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Jun. 18, 2010by:

Welcome to the strangest controversy of the moment. If you don’t know what the IMDB is, you probably aren’t reading this right now, but the movie database is under fire from Hollywood for something that seems rather absurd.

A bunch of Hollywood guilds, led by the WGA, are leading a charge against IMDB, saying that their posting of actual ages of the various crews and casts of films will lead to age discrimination in an industry based on youth. IMDB’s response?

IMDb is committed to being the most comprehensive source of film, TV and celebrity information…Customers of IMDb trust that when they use our website, they are receiving comprehensive and accurate biographical information. When we are made aware of information that can be verified as inaccurate, we remove from IMDb, as nothing is more important to us than customer trust.

I don’t believe IMDB is in the wrong here, as I don’t see this as a privacy violation for people who have put themselves in the public eye. I will admit though, often being quite surprised when I see how old actors really are, and I could see how this could affect casting decisions for actors who aren’t as well known as others.

Another problem is that IMDB often gets their info wrong, and the birthdate might not even be accurate some of the time. It’s notoriously impossible to get IMDB to change anything in a remotely timely manner, which I imagine would get pretty frustrating for some.

Which side of this issue do you land on?

Extra Tidbit: Monica Bellucci there is FORTY FIVE.
Source: The Wrap

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11:28AM on 07/31/2011

I'm all for it

Most of my information listed (birthdate, state born, town etc) is incorrect on IMDB and they will not change it. It might be because there ARE Five Heather Chase's, but after two years of trying to get things corrected, with no luck- I've hired a lawyer. If WGA can win, so can I-
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Most of my information listed (birthdate, state born, town etc) is incorrect on IMDB and they will not change it. It might be because there ARE Five Heather Chase's, but after two years of trying to get things corrected, with no luck- I've hired a lawyer. If WGA can win, so can I-
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3:15AM on 06/21/2010

prima donnas...

what a bunch of cries babies, hollywood really craves for attention, theyre really like babies in fact, when no one is paying them attention, they just go ahead and do something stupid...

what will they do next? :S
what a bunch of cries babies, hollywood really craves for attention, theyre really like babies in fact, when no one is paying them attention, they just go ahead and do something stupid...

what will they do next? :S
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9:16AM on 06/20/2010

Start using SCREENED.com instead!

Its going to end up being more popular than IMDB one day
Its going to end up being more popular than IMDB one day
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4:18AM on 06/19/2010

WGA=twats

Can't believe they're trying to make this an issue, Hollywood getting dumber by the minute
Can't believe they're trying to make this an issue, Hollywood getting dumber by the minute
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4:00AM on 06/19/2010

What a bunch of whinny crybabies!

I absolutely love IMDB visiting it at least once a day. I've written 250 mini reviews & rated probably 10 to 15 thousand movies & TV shows. 9 times out of 10 I read other peoples reviews before renting or going to see something. My only complaint on the site is how they consistently put the main user review w/somebody who has written 1 review in total. Gee something for them to gain? It's obvious people involved in some of the garbage give 10/10 for an obviously piece of junk film. As far
I absolutely love IMDB visiting it at least once a day. I've written 250 mini reviews & rated probably 10 to 15 thousand movies & TV shows. 9 times out of 10 I read other peoples reviews before renting or going to see something. My only complaint on the site is how they consistently put the main user review w/somebody who has written 1 review in total. Gee something for them to gain? It's obvious people involved in some of the garbage give 10/10 for an obviously piece of junk film. As far as the actors complaining about their age Cry me a freaking river! Age discrimination, what a joke. In fact it's laughable. If they look a certain age what the hell does that have to do w/their actual age? That's right NOTHING!
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3:42AM on 06/19/2010

Wait, wait . . .

nope, I still don't have any sympathy for those celebrities who are paranoid that someone will find out their real age. You go, IMDb.
nope, I still don't have any sympathy for those celebrities who are paranoid that someone will find out their real age. You go, IMDb.
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7:47PM on 06/18/2010
Superficial idiots.
Superficial idiots.
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4:49PM on 06/18/2010
damn you twilight!
damn you all to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
damn you twilight!
damn you all to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4:05PM on 06/18/2010
Seriously? They only just realised? This is one of the most retarded things I've read all year.
Seriously? They only just realised? This is one of the most retarded things I've read all year.
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4:01PM on 06/18/2010
Most of the male actors I want to bang are at least 45, so I don't see why any of them should feel embarrased.

This is, quite frankly, a stupid, controversy, if we can even call it that.
Most of the male actors I want to bang are at least 45, so I don't see why any of them should feel embarrased.

