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2016

Movie ratings can deem films with tobacco use as OK for kids, judge rules

David Lieberman | Deadline Hollywod (11 Nov 2016)
The MPAA has a free speech right to assign a G, PG, or PG-13 rating to movies that depict tobacco use, a U.S. District Court has ruled — rejecting an argument that the practice is a form of commercial speech that dangerously encourages kids to smoke. Read more...

Hollywood studios beat lawsuit over PG and PG-13 rating films featuring smoking

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (11 Nov 2016)
A judge concludes that ratings are opinions, that misrepresentations haven't been made and that the proposed class action interferes with free speech. Read more...

Judge wary of lawsuit over smoking in movies

Nicholas Iovino | Courthouse News Service (31 Oct 2016)
A federal judge on Friday seemed skeptical of arguments that the motion picture industry misrepresents the content of films by not giving R ratings to all movies featuring tobacco smoking. Read more...

Studios focus on opinionated nature of movie ratings in smoking-in-films lawsuit

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (16 Sep 2016)
MPAA members tell a judge that "PG," "PG-13" and other ratings don't represent seals of approval. Read more...

MPAA rips USC study that says state tax incentives have no effect on jobs, wages

David Robb | Deadline.com (14 Sep 2016)
The MPAA has accused Thom of “academic malpractice,” stating that his study is so flawed that it not only tarnishes his own reputation but USC’s as well. Read more...

Call for smoking to be removed from children's movies

Tim Sandle | Digital Journal (10 Sep 2016)
Hot topic for discussion as Toronto International Film Festival kicks off. Read more...

Activists oppose Benegal report

DHNS | Deccan Herald (10 Aug 2016)
Activists on Tuesday opposed a recent proposal to do away with the static mandatory anti-tobacco message shown in movies and television serials when smoking scenes appear on the screen. Read more...

'Anti-tobacco advisory should not be removed'

| The Hindu (3 Aug 2016)
India's former health minister opposes weakening tobacco warnings in films. Read more...

Anti-smoking message only at start of film?

Himanshi Dhawani | The Times of India (1 Aug 2016)
The Shyam Benegal committee has recommended scrapping the existing advisory and replacing it with a static visual at the beginning of the film. Read more...

MPAA argues ban on smoking in movies defies First Amendment

Scott Simon | NPR (23 Jul 2016)
Should a child going to a G-rated movie be exposed to characters smoking on screen? The MPAA is defending itself from a lawsuit about that. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with film historian David Thomson. Read more...