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My First R-Rated Movie

Alex Simon | Posted 05.24.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

After careful deliberation, my friend and I thought we'd discovered an opening: at around 3 PM every Saturday and Sunday, the two shaggy-haired ushers would disappear from the lobby for 15-20 minutes.

Seth Rogen Slams The 'Stupid' Movie Ratings System

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment

Seth Rogen made it very clear that he is not a fan of the "stupid" movie ratings system while speaking at the Produced By Conference on Saturday, June...

Years Later: Would You Take a 10-Year-Old to Indiana Jones?

Brian Shactman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Entertainment
Brian Shactman

Here's an interesting water-cooler stat for you: In 1973, 28 movies received an X rating. In 1983, only one did. When looking at today, most parents don't hesitate to bring a 10-year-old to a PG-13 movie. Is that a good thing?

8 Things America Gets Wrong About Sex

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women

Americans are known for our ambition. While the past few decades have worn down our lead, the United States remains a bellwether of industry, innovati...

Please Don't Should on Me!

Brett Gallaher | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

If you tell someone else how they should feel, who they should love, what they should do, etc., you are telling them that their own experience, their own journey, their own path is pointless. Their unique existence? Meaningless.

Sweden's New Movie-Rating System Is Pure Genius

Posted 11.07.2013 | Women

Want to make sure your next movie night involves a film that actually treats women like real people? Take a cue from Sweden. Some Swedish cinemas ...

Four New Technologies Promise an Optimal, Much-Improved Moviegoing Experience

Ellen Sterling | Posted 07.09.2013 | Technology
Ellen Sterling

This is a celebration of movies, the people who make them and a celebration of the theater owners who show them. It is the one time each year when the movie exhibition industry gathers to thank the people who show their films and, while there, show off a range of innovations intended to entice more people to come to see them.

Why Is the Second Movie in Iconic Film Trilogies So Often the Best?

Quora | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Mark Hughes, screenwriter and Forbes blogger Some notable examples:The Godfather Part IIThe T...

The Soldier in All of Us

James Hirsch | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
James Hirsch

The realities of war do not go away by themselves. The nightmares and the contradictions don't disappear. And yet, in the midst of this struggle, someone decides to give an award to a commercial that celebrates the very violence our veterans can't seem to shake.

Parents, Don't Let the MPAA 'Bully' You

Jim Steyer | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Steyer

There is no question that Bully is a difficult film to watch. The rub is that the MPAA's R-rating can act like a scarlet letter, basically preventing most parents from even considering this movie -- or any movie -- for younger teens.

Is Smoking In Movies As Bad As Sex And Violence?

Posted 11.20.2011 | Parents

Film ratings help us shield our kids from inappropriate scenes containing sex, drugs and violence. But what about smoking? New research, out of the U...

The MPAA Gets an X-Rating

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

Why do you think the MPAA gave the good-hearted romantic comedy It's Complicated an R-rating?