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Jack Valenti (born September 5, 1921) was "special assistant" to Lyndon Johnson's White House. In 1966, he resigned and became the president of the Motion Picture Association of America. He is generally regarded as one of the most influential pro-copyright lobbyists in the world.

In 2003, found himself at the center of the so-called screener debate, as the MPAA barred studios and many independent producers from sending screener copies of their films to critics and voters in various awards shows. Under mounting industry pressure, conceded a small victory to pro- screener forces to allow screeners to be sent out to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting members only (and only on condition that voters sign an extensive contract agreeing to not distrubute their copy), leading to further outcry from film critics, producers, non-voting Academy members (legendary agent Ed Limato resigned his Academy membership over the issue) and other awards.

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... including Sidney Poitier, Bette Davis,Aaron Spelling, Tom Bosley, Constance Towers, John Gavin, Cyd Charisse, Mia Farrow, Elizabeth Montgomery, Tom Cruise, former president of the Motion Picture Association Of America, Jack Valenti and many more.

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The film also stars Greta Gerwig as Nancy Tuckerman, Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy, Max Casella as Jack Valenti, John Carroll Lynch as Lyndon B. Johnson, Billy Crudup as a journalist, and John Hurt as a priest.
Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup co-star in the film, with Max Casella playing then-future MPAA chief Jack Valenti. Pablo Larrain directed the pic, which started generating buzz at Cannes. Noah Oppenheim wrote it. Fox Searchlight acquired ...
In addition to Portman, the film stars Greta Gerwig as Nancy Tuckerman, Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy, Max Casella as Jack Valenti, John Carroll Lynch as Lyndon B. Johnson, Billy Crudup as an American journalist, and John Hurt as a priest Jackie ...

... who also plays Texas multimillionaire Clint Murchison), CIA man Allen Dulles (Bruce Nehlson), JFK's secretary Evelyn Lincoln (Kelie McIver), national security adviser McGeorge Bundy (Jacob Sidney), gangster Carlos Marcello and consigliere Jack ...
Today is "International Talk like a Pirate Day." While it's a lot of fun to act like a pirate, drink rum and catch up on Errol Flynn movies, piracy is also a serious issue with real economic and legal significance.
Today is "International Talk like a pirate Day." While it's a lot of fun to act like a pirate, drink rum and catch up on Errol Flynn movies, piracy is also a serious issue with real economic and legal significance.
Junior Jack Valenti, treasurer of IDEAL, also commented on the interaction between the congressmen and the atmosphere of debate.
From her chain-smoking in Jack's office listening to the soundtrack to CAMELOT (which held a special significance to the family as the Kennedy White House was often dubbed with that title), or fighting Jack Valenti and LBJ's security concerns about the ...
Association president, Jack Valenti, said, "Exemptions under which such pictures as 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
... with Bobby Kennedy (a miscast Peter Sarsgaard) and Jack Valenti (Max Casella), pondering life's meaning with a priest (John Hurt) and trying to shape her husband's legacy during her on-the-record/off-the-record exchanges with the journalist in Hyannis.
In the first officially-released scene from the film, which premiered Wednesday online, Kennedy (Portman) discusses plans for a funeral procession with Jack Valenti (Max Casella) shortly after her husband's death. "I've changed my mind. We will have a ...
1921 Birth of Jack Valenti, an American film executive who created the MPAA (Motion Picture Association Of America) voluntary system for rating film content as a guide for parents.
One terrific scene has a prickly Jackie going up against Johnson's newly elevated special assistant, Jack Valenti (Max Casella), later longtime president of the MPAA.
One terrific scene has a prickly Jackie going up against Johnson's newly elevated special assistant, Jack Valenti (Max Casella), later longtime president of the MPAA.

