Entertainment — Wilton Library
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Entertainment

For information about specific titles, performers or artists not mentioned here, try searching the name on any search engine.

For information on museums or the visual arts see the Arts Page.

Movies

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    (http://www.oscars.org/index.htlm)
    The site is highlighted by a searchable database of past winners and nominees in 34 categories (click on “Academy Awards Database” for full search capability), a timeline of award highlights, a best pictures poster gallery, a list of all eligible films, the latest news about the awards, and a developing interactive games and trivia section.
  • BoxOffice.com
    Get movie reviews and news, read about projects in the works, find interviews and articles about your favorite movie people.
  • DocumentaryFilms.net
    (http://www.documentaryfilms.net/)
    Founded in 1998, Documentary Films .Net was relaunched with renewed energy in 2006. This site provides documentary film information and resources to both viewers and filmmakers.
  • Excite Movies
    (http://movies.excite.com/)
    Plug in your zip code and search for theaters and showtimes for the latest movies.
  • Hollywood.com
    (http://www.hollywood.com/)
    Movie, video and DVD guides, along with news about everything and everyone in Hollywood.
  • Internet Movie Database
    (http://us.imdb.com/)
    This all-volunteer effort is the Internet’s largest database of information about movies and the people who make them. Search the database by cast member, writer, producer, director, film title, and more.
  • Kids First
    (http://www.kidsfirst.org/)
    KIDS FIRST! evaluates, rates and endorses children’s films, DVDs, CDs, TV shows and games using volunteer, community-based juries of adults and children from diverse backgrounds and offers a variety of means to showcase and enhance consumer awareness of sponsored products.
  • Moviefone
    (http://www.moviefone.com/)
    From 777-FILM, here you can search by movie title, theatre, show time, or type of film to find what’s playing near you or across the country (just enter your zip code or metropolitan area). Movie listings have synopsis, cast and crew information, links to reviews, news, and other information. Many theatres will even allow you to buy your tickets online before you head out.
  • Yahoo! Movies
    (http://movies.yahoo.com/)
    Yahoo! Movies provides movie reviews, upcoming releases, trailers, clips, and information on local showtimes and tickets.

Music

  • 8Notes
    (http://www.8notes.com/)
    Over 1500 free sheet music pieces and riffs. The music is browsable by category (classical, popular, film & television, traditional, etc.) and by instrument, and is searchable by composer, title words, and instrument.
  • All-Music Guide
    (http://www.allmusic.com/)
    This “complete, online guide to recorded music” allows you to search by composer, artist, album title, song title, or musical style. Covers all genres of music.
  • Instrument Encyclopedia
    (http://www2.si.umich.edu/chico/instrument/)
    This Musical Heritage Network (MHN) site provides general and historical information for musical instruments from around the world.
  • Pianopedia
    (http://www.pianopedia.com/)
    This search engine is designed for piano teachers and students, as well as performing pianists. It can be used to explore the repertoire in search for new works to learn and perform. It also serves as a detailed reference source for the classical piano repertoire.
  • Worldwide Internet Music Resources
    (http://www.music.indiana.edu/music_resources/)
    The music library at Indiana University has put together this collection of links to music sites in such categories as composers, genres, performance, and research.

    Classical

    • Aria Database
      (http://www.aria-database.com/index2.html)
      Search this extensive and growing database of arias by composer, opera, aria title, voice, or language. Find libretti, translations, MIDI files, and narrative information.
    • Classical Music Navigator
      (http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/music/index2.htm)
      A database of familiar composers and classical types of music.
    • Classical Net More than 4000 CD/SACD/DVD/Book reviews, as well as 6000 files and over 5300 links to other classical music web sites.
    • Essentials of Music Basic information about classical music.
    • Opera Glass
      (http://opera.stanford.edu/main.html)
      Detailed information including performance histories, synopses, libretti, discographies, pictures, links to opera company Web sites, and more.
    • Operabase
      (http://www.operabase.com/)
      Available in seven languages, this site hosts a database of 500 opera houses and festivals, searchable by keyword or browseable alphabetically (with numerous display options) or via clickable maps. Search the details of over 38,000 opera performances since autumn 2001.
    • Operissimo
      (http://www.operissimo.com/)
      This is a searchable database of operas, performers, composers, and opera houses.

Jazz

  • Blues Database
    (http://www.bluesdatabase.com/)
    Discographies, festivals and concerts, a forum and links to blues artists homepages, record labels and more.
  • Jazz
    (http://www.pbs.org/jazz/)
    The companion web site to PBS’s series by Ken Burns. Audio clips of many jazz performers are available, as well as interesting historical and biographical information on the highlights of jazz in the United States.
  • JazzReview.com
    Reviews, features, resources, concerts and more.
  • A Passion for Jazz
    Multi-faceted site that features jazz history, styles, a timeline and glossary.
  • Swinging Through Time
    This website provides information on the Graystone musuem and the history of Jazz in Detroit.

 

Popular

  • Artist Direct
    (http://www.artistdirect.com/)
    Provides free downloads, interviews, photos, news, and concert information for today’s popular music.
  • Billboard Online
    (http://www.billboard.com/#/)
    Check out the weekly Billboard charts, read album reviews, and catch all the news from the world of popular music.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
    (http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/)
    The mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Browse collections and exhibits.
  • Folk Music Index
    Browse or search with keywords for titles and performers.
  • MTV
    (http://www.mtv.com/)
    Get programming schedules, artist interviews, schedules of online chats with celebrities, and music news. You can also visit sister station VH-1.
  • mojam
    (http://www.mojam.com/)
    “The largest calendar of live music in the world.” Search by performer, city, or venue. Signup and they will notify you of your favorite band’s or venue’s schedule.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    (http://www.rockhall.com/)
    If you can’t get to Cleveland, visit the Hall on the Web. Hear inductees’ speeches, tour the virtual exhibits, read up on rock history, or get information to help you plan your pilgrimage.

 

Performing Arts

  • CurtainUp
    (http://www.curtainup.com/)
    Reviews and information about theater in New York, Philadelphia, California, London, and the Berkshires.
  • Internet Broadway Database
    (http://www.ibdb.com/)
    The offical database for Broadway theatre information from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Search shows, people, theatres or seasons.
  • Playbill On-Line
    (http://www.playbill.com/index.php)
    Find playbill information on currently running Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, news, reviews, and theatre listings from around the world.
  • Theatre History on the Web
    (http://www.videoccasions-nw.com/history/jack.html)
    The University of Washington School of Drama created this site to aid students and historians doing online research on the history of theatre.

Television

  • The Classic TV Database
    (http://www.classic-tv.com/)Information on 78 classic television shows from the 1950s to the 1990s. Listed to over 700 theme songs and search by character or show.
  • EpGuides
    (http://www.epguides.com/)
    Episode guides for over 2,500 television programs.
  • TV Guide Online
    (http://www.tvguide.com)
    From the people who bring you TV Guide, this online magazine features news, reviews, and personalized TV listings for your cable or satellite service.
  • ZAP2it
    (http://www.zap2it.com/index)

    Get program information and national and local listings. Become a member (free) and get daily, personalized TV listings for your cable or satellite service.