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Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions

Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. […]


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Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions



James Woods Twitter Lawsuit: Slander Case or Social Media Freedom of Speech Attack?

James Woods in 'Videodrome.' James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the […]


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James Woods Twitter Lawsuit: Slander Case or Social Media Freedom of Speech Attack?



Ann-Margret Movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge'

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten and Elvis Presley leading lady to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge' Oscar nominations Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten and Elvis Presley leading lady to respected actress and two-time Academy Award nominee, is Turner Classic […]


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Ann-Margret Movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge'



Lenny Bruce Movie: Dustin Hoffman Miscast & Valerie Perrine Outstanding in Timid Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is […]


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Lenny Bruce Movie: Dustin Hoffman Miscast & Valerie Perrine Outstanding in Timid Biopic



'The Insider' Movie Review: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health

'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. 'The Insider' movie review: CBS news exposé barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: “It's old news. … We'll be ok,” says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. “These […]


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'The Insider' Movie Review: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health



'To Each His Own' Movie Review: Oscar Winner Olivia de Havilland in Classic Tearjerker

'To Each His Own' movie with Olivia de Havilland and John Lund. 'To Each His Own' movie review: Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland stars in Mother Love tearjerker Olivia de Havilland, who had starred in the 1941 melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, returns to the wartime milieu in […]


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'To Each His Own' Movie Review: Oscar Winner Olivia de Havilland in Classic Tearjerker



Hedy Lamarr 'Invention' & Inventor: Two MGM Movies

Hedy Lamarr inventor ca. early '40s. Hedy Lamarr: 'Invention' and inventor on Turner Classic Movies Two Hedy Lamarr movies released during her heyday in the early '40s – Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat (1942), co-starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, and King Vidor's H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), co-starring Robert Young and […]


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Hedy Lamarr 'Invention' & Inventor: Two MGM Movies



Box Office Mojo Mysteriously Disappears and Reappears

Box Office Mojo is back online following mysterious disappearance. Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source […]


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Box Office Mojo Mysteriously Disappears and Reappears



Tom Laughlin Dies: 'Billy Jack' Actor/Director Revolutionized Film Distribution + Presidential Candidate

Tom Laughlin in 'Billy Jack' Tom Laughlin: 'Billy Jack' actor-filmmaker who died last week helped to revolutionize film distribution patterns in North America Tom Laughlin, best known for the Billy Jack movies he wrote, directed, and starred in opposite his wife Delores Taylor (since 1954), died of complications from pneumonia […]


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Tom Laughlin Dies: 'Billy Jack' Actor/Director Revolutionized Film Distribution + Presidential Candidate



James Bond and Judi Dench (M) Save the Free World: 'Philomena' Gets Lighter MPAA Rating

Judi Dench as M in Funny or Die James Bond video James Bond spoof helps to rescue 'Philomena' from the evil claws of the Motion Picture Association of America James Bond, savior of the Free World, was just recently back, fighting the forces of undemocratic darkness. No, not in a […]


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James Bond and Judi Dench (M) Save the Free World: 'Philomena' Gets Lighter MPAA Rating



Kirk Douglas Movies: Theater of Larger Than Life Performances

Kirk Douglas. Kirk Douglas movies: Theatrical, larger than life performances Kirk Douglas, a three-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee and one of the top Hollywood stars of the '50s, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” featured star today, August 30, 2013. Although an undeniably strong screen presence, no […]


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Kirk Douglas Movies: Theater of Larger Than Life Performances



'World War Z': China Censorship Woes?

'World War Z' with Brad Pitt as a zombie-fighter. World War Z rejected by China censors? What will Paramount cut next? World War Z, the Brad Pitt movie about the (latest) upcoming zombie apocalypse, has received several early positive reviews in the United States, but has been less well liked […]


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'World War Z': China Censorship Woes?



