Link broken? The gist is that this is an impressively sarcastic review of an old slasher flick based on the “unrealistic” premise of a cop abusing his power to murder people.
Its been nearly a decade since the release of “This Film Is Not Yet Rated.” Nothing about the MPAA has changed since then. When I saw this article today on Cracked, I figured we can’t have too many reminders of why corporations can’t be trusted to regulate themselves in any capacity whatsoever. (spoiler alert: its called “conflict of interest”)
Unless you have kids (or still are one), you probably stopped paying much attention to movie ratings a while back, but they’re actually the secret gatekeepers of Hollywood. The rating even determines whether a film can advertise via TV spots (NC-17 movies cannot). This means millions, maybe tens of millions of dollars lie between an R rating and an NC-17 rating. Even more money lies between PG-13 and R.
The MPAA is the final arbiter of exactly how many boobs we get to see in a given summer, and that is too much power for any one organization to hold. So who are they, and why are they qualified to choose our entertainment? In the course of our research, we spoke with Kirby Dick, director of the MPAA investigation documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated.
Edit: added IMDB link at top.
Tim Huckaby can’t sit still. During his hour-long presentation on the future of user interfaces at the recent 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), he leapt from demo to demo, his enthusiasm contagious, and his constant movement making it difficult for anyone in the audience with a camera to capture him in stasis.
Huckaby has good reason to be excited. The way this software expert sees it, we’re on the verge of a science-fiction-like future where doctors manipulate molecules in three-dimensional (3-D) space, augmented music players tune into your thoughts, and retailers deliver coupons in real time based on the focus of your gaze across store shelves.
Imagine a world in retail where my wife has opted in at Nordrom’s, or Macy’s, or something like that to be tracked through the store… We can see what you’re looking at, and we can push a coupon to you. ‘Hey, Kelly, you were in the Seattle Nordstrom’s, and you looked at these cute shoes, but your didn’t buy them. Now you’re in the Las Vegas Nordstrom’s. You’re looking at the exact same shoes. How about 40 percent off if you buy them right now?’ That’s the beauty of retail.
Huckaby is founder and chairman of California-based InterKnowlogy, as well as the current chief executive officer of Actus Interactive Software. Both companies focus on user interface (UI) development, and Huckaby’s belief in the coming rapid evolution of the UI field is based on decades of work in emerging technology.
Batman, James Bond, teenage vampires and a team of superheroes helped propel domestic movie ticket sales in 2012 to a projected all-time high of $10.8 billion, reversing a slump that saw attendance drop to a 16-year low last year.
Box-office receipts are likely to be up 6% compared with last year, as is attendance, which is on track to hit 1.36 billion, according to hollywood.com. That’s much-needed good news for the film business, though this year’s attendance figure is far from record-breaking — in 2002, 1.6 billion showed up at the box office.
Meanwhile, ticket sales from abroad continued to significantly boost bottom lines in Hollywood, because 15 of the year’s top 20 pictures grossed more abroad than they did in the U.S. and Canada. For instance, 81% of the total $875 million in receipts for the 3-D animated film “Ice Age: Continental Drift” came from overseas.
NEW YORK (AP) — The teenage actor who plays the half in the hit CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” says in a video posted online by a Christian church that the show is “filth” and that viewers shouldn’t watch it.
That show is the absolute worst and he is right that people shouldn’t watch it. But it’s too bad that this has to be a Christian thing, as if hating the show and everything it stands for means one is prudish.
Think outside the ballot box and tell me who would make an excellent write-in PotUS. I don’t mean “serve the nation better than Obama” excellent. I mean “right or wrong, I really want to watch his/her speeches” excellent. I don’t care if they’re US citizens, or alive, or even fictitious. Screw qualifications in a nation that has heard of Sarah Palin. And don’t forget a running mate who balances out the ticket.
Clint Eastwood PotUS, Empty Chair VP
Ozzy Osbourne PotUS, Snooki VP
Mike Tyson PotUS, Fred Savage VP
George Carlin PotUS, Dave Chappelle VP
What are your ideas? Surely you can come up with better ideas than mine, since you’ll probably be rested by the time you read this. Vote in the comments as often as you want. The electoral college will probably ignore them anyway.
Gene Dolgoff remembers looking around his hometown of Manhattan as a child and thinking “I have to record and play back this experience.” Dolgoff thinks he’s found a way with 3-D Vision, a converter that instantly transforms any 2-D video content — from TV to video games — into 3-D using algorithms that present stereoscopic image pairs and give the illusion of depth.
Now, the man who has always seen the world through 3-D glasses wants to bring his vision into commonplace content. Dolgoff’s Fundable project for 3-D Vision has reached half of its $10,000 goal in only four days.
The 3-D experience was previously only available in blockbuster movies or among the few people who invested in 3-D televisions. Dolgoff says the high cost of making 3-D content through graphic artists or special cameras has been the biggest barrier to it going mainstream, which he believes 3-D Vision has the potential to do. The first generation of 3-D Vision will require glasses, but Dolgoff has a prototype in development that works without glasses, which he’s been demoing for visitors to his Long Island, NY lab.
“Gamers have been really interested. After they play their games in 3-D on our system, they tell me ‘I can’t go back to playing this in 2-D,’” says Dolgoff.
Dolgoff is best known for inventing the LCD projector and inspiring the holodeck in “Star Trek”.
Today a dream is coming true for me. I’m in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a crew of artists and we’re scanning the artwork here, we’re sharing them, and we’re hacking on them.
You can follow along here on the MakerBot blog, the MakerBot Twitter, follow the #MET3D hashtag and the newest things on Thingiverse.
I was an art teacher in Seattle Public Schools and with my students I could only get them to a museum once a year. Together we would get on a bus, go get a tour of a museum and go back to school.
It was great to go to a museum, but it was limited. I had a wish then that I could bring the museum into the classroom. Little did I know that 6 years later, I would be in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with some of the best artists and designers in the world scanning art and sharing it on Thingiverse for the world to download and make. We’re taking it even farther than that though. I don’t think I imagined that the work could be changed, mashed-up, hacked, and remade. It is truly a brilliant and wonderful future we live in where you can go into a museum that allows photography, take lots of pictures and then use 123D Catch to turn it into a model and share it on Thingiverse.
The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry’s attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of “restrictive” walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.
He said he was most concerned by the efforts of countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and Iran to censor and restrict use of the internet, but warned that the rise of Facebook and Apple, which have their own proprietary platforms and control access to their users, risked stifling innovation and balkanising the web.
“There’s a lot to be lost,” he said. “For example, all the information in apps - that data is not crawlable by web crawlers. You can’t search it.”
Brin argued he and co-founder Larry Page would not have been able to create Google if Facebook had been there first. This is because search engines require an open Web, and too many rules not only close it down, but they “stifle innovation,” Brin said.