In 1998 it became a subsidiary of Amazon Inc, who were able to use it as an advertising resource for selling DVDs and videotapes. As of January 2017, IMDb has approximately 4.1 million titles and 7.7 million personalities in its database, the site enables registered users to submit new material and edits to existing entries. Although all data is checked before going live, the system has open to abuse. The site featured message boards which stimulate regular debates and dialogue among authenticated users, IMDb shutdown the message boards permanently on February 20,2017. Anyone with a connection can read the movie and talent pages of IMDb. A registration process is however, to contribute info to the site. A registered user chooses a name for themselves, and is given a profile page. These badges range from total contributions made, to independent categories such as photos, bios, if a registered user or visitor happens to be in the entertainment industry, and has an IMDb page, that user/visitor can add photos to that page by enrolling in IMDbPRO.
Actors and industry executives can post their own resume and this fee enrolls them in a membership called IMDbPro. PRO can be accessed by anyone willing to pay the fee, which is $19.99 USD per month, or if paid annually, $149.99, which comes to approximately $12.50 per month USD. Membership enables a user to access the rank order of each industry personality, as well as agent contact information for any actor, director etc. that has an IMDb page. Enrolling in PRO for industry personnel, enables those members the ability to upload a head shot to open their page, as well as the ability to upload hundreds of photos to accompany their page. Anyone can register as a user, and contribute to the site as well as enjoy its content, however those users enrolled in PRO have greater access and privileges. IMDb originated with a Usenet posting by British film fan and computer programmer Col Needham entitled Those Eyes, others with similar interests soon responded with additions or different lists of their own.
Needham subsequently started an Actors List, while Dave Knight began a Directors List, and Andy Krieg took over THE LIST from Hank Driskill, which would be renamed the Actress List. Both lists had been restricted to people who were alive and working, the goal of the participants now was to make the lists as inclusive as possible. By late 1990, the lists included almost 10,000 movies and television series correlated with actors and actresses appearing therein. On October 17,1990, Needham developed and posted a collection of Unix shell scripts which could be used to search the four lists, at the time, it was known as the rec. arts. movies movie database
Rotten Tomatoes is an American review aggregator website for film and television. The company was launched in August 1998 by Senh Duong and since January 2010 has been owned by Flixster, in February 2016, Rotten Tomatoes and its parent site Flixster were sold to Comcasts Fandango. Warner Bros. retained a minority stake in the merged entities, since 2007, the websites editor-in-chief has been Matt Atchity. The name, Rotten Tomatoes, derives from the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes when disapproving of a stage performance. From early 2008 to September 2010, Current Television aired the weekly The Rotten Tomatoes Show, featuring hosts, a shorter segment was incorporated into the weekly show, InfoMania, which ended in 2011. In September 2013, the website introduced TV Zone, a section for reviewing scripted TV shows, Rotten Tomatoes was launched on August 12,1998, as a spare-time project by Senh Duong. His goal in creating Rotten Tomatoes was to create a site where people can get access to reviews from a variety of critics in the U. S.
As a fan of Jackie Chans, Duong was inspired to create the website after collecting all the reviews of Chans movies as they were being published in the United States, the first movie whose reviews were featured on Rotten Tomatoes was Your Friends & Neighbors. The website was an success, receiving mentions by Netscape, Yahoo. and USA Today within the first week of its launch. They officially launched it on April 1,2000, in June 2004, IGN Entertainment acquired rottentomatoes. com for an undisclosed sum. In September 2005, IGN was bought by News Corps Fox Interactive Media, in January 2010, IGN sold the website to Flixster. The combined reach of both companies is 30 million unique visitors a month across all different platforms, according to the companies, in May 2011, Flixster was acquired by Warner Bros. In early 2009, Current Television launched the version of the web review site. It was hosted by Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox and written by Mark Ganek, the show aired every Thursday at 10,30 EST on the Current TV network.