'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Director Congratulated by Tunisia Islamic Government

Blue Is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche congratulated by Tunisia's Ministry of Culture (image: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color) Yesterday, Blue Is the Warmest Color / La Vie d'Adèle received the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival's closing ceremony. Official Competition […]


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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Director Congratulated by Tunisia Islamic Government



'Morgue Street': Australian Classification Board Bans Another Movie

Banned movie in Australia: Horror short Morgue Street is latest casualty of Australian Classification Board Alberto Viavattene's horror short film Morgue Street was slated for Sydney's A Night of Horror Film Festival, which runs until April 21. However, two days prior to the screening, the Australian Classification Board, the same […]


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'Morgue Street': Australian Classification Board Bans Another Movie



Harry Reems: 'Deep Throat' Porn Star & Free Speech Cause Célèbre

Deep Throat porn star Harry Reems dead at 65; Reems became a free-speech cause célèbre in the mid-'70s Harry Reems, star of the landmark 1972 porn movie Deep Throat and a free-speech cause célèbre following a federal conviction for obscenity in the mid-'70s, died Tuesday, March 19, '13, at a […]


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Harry Reems: 'Deep Throat' Porn Star & Free Speech Cause Célèbre



James Franco Gay Sex Movie 'Replaces' Banned Movie at Australian Film Festival

'Gay sex movie' 'I Want Your Love' with Jesse Metzger and Brenden Gregory. Gay sex movie 'replaces' another gay sex movie following Australian censorship incident James Franco and Travis Mathews' sexually charged Interior. Leather Bar, about the recreation of footage purportedly excised from William Friedkin's 1980 cop thriller Cruising, will […]


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James Franco Gay Sex Movie 'Replaces' Banned Movie at Australian Film Festival



Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'

Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near […]


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Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'



Dagny Taggart Bombs Miserably: Ayn Rand 'Atlas Shrugged' Heroine Victim of Free Market or Censorship?

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 box office: Still (barely) there on weekend no. 4 Nov. 4, '12, update: Atlas Shrugged: Part II, the critically panned second installment in a planned movie trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel, is still playing in North America. (Image: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Samantha Mathis as […]


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Dagny Taggart Bombs Miserably: Ayn Rand 'Atlas Shrugged' Heroine Victim of Free Market or Censorship?



Sylvia Kristel: 'Emmanuelle' Actress, 'Private Lessons' Sex Tutor Dead at 60

Sylvia Kristel in Emmanuelle. Sylvia Kristel: Emmanuelle actress has died at age 60 Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, best remembered for the epoch-making erotic hit Emmanuelle, died in her sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 17, '12, in Amsterdam. Kristel, who had been battling cancer for several years, was 60. Back in 1974, […]


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Sylvia Kristel: 'Emmanuelle' Actress, 'Private Lessons' Sex Tutor Dead at 60



'Dark Knight' Shooting: Christopher Nolan & Actors Christian Bale + Anne Hathaway Statements

July 20: The Dark Knight Rises Denver shooting. (Image: Catwoman poster.) A masked man reportedly shot dead ten people and wounded approximately 40 others at a movie theater showing The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora. He also set off a smoke or tear gas bomb in […]


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'Dark Knight' Shooting: Christopher Nolan & Actors Christian Bale + Anne Hathaway Statements



Vaudeville Theatre History: From Shimmy Dancing to Male Impersonators - Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

Vaudeville history: George Burns and Gracie Allen, The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville Vaudeville history in Anthony Slide's The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville. Vaudeville is now extinct – at least officially. But about a century ago and well into the '30s, vaudeville (under various names, e.g., musical hall, revues, variety shows) was a […]


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Vaudeville Theatre History: From Shimmy Dancing to Male Impersonators - Q&A with Author Anthony Slide



Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Leg + Marlene Dietrich Pioneer Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's notorious right leg (“Brangeleg” for short?) are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February […]


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Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?



Jean Dujardin 'The Players' World Trade Center 9/11 Joke Censored?

Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche: 'Scandalous' 'The Players / Les infidèles' posters and 9/11 joke removed. Jean Dujardin purported 'little secret': World Trade Center 9/11 joke removed from sex comedy 'The Players' “Jean Dujardin, already Oscared, can now breathe again: his little secret was kept to the very end,” writes […]


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Jean Dujardin 'The Players' World Trade Center 9/11 Joke Censored?



