I suppose this is good news, but after reading this item about how the Weinstein Brothers managed to get the MPAA to change the rating
from "R" to "PG-13" on Julian Schnabel's "Miral," a drama about a young Palestinian
girl trying to survive the Arab-Israeli conflicts, I'm wondering if some kind
of deal was made.
When the MPAA relented a while back and changed its absurd NC-17
rating for "Blue Valentine" to
an R, it looked like the insidious studio self-regulating group might be trying
to reform. But never underestimate the power of studio greed, cowardice, and
hypocrisy when it comes to covering its assets and infantilizing mainstream
I've been waiting for someone to point to Hollywood
as a convenient scapegoat for the Arizona
shootings.. So far,
so good, however, as nobody has yet resorted to that familiar punching
bag, so popular with both Democrats and Republicans whenever something awful
happens that raises too many tough questions.