The last episode aired on September 16,2010 and it returned as a much shorter segment of InfoMania, a satirical news show that ended in 2011. By late 2009, the website was designed to enable Rotten Tomatoes users to create, one group, The Golden Oyster Awards, accepted votes of members for different awards, as if in parallel to the better-known Oscars or Golden Globes. When Flixster bought the company, they disbanded the groups, announcing, in the meantime, please use the Forums to continue your conversations about your favorite movie topics. As of February 2011, new community features have been added, for example, users can no longer sort films by fresh ratings from rotten ratings, and vice versa
Gabrielle Anwar is an English actress. She is known for her role as Margaret Tudor on The Tudors, for dancing the tango with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, Anwar was born in Laleham, Surrey. Her mother, Shirley Hills, is an actress, and her father, Tariq Anwar, is an award-winning Muslim film producer and her paternal grandmother was an Austrian Jew, while her paternal grandfather was Indian. Anwar attended Laleham C of E Primary and Middle School from 1975 to 1982 and she studied drama and dance at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Anwars acting début was in the British miniseries Hideaway and she made her film début in Manifesto, which was followed by more British television productions including First Born, Summers Lease, Press Gang, and The Mysteries of the Dark Jungle. While working on films and television in London, she met American actor Craig Sheffer and her first American film was If Looks Could Kill, in which she played the daughter of a murdered British agent. In 1992, she made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills,90210 as Tricia Kinney.
She followed that with the films Wild Hearts Cant Be Broken, Scent of a Woman, Body Snatchers, For Love or Money, The Three Musketeers, in 1994, People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. One of her most memorable moments on screen came in 1992s Scent of a Woman, Anwar appeared in the television series John Doe and acted in The Librarian, Return to King Solomons Mines. Anwar played Princess Margaret, sister of King Henry VIII, on Showtimes The Tudors in 2007 and she played Fiona Glenanne in the long-running television series Burn Notice. In 2008, Anwar made an appearance as Eva Sintzel, a woman trying to get pregnant through the fictitious Hudson Cryobank in the Law & Order and she played Eddies girlfriend in Tom Pettys Into the Great Wide Open music video. Anwar and actor Craig Sheffer had a daughter, before separating and she was married to actor John Verea, with whom she had a son and daughter, before divorcing. Sheffer is godfather to Hugo and Paisley, Anwar gained American citizenship in 2008.
In April 2010, Anwar began dating Shareef Malnik, in August 2015, they were married in Montana. They reside in Palm Island, Gabrielle Anwar at the Internet Movie Database Gabrielle Anwar on Twitter
He is known for having appeared in Saw VI as well as his role as Charlie on the hit TV show Scandal. This first acting role spurred him on to acting roles. Newberns first lead role was in 1987s Double Switch, a retelling of The Prince, from 1986-1992, Newbern had a recurring role as Payne McElroy, the son of designer Julia Sugarbaker, on the series Designing Women. He has since guest-starred on television in series as Providence, Chicago Hope, Bull, CSI, Ghost Whisperer, Touched by an Angel, Criminal Minds. He has a role as a former CIA operative in Scandal. He starred as Neal Morris, father of Melissa Morris, in the 2009 Disney Channel movie Dadnapped, in 2009 he appeared in Locker 13. As a voice actor, Newbern is notable for his role as Clark Kent/Superman on the Cartoon Network series Justice League, Static Shock and he recently reprised his role as Superman in the DC Showcase short Superman/Shazam. The Return of Black Adam and as well as Superman vs The Elite and he provides the voice of Superman in the game Injustice, Gods Among Us.
On February 26,2016, the DC Universe Online Facebook page reported that Newbern would be taking over the role of Superman from Adam Baldwin. Newberns voice acting career began in 1991 with the cartoon series The Pirates of Dark Water and he has voiced in the infamous Theodore Rex as the character of the same name. In 2003, Newbern provided the voice of Mevyn Nooj in Final Fantasy X-2 and he appeared in the second season of Jericho as the President of the Allied States of America. In 2009, he sent a DNA sample into space to preserve the Newbern genome, Newbern narrated Toyotas commercials for the 2010 model year of the Prius, one of the car companys younger automotive models, and portrayed Harold in Saw VI. He married actress Marietta DePrima in 1990, the couple have three children, George Newbern at the Internet Movie Database Voice chasers Interview with George Newbern on Voiceover Role in Superman vs the Elite
After Dark Horrorfest
After Dark Horrorfest was an annual horror film festival featuring eight independent horror movies, sometimes with secret bonus films, all distributed by After Dark Films in the USA. The first HorrorFest was held in 2006, in 2011, Horrorfest was replaced with After Dark Originals, composed of original films from After Dark and not previously acquired ones. After Darks HorrorFest for 2006 was scheduled for November 17 through November 21,2006. The films shown during the course of the festival were, The Abandoned A film producer, who was adopted as a baby and sent to America, returns to her native Russia, once there, strange things begin to happen. After completion of the festival, this film was re-released to general theatres on February 23,2007, the Gravedancers A group of friends lives are invaded by a trio of hostile ghosts after they engage in a drunken bout of grave-dancing during a wake for an old chum. Except that they usually wind up killing them, penny Dreadful A young girl and her therapist take a road trip to help her overcome her phobia of riding in cars.