Cinema Paradiso Finale: Valentine's Day Movie Montage

Anna Magnani in (what looks like) Luchino Visconti's Bellissima At the end of Giuseppe Tornatore's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso, small-town projectionist Philippe Noiret has died and the Nuovo Cinema Paradiso has become a pile of rubble. The bratty Italian boy Salvatore Cascio has grown into the […]


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Cinema Paradiso Finale: Valentine's Day Movie Montage



Ken Russell 'The Devils' DVD Release Missing Rape of Christ Sequence?

Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, The Devils Ken Russell, the director of Women in Love, The Boy Friend, and Altered States, died Sunday, Nov. 27, at the age of 84. Coincidentally, the British Film Institute, with much fanfare, announced several months ago that it would be releasing for the first time […]


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Ken Russell 'The Devils' DVD Release Missing Rape of Christ Sequence?



Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr Freed; Other Filmmakers Less Lucky

Marzieh Vafamehr, the Iranian actress sentenced to one year in jail and 90 lashes for taking part in Granaz Moussavi's 2009 Australian drama My Tehran for Sale, was released on Monday night (Oct. 24). According to Amnesty International, an appeals court reduced Vafamehr's jail time to three months and overturned […]


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Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr Freed; Other Filmmakers Less Lucky



'Shame' Banned to Most Teenagers in the US, UK - But Not in France

Michael Fassbender, Shame Steve McQueen's Shame, a look at a man suffering from what some refer to as “sex addiction,” has been screwed with an NC-17 rating by the censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). That means no one under 17 is allowed to watch Shame at […]


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'Shame' Banned to Most Teenagers in the US, UK - But Not in France



Art, Therapy or Torture Porn? 'The Bunny Game' Banned in the UK

Jeff Renfro, Rodleen Getsic, The Bunny Game Adam Rehmeier's The Bunny Game, a mix of explicit sex and physical and psychological abuse, has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), reports Total Film. A few weeks ago, the BBFC stirred up quite a bit of talk after […]


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Art, Therapy or Torture Porn? 'The Bunny Game' Banned in the UK



Lars von Trier: Nazi Remarks vs. French Judicial System

France is on financial brink. In fact, so is much of Europe. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Iceland have all gone Third World. Racism and xenophobia are not only a fact of life throughout the continent, but they're frequently official government policy as well. How to deal with those […]


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Lars von Trier: Nazi Remarks vs. French Judicial System



Utah Movie Theater Fined for Showing THE HANGOVER 2

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover 2 A screening of Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part II led to a $1,600 fine for Utah movie theater Brewvies, which serves liquor to their 21-and-over-only patrons. According to an Associated Press report, the fine was issued by Utah's state liquor board […]


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Utah Movie Theater Fined for Showing THE HANGOVER 2



Tom Six vs. 'Human Centipede 2' British Ban

Tom Six Empire has published Dutch-born filmmaker Tom Six's response to the British Board of Film Classification's ban on The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) in the United Kingdom. Empire explains that “the censoring of the F-word, ironically, is Six's.” See below: Thank you BBFC for putting spoilers of my […]


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Tom Six vs. 'Human Centipede 2' British Ban



British Board of Film Classification Banned Movies: From 'Je t'aime moi non plus' to 'Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS'

Joe Dallesandro, Jane Birkin in Serge Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus / I Love You, No I Don't According to the “censor watchgroup” site melonfarmers.com, Tom Six's The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) joins a number of other motion pictures banned in the last few years by the concerned […]


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British Board of Film Classification Banned Movies: From 'Je t'aime moi non plus' to 'Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS'



'The Human Centipede II' Banned in the UK: Potentially Harmful & Obscene

The British Board of Film Classification, an undemocratic institution like censorship boards everywhere, has just denied a certificate to the direct-to-video release of Tom Six's The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). In other words, the film cannot be “legally supplied” anywhere in the United Kingdom. The decision was taken by […]


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'The Human Centipede II' Banned in the UK: Potentially Harmful & Obscene



James Caviezel Jesus Backlash? 'Rejected in My Own Industry'

Jim Caviezel claims he has been “rejected in my own industry” after playing Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004) – worshiped by many as the closest a Hollywood blockbuster will ever get to the Second Coming, reviled by others as a sadistic, fetishistic work tainted with […]


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James Caviezel Jesus Backlash? 'Rejected in My Own Industry'



