Monday, May 9, 2011

Pop Culture Trivia: Before They Were Stars

The next 15 questions deal with stars before they hit the big time.  If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin and are about to be touched for the very first time, please read all the rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie/TV show, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't Burger King, it's Wendy's", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points. The first player to submit their final answers to me will earn 2 bonus points. 

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to no later than Friday, May 27th, at 11:59 PM EST.

* To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question. Although I will email the answers only to those who take the quiz, I will still post the names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers here.

Have fun and bonne chance!

1. What legendary songwriting duo, who went on to compose over 50 chart hits on the Billboard Hot 100, first met as teenagers at St. Peter's Woolton Parish Church in Liverpool, England on July 6, 1957? 3 pts

2. The 1934 Three Stooges short Three Little Pigskins featured an early appearance (as a blonde!) by what iconic female comedian, who starred in three hit sitcoms during the years 1951-1974? 3 pts

3. James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel are among the many up-and-coming performers who starred in what short-lived (1999-2000) TV series, which was set in a fictional suburb of Detroit, MI during the early 1980s? 3 pts

4. "Rocky Rhodes", a Marlon Brando-like actor in the 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone titled "The Bard", was played by which one of the following men? 6 pts

a. James Caan
b. Steve McQueen
c. Martin Sheen
d. Burt Reynolds

5. The photo below features the act which evolved into what top selling recording group? 3 pts

6. Ben Affleck, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Elisabeth Shue all made pre-stardom appearances in commercials for what fast food chain, which was founded by James McLamore and David Edgerton in 1954? 3 pts

7. Which one of the following actors had his first starring big screen role as the teenage son of a white businessman (played by George Segal) in the 1981 comedy Carbon Copy? 8 pts

a. Wesley Snipes
b. Keenan Ivory Wayans
c. Denzel Washington
d. Blair Underwood

8. What are the names of the 3 actresses from the TV series Charlie's Angels who earlier made guest appearances on The Partridge Family? 3 pts each

9. The screenshot below is a scene from what film? 3 pts

10. Before embarking on their own hit-making career, which one of the following singers was a backup vocalist for Michael Jackson during his Bad World Tour from 1987-1989? 6 pts

a. Paula Abdul
b. Sheryl Crow
c. Toni Braxton
d.Shania Twain

11.Before They Were Friends: The stars of Friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer) all had various TV roles before they struck gold with the long-running sitcom. Below are descriptions of characters the six performers played on TV series pre-Friends. You have to correctly match the description with the future Friends star. 3 pts each

a. The left-leaning oldest child of a conservative TV talk show host
b. The spoiled, older step-sibling of a pre-teen performer on a local children's variety TV show
c. A high school student who helps produce a television news program for journalism class
d. A troubled, telekinetic teen with a history of juvenile delinquency
e. An inept wait staff employee who frequently forgets orders
f. A free-spirited, if somewhat lazy, 22-year-old freelance journalist living at home with his mom, sister and her two kids

12. Below is a childhood photo of what multiple Oscar nominee? 6 pts

13. As a self-described "fat and puberty-stricken" teenager, which one of the following performers met Sting backstage at a concert in California in the 1980s? 8 pts

a. Lenny Kravitz
b. Jimmy Kimmel
c. Gwen Stefani
d. Cameron Diaz

14. The 1993-1994 season of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club featured which three future Grammy Award winners in its cast? 2 pts each

15. The photo below features the cast of what TV series? 15 pts

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