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What is the difference between a PG-13 movie and an R movie? Usually it has to do with language but very often it has to do with violence — not the amount of violence but the amount of gore. A […]

I had so much fun at last year’s Creativity Conference that I could not imagine how they could top it this year, but they succeeded. This is the third time the MPAA has teamed up with media and technology partners […]

Joan Graves heads up the MPAA’s ratings board and she is the only member whose name is public. She talked to The Wrap about some intriguing regional difference in views on sex and violence. “The South is concerned about using […]

If you get invited to a conference on creativity featuring Vice President Joe Biden, 3D printers, President Fitzgerald Grant from “Scandal” (that’s actor/director Tony Goldwyn), a minion, and a chance to sit on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones,” […]

Pediatrics, the journal of the pediatric professionals, has published a new study about the increase of gun violence in PG-13 movies, often more than in R movies.  It documents what parents have already figured out. Violence in films has more […]

I’m quoted in this NBC article about the MPAA ratings system and the disappearance of the G-rated movie. “The G rating has all but disappeared from theatrical releases other than one or two animated films each year,” said Nell Minow, […]

Yesterday Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), spoke at the National Press Club, which prepared movie poster cookies in his honor.  As a member of the club who writes about movies, I was invited to […]

The Motion Picture Association has a fabulous new website called The Credits with trailers, features, and background information about movies and the people who make them.  You can watch an interview with “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and The Up Series director Michael […]

Pixar usually hits the G-rating sweet spot but for this year’s highly anticipated “Brave,” the first Pixar film to feature a female lead, they have received a PG rating from the MPAA, for “some scary action and rude humor.”  The […]

An Alfred Hitchcock silent film thought lost for more than half a century has been discovered and restored and I got to see it tonight at the Motion Picture Association of America with a musical score composed for the film […]

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