In contrast, “The Ides of March” came and went; Washington can’t be relied on to rescue a film just because it’s political and stars George Clooney. Indeed, Feldman and his colleagues constantly tell potential Hollywood clients that “it doesn’t need to be about campaigns, politics or elections to be relevant to a community that considers issues and ideas,” he says. “It starts with you seeing the film, and you might tweet about it, you might blog about it, you might talk to a friend who’s a producer of a dayside cable show who might need a segment that is not a live shot from the Capitol or the White House.” Washington has many such players who come out in droves to movies about all sorts of subjects, and their reactions can have all sorts of resonance, in ways that the sacrosanct “per-screen average” in our local Zip codes might never detect. “If you walk into the Loews in Georgetown on a Saturday night on opening weekend of any given title,” Feldman observed, “it’s hard to throw your Snickers bar across the room and not hit someone who has an audience, a following, a reach, some influence.”
Quick: What does TV-Y7-FV mean? Is the f-word likely to be in a PG-13 movie? Do you know for what age group the new video game starring Conker the squirrel is most appropriate? After hidden explicit sexual content was found in the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game, its M for mature audiences (17 and up) was no longer valid and the game was pulled from many stores' shelves. Now, a cry has gone out: Fix the game-ratings system. Fix all media-ratings systems. Even though TV programs, movies, music and video games all carry labels denoting age-appropriateness, parents groups and politicians say the systems aren't working. The complaints: Ratings are too confusing because they vary by medium. Ratings are too lenient and inconsistent in the level of violence and sexuality they allow. The entertainment industry isn't doing enough to police itself because that could cut into profits. "The scandal is about video games," says David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family. "But we could be talking movies or television programs." Says Tim Winter, executive director of the Parents Television Council: "What you're seeing here is an industry that refuses to accept responsibility for the harm it is capable of."
Longing For The Lines That Had Us At Hello
33 "I'll have what she's having." Customer Estelle Reiner When Harry Met Sally... 1989
American Psycho: Producers wanted Edward Norton to play Patrick Bateman. Leonardo Di Caprio was set to star, but had to drop it due to scheduling conflicts. Christian Bale won the role.
Minority Report: Samantha Morton was actually the third choice to play Agatha; Cate Blanchett and Jenna Elfman both turned it down.
Thelma & Louise: Brad Pitt was the third choice for J.D. in Thelma & Louise. William Baldwin, the first choice, left to star in Backdraft. George Clooney auditioned five times for Ridley Scott for Brad Pitt's role.