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John David Washington Receives IMDb STARmeter Award

John David Washington Receives IMDb STARmeter Award
John David Washington, star of Spike Lee’s 'BlacKkKlansman,' has been honored with an IMDb STARmeter Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The award recognizes entertainment industry luminaries who are fan favorites on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, which is determined by the page views of more than 250 million monthly visitors worldwide to IMDb.

Previous IMDb STARmeter Award Recipients include Sam Rockwell, Bill Skarsgård, Tatiana Maslany, Brie Larson, Felicity Jones, Peter Dinklage, Miles Teller, and Pom Klementieff.

Washington is in Cannes this week with 'BlacKkKlansman,' which is in Competition at the film festival and received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered on Monday (May 14).

In the movie, Washington plays Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, who successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.

The actor, who is the son of Oscar-winner Denzel Washington, is also set to be seen in David Lowery’s upcoming crime drama 'The Old Man & the Gun' and has appeared on four seasons of "Ballers" on HBO. Washington recently starred in race drama 'Monsters and Men,' which won the Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Video of Washington accepting his IMDb STARmeter Award from Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb, can be seen by clicking here.

IMDbPro Launches an iPhone App, Available to Download Now

IMDbPro Launches an iPhone App, Available to Download Now
IMDbPro has launched its first-ever iPhone app for iOS devices. The iPhone app is free for IMDBPro subscribers ($150 a year) and is available to download now in the App Store.

IMDbPRo is a subscription service built on the foundation of the incredibly popular free IMDb, but adds layers of information and data useful for those working in, or trying to break into, the world of film and television. Key features include contact and representation details for more than 300,000 industry professionals, information about 25,000 in-development titles, along with profiles pages that incorporates trade news about individuals and projects.

IndieWire saw a demo of the new app, which appears to incorporate all the information users can currently access on the IMDdPro website into an intuitive iPhone app that offers the added benefit of tap-through to call or email directly from an iPhone.

IMDb, an Amazon-owned company, states that their Pro product has seen
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Foreign Films Are a Treasure Trove of Acting Gems in Crowded Awards Season

Foreign Films Are a Treasure Trove of Acting Gems in Crowded Awards Season
On Oct. 20, 16 films were released theatrically in the U.K., a box office battle that, among other things, pitted an action movie (“Geostorm”) against an art film (“I Am Not a Witch”), a doc (“Dina”), a satire (“The Death of Stalin”), a teen romp (“Access All Areas”) and a horror pic (“Happy Death Day”). This situation is worth noting since the U.K. release schedule alone seems to have reached critical mass. According to British writer-researcher Stephen Follows, the U.K. released some 821 films theatrically last year, almost 100 more than the 736 released in the U.S.

“This means that if you saw a new movie every morning and every afternoon on every single day of the year, you would still miss 91 new movies,” Follows notes dryly on his blog.

Add to this the rapacious acquisitions made by Netflix and Amazon Studios and the chances of even getting audiences in the door start to dwindle even more. An
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What the F? How Mother! joined the 'bad movie' club

Filmgoers have handed the film the lowest possible rating, putting it among a select group of F-rated movies that includes the Nic Cage remake of The Wicker Man. Can the Jennifer Lawrence horror really be ‘the worst film of the century’?

At the very beginning of last week’s Toronto film festival, all I wanted to talk about with anyone was the movie I had just seen: Darren Aronofsky’s crazily brilliant and audacious horror-thriller Mother!, all about the couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, to whom bad stuff happens at an exponential rate.

My friend Col Needham, founder and chief executive of the Internet Movie Database, smiled and told me: “Do you know, I think it’s a Schrödinger’s movie. Inside the box, there’s a film that is very good and very bad at the same time.” Perhaps in that spirit, the Toronto Globe and
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Stan Lee Makes IMDb STARmeter History

Stan Lee Makes IMDb STARmeter History
From aboard the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham and Kevin Smith presented Stan Lee the first-ever IMDb STARmeter Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his impact on the comic book and film industries.

Said Needham: "It is my honor to bestow the first-ever IMDb STARmeter Award for Lifetime Achievement upon Stan Lee, whose creative genius is responsible for many of the characters and franchises that dominate the comic book and film industry landscapes.”

Watch the video.

Newswire: IMDb introduces “F” rating for female-focused movies

An idea that started on the British film festival circuit will now reach a much wider audience, as online film database IMDb (motto: “message boards are for nerds”) has added a new rating, “F” for “female,” to its site. The idea originated with Bath Film Festival director Holly Tarquini, who began using the “F” symbol to highlight films that were written and/or directed by a woman, or which showed “significant women [characters] on screen in their own right,” in 2014. Since then, the idea has caught on among strident feminist harpies across the U.K., presumably as part of a master plan to eliminate the male sex by only catering to them some of the time.

