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At the movies, violence is the new sex

Published on May 24, 2013 10:32 AM

CANNES, France (AFP) - Sex may be a turn-off for Hollywood audiences but violence is all over the big screen, as film-makers seek to capture the youth market, industry figures at the Cannes film festival said on Friday.

With online porn readily available, sex scenes are no longer prized by producers who look to action sequences or special effects to fill the gap.

The Paperboy in which Nicole Kidman played a woman sexually attracted to Death Row prisoners and the sex surrogate film The Sessions with Helen Hunt are examples of recent films with sex that flopped at the box office.

Michael Lavey, of the Los Angeles-based sales agents Taylor & Dodge, told Agence France-Presse the need to pull in younger audiences was driving an explosion of violence on our screens.

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