This is, quite frankly, a stupid, controversy, if we can even call it that.
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5:25PM on 06/18/2010
I hope you're a female.......
I hope you're a female.......
3:11AM on 06/21/2010
same here :P hehehe
same here :P hehehe
3:55PM on 06/18/2010
Hollywood has officially lost it. This is beyond asinine, beyond retarded, beyond belief.
Hollywood has officially lost it. This is beyond asinine, beyond retarded, beyond belief.
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3:49PM on 06/18/2010
I use IMDB to track the birth dates of hot under aged celebrities, so that I can know how soon to stop feeling guilty for ogling them.
I use IMDB to track the birth dates of hot under aged celebrities, so that I can know how soon to stop feeling guilty for ogling them.
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3:48PM on 06/18/2010
Eh I think hollywood is just looking for a new lawsuit to fill the coffers. Besides 45 or not I would gladly bang the daylights out of monica bellucci. This is just ridiculous if you ask me. More attempts to censor the internet.
Eh I think hollywood is just looking for a new lawsuit to fill the coffers. Besides 45 or not I would gladly bang the daylights out of monica bellucci. This is just ridiculous if you ask me. More attempts to censor the internet.
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3:23PM on 06/18/2010
As for the people I know in the entertainment industry who are in a position to hire and greenlight, imdb is not a consideration or even a forethought.

As for the people I know who are struggling to get noticed and possibly wonder if their listed age is prohibiting them - for some reason and imdb credit is a badge of honor or a validation like saying you are a part of SAG (easier than it sounds to join that one).

As for me, I like it to research careers of people that I admire. If I
As for the people I know in the entertainment industry who are in a position to hire and greenlight, imdb is not a consideration or even a forethought.

As for the people I know who are struggling to get noticed and possibly wonder if their listed age is prohibiting them - for some reason and imdb credit is a badge of honor or a validation like saying you are a part of SAG (easier than it sounds to join that one).

As for me, I like it to research careers of people that I admire. If I liked a certain actor in a certain movie and I want to know where he got his start so I can watch it - I turn to imdb, which I think is what the intent of the site for a lot of people is.

Just my 2 cents.
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8:35PM on 06/18/2010
I have an IMDB page.
It's horribly out of date because I'm neither a famous [link] nor do I wish to spend the $15/month for IMDBpro so I can submit credits myself.

I also can't think of anyone I know in the industry ever getting hired from an IMDB page. The only thing I can sympathize with the actors on, is I would just bothered by having my birthday posted publicly online. Privacy is a good thing.
I have an IMDB page.
It's horribly out of date because I'm neither a famous [link] nor do I wish to spend the $15/month for IMDBpro so I can submit credits myself.

I also can't think of anyone I know in the industry ever getting hired from an IMDB page. The only thing I can sympathize with the actors on, is I would just bothered by having my birthday posted publicly online. Privacy is a good thing.
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3:20PM on 06/18/2010
Do Hollywood industry types even use IMDB? I thought everything was handled by their agents.
Do Hollywood industry types even use IMDB? I thought everything was handled by their agents.
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3:15PM on 06/18/2010
imdb is such a joke. Terrible website. The Top 250 movies is a laugh all in itself.
imdb is such a joke. Terrible website. The Top 250 movies is a laugh all in itself.
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4:24PM on 06/18/2010
Oh please. IMDb is great if you want to look up actors and what movies they've been in. Anywhere you look for a "Top" Anything list, it's completely subjective and will never cater to YOUR opinion. IMDb is a great website for what it is.
Oh please. IMDb is great if you want to look up actors and what movies they've been in. Anywhere you look for a "Top" Anything list, it's completely subjective and will never cater to YOUR opinion. IMDb is a great website for what it is.
2:56PM on 06/18/2010
Why is the Writers Guild leading this charge? Are they seriously saying that writers are being discriminated against because of their age? I'd think their problem would be allowing IMDb to list previous crappy movies they wrote.
Why is the Writers Guild leading this charge? Are they seriously saying that writers are being discriminated against because of their age? I'd think their problem would be allowing IMDb to list previous crappy movies they wrote.
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2:53PM on 06/18/2010
So basically whoever is on the "Lets Sue IMDB" bandwagon are a bunch of people who need public validation in order to retain their suspension of disbelief that they'll stay young as long as they're PERCEIVED to be young. If that's the case, seriously, all you need is the term "age is in the mind". And yes, I agree, if you look like Monica and you're 45, there's some serious flaunting to be done because chances are the person next to you in the same age is dealing with sagginess already.
So basically whoever is on the "Lets Sue IMDB" bandwagon are a bunch of people who need public validation in order to retain their suspension of disbelief that they'll stay young as long as they're PERCEIVED to be young. If that's the case, seriously, all you need is the term "age is in the mind". And yes, I agree, if you look like Monica and you're 45, there's some serious flaunting to be done because chances are the person next to you in the same age is dealing with sagginess already.

