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04.18.2007
Anyone who saw the scathing documentary THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED might think that the unflattering spotlight cast on the dubious practices of the MPAA, combined with their new president and the fact that we live in the 21st century, might make them approach things with different strategy.

But nope, it sounds like they're still up to their same asinine reactionary practices, "protecting" the masses from things like cartoonish decapitations on websites. Apparently the MPAA (a week after deciding the HALLOWEEN remake trailer was too harsh for human eyes to see online except during certain hours) has determined that the website for Magnolia's UK import SEVERANCE was too graphic, and demanded it be changed lest the film sacrifice its oh-so-important R-rating.

The dull non-spurting replacement site can be found RIGHT HERE, while the "offending" material is still viewable at the British site RIGHT HERE. Let's all thank MPAA's Orwellian ways for saving us from such reprehensible imagery. Sweet mother of Elvis, now they gotta f*ck with the internet?

By the way, SEVERANCE is a highly amusing British flick about workers for an arms corporation who go on a team-building retreat and find themselves stalked by some backwoods murderers. If the MPAA got their thongs in a knot over the SEVERANCE website, they'll be having aneurysms over the flick's rocket launcher gag...
Extra Tidbit: SEVERANCE director Christopher Smith's previous film was the subway horror thriller CREEP.
Source: Twitch

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5:57PM on 04/19/2007
Goddamn it. Why the hell did you post those links to the original? my kid could've seen it and falled over on the floor in a seizure heap. Take it down, dammit.


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Goddamn it. Why the hell did you post those links to the original? my kid could've seen it and falled over on the floor in a seizure heap. Take it down, dammit.


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11:56PM on 04/18/2007

Gruesome picture

How dare you post that picture with the article! Is that MPAA approved? We could all be scarred for life... or something... yeah this is a bunch of bull.
How dare you post that picture with the article! Is that MPAA approved? We could all be scarred for life... or something... yeah this is a bunch of bull.
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11:48PM on 04/18/2007

oh yeah

...oh yeah the mpaa are assholes too..
grrr red border!
...oh yeah the mpaa are assholes too..
grrr red border!
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11:48PM on 04/18/2007

ROCKET LAUNCHER

That rocket launcher scene is friggin hilarious, makes me want to see the movie. The rest looks ok, hot chicks in it.
That rocket launcher scene is friggin hilarious, makes me want to see the movie. The rest looks ok, hot chicks in it.
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10:17PM on 04/18/2007
The MPAA actually can't censor anybody, as they're not a government organization, I would think this just means they won't approve it for viewing. I've never understood why they rate trailers anyway. If you're at a flick with your kids and a trailer comes up rated PG-13 or something and you don't want them to see it you can't exactly run out of theater quickly enough to stop it and if it's on the internet chances are you're not paying attention to what your kids are doing anyway. If I was a
The MPAA actually can't censor anybody, as they're not a government organization, I would think this just means they won't approve it for viewing. I've never understood why they rate trailers anyway. If you're at a flick with your kids and a trailer comes up rated PG-13 or something and you don't want them to see it you can't exactly run out of theater quickly enough to stop it and if it's on the internet chances are you're not paying attention to what your kids are doing anyway. If I was a filmmaker I would put whatever I want on a website, as long as the [link] guys paying for it don't care.
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8:30PM on 04/18/2007

MOVIE NAZIS

Wow, the MPAA have officially become the dictators of Hollywood. Crazy Dud said it all. What they should be doing is trying to help the film industry, not try to destroy it.
Wow, the MPAA have officially become the dictators of Hollywood. Crazy Dud said it all. What they should be doing is trying to help the film industry, not try to destroy it.
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8:23PM on 04/18/2007

Oh brother...I mean Big Brother

You know what? If you're the MPAA, go ahead and regulate ads in PHYSICAL public places, a la that billboard ad for whatever the hell movie Kim Bauer is gonna be in. Fine. I don't care. But when you start censoring websites, it's going too far. Now you're messing with an advertising format that you have no right to tamper with. This is a joke.
You know what? If you're the MPAA, go ahead and regulate ads in PHYSICAL public places, a la that billboard ad for whatever the hell movie Kim Bauer is gonna be in. Fine. I don't care. But when you start censoring websites, it's going too far. Now you're messing with an advertising format that you have no right to tamper with. This is a joke.
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7:52PM on 04/18/2007

WOW!

I'm not as harsh on the MPAA as many are here, but this is going WAY too far.

With porn accounting for 60% of all internet sites, I highly doubt censoring movie websites is going to somehow help shelter children from "mature images." The MPAA means well, but they're WAY out of touch with the realities of contemporary American culture and life. The MPAA is supposed to serve as a service to parents to help screen out movies they do not want their children viewing. Anything the MPAA does beyond
I'm not as harsh on the MPAA as many are here, but this is going WAY too far.

With porn accounting for 60% of all internet sites, I highly doubt censoring movie websites is going to somehow help shelter children from "mature images." The MPAA means well, but they're WAY out of touch with the realities of contemporary American culture and life. The MPAA is supposed to serve as a service to parents to help screen out movies they do not want their children viewing. Anything the MPAA does beyond that is censorship, which is unconstitutional and therefore illegal.
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