And now the threat has gone international, as IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham has turned against his fellow men by adding the “F” rating to IMDb as well. Where it will be ...
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Inside the Spirit Awards 2017: 13 Things You Didn’t See on TV, From Matt Damon to Jon Hamm

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Inside the Spirit Awards 2017: 13 Things You Didn’t See on TV, From Matt Damon to Jon Hamm
“Moonlight” was the big winner Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the most casual awards shows on the calendar in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica. Although the show was telecast on IFC, those watching missed some action that only those attending the ceremony were privy to. Lucky for you, TheWrap was there for the fun. Here are some things seen and heard: 1:13p.m. While the pre-show action is outside the tent, the early faces inside are “Hell or High Water” writer Taylor Sheridan, the Fox Searchlight team, IMDb founder Col Needham,
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Why IMDb should rethink the decision to close its message boards

Removal of key platform could lead to loss of discussion within film community and make site irrelevant

Earlier this month, if you visited the IMDb message boards to hash out your feelings on La La Land or to work through your post-Manchester By the Sea despondency, you might have spotted an announcement found at the top of each thread: the message boards are shutting down for good.

“In an effort to continually evaluate and enhance the customer experience on IMDb,” the announcement stated, “we have decided to disable IMDb’s message boards on 20 February 2017.” Citing data and traffic and the boards no longer providing a “positive, useful experience” as reasons, the site’s CEO Col Needham later took to the boards to address the finer points of the shutdown, while confirming that all the content posted to the boards will be removed. “Message boards are always temporary in nature,
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Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide

Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide
The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.

In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.

An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.

The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 20

Village at the Lift

AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet.
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The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs

The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs
Truth is, while there are about 6,000 voting Academy members, it can take only 300 or so Oscar votes to get a movie nominated. Hence all the relentless campaigning, which is in full gear, as distributors, foreign countries, and Oscar-whisperers plan and execute relentless rounds of screenings with public appearances — at lunches, Q&A panels, premieres, DVD launch parties, and “holiday” fetes.

Check out this slice of the past few days to get a sense of all the wining and dining that goes on. Academy members are being constantly wooed, just like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Golden Globes, with yummy food, drink, music, and celebrities —despite various attempts by the Academy to monitor and limit the scale of all this campaigning.

On the animation side, for example, this past week saw a Friday Academy screening of Universal/Illumination’s animated contest musical “Sing,” directed by live-action director
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The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs

  • Indiewire
The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs
Truth is, while there are about 6,000 voting Academy members, it can take only 300 or so Oscar votes to get a movie nominated. Hence all the relentless campaigning, which is in full gear, as distributors, foreign countries, and Oscar-whisperers plan and execute relentless rounds of screenings with public appearances — at lunches, Q&A panels, premieres, DVD launch parties, and “holiday” fetes.

Check out this slice of the past few days to get a sense of all the wining and dining that goes on. Academy members are being constantly wooed, just like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Golden Globes, with yummy food, drink, music, and celebrities —despite various attempts by the Academy to monitor and limit the scale of all this campaigning.

On the animation side, for example, this past week saw a Friday Academy screening of Universal/Illumination’s animated contest musical “Sing,” directed by live-action director
See full article at Indiewire »

IMDb Founder Col Needham Reveals His Top 10 Favorite Films for First Time Ever (Exclusive)

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IMDb Founder Col Needham Reveals His Top 10 Favorite Films for First Time Ever (Exclusive)
It’s no big secret that Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, is a voracious film fan. But did you know he has now seen 10,000 films in his lifetime? The internet pioneer crammed in some 480 screenings in the last 10 months to meet the 10k goal ahead of his 50th birthday on Jan. 26. He finished just in time for IMDb’s 26th anniversary on Monday (Oct. 17). “I discovered something about myself — I’m more goal driven than I care to admit,” Needham told TheWrap in an exclusive interview in honor of the occasion. He added with a laugh,...
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New California Law Removes Actors’ Ages From IMDb

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New California Law Removes Actors’ Ages From IMDb
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday that requires entertainment database sites such as IMDb to remove an actor’s age if asked by the actor to do so. Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), who authored the legislation (Ab 1687), affirmed that subscribers should have control over whether their ages and dates of birth are on subscription websites used for employment purposes. “Ab 1687 provides a necessary clarification in the law that will help prevent age-based discrimination for individuals seeking employment in the entertainment industry,” Calderon said in June, when the measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Also Read: IMDb's Col Needham on Building.
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Cannes Parties 2016: Katy Perry, Usher, Village People Are Best in Show (Photos)