Point : Don't care. Just felt like saying something.
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5:26PM on 06/18/2010
this is America.....where you can literally sue anyone for anything.
this is America.....where you can literally sue anyone for anything.
2:46PM on 06/18/2010

Insanity

You would think the persons age would be diclosed whenever a contract is signed anyway. The vanity of Hollywood never ceases to amaze me.
You would think the persons age would be diclosed whenever a contract is signed anyway. The vanity of Hollywood never ceases to amaze me.
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2:08PM on 06/18/2010
Wikipedia list ages too plus if your 45 and looked like that then I would think you want people to know your age
Wikipedia list ages too plus if your 45 and looked like that then I would think you want people to know your age
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1:57PM on 06/18/2010

So basically...

...actors lie all the time about their age and now are pissed because the truth can be found with a click. Advantage, IMDb.
...actors lie all the time about their age and now are pissed because the truth can be found with a click. Advantage, IMDb.
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1:56PM on 06/18/2010

UNBELIEVEABLE ...

... I say those guilds can stick it where the sun doesn't shine. And yes, don't stop with IMDB, go for wikipedia and other sites too....
... I say those guilds can stick it where the sun doesn't shine. And yes, don't stop with IMDB, go for wikipedia and other sites too....
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1:19PM on 06/18/2010
I really could care less, but I will say Hollywood should come to terms with the fact that you age and get older and less desirable in some cases. However Hollywood shouldn't complain since they have the money to workout all day, get skin treatments and botox and surgeries and eat healthy every day of the week. Not all of them do it but how does Catherine Zeta Jones get younger with age? Exactly. . . .pay to stay youthful.
I really could care less, but I will say Hollywood should come to terms with the fact that you age and get older and less desirable in some cases. However Hollywood shouldn't complain since they have the money to workout all day, get skin treatments and botox and surgeries and eat healthy every day of the week. Not all of them do it but how does Catherine Zeta Jones get younger with age? Exactly. . . .pay to stay youthful.
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1:13PM on 06/18/2010
ridiculous..
ridiculous..
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1:09PM on 06/18/2010

I want to lick Bellucci...

In other news, I can see both sides of this argument. I can understand why they're so paranoid because this society is very very very age obsessed, BUT IMDB is a Database, so they want to give as much comprehensive information as possible especially now that they've turned in to a tool for the industry.

I want to lick Bellucci.
In other news, I can see both sides of this argument. I can understand why they're so paranoid because this society is very very very age obsessed, BUT IMDB is a Database, so they want to give as much comprehensive information as possible especially now that they've turned in to a tool for the industry.

I want to lick Bellucci.
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12:48PM on 06/18/2010

Talk about nothing else to do..

While they're at it, get rid of Wikipedia as well as they have even better information on real ages of celebrities.

And my god Monica...you're perfect!
While they're at it, get rid of Wikipedia as well as they have even better information on real ages of celebrities.

And my god Monica...you're perfect!
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12:26PM on 06/18/2010
if they all post their ages perhaps that could help END age discrimination... cause Bellucci is still smoking.
if they all post their ages perhaps that could help END age discrimination... cause Bellucci is still smoking.
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12:11PM on 06/18/2010

lol

Indiana Jones 5 just got canceled because IMDB list Ford's age as "too old"
Indiana Jones 5 just got canceled because IMDB list Ford's age as "too old"
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12:08PM on 06/18/2010
I doubt anyone is referencing IMDB to verify the age of potential actors in their productions. They can determine for themselves whether the person's look is right, just like they've always done.
I doubt anyone is referencing IMDB to verify the age of potential actors in their productions. They can determine for themselves whether the person's look is right, just like they've always done.
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12:06PM on 06/18/2010
I'm confused... what employer wouldn't ask for your age to begin with?
I'm confused... what employer wouldn't ask for your age to begin with?
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1:48PM on 06/18/2010
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1:49PM on 06/18/2010
Every single one. It's illegal to ask this question.
Every single one. It's illegal to ask this question.
1:53PM on 06/18/2010
Actually kdraines, it is not illegal to ask because it falls under "identification purposes" but they are not allowed to use your age as a reason to hire or not hire you
Actually kdraines, it is not illegal to ask because it falls under "identification purposes" but they are not allowed to use your age as a reason to hire or not hire you
12:03PM on 06/18/2010
Im on IMDB's side. Deal with your reality Hollywood, I don't care how old/young you are but as long as you do a fantastic job at acting, directing, filming, & producing.
Im on IMDB's side. Deal with your reality Hollywood, I don't care how old/young you are but as long as you do a fantastic job at acting, directing, filming, & producing.
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