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2016

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...

Movie industry in First Amendment clash with anti-smoking activists

Jacob Gershman | The Wall Street Journal (22 Jul 2016)
The plaintiffs claim the MPAA’s rating system isn’t a protected expression of opinion but a form of commercial speech. As such, the First Amendment protections are much weaker, they argue. Read more...

Smoking in movies: Film-makers just can't kick the habit

Mona Chalabi | The Guardian (19 Jul 2016)
[Major studios' trade group] says a ban on smoking would be attack on free speech – and indeed, most movies still reek of tobacco, even those aimed at teenagers. Read more...