Thursday, October 20, 2011

NC-17 for Shame it is

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed in a very informative and in depth article what we all pretty much believed and hope would be the case: Shame will remain an NC-17 rated film when it premieres in limited release in the US in December. THR has also  revealed Fox Searchlight's campaign plans to get Shame the recognition it deserves in the upcoming awards season. Here is just one stand-out highlight from the article:


Searchlight is also banking on awards-season attention to boost Shame's standing. The company is planning an ambitious campaign for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress, cinematography and original screenplay. But selling the film to Academy, Golden Globe and guild voters could prove tricky.
One veteran awards consultant says keeping older voters in their seats will be a challenge.
"Shame is thought-provoking and incredibly well-acted. It's also littered with the rawest sex you've ever seen in a non-pornographic movie," says the consultant. "But the sex isn't gratuitous and is designed to show the disintegration of the character."
As Focus Features CEO James Schamus puts it: "It gets really bad, and then it starts all over again. I loved it, and a good movie should be able to have these images." 
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Adds Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos: "This is a brilliant work by a gifted director with extraordinary and brave acting performances. The rating is both appropriate and necessary given the content."

Read the entire article at THR

15 comments:

Dionne said...

Good thing they aren't cutting anything to make it R-rated. The only thing is, I KNOW it will not be playing in my area. Not a chance in hell. :-/

Simone said...

Where in the hell do you live Dionne? Is there a large progressive city within driving distance that will play Shame?

NazOrs said...

I'm just hoping it will be playing in Toronto. I really want to see it again in person and have others see it as well.

Eileen said...

Simone - if you know, has Michael ever made appearances in Chicago - most likely for Hunger? Rumors of secret screenings for major films... I assume he is still in London, but one can dream ...

Jordan said...

LOL. Dionne. I hear you. I'm in Utah- Mormonland, where people go into total freak out and shock mode when they hear the F word.

But luckily, there are places in SLC that make contact with the outside world. :D

redberry Crimson said...

i think youre really mean Simone, if its fassy youre dating you should say so!

Dionne said...

@ Jordan LOL I'm going to take a mini-road trip to see it.

@ Simone I live in Texas in the middle of nowhere, hillbilly land gallore. lol I could drive about 4 1/2 hours to Austin or 5 1/2 to Dallas, which I'll probably end up doing. It's just school takes up so much time. BUT I deserve a break right around Dec. :)

MLM said...

I was thinking that "Shame" may be Michael's "Last Tango in Paris"? This movie will display, and not for the first time, Michael's fearlessness as an actor--not because he takes off his clothes, but rather for the intense and raw emotions his character goes through. It will be the most talked about film of year, and I'm not surprised about the rating.

I'm not attached to the idea of a mainstream release. Great art, serious art, has never appealed to the lowest common denominator. We don't live in that kind of world. And Fassinators, don't get too attached to awards--they are only p.r. campaigns. I don't care if Michael never gets an Oscar nomination in his life. Besides two of Hollywood's greatest actors, George C. Scott and Marlon Brando (Michael's acting idol) rejected theirs.

Simone said...

NazOrs, it will totally play in Toronto.

Eileen, I do not know if Michael has been to Chicago - seeing that's only 5 hours away from Ann Arbor/Detroit, that would be good to know in the futue.

Redberry, I don't know if you're for real or joking, but I don't know where you get the impression I'm dating or know Michael on a person level. Jeez. o_O

Dionne, if you have to get on a Greyhound to get to the nearest 'cool' city that will play Shame, then do it. You can make a fun day out of it. I drove an hour to see 'Blood Creek'. LOL!

@MLM, I hear you loud and clear gf. I am someone who has watched nearly every Oscar broadcast in the past 20 years, in the past decade, with the help of the internet, I have been chatting away with other Oscar freaks in predicting the Oscars. It is all bs, politics and popularity. But it is the Oscars, there is no other honor in the arts that top it, that's why most of us love/hate it, and see it for what it is.

Shame will not be a mainstream film - just because of its theme. It will be shown in art house theaters in progressive cities. I predict that it will do very well, because of the WoM and Michael Fassbender. The same people who saw Hunger will want to see Shame, esp now that Michael's profile has risen.

I want him to be recognized by the Academy in the form of receiving a nomination for his artistic bravery in doing Shame. At the least because the nomination itself will earn him higher and well-deserved earnings, and status that only a select few will have. What happens afterwards, is all up to fate.

Eileen said...

@ Dionne. I hope school is your springboard out of there.

I keep seeing Michael with cig... Someone needs to tell him it's no good for that beautiful Irish complexion!!!

Eileen said...

And Michael if you're in Chicago and would like to go to a Bears game...

Dionne said...

@Eileen oh girlfriend it is! I'll get my degree in May. ;)

Veronica W said...

I’ve heard about people going to see screenings in cities in the U.S. (including one in Philly tonight). How do people find out about screenings? And when it comes to the December 2 limited release, when/how will we know where it’s playing? Any help greatly appreciated...I live in the D.C./Baltimore area.

Simone said...

Veronica, you may want to keep an eye out on the Fox Searchlight webpage. I just checked this evening and they still don't have anything about Shame on their website yet. It's weird, but, oh well. Since you are in the Baltimore/DC area (I lived in that area for almost 4 years), you will surely be able to see it there. But most likely in DC. I will be on top of screenings when they start to roll out Dec 2nd, so watch FF, and also watch the listings of the theaters in your area that tend to show festival films in limited runs.

dshultz said...

As I think I've said before, I live right next to an art house theater, so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get it. And as for older Academy voters, they can all go f*ck themselves, pardon the language. Art is art, end of story. And I don't mean that in an Andy Warhol sense. This movie is really beautifully crafted and acted, so it deserves to be seen, regardless of content.