"FACT," read a memo from Johnson aide Jack Valenti to his boss, "Our main strength lies not so much in the FOR Johnson but in the AGAINST Goldwater.
One terrific scene has a prickly Jackie going up against Johnson's newly elevated special assistant, Jack Valenti (Max Casella), later longtime president of the MPAA.
When we tried to start doing a rating system I went to Jack Valenti, head of the MPAA, and I said, "Let's use your motion picture rating system on video games.
... as disturbing content in PG-rated films like Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was prompting parents to complain to theater managers, Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg approached then-MPAA chief Jack Valenti about adding an ...
Organized by Lee Meriweather, a freelance writer and ex-story analyst at Universal, the Association to End Defamation of Black People sent a five-page (single-spaced) letter to Wolper and Jewison, with a copy to Jack Valenti, then head of the MPAA.
This case also features one of the more interesting pieces of mental gymnastics in U.S. legal history in which Jack Valenti, then the president of the Motion Picture Association Of America, stated that "the VCR is to the American film producer and the ...
Fanning hysteria about mass piracy and people refusing to leave the comfort of their living rooms to go to movie theaters, Jack Valenti, the longtime head of the MPAA, likened VCRs and blank video tapes to the Boston Strangler and used his political ...
Speaking at a congressional hearing in 1982, Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association Of America, famously warned: "the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.
With much of Albee's salty dialogue intact, the next battle was between Warner and Jack Valenti, the new president of the Motion Picture Association Of America, over the group's decades-old Production Code.
That move led newly appointed MPAA chief Jack Valenti to eventually drop the antiquated Hays Code that dated back to the '30s, which blanched at the very thought of "excessive or lustful kissing.
The current version of the MPAA's ratings board was put into effect in the mid 1960s when former LBJ aide Jack Valenti took over as president, instituting a system of voluntary film ratings.
The magazine gave some of the credit for keeping Virginia Woolf whole to Jack Valenti, who that year had become president of the Motion Picture Association Of America.
Within two years, MPAA head Jack Valenti had commenced an overhaul of the ratings system - not by any means a complete elimination of system-sanctioned censorship, but a giant leap to where the more challenging and idiosyncratic content of movies ...
The 1942 Ford Jeep at Sunday's show is owned by Jack Valenti of Pebble Beach. It is decked out to look like those used by the British Long Range Desert Group in North Africa.
The 1942 Ford Jeep at Sunday's show is owned by Jack Valenti of Pebble Beach. It is decked out to look like those used by the British Long Range Desert Group in North Africa.
On May 16, 2016, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey was named chairman of Fulbright University, a US-backed college with ties to the State Department in Ho Chi Minh City.
The rate of unemployment was at 4.5 percent and it cost a nickel to mail a first class letter.The film adaptation of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
LBJ's buddy, Jack Valenti led the Brooks Brothers mob: "The then president and chief executive of the Motion Picture Association Of America, denounced Stone's film in a seven-page statement.
I could go on and on: Others name-checked as Friends of Sumner include Hillary and Bill Clinton, Archibald Cox, Martin Davis, Marvin Davis, Ted Kennedy, Sherry Lansing, Jack Valenti, Barbara Walters -- and many more. But let's focus on a couple of ...
While living in D.C., he was called into the White House for a meeting, where he met future Motion Picture Association Of America president Jack Valenti (who worked for the Johnson administration). "Valenti opened the door, told me sit in his chair ...
The MPAA's former president, Jack Valenti, even claimed that VCRs would "decimate, shrink, [and] collapse" the market because the technology would "[strip] those markets clean of profit potential.
For instance, when the home VCR landed on the market in the 1980s, motion picture industry lobbyist Jack Valenti predicted it would kill the movie business, saying it was to "the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is ...
Don Henley, Alanis Morissette, MPAA President Jack Valenti, the aforementioned Gerry Kearby, myself and several others go to great lengths exploring this issue in search of good legislation to enable an orderly evolution to digital commerce.
The litigation addresses a ratings system that came about in the 1960s, when MPAA's then-president, Jack Valenti, aimed to take Hollywood from an era of morality codes to self-regulation.
The litigation addresses a ratings system that came about in the 1960s, when MPAA's then-president, Jack Valenti, aimed to take Hollywood from an era of morality codes to self-regulation.
WASHINGTON - Jack Valenti, once President Johnson's closest personal aide, quit his White House post Monday to become president of the Motion Picture Producers Association of America.
"I remember calling Jack Valenti [then the president of the Motion Picture Association] and suggesting to him that we need a rating between R and PG, because so many films were falling into a netherworld, you know, of unfairness.
"I remember calling Jack Valenti [then the president of the Motion Picture Association] and suggesting to him that we need a rating between R and PG, because so many films were falling into a netherworld, you know, of unfairness.
Did you hear the one about the new technology that was going to run amok, squashing creativity, gobbling up every copyrighted work in its path, and redistributing it for free to all of the masses until nothing remained but scorched earth and abandoned ...
Standing in his way back in the 1980s was the legendary MPAA chief Jack Valenti, who was concerned about infringing on the studios' commercial efforts, such as colorizing the likes of "Casablanca" and other black and white classics.
Previous recipients of the Pioneer of the Year award include Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck, Jack Valenti, Terry Semel, Sumner Redstone, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg and, last year, Jim Gianopulos.
The "All the President's men" filmmakers were initially refused use of the Library Of Congress, but they then reportedly got MPAA president Jack Valenti to use his juice. Yet once inside, the director and his D.P. faced a cinematic challenge: How to ...
He served Johnson for two years before becoming press secretary, and is known for his investigation of White House Aide Jack Valenti and other administration officials. He has won 36 Emmys, along with more than a dozen other awards over the course of ...


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