Tens of Thousands Sign Petition Urging MPAA to Overturn 'Bully's' R Rating (29 Feb 2012)

More than 75,000 people have signed an online petition urging the MPAA’s Classification and Ratings Administration to overturn the R-rating assigned to Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully because of language.   The petition was created on Change.org by Katy Butler, a Michigan high school student who herself was a victim of bullying. She’s calling for a PG-13 rating.   The Weinstein Co. is releasing Bully in theaters on March 23 and last week appealed the R-rating at hearing in Sherman Oaks, where Harvey Weinstein personally appeared to argue the case, saying the R-rating will deter the very demographic who needs to see the film. Butler, a student at Geenhills High School in Ann Arbor, agrees. “I can’t believe the MPAA is blocking American teenagers from seeing a movie that literally could save thousands of lives,” she said in a statement. “I’m speaking out for all those students who suffer everyday because of bullying. The MPAA needs to give Bully a PG-13 rating so the students being bullied, and the bullies themselves, can see the this film and schools can show it as well.” After last week’s hearing, Harvey Weinstein said he is considering no longer doing business with the ratings board. In her own statement, CARA chairman Joan Graves said there are set rules about language, even though the MPAA agrees with the Weinstein Co. that Bully can certainly serve as a vehicle for change and discussion. She said CARA’s responsibility is to convey information to parents.
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Marilyn Monroe Stars in New Cannes Film Festival Poster (29 Feb 2012)

The Cannes Film Festival is paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe by selecting her the icon of the 2012 festival, festival organizers said Tuesday. The festival is featuring the late star on its new poster (left). "The festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality -- a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the festival anniversary," according to a festival statement. "She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss." According to festival orgnaizers, "the festival is a temple of glamour »
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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Welcome Third Child (29 Feb 2012)

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are proud parents for the third time. The couple has welcomed a son in Santa Monica, a source confirms to People. The new addition joins big sisters Seraphina, 3, and Violet, 6. The couple announced they were expecting in August, with Garner telling Jay Leno in January that they knew the sex of the baby, but weren't sharing. "It would be so weird to have a boy," the actress told Ellen DeGeneres, but also said the experience would be "cool and different." Affleck, in turn, »
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Source: Whitney Houston's Death Will Be Ruled an Accident (29 Feb 2012)

Whitney Houston's demise was a tragedy—and a tragic accident at that. The pop icon's sudden death on Feb. 11 is expected to be officially ruled an accident, a source with knowledge of the ongoing investigation confirms exclusively to E! News. And that appears to be just what those close to Houston suspected would happen. The singer's family always believed her death was accidental and was not a result of deliberate action taken by Houston—or anyone else, according to the insider. While the actual cause of death was temporarily listed as "deferred" on Houston's death certificate pending the result of toxicology tests, "nothing suspicious" has been »
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Johnny Depp's 'Lone Ranger' starts shooting in New Mexico (29 Feb 2012)

After a close call where a soaring budget nearly killed it, Johnny Depp’s $215 million update on The Lone Ranger begins shooting today in the desert of New Mexico.
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FX Sets Date for Charlie Sheen's Anger Management and Other Summer Comedy Fare (29 Feb 2012)

FX has chosen Thursday, June 28 as the launching pad for a newly robust night of comedy, teed up by the series premiere of Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management.
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Sony Nabs Ryan Murphy Musical Comedy With Cameron Diaz, Beyonce Attached (29 Feb 2012)

Sony Pictures has preemptively picked up One Hit Wonders, a pitch for a musical comedy from Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy that had Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, plus Beyonce and Andy Samberg attached to star. Photos: 'Glee' Season 3: The Episodics The plan is for Murphy to direct the movie after he completes the AIDS drama The Normal Heart. He will write the script with Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk. Diaz, Paltrow and Witherspoon are to play singers who had a few hit songs in the 1990s but have fallen by the way side since, and then team
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AnnaSophia Robb to Play Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City Prequel (29 Feb 2012)

