CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical
File this under bastardization: The Weinstein Co. has received an OK from the MPAA's Classification and Ratings Administration to reissue 'The King's Speech,' which is rated R, in a PG-13 version to allow it to be shown to teens and kids. CARA gave the film the R-rating for two scenes where the F-word is uttered numerous times as part of King George's (Colin Firth) efforts to overcome his stuttering. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Weinstein Co. has agreed to withdraw the original R-rated version of the film to make way for the milder version, which most likely will happen after the Oscars. The technical feat that allows this? The sound will be muted when King George utters the F-word, although you will still be able to see Firth mouth the words. When 'The King's Speech' was initially rated, the Weinsteins didn't back down from the R and cut the scenes -- but that was before the film started racking it up at the box office ($130 million internationally). The culprit in all this: The blue noses at CARA, who prefer gore, mutilation and bloodshed (rated PG-13) to an enlightening film about historical events with a couple of swear words.

From Justin to Joe: Paramount Pictures has tapped Jon M. Chu to direct 'G.I. Joe 2,' the sequel to 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,' according to Deadline. The competition to helm the film was between Chu and Gary Gray, but the studio opted for Chu, who directed 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,' and brought more than $53 million into Paramount's coffers. The studio is going after the first films' original cast -- starting with Channing Tatum-- for a fall start.

Sony has beefed up its summer 2012 slate by adding three films to its already strong schedule that includes 'Men in Black 3' on May 25 and 'The Amazing Spider-Man' on July 3. The studio will release 'I Hate You, Dad,' starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, on June 22; 'Here Comes the Boom,' starring Kevin James, on July 27; and a re-imagining of 'Total Recall,' starring Colin Farrell, on August 3. Here's the breakdown on the three titles: 'I Hate You, Dad' centers on a father (Sandler) who moves in on the eve of his son's (Samberg) wedding and promptly begins feuding with the bride-to-be. In the comedy 'Here Comes the Boom,' Kevin James stars as a high school biology teacher who moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school's music program. And 'Total Recall' is a retoolng of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger science fiction outing based on the short story 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale' by Philip K. Dick. The film will be directed by Len Wiseman.