'The King's Speech' PG-13 Cut & Charlotte Brontë on Censorship

Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech The PG-13 version of Tom Hooper's The King's Speech opened this past weekend in North America, grossing only $1.13 million at 1,011 theaters while averaging a meager $1,121 per theater according to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. The […]


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'The King's Speech' PG-13 Cut & Charlotte Brontë on Censorship



'The War Game' Movie Review: Nuclear Holocaust in England

'The War Game.' For anyone who thinks that those 50-pack mega-DVD sets of public domain films put out by several different video companies are worthless, I would argue that the amount of films you get for the money is worth it, even if all were mediocre. I would also add […]


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'The War Game' Movie Review: Nuclear Holocaust in England



Colin Firth & Wife + Mila Kunis & Céline Dion: The Oscars

Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli: Academy Awards Red Carpet. Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli: Academy Awards Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. For his performance as King George VI in Tom Hooper's critical […]


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Colin Firth & Wife + Mila Kunis & Céline Dion: The Oscars



Álex de la Iglesia Controversial Goya Awards Speech: Internet vs. Cinema?

Álex de la Iglesia: Goya Awards. Álex de la Iglesia Goya Awards speech: In defense of the Internet Below is the English translation of a brief section of Álex de la Iglesia's lengthy – and quite remarkable – speech at the 2011 Goya Awards ceremony. As mentioned in my previous […]


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Álex de la Iglesia Controversial Goya Awards Speech: Internet vs. Cinema?



Lena Nyman Dies: 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' Banned as Pornography

Lena Nyman in Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) Lena Nyman, the Swedish actress who starred in the controversial, sexually charged Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), died today following “a long illness.” She was 66. Curiously, Nyman's death took place one day after that of another star of another […]


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Lena Nyman Dies: 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' Banned as Pornography



Maria Schneider: Controversial 'Last Tango in Paris' Actress Dies

Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. The scandalous film was reviled by Lucille Ball, admired by Robert Altman, and reinterpreted by Ingmar Bergman Maria Schneider, best known for her sex scenes with Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972), died of cancer […]


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Maria Schneider: Controversial 'Last Tango in Paris' Actress Dies



National Society of Film Critics Lambastes MPAA Ratings System

The Social Network with Jesse Eisenberg Filippo Timi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno in Marco Bellocchio's Vincere The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's retelling of the founding of Facebook, was voted the Best Film of 2010 by the National Society of Film Critics, which consists of 61 film critics […]


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National Society of Film Critics Lambastes MPAA Ratings System



Jennylyn Mercado Snub + Catholics vs. 'Father Jejemon' Child Abuse Subplot: Metro Manila Film Festival Controversies

Jennylyn Mercado in 'Rosario': Period feminist drama has been a Metro Manila Film Festival box office disappointment. Metro Manila Film Festival: Jennylyn Mercado Best Actress snub while feminist 'Rosario' a box office disappointment Jan. 3 '11 update: Actor-turned-director Albert Martinez's Rosario, a feminist period drama toplining film & television star […]


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Jennylyn Mercado Snub + Catholics vs. 'Father Jejemon' Child Abuse Subplot: Metro Manila Film Festival Controversies



WikiLeaks Cables & Michael Moore Revelations + Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Talent Dies & Adam Sandler Death Hoax

Wikileaks cables focusing on Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 have raised eyebrows, much like Britney Spears' appearance in that 2004 nonfiction blockbuster. In Moore's own words, these latest Wikileaks cables “provide a stunning and bizarre peek into the paranoid minds of the Bush White House when it came to the […]


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WikiLeaks Cables & Michael Moore Revelations + Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Talent Dies & Adam Sandler Death Hoax



“Gay Zombie Porn” & Censorship in Australia: Bruce LaBruce 'L.A. Zombie'

Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie, in which gay porn star François Sagat is a Los Angeles zombie (or a schizophrenic homeless man?) who uses (really kinky) sex to bring the dead back to life What's a democracy? A place where police can raid someone's house because its resident has dared to […]


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“Gay Zombie Porn” & Censorship in Australia: Bruce LaBruce 'L.A. Zombie'



