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Colin Firth Opposed to PG-13 “King’s Speech,” Which Is Coming To Theaters Regardless

Colin Firth Opposed to PG-13 “King’s Speech,” Which Is Coming To Theaters Regardless (photo)

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Late last month, we told you about Harvey Weinstein’s plan to cut then-Best Picture nominee “The King’s Speech” in order to lower its rating from an R to a PG-13 and increase its moneymaking potential. That plan is now a reality, and the PG-13 cut of “The King’s Speech” will officially be coming to theaters in the near future. Make that the very near future, since the MPAA Ratings Board waived the usual 90-day waiting period for rereleasing films with new ratings. From the MPAA’s press release:

“The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) has assigned a PG-13 rating to an alternate version of ‘The King’s Speech’ submitted by The Weinstein Company. The original version of the film is rated R ‘for some language.’ CARA has rated the alternate version PG-13 ‘for language.’ Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) and John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, have also waived, upon request from The Weinstein Company, a CARA rule requiring a distributor to fully withdraw the original version of the film from theaters for 90-days before replacing it with an alternate version.

This won’t be like walking into a video store and getting to choose between the theatrical cut and the “unrated director’s edition,” either: this waiver is contingent on the Weinsteins completely removing the original version of the film from distribution. In other words, folks getting on “The King’s Speech” Oscar bandwagon in the coming weeks won’t have a choice about what version they see. It’s PG-13 or bust.

One guy not pleased about that plan is “King’s Speech” star Colin Firth. Backstage at the Oscars after his win for Best Actor, Firth acknowledged that he was against censoring the film. As he put it to The Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t support it… I think the film has its integrity as it stands.”

It may have integrity as it stands, but it doesn’t have big enough box office grosses (of $114 million domestically and counting). And that’s what this is all about. Really, that’s what it’s always about when the Weinsteins takes on the MPAA. Sometimes they’re fighting for artists’ rights, like their support of “Blue Valentine” against its NC-17 rating. Sometimes they’re fighting against it, as in this case. It might look hypocritical, but it’s not. Regardless of the outcome the motivation is always the same: money.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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