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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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Nicolas Cage Broke

Owing $6.3 million in back taxes and facing financial ruin, Nicolas Cage, star of such hit films as Ghost Rider, National Treasure, and Con Air, has sold his Bavarian castle and put several of his homes on the market. Where did Cage's money go?

  • Invested heavily in nationwide Face/Off-themed chicken-and-biscuit franchises that were a complete bust
  • Handed Tom Waits $1,000 every time he asked
  • Unbeknownst to Cage, he was an executive producer of Battlefield Earth
  • Charismatic uncle kept approaching him with costly harebrained schemes to make a movie
  • Lost $5 million to Keanu Reeves in a high-stakes monotone-delivery competition
  • Forgot that multimillion-dollar heist he pulled in
  • Gone In Sixty Seconds was fake
  • Spent millions to have miniature replicas of all his clothes tailor-made so that he and his 1995 Best Actor Oscar could always be dressed alike
  • Threw lavish parties where there was music

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