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The Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) yesterday issued a press release condemning IMDb for publicly listing the ages of actors, claiming it's leading to age discrimination in Hollywood. The release comes two weeks after an unnamed actress filed suit against IMDb and parent company Amazon.com seeking $1 million in punitive damages because their refusal to take down her real age cost her work.

SAG and AFTRA claim to have been negotiating with IMDb to find a solution but, to date, the web site has refused all requests to remove the listed ages for actors. Said the press release, "When their actual ages then become known to casting personnel, the 10+ year age range that many of them can portray suddenly shrinks, and so do their opportunities to work."

Why IMDb is being singled out is beyond me (can't a lot of the same information be found on Wikipedia?) but then again just about everything about this boggles the mind. How is the onus on IMDb to stop age discrimination in Hollywood? It's not a new issue that has cropped up in the internet age. If you don't like it, take issue with producers, casting agents, studio executives and the like.

Or, maybe better, allow your actors to evolve into older roles. The woman mentioned above who filed suit was 40-years-old. 40! OK, so you're not going to beat out Carey Mulligan for a role in THE GREAT GATSBY but maybe when you're 40 you don't chase roles written for a 25-year-old. Be that mom in the Suburu commercial or the grizzled veteran cop, instead of the hot shot rookie.

Actors have been lying about their age for years and years and now are frustrated their finally being caught (especially after they spent so much money on plastic surgery to make them appear younger). To try and sue IMDb is just ridiculous and kudos to the database for standing their ground.

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2:41PM on 10/30/2011
I love it. The media has influenced society for way too long regarding age. People used to be proud of their age, now people are horrified when they turn 30!
I love it. The media has influenced society for way too long regarding age. People used to be proud of their age, now people are horrified when they turn 30!
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5:36PM on 10/29/2011
I hate it when in SyFy movies the teenage daughter is played by a 30 something with a boobjob.
I hate it when in SyFy movies the teenage daughter is played by a 30 something with a boobjob.
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8:28AM on 10/31/2011
what u talking about? thats one of the best parts!
what u talking about? thats one of the best parts!
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8:11PM on 10/28/2011

Sour Grapes

Actors get exploited for much more in their lives, this is the least of their worries. Its cases like this that allow fat ppl to sue McDonalds for them getting fat.
No one believes she was "age discriminated" against. well except maybe one person below, who's got his Megaman undies on to tight. Hollywood's to vain, maybe reminding them of their age will help them act their age.
Actors get exploited for much more in their lives, this is the least of their worries. Its cases like this that allow fat ppl to sue McDonalds for them getting fat.
No one believes she was "age discriminated" against. well except maybe one person below, who's got his Megaman undies on to tight. Hollywood's to vain, maybe reminding them of their age will help them act their age.
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8:52PM on 10/28/2011
If actors get exploited for much more in their lives then hiding their age is the LEAST IMDb can do for them. You said it yourself, "Hollywood's too vain". Give me a break.
If actors get exploited for much more in their lives then hiding their age is the LEAST IMDb can do for them. You said it yourself, "Hollywood's too vain". Give me a break.
1:50AM on 10/29/2011
Plain and simple, if your qualified for the part you get the part. Im sick of people pissing and moaning about being discriminated against, and now cause of your age? If you make your living on your looks, and your dumb enough to think that your age won't catch up with you? you should have taken a lil more anatomy classes, instead of drama classes. i don't care who's trying to make it in the "business" everyone has a tough time in life, and the average person doesn't get to complain and
Plain and simple, if your qualified for the part you get the part. Im sick of people pissing and moaning about being discriminated against, and now cause of your age? If you make your living on your looks, and your dumb enough to think that your age won't catch up with you? you should have taken a lil more anatomy classes, instead of drama classes. i don't care who's trying to make it in the "business" everyone has a tough time in life, and the average person doesn't get to complain and file suits cause they didn't get hired cause they were age discriminated against. So sorry for who ever in your family is having a hard time... So is the rest of the world. Maybe that person in your family should go after parts more appropriate for their age. Or get a better cosmetic surgeon .
7:41PM on 10/28/2011
Okay, so actors don't like IMDB giving their real age. So, I guess next they're going to sue Wikipedia and oh yeah, every other news source out there. The problem isn't IMDB, it's the guys calling the shots. All they care about is appealing to the 18-35 demographic and they feel that that core group of movie goers doesn't care about older people...meanwhile, Johnny Depp is what...48? No one seems to care. You change the mentality in Hollywood, this goes away. Blaming IMDB is useless and they're
Okay, so actors don't like IMDB giving their real age. So, I guess next they're going to sue Wikipedia and oh yeah, every other news source out there. The problem isn't IMDB, it's the guys calling the shots. All they care about is appealing to the 18-35 demographic and they feel that that core group of movie goers doesn't care about older people...meanwhile, Johnny Depp is what...48? No one seems to care. You change the mentality in Hollywood, this goes away. Blaming IMDB is useless and they're not going to change their standards, anyway. All it's going to do is make some people go to the IMDB to check out their favourite stars' birthdates.
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4:51PM on 10/28/2011

lol

If you want to audition for a part and they don't even let you come in to audition because of your age, guess what? They were gonna reject you if you came in anyway. It's not IMDb's fault. People have these things called eyes and they decide who's too old and who isn't.
If you want to audition for a part and they don't even let you come in to audition because of your age, guess what? They were gonna reject you if you came in anyway. It's not IMDb's fault. People have these things called eyes and they decide who's too old and who isn't.
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4:50PM on 10/28/2011

Fuck IMDb

I cannot believe the ignorance on this forum. Hollywood is very ageist. Wether that's an actual word or not, it's a term that's a very harsh reality for many actors in the biz. Agents, Casting Directors, and Studios have turned very talented actors down because they were 31 instead of 29. If you don't think that's a problem then you're an idiot. Plain and simple, as human beings, none of us can rewind our age. There's nothing actors can do about that when its the agents, casting directors, and
I cannot believe the ignorance on this forum. Hollywood is very ageist. Wether that's an actual word or not, it's a term that's a very harsh reality for many actors in the biz. Agents, Casting Directors, and Studios have turned very talented actors down because they were 31 instead of 29. If you don't think that's a problem then you're an idiot. Plain and simple, as human beings, none of us can rewind our age. There's nothing actors can do about that when its the agents, casting directors, and studios who hold the power. So if they want to hide their age on IMDb, a site that many actors PAY to use, they should have every right to do so. This isn't about "playing your own age". What if it's a very dead season, and there just isn't a lot of work for ppl in your age range? It happens very often. Are actors supposed to just sit around and wait? Or what if an actor really wants to audition for a role they know they'd be good at (and what if its an actor YOU really like) but the studio won't have it because they're 3 years older than what they want. You think that's fair? It happens quite a lot! OR how many times have I visited this site and read your comments on a casting report and all you ppl can bitched about is "He's too old for the role!" "She's too young for the part!"? All the tim! IMDb suggests their members MAIL proof of their age to their Seattle offices if the actor wants to edit their age. What if that mail gets lost or finds its way into the wrong hands? So now someone has their identification and can steal their private info. What a load of horseshit and you all know it.
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5:07PM on 10/28/2011
On another note, if Hollywood shoudn't bar actors for auditioning because they're "too old" it's no different than barring someone because "they're black". Same shit, different smell. Imdb needs an overhaul.
On another note, if Hollywood shoudn't bar actors for auditioning because they're "too old" it's no different than barring someone because "they're black". Same shit, different smell. Imdb needs an overhaul.
5:15PM on 10/28/2011
Dude you're funny. Well, stupid people always are and they don't even know it.
Dude you're funny. Well, stupid people always are and they don't even know it.
8:35PM on 10/28/2011
Dude you need to relax, no ones discriminating anyone.. if their casting a part for a 30 year old.. i don't care how much plastic surgery, or if IMDB does or doesn't publish your age.. your not getting called to audition for the part if your 38+

and its because of aging actors, that young talent is discovered, its call a turnover in all industries. Enjoy it bud, don't get all upset.
Dude you need to relax, no ones discriminating anyone.. if their casting a part for a 30 year old.. i don't care how much plastic surgery, or if IMDB does or doesn't publish your age.. your not getting called to audition for the part if your 38+

