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How Movies Receive Their Ratings

Many Americans use the MPAA’s formalized rating system as a guide for which films to see. The Onion provides a step-by-step view into how these ratings are chosen:

‘Winnie-The-Pooh’ Turns 90

Winnie-The-Pooh, the A.A. Milne series featuring a stuffed bear and his toy animal friends, debuted 90 years ago this week. Here are some milestones from the franchise’s nearly century-long run:
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Top 5 Best-Selling Books — Week Of March 25, 2013

This week's 5 best-selling books as compiled by The Onion Book Review:

  1. Guns, Germs Jared Diamond (Simon & Schuster, $22.95) In this abridged version of his bestseller, Diamond takes out all the parts about steel.
  2. 11/22/83 Stephen King (Scribner, $11.99) A man travels back in time to the 20th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and tries to avoid coworkers who might ask if he remembers where he was when he heard the president was shot.
  3. Give A Jew A Handgun Moshe Goldman (Putnam, $27.95) Eighth entry in the alphabetical Give A Jew thriller series.
  4. JanSport Angela Gonzalez (Penguin, $14.99) In this novelization of the popular backpack brand, a naive young backpack is pushed to the limits of its storage capacity, having to carry a load it never imagined it could.
  5. Success Before 30 Allie Shier (Chronicle Books, $28.95) Yep, the same Allie Shier from high school. God. Of course she has a book now, too. She’s just so awful.

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