This article is from the rec.arts.movies.current-films FAQ, by Evelyn C. Leeper firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
In many films, the film company
will get paid by some companies to use their products. Some
readers object to this as a fairly manipulative and distracting
presence. Others do not object, commenting that people really do
use name-brand products, so using them in films makes sense.
Many have commented on the pack of Marlboro cigarettes in DEAD AGAIN,
saying this was the best product placement they had ever seen.
Other information: There are several lists revolving around film that
are kept by netters. These frequently come up.
One major project is a list of votes/ratings of a plethora of movies.
This list is maintained by Colin Needham (email@example.com), and votes can
be cast through the Internet Movie Data Base.
The rec.arts.movies.reviews reviews are archived as part of the IMDB.
Bob Niland (rjn@hpfcso.FC.HP.COM) has several articles on Laser Disc
technology and availability available from his archives. You may request
any of these at any time. Recent copies are also available for anonymous
princeton.edu (18.104.22.168, directory pub/Video/Niland) and
Lastly, there are a series of movie trivia contests. Some of these
even offer prizes! The initial contest postings generally include
information on how to enter. The important point is that you
should never post answers, but should send them e-mail.