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Hack 41. Find and Rate Movies

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http://movies.yahoo.com/trailerstoviewvideoclipsand

previewsofmovies.Thearchiveincludesmoviesfromthe

pastseveralyears.



EntertainmentNews

ClickNewsonthefrontpagetoviewfilm-relatednewsfrom

theentertainmentindustry.Foranoverviewofnewsfrom

theentireentertainmentbusiness,pointyourbrowserto

http://entertainment.yahoo.com.



BoxOfficeCharts

ClickBoxOfficetofindoutwhichmoviesaremakingthe

mostmoney.Youcanviewtherankingsbydayorweek,or

viewthetop-grossingmoviesofalltime.Youcanalso

choosearchivedchartsfromthepastfewmonthstosee

howrecentmovieshavedoneattheboxoffice.



MovieDetails

Clickthetitleofanymovietofindadetailedmovieinfo

pagethatincludescastandcredits,photos,reviewsfrom

criticsandotherYahoo!users,andamessageboardfor

discussingthemovie.



2.20.1.FindMovieShowtimes

Yahoo!Moviesgathersshowtimesfromeverytheaterand

makesthemavailableinoneplace.Insteadofscanningthrough

anewspaperorlookinguptheaterphonenumbersandlistening



throughtheirmenus,youcanquicklyfindshowtimesviathe

Web,email,orevencellphone.



2.20.1.1.Showtimespage.

Themostdirectwaytolookupshowtimesforyourareais

throughtheShowtimespageatYahoo!Movies.Youcantype

yourZipCodeintotheformonthefrontpageoryoucanuse

predictableURLstobookmarkyourtheaters.Here'stheformat

fortheShowtimespageURL:





http://movies.yahoo.com/showtimes/showtimes.html?z=



AddyourZipCodeandbookmarkthepagetohaveyourlocal

theaterschedulesoneclickaway.Ifyoudon'tknowtheZip

Codeforaparticulararea,youcanalsouseacityandstate

combinationinplaceoftheZipCode,usingaplussigninstead

ofspaces.So,youcouldbringupalistoftheatersand

showtimesinSebastopol,California,witheitherofthefollowing

URLs:







http://movies.yahoo.com/showtimes/showtimes.html?z=

http://movies.yahoo.com/showtimes/showtimes.html?z=



You'llseethatsomeshowtimesatsomelistedtheatersarealsolinks.

YoucanclickthelinktobuyticketstothatshowingatYahoo!partner

Fandango,andyouwon'thavetostandinlinewhenyougettothe

theater!



Ifyou'dratherjustseealistofallthemoviesplayinginyour

area,youcanclicktheViewBy:MovieTitlelinkonthe

ShowtimespageorusethefollowingURLformat:





http://movies.yahoo.com/showtimes/allmovies?z=insertzi



TheMovieTitlespagelistsallofthemoviesplayinginyour

area,alongwiththeratingandtotalrunningtimeforeach

movie.Youcanclickthemovietitletoseethetheaterswhere

themovieisplayingandtheshowtimes.

Ifyou'reloggedintoYahoo!,youcancustomizetheShowtimes

pagewithyourfavoritetheaters.Nexttoanytheaterlisted,

clickthe"AddtoMyFavoriteTheaters"link.Toaddseveral

theatersatonce,clickEditnexttotheFavoriteTheaterstitle

(customizedwithyourownYahoo!ID)atthetopofthepage.

Onceyourfavoritesareset,youcanlimitlistsofmoviesand

showtimesbytheaterlocation.



2.20.1.2.Emailnewsletter.

Toreceiveaweeklyemailwithshowtimesattheatersinyour

area,scrolltothebottomofanypageatYahoo!Moviesand

clickthe"GetYahoo!MoviesinYourMailbox"link.Thesign-up

formrequiresyourZipCodeandwillaskafewoptional

questionsaboutyourmovie-goinghabits.Theemailitselfisa

scaled-downversionoftheYahoo!Movieswebsite,andyou'll

getmovienewsandinfoaboutnewreleases.



2.20.1.3.Cellphoneschedule.

Fortheultimateinconvenience,youcanlookupmovie

showtimesonanycellphonewithawebbrowser.Thepathto



Yahoo!Mobilewillvarybycellphoneprovider,butyoucan

alwaysmanuallytypeintheURLhttp://mobile.yahoo.comif

youdon'tseealinktoYahoo!whenyoustartyourphone's

browser.

Onceyou'reatthemobilesite,youcaneitherloginwithyour

Yahoo!IDtoseethetimesatyourfavoritetheaters,oryoucan

scrolltotheMovieslinkandenteraZipCode.Youshouldseea

listoftheatersyoucanclickon,asshowninFigure2-58.



Figure2-58.Theaterlistingsonacellphone

browsingYahoo!Mobile



EnteringorchangingyourpreferredZipCodeisparticularlyhandyif

you'reontheroadandaren'tfamiliarwiththelocaltheaters.



Clickonatheatertoseealistofthemoviesandshowtimeslike

theoneshowninFigure2-59.



Clickingamovietitlewillshowyouallofthetheatersinthe

areathatareplayingthemovie,alongwithanimageofthe

movieposter,asshowninFigure2-60,ifyourphonesupports

images.

