The motion picture industry will not press for mandatory curbs on gun violence in films in the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre — and, in fact, is dead set against them.
“What we don't want to get involved with is content regulation. We're vehemently opposed to that,’’ former Sen. Chris Dodd, who chairs the Motion Picture Association of America, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We have a free and open society that celebrates the First Amendment."
Dodd’s declaration comes as entertainment industry leaders prepare to discuss gun violence in films and video games at a Thursday meeting to be chaired by Vice President Joe Biden at the White House Thursday.
Expected to participate are movie studio executives, National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith, Directors Guild of America executive director Jay Roth and National Association of Theatre Owners CEO John Fithian.
“We want to explore what we can do to provide parents and others with the information for them to make choices on what they want to see and what they want their children to see,” Dodd told the Reporter.
“[The movie studios] want to be part of the efforts to help America heal, and they are more than willing to be part of that conversation. This is not a crowd you have to drag to the table.”
The meeting comes the same day as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominations. “Lincoln’’ leads the pack with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director for Steven Spielberg, and acting kudos for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
Other Hollywood notables such as director Quentin Tarantino have become angry when asked if they think movie violence sparks real-world violence.
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