This trip turns deadly as a mental patient starts a new spree of killings. Reincarnation A Japanese film crew recreates a gruesome murder at a rural hotel only to find themselves suffer fates they are acting out in the film. Unrest A med student collapses upon sensing a presence about her cadaver and her fears are strengthened by the mysterious death of a friend. She must discover the connection before an angry spirit can wreak further vengeance, Wicked Little Things Recently widowed Karen Tunny and her two daughters and Emma, move to a remote mountain home in Pennsylvania which Karen has inherited from the family of her late husband. However, she is unaware that the home is situated near an old coal mine, and have now become zombies out to avenge their deaths. On Thursday, November 16,2006, Dark Delicacies, a bookstore in Burbank, CA hosted a signing event with about 30 filmmakers. A contest for the official spokeswoman of the series and for After Dark Films, was announced September 2006 on YouTube.
The four finalists were chieko13, msblackbetty and Ysabella Brave, internet voting ended on November 9,2006. Msblackbetty was named Miss HorrorFest 2006 on November 18,2006,7 of the original list of 8 films from the 2006 festival were released on DVD on March 27,2007. The Abandoned was released on June 19,2007, the delay having been caused by the theatrical re-release, of the bonus films, Snoop Doggs Hood of Horror was released on September 11,2007, and The Tripper was released by Fox Video on October 23,2007. After Darks HorrorFest for 2007 was scheduled for November 9 through November 18,2007, the eight films shown during the course of the festival were, Borderland Phil and his two college buddies road-trip down to a Mexican border town to celebrate their college graduation. While there, they run into a cult looking for human sacrifice, crazy Eights After a mutual childhood friend dies, six friends reunite for the funeral
PopMatters is an international online magazine of cultural criticism that covers many aspects of popular culture. PopMatters was founded by Sarah Zupko, who had established the cultural studies academic resource site PopCultures. PopMatters launched in the fall of 1999 as a site providing original essays, reviews. Over time, the site went from a publication schedule to a five-day-a-week magazine format, expanding into regular reviews, features. In the fall of 2005, monthly readership exceeded one million, from 2006 onward, PopMatters produced several syndicated newspaper columns for McClatchy-Tribune News Service. As of 2009, there are four different pop culture related columns each week, the PopMatters Book Imprint published Joss Whedon, The Complete Companion, edited by Mary Money, with Titan Books in May 2012. PopMatters publishes content from contributors located around the globe, based in six continents and its staff includes writers from various backgrounds, ranging from academics and professional journalists to career professionals and first time writers.
Many of its writers are published authorities in various fields of study, notable former contributors include David Weigel, political reporter for Slate, Steven Hyden, staff writer for Grantland and author of Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation. And Rob Horning, executive editor of The New Inquiry, karen Zarker is the senior editor
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. doing business as Lionsgate, is an American, Canadian-domiciled entertainment & media company. The company was formed on July 10,1997, in Vancouver, British Columbia and it owns a variety of subsidiaries such as the American film production company Summit Entertainment, and Debmar-Mercury, a television syndication company acquired by Lionsgate in 2006. Giustra had recently retired as CEO from Yorkton, an investment bank, Giustra merged Lionsgate with Toronto Stock Exchange listed Beringer Gold Corp. to take the company public. Beringers mining assets were sold off. Lionsgate began a series of acquisitions to get into the film industry, the company bought a number of small production facilities and distributors, starting with Montreal-based Cinépix Film Properties and North Shore Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mandalay Television was acquired by Lionsgate from Peter Guber for a 4% Lionsgate stake, in 1998, Lionsgate helped Guber form Mandalay Pictures with a 45% investment in Mandalay.