'Blue Valentine' NC-17 Rating to Be Challenged, Angelina Jolie Bosnia Woes

Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine As expected, Harvey Weinstein has appealed the MPAA's NC-17 rating slapped on The Weinstein Co.'s Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance, and starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as a couple who go from quirky courtship to disintegrating marriage. “We want to express our […]


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'Blue Valentine' NC-17 Rating to Be Challenged, Angelina Jolie Bosnia Woes



Ann Sheridan Movies: 'Kings Row' & 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'

Ann Sheridan, “The Oomph Girl” (top); Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan in Sam Wood's Kings Row Ann Sheridan, the determined, humorous, sensual 1940s Warner Bros. star, is one of my favorite movie toughies. Sheridan was also a first-rate comedienne (I Was a Male War Bride) and in the right role was […]


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Ann Sheridan Movies: 'Kings Row' & 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'



'Breaking Dawn' Oscar Strategy? Plus Ashen-Faced Robert Pattinson & 'Elephants' Academy Pedigree

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart embrace in 'Eclipse': Expect more of same in 'Breaking Dawn.' Oscar chances for 'Breaking Dawn'? The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the final installment in the Twilight movie series, will be released on Nov. 18, '11, Summit Entertainment has announced (May 5, '10). Melissa Rosenberg is […]


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'Breaking Dawn' Oscar Strategy? Plus Ashen-Faced Robert Pattinson & 'Elephants' Academy Pedigree



'Twilight' Book Saga Among 'Most Challenged' & 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner'

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Twilight Stephenie Meyer's Twilight book series has a number of elements in common with J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter novels: both book franchises involve teens, mysteries, otherworldly creatures, and supernatural powers; both are worldwide bestsellers mostly aimed at young readers; and both are on the list of […]


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'Twilight' Book Saga Among 'Most Challenged' & 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner'



'Avatar': Movie Racist & Paganistic? & China Ban

In James Cameron's Avatar, a white human is turned into a blue Na'vi, the inhabitants of a far-off moon. He eventually turns against the human invaders, becoming the leader of the Na'vi in their fight to preserve their way of life. Some people are pissed off because the human is […]


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'Avatar': Movie Racist & Paganistic? & China Ban



Meredith Baxter Lesbian Announcement: 'Family' & 'Family Ties' Actress + Another Gay Movie Seized in Canada

Meredith Baxter. Family and Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter (a.k.a. Meredith Baxter Birney) has come out as a lesbian after learning that tabloids were about to out her. The three-time Primetime Emmy nominee has been featured in only a handful of movies, most notably in a couple of 1976 releases: […]


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Meredith Baxter Lesbian Announcement: 'Family' & 'Family Ties' Actress + Another Gay Movie Seized in Canada



Gay Documentary 'This Area Is Under Quarantine' Banned

Thunska Pansittivorakul's Thai-made experimental documentary This Area Is Under Quarantine, which discusses the difficulties faced by both gays and Muslims in Thailand, has been banned by that country's Ministry of Culture from showing at next month's World Film Festival of Bangkok. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the […]


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Gay Documentary 'This Area Is Under Quarantine' Banned



Luis Buñuel 'Viridiana' Screening

Viridiana, Luis Buñuel's provocative 1961 Palme d'Or-winning classic proving that life is a bitch and then you play cards, will run at New York City's Film Forum from Friday, April 24, through Thursday, April 30. Inspired by a painting of Saint Viridiana kneeling on the floor before a crucifix and […]


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Luis Buñuel 'Viridiana' Screening



'Darfur Now' Screening + Sacha Baron Cohen 'Brüno' Trailer & 'State of Play' Images

'Darfur Now.' Darfur Now and The Devil Came on Horseback, both focusing on the ongoing Darfur crisis, will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 27th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 15, '09, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. […]


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'Darfur Now' Screening + Sacha Baron Cohen 'Brüno' Trailer & 'State of Play' Images



'Brokeback Mountain' Gay Love Scenes Censored on Italian TV + Heterosexual Sex Scene Left Intact

Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as gay cowboy lovers kept apart by fear and bigotry. Directed by Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), the 2005 romantic drama became both a critical favorite and a sleeper box office hit, ultimately collecting $178 million worldwide. Brokeback […]


