If you want to get info about a movie (e.g. rating, cast, etc.), there is imdbpy, which collects data from IMDb. I just found that Rotten Tomatoes has an API too: http://developer.rottentomatoes.com/.
Update (20150622): about two weeks ago I asked for an API key. I’ve got no response since then…
Update (20150623): I got an answer from them! Here it is:
Thank you for your interest in the Rotten Tomatoes API. Unfortunately, we are unable to grant access at this time. Due to changes in our syndication program, we're currently only offering free API access to domestic students. This may change in the future as we add additional tiers to the program. -The Rotten Tomatoes Team
A long time ago I also made a Greasemonkey script called BH IMDB/Word Highlight. This script is written for some specific sites in Hungary. However, you can take ideas from this how to highlight a text on a web site.
You have downloaded a Greasemonkey script but… how to install it?
Here I suppose you have the Greasemonkey add-on installed (Hey, what is GM?). Well, I didn’t find anywhere the option “install from local file“. A GM script is called
*.user.js and if you open the URL (
http://...) of such a script, GM will recognize it and offer to install it (for this GM must be enabled). However! If you open your script locally (
file://...), nothing happens. WTF?
Calm down. You know Python, right? The Swiss army knife of programmers. Just navigate to the directory where the GM script is located and start a web server:
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer
Now open the URL http://localhost:8000 , click on the user script and GM will offer to install it. Python, what would I do without you?
User scripts are installed in this directory: “
~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default/gm_scripts“. Here you will find a
config.xml file too that is created by GM.
I installed this way this script: Greasemonkey: focus first input field. This script puts the focus on the first input field. I use it with Amazon and IMDB and works like a charm.
IMDB can detect the country you are from and it changes some movie titles according to that. I find it very annoying. To disable this feature, browse IMDB via http://akas.imdb.com. In this case, movie titles will be displayed in the original language.
This tip is from here.
You visit some sites frequently where you conduct some search but first you always have to click on the search field. The best example is IMDB. When I go there, I want to find a movie, so I want to type immediately the title of a movie. Why can’t they set the focus on the search field? I find it very annoying.
Fortunately someone else had also met this problem :) Visit the post Greasemonkey: focus first input field and install the Greasemonkey script. It sets the focus on the first input field and by default it’s activated for all URL addresses. If you want to limit it to IMDB only, edit the head of the script:
... // @version 1.0 // @include http://www.imdb.com* // ==/UserScript== ...
Location of the script: