The Internet – Now That’s Entertainment

The Internet is now a source of everything from pure entertainment to up to the minute news for the private citizen, but it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, in the early days of the Internet (before it even carried that name), it was strictly limited in its use and no one would have dared suggest it be used for any frivolous. The Internet was originally conceived of in the early 1960’s as a way to enable multiple computers to access information for research and development purposes in the scientific and military communities.

By 1970, several major universities had super computers sharing information between research groups and libraries as well as exchanging an early form of email. The increase in information necessitated a way of indexing and organizing the information that eventually led to simpler codes, hypertext and ease of use in the 1980’s. Initially, the government funded the development of the Internet, so commercial use was prohibited unless it was directly linked to research or education.

Everything changed in the late 1980’s and early 1990s, when independent commercial networks sprang up in response to the ease of use and smaller, less expensive computers for office and home use. Since these independent commercial networks could pay for their own Internet connections, they could route to each other and bypass the government’s “backbone.” By 1995, the World Wide Web was in full swing and the government was out of the Internet business.

Predictably, as soon as the Internet was open to the public, individuals changed its look. Individuals wanted more than just a way to conduct business or do their banking, although such practical applications were certainly popular. Today’s Internet provides information, ease and more than anything else, entertainment to home users.

The entertainment industry quickly jumped on the Internet bandwagon by distributing movie trailers, early release teaser chapters from new books and lots of press photos for always-interested fans. They created entire websites dedicated not only to networks, but also to movies, particular televisions shows and even particular fictional characters. Today, many televisions shows have mirror websites with special features that add to the viewer experience. For instance, if you love the show “Monk” on the USA Network, you can play games relating to the character’s peculiarities, take quizzes about past episodes and enter contests to win prizes or learn more about the characters to enhance enjoyment of the show. That’s savvy marketing.

In an entirely different vein, the Internet brought entertainment of other kinds right into the home that people previously had to go to, not the other way around. Video poker, arcade games, and downloadable streaming video all mean that you can be entertained 24/7 without ever leaving home. Users can play a few hands of cards or enter a tournament. There are tournaments going on around the world at any given time. It’s even possible to play a classic pinball game by downloading it to your computer.

In fact, the face of entertainment has changed considerably by allowing individuals to upload their own photos and videos for the world to see and even script and edit their own films. The Internet has made us all into amateur photographers and videographers with a potential audience of millions thanks to YouTube, Flickr and other programs. Not only does the Internet provide us with 24/7 entertainment, it allows us to provide the world with entertainment that we’ve made. Upload a clip of that amazing wipe-out you made on the slopes during your last ski trip and you’ll be amazed how fast you become entertainment for millions of viewers.

Some of the most popular sites on the Internet are celebrity gossip sites. It’s human nature in today’s hectic world, when we’re all hunkered over our computers hours every day working to earn a living, to want to click over to a gossip site for a few minutes and check out how “the other half” lives. It’s harmless entertainment news that reassures us that are lives aren’t so bad, and we get the guilty thrill of checking out the photos.

With so much instant gratification at our fingertips, the Internet has changed the face of entertainment forever. With the Internet in almost every home, you can no longer feel there is nothing to do. After all, there’s always something entertaining just a click away.

 

Entertainment and the Fashion Industry

The entertainment industry and the fashion world have been interlinked for hundreds, if not thousands of years. However, what probably started as getting dressed up for the theater has evolved into intertwined fortunes in which entertainment drives fashion, and fashion drives entertainment. Television shows, cinema and music aren’t just outlets for creativity anymore, they have become outlets for fashion to such an extent that fashion, in some cases, has become the driving force behind the “creativity” of entertainment.

Obviously, one of the big stepping-stones in the evolution of this semi-symbiotic relationship was the advent of the star. Stepping out on the red carpet at award ceremonies, theater opening nights and film premiers in the latest couture dresses and tailor made designer suits meant that stars from all areas of the entertainment industry have become conduits for the delivery of the latest fashions to the mass media.

