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Entertainment Journalists Wonder: Did BoxOfficeMojo Hit a Paywall?

Normally on a Saturday, entertainment journalists with a professional interest in weekend movie box office grosses would be happily checking the website But as first noted by TheWrap, since Friday, the seminal industry-stats site has been down.

These same entertainment journalists have taken to Twitter to speculate what might be going on. Although it’s still possible, per an early default message that some saw at Friday morning, that this is simply downtime, in the absence of the PR word from Amazon, IMDb and critical employees, the Friday-Sunday handicapping has turned to a different kind of economics:



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IMDb Sued by Actress for Revealing Her Age

Never ask a woman — or an actress — her real age.

An unnamed actress is suing and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for $1 million after the website revealed her real age.

The website posted her age after she became a member of IMDb Pro in 2008. The actress feels the only way IMDb knew her age was through “credit-card interception.”

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IMDB Doesn’t Do Much, But What It Does, It Does Well

imdb.jpgIMDB is the one place you can go when you have a bar bet or an argument about who played second banana in “Ghostbusters 2.”

But the extremely popular film website offers one rating for films that has nothing to do with box office, or superstar attraction or even play dates. It’s only about how many of IMDB’s geeky 57 million users clicked in to see certain film elements.

darkknight.jpgThis year, “The Dark Knight” took first place and “There Will Be Blood” in 12th followed by “Sex and the City” in 13th place. Alas, decent films like “The Godfather” were relegated to 23rd, just ahead of “Shawshank Redemption” at 25th.

As IMDB explains:

To that end, IMDb presents the MOVIEmeter Top 25 Films of 2008, rankings based not upon critical assessments or box-office performance, but the actual search behavior of over 57 million users of They’re the movies that were most often on people’s minds, ones they were keen to get information on. It’s a mix of box office hits, upcoming films in production, and classic user favorites — you’ll be surprised to see that some of the highest-ranked movies on our site don’t come out until next year (or in the case of one movie, 2011), but they’re the ones that generated the most heat. And neither dollar amounts nor flashy awards can tell you that definitively.

Read on to see the MOVIEMeter Top 25 Films of 2008

LAT In 90 Seconds

42377769.jpgDriven: Bob Pool is surprised to learn that there are cab drivers in Burbank with hybrid cars. We are surprised to learn that there are cab drivers in Burbank.

fadfa.jpgGoogle Monde? The European Union is reviewing the Yahoo-Google deal for antitrust implications there, “adding to recent public criticism from major U.S. advertisers and a worldwide association of newspapers.” (photo stolen from here.)

the_office_ir94ndkn.jpgForget TV. What’s On IMDB: Dawn Chmielewski hips us to the fact that IMDB is now in the broadcast business. Kinda. The site “started offering more than 6,000 feature films and television episodes for free viewing online.”