Entertainment & Pop Culture

Entertainment and leisure activities have been a part of culture in one form or another since the ancient times. Dance performances, live music, and storytelling have a long tradition throughout history, even as the styles and available methods of delivery have shifted dramatically.
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Featured content, May 16, 2022

A broken egg shows its contents, an egg yolk and egg white.
10 Incredible Uses for Eggs
Eggs are for more than omelettes.
#WTFact / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Aerial view as people move around the site at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26 2008 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England.
8 Music Festivals Not to Miss
Big stars in big fields.
List / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Hollywood Golden Oscar Academy award statue on blue background. Success and victory concept.
What Is the Significance of the #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag?
Find out about the online social justice movement #OscarsSoWhite.
Companion / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Sudoku puzzles
Will We Ever Run Out of Sudoku Puzzles?
How do they keep making up new ones for the newspaper? Or have you been doing the same one over and over?
Demystified / Entertainment & Pop Culture
A family gathered around a radio console, 1930s.
radio, sound communication by radio waves, usually through the transmission of music, news, and other types of programs from...
Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Peasant Dance
dance, the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and within a given space, for the purpose of expressing...
Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Louis Armstrong
jazz, musical form, often improvisational, developed by African Americans and influenced by both European harmonic structure...
Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Doctor Zhivago
film, series of still photographs on film, projected in rapid succession onto a screen by means of light. Because of the...
Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture

Entertainment & Pop Culture Quizzes

Hip hop impresario and avid gamer Snoop Dogg hosts Spike TV's Video Game Awards. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA, Dec. 14, 2004. Snoop Doggy Dogg, rapper, producer, actor, hip-hop.
Another Hip-Hop Quiz
Can you name the members of the Beastie Boys? What was the first rap song to win an Academy Award? Test your hip-hop knowledge...
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rust Cohle in the American Television Series True Detective (2014-). The lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, become entangled during a 17 year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. Photo:Dec. 23, 2013
Matthew McConaughey Quiz
From Dazed and Confused to True Detective, test your knowledge of Matthew McConaughey’s life and works...
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Justin Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian pop-R&B singer.
Prismatic Playlist Volume 1
This quirky quiz asks you to think about colors in music, from albums to song titles to musicians. How colorful is your music...
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, an American rock duo, performs onstage at the Global Citizen Festival In Central Park, New York City to end extreme poverty, Sept. 29, 2012.
Prismatic Playlist Volume 2
This quirky quiz asks you to think about colors in music, from albums to song titles to musicians. How colorful is your music...
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
North by Northwest (1959) Actor Cary Grant, left, as Roger O. Thornhill and actress Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall atop Mount Rushmore during the climactic scene in the film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. movie
Cary Grant Quiz
What was Cary Grant’s real name? What was his last film? Test your knowledge of the famous actor with this quiz.
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Nectarine, Fruit, Agriculture
What Is It? Fruits and Veggies Edition
Is a watermelon a berry? What are the things on top of broccoli, anyway? Test your knowledge of fruits and vegetables.
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Jodie Foster American actress in her Academy Award winning performance as the FBI agent Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) where she tracks the serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (in background) played by actor Anthony Hopkins.
You Can’t Handle the Truth: Famous Movie Quotes
Consider yourself a movie buff? See how many of these quotes you can match to their films.
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Kate Winslet in the motion picture "Titanic" (1997); directed by James Cameron. (Academy Awards, Oscars, cinema, film)
Titanic: The Movie
Whether you saw it one time or twelve times, test your knowledge of this blockbuster of titanic proportions.
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Steve Bauer as Manny Ribera and Al Pacino as Tony Montana. Scarface (1983) directed by Brian De Palma
Scarface Quiz
In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power,...
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
Red grapes grow in a vineyard.
Wine: Fact or Fiction?
Pour yourself a glass and test your knowledge of this favorite fermented beverage.
Quiz / Entertainment & Pop Culture
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Entertainment & Pop Culture Subcategories

