A motion picture rating system is designated to classify films with regard to suitability for audiences in terms of issues such as sex, violence, substance abuse, profanity, impudence or other types of mature content

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Are there any rules for what sort of content premium channels can show?

Regulating TV content via rating is obviously different than that of movies, in which there are straight-forward ratings and rules for seeing/buying films. Cable channels follow rules that vary at ...
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Why is scary makeup allowed in PG-13 movies?

Why is scary makeup allowed in PG-13 movies? For example the orcs' faces in The Lord of the Rings are very scary, but the movies got a PG-13 rating. Another example would be The Mummy (1999), whose ...