News | 2015


'Star Wars: Episode VIII' release date revealed

Paul Bond | The Hollywood Reporter (13 Mar 2015)
Iger was called on to reiterate his pledge of not showing characters smoking on TV or in movies except where necessary for historical accuracy, though one shareholder asked him to go further by asking the MPAA to give an R-rating to movies that include smoking and to rally other studios to support such a measure. Read more...

Here’s why you’ll never see Iron Man smoking a cigarette in a Marvel movie

Victoria McNally | MTV News (13 Mar 2015)
Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark has got some pretty bad habits...but one thing he’s never going to do is light up a cigarette, says Disney; they will “absolutely prohibit” the depiction of smoking in all Disney films with a PG-13 rating or under, including those made by Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. Read more...

After Sony hacking, the MPAA considers major changes

Michael Ciepley and Brooks Barnes | The New York Times (5 Feb 2015)
Fissures revealed by the hacking at Sony Pictures Entertainment have raised the prospect of profound change at one of Hollywood’s oldest institutions: the Motion Picture Association of America. Read more...

Film with smoking content should be rated 18A to protect kids, group argues

Sheryl Ubelacker | CTV (3 Feb 2015)
'This is one of the last forms of media where tobacco use can actually be shown to kids.' Read more...

Coalition wants movies with smoking rated 18A

Jennifer Palisoc | Global News (30 Jan 2015)
Ontario, Canada's Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies is calling for a change in how movies with smoking are rated. Read more...