People in the U.S. who use IMDb‘s iOS and Android mobile apps and web site made the discovery this week. The service works much the same as it does on Fandango‘s smartphone app. Buyers can add tickets to their Passbooks so a theater attendant can scan the passes directly from the screen. User fees still apply, of course. With the new arrangement, Comcast-owned Fandango expands its reach among movie portals. It already serves AOL Moviefone, MSN Movies, and Yahoo!Movies. Amazon owns IMDb and also benefits from the app update: Users can order the video of a movie from the online retailer.
A Seattle jury has found against Junie Hoang in her lawsuit against IMDb for revealing her real age online. The decision came after a two-day trial. The 41-year-old actress, whose real name is Houng Hoang, first sued IMDb and parent company Amazon for $1 million back in October 2011. Soon after joining IMDb in 2008, Hoang’s age appeared on the site, information the actress claimed harmed her chances of landing film roles in a youth-centric industry. Hoang has appeared in minor roles in films Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver and Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors. She claimed the site performed record searches using her credit card information to obtain her age and did not remove the information when she requested it. As the case made its way through the courts, the claims were pared down, and Amazon was dismissed as a defendant before the breach of contract trial started. Back in late 2011, then-separate unions SAG and AFTRA backed Hoang’s action, saying that when actual ages are posted “they become known to casting personnel, the 10+ year age range that many [actors] can portray suddenly shrinks and so do their opportunities to work.”
Last night a federal judge in Seattle ruled that a lawsuit brought by an actress who accused the online film and TV database for posting her birthdate in her bio without her permission will go to trial. U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman denied summary judgment from IMBb on Junie Hoang’s breach of contract claim (read the full ruling here), meaning the case will go forward to an April 8 trial date. The core claim makes the central issue of the case whether the site enables age discrimination in the entertainment biz with its policy of posting ages on individuals’ web pages.
The actress suing Amazon.com and IMDb.com for publishing her real age on the web retailer’s popular entertainment information web site has dismissed her allegations of fraud, invasion of privacy and request for $1 million in punitive damages, but allowed her case to proceed on charges of breach-of-contract and violation of consumer protection law. The court’s actions Friday represented partial victories for both the plaintiff, actress Huong Hoang, and defendants Amazon and IMDb. The court also declined to consider awarding court costs to either side.
The federal court in Seattle ruled that Hoang’s fraud and privacy allegations weren’t sufficient to proceed and that her request for punitive damages ran counter to public policy and state Supreme Court precedent in Washington. The court however found that Hoang’s allegations that Amazon and IMDb improperly used her credit card information to obtain her age and other information published on IMDb had merit. You can read the court documents here.
IMDb has revealed the site’s top 10 most-viewed actors, movies and TV shows during the past decade as part of a 10th anniversary celebration of its industry database IMBb Pro. The subscription side of IMDb.com is also getting a face-lift for its birthday. Here are the lists:
Top 10 Stars of the Last 10 Years*
1. Johnny Depp
2. Brad Pitt
3. Angelina Jolie
4. Tom Cruise
5. Natalie Portman
6. Christian Bale
7. Scarlett Johansson
8. Jennifer Aniston
9. Keira Knightley
10. Emma Watson
*Highest average IMDbPro STARmeter ranking over the last 10 years.
Top 10 Films of the Last 10 Years*
1. The Dark Knight
2. Donnie Darko
3. Pulp Fiction
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
10. The Godfather
*Highest average IMDbPro MOVIEmeter ranking over the last 10 years.
Top 10 TV Series of the Last 10 Years*
2. House M.D.
3. Grey’s Anatomy
5. How I Met Your Mother
8. True Blood
10. Gossip Girl
*Highest average ranking over the last 10 years.
Top 10 Most Anticipated In-Production Movies*
1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Men in Black III
3. The Dictator
4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
5. The Expendables 2
7. The Avengers
8. Rock of Ages
9. The Hunger Games
*Highest average IMDbPRo MOVIEmeter rank of all films currently in production.
A U.S. District judge in Seattle last month ordered the anonymous actress suing IMDb for age discrimination to use her name on the lawsuit — or it couldn’t go forward. So today, Huong Hoang (pictured) who acts using the stage name Junie Hoang, amended and refiled the $1 million suit using her real name. Hoang originally sued IMDb and parent company Amazon as Jane Doe, alleging that the popular online film and TV database posted her age (40) on the site without her permission, after which time offers for younger roles decreased in frequency (her posted resume on the site says she can play ages 26-33). The lawsuit spurred reaction from Hollywood guilds, who took up Huong’s fight as an example of age discrimination for actors in the entertainment industry. IMDb and Amazon eventually denied any wrongdoing, and the Seattle judge said the complaint couldn’t go forward without a legal name on it. Hoang — whose credits include the film Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver, a role as a nurse on the reality TV series I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant as well as commercials and industrial videos — is suing for breach of contract and invasion of privacy.
Looks like there were a lot of Black Swan fans doing actor searches on IMDb this year. The film’s star Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar for the part, and supporting actress nominee Mila Kunis finished 1-2 in page views among the more than 110 million unique visitors to the film and TV database site. That knocks Johnny Depp to No. 3 overall after he topped the list six of the past seven years. Portman won by a large margin thanks to her Oscar win in February and toplining three films during the calendar year: No Strings Attached, Your Highness and Thor. Other up-and-comers included Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth and The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence. Here’s the list:
1. Natalie Portman
2. Mila Kunis
3. Johnny Depp
4. Emma Stone
5. Chris Hemsworth
6. Olivia Wilde
7. Jennifer Lawrence
8. George Clooney
9. Ryan Gosling
10. Christian Bale
Los Angeles (Oct. 27, 2011) — An actor’s actual age is irrelevant to casting. What matters is the age range that an actor can portray. For the entire history of professional acting, this has been true but that reality has been upended by the development of IMDb as an industry standard used in casting offices across America. IMDb publishes the actual dates of birth of thousands of actors without their consent, most of them not celebrities but rank-and-file actors whose names are unknown to the general public. 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. The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild strongly believe that businesses like IMDb have a moral and legal obligation not to facilitate age discrimination in employment. Entertainment industry employers who would never directly ask a potential employee’s age routinely access that information through IMDb and its professional subscription site IMDbPro. IMDb has the power to remove the temptation for employers to engage in age discrimination by accessing this information.
An actress is suing Amazon for $1 million for revealing her age on the company’s film and TV industry database IMDb. The suit says the actress, who didn’t want to reveal her identity, attempted to increase her exposure on the website in 2008 by subscribing via credit card to IMDb Pro, which offers more information than the public site. She changed her name and didn’t reveal her age when providing information for her profile, but soon after joining, her age appeared on the site, “revealing to the public that plaintiff is many years older than she looks,” the lawsuit states, according to AFP. The info harms her chances of landing film roles, the suit claims. She believes the site performed record searches using her credit card information to obtain her age; she has asked the information to be removed, but IMDb has not done so. The lawsuit alleges fraud, breach of contract and violations of her private life and consumer rights. Amazon declined comment, the report says.