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IMDb Dramz!

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The Writers Guild of America, West, is arguing with website IMDb.com about posting ages in profiles on the massive database because they think it could interfere with potential employment because of Hollywood ageism.

Good point!

But IMDb isn't too keen on the idea. A spokesman for the website says:

"IMDb is committed to being the most comprehensive source of film, TV and celebrity information. Customers of IMDb trust that when they use our website, they are receiving comprehensive and accurate biographical information. When we are made aware of information that can be verified as inaccurate, we remove from IMDb, as nothing is more important to us than customer trust."

We kinda see their point, too — it's a tough call!

What do U think?

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37 comments to “IMDb Dramz!”

  1. 1

    don't see what the big deal is….nobody plays their true age in movies anyway………many people in their mid-late 20's play high school aged kids, and sometimes those in their 30's 40's can wear makeup to look older….so not sure what their actual age would have to do with it……

  2. 2

    No you dont post someones age on a website. They are wrong for doing this. its very easy to remove

  3. 3

    nobody imposed ageism upon the industry other than the industry itself. the public isn't screaming that stars are too old, look at betty white. the public has spoken and she's the it girl of the moment. they should look in the mirror. i for one would rather see stars the have aged gracefully playing the parts that call for that rather than the plastic face parade we're subjected to.

  4. 4

    I think it's neat that 49 y.o. ladies can play romantic leads with 29 y.o. men, and get pregnant. It adds to the hilarity of life !!!

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  6. 6


    Wikipedia for 200 Alex?

  7. 7

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  8. S88 says – reply to this



  9. 9

    Umm why go after IMDB? Doesn't Wikipedia post age too? As well as hundreds of other movie sites?

  10. m.j says – reply to this


    Dude, IMDB is like my favorite website when it comes to movies/television period. And I dont see why their throwing a hissy fit over ages. Hollywoods view on age is ridiculous anyway. It can be a PG movie that has characters of teenagers and they'll still cast the 22 year old. So honestly- whats the point in them complaining???

  11. 11

    When the age is NOT in imdb. . .it makes me look at the actor like a snob. . .

  12. 12

    I go to IMDB because I trust I am getting good, factual information-if they are forced to take off ages and birthdates then I will use them less and go to Wikipedia. IMDB don't back down! Gone are the old days when you could lie about your age-in the age of computers its all out there.

  13. zooby says – reply to this


    That's stupid. Get over it. Accept your age. If you're too old for a role, too bad.

  14. 14

    imdb is my go-to site for anything movie related. i dont like the idea of my information being tampered with. these are public figures who, although in character, we have seen bared all. so why not know the age? if they want to crack down on a website with tmi they aught to go after those $35 background check ones

  15. 15

    Ageism,Racism and sexism in the industry was all brought on my the industry themselves..Just like that one person said we aren't whining about if a person is too old or too young..They are moronic..Maybe if they weren't in a constant state of delusion (Hollywood people are known for that) then yea..What idiots

  16. 16

    I agree with IMDB. They should not have to censure their info.

  17. 17

    dont mess with my site.. imdb is my shit!! great website.. put together perfectly.

  18. 18

    IMDB isn't just for actors!

    I work in film post-production and I've been trying for YEARS to have IMDB remove my birth date! Obviously I work behind the scenes, but I should be hired based on my skill set, and not be judged on my birth date (a friend submitted it while writing a bio years ago). I think it should be the choice of the individual whether to have it listed or not!

    Besides, it's very easy to add credits to your name on IMDB. I haven't tried to create a fake one, but how do they know, especially if your name isn't credited in the credits!!

  19. 19

    Every star's wikipedia page has their age on it. If they take them off IMDB they won't be hard to find elsewhere. It's all pretty public, It's not like it's really private information.

  20. 20

    wikipedia and several other website have that information as well. It's public knowledge…

  21. 21

    Why on earth would the Writers Guild care? Wouldn't it be SAG? What do the writers care about ageism?

  22. 22

    I don't think they should have to change what they do. It's like big deal. Get over it!

  23. rsvp says – reply to this


    The WGA is speaking for the writers, not actors. There is severe ageism in the industry. A massive lawsuit was recently won by a group of writers against several studios and agencies, with some judgments still pending. I think WGA has a valid argument because IMDB is viewed as an industry tool. It is against the law to discriminate in hiring based on age. IMDB should step up and acknowledge its role in this practice. Many writers prefer not to have their age revealed because of this discrimination not only with being hired, but also being pigeonholed for certain writing assignments, if they are so lucky to get them. Yes, IMDB should not post a person's age unless they have permission to do so. There may come a day when Hollywood would hire based solely on ability, rather than appearances, but I'm afraid that day is long off. Meanwhile, IMDB should do the right thing.

  24. 24

    @RSVP I totally agree with you!! Most people don't last past 30 (maybe 35) in post-production. If they see that you're in your late 20s, into your 30s, they will automatically assume that you can not physically handle the hours and that you will want to work more regulated hours due to family. You risk the jobs going to more junior workers who are willing to not sleep for months to get a chance to work in film.

    Film and tv is a young persons' game, no matter be it in front of the camera or behind. I don't want to have to cough up more cash to find a new career after busting my ass for so long, just because someone *may pre-judge me due to my age! Give us the option to remove DOB IMDB!

  25. 25

    WTF? Hollywood leave IMDB.com ALONE!

  26. 26

    It is a big deal. Writers Guild is right!

  27. @v@ says – reply to this


    Leave it up to individual (living) celebs to opt in or out of the age listing.

  28. koe says – reply to this


    If an actress/actor is good and popular age doesn't count, look at Meryl Streep and Betty White for example. Hollywood makes the industry ageist and no-one else. If they have an issue with it they need to look at themselves in the mirror.

  29. 29

    Dont be a public figure if you want your real age known, at bella baby12 said it best.

  30. 30

    Dont be a public figure if you dont want your real age known, bella baby12 said it best.

  31. 31

    Leave IMDB alone. AS IF we can't get information about their age from other websites anyway! In the entertainment business, everything is an open book.

  32. 32

    Wow, can you people READ? It's the WRITER'S GUILD that's objecting. They're not talking about actors at all.

    And yes, WRITERS are often the subject of ageism. Hollywood wants 20 year old illiterates writing all their stuff because A) they can pay them less B) because they can push them around easier and C) because most decision makers in Hollywood are simpletons and not able to grasp most writing.

  33. 33

    i love that website

  34. 34

    I look to IMDB to find the ages so I don't want that to change!

  35. 35

    As an actress, I would agree that having the date of birth on IMDb can impact one's ability to get a job, or even get seen for one. Here's the funny thing about casting directors: they're busy people, so they don't have time to imagine you as the blonde the breakdown called for if you're a brunette, or the beard you could grow in time, et cetera. If an agent is selling you for a part, they're on the phone with that casting office and you better believe, that CD is often checking your IMDb. So regardless of your age range being a completely believable 18 - 25, the moment that CD sees that you're actually 30, that will always be in the back of their minds and it DOES influence the final decision.

  36. 36

    I used to be a member of The Writers Guild of America, and they even gave me grant money! Yay for them! :-D

  37. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Shakeyspear – You're right. I only thought about how that might impact actors/actresses, instead of thinking that they might be doing that corporate squeeze thing to the polished writers. It figures. I've seen this kind of crap countless times, with different faces, in different places; but the same old sad story.