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Sorry, but I HATE the black background/white or blue text scheme. It's too hard to read... Newspapers and magazines are dark text on light backgrounds, school books are the same...why do something different on your websites?

PLEASE go back to ALL dark text on white backgrounds.

Thank you...
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I assume you are referring to the IMDb iPad app? You can change this in IMDb>Settings.
Look for "Theme" and set this to "Light".
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No, this is on the regular website with certain pages. Look at BFG that has a black background and dark grey text - practically unusable.
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Susan,
Do you mean this page?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3691740/


If so: Are you referring to the dark portion of the page near the top?
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Hi. On mine, it is practically the whole page that is dark, not just the top.
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Thanks. Ticket filed.
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Thanks. FYI - this is the problem I encounter with every page that has a *special* background. Sometimes those backgrounds aren't as dark, so it isn't quite as bad. Frankly, I liked it better when there weren't any of these special colors in the main center content area - just use the default styles. If the actual page background was different (on the BFG page, that is the area to the right and left of the main center area), that would be ok.

Additional info - the browser I took the snap from was Firefox. I also see this in Chrome, both on Mac.
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More info for the ticket:

Here are other pages that have the same problem for me:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Star Wars Vii

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3498820/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Capt. America Civ War

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3385516/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Xmen Apoca
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I agree it messes with your eyes. Not a fan.
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What you are seeing is a sponsored page. It only appears on select titles.
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In addition: some elements on the page are not rendering properly due to ad blocking.
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It isn't the ad blocking. I don't have that on other browsers and still see a dark unusable page for those special sponsored pages. It really is counter-productive to what the sponsors intended since the page becomes unusable.
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I turned off the ad blocker in the browser I use most. What I see now is a much more resource-heavy page since there are animated gifs and video playing. The background is still black, and the fonts, while not as faint grey, are still difficult to read against the black background. This is not much of an improvement. On the BFG page, I don't see anything like the screenshot you shared. My 'Got Showtimes' on down still have a black background.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Black on black is not a good combination....

Lately I've noticed IMDB web pages coming up with totally black background and either black or blue/red text...this is not good for web viewing and is covered in Web Design 101...could you correct this oversight please, as it tends to hurt my eyes?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled can not read pages.

Who creates pages where you put a grey/white font on a black background?  See this page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2975590/?ref_=nv_sr_1 and tell me how hard it is to read. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Current movie webpages are not disability-friendly.

Your dark gray text on a black background are unreadable for many of us with vision problems who need great contrast. I don't know how anybody can read these current-movie pages. This on a laptop in Chrome

Shame on your web designers who should know better.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Certain IMDB pages have dark background, rendering text illegible.

An example is the page for Whiplash.  I've attached snapshots of the two parts of the page that I mostly read - the precis of the plot, and the reviews.  I cannot decipher either one of these, and if you plan to extend this stupid design for all or many of your pages I will not be using your site any more.
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Another page with the awful dark theme: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2660888/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Black backgrounds - can't read anything.

black backgrounds make type impossible to read
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When a dark background is used for movie pages, the text is invisible. Example: D....

If the background theme for a movie's page is dark, the text is unreadable as it is also dark. It would be great if it could be changed to a lighter color when dark backgrounds are used for better visibility.

Seen in: Doctor Strange (2016) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1211837/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I've only tested this on the webpage, I dont know about the appearance in smartphone apps
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Another un-readably dark page/dark text:  The Jungle Book (2016)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New Ben-Hur (2016) IMDb page partially unreadable.

The IMDb page for the new Ben-Hur film uses a creative color format that renders the text almost illegible. Also, for a new title it is difficult (read inconvenient) to find in the search function if you leave out the "-". Just thought I'd point it out.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2638144/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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Well, I guess they have 'fixed' it by circumventing the ad/flash blocker so that now I see the oversized header and bulky video instead of having the content right at the top of the page. The page now takes longer to load which is very annoying. I don't visit this site to see advertisement on movies that I may or may not want to see. Those ads won't influence my decision. The cast/descriptive content, reviews and user discussions might though, so too bad they are now not as easily accessible because of the bulk.

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