AnnaSophia Robb has some big - not to mention fashionable - shoes to fill. The actress, 18, is set to play a high school version of the Manolo Blahnik-obsessing, love-chasing Carrie Bradshaw, a role originated by Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO's Sex and the City, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The CW has ordered a pilot episode of The Carrie Diaries, which will chronicle Bradshaw's teen days in '80s Manhattan, long before penning her sex column. Also getting carried away with Robb, who portrayed real-life survivor Bethany Hamilton in last year's Soul Surfer: The Killing's Katie Findlay and Scott Pilgrim Vs. »
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Jean Dujardin May Head Back to His Roots in 'Le Petit Joueur' (29 Feb 2012)

He may have recently made many friends in Hollywood, but Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin hasn’t forgotten les amis back in his native France and may be reunited with the comedy troupe that launched his career in upcoming film Le Petit Joueur. French media reported the project on Tuesday, but a rep for the film’s director Manu Joucla refused to give details on the project.  Joucla and Dujardin were members of sketch comedy troupe Nous C Nous alongside actors Bruno Salomone, Eric Massot and Eric Collado who will all co-star with Dujardin in the upcoming ensemble comedy.
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Kelsey and Camille Grammer Settle Custody War (29 Feb 2012)

Kelsey and Camille Grammer have finally made nice...at least when it comes to their kids. E! News has confirmed that according to court records, the exes' dispute over custody of their two children—daughter Mason, 10, and son Jude, 7—has been "settled." No further documents will be released to the public. The custody battle between the exes really heated up last May, when Kelsey filed for sole physical custody of his and Camille's children. The following month, however, the former Frasier star proposed that son Jude live with him and new wife Kayte Walsh in Chicago, while daughter Mason would remain in Camille's care in California. The Real Housewives of Beverly »
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'Dancing With the Stars': And the new cast is...... (29 Feb 2012)

Gosh, it only seems like yesterday that Hope Solo looked like she wanted to smack Maksim Chermkovskiy upside the head!
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Sean Young Blames "Very Stupid" Security Guard for Oscar Party Arrest (29 Feb 2012)

Sean Young is confident that there's a way out of this one. The actress, Celebrity Rehab alum and onetime award-show heckler was arrested last night outside of the Governors Ball for allegedly getting into it with a security guard after he asked her to leave upon finding out she didn't have a ticket to get inside the Academy Awards' official afterparty. The incident prompted rumors that Young had fallen off the wagon or was otherwise under the influence—but she insists that she was both sober and not at fault. "I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me and then The Academy's very stupid lawyer »
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Pac-Man Gets 3D Show on Disney Xd (29 Feb 2012)

Pac Man is coming back -- in 3D. Namco Bandai Games Inc., Arad Productions and 41 Entertainment LLC announced Wednesday that they have granted Disney Xd the U.S. television rights to the pie-shaped icon (in his early years, left) for a new animated action-comedy series tentatively entitled "Pac-Man -- The Adventure Begins." It is expected to air in fall 2013. Also read: Disney Xd Plans Marvel Block Based on the game owned by Namco Bandai, the series will be presented in stereoscopic 3D. It is executive produced by Avi Arad (the "Spider-Man," "Iron »
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The Morning Round-Up: 'The River' & 'Southland' (29 Feb 2012)

It's morning round-up time, with brief thoughts on last night's "The River" and "Southland" coming up just as soon as I get the cops to shut my bar mitzvah down... "Peaches" was the last of the 5 episodes of "The River" ABC sent me in advance of the premiere, and I would call it the best of the non-pilot episodes, if not the best episode period. It helped that the focus shifted away from all the Cole family drama and re-oriented itself into a show where Lily was temporarily the main character and the search for her dad was paramount. I »
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James Murdoch Exits News International (29 Feb 2012)

James Murdoch, son of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from his position as Executive Chairman of News International, the company announced on Wednesday. As Chairman and CEO of News Corp. Europe & Asia, Murdoch oversaw the company's British publishing unit while a phone hacking scandal sank one of its newspapers, the News of the World, and allegations of bribery began to plague another, the Sun. Murdoch's father Rupert indicated more changes could be in store for his deputy COO, who recently moved to New York. “We are all grateful for James' »
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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday (29 Feb 2012)

On TV this very busy Wednesday: The Idol gals sing for your vote, The Middle and Modern Family celebrate Leap Day birthdays, Revenge reels from a murder, Psych is Jones-ing for an adventure and more. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
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