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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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2010 Oscar Contenders

The Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Hollywood's release of its prestigious films for Oscar consideration. Here are some of the movies that are being positioned to win Academy recognition:

  • Ding-Dong, The Jew Saver—The untold story of how a cancer-riddled, mentally challenged man and his little chocolate lab accidentally saved thousands during World War II.
  • Crash—Anyone dumb enough to have chosen this for Best Picture in 2005 would probably do so again five years later
  • For Colored Girls—Not since The Color Purple has there been a film with more rape, abuse, domestic violence, and large hugging circles while CeCe Winans plays in the background
  • Vendor—A documentary about one man's dream to open a hot-dog cart, and he does it
  • Country Strong—This latest Hulk reboot gets a dramatic, honky-tonk treatment with singer Tim McGraw
  • Big Momma's Houseboat—She has to stay in the middle or the thing rocks too much, but the crooks still don't stand a chance
  • Little Fockers—Robert De Niro finally gets it together in this third installment of the Meet The Parents series, delivering the performance of a lifetime
  • The Movie—Charlie Kaufman's latest project, in which a script is seen being written on a computer screen in real time over the course of 198 hours
  • The Social Network—Dramatization teaches senior Academy members about new technology without them even knowing they're learning

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