Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Sep 23, 2016 by SGlantz

The hearing, previously scheduled for October 27, has been moved to October 28, 2016, at 1:30 pm in Federal Court in San Francisco.

Learn more about the case here.

Posted: Sep 22, 2016 by jpolansky

Baby can breathe easier. The latest Bridget Jones episode, Bridget Jones's Baby (R, Comcast, 2016), is smokefree. That's a sharp change from 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, when Renee Zellweger and seven smoking co-stars delivered 570 million tobacco impressions to domestic moviegoers.

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Posted: Sep 20, 2016 by jpolansky

The latest re-make of The Magnificent Seven (Sony) is "Rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material.” 

“Historical smoking” is an MPAA label applied to some few youth-rated movies with biographical elements: Emperor (2013), The Imitation Game (2014) and The Monuments Men (2014).
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Posted: Sep 17, 2016 by SGlantz

On September 15, 2016, the defendants filed the final brief responding defending themselves against allegations that their ratings system defrauds the public by representing it as something that parents can rely on to select appropriate movies for their kids. 

Hollywood Reporter published a good story summarizing both sides' arguments, which is available...

Posted: Sep 14, 2016 by jpolansky

All These Sleepless Nights — Rated R for language and smoking throughout, drug use and some sexuality/graphic nudity. Rating certificate #50675. Source: MPAA Rating Bulletin #2442 (14 September 2016)

What we know about this film
 
A Polish documentary...
Posted: Sep 7, 2016 by jpolansky

Disney has a firm policy about on-screen smoking, except for DreamWorks movies carrying its Touchstone label. 

The latest is ...

Posted: Sep 7, 2016 by SGlantz

The second of our three ads summarizing the Smokefree Movies issue ran yesterday, 6 September 2016, in Variety and Hollywood Reporter.  The first ad summarized the history of Big Tobacco’s relationship with Hollywood and this ad summarizes the science behind the Surgeon General, WHO’s and other authorities’ conclusion...

Posted: Aug 30, 2016 by jpolansky

A tobacco control advocate passed along this email, dated 30 August 2016:

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Subject: Opportunities for e-cigarette companies in TV and film [MARKETING]

We are representing a Hollywood feature film which offers really great featured product placement for an electronic cigarette partner. If you aren’t the primary point we should be speaking with, I’d greatly appreciate your updating me to...

Posted: Aug 22, 2016 by SGlantz

After 7 consecutive weeks of smokefree youth-rated movies, Hollywood falls of the wagon with Viacom’s Florence Foster Jenkins, which has more than 50 tobacco incidents.

It was good while it lasted. 

Posted: Aug 5, 2016 by SGlantz

Despite the fact that the rules under India’s tobacco control law mandate that, “Promotional materials and posters of film and television programmes shall not depict any tobacco products or their usage in any form,” posters for the feature film Dishoom show popular actor John Abraham smoking a cigarette.

This situation echoes the US situation when Hollywood’s inclusion of smoking in television advertisements...