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UK film age rating rules get stricter for scenes of sexual violence

UK film age rating rules get stricter for scenes of sexual violence

Entertainment
Under-15s will no longer be able to go to see films that depict rape and other sexual violence under new rules set by Britain's film ratings body.The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) surveyed more than 10,000 people and found it to be among parents' main concerns.Any film showing sexual violence will now get at least a 15 rating rather than a 12 or a 12A.The BBFC also wants its ratings to appear on all streaming services.BBFC chief executive David Austin said a film like Keira Knightley's 2008 drama The Duchess, which was classed as a 12 at the time, would be made a 15 today because it included a rape scene."What parents told us was, that's too much for 12-year-olds," he told BBC News. "It's enough that a 12-year-old k...
BBC axes Film programme after 48 years

BBC axes Film programme after 48 years

Entertainment
The BBC has axed its long-running Film programme after 48 years. The broadcaster says 2018 will be the final year of the show, which has been hosted in the past by Barry Norman, Jonathan Ross and Claudia Winkleman.A new-look programme is set to replace Film but the details have not yet been confirmed by the corporation.A spokeswoman for the broadcaster said: "We are constantly looking at how we present the arts to ensure we are serving all audiences in the best way possible."In 2019 we will be creating an enhanced offer for lovers of film both on television and online which will be a more consistent approach across the year and will replace the Film Show. Image: Barry Norman hosted the BBC's Film show for 26 years ...
Rice scientists say nanotube film could make for better batteries

Rice scientists say nanotube film could make for better batteries

Science
Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The inclusion of films of carbon nanotubes could be key in building a longer-lasting battery, scientists at Rice University said. Led by chemist James Tour, the researchers used the nanotube films to come up with a way to halt the growth of dendrites on a battery's unprotected lithium metal anodes, Rice said in a news release Thursday. They published their results this month in the journal Advanced Materials. The dendrites usually degrade batteries by reaching their cathodes, prompting consumers to avoid lithium batteries in favor of their lithium-ion counterparts because developers can slow dendrite growth in lithium-ion batteries by slowing their charge time, Tour said. But Tour and his team determined that dendrite growth can be slowed in lithium batteries by using a s...
Dame Judi Dench criticises Kevin Spacey film removal

Dame Judi Dench criticises Kevin Spacey film removal

Entertainment
Dame Judi Dench has said it was wrong to remove her "good friend" Kevin Spacey's performance in a recent film."I can't approve, in any way, of the fact - whatever he has done - that you then start to cut him out of films," she said at a film festival in Spain.She said Spacey was "an inestimable comfort" when they worked on a film shortly after her husband's death.A number of allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against the Oscar-winning actor, which he denies.The scandal prompted Sir Ridley Scott to excise his performance as oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty from All the Money in the World and reshoot his scenes with Christopher Plummer.Plummer went on to be nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for his contribut...
Look: Director shares first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in standalone 'Joker' film

Look: Director shares first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in standalone 'Joker' film

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Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Director Todd Phillips posted on Instagram Sunday the first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in their standalone Joker film."Arthur," Phillips captioned the image of Phoenix, who stares at the camera -- unsmiling and without the titular villain's signature clown makeup. Phoenix, 43, has unkempt, collar-length hair and is wearing a rumpled, button-down shirt and jacket in the picture. Phoenix's previous films include To Die For, Gladiator, Quills, Her and Walk the Line. Phillips is known for helming The Hangover comedy trilogy. Warner Bros. plans to release the Joker origin film on Oct. 4, 2019. The dark-toned movie is to take place outside of the existing DC extended film universe and is intended to help launch a new DC Comics banner that will allow the movie studio to tell uniq...