and its because of aging actors, that young talent is discovered, its call a turnover in all industries. Enjoy it bud, don't get all upset.
8:57PM on 10/28/2011
Your opinion on the matter doesn't help or change or fix the ssytem, so unfortunately you're still wrong. Maybe they don't care how old you are if you're working at McDonald's or a boring office job, but this is Hollywood. There's no business like show business and for the actors out there trying to make it, a site they're PAYING for should have the option to fix/correct/edit their actor's ages. If it's not right for ppl to edit and add LIES and UNFACTUAL information about a person on that site
Your opinion on the matter doesn't help or change or fix the ssytem, so unfortunately you're still wrong. Maybe they don't care how old you are if you're working at McDonald's or a boring office job, but this is Hollywood. There's no business like show business and for the actors out there trying to make it, a site they're PAYING for should have the option to fix/correct/edit their actor's ages. If it's not right for ppl to edit and add LIES and UNFACTUAL information about a person on that site (or any, really) why is their age any different? I have ppl in my family who act and are having it increasingly difficult to do so because of the system Hollywood has in place. If anyone here thinks that's alright, then I'm glad Hollywood keeps stealing your money one remake at a time.
12:21PM on 10/29/2011
my advice to all you entitled little shits who can't get work acting for whatever reason: GO GET A REAL JOB. pussies.
my advice to all you entitled little shits who can't get work acting for whatever reason: GO GET A REAL JOB. pussies.
10:21PM on 10/29/2011
boo fucking whoooo mega man. Every job place has Ageism. It's the way it is, they want younger and hotter. Im sure its the same in music, modeling, police work etc etc etc.

Stop being a fucking liberal PC pussy.
boo fucking whoooo mega man. Every job place has Ageism. It's the way it is, they want younger and hotter. Im sure its the same in music, modeling, police work etc etc etc.

Stop being a fucking liberal PC pussy.
4:33PM on 10/28/2011
LOL I guess they better start suing E.T. and Access Hollywood for all those birthday wishes.

What a slag...obviously she is too old to work anymore get her a hoveround.

Most likely its her insecurities coming into play. I think the actors that embrace their age and take roles that are age appropriate are the best actors anyway.
LOL I guess they better start suing E.T. and Access Hollywood for all those birthday wishes.

What a slag...obviously she is too old to work anymore get her a hoveround.

Most likely its her insecurities coming into play. I think the actors that embrace their age and take roles that are age appropriate are the best actors anyway.
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3:21PM on 10/28/2011
Two words: Helen. Mirren.
Two words: Helen. Mirren.
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3:35PM on 10/28/2011
She's got sex appeal and genuine talent. So she doesn't really count, because it's the unestablished actors who are complaining.
She's got sex appeal and genuine talent. So she doesn't really count, because it's the unestablished actors who are complaining.
2:39PM on 10/28/2011
Gimme a break. The whole case seems to be working under the assumption that 50 year old injection molded starlets should be playing high schoolers, which is the exact opposite of what they should be doing. Just goes to show how warped the movie industry is in every way.
Gimme a break. The whole case seems to be working under the assumption that 50 year old injection molded starlets should be playing high schoolers, which is the exact opposite of what they should be doing. Just goes to show how warped the movie industry is in every way.
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2:14PM on 10/28/2011

Apparently

These idiots have never heard of the Streisand Effect.
These idiots have never heard of the Streisand Effect.
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1:32PM on 10/28/2011
I remember about fourteen...fifteen years ago, that's what I first started going to imdb to find out. I was a little obsessed. But there are so many names, the most anyone could even hope for is a cash settlement. Going back to the old days of Hollywood actors got away with plenty more based on their looks and lighting. Now the curtain is down, and we know the answer to that mystery. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so particularly.
I remember about fourteen...fifteen years ago, that's what I first started going to imdb to find out. I was a little obsessed. But there are so many names, the most anyone could even hope for is a cash settlement. Going back to the old days of Hollywood actors got away with plenty more based on their looks and lighting. Now the curtain is down, and we know the answer to that mystery. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so particularly.
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1:03PM on 10/28/2011
i like this imdb and i like to know my favorites actors ages!!!!!
i like this imdb and i like to know my favorites actors ages!!!!!
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1:01PM on 10/28/2011
The article Mike wrote sums up perfectly my feelings about this issue.
The article Mike wrote sums up perfectly my feelings about this issue.
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12:41PM on 10/28/2011
The unamed Actress didnt lose work because of her age she didnt get work because she probally sucks at acting people play characters with ages far from their own Micheal Bein played a 21 year old in Terminator and he was 27 although he didnt really look 21. Point is I dont think you would lose work over your age unless you dont look the part or you just cant act. Now Actors are becoming more greedy than hollywood remaking and making a sequel to every movie.
The unamed Actress didnt lose work because of her age she didnt get work because she probally sucks at acting people play characters with ages far from their own Micheal Bein played a 21 year old in Terminator and he was 27 although he didnt really look 21. Point is I dont think you would lose work over your age unless you dont look the part or you just cant act. Now Actors are becoming more greedy than hollywood remaking and making a sequel to every movie.
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10:56AM on 10/28/2011
the lawsuit is pretty messed up, i do sympathize w/ female actresses, but honestly, casting directors are combing their imdb pages to check their ages, give me a break
the lawsuit is pretty messed up, i do sympathize w/ female actresses, but honestly, casting directors are combing their imdb pages to check their ages, give me a break
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10:52AM on 10/28/2011
Maybe those actors confuse "not being the flavor of the month anymore" and "not being cast because too old". So stop crying you millionaires.

