Monthly Archives: August 2007

No shame in NC-17: Ang Lee

Ang Lee spoke up on the NC-17 rating attached to his new erotic thriller Lust, Caution (AP via L.A. Times) :  “In the past, NC-17 movies were equated with pornographic movies. Most movie theaters don’t show them,” Lee said after arriving to attend the Venice Film Festival, where “Lust, Caution” is competing for the top Golden… Read more »

'Superbad' stays on top; summer tops $4 billion

Superbad stayed on top of weekend box office for the second weekend and summer box office topped $4 billion for the first time ever. According to AP: Overall, Hollywood crossed the $4 billion mark for the summer season. The figure topped the $3.95 billion set in 2004, according to box office tracker Media By Numbers…. Read more »

Focus steps up: accepts NC-17 on 'Lust, Caution'

Focus Features accepted an NC-17 rating for Oscar-winner Ang Lee’s period drama Lust, Caution, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Lust” follows a young Chinese woman in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II who becomes the center of a plot to seduce and kill a married enemy collaborator. The trailer for the subtitled Chinese-language film shows… Read more »

Guilty Plea in Va. Movie Theft

You’ll no doubt remember the case of Jhannet Sejas, the young woman arrested for recording a portion of Transformers at Regal’s Ballston Common multiplex in Arlington, Va. She entered a guilty plea. After one year, if she remains out of trouble, her record will be expunged. Threat Level at Wired Blogs has the story. The… Read more »


Superbad took top honors at the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $31.2 million. That’s better than the $30.6 million opening numbers for Judd Apatow’s other summer sex comedy hit Knocked Up’s opening. Knocked Up looks likely to finish up with around $150 million. According to the L.A. Times, predictions for a $4 billion… Read more »