Since its launch in 2009, The Wrap has quickly grown to become one of the most respected and popular sites covering Hollywood and the movie business. The Wrap was founded by author and former New York Times Hollywood correspondent, Sharon Waxman who currently serves as the site's CEO and Editor in Chief
The Wrap's mobile version is an adaptive site that uses different layouts for various classes of devices. Their are at least three versions (images below) ranging with page sizes ranging from 29 KB for the lightest version to 288 KB for the richest.
Finally! IMDb: The biggest and best movie and TV site has its own mobile version. Full text search of the iMDb database. Listings include star rating, plot summary, critic and user reviews, trailers, photos, full cast list with links to cast members bios. Thanks to Deb Morrissey for the tip!
Fandango (mobile.fandango.com) has launched a mobile web site. As every moviegoer in the US knows, Fandango is a web business selling movie tickets. They are best known for the goofy ads featuring a frumpy couple played by hand puppets made from paper bags that participating theatres show before every movie. To use the web version of Fandango, you pay by credit card and print out your ticket. The site also lets you search for movie theatre show times, read reviews and purchase tickets online. The mobile edition manages to include all of these features.
Fandango's mobile ticketing is a little primitive but workable and compatible with all mobile web capable phones. You first have to set up an account giving Fandango your credit card information - this can be done on the mobile site or from your PC browser. When you want to purchase a ticket, you log into mobile Fandango, select the theatre, feature and showtime parameters and purchase the ticket. At the theatre you give the ticket seller your credit card to verify your identity and get your tickets. The mobile is essentially making a reservation. Fandango is primarily useful for getting a into hot new movie that sells out it's showings without having to wait in line for an hour.
There is a "convenience charge" of $1.25, added to the ticket price which will limit adoption I'm afraid. According to Internet Retailer, Fandango has plans to eventually be able to display a bar-code on the phone screen which would be scanned at the theatre and alleviate the need to hand over your credit card. I think that's just an intermediate step. In the near future phones will include smart Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. After purchasing the ticket on the phone, an NFC enabled turnstile will admit you after verifying with the phone that you have a ticket. As this sort of service becomes ubiquitous the "convenience charge" will disappear, becoming a part of the required cost of doing business for theatres and retailers just as the costs associated with credit cards are today.
For now the best features of Fandango Mobile are the extensive theatre and showtime listings and the reviews. For most films, Fandango offers three full length reviews by critics from The Washington Post, Variety and USA Today.
AOL owned Movie Phone lets you find local movie show times, read reviews and movie industry news. MovieFone links to the mobile version of MovieTickets.com for online movie ticketing.
Mobile version of a movie industry newsweekly. Notable feature is the Weekly Top 10 listing of the top grossing current films with detailed statistics like average gross per theater.
Hollywood Walk Of Fame
In LA for the Oscars? Don't miss visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2500 pink and bronze stars set in three and a half miles of sidewalk beginning at the corner of Hollywood and La Brea. Each star is dedicated to a great performer or fictional character from motion pictures, live theater, radio, television or recording.
You can buy overpriced maps of the Walk of Fame at tourist traps all over the LA area but there's a better way to navigate the walk and it's free. dotMobi's James Pierce has created an interactive mobile guide to the Walk of Fame.
It's at hwof.mobi and is a map based turn by turn guide to the entire route. As you travel along the route you can read biographic information about the recipient of each star at your feet.
You can also search for a star by name or browse through listing of recipients in each of the five categories (motion pictures, live theater, radio, television or recording). Each star has it's own page with a photo of the sidewalk star, biography of its recipient and a map of the star's location. There is also a history of the walk and directions to the starting point. If you are lost, the site's "Where am I" feature lets you type in a street name to pull up a map to get your bearings. Hwof.mobi is a great example of using mobile context to deliver information relevant to the user's location and activity.
Empire Theatres (Canada)
Find movies and show times for Cineplex theaters across Canada. Streaming video trailers and Links to Google maps showing theater locations. There's no search by movie or ability to jump to first letter of title. You have to scroll through multiple pages of movie titles to find the one you want. Source Oh! Mobile Directory.
A non-profit community based website showcasing Australian animation. Reviews and videos from TV series, short films, feature films and other animated content from ‘down under’. Resources for animation students and professionals. Mobile View by Mobify
FEARnet has trailer videos, reviews and news about the latest horror and suspense movies and videos.
WML-only Bollywood (Indian cinema) site. Reviews news and gossip about the Indian film industry.