As of January , IMDb has approximately 4. Although all data is checked before going live, the system has open to abuse. The site also featured message boards which stimulate regular debates and dialogue among authenticated users, IMDb shutdown the message boards permanently on February 20, Anyone with a connection can read the movie and talent pages of IMDb.
A registration process is however, to contribute info to the site. A registered user chooses a name for themselves, and is given a profile page.
Actors, crew, and industry executives can post their own resume and this fee enrolls them in a membership called IMDbPro. Membership enables a user to access the rank order of each industry personality, as well as agent contact information for any actor, producer, director etc.
Enrolling in PRO for industry personnel, enables those members the ability to upload a head shot to open their page, as well as the ability to upload hundreds of photos to accompany their page. Anyone can register as a user, and contribute to the site as well as enjoy its content, however those users enrolled in PRO have greater access and privileges.
IMDb originated with a Usenet posting by British film fan and computer programmer Col Needham entitled Those Eyes, others with similar interests soon responded with additions or different lists of their own. Both lists had been restricted to people who were alive and working, the goal of the participants now was to make the lists as inclusive as possible.
By late , the lists included almost 10, movies and television series correlated with actors and actresses appearing therein.
On October 17,, Needham developed and posted a collection of Unix shell scripts which could be used to search the four lists, at the time, it was known as the rec. He is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances, Carrey first gained recognition in after landing a recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color. In , he appeared in Kick-Ass 2 as Colonel Stars and he retracted support for the film two months prior to its release.
He was raised a Roman Catholic and his mother was of French, Irish, and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry. Carrey lived in Burlington, Ontario, for eight years, in a Hamilton Spectator interview, Carrey said, If my career in show business hadnt panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario at the Dofasco steel mill. When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, Those were where the great jobs were.
While Carrey was struggling to work and make a name for himself, his father tried to help the young comedian put together a stage act. Carreys impersonations bombed and this gave him doubts about his capabilities as a professional entertainer and his familys financial struggles made it difficult for them to support Carreys ambitions. Eventually, the financial problems were resolved and they moved into a new home. With more domestic stability, Carrey returned to the stage with a more polished act, in a short period of time, he went from open-mic nights to regular paid shows, building his reputation in the process.
A reviewer in the Toronto Star raved that Carrey was a star coming to life. Carrey was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who signed the young comic to open his tour performances, Dangerfield eventually brought Carrey to Las Vegas. However, Carrey soon decided to move to Hollywood, where he began performing at The Comedy Store and, in , the following year, he debuted his act on The Tonight Show.
Carrey was not selected for the position, although he hosted the show in May , January