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'Brokeback Mountain' Gay Love Scenes Censored on Italian TV + Heterosexual Sex Scene Left Intact



'Gay' Bollywood Movie 'Dostana' & Religious Censorship + William Friedkin Remembers 'The Boys in the Band'

John Abraham in 'Dostana' wallpaper 'Gay' Bollywood film 'Dostana' banned in Pakistan: Gay marriage, 'propagation of homosexuality' to blame Produced by Karan Johar, and written and directed by Tarun Mansukhani, the Miami-set comedy Dostana, starring Bollywood idols Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham, has been banned in Pakistan. Here's why: “A […]


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'Gay' Bollywood Movie 'Dostana' & Religious Censorship + William Friedkin Remembers 'The Boys in the Band'



Thomas Doherty to Discuss 'Hollywood's Censor'

Academy Film Scholar Thomas Doherty will discuss his newly released book Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen & The Production Code Administration on Monday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free. (More details below.) As per […]


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Thomas Doherty to Discuss 'Hollywood's Censor'



'The Golden Compass' vs. Catholic Archbishop & Vatican + 'Moonstruck' with Olympia Dukakis

The Golden Compass with Nicole Kidman as the powerful and (most likely) untrustworthy Mrs. Coulter. Is Chris Weitz's bowdlerized film version of Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights anti-Catholic and/or anti-Christian? In fact, is the meandering fantasy film anti- or pro-anything? As for the sparklingly dressed Mrs. Coulter, is she a villainess? […]


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'The Golden Compass' vs. Catholic Archbishop & Vatican + 'Moonstruck' with Olympia Dukakis



'Incorrect Entertainment': Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

Veteran author Anthony Slide has another book out, Incorrect Entertainment or Trash from the Past: A history of political incorrectness and bad taste in 20th century American popular culture (BearManor, 2007, paperback, US$19.95). Lengthy title for a highly controversial subject matter. Chapters range from “This Race Business” and “Sex” to […]


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'Incorrect Entertainment': Q&A with Author Anthony Slide



Andrzej Wajda Subversive Political Film vs. Polish Censors + Amanda Winners

'Man of Marble': Andrzej Wajda subversive filmmaking in Communist Poland Andrzej Wajda's 1977 political drama Man of Marble / Czlowiek z marmuru, made at the time when Poland was still under Communist rule, is the subject of Matilda Mroz's article “Fracturing the Marble Façade: Visceral Excavation in Andrzej Wajda's Man […]


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Andrzej Wajda Subversive Political Film vs. Polish Censors + Amanda Winners



'Porgy and Bess' 1959 Movie: Rare Samuel Goldwyn Production Gets New York Screening

'Porgy and Bess': Rare movie version of celebrated George Gershwin musical to be screened in New York (Dorothy Dandridge and Sidney Poitier in 'Porgy and Bess') The Samuel Goldwyn-produced, Otto Preminger-directed 1959 musical Porgy and Bess “was a much-touted, much-seen and in some quarters much-admired motion picture in its time,” […]


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'Porgy and Bess' 1959 Movie: Rare Samuel Goldwyn Production Gets New York Screening



'This Is England' Movie vs. This Is BBFC Censorship

'This Is England' movie director Shane Meadows vs. the British Board of Film Classification (image: Joseph Gilgun a.k.a. Joe Gilgun as Woody in 'This Is England') In The Guardian, This Is England director Shane Meadows, who also wrote the film's screenplay, explains: It's almost two years since we started shooting […]


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'This Is England' Movie vs. This Is BBFC Censorship



'The Man with the Golden Arm': Groundbreaking Drug Addiction Movie + 'Woodstock' Crew Reunion

Frank Sinatra in 'The Man with the Golden Arm': Groundbreaking drug addiction drama. Although hardly one of Otto Preminger's better films, The Man with the Golden Arm is worth a look for two reasons: It's quite likely the first major Hollywood motion picture – since the implementation of the moralistic […]


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'The Man with the Golden Arm': Groundbreaking Drug Addiction Movie + 'Woodstock' Crew Reunion



Erotic Movie 'Destricted' Not Restricted to Sex Shops + Pakistan & China Ban Thriller 'Offensive' to Catholic Church

