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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Needham
Tom Hanks. Quincy Jones. Kristen Stewart. Warren Beatty. Quentin Tarantino. George Lucas. Steven Spielberg. Kirk Douglas. Amy Adams. Richard Gere.
The honorary Oscar winners at the 4th annual Governors Awards include a stuntman who broke 56 bones during his performing career, a documentarian who has made movies for six decades, the founder of the American Film Institute and a philanthropist who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for arts, education and health-related causes.
IMDb.com, the website you go to in order to find out who acted in what film, no matter how obscure, turns 20 next month. In addition to its extensive and unmatched database, the site was overhauled this week to emphasize video clips and help fans find what they'd like to see next.
The goal of the relaunch is to "help people make viewing decisions" and "emphasize the visual nature of film and TV," said Col Needham, the site's 43-year-old British founder and chief executive.
"We ran as a group of people who just were passionate about film and TV and were sharing that love and knowledge of film and TV with people throughout the world," he said. "Actually we predate the Web itself."