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The director of Joker speaks of a weird bathtub scene that had to be cut for an MPAA R rating

Link Here 11th November 2019
Full story: Batman Movies...A history of controversy
Joker is a 2019 USA crime thriller by Todd Phillips.
Starring Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix and Marc Maron. BBFC link IMDb

Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

While speaking at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Joker director Todd Phillips explained that there were a few scenes that he had to cut, the most notable of which was a scene had Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck doing something bizarre while inside a bathtub.

Phillips suggested that the scene that was removed is not sexually explicit in nature, but is simply too bizarre for a standard R-rated movie to handle. He spoke in vague terms at the film festival:

So the other thing that's great about Joaquin is that he's always up to try things -- the fridge was one of those. It wasn't in the script it was something that Joaquin just kind of did and there was a few others, there's only one other that's in the movie and it's when he's laughing after he goes to [Zazie Beetz's] apartment and he comes back down the hall and he's laughing alone in that living room, that was another one...

There were two or three others we shot, one that is amazing in a bathtub, but I don't think we can actually include it in an R-rated movie and it's not because it was pornographic, it was just insane.



Offsite Article: Maybe a few Gremlins in their thought processes...

Link Here 2nd November 2019
A Collider article claims that the MPAA decision to introduce the PG-13 rating was more about merchandising to children rather than the content of the movies.

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Offsite Article: 'I urge parents to ignore the R - it's a PG-13 movie in all the ways that matter'...

Link Here 10th October 2019
Annabelle Comes Home. Now even some R rated horrors seem to be going for the bloodless PG-13 territory.

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The Dark Knight...

The film made the news in the UK in 2008 with the most number of public complaints about a lenient BBFC 12A rating. 10 years later it was revealed the film was cut in the US to avoid an MPAA R rating

Link Here 8th October 2019
The Dark Knight is a 2008 USA/UK action crime thriller by Christopher Nolan.
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart. BBFC link IMDb

Thanks to Cameron who reported that 10 years after the film was released details emerged how it was cut to avoid an MPAA R rating. See article from :

David Dastmalchian, who played abducted schizophrenic Thomas Schiff, told The Hollywood Reporter his encounter with a frenzied Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) was tamed by the MPAA:

[Nolan] told me a funny anecdote. He said he really liked the scene, but he said when we were shooting it, I  was pushing my head against Aaron's gun and he was pushing the gun back, Dastmalchian said.

I remember for a few weeks after I  had a big welt on my head and a little goose egg and black bruise. He said that was one of the moments the MPAA asked him to go back and he had to cut out the indent from the gun barrel on my head.

The director also had to show restraint when it came to the murderous antics of the Joker (Heath Ledger), namely a scene that originally showed a knife stabbed through a bloody Joker card on the corpse of a Batman imposter. In the final cut, the card is neatly pinned to the body.

The same version that was released in the US with a PG-13 rating was passed 12A by the BBFC. A rating which lead to the film being the most complained about film in recent years. The complainants mostly suggested that it should have been 15 rated.



Offsite Article: Angry Joe comments on YouTube, but maybe he should be careful what he wishes for...

Link Here 6th October 2019
The ESRB doesn't actually play through the games it rates, but are sent a short video featuring the worst or most offensive content the game has to offer, and the rating is based on that

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The US film censor, the MPAA, becomes MPA America

Link Here 20th September 2019
The organisation that was previously well known as the MPAA has changed its name a little. The Motion Picture Association of America has become The Motion Picture Association.

The trade group, representing Hollywood's major studios + Netflix, then adds a regional identify to this generic name. So in the US the organisation will be known as MPA America whilst in the far east it will be known as MPA Asia Pacific.

The MPA name has been used outside of the US for sometime, so that will be familiar already.

The updated version of the iconic globe and reel logo that is so familiar to American moviegoers will now be used by all regional offices. Previously used versions of the logo will be phased out in the coming weeks and months.

The MPA writes:

Unifying the Motion Picture Association brand is the latest initiative under Chairman Rivkin's leadership, which has also included the addition of Netflix as a member studio earlier this year and the elevation of Gail MacKinnon to Senior Executive Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs, overseeing all government affairs functions around the world. This month, the Motion Picture Association returned to its newly renovated headquarters in Washington and will begin hosting screenings and other events this fall.


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