According to an MPAA staffer in Washington, Cuomo is being paid a five figure fee to make appeals all the way to the top of MPAA. That would mean former Lyndon Johnson staffer Jack Valenti.
On Wednesday, on the “Today” show, Moore revealed that the scenes of abuse that appear in his film had been in his possession last year but that he told no one about the abuse, out of fear that “mainstream media” would not use his evidence properly. Moore apparently also didn’t share any of his footage with Democrats on Capitol Hill or with influential friends in Hollywood and New York. It is the footage of abuse in part that is responsible for the “R” rating, which insures that anyone under the age of 16 cannot get into the theater without being accompanied by an adult. An “R” rating will mean not only less exposure — but a smaller gate.
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