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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.

by Anonymousreply 803/17/2013

It's not as if a sex scene would have made any sense whatsoever in Lincoln, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Django, The Hunger Games, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Les Miserables or Amour, now is it?

When it does make sense - Blue Valentine, Skyfall, Girls, Game of Thrones, The Master, The Twilight Saga, Madmen, A Royal Affair - it happens. And sometimes it sizzles!

by Anonymousreply 103/17/2013

There's still nudity in mainstream movies, but it's juvenile and gross.

I'd rather see a hot sex scene in a mainstream movie any day of the week than to see someone taking a dump on a toilet.

by Anonymousreply 203/17/2013

There needs to be more extended full frontal male nudity scenes in locker rooms in movies that have sports themes or teams in them.

by Anonymousreply 303/17/2013

The sex is now on our iPhones that light up the theater back rows (even though we try to half cover the screen with our one visible palm).

by Anonymousreply 403/17/2013

Sex scenes in movies are overrated IMO. First of all they are 98% straight sex. Second of all, most of them are so strategically lighted and staged to conceal the actors bodies that they might as well skip it. And then you think about the millions said actors got paid to show a scandalous nipple or ass cheek, and how ludicrous it is that they now have another luxury home because of it. Might as well pay for porn and get a real show while giving someone money who really needs it.

by Anonymousreply 503/17/2013

We don't need a Fifty Shades of Gray movie at all.

But we do need more male nudity, including full frontal, in movies.

by Anonymousreply 603/17/2013

Adult audiences have abandoned movie theaters and migrated to cable, and nudity has followed them. There is more male and female T&A in a season of True Blood then there is in a whole years' worth of studio releases.

Studio movies cater almost exclusively to teenagers and young men because this is the audience that buys the most junk food at the concession stand. It sounds stupid, but it's the truth. Movie theaters make most of their profit from the concession stand, so they want the audience that will buy the most $5 bags of popcorn that costs 5 cents to produce.

by Anonymousreply 703/17/2013

I haven't been in a movie theatre in 8 years, R7. And in the ten years prior to that, I think I saw no more than ten movies in theatres. The rest of the audience is so annoying, I have no desire to be trapped in a room with them for 2 hours.

by Anonymousreply 803/17/2013
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