When wrinkles get zapped with botulism and old fogies get put out to pasture, it's no wonder that IMDb's first detail is now under fire. Hit any actor, crew, or creator's page and the first thing that pops up, right under that banner of smiling pictures, is the person's date of birth. It's always been there, but now it might go away.

The Wrap reports that the WGA West (Writers Guild) is leading an effort to allow people to remove their birth dates from the website. Spokesman Neal Sacharow says: "The Guild has a contract with IMDb to provide credits information and does not release information on age. We have raised our concerns with IMDb about its listing of ages." Basically, they want them removed from the pages of people who aren't big stars like Angelina Jolie or Leonardo DiCaprio (presumably because their ages are public knowledge) to fight against ageism in Hollywood. As cast and crew hit the big 4-0, they "face fewer job opportunities" and the guilds believe that IMDb's age listings are making the problem worse.

But going after IMDb doesn't fix the problem.
categories Cinematical