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It’s been a long week, but the MovieSnobs are back at their computers, and ready to bring you the news. Rather than regurgitate everything you’re probably read over the last week while we were gone, I’ll just say “Happy New Year” to everyone. Hope you’re all safe, and ready for a great year full of great movies.
The Associated Press reports that Smith won the appeal after presenting his case to the MPAA’s Appeals Board. I think Smith hit the nail on the head in this quote:
They felt it was rather sexually graphic. My point is, it was comically graphic. All the sex in the movie with the exception of one scene is very cartoonish, very campy. It wasn’t designed to titillate.
Whether the MPAA takes into consideration the intentions of certain objectionable scenes is unclear. In fact, most of what the MPAA does is unclear to the general public. However, Smith’s point is that the scene wasn’t meant to be pornographic (despite the title), but rather was designed to be laughed at.
This is a victory for Kevin Smith since everyone knows making an NC-17 film is “commercial suicide,” as he put it.
Check out Zack and Miri Make A Porno starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in theaters October 31st.
I’m not sure if this is good news or bad news for Burger King.
Robert Downey, Jr. claims in a new story that he stopped at Burger King with a carful of drugs and his burger was so horrible that he thought something terrible was going to happen to him. He left the restaurant and dumped all his drugs in the ocean.
The Burger King reference in Iron Man is in reference to his life-changing event.
It appears that you can’t post a teaser for your own movie on your own site without attaching a rating to it. The Zack and Miri Make a Porno teaser that we posted last week was pulled from Kevin Smith’s Quick Stop Entertainment site because the MPAA told them to. Smith explains:
As with features, all trailers get rated get rated by the MPAA. The majority of them are for general audiences (Green Band trailers), but trailers packed with adult content (like our teaser) earns you what’s called a Red Band trailer. Well, we didn’t go through this process – simply because, we felt, that since the teaser didn’t contain any footage from the actual flick, it wasn’t technically a trailer. Boy, was I wrong. Turns out all promotional material for any film financed/distributed by a signatory of the MPAA has to be signed-off on by the MPAA – including internet-only materials.
Hopefully the boys will slap a red band before that baby and have it back up soon.
While they’re not the enormous size they were in the movie, and they certainly can’t devour a healthy human being in a matter of seconds, they are pretty scary. From the Dorylus page at Wikipedia (the proper name of the ants):
Seasonally, when food supplies become short, they leave the hill and form marching columns of up to 50,000,000 ants which are considered a menace to people, though they can be easily avoided; a column can only travel about 20 meters in an hour. It is for those unable to move, or when the columns pass through homes, that there is the greatest risk. There have been reported cases of people – usually the young, infirm, or otherwise debilitated who could not escape – being killed and eventually consumed by them, often dying of asphyxiation.
This last sentence should be taken with a grain of salt, as it lacks a proper citation on Wikipedia. They are, however, pretty impressive. While they’re not nearly as large or fast-moving as they are in the movie, the picture on the left is a swarm of them eating a grasshopper, and they’re pretty big as far as ants go.
From Bloody Disgusting comes the final official synopsis for Saw V, the fourth sequel in the twisted horror franchise. It says,
In the fifth installment of the popular Saw franchise, Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.
Since I wasn’t all that invested in Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) to begin with, an entire movie about him killing people isn’t nearly as interesting as Jigsaw putting people in deadly traps so that in the event they escape, they appreciate their life more.
For the first time, I’m not really all that interested in a Saw sequel. I mean, seriously…”carry on the Jigsaw legacy”? He’s not carrying on Jigsaw’s legacy. He’s murdering people to keep them quiet. Jigsaw had a reason, however twisted, for the things he did. And that was what made him, and the original few films, so compelling.