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6:53 AM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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LAS VEGAS, N.V. - The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is updating its movie rating system in order to better inform parents about violence in movies.

The new system, called "Check the Box," will include descriptions about why the movie received its rating. For example, an R-rating might state "strong carnage" next to the R-code, instead of underneath it.

MPAA CEO Christopher Dodd announced the changes Tuesday at the movie-theater convention, CinemaCon. The expanded movie ratings may be in response to the White House's request for the movie industry to better gauge violence for parents after the Newtown, Conn. shooting.

The new rating system will begin to take effect over the next few months.

Rose Heaphy contributed to this article.

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