News Nuggets: ‘Shame’ on the MPAA for its NC-17 rating

Sasha Stone is outraged by the NC-17 rating for “Shame“: “When the unsurprising but disappointing news came down yesterday that, indeed, the MPAA slapped ‘Shame’ with an NC-17 and not what it truly deserves — an R rating — most people were appropriately outraged.  A few shrugged and moved on to a new topic.  Worse, some actually defended the MPAA’s boneheaded decision, as in, ‘it’s an appropriate rating’ … What I get from this list of NC-17 on Wikipedia is that it isn’t only sex that raises the red flag for the MPAA. It is sometimes violence.  Although you don’t have to look very far to see how many violent movies are given an easy R rating — and you don’t have to look very far to see how this country allows us (in fact, encourages us) to indulge in our violent impulses.” AWARDS DAILY

In episode four of “Feinberg & Friends,” Scott Feinberg discusses the Hollywood Awards, the Gotham Awards, and more with Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil: “I really enjoyed our chat, during which we tackled the following 10 questions … Who was the biggest winner and the biggest loser at Monday night’s 15th annual Hollywood Film Awards? … We know that ‘J. Edgar‘ is being held for the opening night of the AFI Fest, but why are the other year-end awards hopefuls — ‘War Horse,’ ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,’ ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘We Bought a Zoo,’ and ‘Young Adult‘ — still being held so close to the vest?” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Brad Pitt joins prospective Oscar rival Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”: “Brad Pitt may be contending with Michael Fassbender for a Best Actor nomination this year, but no hard feelings: He’ll reunite with his ‘Inglourious Basterds’ co-star for ’12 Years a Slave,’ report Screen Daily and the Playlist. That’s the next film from ‘Shame’ director Steve McQueen, and it’ll star Chiwetel Ejiofor in the true story of a New Yorker who’s captured in 1841 and enslaved in Louisiana.” VULTURE

Lynne Ramsay wants to direct “Moby Dick” in space: “After writer-director Lynne Ramsay (‘Ratcatcher,’ ‘Morvern Callar’) debuts her latest film, this December’s moody Tilda SwintonEzra Miller pic ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin,’ she’ll set her sights on more classic fare: Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ … only, set in space. ‘We’re taking the premise into the realm of the galaxy; it’s creating a whole new world, and a new alien, a very psychological piece’ Ramsay told Radio 5 Live’s Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo.” MOVIELINE

We Need to Talk About Kevin” wins top honors in London: “… the unflinching mother/son drama about a Columbine-style mass murderer starring Tilda Swinton was named Best Film at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, besting such Oscar hopefuls as ‘The Artist,’ ‘The Descendants,’ and ‘Shame.’ ‘In the end, we were simply bowled over by one film, a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love,’ said the jury’s chair, director John Madden (‘The Debt’).” EW.COM

Who will play Princess Grace? “20th Century figures seem to be the rage … The next figure to watch out for: actress-turned-Monaco princess Grace Kelly. Shortly after his agents began circulating the Arash Amel script ‘Grace of Monaco,’ producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam has agreed to fully fund a $15 million project that is now out to directors and will soon look for an actress to play Princess Grace. The film covers a half year period in 1962 … By that time, Kelly (33 at the time) had given up her acting career to become a full time princess, and the film details her political manuevering behind the scenes to save Monaco.” DEADLINE

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