this mean Times folks can look forward to their own take on Hearst Building sushi? Yes, yes it does.


  • New York Times Building Sold: $525 Million
  • Met Tweaking MoMA?

    woody_allen_060507.jpgThe Metropolitan Museum of Art is not especially known for mainstream cinema screenings. That sort of thing is what the Met’s competitor, the Museum of Modern Art, is better known for. So when it was announced that the Met would be hosting a Woody Allen film series this summer, some were surprised. More surprising was the choice of host for the series: David D’Arcy, a former NPR arts reporter whose coverage of MoMA cost him his job.

    D’Arcy is currently suing MoMA, alleging that former chairman Ronald Lauder pressured NPR into terminating his freelance cultural correspondent position after more than 20 years on the job. New York magazine’s Intelligencer contacted both MoMA and the Met. The official word? The Met says he is “a distinguished and popular film writer” and that they “are extremely lucky to get him.”


  • Scarlett Johansson Participates In Another Awkward Cover
  • Fortune Steals Senior Writer Away From Portfolio


    File this under big business magazine staffing wars: We just received word that former Fortune senior writer Betsy Morris gave notice to Condé Nast’s Portfolio and will be returning to her old digs at Fortune. Morris had been a senior writer at Portfolio. Prior to her first stint at Fortune, Morris spent 14 years at the Wall Street Journal as a writer and bureau chief.

    An announcement is expected later today.

    Under editor Andy Serwer, Fortune has been trying to ratchet up the heat for Time Inc. in a crowded biz mag category.


  • Portfolio: ‘CEO Porn To Masturbate’ To?
  • Adrian Grenier’s Book Entourage, ‘Fundragers’

    Warning: If hipster-than-thou actors who organize things called “fundragers” (“fundraiser” + “rager” as in “party” — get it? Get it?) tend to annoy you, read no further.

    Green-leaning Entourage star Adrian Grenier, who splits his time between Brooklyn and Los Feliz, decided to launch a book-discussion-dinner club with a few friends. (A book club that by the looks of it [above] apparently requires uniformed security personnel.)

    Via the L.A. Times:

    For the last three months, Cooke and seven others have been gathering weekly at the Los Feliz home of actor Adrian Grenier and musician and graphic designer Clark Stiles to discuss books over dinner. Friends who share a sprawling, Spanish-style house, Grenier and Stiles were already known for their unusual dinner parties, at which the conversation would be structured around a single theme such as infidelity or quantum physics. The book club, Stiles said, evolved out of this, and apparently even infidelity is no match for Jonathan Safran Foer when it comes to sparking heated debate. The club’s first book, Don DeLillo‘s novel “White Noise,” was universally adored. “Oh, my God, the best book I’ve ever read!” raved Roxanne Daner, Stiles’ partner in the graphic design firm Ludlow Kingsley.

    Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” on the other hand, divided the group with “gimmicky” devices like having “seven pages in a row with one word,” as Stiles described it. Daner defended the approach from a graphic design standpoint, and Grenier responded by ripping a page straight out of the book, asking, “Why isn’t this as good as what he’s doing? Why even have the page?”

    At that point, “Roxanne almost cried,” chimed in Melissa Keller, an actress and photographer who met Grenier when she had a small part on “Entourage,” “and I was like, yeah! Punk rock!”

  • Adrian Grenier’s bookclub turns heads [LAT]


  • Partying With Adrian Grenier And Live Midget Elves
  • Imus Producer Takes On Sharpton: ‘You Terrorized These Spineless, Thumbsucking Executives’

    Bernard McGuirk, Don Imus‘ longtime producer who lost his job in wake the Imus’ “nappy-headed ‘hos” firestorm, on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, facing off against Al Sharpton:

    “These words did hurt these girls. [But] until you, Reverend Al, got involved, they probably never would have heard of it. They would have probably never, quote unquote, got scarred for life until you got involved for your own self-serving interests.”


  • Imus producer: Sharpton a ‘race-baiter’ [AP]