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2008-06-18 15:00:00

'GET SMART' Rating: PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language. What it's about: Intelligence analyst Maxwell Smart realizes his dream to become a secret agent when he is sent, with lovely Agent 99, to find missing yellowcake uranium. The Kid attractor factor: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, all shooting and blowing stuff up. Good lessons/bad lessons: "Until we understand our enemies are also human beings, we cannot defeat them." Violence: Slapstick, a...

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2008-05-05 15:14:04

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a new piece of legislation aimed at thwarting criminals from producing pirated films.The new bill is intended to stop the economic abuses being imposed by those who create, distribute and sell illegally recorded movies in the state of New York.Over 50% of all illegally recorded movies are filmed in New York, according to recent industry reports.These films are usually distributed across the nation through a piracy organization.Cuomo said their...

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2008-04-18 00:45:00

Pullmylink.com, a Web site featuring links to free"”and allegedly pirated"”movies and TV shows is being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA filed the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles federal court claiming the site promotes and profits from copyright infringement.This is the seventh action filed by the MPAA against content aggregators in the United States since late last year and is part of a larger anti-piracy campaign that included a criminal raid on the...

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2008-01-23 10:55:00

Previously, Hollywood has laid much of the blame for illegal movie downloading on college students. Now, it is reversing its stance saying that its math was wrong.In a 2005 study, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent of the industry's domestic losses came from illegal downloading of movies by college students. The reasoning behind this was that college students often have access to high-bandwidth networks on campus.According to AP, the MPAA has used the study to...

2006-08-30 18:30:15

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When director Kirby Dick wanted to learn the identities of the most secretive group in the film industry, he resorted to a time-honored Hollywood tradition. He hired a private eye to follow them and go through their garbage. Dick, whose movie, "This Film is Not Yet Rated," opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, was carrying out what he considered a noble mission. He wanted to expose the secret "censors" of Hollywood -- the people...

2006-08-30 18:30:00

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When director Kirby Dick wanted to learn the identities of the most secretive group in the film industry, he resorted to a time-honored Hollywood tradition. He hired a private eye to follow them and go through their garbage. Dick, whose movie, "This Film is Not Yet Rated," opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, was carrying out what he considered a noble mission. He wanted to expose the secret "censors" of Hollywood -- the people who view...

2006-08-15 07:20:26

By Nicole Sperling LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures' "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" was tops at the North American boxoffice for the second week in a row, though newcomer "Step Up" from Buena Vista Pictures opened to a stronger-than-expected number while Paramount Pictures' "World Trade Center" debuted solidly. Dimension Films' PG-13-rated horror flick "Pulse" debuted in the expected range, while Sony's family film "Zoom" didn't. "Talladega" opened to...

2006-08-15 00:02:16

By Nicole Sperling LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures' "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" was tops at the North American boxoffice for the second week in a row, though newcomer "Step Up" from Buena Vista Pictures opened to a stronger-than-expected number while Paramount Pictures' "World Trade Center" debuted solidly. Dimension Films' PG-13-rated horror flick "Pulse" debuted in the expected range, while Sony's family film "Zoom" didn't. "Talladega" opened to...

2006-07-18 18:10:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's major studios on Tuesday unveiled plans to e-mail parents movie rating information to help people who want to know more about new films' language or other content before letting kids see them. The new service, called Red Carpet Ratings, is part of the Motion Picture Association of America's ongoing effort to more fully inform potential audiences about movies that began with creation of the U.S. movie ratings system 38 years ago. Parents can sign up for the...

2006-06-29 00:22:26

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - FBI raids Wednesday led to the arrest of 13 members of an international movie-piracy ring suspected of being responsible for half of all camcorder copies of films available on the black market and on the Internet in the U.S., according to the MPAA. It was estimated that the New York-area group is responsible for 25 percent of all camcorded copies of counterfeit movies worldwide. The arrests were the culmination of a three-year...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'