The Movie Rumours and IMDB


There are many things I love about IMDB but when it comes to accurate information on new movies in production one might as well use a magic 8 ball to make predictions as to what is true…for one reason they let any old user submit and make corrections…they also let publicists go wild with predictions and guesses and to drum up publicity.

Currently there are 3 movies Bette is supposedly going to star in or make…however, only one is truly confirmed: The Stepford Wives.

Also on the slate is The Meddlers: This ain’t happening folks. I had Mister Vilanch squash this rumour last year when it first appeared on IMDB. Even some well known gossip jousrnalists have mentioned their source as IMDB and Mister Vilanch said they must be on crack and most likely not following through…when do you think she had time to make this while filming Stepford Wives and putting together Kiss My Brass?

Now we have “In The Pink”…a publicist’s dream cast. Publicists are trying to drum up interest and who wouldn’t. So far everything printed has been rumoured. Even if it does come true filming couldn’t possibly begin until maybe the Fall….Cher is going back on the road in May to tour yet again to say farewell to people overseas and then she’s to come back in July and maybe say goodbye again to us….Bette will be shutting down her tour in March, but will more than likely go back out on the road for a short stint, hopefully to record and/or film Kiss My Brass for the record books…In the meantime, according to Variety (the bible of the film industry…and what one should use for accuracy)…Tim Allen will start filming his new movie Missing Christmas beginning this April….

So now everybody do a little realistic calculations and see if you think Ms. Midler will have 3 movies out by the end of the year. I know it seems like she can do everything….but the woman does bleed and therefore has some limitations no matter how divine….

Here’s IMDB’s answer to how they come about certain information…read it with a critical eye:

How/where you get your information? How accurate/reliable is it?

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In addition to using as many sources as we can get our hands on, our data goes through a verification process and we have a large number of consistency check tools that we run to ensure it’s as accurate and reliable as possible. However, there’s absolutely no substitute for an international team of movie buffs with an encyclopedic knowledge of trivia and a large assortment of reference works (and we include in this group many of our loyal contributors). Our main sources of information are on-screen credits. We also rely on press kits, official bios, autobiographies, and interviews.
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