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No More Sex Scenes at the Box Office

[italic]Entertainment Weekly[/italic]'s 03.22.2013 issue has an article, "Where's the Love?" about Hollywood not producing film with sex scenes. "Part of the explanation dates back to the [1990s], when studios began targeting teenage boys.… And forget about substantial nudity; teens might want to see it, but the MPAA doesn't want to—not until they turn 17. "Now that young people drive the box office, if your film can handle PG-13 storywise, then there is no reason to go R, because you're just limiting the number of people who can see it," says Michael Sucsy, director of last year's hit [italic]The Vow[/italic]. … Adrian Lyne, the director of erotically charged successes like [italic]Fatal Attraction[/italic] and [italic]Indecent Proposal[/italic], says this is one reason for the blank space in his filmography since 2002's [italic]Unfaitful[/italic]. "Would [italic]Fatal Attraction[/italic] get made at a studio today? Not in a thousand years.… Maybe it would go to Sundance." … Adam Markovitz has a side bar titled [bold]…And Where is [italic]Fifty Shades[/italic]?[/bold] He writes: Universal has said that the movie adaptation of E.L. James' risque best-seller [italic]Fifty Shades of Grey[/italic] could hit theaters as soon as summer 2014. But what will it look like is anyone's guess. No directors or actors have been announced yet. (Mila Kunis publicly quashed rumors last week that she would star.) And experts differ on the tack the studio should take to bring the book's graphic sex scenes to the big screen. Director Adrian Lyne, who says he had preliminary talks with the film's producers about helming the movie, recommends a careful balance of story and sex. "The idea of setting out to do a movie where sex is the be-all and end-all just seems so boring," he says. "It has to be part of the drama." Film marketing guru Vincent Bruzzese agrees that sex has to fit into the overall story, but he says the movie would be smart to throw caution to the wind in order to maximize returns. "My advice for them is to go hard R," he says. For now, fans can only hope that development on [italic]Fifty Shades[/italic]—unlike the book's characters—won't stay tied up for long.


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