Erotic movie Destricted Erotic movie 'Destricted' allowed to be screened outside British sex shops Quentin Thomas, head of the British Board of Film Classification – that's the United Kingdom's censorship board – has explained why the BBFC has allowed the Anglo-American erotic movie Destricted to be shown outside British sex […]


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Erotic Movie 'Destricted' Not Restricted to Sex Shops + Pakistan & China Ban Thriller 'Offensive' to Catholic Church



'This Film Not Yet Rated' Review: The MPAA Gets 'X' Rating

This Film Is Not Yet Rated graphic movie poster 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated' movie review: Kirby Dick gives the MPAA an 'X' rating for graphic depictions of undemocratic, unethical, and inane activities This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Kirby Dick's documentary about the ratings board of the Motion […]


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'This Film Not Yet Rated' Review: The MPAA Gets 'X' Rating



Andrzej Wajda & Ian McKellen Honorary Golden Bears + Taking On the MPAA

The 56th Berlin International Film Festival will present the 2006 Honorary Golden Bears to Polish director and screenwriter Andrzej Wajda (above, left) and British actor Ian McKellen. Andrzej Wajda, one of Poland's best-known filmmakers, has had several of his films in competition in Berlin, including Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray […]


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Andrzej Wajda & Ian McKellen Honorary Golden Bears + Taking On the MPAA



Ayaan Hirsi Ali 'Submission Part II': Gays and Islam

According to numerous reports, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who has become a Dutch Member of Parliament for the conservative Liberal Party*, has announced plans to produce a film about gays and Islam. According to Hirsi Ali, she and director Theo van Gogh co-wrote the screenplay of the upcoming […]


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Ayaan Hirsi Ali 'Submission Part II': Gays and Islam



'Next Door' Movie: Where Alfred Hitchcock Never Dared to Tread

'Next Door' movie with Kristoffer Joner and Julia Schacht. 'Next Door' movie: Going where Alfred Hitchcock feared to tread Screened at Los Angeles' AFI FEST 2005, the Norwegian psychological horror-thriller Next Door / Naboer offers a portrayal of a desperate man (Kristoffer Joner) who finds himself in some very strange […]


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'Next Door' Movie: Where Alfred Hitchcock Never Dared to Tread



Linda Lovelace 'Deep Throat' Reaches UK 35 Years After US Release

Linda Lovelace Deep Throat finally released in the UK Deep Throat, the epoch-making 1972 sexually explicit movie starring Linda Lovelace and directed by Gerard Damiano, was given its first UK cinema screening last night at the Everyman Cinema in North London, reports The Guardian. (Image: Linda Lovelace.) In his article, […]


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Linda Lovelace 'Deep Throat' Reaches UK 35 Years After US Release



Bollywood Movie 'Jo Bole So Nihaal' Angers Sikhs

Bollywood movie Jo Bole So Nihaal angers some Sikhs, leads to calls for censorship and terrorist attacks In Delhi, special police units have been posted at more than a dozen film theaters showing Rahul Rawail's Hindi-language film Jo Bole So Nihaal / He Who Believes Will Triumph, following two blasts […]


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Bollywood Movie 'Jo Bole So Nihaal' Angers Sikhs



Anti-Islam Film 'Submission: Part 1' on Italian TV

Submission: Part 1: Anti-Islam short film to be shown on Italian television Submission: Part 1, slain director Theo van Gogh's controversial 11-minute film about Islam and women, is scheduled to be partially shown on Italy's state-run Rai Due channel on Thursday night. Written by van Gogh and Somali-born anti-Islam activist […]


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Anti-Islam Film 'Submission: Part 1' on Italian TV



Banned Chinese Movie Tops Tribeca Awards

Stolen Life Li Shaohong Tribeca 2005: Banned Chinese film wins top prize Tribeca Film Festival 2005 did not shy away from potentially controversial films. For starters, Li Shaohong's Stolen Life, a Chinese drama that has been banned in its country of origin, won Best Film honors. Li expressed hope that […]


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Banned Chinese Movie Tops Tribeca Awards



