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Review: 'Bully' is eye-openingupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 15:37:00

Harvey Weinstein never met a ratings controversy that he couldn't massage into a publicity campaign.

'Bully' to play in Regal Theaters, treated as an R rated filmupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 10:44:00

Regal Cinemas, the largest theater chain in the country, will play the unrated documentary "Bully" in its theaters, the company announced today.

'Bully' documentary fights 'R' ratingupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 10:22:00

Kareen Wynter takes a look at "Bully," a movie which hopes to help teens if only they can get their "R" rating lowered.

Weinstein Co. will release 'Bully' unrated, refusing MPAA's R ratingupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 10:22:00

"Bully," the controversial documentary that was handcuffed with an R rating by the MPAA, will be released in theaters as an unrated film, The Weinstein Company announced today.

British censors demand seven seconds of 'blood' cut from 'Hunger Games'updated: Wed Mar 21 2012 12:07:00

The British Board of Film Classification has mandated that seven seconds of cuts be made for the U.K. distribution of "The Hunger Games" in order for the film to receive a 12A rating (the British equivalent of the MPAA's PG-13).

'Bully' controversy: Student urges MPAA to change documentary's R ratingupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 10:42:00

The battle over "Bully's" R rating rages on.

Kristen Stewart: Shooting 'Breaking Dawn' sex scenes was 'surreal' updated: Fri Oct 28 2011 10:32:00

The pivotal sex scene in the new "Twilight" film, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" is so steamy that the MPAA originally gave the film an R rating, according to its star Kristen Stewart, who says even she was shocked by what her character does between the sheets.

Studios try to 'crack the code' on Latino moviegoersupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 07:22:00

In the same way Hispanics have become an important political voice, so it goes with Hollywood and moviegoing.

MPAA shuts down 50+ torrent sitesupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 08:13:00

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), with the cooperation of Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, has quietly shuttered 12 torrent websites in the U.S. and at least 39 sites abroad by filing copyright violation complaints with the sites' hosting providers.

Hollywood, Bollywood sign cooperation pactupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 20:46:00

Hollywood and India's Bollywood have signed a historic cooperation pact that will have the world's two leading film industries working together in areas from production to distribution to content protection.

'Hurt Lockers' downloaders, you've been suedupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 15:02:00

Producers of Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker" have made good on a promise to file copyright lawsuits against people who illegally shared the movie via peer-to-peer networks.

Does sex sell movies? Uh, not reallyupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 12:44:00

When it comes to movies, it may be that sex doesn't sell.

'New Moon' taping may put woman in prisonupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 18:28:00

A birthday celebration that culminated in a trip to catch the blockbuster movie "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" could land 22-year-old Samantha Tumpach in prison for three years.

Positive piracy?updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 09:17:00

CNN's Neil Curry talks to file-sharing guru and member of the European Parliament Christian Engstrom about video piracy.

Pro-piracy parties gain foothold across Europeupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 09:17:00

With his navy blue suit jacket and gray-tinged hair, Christian Engstrom barely stands out from the sea of delegates seated in the European parliament.

As movies portray fewer smokers, fewer teens light upupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 17:47:00

Blockbuster movies are less likely to portray smokers than they have in the past, according to a new study. What's more, this decline in on-screen smoking may have occurred in tandem with a drop in the number of adolescents who have lit up in real life.

Group wants R rating for any film with smokingupdated: Thu May 28 2009 22:39:00

Smoking in youth-rated movies has not declined despite a pledge two years ago by Hollywood studios to encourage producers to show less "gratuitous smoking," according to an anti-smoking group.

In digital age, can movie piracy be stopped?updated: Sat May 02 2009 10:04:00

When the highly anticipated movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opened Friday in theaters, many fans had already seen it.

A to Z of online piracyupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 14:53:00

If mention of The Pirate Bay conjures up images of parrots, peg legs and planks, or geeky jargon like BitTorrent and jailbreak leaves you all at sea, this handy A-Z will help you navigate the choppy waters of the online piracy debate.

Film piracy trial verdictupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 20:15:00

A verdict is expected in a copyright battle between movie studios and Internet pirates. CNN's Neil Curry reports.

Four found guilty in landmark Pirate Bay caseupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 20:15:00

Four men behind a Swedish file-sharing Web site used by millions to exchange movies and music have been found guilty of collaborating to violate copyright law in a landmark court verdict in Stockholm.

Verdict due in major Internet piracy caseupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 02:52:00

The founders of a Swedish file-sharing Web site could face jail time and multimillion-dollar fines if convicted of copyright infringement.

People.com: Hugh Jackman Heartbroken by Wolverine Leakupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 11:10:00

"It's like a Ferrari without a paint job," the star says of the work print that hit the Web

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' leaked to Webupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 11:01:00

Someone stole an "incomplete and early version" of the next installment in the blockbuster "X-Men" movie series and posted it on the Internet this week, according to the studio that owns the billion-dollar film franchise.

New 'X-Men' film leaked onlineupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 11:01:00

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is leaked online a full month before its release. CNN's Brooke Anderson reports.

Dogs search for cash, cows in heat, whalesupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 09:38:00

A story surfaced about authorities finding $3 million in cash on a bus bound for Mexico recently. How did they find such a large sum of money hiding on the bus? With a cash-sniffing dog. Wait, dogs can sniff out cash? Specially trained ones can.

Digital-music buyer, don't be a foolupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 09:05:00

Back in my day (a day not long ago, as it turns out), you could go down to the local record shop and plunk down your paper-route money for little disks of plastic that were embedded with the latest sounds of your favorite musical performers.