Lionsgate followed that up with a June purchase of International Movie Group, Inc. a bankrupt film distributor previously invested in by Guber and Yorktown Securities, iMGs CEO Peter Strauss became president of Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. Lionsgates U. S. film & TV production & distribution subsidiary, Lions Gate Media subsidiary was formed to produce for television. Completing its first year of operation, Lionsgate had revenue of $42.2 million with loss of $397,000, the company share price dropped to a low of $1.40. This limited the ability to make acquisitions via stock swaps. Lionsgate instead made its acquisition of Termite Art Productions, a reality-based television production company. Lionsgate created US based Avalanche Films and acquired half of Sterling Home Entertainment, Lionsgate registered losses in its second year of $9.3 million on revenues of $78.3 million with most of the losses were from its stake in Mandalay Pictures. Thus in the summer, Lionsgate placed its studios up for sale with no buyers, TV operations were changed to non-network hourlong series over riskier network shows and ended its relationship with Mandalay Television.
The corporation sought out more capital and cash with a filing of a prospectus for the sale of preferred stock and common stock warrants. This led to Feltheimer taking over as CEO from Giustra thus the passed over Doroniuk left the company, Feltheimer increased film making including several $1 million films at Avalanche. However, Federgreen still remains one of the owners of the company and is extremely involved in the making of all their major movies. In June, Lionsgate acquired Trimark Holdings, Inc. for approximately $50 million in stock, Lionsgate continued making acquisitions during the decade to boost distribution and its film library. On December 15,2003, Lionsgate acquired Artisan Entertainment for $220 million, in 2004, Erik Nelson reacquired Termite Art and renamed it to Creative Differences
Motion Picture Association of America
The Motion Picture Association of America is an American trade association that represents the six major Hollywood studios. It was founded in 1922 as the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America to advance the interests of its members. In its formative years it took on the role of devising guidelines for content which resulted in the creation of the Production Code. More recently, the MPAA has advocated for the picture and television industry through lobbying to protect creative content from piracy. The MPAA has long worked to curb copyright infringement, including recent attempts to limit the sharing of copyrighted works via peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, former Democratic Senator Chris Dodd is the chairman and CEO. The MPAA was founded as the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1922 as an association of member motion picture companies. At its founding, MPPDA member companies produced approximately 70 to 80 percent of the made in the United States. Former Postmaster General Will H.
Hays was named the associations first president, the MPPDA instituted a code of conduct for Hollywoods actors in an attempt to govern their behavior offscreen. Finally, the sought to protect American film interests abroad by encouraging film studios to avoid racist portrayals of foreigners. From the early days of the association, Hays spoke out against public censorship, large portions of the public both opposed censorship, but decried the lack of morals in movies. At the time of the MPPDAs founding, there was no censorship, but some state and municipal laws required movies to be censored. Thus, in locations in the US, films were often edited to comply with local laws regarding the onscreen portrayal of violence and sexuality. This resulted in publicity for the studios and decreasing numbers of theater goers. In 1929, more than 50 percent of American moviegoers lived in a location overseen by such a board, the Formula requested that studios send synopses of films being considered to the MPDDA for review.
This effort largely failed, however, as studios were under no obligation to send their scripts to Hayss office, in 1927, Hays oversaw the creation of a code of Donts and Be Carefuls for the industry. This list outlined the issues that movies could encounter in different localities, Hays created a Studio Relations Department with staff available to the studios for script reviews and advice regarding potential problems. In 1930, the MPPDA introduced the Production Code, sometimes called the Hays Code, the Code consisted of moral guidelines regarding what was acceptable to include in films. Unlike the Donts and Be Carefuls, which the studios had ignored, the Code incorporated many of the Donts and Be Carefuls as specific examples of what could not be portrayed
Dread Central is an American website founded in 2006 that is dedicated to horror news and reviews. It covers horror films, comics and toys, Dread Central has won the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Website four times and was selected as AMCs Site of the Week in 2008. Dread Central was founded on July 4,2006, when a venture to create a horror-themed cable television channel stalled, the web team left and established their own news site. In 2012, a review posted by Scott Foy attracted controversy when Foy. The sites staff use horror-themed aliases, the website has a broad focus, and it covers both mainstream and fringe topics that range from horror films to comics to toys. Besides reviews and news, they host several podcasts, Steve Persall of the Tampa Bay Times states that if it gushes blood or desecrates flesh, Dread Central covers it. The site is oriented toward a male demographic and favors edgy, after ten years, Dread Central became reader-supported via Patreon. This would make Dread Central the first genre news site to switch from being ad-supported to being crowd supported, celebrity supporters include John Carpenter, Gale Anne Hurd, Sid Haig, Adam Green and Darren Lynn Bousman.
