FROM Barry Freeman
Film Rating Advisors, Inc. The Motion Picture Association of American doesn’t like to reveal much about the workings of the ratings board that assigns those PG-13’s and R’s and sometimes the dreaded NC-17’s to films. Now, two former members of the MPAA ratings board have left their posts and formed Film Ratings Advisors, Inc. Barry Freeman and Howard Fridkin say that instead of taking a movie straight to the MPAA and possibly coming away with an undesirable rating, filmmakers can come to them for advice. Kim Masters talks to Freeman and Fridkin about why the MPAA rating board’s decisions can sometimes seem arbitrary, and what a filmmaker has to gain by going to an outsider first.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.