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    Why Superheroes and Horror Shows are Taking Over TV

    In this week's ratings report, "The Flash" and "American Horror Story" scored big while "Survivor's Remorse" earned a Season 2 pickup despite bad ratings. Here's why:

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    17 Banned Films and What They Tell Us About the Power of Cinema

    Here are 17 films that have been banned around the world for various reasons.

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    Why Hasn't HBO Picked Up 'The Leftovers' Yet? (Because It Should)

    Episode 4 of "The Leftovers" marked the first rise in viewership for the series. Does it have VOD to thank for it?

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    How The MPAA Really Works And How to Get The Rating You Want

    Howard Fridkin and Barry Freeman left the MPAA after over 25 years and started their own consulting company (Film Rating Advisors) aimed at helping filmmakers get the rating they want without sacrificing their film's integrity.

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    Sure, 'Fargo' is Off to a Solid Start. But How Do the Ratings Compare to the Film's Box Office?

    The miniseries and movie may be two entirely different beasts, but did the existing property influence the ratings for FX, or are miniseries just today's hot ticket?

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    Richard D. Heffner, 'Least-Known Most Powerful Person in Hollywood,' Dies at 88

    Historian, educator and broadcaster Richard D. Heffner, who, for two decades was in charge of the film industry's ratings board and was the creator and host of "The Open Mind" on public television, died at 88, The New York Times reports.

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    From 'Showgirls' to 'Orgazmo,' Here Are The Top Grossing NC-17 Rated Films of All Time

    In honor of NC-17 rated "Blue Is The Warmest Color" -- which is continuing to find strong numbers as it expands across the U.S. ($379,278 and counting) -- Indiewire is taking a look back at the history of the controversial rating, which has been in effect for over 23 years now.

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    Sweden Working to Launch Film Rating That Addresses Gender Inequality in Film

    Four independent theaters in Sweden have launched a campaign to install a rating system that classifies films based on their representations of gender. Films will be approved with an "A-rating" if they pass the Bechdel test, named after Alison Bechdel, whose 1985 comic strip inspired its development...

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    Toronto Review: Inexplicably Wacky Ratings Satire 'R100,' From Hitoshi Matsumoto, Is Like 'Fight Club' Directed By Luis Buñuel

    Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matusmoto successfully made the leap to writer-director-star with his 2007 debut "Big Man Japan," a zany take on the superhero genre that simultaneously managed to make its fantastical protagonist human. The unlikely combination of surrealism and pathos would continue to de...

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    The MPAA's Joan Graves Visits SXSW to Talk Ratings

    Nestled among the listings of the many, many panels that made up the SXSW Film and Interactive festivals this year was an unexpected name -- Joan Graves, the head of the MPAA and the only member of the ratings board whose identity is made public.

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