Broken Quills The Motion Picture Association of America has requested that Fox Searchlight remove a section of its website for Quills — a film about the salacious novelist Marquis de Sade and, by extension, the importance of freedom of speech. Movie sites generally don’t receive the same scrutiny from the MPAA’s ad-review division as other promo materials, unless, as in this case, a complaint is lodged (the MPAA will not reveal the nature of complaints). One thing that makes the removal ”deliciously ironic,” says Quills writer Doug Wright, is that the offending portion of the site included excerpts of de Sade’s work.
Now You See It AsSeenIn.com started with a simple mission: Sell the goods seen on hit TV shows — the café mug from 7th Heaven; the flower-fringed Levi’s worn by Shannen Doherty on Charmed. But where are the teal leather pants seen on Sex and the City‘s Kim Cattrall? AsSeenIn.com’s selection was, until recently, restricted to the shows with which it had scored product placement deals. ”It was very limiting both to us, the shows, and the visitor,” says the company’s exec director of marketing, Christopher Racster. So, starting this month with That ’70s Show, AsSeenIn.com is opening its site to tchotchkes from any show that’s interested. That way, says Racster, ”we’re not stuck having to give preference to anybody.” But the site probably will be stuck with a bunch of out-of-fashion bell-bottoms.