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Martin Scorsese rarely holds back when making his films. Some of his work, from Taxi Driver to The Last Temptation of Christ, stands as among the most provocative in mainstream cinema thanks to violence and (to a lesser degree) sex, and the director’s willingness to engage those elements directly.

Jordan Belfort’s biography The Wolf of Wall Street is a story that is rife with hedonism, as Belfort rode out of the ’80s and into the ’90s making insane amounts of money. Unsurprisingly, some of it was spent on women and sex. Given Scorsese’s tendencies, there’s every reason to expect those elements would be in his film The Wolf of Wall Street as well. The trailers certainly suggest there will be a lot of flesh on display.

Too much, in fact, as Scorsese had to trim sex and nudity to prevent the film being slapped with an NC-17. Even with those cuts, Wolf clocks in at two hours, fifty-nine minutes, the longest film of Scorsese’s career. Read More »

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A behind the scenes photo from Raiders of the Lost Ark has unearthed an interesting story from one of the most iconic adventure films of all time. As we all know, when the Ark is opened at the end of the film, all of the evil Nazis and their supporters are killed in incredibly gruesome ways. The worst was saved for Belloq (Paul Freeman), Indiana Jones’ main nemesis throughout the film. In the movie, his head explodes while being engulfed in flames. However, that wasn’t what director Steven Spielberg originally intended. Read More »

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

Lars von Trier’s plan to release hardcore and softcore versions of Nymphomaniac didn’t go quite as planned, but now another developing project has glommed onto a similar idea.

Producer Dana Brunetti recently revealed that he hopes to put out two edits of Fifty Shades of Grey: an R-rated one for more general audiences, followed by an NC-17 edit for the more hardcore fans. Hit the jump for more details on his thoughts on how that might work.

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Skyfall (2)

In theory, the PG-13 rating is supposed to protect younger teens from adult elements like sex or violence. In practice, however, anyone who’s ever seen, say, Skyfall or The Dark Knight knows that these movies can actually get away with quite a lot of brutality.

In fact, a new study indicates these films have only become more and more violent since the PG-13 rating was first introduced in the ’80s — to the extent that PG-13 films actually have more gun violence these days than R-rated movies do. Hit the jump for more findings from the researchers.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

The news that the MPAA had stamped Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue Is the Warmest Color with an NC-17 rating wasn’t much of a shock. The board is famously prudish when it comes to sex, and the film raised eyebrows at Cannes for its lengthy, intense, and graphic scenes of lesbian lovemaking.

Distributor Sundance Selects announced in August that it would not “compromise Kechiche’s vision” by whittling it down for an R, so it’s rolling into theaters this weekend with that NC-17 rating still intact. Normally, this would prevent anyone under 17 from seeing the movie, even with parental supervision. But one theater in New York has decided to defy the MPAA recommendation and let teens see it anyway. Hit the jump to find out why.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

It’s generally accepted as fact that online piracy is bad for the movie business. Each illegal download means, theoretically, one fewer ticket or DVD sold, which means the cast, crew, and everyone else involved is being cheated out of fair pay for their hard work.

Except, according to one recent study, that conventional logic may actually only apply to blockbusters. The authors conclude that for smaller films, piracy is actually beneficial, likely because more pirates watching means more pirates spreading buzz.

Not surprisingly, this finding doesn’t sit well with everyone in the business. The Motion Picture Association of America has now responded with a dismissal, insisting that the study’s results “aren’t entirely clear” and are based on “total speculation.” Hit the jump to read both sides of the argument.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue Is the Warmest Color drew raves upon raves at Cannes this year, for its tender, intimate portrayal of two young women (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) falling in love. But it also raised some eyebrows thanks to its graphic sex scenes.

It’s no surprise, then, that the MPAA has stamped the drama with an NC-17 for its U.S. release. But rather than trim the movie for an R or release it without a rating at all, American distributor Sundance Selects will put Blue Is the Warmest Color in theaters with the restrictive rating intact. Hit the jump to find out why, and to get a peek at the first international trailer.

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Blade Runner

If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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