Many New Films Focus On Guns

December 22, 2012 by  

Many New Films Focus On Guns, On the Monday after the Dec. 14 school massacre in Newtown, Conn., MPAA chairman-CEO Christopher Dodd telephoned the major Hollywood studio heads one by one. Violence in movies often comes under scrutiny following mass shootings, so Dodd wanted to touch base with his bosses, even though there was no indication that Adam Lanza’s rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School was inspired by movies (he was an intense video gamer, however).

The MPAA issued a statement pledging Hollywood’s support in assisting President Obama’s call for a special task force on gun violence. “Those of us in the motion picture and television industry want to do our part to help America heal,” he said in his statement. “We stand ready to be part of the national conversation.”

But that conversation comes at a tricky time for Hollywood, which is preparing to release a slew of violence-laced films. January is a favorite time for genre fare, and next month is no exception, with eight of the 10 nationwide releases rated R. Five of those feature an array of guns — including assault rifles.

National Rifle Association executive vp Wayne LaPierre took direct aim at Hollywood during a press conference Friday in Washington, D.C.

“Thousands of music videos, and you all know this, portray life as a joke, and they play murder — portray murder as a way of life,” LaPierre said. “And then they all have the nerve to call it entertainment. But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?”

Studio insiders say gun violence in movies is tempered by the fact that most are about good guys battling villains. At the same time, they acknowledge that the marketing materials might seem insensitive in the wake of the shooting.

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