Time.com: Max Payne on Screen: Just a Teaseupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 10:00:00

In the long line of video-game-to-movie transfers, Max Payne scores low

Fortune: Inside the Obama Hollywood crushupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 12:31:00

You can't walk within shouting distance of the Pepsi Center here without sighting Ben Affleck, Eva Longoria, Stephen Spielberg or Melissa Etheridge.

Time.com: Paramount Drops $450M Bank Dealupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 18:00:00

A tight credit market prompted Viacom Inc.'s movie-making subsidiary, Paramount Pictures, to drop a deal for $450 million in financing from Deutsche Bank

Time.com: Hollywood to Recession: Bring It!updated: Fri Mar 21 2008 19:35:00

History shows us that people still go to the movies when the economy is weak. Indiana Jones and Batman are hoping the trend holds this time around

'Brokeback' director's latest too hot for censorsupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 03:15:00

Hollywood's censors think Ang Lee's new movie "Lust, Caution" has too much lust, and they're cautioning moviegoers by branding it with an NC-17 rating.

Pirated Simpsons tracked to Sydneyupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 00:01:00

The first known pirated copy of "The Simpsons Movie" to make it onto the Internet was tracked to a home raided by Australian police Friday, authorities said.

Time.com: Filming Texas in a Good Lightupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 12:20:00

A new movie funding law wants filmmakers to come to the state -- as long as you don't mess with Texas

Ex-film association chief Jack Valenti dead at 85updated: Thu Apr 26 2007 18:55:00

Jack Valenti, the longtime head of the Motion Picture Association of America, died Thursday of complications from a stroke he suffered in March, his family announced. He was 85.

CNNMoney: Long-time Hollywood lobbyist suffers strokeupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 15:55:00

Jack Valenti, who served as president of the Motion Picture Association of America for nearly four decades, has suffered a stroke and has been taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, officials said.

Longtime movie group head suffers strokeupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 14:18:00

Jack Valenti, who served as president of the Motion Picture Association of America for nearly four decades, has suffered a stroke and has been taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, officials said.

EW review: Hooray for 'Lassie'updated: Fri Sep 01 2006 09:36:00

Not many animals are more emotive than collies: those anxious eyes, the long face, that occasional humanoid smile. This is why Lassie is a legend.

CNNMoney: D.C.'s million$ club growsupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 12:03:00

Those who run the White House and Congress make in the low- to mid-six-figures. Those who run the organizations that seek to influence public policy easily can make more -- in some cases far more.

Business 2.0: Friendlier File Sharingupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 00:01:00

Has Hollywood found a peer-to-peer system it can live with? In December, the erstwhile media-industry migraine known as BitTorrent will unveil a beta version of its online video marketplace with th...

CNNMoney: A fleeting victory for Hollywoodupdated: Fri Jan 07 2005 11:34:00

Shortly after Hollywood launched a major offensive against Internet pirates last month, two popular Web sites for stealing movies shut down.

Hollywood takes on Web piratesupdated: Wed Dec 15 2004 07:45:00

The Motion Picture Association of America on Tuesday has announced a campaign aimed at slowing the illegal downloading of movies off the Internet.

CNNMoney: Hollywood steps up piracy fightupdated: Tue Dec 14 2004 10:40:00

The Motion Picture Association of America announced a new campaign aimed at slowing the illegal downloading of movies off the Internet.

CNNMoney: Hollywood wins one, but...updated: Fri Dec 10 2004 09:28:00

Can the Supreme Court help Hollywood put an evil genie back in the bottle?

CNNMoney: A horror story starring Hollywoodupdated: Thu Dec 09 2004 15:25:00

A evil genie that pops out of a bottle sounds like Hollywood fiction. But for the movie industry, the specter is not fantasy -- it's real.

CNNMoney: Hollywood to sue pirates: reportupdated: Thu Nov 04 2004 06:07:00

The Motion Picture Association of America is set to follow the lead of the music industry and start filing lawsuits against individuals who it charges are illegally trading digital copies of movies, according to a published report.

Business 2.0: Meet Mr. Hollywoodupdated: Wed Sep 01 2004 00:01:00

When Dan Glickman takes the reins as the new president and chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America on Sept. 1, he'll have some big Ferragamos to fill. His predecessor, Jack Val...

showbuzzupdated: Tue Aug 03 2004 13:54:00

Going behind the music isn't enough when it comes to Michael Jackson -- an entire film is needed.

Business 2.0: How to Turn on the Charm Just learn to listen to colleagues and you'll be amazed by how hard they'll work for you.updated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

Every week a handful of my students arrive to class late and disrupt the discussion as they jostle their way to their seats. Or they come and go during the session, to get coffee or take phone call...

High-tech hunt for Potter piratesupdated: Mon May 31 2004 06:16:00

Cinemas in Britain are resorting to extreme measures in a bid to stamp out piracy that costs the movie industry billions of dollars a year.

CNNMoney: Movie studios may sue downloadersupdated: Fri Apr 02 2004 08:18:00

The trade group for the major movie studios is considering following the legal path of the record companies by suing people for illegally downloading copyrighted materials, according to a published report.

Fortune: Valley Talk, Part Two How a Community of Internet Pirates May Mean Big Trouble for the Film Industryupdated: Mon Sep 06 1999 00:01:00

On a recent Saturday night, I punched in the code to enter the offices of a friend's startup in San Francisco. It was dark, so I stumbled through the maze of cubicles toward a bright light across t...

Fortune: HOW COPYCATS STEAL BILLIONS Foreign theft of ideas and innovations, from hit songs to computer software, has become a huge headaupdated: Mon Apr 22 1991 00:01:00

TWO YEARS AGO in Milan, a squad of court officers and lawyers burst into the gloomy headquarters of Montedison, Italy's chemical giant. Sweeping through the building, they ordered employees at comp...

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