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Evan Rachel Wood Angry Over Hollywood Sexism

Evan Rachel WoodEvan Rachel Wood has hit out at Hollywood double standards after a sex scene was cut from her new film Charlie Countryman.

The 26-year-old actress lashed out at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) - which is responsible for giving new releases age-appropriate audience ratings - after learning that a scene between her and co-star Shia LaBeouf had been cut from the final version of the film after being deemed inappropriate for audiences.

"After seeing the new cut of #CharlieCountryman I would like 2 share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a womans sexuality once again. The scene where the two main characters make 'love' was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people 'uncomfortable' but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered, [sic]" she ranted on Twitter.

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Robert Pattinson Blasts Film Age Restrictions

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson has blasted film age restrictions as "crazy."

The Twilight Saga heartthrob claims adult movies shouldn't be subject to strict restrictions since most teenagers already have access to pornography on the internet, and thinks violence is more damaging than sex.

The 26 year old actor - who currently stars as a billionaire embarking upon a violence-ridden 24 hour journey across Manhattan in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis - told The Sun, "You're immediately in the highest rating with things to do with sex. But you can have violence. It's like, 'What?!' It's completely crazy. I don't think there's anything in Cosmopolis that's particularly... there's nothing bad. I don't think there's anything that would have shocked me when I was 13. Especially when every single kid nowadays probably watches hardcore pornography on the internet. It's no worse - in fact, it's a lot better."

Robert has a wild threesome in the film and shoots himself in the hand but he insists it's not as violent as people make out: "I'm not worried about the violence or the sex or anything like that. Transformers is more violent than Cosmopolis."

Blue Valentine Ditches NC-17 Rating

Although it looked like , starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, would have to find a home in theaters with an NC-17 rating – the film has now been stamped with the letter "R."

The movie about a couple and their failing relationship was initially given the more adult rating by the MPAA because of what the group deemed “explicit sexual content.” The Weinstein Co. – arguing that this film was no more excessive than other R-rated entries – vowed to appeal the decision.

“If [Piranha 3D] got an NC-17, I’d be the first going, ‘All right, we gotta cut some of that stuff,’” Harvey Weinstein said. “It’s ridiculous -- a penis got coughed up in the movie by a piranha!" (NOTE: That film was rated R.) "They don't give [NC-17's] for violence, they give them for sexuality," Gosling added to E! back in November.

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See Why Bruno is NC-17 Worthy

Earlier this week, ‘s latest film, Bruno, was given a preliminary NC-17 rating. Now this red band trailer has given us an idea why. (Note: this clip is intended for mature audiences.)

The adults-only label is, of course, nothing new to the British star. was originally slapped with the same MPAA rating prior to its 2006 debut.

In the mockumentary, Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashionista traveling across the United States. As Bruno, the actor put himself into several sexual situations that are currently under question by the film review board. In one situation, he engages in what appears to be anal sex. He also surprises a man by climbing nude into his tent.

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The MPAA-Approved Zack and Miri Poster

Zack and Miri Poster

Now you really didn’t think the would make things easy for Kevin Smith, did ya?

Back in July, we told you the Clerks director was having difficulty securing an R-rating for his new film. Although Smith has since successfully appealed, he’s also been forced to rework his movie’s poster.

In Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks star as financially-strapped roomies. When the two find themselves in desperate straits, they decide to produce their own adult films.

The new promo recently created for the comedy can be seen above. The original ad rejected by the Motion Picture Association of America can be seen after the jump.

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Kevin Smith Talks Porno

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Kevin Smith as Silent Bob

UPDATE: Smith has since successfully appealed the MPAA for an R-rating.

shot his first movie, Clerks, in the same convenience store where he worked. Later that year, this low-budget film (it cost less than $30,000 in its entirety) made a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival. The world of View Askew has now grown much larger and the family much bigger, but now Smith is taking a bold step outside his own comfortable box of satirical comedy and pithy dialogue.

Believe it or not, the writer/director/actor has made a dirty film. The flick, Zack and Miri Make a Porno stars up-and-coming comedy star along with former porn queen Traci Lords. Elizabeth Banks and Justin Long round out the cast. After three tries, the film has been unable to shake the NC-17 rating stated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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DVD-Sniffing Dogs Help Curb Counterfeiting

DVD-sniffing dogs

Bootleggers beware: DVD pirating is going to the dogs.  Literally.

Last Wednesday, the district attorney’s office in Queens, New York reported on the success of a police raid, where a substantial inventory of counterfeit DVDs was undermined.  But what set this particular raid apart from the ordinary, everyday struggle to stop the illegal distribution of popular films, were two black Labradors—Lucky and Flo—the newest offensive against a billion-dollar industry.

The dogs use their highly-trained sense of smell to identify chemicals used in the DVDs, and, according to law enforcement, have become a legitimate threat to bootleggers.  Said Queens District Attorney Robert Brown, Man’s best friend has become a DVD counterfeiters worst nightmare.

This marks the first canine-assisted bust in the United States after the dogs helped put a stop to a major pirating operation in Malaysia last March.  With sponsorship from the Motion Picture Association of America, the dogs are sure to have a long, effective tour in the states.

One thing’s for sure: major bootlegging outfits have a new enemy—one with big teeth, fast legs and an inexplicable aversion to copyright infringement.

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Disney to Ban Smoking in All Future Releases

Disney LogoTwo months ago, the MPAA announced that any films submitted for rating would now be scrutinized for instances of cigarette smoking, particularly when it is glamorized.  This new regulation was aimed at keeping these images away from the eyes of young, malleable children, and could affect said film’s rating, though the deciding criteria remains unknown.  Now family-friendly juggernaut Disney has become the first major Hollywood studio to back the MPAA’s anti-smoking decision to help keep cigarettes away from the youth of America.

The decision was made as a result of recent studies exploring the affect current films have on children given the ubiquitous nature of these images — the results don’t look good.  It seems that 90 percent of all films depict smoking, and that children with the highest exposure to these films are three times more likely to try smoking. 

In addition to banning smoking in all upcoming releases, Disney has said it will place anti-smoking public service announcements on any future DVDs that feature smoking, and they are encouraging theater owners to do the same on the big screen.  The company’s two other labels, Touchstone and Miramax, will also be strongly discouraged from producing or distributing movies with images of smoking, though how strong the discouragement remains unclear.

Disney may be taking an important step in the fight against this national health crisis, but film is only a small piece of the pie.  It is up to our government to implement proper anti-smoking education for children — a quick PSA before a movie will do nothing.  And it helps to remember that smoking, unlike violence or sexual imagery, is around children all the time, wherever they go.  The only way to make real change is with parents who feel a need to protect their children.  Light a fire under them, and the problem will smoke itself.

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FilmCrunch 061: 28 Weeks Later, The Fountain, MPAA Dislikes Smoking

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review the theatrical release of 28 Weeks Later, as well as The Fountain on DVD in this episode of FilmCrunch. In addition, we discuss the MPAA’s decision to take scenes that involve smoking into effect when making their decision on a film’s rating.

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