Briefly: I don’t know that there was ever much doubt about how things would go, but Rob Zombie‘s new film, The Lords of Salem, has scored an R rating, according to the director. The classification is due to “Disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language, and some drug use.” Given the level of intensity of most of Zombie’s films, the question might have been whether Salem would have been slapped with an NC-17, necessitating cuts. But that didn’t happen. And so fans can celebrate.
We haven’t seen anything new from the film since the trailer dropped. But as absurd as some of that footage was, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t gone back to watch it a couple more times in the weeks since it arrived. I have such a real affection for The Devil’s Rejects that I keep hoping Zombie can pull off another big success. I don’t know if The Lords of Salem is going to be it, but there’s enough in the trailer that I’m definitely game. Check out that footage here, if you haven’t already.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Had all gone according to plan for Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity, we’d be eagerly talking up its Oscar potential in anticipation of its release next month. However, Cuarón’s effects-heavy sci-fi epic apparently needed a bit more time to come together than had originally been projected. In May, Warner Bros. announced it’d be pushing back the release to an unspecified date in 2013. The open-ended nature of the announcement naturally had some movie lovers fearing production woes and wondering when we’d finally get to see the finished product.
The studio still hasn’t announced an exact opening date for the movie, but there’s now reason to believe it’s just about ready to go. The MPAA has handed a PG-13 rating to the film. The rating itself is interesting, since it clues us in to the level of intensity we can expect. But the fact that it’s been rated at all is just as noteworthy, because indicates the movie is near or at completion. It’s rare for the MPAA to rate a movie that’s nowhere near finished. More after the jump.
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The teaser clips for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master were real head scratchers. Compelling? Interesting? Of course. But I’ll be dammed if anyone could figure out exactly what was going on in them. Now the same can be said for the movie poster, which looks like a wine label only with the liquid on the outside. Check out the image and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
As production gets underway, news is coming in fast and heavy from the Iron Man 3 set. After the jump:
- Iron Man 3 to shoot in Miami; see set pics with Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle now
- Photos from the North Carolina set confirm A.I.M. will play a role in Iron Man 3
- Ridley Scott toned down Prometheus for U.K. rating, won’t release director’s cut
- Erica Ash will play Ashley Tisdale‘s BFF and rival in Scary Movie 5
- Damon Lindelof talks converting Star Trek 2 to 3D, the possibility of doing Star Trek 3
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Genre and horror fans can do a little celebrating today as the argument regarding the rating of Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi film Prometheus has been settled. Many fans were worried the film would be slapped with a PG-13 to bring in a broader audience and possibly soften the violence and scares.
That is not the case, however, as 20th Century Fox has now confirmed that Prometheus, out in one short month on June 8, will be rated R for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.” Awesome. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Briefly: That IMAX Bane prologue from The Dark Knight Rises that hit back in December earned a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, and now the rest of the movie has followed suit. A forum member of nolanfans (via Collider) was the first to notice The Dark Knight Rises‘ rating listed on the Warner Bros. exhibitor website. The rating is no surprise, seeing as both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were rated PG-13 as well, but if you were hoping that Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy would either finish darker or, conversely, open itself up for more kid-friendly audiences, you’ll probably be disappointed.
The exhibitor rating cites “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality, and language” as the MPAA’s reasons for the PG-13. The violence and action parts seem to be in line with previous installments. I think the “sensuality” part may be new, but I suppose that’s just what happens when you invite Catwoman to the party. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.
Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Everyone has something to say in today’s Sequel Bits, whether it’s Star Trek 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman on the magneticism of Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Englund on Freddy Krueger’s backstory, or Frank Spotnitz on the possibility of another X-Files movie. Also after the jump:
- Details on the new (in-canon) video game sequel to Aliens
- James Cameron and Jon Landau have big plans for the Avatar franchise
- The MPAA stamps Piranha 3DD with a well deserved R rating
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There’s been a strange turn of events in the tale of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming documentary Bully. The latest info was the film, which was in danger of being saddled with an R-rating the studio deemed unfair, would be released unrated and uncut. Normally, that would mean the film could not play in most major movie chains as they don’t play unrated or NC-17 rated movies. However, in the case of Bully, AMC Theaters will allow minors in to see the film as long as they have written or verbal permission from a parent. Cinemark, on the other hand, will not show the film. [Update: And Regal, will treat it as an R-rated film.] There’s more after the jump. Read More »