imdb streaming service

Everyone wants in on that sweet, sweet streaming action – including IMDb. The Internet Movie Database has officially launched its own streaming service called Freedive, and as the name suggests, it’s free. That’s good! Unfortunately, it also has a lot of ads that cut into your movie every so often. That’s bad! Still, the selection is strong, and if you’re looking to watch movies for free, this is a good option. Users can watch Freedive through their computer or through Amazon devices. More on the IMDb streaming service below.

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You may recall that sometime last month, an anonymous actress filed a lawsuit against subsidiary IMDb for posting her true age and legal name on her profile. The plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe, charged that the site had damaged her career by revealing information she’d been careful to hide lest casting directors reject her for being too old.

Now the movie site has responded, and as you might expect, they aren’t happy. IMDb has filed a motion to dismiss the case, blasting the actress as “selfish” and the case as “frivolous.” Ironically, the site — which the plaintiff has accused of fraud, among other things — argues in its statement that the actress herself is attempting to perpetuate fraud. More details after the jump.

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Actress Sues IMDb for Revealing Her Real Age

As the frequent targets of damaging rumors, Hollywood actors sue for defamation all the time. But apparently, there are cases in which the truth can be every bit as harmful — and possibly illegal — as a juicy lie. An actress identified only as “Jane Doe” is suing subsidiary IMDb for posting her true age and legal name, on the basis that the website obtained the information through unlawful means and that the subsequent exposure has been damaging to her career. More details after the jump.

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IMDb Releases Trivia Game for iPhone and iPod Touch

If you’re the kind of person who constantly exhausts your friends and family by spouting fun facts any time a movie comes up in conversation — and if you’re reading this site, there’s a decent chance you are — IMDb’s got a new product just for you. The movie reference website has just launched a free game for iPhone and iPod Touch that asks players to answer trivia questions about films, television, and celebrities from the past several decades. More details after the jump.

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Many people sincerely hate the new layout for the Internet Movie Database. We understand. It certainly takes some getting used to. One perfect addition, however, is on their page for This is Spinal Tap. Referencing the famous quote from the film, the possible rating doesn’t only go up to 10 like every other film. It goes to 11. Which is one louder. Very cool stuff, IMDB.

Should IMDB Display Age Listings?


The Wrap is reporting that the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) is embroiled in a controversy over whether or not to list ages in its database. Several influential Hollywood guilds, led by the Writers Guild of America, West, are trying to get members the right to remove their birth dates from IMDB. IMDB, though, isn’t too keen on the idea.
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IMDB Finally Releases an iPhone Application


It’s always seemed strange to me that such a useful website like IMDB can be so completely clueless when it comes to mobile devices. IMDB has no mobile viewing option, so smartphone users need to navigate through the large version of the site to perform a simple search. Couple that with the fact that they’ve ignored mobile applications for so long, and it’s almost as if they think mobile computing is just a passing fad.

That is, until now. IMDB has finally released a free iPhone app (download it from the App Store) that offers quick access to their search engine, as well as a few other nifty mobile features.

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IMDb Now Offering Free Movies, TV Shows

Not content with merely serving as a loving womb for caffeinated movie bloggers, the Amazon subsidiary, IMDb, is now offering 6,000 movies and TV episodes for free steaming a la Hulu. The site will also serve up the season premieres of NBC shows like 30 Rock, Chuck, and Lipstick Jungle before they air on TV.

As of this minute, the selection is limited, but “new movies/favorites” offered include Master and Commander, Liar Liar and—as if I needed to tell ya— FX/2. Old and new TV shows include BSG, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Heroes, Miami Vice, Silver Spoons, 90210: The ‘Good’ One, and The Facts of Life. What, no Night Gallery? There are 100 independant shorts available as well. The presentation is lacking in a “here you go, free decent movies, eat up” way, but I’m guessing this is temporary. Either way, the future has arrived again and Moonstruck doesn’t cost a dime. Here’s the press release I used for this post, also on the house.

Update: Our Canadian readers are bummed.

The /Filmcast: After Dark – Episode 7


The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David, Peter, Devindra, and Adam debate the evils of Brett Ratner, praise Rick Moranis, and imagine a third Batman film starring Clock King and Calendar Man.

Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Want to advertise your movie/product/service with the /Filmcast? E-mail us at Join us for our next broadcast, live on Monday night at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST as we review Hellboy 2 with Dave3 from Geeks of Doom.

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