It would be a significant oversight to assume that this implies that stars and their latter day less than saints, celebrities, are merely manikins and models for the highest bidding design house, although this is partly the case. The reality is that the relationship is much more complex than this, depending on the star’s or celebrity’s relative worth. A-list stars and free-spirited celebrities might be in a position to choose their own fashion, directly influencing what is popular in high street stores and fashion catwalks.

Now, more so than ever before, stars and celebrities from the entertainment world are even going so far as to design their own clothing ranges, having an even more direct influence on fashion. Singers and actresses alike have their own clothing ranges, but less obvious areas like rap and rock music have also succumbed to the temptation of fashion design. Both 50 Cent and Liam Gallagher have clothing collections for sale at the moments and while they may not necessarily be all that good, they are obviously having some influence on the clothing choices of consumers.

However, fashion and entertainment have gone even further than talent interconnection, they have moved increasingly towards content interaction. America’s Next Top Model, for example, is pretty much a direct collaboration between the television and fashion worlds to deliver entertainment-based content. The program makes would be fashion models stars and celebrities and the process of modeling into entertainment.

Another type of example of content interaction can be seen in Sex and the City, in which the characters’ love, devotion and work for the fashion industry is one of the main focal points for the series and film plots. The stars of the show and now movies have become synonymous with the fashion world, promoting their own particular fashion tastes as well as acting as endorsements for interest in the fashion world in general. Plenty of other shows and films have followed suit with this interconnection, including Ugly Betty and The Devil Wears Prada, which was originally a book.

Even the lives of famous figures from the fashion industry are being used as inspiration for creative content like films, books and television shows. The life of Coco Chanel, for example, has now been transformed into a number of major motion pictures, including two starring Amélie’s Audrey Tautou.

While the entertainment world and the fashion industry remain two separate entities in themselves, with many spreading disciplines, they have definitely become more and more aligned, interconnected and interdependent. How this relationship will evolve over time is hard to tell with such a huge interrelation already in place, but one thing is for sure, they are forever bound to each other through ties of fortune, mutual respect and shared interest.

 

The Importance of Wedding Entertainment

Wedding entertainment is a great way to celebrate holy union with friends, family and guests. It creates a perfect ambience for your party or wedding and sets the mood or tone for the day. This creates a stimulating and visual source of enjoyment for each guest. It encourages even those who don’t love dancing to enjoy a great moment. Entertainment offers something for everyone through its mild wedding theme music and ceremonial dance steps.

The sound quality of live music is yet another advantage of entertainment. It sounds highly professional and copes with the reception venue acoustics well. Professional wedding entertainers tailor their dance steps and sounds to suit the occasion and achieve strong balance between audibility and non-drowning of conversation.

Wedding Entertainment authenticates your marriage theme, bringing it to life. Entertainment comes in various forms and shapes. Hence, it is important that you get the correct musical and dance genre for the big occasion. Marriage entertainment accommodates a wide range of tastes for Celtic, folk, punk and samba music through to classical country or western music.

Great entertainment gets guests out of their seats. They are precisely planned and include a repertoire of songs revolving around the theme. Professional wedding entertainment includes a high quality band as the source and centerpiece of visual entertainment. Live entertainment ensures there are no silent moments. It also adjusts, checks and modifies the tempo as the party progresses.

Great entertainment yields life and energy to dance floors. Live entertainment offers excellent returns on investment making guests talk about them for years and weeks to come. Wedding magicians, professional dancers and singers make up for great entertainment. They raise the tempo of wedding celebrations.

 

Let Corporate Entertainment Add a Little Magic to Your Event

Companies today are always looking for new ways to entertain guests and clients and are going to extra lengths to find new forms of corporate entertainment for their functions and banquets.

Corporate functions can be anything from smaller, more intimate gatherings of high seating executives or business people and their clients. Meetings like this will more often than not be held at smaller venues, possibly restaurants.

