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    Shame Embraces NC-17 Rating; Will Oscar Voters Punish Fassbender?

    Shame Embraces NC-17 Rating; Will Oscar Voters Punish Fassbender?

    There is no shame in earning an NC-17 rating. Filmmaker Steve McQueen, when he made his deal for MPAA-signatory Fox Searchlight to release Shame (December 2), made it clear that he embraced the rating, which the ratings board officially gave the film this week. This is no surprise. Besides, Searchlight distributed 2004's NC-17 The Dreamers, whose director Bernardo Bertolucci praised Searchlight for being willing to release the film with the rating: "It's a victory. And not just for me -- it's a victory for freedom of expression." The erotic relationship drama starring Eva Green earned a respectable if modest $2.5 million stateside.

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    Glenn Close to Receive Palm Springs' Career Achievement Award

    On the road to a would-be Oscar nomination, Glenn Close will accept her Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7. Fest chairman Harold Matzner says Close "has the gift of mesmerizing an audience whenever she performs," and says of her performance in the upcoming Albert Nobbs (here's our interview and details): "She revives a previous stage role and brings it to gritty life in yet another bravura performance.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Shame," "Torture Porn" & The MPAA's System Of Rating Movies

    Some further thoughts on the heels of yesterday's expected announcement that Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama Shame would be released with an NC-17 rating; a move by the MPAA that, as I argued in my review of the film, reeks of hypocrisy for a number of reasons...

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  • The Playlist
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    Eddie Murphy Says 'Beverly Hills Cop 4' Is Dead, But TV Series About Axel Foley's Son In The Works

    Also Says His Oscar Night Incident After Losing To Alan Arkin Was Misunderstood"We’re not close, but I’m hoping in the next few years there will be one," Brett Ratner recently told Collider about the forever in development "Beverly Hills Cop 4." "Eddie and I are even setting up some more of his ideas. I’m hoping that we have a long, fruitful relationship. We’re both still very young, believe it or not. Eddie’s only 50 years old, so I think we have a little bit of time to come up with a great 'Beverly Hills Cop.'" But it looks like the sand in the hour glass has run out as Eddie Murphy is hanging up the idea of starring in a fourth movie and is looking for a younger Axel Foley to take the adventures to the small screen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Eddie Murphy Says Another "Beverly Hills Cop" Movie Not Happening But TV Show In The Works

    Well, this might be a downer for all you Beverly Hills Cop fans out there but it seems another franchise movie won't be happening according to Eddie Murphy.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jeff Bridges Wears Same Shirt in Three Films Spanning Nine Years; Buy One Yourself

    Why? More like Why Not? He's Jeff Bridges, so he can wear the same shirt in three different films if he wants to. In fact, you can too. Here's the shirt; get yourself one. In fact, if you want an easy way to be Jeff Bridges for Halloween, may we suggest this shirt paired with a White Russian? Cheers.

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    At Tokyo Film Fest, Japan's 3/11 Earthquake/Tsunami is Front and Center

    At the Tokyo International Film Festival, now under way, the impact on Japan of the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake is front and center. Liza Foreman reports from Tokyo.In the documentary Fukushima Hula Girls, director Masaki Kobayashi gives an unusual perspective on the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in March 2011. The film follows a displaced troupe of hula dancers who worked for a popular Hawaiian resort that was shut down in the wake of the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. Going some way to fill in the gaps on how the disaster impacted local lives, the documentary is one of a number of films playing at this week’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF, October 22-30) to focus on the tragedy. Tetsuaki Matsue’s feature Tokyo Drifter shows the city at its most vulnerable, immediately following the earthquake, when a young musician wanders the empty streets.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Case You Had Any Doubt, 'Shame' Is Officially Rated NC-17

    Ever since the film first unspooled at the Venice Film Festival, the big question surrounding Steve McQueen's "Shame" was who would decide to take on the risky, explicit film about sex addiction that due to its graphic content was headed for an NC-17 rating. As those who have seen it already know, the picture is a finely honed and paced piece of work and it's difficult to know what McQueen could cut to secure a much more box office and marketing friendly R-rating, but he put the ball back in the distributor's court. If anyone decided to take on the movie, they would have to take "Shame" as is. Well, the always adventurous Fox Searchlight stepped up and acquired it at TIFF and as expected, the movie has officially been given an NC-17 grade by the MPAA.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    A Protest Movie Gains Added Relevance: "An Injury to One" Now on DVD

    A Protest Movie Gains Added Relevance: "An Injury to One" Now on DVD

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  • The Playlist
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    Contest Giveaway: Copies Of The Biography 'Steve McQueen' By Marc Eliot

    No, we're not talking about the latest filmmaking sensation from Britain, but instead about American acting legend Steve McQueen, and while you might be busy devouring another hot biography about a certain recently deceased tech icon, we think you should probably make room for this one.

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