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Costner wins second R rating battle

Kevin Costner's new film Black And White has won an appeal to have its rating reduced from R to PG-13 in the US.

It is the second ratings victory in six months for the Bodyguard star after his sports movie Draft Day won a similar petition to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in January.

Black And White - written and directed by Mike Binder and produced by Kevin - stars the Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves actor as a widowed grandfather who becomes embroiled in a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he has raised since birth, with the girl's paternal grandmother, played by Octavia Spencer.

The indie film is is now rated PG-13 for "brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight," following Kevin's appeal, The LA Times reported.

Films submitted to the MPAA's Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) are initially evaluated by a rating board made up of parents who are not otherwise affiliated with the entertainment industry.

Appeals are adjudicated by an appeals board, which is made up of industry members. A successful appeal means the film will not need to be edited to receive a new rating.

Black And White is the latest in a string of films to have its rating downgraded recently. In October last year the Weinstein Company got Bafta-nominated film Philomena downgraded from an R to PG-13.

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