Biggest Announcements From E3

Each June, E3, or The Electronic Entertainment Expo, hosts game developers showing off their latest products. Here are this year’s most exciting announcements:

‘Star Wars’ Turns 40

When George Lucas’ Star Wars premiered in 1977, the movie quickly became a phenomenon. On its 40th anniversary, The Onion looks back on the franchise’s defining moments:

Ringo Starr Announces 26th Beatles Album With New Backing Band

‘Moonbeam Sunday’ Slated For Release On June 16

LONDON—Excitedly informing fans that the iconic pop group was back with more original music, Ringo Starr announced Tuesday that on June 16 he would be releasing a 26th Beatles album titled ‘Moonbeam Sunday’ with an all-new backing band.
End Of Section
  • More News

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:

  • STEP 1

    Esteemed MPAA executives get together for a viewing of Paddington 2, The Lego Batman Movie, and Saw: Legacy

  • STEP 2

    Board member revived with smelling salts after protagonist utters the term “motherfucker”

  • STEP 3

    Cohort of children under 17 are exposed to the film and then studied for a decade to observe potentially adverse effects over time

  • STEP 4

    Dismembered torsos in scene 36 examined for any obscene nipple exposure

  • STEP 5

    White smoke billows from highest window of MPAA headquarters, indicating to the expectant crowd below that a rating has been chosen

  • STEP 6

    Director immediately rails against the selected rating in order to secure a juicy anecdote for DVD’s audio commentary track

  • STEP 7

    Intrepid preteens duck into illicit theater right after tickets checked

More from this section

Sign up For The Onion's Newsletter

Give your spam filter something to do.