Open main menu

The Wikipedia Reference Desk covering the topic of entertainment.

Welcome to the entertainment reference desk.
Want a faster answer?

Main page: Help searching Wikipedia

How can I get my question answered?

  • Provide a short header that gives the general topic of the question.
  • Type '~~~~' (that is, four tilde characters) at the end – this signs and dates your contribution so we know who wrote what and when.
  • Post your question to only one desk.
  • Don't post personal contact information – it will be removed. All answers will be provided here.
  • Specific questions, that are likely to produce reliable sources, will tend to get clearer answers.
  • Note:
    • We don't answer (and may remove) questions that require medical diagnosis or legal advice.
    • We don't answer requests for opinions, predictions or debate.
    • We don't do your homework for you, though we'll help you past the stuck point.
    • We don't conduct original research or provide a free source of ideas, but we'll help you find information you need.

How do I answer a question?

Main page: Wikipedia:Reference desk/Guidelines

  • The best answers address the question directly, and back up facts with wikilinks and links to sources. Do not edit others' comments and do not give any medical or legal advice.
Choose a topic:
See also:
Help desk
Village pump
Help manual


June 11Edit

Determining whether a song is country music if it's a re-directEdit

Recently, Ss112 created a re-direct at Better Luck Next Time (Kelsea Ballerini song). Is there any way to tell whether it is country music given that there's only a re-direct and not an actual article for the song?? Georgia guy (talk) 13:43, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

I'm not sure I understand your question. What does it matter what genre the song is? It's just a redirect from a song title by an artist to that artist's own page. If you really need to know what genre it is, you could always listen to it? As for why the redirect is itself needed, your guess is good as mine. --Viennese Waltz 13:51, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

June 12Edit

Source of Zootopia imageEdit

About this Zootopia image hosted on Fandom.

It's the family of Judy Hopps.

My question is:

Can you tell me where does that image come from? Where's the official source, if any?

A few notes:

  • I could be mistaken, but apparently that scene does not appear in the movie Zootopia itself.
  • Apparently, the Fandom page does not tell us what's the source of that image.

Thanks in advance. --Daniel Carrero (talk) 02:28, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

That image appears in the book The Art of Zootopia and is credited to Cory Loftis who worked on the film as a visual development artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios, so it seems to be official insomuch as it was produced by the actual crew of the film. The picture looks like a family photograph, so it's possible it appeared in the film as a small prop framed photo, and is not very visible—if not, it could be concept art. --Canley (talk) 06:41, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

John Larroquette playing saxophone and clarinetEdit

Does anyone know the source for this information?

MikaelaArsenault (talk) 16:11, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

A user called Jlarroquette made five edits to the article John Larroquette on June 20, 2010. They haven't made any other edits before or since. Whether that really was him, we don't know. There's not much out there mentioning this except for copies of Wikipedia, but I did find an article in the Toronto Star. Rojomoke (talk) 16:35, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Multiple websites claim he was in a band named "The Nodules", which may be useful for finding a reliable resource - or it may be a mass spread of false information. (talk) 18:15, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
The Toronto Star is a reliable source, so (other than the band name) it's kosher. Clarityfiend (talk) 19:43, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Oh, it sounded like you meant he played both at the same time, like Rahsaan Roland Kirk. (talk) 10:11, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

June 13Edit

Baseball ContractsEdit

Do we have an article about contracts that players sign in professional sports? For example the restrictions in what you can't do (like motorcycle riding) when under contract to play professional baseball. ChopDude2Cube (talk) 01:48, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Here's an article on the standard baseball contract [1]. It contains a clause that "Players are required to stay in first-class physical condition", but the type of exception the OP mentions are additions that are not part of every contract (see this for examle [2]). I can't find a specific article on sports contracts, however. --Xuxl (talk) 12:05, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
The only thing I see in Category:Sports business is List of largest sports contracts. Clarityfiend (talk) 19:36, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
Thank you very much!ChopDude2Cube (talk) 17:06, 14 June 2019 (UTC)


What Military Ribbons does Brig. Gen. Frank Savage wear on his uniform in 12 o'clock high movie and tv series? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:48, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Hard to say when all I found are black & white pictures (e.g. here, worn by Robert Lansing in Twelve O'Clock High (TV series), the movie version Twelve O'Clock High stars Gregory Peck). Better sleuths might figure it out, however, and for comparison, we have the article Awards and decorations of the United States Air Force. ---Sluzzelin talk 21:22, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
Here is a picture of Gregory Peck in full fig - still none the wiser. Alansplodge (talk) 22:00, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
Better image here (Peck), but impossible to discern "fruit salad" in B&W. 2606:A000:1126:28D:C126:5C2E:5D33:1CCC (talk) 02:36, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

When is the anime of Magia Record being released?Edit

I'm not talking about the game. I'm talking about the anime. If someone can please let me know the release date that would be fantastic. (talk) 22:14, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

June 14Edit

Is it possible to play this on the piano??Edit

Is it really well-defined to play the following on the piano??

In music notation, write 2 notes with the same pitch with no tie in between and no rests. For example, in 2/4 time write 2 G's on the second line of the treble clef staff, both quarter notes. Is it really possible to play this precisely?? That is, you aren't even playing a dotted eighth note tied to a thirty-second note followed by a thirty-second rest and then a quarter note. Taken literally, this isn't possible unless they're tied together. Any flaw??Georgia guy (talk) 01:29, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

You're doing it backwards. Notation exists to tell the musician what to play, and as such (at least theoretically) the music exists before the notation does. First figure out what you want it to sound like THEN figure out how to write notation so the musician can reliably recreate what you want. --Jayron32 02:18, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
That, plus if you use the sustain pedal there will be no rest between the notes. ---Sluzzelin talk 06:06, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
The example given by the OP would be written thus:
Compare that with the first two measures of the chorus to Jingle Bells:
   → Michael J    10:09, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
And what is it actually?? Is it really 2 quarter notes with nothing in between?? (This contrasts with a dotted eighth note tied to a thirty-second note followed by a thirty-second rest and then a quarter note, for clarification.) Logic suggests that this isn't possible unless the notes are tied together. Georgia guy (talk) 16:30, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
What it is often depends on what is intended, and occasionally it's up to you as a performer to decide. The first two notes of jingle bells aren't meant to be read by a machine in a binarily unambiguous way. It looks really stupid if you have to write music that way (with multiple dots and demisemihemidemisemiquaver rests and what not). Sometimes there are instructions regarding articulation (legato, portato, staccato etc.), sometimes there aren't. But it's not unusual to write quarter notes, even when they don't last exactly that long. ---Sluzzelin talk 19:15, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
What does "binarily unambiguous" mean here?? Georgia guy (talk) 21:26, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
I meant that musical notation alone won't always tell you, in an unambiguous, one-to-one fashion, how the music should be played.
For example swung notes are sometimes written as dotted eigths plus sixteenths, sometimes as straight eights, but rarely in triplets, though this would often be the better approximation (but more difficult to read for a human player).
Similarly, when you listen to the Vienna Philharmonic performing Viennese waltzes, you'll notice that the accompaniment often plays the second beat in slight anticipation (maybe about a sixteenth note before the actual beat), but you'll never find the sheet music reflecting this. These are traditions and practices known to the players, but not explicitly written in the music.
Likewise, a note can be played longer or shorter than the actual value it represents, often depending on convention and sometimes depending on the musician's choice. See also agogic; this isn't always spelled out in the sheet music in a way that could be interpreted by machines unambiguously. ---Sluzzelin talk 13:07, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

It sounds like you really want MIDI. (talk) 10:10, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

June 17Edit