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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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Controversy Over ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Sequel

A group of Hollywood producers announced they are working on a sequel to the classic 1946 Christmas film It’s A Wonderful Life, although Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to the original film, has said it will fight to keep It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest Of The Story from being made. Here are the plot points of the sequel that have stirred controversy:

  • Begins with 30-second recap of what happened previously on It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Opening scene features 15-minute statement from producers explaining exactly why they felt they needed to do this
  • Set in a post-9/11 climate of Christmas and fear
  • Returning theme of how important friends are and how you should only commit suicide if you have none
  • Takes place in Fort Lauderdale during spring break
  • Utilizes 3D camera technology to make church bells come right at viewer
  • Titular line delivered sarcastically
  • 45 minutes of medical footage detailing George Bailey’s ear surgery
  • In every scene, the ghost of Jimmy Stewart shakes his head disapprovingly

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