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'Killer Joe' Star Gina Gershon Says NC-17 Ratings Seem "Random"; Talks Changes Made To 'Bound' To Secure R-Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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Well, it's now official. After an appeal, the MPAA has weighed in and given William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" the dreaded NC-17 rating. And while this is unlikely to draw the celebrity and political support of the campaign Harvey Weinstein is putting behind the R-rated documentary "Bully," it's still a reminder of the MPAA's conservative viewpoint and the mysteriousness of the process by which they hand out ratings. And none of this is lost on "Killer Joe"'s star, Gina Gershon.

NC-17 Rating For 'Killer Joe' Still Stands After Appeal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 10:46 AM
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"I don't know how it goes either, but I understand you could maybe show the same film, same guys but different day, where there's enough levity along the way in the middle of the most violent stuff. It felt like an R to me, last night. It's got enough of a wink to not be an NC-17," Matthew McConaughey told us earlier this week at SXSW, about the harsh rating for "Killer Joe." But it appears the conservative bunch at the MPAA didn't see the wink.
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SXSW '12 Interview: Matthew McConaughey & Tracy Letts Talk Working With William Friedkin & NC-17 Rating For 'Killer Joe'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 1:05 PM
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"Killer Joe" is a film primed to mark a comeback for its director and star. Not only has William Friedkin made his best movie in decades with the sordid Texan crime tale, but Matthew McConaughey continues to add to his recent renaissance of fascinating work that has seen him team with with filmmakers like Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh and Jeff Nichols.

Watch: Clips From 'Killer Joe' & 'Shut Up And The Play The Hits'; Teaser Trailer For 'The Loved Ones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 11:43 AM
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Can't be at SXSW? Well, this morning we'll bring a little bit from a couple of the festival favorites to you to check out, along with a trailer for a horror flick that has taken nearly three years to hit U.S. screens.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Killer Joe' A Terrific Texan Tale With A Revelatory Matthew McConaughey Turn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2012 12:45 AM
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In recent years, film translations of stage hits haven't been as prevalent as they once were. You might get the occasional "Doubt" or "Rabbit Hole," for instance, but compared to the early days of the talkies, when a large proportion of movies were based on Broadway hits, it's been slim pickings; audiences and critics have learned that most attempts at stage-to-screen translation fail to make the material truly cinematic.

14 SXSW Movies We've Already Seen Including '21 Jump Street,' 'Marley,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Bernie' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 12:59 PM
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Yesterday, we ran through fifteen movies that we're dying to see at this year's SXSW, but the Austin, Texas festival doesn't just have world premieres: there's also a selection of films that have played film fests elsewhere in the world over the last months, from Venice and Toronto to Sundance and Berlin.

William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch Gets NC-17 Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 9:21 AM
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It seems the MPAA is still getting under everyone's skin. With controvery over the R-rating for The Weinstein Company's documentary "Bully" still brewing, the ratings board has dropped another eyebrow raising decision, stamping William Friedkin's deliciously dark "Killer Joe" with the dreaded NC-17 rating. 
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SXSW Adds '21 Jump Street,' 'Do-Deca-Pentathalon,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Casa De Mi Padre' & More To Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 3:00 PM
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Don't unpack that bag from Sundance too fast. SXSW in Austin, Texas is just around the corner and it has two things over Park City: spring heat and BBQ. With the film festival just over a month away, organizers have dropped their features lineup, and there will be some nice surprises for those making the trek.

Juno Temple On Nudity, Looking For Prince Charming In 'Killer Joe' & The Influence Of 'Badlands'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 7:14 AM
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If "Killer Joe" and his previous collaboration with playwright Tracy Letts, "Bug," are anything to go by, William Friedkin should consider never working with anyone else again; together, the films are easily the best things he's made since his 1970s heyday, and worlds away from the anonymous thrillers that he made in the 2000s.

William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Picked Up, Lionsgate Close To Buying 'Friends With Kids'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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Plus Supernatural Thriller 'Enter Nowhere' Finds A Home With Lionsgate TooIt's been a fairly quiet Toronto International Film Festival in terms of acquisitions, with Steve McQueen's "Shame" being the highest-profile buy so far, but even that sold for somewhere below a million dollars, a relatively meager sum. But slowly, things are starting to gear up, with a few films selling in the last 24 hours, and more looking close to being picked up.

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