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 Issue # 63 January 2009 
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    by KJ Newby
    January 2009

    If you are a movie buff, and enjoy knowing more than just "plot and cast", this is the place for you!

    The IMDb (Internet Movie DataBase) website consists of one of the largest accumulations of information about films, television programs, direct-to-video products, and video games, reaching back to each medium's respective beginning. In many cases, the information goes beyond simple title or press credits to include:

    *Complete cast and crew credits
    *Uncredited personnel
    *Production and distribution companies
    *Plot summaries
    *Memorable quotes
    *Box office performance
    *Filming locations
    *Technical specs
    *Promotional content
    *Links to official and other websites.

    Furthermore, the IMDb tracks titles in production, including major announced projects still in development. The database also houses filmographies for all persons, cast and crew, identified in listed titles. Filmographies include biographical details, awards listings, external links, and information about other professional work not covered by title entries in the database such as theatrical and commercial advertising appearances.

    The IMDb offers ancillary material such as daily movie and TV news, weekly box office reports, TV listings, cinema show times, user polls and ratings, and special features about various movie events such as the Academy Awards.

    The website also has an active message board system. There are message boards for each database entry, found at the bottom of each respective page, as well as general discussion boards on various topics. All of the basic database information is available without registration and without providing any personal information. However, to submit information, to use the message boards, to search for information about adult movies or to use some other of the site's features requires registration.

    Some advanced features require verification which can sometimes require some personal financial information such as credit card details. IMDb has 57 million visitors, 17 million of which are registered users, as of October 10, 2007

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