'Innocent Voices' Movie Depicts El Salvador Horror, Creationist Censorship Hits IMAX Theaters

'Innocent Voices' movie: El Salvador bloody civil war. 'Innocent Voices' movie: El Salvador civil war horror through the eyes of one of its young victims The power of writer-director Luis Mandoki's Mexican drama Innocent Voices / Voces inocentes lies in its unsparing depiction of the lives of children, women, and […]


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'Innocent Voices' Movie Depicts El Salvador Horror, Creationist Censorship Hits IMAX Theaters



'9 Songs' Film: Explicit Sex Leads to Censorship Issues

'9 Songs' film (2004), with Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley. '9 Songs' film uncut: Michael Winterbottom -directed sexually explicit drama to be screened in the U.K., Australia In late 2004, Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit psychological drama 9 Songs received an “18 Certificate” (no one under 18 allowed) from the British […]


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'9 Songs' Film: Explicit Sex Leads to Censorship Issues



Meera: Film Actress' Bollywood Thriller Too Hot for Pakistan Censors

Meera and Ashmit Patel in 'Nazar.' Meera: Pakistani film actress fined, targeted, honored Popular Pakistani film actress Meera, 27, has been burdened with a “heavy fine,” courtesy of Pakistan's Ministry of Culture. The reason for the stern ruling? Meera kisses her Indian co-star Ashmit Patel in Mahesh Bhatt's supernatural Bollywood […]


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Meera: Film Actress' Bollywood Thriller Too Hot for Pakistan Censors



Harrison Ford Iraq War Movie + Michael Moore Is Pharmaceutical Companies' Chupacabra?

Harrison Ford in Hollywood Homicide, with Josh Hartnett. The Battle of Falluja next in line for the veteran actor? One of the leads in one of the most successful movie franchises ever – Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Return of the Jedi (1983) – and a […]


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Harrison Ford Iraq War Movie + Michael Moore Is Pharmaceutical Companies' Chupacabra?



Sexually Explicit Movie '9 Songs' Approved in the UK

'9 Songs' movie with Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley: Michael Winterbottom sexually explicit drama gets censors' ok. Sexually explicit movie '9 Songs' approved by British censors Award-winning filmmaker Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit 9 Songs, starring Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley, has just been approved by the British Board of Film […]


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Sexually Explicit Movie '9 Songs' Approved in the UK



Alfred Kinsey Scale of Facts: Movie vs. Reality

Alfred Kinsey ca. 1950: Kinsey Scale creator. Alfred Kinsey sex researcher vs. 'Kinsey' movie biopic Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956), played by Liam Neeson in writer-director Bill Condon's 2004 movie Kinsey, and his wife Clara – Laura Linney in the biopic – had four children. Only three are shown in Kinsey. Their […]


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Alfred Kinsey Scale of Facts: Movie vs. Reality



Iraq War Movies Get Distribution

Iraq War movie 'Uncovered' poster. Iraq War movies get U.S. distribution: David O. Russell and Robert Greenwald documentaries Two Iraq War movies – both critical of the U.S.-led invasion of that country – will be distributed in the domestic market via Cinema Libre Studio later in 2004. They are David […]


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Iraq War Movies Get Distribution



'Fahrenheit 9/11' Controversy: Michael Moore vs. Disney and Michael Eisner, Ray Bradbury

'Fahrenheit 9/11': What controversy? Michael Moore and George W. Bush show the world they're bosom buddies. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' controversy: Disney vs. Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 controversy no.1: In April 2003, Mel Gibson's Icon Productions rejected handling the Michael Moore project that evolved into Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore later claimed that he […]


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'Fahrenheit 9/11' Controversy: Michael Moore vs. Disney and Michael Eisner, Ray Bradbury



'Baby Face' 1933: Barbara Stanwyck Shocker in London

'Baby Face' 1933 with Barbara Stanwyck and John Wayne: Reedited and redubbed after horrifying censors. 'Baby Face' 1933: Barbara Stanwyck movie that shocked censors screening at the London Film Festival The racy pre-Production Code movie Baby Face (1933), starring Barbara Stanwyck and featuring George Brent as her romantic interest and […]


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'Baby Face' 1933: Barbara Stanwyck Shocker in London