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MPAA Grants PG-13 To 'Philomena' As New Report Shows PG-13 Movies Are More Violent Than R-Rated Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 4:59 PM
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While Harvey Weinstein is already claiming a "victorious" battle with the MPAA—today the trade association ruled they will overturn the R-rating previously stamped on "Philomena"—one has to wonder if there are larger forces at play. No, we're not talking about the terribly unfunny Funny Or Die video featuring Judi Dench as M and Steven Coogan (visibly embarrassed) as a special agent tasked with taking on the ratings board (oddly, the video has since been yanked, and we wonder if the folks who own the rights to the James Bond character had signed off on it...).
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Watch: New Clip From 'Philomena,' Nuns Claim Film Is "Misleading"

  • By Ben Brock
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  • November 12, 2013 10:36 AM
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Stephen Frears' next film, “Philomena,” arrives in the U.S. at the end of this month, with a new, slightly spoiler-y clip landing online. Having done the rounds of festivals in the U.S. and opened in Europe already, film has stirred up a certain amount of (reasonably genteel) controversy. It tells the true story of an Irishwoman (Judi Dench), searching America for the child she was forced by a nunnery to give up for adoption as a young, unwed mother 50 years before, who is aided by Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan, capping an amazingly busy year), an ex-politician who wrote the book that formed the basis for the film.
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'Starred Up' & 'The Selfish Giant' Lead British Independent Film Award Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 9:25 AM
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Starred Up
While it may seem like we're still only in the midst of the various awards season campaigns, nominations have already started to be handed out across the pond. Over the weekend, the European Film Awards dropped their list of the movies being honored this year and it has been quickly followed this morning with the British Independent Film Awards, who are shining a light on another batch of worthy films and talent.

10 Films To See In November

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • November 1, 2013 12:46 PM
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Films to see in November
As you prepare to gather around the Thanksgiving table with your friends, there’s one thing to be thankful for: Oscar season is upon us! Movies are getting better and the awards are going to start trickling in. So load up on the tryptophan-laced turkey, get those holiday Fandango passes out, and let’s go to the movies!

Harvey Weinstein In Another MPAA Fight, This Time Over 'Philomena' R-Rating For F-Bombs

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 18, 2013 10:40 AM
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The MPAA should probably go ahead and dedicate a special seat in their boardrooms to Harvey Weinstein, as the notoriously testy producer and Weinstein Company exec has begrudgingly filed into their offices a shocking number of times. Occasionally it's been to overturn a harsh NC-17 rating on a film — “Blue Valentine” in 2010 or “Clerks” in 1994 — but more recently it's been to soften an R-rating for language, as he attempted for 2012's “Bully” or “The Kings Speech." The Tom Hooper film was eventually released in a cut PG-13 version for awards season audiences, and now Weinstein is hoping to avoid a similar outcome for another contender as it nears release.

'Grace Of Monaco' Gets Not-So-Awards-Friendly Spring 2014 Date, Harvey Weinstein Wants 'Scream 5' To Happen

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 1, 2013 10:22 AM
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Last week saw the latest Weinstein Company-backed biopic “Grace of Monaco” formally drop out of this year’s Oscar race with Harvey Weinstein citing the film’s incompletion for the delay, saying it “just wasn’t finished, the sound, anything.” While Weinstein promised a full-court press for the Nicole Kidman-led film when it was released, we’re not sure the film’s new date bodes well for the biopic.

Watch: New Trailer For TIFF People's Choice Award Runner-Up 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2013 11:20 AM
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When Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" won the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award, we were slightly surprised—given that the prize generally tends to lean toward more crowd-pleasing movies—but we weren't surprised to see Stephen Frears' "Philomena" take one of the runner-up slots. The film has been warmly received at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, and now it's headed to theaters, where The Weinstein Company are surely hoping it can turn out some hardware for them during the awards season.

Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Wins Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2013 1:58 PM
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While not always an accurate prediction of future awards season success (2011 winner "Where Do We Go Now?" basically was never heard from again), the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award has more often than not been early augur of a film's potential. Previous winners including "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" point toward a specific kind of crowdpleaser that tends to gain traction among audiences, though tougher films like "Precious" have also won the hearts of the TIFF moviegoing public that vote on the winner. But certainly, we weren't expecting this.

Watch: First Clip From Oscar-Contender 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steven Coogan, Weinsteins Set Xmas Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 10:42 AM
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So just how hot a ticket is Stephen Frears' "Philomena"? Well, after earning rave reviews out the Venice Film Festival (including a strong one from us), word was that The Weinstein Company were ready to sneak the film into Telluride this past weekend. But apparently TIFF organizers weren't pleased at the prospect of another hot premiere being yanked out from under them (following the surprise additions of "12 Years A Slave" and "Prisoners" to Telluride), so Harvey and co. switched gears and showing "Salinger" instead. But no matter where this lands first, it's one that's going to be talked about all season long

Venice Review: Stephen Frears' 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 31, 2013 1:09 PM
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The term "Oscar bait" is one that, unfortunately, gets bandied about a lot this time of year. At worst, it's used to refer to every faintly serious-minded film released between July and December. At best, it describes a very particular kind of middlebrow drama that seems to have been created from the ground up with the sole purpose of appealing to the Academy—think "The Iron Lady" or "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," to name two recent examples. Stephen Frears' "Philomena" appears on the surface to fit into the latter category.

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