Includes a database by the non-profit organization Common Sense Media of reviews on all types of media (movies, books, games, websites, apps, music, and TV) that parents and their children can use to find trustworthy information about all of these kinds of media.
“IBDB was created by the Research Department of The Broadway League, the national trade association for Broadway. The League has collected relevant Broadway information and statistics for many years. In 1996, the Research Department began to organize and expand the League’s data collection in order to produce a website that would serve as a comprehensive history of Broadway for the benefit of League members, press, theatre professionals and enthusiasts. … IBDB provides a comprehensive database of shows produced on Broadway, including all “title page” information about each production. IBDB also offers historical information about theatres and various statistics and fun facts related to Broadway.”–From the website.
Festival Outlook is an online database of music festivals and concerts from around the world. Search by festival name, location, lineup (artist or band) or date. Entries provide known festival information and links to official websites.
The Michael Jackson Pepsi ad, the Farrah Fawcett Ultrabrite ad, so many of the old cigarette commercials, the Mr. Clean ads, and many more of the old classic television ads may viewed on this site via RealPlayer or MediaPlayerIE or MediaPlayerFirefox.
“Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the [Library of Congress] Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for 2008 bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 275.”–From the website. The latest 25 recordings, selected for 2008, are found at this link. The Full National Recording Registry of recordings is found here.
According to the site, “[t]he Global Music Archive is a multi-media reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and the Americas.” Currently, only East African music is available, but you can read about plans for expanding the database. Users can search by region, language, instrument, etc. From Vanderbilt University.
Thanks to Christina Barnes (Sciences) for passing this along!
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is now offering free movies, shorts, and new & classic TV on their site. So if you’ve been dying to watch “The Love Boat,” “24″ or Some Like it Hot, here’s your chance!
Soungle is an easy way to search for free sound effects. Just be aware that you might want to play with your keywords–A search for ‘airplane’ only has 1 result, whereas a search for ‘plane’ has 10 and ‘jet’ has another 10. All audio clips are easily downloadable.
The British Universities Film & Video Council and Society for Screen-Based Learning offers this database as an “international record of Shakespeare on film, television, and radio, from 1898 to the present day.”
I admit I’m a movie buff, and sometimes nothing will beat seeing a classic on the big screen. I especially love watching movies at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Memphis because of the atmosphere. One new thing on the Orpheum’s summer, 2008 agenda is they are playing “chick flicks” on Thursday nights. Hopefully for all you other film buffs, this will be a fun site.
“See you at the movies!”
This site was designed ”to be useful to researchers of theater, dance, music, French culture, and early modern history” and “serves also as a portal into the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library’s Digital Collections, which includes scanned rare books, maps, newspapers, and journals in searchable format.”–From Website.