CarryingYahoo!Moviesaroundinyourpocketmeansyoucan

beabitmorespontaneouswithyourmoviechoices,andyou

won'thavetoplanyourviewinginfrontofyourcomputer

beforeyouleavethehouse.



2.20.2.ConnectwithMovieFans

Inadditiontotheofficialinformationavailableaboutmovies,

Yahoo!Moviesletsyoureadreviews,addyourownreviews,

andfindoutwhatothermoviefansthink,inanumberof

differentways.



2.20.2.1.Createyourprofile.

Togetstarted,clicktheMyMoviestabontheYahoo!Movies

frontpage.ClicktheEditlinksnexttodifferentelementsofthe

pagetoaddyourRealName,Location,abitaboutyou,and

yourfavoritemoviegenres.Whenyou'redone,youshouldsee

acompletedprofilepageliketheoneshowninFigure2-61.



Figure2-59.Movielistingsonacellphone

browsingYahoo!Mobile



Figure2-60.Anindividualmovielistingonacell

phonebrowsingYahoo!Mobile



YourprofilepagecollectssomeofyourYahoo!Movies

contributionsintooneplace.Asyoureviewmoviesorcreate

listsofmovies,they'llbelistedonyourprofilepage.Thatway,

someonewhoenjoysalistorreviewyou'veaddedcanbrowse

othercontributionsyou'vemade.

Movielistsletyoubringsomeordertotheuniverseofmovies



bygatheringthemtogetherintogroups.Youcanputlists

togetherbasedonanycriteriayouseefitanythingfromyour

personalfavorites,toanobscurecategorythatyoumightbe

familiarwith.Figure2-62showsacustomlistopenforediting.



Figure2-61.Yahoo!Moviesprofilepage



Figure2-62.AYahoo!Movieslist



Toaddmoviestoalist,youcansearchbytitleandchoosefrom

thesearchresults.Youcanalsolookforan"AddtoMyMovies"

linkasyou'rebrowsingmoviesatthesite.Clickingthelinkwill

letyouaddthemovietooneormoreofyourexistinglists.

Youcanalsoaddyourownreviewofanymoviepastorpresent,

andYahoo!hasagreatsetofguidelinestokeepinmindwhile

you'rewriting.Youcanreadtheirguidelinesat

http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/movies/movies-13.html.



2.20.2.2.Getrecommendations.

AsyoubrowsethemoviesatYahoo!Movies,youcanassign

lettergradeswithaplusorminustoanymovie,ifyou'relogged



inwithyourYahoo!ID.IfyouhatethelatestStarWars,you

cangiveitanF.Ifyou'relukewarmonthelatestromantic

comedybutthoughtitwasgoodforalaugh,youcouldgiveita

C+.Afteryou'veratedafewmovies,Yahoo!willstarttoknow

whattypesofmoviesyoupreferandwillofferrecommendations

infourareas:

MoviesinTheaters

MoviesonTV

NewreleasesonDVD/VHS

Moviefanslikeyou

Figure2-63showsapersonalizedrecommendationspage.



Figure2-63.Yahoo!Moviesrecommendations



Ifyou'reeverstumpedaboutwhatmoviestoseeorrent,atrip

totheYahoo!Moviesrecommendationspagecouldclueyouin

tosomemoviesyoudon'talreadyknowabout.AsAlfred

Hitchcocksaid,"Agoodfilmiswhenthepriceofthedinner,the

theateradmission,andthebabysitterwereworthit."Andwith

alittletimeandeffortatYahoo!Movies,youcanmakesurethe

filmsyouwatcharegoodandworththecost.







Hack42.SubscribetoMovieShowtimes



Withsomequickscripting,subscribetoyourfavorite

theaterstokeepupwiththemoviesthey'replaying.

EventhoughthereareanumberofwaystokeepupwitheverchangingmovieschedulesatYahoo!Movies[Hack#41],ifyou

alreadyuseanRSSnewsreader,youcanstartwatchingyour

favoritetheaterswithjustabitofscripting.

RSSisanXMLsyndicationformatthat'sgreatforkeepingup

withchanginginformationtypicallynewsstoriesandYahoo!

offersRSSformanyfeaturesofitssite.Youcanaddanydata

that'savailableasRSStoanewsreaderandseeanychangesor

additionsonaregularbasis.Unfortunately,atthetimeofthis

writing,Yahoo!doesn'tprovidemovieschedulesviaRSS,soif

youwanttoseeshowtimesinyournewsreader,you'llneedto

buildafeedyourself.



2.21.1.FindingYourTheaters

Yahoo!doesn'toffermovieschedulesthroughtheirwebservices

API,sothishackreliesonscreenscrapingtogatherthe

information.ScreenscrapingreferstodownloadingtheHTMLon

thewebsitewithascriptandprocessingittofindrelevant

piecesofinformation.Keepinmindthatscreenscrapingisa

verybrittleprocess,andifYahoo!changestheHTMLusedto

displaymovietimesevenslightly,thecodeinthishackwillhave

tobemodifiedtokeepupwiththechanges.

Todownloadtheschedulepage,youfirstneedtoknowhowto

getthere.EachtheaterlistedatYahoo!Movieshasaunique



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