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February 22, 2001|MICHELLE MALTAIS |

As entertaining as tapping your finger on a mouse can be, sometimes you've got to have more stimulation. Let the Web help.

Find out who heard the thrilling sound of their names being called at last night's Grammy awards--and who wore the most outrageous duds--at Check out, the official Academy Awards site, for a historical perspective on the awards and ceremony.

If you're the betting type, visit, where pundits and fans weigh in on who's going to win the top show biz awards. But if it's just cold, brassy, bald guys that get your heart racing, has the skinny on Oscar, from 1927 to the present, and links to related sites. ( has tons of Oscar talk too, including interviews and trailers for the films that are up for awards.

The Internet Movie Database ( includes box-office news, trailers, information on movies in production and indies, and show times by ZIP Code. Rotten Tomatoes ( gives a roundup of expert reviews from across the nation.

How about a sneak preview?

* offers a peek at big-studio and independent movies using QuickTime 4.

* lists numerous trailers, some using QuickTime and others using RealMedia Player.

* lists trailers, using QuickTime, Windows Media and Real Player.

Sometimes that movie magic spills onto our local byways, making for unpleasant traffic situations. You can look ahead at what our area filmmakers have in store at, which lists shooting schedules and locations.

But if your tastes are more high-brow, and CultureFinder might be wise stops. At, you'll find theater news, interviews with stage actors and playwrights, opening-night coverage, reviews and video excerpts from selected shows.

There are several listings for area ethnic events. A couple of the more interesting include, for a monthly listing of Native American powwows in Southern California with details on drums and dancers, and for listings of Spanish-language rock events.

For those who just love the night life, check out:

*, which has a calendar of events for Los Angeles clubs, cafes and concerts;

* for events in cities across the country and in some foreign lands;

*'s bar and club listings by selected cities;

* for local listings of concerts and music-related events--from stadiums and arenas to the smallest of local jazz clubs.

*, which features area bar and club reviews from Hollywood to Santa Monica to the South Bay.

But if you'd rather just be a couch potato, you could zip over to to find schedules of broadcast, cable, satellite and pay-per-view programming.


Michelle Maltais is a broadcast producer and copy editor at The Times.

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