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The Hunger Games Edited for UK Release

Wait a second! Isn’t the U.S. supposed to be the one with the crazy uptight stick up its ass when it comes to cinema content?!? The UK is Always stealing our thunder, damn it! 

According to Variety, Lionsgate U.K. has opted to shave seven seconds off Gary Ross‘ adaptation of The Hunger Games for Brit audiences in order to achieve a 12A classification in the territory.

The film, which has received a PG-13 rating in the U.S. from the MPAA, was originally given an uncut 15 certificate from the British Board of Film Classification, but Lionsgate was keen to “achieve a particular category” to reach a wider audience in the U.K.

Kids under the age of 12 are allowed to watch 12A films at cinemas if they are taken by an adult. According to the BBFC, “a number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce »

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Funny How Sensitive Hollywood Gets When You Threaten To Mess With Its ‘Fundamental’ Structure

from the but-the-internet?-bah… dept

One of the key points in the SOPA/PIPA debate involved Hollywood — and the MPAA’s Chris Dodd and Michael O’Leary in particular — dismissing the worries of folks in the tech industry about the rather fundamental changes that these laws would make to both the technological and legal frameworks of the internet. Anytime such a thing was brought up, it was dismissed out of hand. This was most noticeable during the original SOPA hearings in November, where a number of experts were pointing out their concerns with how SOPA would undermine basic internet security principles… and O’Leary dismissed them with a simple statement about how he just didn’t believe those concerns to be true.

What shocked many folks in the tech community was just how easily the MPAA sought to dismiss some pretty massive fundamental changes to both the internet and the legal framework around the internet. However, apparently if you dare touch the “fundamental” parts of Hollywood’s business, the same MPAA throws a hissy fit. The EU recently had a public consultation on a variety of copyright-related topics, some of which were more interesting than others. One of the topics was on the question of movie release windows, and whether or not they made sense any more. As we’ve noted there have been many, many studies that suggest that these release windows are actually a big part of the problem for Hollywood, and they’re leaving a ton of money on the table by not making movies available in as many convenient ways as possible.

In fact, many of the (non-Hollywood) respondents to the consultation made this point. There’s BEUC (a consumers’ group) that sees (pdf) “both platform and territorial release windows as outdated.” GSMA called for (pdf) support for “flexible and shorter release windows.” And EuroISPA was the most stringent (pdf), pointing out that: Read more.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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