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SMITH WINS ‘PORNO’ APPEAL
Kevin Smith has won an appeal to gain an R rating for his comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” which had received an NC-17 designation. MPAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Kaltman said Tuesday that the rating was revised after the group’s appeals board viewed the movie. The NC-17 rating would have prohibited anyone younger than 17 from seeing “Porno,” which is due out Oct. 31 from the Weinstein Co.
ALL IN A ‘NAME’
Matthew Wilder’s biopic “Your Name Here,” which stars Bill Pullman as sci-fi writer William J. Frick, will join 19 other indie titles in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. In all, Montreal will unspool 234 feature films during its Aug. 21-Sept. 1 run.
The Jordanian drama “Captain Abu Raed” and the Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue-directed documentary “Body of War” each took home two top prizes at Michael Moore’s fifth Traverse City Film Festival. “Raed” won the Best of Fest and audience awards for fiction film, and “War” took the same honors for nonfiction film.
Somerset Films has acquired North American theatrical and DVD rights to the documentary “Article VI: Faith, Politics, America,” and Artistic License Films has picked up theatrical rights to Pamela Tanner Boll’s “Who Does She Think She Is?” Limited bows for both are set for the fall.
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