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Musicals101.com : The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, Film & Television

http://www.musicals101.com/

Provides a history of musicals, including theatre, in film, and television.  There is a timeline of musicals, a photo gallery and much more.

 

Didaskalia : The Journal for Ancient Performance

http://www.didaskalia.net/

“Didaskalia is an English-language, online publication about the performance of Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music.  We publish double blind, peer-reviewed scholarship on performance as well as reviews of the professional activity of artists and scholars who work on ancient drama.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of the field, and we provide a uniquely friendly venue for publishing sound, image, and video evidence.  If you would like your work to be reviewed, please write to editor@didaskalia.net at least three weeks in advance of the performance date.  We also seek interviews with practitioners and opinion pieces.”– From the website.

Common Sense Media

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/

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 : Internet Broadway Database

http://www.ibdb.com/

“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

http://festival-outlook.consequenceofsound.net/

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.

Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Database

http://aaspeechesdb.oscars.org/

This database is a work in progress, so not all acceptance speeches are available, but speeches are being added as they become available.

Classic TV Ads

http://www.roadode.com/classicindex.shtml

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.

National Recording Registry — Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2009/09-108.html

“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.

Global Music Archive

http://globalmusicarchive.org/

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.

Awards & Honors

www.awardsandhonors.com

This is a database of all types of awards and honors, from entertainment and business to science and beauty.  Use the categories on the left to browse or search by keyword.  Also includes a schedule of upcoming award events.

Free Movies & TV on IMDB

Thanks to Christina Barnes (Sciences) for passing this along!

www.imdb.com/features/video/

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!

Free Sound Effects

http://soungle.com/

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.

International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio

http://joseph.bufvc.ac.uk/Shakespeare/index.php

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.” 

A fun site for Midsouth kids and their parents

www.memphisloveskids.com

This is a fun, informative site that is “the must-have website for Midsouth moms and dads.”

Orpheum Summer Classic Movie Series for 2008

http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/index.cfm?section=comattrac&page=movie

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!”