Harvey Weinstein goes before ratings board today

As the MPAA ratings board prepares to rule on whether to overturn the restrictive NC-17 rating for “Blue Valentine,” the pic’s thesps are being honored by Italy’s Capri, Hollywood Film Fest.

Today marks a key moment for director Derek Cianfrance’s pic, which the Weinstein Co. opens in select U.S. theaters on Dec. 31. This morning, the ratings board in Los Angeles hears a personal appeal from Harvey Weinstein, who has flown to L.A. to defend his company’s film. The rating was given for what the MPAA termed the film’s “shocking, gory depiction of a dying marriage,” including scenes of oral sex.

The Weinstein Co. said the rating will seriously harm the film’s box office chances.

Meanwhile, pic’s stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams will be feted as actor and actress of the year at the island fest. “Blue Valentine” will screen during the event, which runs Dec. 26-Jan. 1 on the island of Capri.

Weinstein said the Capri Festival kudos are well deserved. “Ryan and Michelle defy gravity — they are acting without a net and taking incredible chances,” he said.

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