Jennifer Lawrence Actors
Acting is a performing art that involves much more than just being able to cry on command. Actors exercise supreme control over their voice, body, and facial movements so as to effectively and believably convey the emotional experience of the characters they represent. Although theatrical productions, television, and movies each carry unique technical demands for the actor, skilled actors can move from one medium to another without a diminution of talent, as is borne out by celebrated actors such as Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Viola Davis.
Captain America: The First Avenger Comic Strips & Superheroes
Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man: in the early 21st century, superheroes such as these rose to staggering global prominence. Movies featuring characters from Marvel Comics or DC Comics regularly drew in high global box office earnings, and the likenesses of these characters could easily be spotted adorning clothing, toys, backpacks, and more. Prior to the rise of modern comic books, their precursor, the comic strip, held court. Early comic strips were produced in Europe before the form began appearing in American magazines in the late 19th century. In 1933 the first true comic books were released. Five years later, DC Comics introduced Superman, the character who truly launched the superhero genre.
Egyptian dancing Dance
The world of dance is expansive and covers a wide variety of styles and forms, encompassing tap dancing, ballet, modern dance, line dances, and much more. Dance is a universal language that can communicate emotions directly and sometimes more powerfully than words.
Golden Globe statuettes Entertainment Awards & Festivals
There may be no business like show business, but that doesn't mean that the people of show biz wouldn't like to be recognized with an award every once in a while. Honors like the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Tonys recognize outstanding work in film, television, and theater, whereas honors such as the Grammy Awards and the Juno Awards celebrate excellence in music. Additionally, annual film festivals around the world honor exceptional works and performances with awards such as the Cannes film festival's Palme d'Or and the Berlin International Film Festival's Golden Bear. Music festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival (in Switzerland) and Lollapalooza (in Chicago) feature performances by a variety of artists and groups.
top 20 beer-consuming countries Food
The necessity of food for survival is something that all humans have in common, but the trends of diet and food consumption can vary considerably from region to region. Find out more about the ingredients, dishes, and drinks that fuel people around the world.
1946 World Series Leisure & Nightlife
When it comes to free time, everyone has his or her own activity of choice. While some may like to repose with a nice game of bridge, poker, or chess, others may find bungee jumping or bullfighting to be more engaging, and still others would rather opt for hiking or archery. Luckily, there's no shortage of leisure activities available for those who have the time, resources, and inclination to pursue them.
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There's always been a certain sense of magic surrounding the movies. Good movies are remarkably effective at conveying drama and evoking emotion, and they allow spectators to immerse themselves in the world of the film. Emerging at the end of the 19th century, this art form became one of the most popular and influential media and was perhaps the first truly mass form of entertainment.
Kathryn Bigelow Movie, TV & Stage Directors
Although directors are often invisible to the audience in plays, shows, and movies (Alfred Hitchcock and his film cameos being one notable exception), they play an important role by controlling the evolution of the theatrical or dramatic performance. When there are actors involved, the director often oversees and shapes their performances as well. Although the auteur theory holds that the director is the major creative force in a performance, the role of the director actually varies a great deal, not only according to the medium in question but also according to the extent to which he works with actors.
Verdi, Giuseppe Music, Classical
Rosin up your bows and get to work on those sonatas! Classical music encompasses a wealth of different musical forms, including the symphony, concerto, and fugue, among many others. It can be written for musical instruments (such as an orchestra or a string quartet) or for vocal groups (as in choral music). Most of the best-known composers of classical music worked during the last 600 years in the Western tradition; even people disinclined to seek out classical music may recognize passages from some of these composers' standout works, such as Ludwig van Beethoven's Für Elise, Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and Georges Bizet's Habañera (from the opera Carmen).
Louis Armstrong Music, Contemporary Genres
Hey, what's that sound? Music pervades many aspects of contemporary everyday life; it appears in commercials, blares from speakers in stores and restaurants, accompanies commuters on the way to work, and energizes gym-goers when their motivation is flagging. Music festivals such as Lollapalooza (in Chicago) and the Sziget Festival (in Budapest) attract enormous crowds by featuring an extensive lineup of musicians over several days. Today's music can be divided into any number of categories and subcategories, encompassing genres such as pop, jazz, rock, alternative, country, electronic, rap, and much more.
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Why do the opening notes of Beethoven's famous Symphony No. 5 sound strong and driving rather than leisurely and soothing? The answer can be found by turning to music theory, the study of the concepts and compositional methods involved in the creation of music. Music theory examines musical qualities such as timbre, tone, pitch, and texture, as well as compositional elements such as rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and more.
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Not everyone is gifted with an exceptional singing voice. That's where instruments come in! The principal types of musical instruments are percussion, stringed, keyboard, wind, and electronic instruments. Musical instruments have been used since the earliest times, and modern technology has in many cases simplified or improved the construction of instruments, while mechanization has made possible the mass production of instruments of all kinds. It remains true, however, that the production of an instrument of the highest quality still demands the highest degree of individual skill.
scene from Seinfeld Television & Radio
Is it true that video killed the radio star? When broadcast radio came into prominence early in the 20th century, it delighted the public by providing news and entertainment with an immediacy that had been unimaginable beforehand. Radio developed into the first electronic mass medium, but broadcast radio's popularity was eclipsed by television, which appeared about 1945. Television, which was originally conceived as a potential medium for education and interpersonal communication, ultimately evolved into a vibrant broadcast medium that offered a diverse slate of news and entertainment to people all over the world. By the early 21st century, the Internet made it possible to watch TV anywhere, anytime, on small portable devices.
Shonda Rhimes Movie, TV & Stage Development & Production
Before the director can call “Action!” for the first time, there’s a lot that must be done to get a movie, television show, or theatrical production ready for production or rehearsal. Screenwriters, producers, and distributors all come into play before a project moves on to the process of hiring the cast and crew, designing and building sets and costumes, creating storyboards, and more. Cinematographers, animators, and special-effects artists are among those who may be called upon to shape the look and feel of a production, ensuring its maximal success when it hits theaters or screens.
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There's no business like show business! Nothing quite matches the immediacy and electricity of a live dramatic performance, a fact which may help explain why the art form has persevered from its ancient origins up through the present day. During the 20th century, live theater demonstrated an unexpected tenacity in the face of tough competition from film, television, video, the Internet, and other media.