In 2007, Dread Central and VersusMedia announced Horror DOeuvres, a competition for independent short films, in 2008, the site partnered with several other prominent horror sites and studios in a horror-themed auction to raise money for the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In 2013, they partnered with Gas Lamp Museum and the San Diego Ghost Hunters to organize a ghost hunt at the William Heath Davis House, the proceeds went toward upkeep for the historic site. Also in 2013, they began offering the Box of Dread, cineMayhem, a film festival for independent genre films, was founded by Heather Wixson in association with Dread Centrals Indie Horror Month. The festival, whose date was March 2–3,2013, is presented in Thousand Oaks. The festival is backed by Scream Factory, Sideshow Collectibles, Magnet Releasing, Dread Central and Home Media Magazine present the Reaper Awards annually for the best home video releases and direct-to-video features. It is held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and is hosted by Steve Barton, Dread Central was chosen as AMCs Site of the Week, in 2008.
It was nominated for Total Films Best Horror Blog, in 2010 and it won the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Website for 2009,2010,2011, and 2012
Traci Elizabeth Lords is an American actress, model, writer and director. She achieved notoriety in the mid-1980s after authorities discovered that she was underage when she posed nude, a native of Steubenville, Lords initially landed a job as a nude model at the age of fifteen by using a fake drivers license. The withdrawal of her films cost the industry millions of dollars, after her departure from pornography, Lords enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute where she studied method acting with the intention of becoming a mainstream actress. She made her debut in 1988, when she had a leading role in the remake of Roger Cormans sci-fi classic Not of This Earth. Lords followed with the role of Wanda Woodward in John Waters teen comedy and her other acting credits include the television series MacGyver, Married. With Children, Tales from the Crypt, Melrose Place, First Wave, Gilmore Girls, in addition to her film career, Lords pursued music. Despite the poor sales of the album, the lead single Control had moderate commercial success, in 2003, Lords published her autobiography, Traci Lords, Underneath It All, which received positive reviews from critics and debuted at number 31 on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Lords was born Nora Louise Kuzma on May 7,1968, in Steubenville, Ohio, to Louis and her fathers parents were immigrants from Ukraine, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. Louis was employed as a steel worker, Lords has one elder sister and two younger sisters and Grace. Her father was an alcoholic who would abuse her mother on a regular basis, according to her, he would come home drunk and accuse her of having boyfriends in the house. During that time, Lords would often spend time with her grandmother who lived nearby and her parents divorced when she was seven years old and Lords moved with her mother and sisters to her great-grandmothers house. Following their divorce, her father got a partial custody, around that same time, her mother enrolled at the Ohio University and landed only a part-time job. According to Lords and her sister Lorraine both developed early, this fueled their fathers concerns about their sexuality, I think my father hated women. He dealt with us until we were eleven, he started to lay this guilt on us about sex, at the age of ten, Lords was raped by a sixteen-year-old boy whom she had befriended at her friends birthday party.
When she was twelve, Lords moved with her mother and sisters to Lawndale, California and it was the last time she saw her father. In September 1982, she attending the Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach. During her early years, Lords developed a rebellious attitude. She was angry at her mother, blaming her for their poverty, Roger Hayes, as she calls him in her autobiography, was a cocaine dealer and molested Lords in her sleep
Dina Meyer is an American film and television actress who played Barbara Gordon in Birds of Prey, Dizzy Flores in Starship Troopers, and Detective Allison Kerry in the Saw films. She portrayed Mrs. Hong as a recurring guest star on ABCs Scoundrels, Meyer moved to Los Angeles in 1993 in order to recur on the TV series, Beverly Hills,90210. Shortly afterwards she was cast as the lead in Johnny Mnemonic. Television roles regular appearances on UPNs Secret Agent Man, and Fox’s Point Pleasant, Meyer has made several guest appearances on Friends, Six Feet Under and Ally McBeal. Her additional guest star roles have included Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Burn Notice and she has recurred on FOXs Miss Match, ABCs Scoundrels, CW’s 90210, CBSs, CSI and NCIS. Meyer more recently appeared in Universal Films, Dead in Tombstone opposite of Mickey Rourke, Meyer was cast in Lethal Seduction as a sexy, psychotic woman determined to get her man. Dina Meyer Official Website Dina Meyer at the Internet Movie Database Dina Meyer at the TCM Movie Database Dina Meyer at AllMovie