Dustin Hoffman was something like 37 when he got the part of a college student in his early 20's in Marathon Man.

Since 1977, Meryl Streep has made at least one movie a year (1980 and 2000 are the exceptions).

If you have talent, you'll get cast.
Maybe those actors confuse "not being the flavor of the month anymore" and "not being cast because too old". So stop crying you millionaires.

Dustin Hoffman was something like 37 when he got the part of a college student in his early 20's in Marathon Man.

Since 1977, Meryl Streep has made at least one movie a year (1980 and 2000 are the exceptions).

If you have talent, you'll get cast.
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1:08PM on 10/28/2011
Totally, i think it's more these actors/actresses can't cope with the fact that they are not the young hot startlets of today. Maybe they should stop trying out for the "sexy 20 something" roles and go for roles appropriate for their actual age. You don't see Judi Dench or Harrison Ford trying for roles of characters in their 30's!
Totally, i think it's more these actors/actresses can't cope with the fact that they are not the young hot startlets of today. Maybe they should stop trying out for the "sexy 20 something" roles and go for roles appropriate for their actual age. You don't see Judi Dench or Harrison Ford trying for roles of characters in their 30's!
10:43AM on 10/28/2011
OK..I never see this as a problem with successful actors/actresses. Everyone knows how old, Julia Roberts is or Diane Lane. If you haven't made it by that age, you are not going to....and lying about your age is not going to change that fact. Neither is a buttload of plastic surgery either. Maybe lying about your age isn't the problem, maybe you have no talent or don't have that "IT" factor that others do.
OK..I never see this as a problem with successful actors/actresses. Everyone knows how old, Julia Roberts is or Diane Lane. If you haven't made it by that age, you are not going to....and lying about your age is not going to change that fact. Neither is a buttload of plastic surgery either. Maybe lying about your age isn't the problem, maybe you have no talent or don't have that "IT" factor that others do.
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10:42AM on 10/28/2011

jesus!

Everyone in Hollywood is Vain! Age is just a number, yo!
Everyone in Hollywood is Vain! Age is just a number, yo!
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10:32AM on 10/28/2011

Aging process is a bitch, ain't it?

Deal with it.

Deal with it.

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10:14AM on 10/28/2011

What utter bullshit

seriously, you're either going to look the part or not. It will always come down to the opinion of the casting director and what your actual age is will have no effect. If it does then it's that particular casting director who to blame for their bias and nothing to do with what your actual age is and where that info might be found.
seriously, you're either going to look the part or not. It will always come down to the opinion of the casting director and what your actual age is will have no effect. If it does then it's that particular casting director who to blame for their bias and nothing to do with what your actual age is and where that info might be found.
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9:46AM on 10/28/2011

Hum...

You often hear actresses complain that there are no real roles for older females in Hollywood, which is a real problem. This isn't the way to solve it though. As Mike says, you're not going to fool anyone into thinking you're 25 just cos your age isn't on IMDB. If the roles aren't there, it's a problem with scripts.
You often hear actresses complain that there are no real roles for older females in Hollywood, which is a real problem. This isn't the way to solve it though. As Mike says, you're not going to fool anyone into thinking you're 25 just cos your age isn't on IMDB. If the roles aren't there, it's a problem with scripts.
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9:39AM on 10/28/2011
Are casting agents really that dumb that knowing the age makes them incapable of using their imagination?
Yes... I suspect they are. So I guess I'm on the actor's side. Although even if IMDB stops this, Wikipedia, and other sites will continue to give ages.
Are casting agents really that dumb that knowing the age makes them incapable of using their imagination?
Yes... I suspect they are. So I guess I'm on the actor's side. Although even if IMDB stops this, Wikipedia, and other sites will continue to give ages.
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9:36AM on 10/28/2011
Wasn't this a several-months-old news? I thought I read a similar article many months ago.
Wasn't this a several-months-old news? I thought I read a similar article many months ago.
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9:34AM on 10/28/2011

Are they fucking high?

Google "celebrity ages" and there are literally thousands of websites with the same information. What's next? They call us at MovieHotties and tell us to remove their ages from the profiles?
A completely pointless venture.
Google "celebrity ages" and there are literally thousands of websites with the same information. What's next? They call us at MovieHotties and tell us to remove their ages from the profiles?
A completely pointless venture.
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