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Smoking in a Movie? Give It an 'R' Rating

Doing so will cut down on teen smoking: study

(Newser) - Kids who see actors smoking tobacco in movies are more likely to try cigarettes—so any film with a smoking scene should get an R rating, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed children ages 10 to 14 and found that two-thirds of the smoking scenes they saw were in PG-13... More »

Racy Movies Linked to Early Drinking

Study of kids finds strong tie between R-rated flicks, booze

(Newser) - Watching R-rated movies may encourage kids to start drinking alcohol at an earlier age, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 3,600 middle-school children about their movie-watching habits, then followed up 2 years later with questions about alcohol consumption. Only 3% of those who were never allowed to watch R-rated... More »

Raunchy Trailers Coming to Theater Near You

Online popularity has more studios going to marketing's tawdry side

(Newser) - If you weren’t sure what to expect from Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the movie’s R-rated preview makes it quite explicit, Josh Levin notes in Slate—and it’s just the latest of a growing number of films to market itself with such so-called red-band trailers. Thirty... More »

Studios Bet Big on R-Rated Comedies

Risqué humor draws smaller crowds, but stars can cut loose

(Newser) - Movie studios are gambling on R-rated comedies more than ever as audiences open up to raunchier humor and stars push to showcase their talent in a less restricted setting, the AP reports. PG-13 flicks almost always draw bigger crowds, but R-rated features like Sex and the City, Wedding Crashers, and... More »

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