Cannes Parties 2016: Katy Perry, Usher, Village People Are Best in Show (Photos)
Top Cannes Party Pics: Katy Perry Dresses as a Rose Warner Bros. President Sue Kroll and Brett Ratner inside the du Cap.The idyllic early summer south of France sunset provided this postcard from the festival party scene with Salma Hayek and Chloe Sevigny. Vf host Graydon Carter welcomes Livia Firth (left) with Anna Scott Carter. HBO partnered on the dinner. Vf had a golden hour bash, starting in the day……as Oscar Jaenada (far right) brought it to the Vanity Fair party on Saturday night at the Hotel du Cap. Directors Nicolas Winding Refn and Jim Jarmusch ported the
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IMDb’s Col Needham on Building World’s Biggest Movie Database From ‘Paper Diary’ (Video)

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IMDb’s Col Needham on Building World’s Biggest Movie Database From ‘Paper Diary’ (Video)
Col Needham, the founder and CEO of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), recently celebrated his site’s 25th anniversary. However, the site’s beginnings were far from the behemoth that now generates 250 million unique monthly visitors per month. “I used to have a paper diary and started writing things in the paper diary,” Needham told TheWrap’s editor in chief Sharon Waxman. “But I think I got to week two of my paper diary and it’s like, ‘Why am I writing this down when I could create some software to store it all?'” Also Read: 'Straight Outta Compton' Stars Join Mira Sorvino,
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Amazon’s IMDb Celebrates Milestone 25th Anniversary – Digital Paradise For Movie Geeks

Amazon’s IMDb Celebrates Milestone 25th Anniversary – Digital Paradise For Movie Geeks
It’s hard to believe but today, October 17, marks the exact day 25 years ago that IMDb (aka Internet Movie Database, but that’s not the preferred name for these film geeks) made its debut in the world and changed everything for those who live, breathe and write about film and awards like I do. That is the day in 1990 that Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb posted a set of shell scripts to the Usenet group rec.arts.movies, thereby creating a searchable database of…
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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Stars Join Mira Sorvino, Dana Delaney to Celebrate IMDb’s 25th Birthday (Photos)

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Stars Join Mira Sorvino, Dana Delaney to Celebrate IMDb’s 25th Birthday (Photos)
“Straight Outta Compton” star O’Shea Jackson Jr. wasn’t even born when IMDb debuted in 1990, but he helped light up the room at the website’s 25th anniversary party at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood on Thursday night. The milestone of 25 years “is something that I think no other Internet company can say,” IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham told a room full of friends and supporters. “What was going on in the Internet in 1990 but IMDb?” Ebay, Yahoo and even AOL — spamming every mailbox in America with discs offering free hours — were launched five, four and three years into the.
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According to IMDb, these are the 25 best movies of the last 25 years

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We've all visited IMDb at one point or another, it's an invaluable resource for movie fans and this year the site is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Congratulations IMDb, you can rent a car now. When Col Needham, the founder of IMDb, first developed the site, it was simply a downloadable database software on the earliest version of the internet. Twenty five years later and it has... Read More...
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What are the top 25 movies of the past 25 years? IMDb users reveal their list of the best of the best

What are the top 25 movies of the past 25 years? IMDb users reveal their list of the best of the best
IMDb is a dangerous place, full of knowledgeable people packing hella big opinions. Now, the Internet Movie Database - to use its full title - has unveiled something extraordinary: what its users think are the best films from the past 25 years.

To be clear, these are the top 25 films from the last 25 years, as voted for by millions of IMDb-ers on an individual basis. So these, in effect, are the highest-voted films on IMDb, each year, for the past 25 years.

It's simpler that it sounds, honest. All you need to know is that IMDb users love them some Christopher Nolan, some Martin Scorsese and some Quentin Tarantino.

2014: Interstellar

2013: The Wolf of Wall Street

2012: Django Unchained

2011: Intouchables

2010: Inception

2009: Inglourious Basterds

2008: The Dark Knight

2007: Into the Wild

2006: The Departed

2005: Batman Begins

2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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23rd Raindance Film Festival: Winners Announced

The 23rd annual Raindance Film Festival announced the winning films in 12 categories at this year’s annual Raindance Film Festival Awards ceremony at The May Fair Hotel on Friday, 2nd October.

The festival, which closes on Sunday 4th October, has hosted over 90 feature length films, 200 shorts and 30 industry events from more 48 countries. The winning films were selected from a shortlist by the 2015 Raindance jury, a panel of influential figures from the media world including Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb, actress Sheridan Smith and actor Martin Freeman.

Datuna: Portrait of America, which was named Feature Film of the Festival, is a documentary about the life of David Datuna, a Georgia-born artist who creates very distinctive pieces on national identity. The film focuses on his piece ‘Portrait of America’, which debuted at the National Portrait gallery on President’s day, in the midst of personal health problems during his career.
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