So. We all knew this was coming, right? "Shame," Steve McQueen's raunchy, penetrative (no pun intended), sexually charged, psychologically intense character study staring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and their naughty bits has received an NC-17 rating. As we've already noted, Fox Searchlight has made the smart choice by getting out ahead of this and embracing it as a badge of honor. Take the MPAA to task if you must. Make the argument that we, as a society, are way too sensitive to images of sex while we are incredibly desensitized to images of violence. The fact of the matter is, the film won't play in a great many theaters as a result of the ruling. But it is no less a masterful piece of cinema from one of the most promising filmmakers of our age. [Box OFfice Mojo]
Sasha Stone takes the temperature in the calm before the storm. [Awards Daily]
Steven Zeitchik gets around to the idea of a number of this year's Oscar hopefuls being double-dippers. [The Envelope]
What the stars were really thinking at Monday's Hollywood Film Awards. [HitFix]
Matt Zoller Seitz montages Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." [Moving Image Source]
Alec Baldwin launches a new podcast: "Here's the Thing." [WNYC]
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