It is the larger functions where companies may invite their top customers and potential clients to cocktail or dinner parties. At these events, they will often outsource various kinds of entertainment to keep guests occupied and add a little extra something to the evening.

Corporate entertainment can come in any form. Music performances are popular as are fashion shows and the like.

One up and coming trend is to hire magicians to perform and intermingle with the guests. This is a good form of corporate entertainment as it often gives the guests the chance to interact with the performing entertainer. It adds a personal touch and something different to your average cocktail party.

Magicians can take on various forms and they will often tailor make their performance to the kind of event they are working at. For example, they could take on a comedic role at a more relaxed function. They could mingle with the guests and promote laughter. This often makes the guests feel good about themselves and the experience they had at your function.

Magicians can take on a more serious tone and do more of an illusions act from the stage. This will wow your guests and give them something to think about. This type of magic is more suited to a sit down event as the show could go on for a few minutes and you want your guests to be comfortable whilst they are enjoying the entertainment.

If you are considering hiring a magic act for your next corporate function, there are numerous companies who will assist you and help you to decide which form of magic will best suit your event and of course your clientele.

This may seem like a small decision to make in the grand scheme of things but the entertainment you hire for your event could really make or break the party. The entertainment sets the tone for the event and will always be a topic of conversation amongst your guests. And you do of course want all those people saying positive things about your event. You want them to want to be part of your company and to want to do business with you. But most importantly you want everyone to have a good time, which is why it is essential that your entertainment is suited to your crowd.

Most magicians know how to read an audience and they will tailor their show as they go depending on the reactions of the crowds. It is a good idea to go with a company who can give you access to various types of acts so that you will have your choice and you will also have the advice and expertise of the entertainment company themselves. Remember that they know their acts and they know which type of crowd it will suit.

 

Four Reasons Why Las Vegas Entertainment is the Best in the World

Las Vegas is the number one destination for fun and entertainment. This becomes evident before you even get to your hotel on your first trip to Vegas. As your cab or shuttle bus makes its way from the airport, huge billboards appear announcing prominent Las Vegas entertainment acts that are truly world-class in every sense.

Here are 4 reasons why Las Vegas is the best place to go for fun and entertainment:

1. Las Vegas offers variety like none other. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of entertainment delivering a vast selection that caters to every taste, desire and budget. You can spend a considerable amount if you take in different big-name shows every night of your visit. But with such a selection, it’s easy to also mix in some lower cost and even free entertainment options.

2. Like any major city, Las Vegas attracts top musical acts covering every genre. But what’s different about Vegas is that most acts perform for several nights or weeks in a row. Some acts like Celine Dion are booked for years at a time. These long-term bookings are something you just don’t see in most other places. But in Vegas, it’s a regular occurrence.

3. What’s striking about Vegas entertainment is the level of quality – both in the performers and in the facilities. Actors, musicians, comics and acrobats – you name it and Vegas has it and all are professional in every sense of the word.

Every major hotel on the strip has at least one major theater or entertainment venue. Every time I visit a different venue, I’m surprised by the large size of the facility and the amount of equipment used in the production.

4. Another huge advantage Las Vegas entertainment offers are the shows that run late into the evening. For night owls, it’s ideal. Forget having just a 7pm and 9pm show. You’ll often have an 11pm and 1am option as well. After all Vegas is a city that never sleeps.

After visiting and sampling from its vast variety of entertainment choices, it’s no wonder Las Vegas is considered by many to be the entertainment capital of the world.

Las Vegas entertainment is everywhere. You don’t have to look far and any hotel concierge will be happy to help you.

Whether you’re planning to several top-rated acts, or a low key visit, be sure to take in some of the various free entertainment options available to anyone. Personal favorites include the musical water fountain show at the Bellagio, the erupting volcano at the Mirage, and the sinking ship show presented just outside Treasure Island.