Thứ Bảy, 27 tháng 5, 2023

Talking about Entertainment and Celebrities


Warm-up Questions: 

  1. Who is your favorite actor or actress? Why do you like them?

  2. What is your favorite movie or TV show? Can you describe the plot briefly?

  3. Do you enjoy listening to music? What is your favorite song or band?

  4. Have you ever been to a concert or live performance? Which one was your favorite?

  5. Do you like reading books? What is your favorite book or author?

  6. Have you ever met a famous person or celebrity? Who was it, and what was the experience like?

  7. Do you have a favorite sports team or athlete? Which sport do you enjoy watching the most?

  8. What is your favorite type of entertainment? (e.g., movies, TV shows, music, sports, books)

  9. Can you name a popular movie character or superhero? What special powers or qualities do they have?

  10. Do you enjoy playing video games? What is your favorite game and why?


Fame /feɪm/ (noun) - Example: Many actors dream of achieving fame and recognition.

Film /fɪlm/ (noun) - Example: I enjoy watching films from different genres.

Gossip /ˈɡɒsɪp/ (noun) - Example: Tabloids are known for spreading celebrity gossip.

Hollywood /ˈhɒliwʊd/ (noun) - Example: Many aspiring actors dream of making it big in Hollywood.

Idol /ˈaɪdəl/ (noun) - Example: Justin Bieber is a teenage idol for many fans.

Interview /ˈɪntərvjuː/ (noun) - Example: The actor gave an interesting interview about his upcoming movie.

Model /ˈmɒdəl/ (noun) - Example: Gigi Hadid is a famous fashion model.

Musician /mjuˈzɪʃən/ (noun) - Example: Taylor Swift is a talented musician and songwriter.

Paparazzi /ˌpæpəˈrætsi/ (noun) - Example: The paparazzi followed the actress everywhere she went.

Scene /siːn/ (noun) - Example: The movie had an intense fight scene.

Screenplay /ˈskriːnpleɪ/ (noun) - Example: The writer won an award for her outstanding screenplay.

Script /skrɪpt/ (noun) - Example: The actors memorized their lines from the script.

Variety /vəˈraɪəti/ (noun) - Example: The talent show featured a variety of acts.

Venue /ˈvɛnjuː/ (noun) - Example: The concert was held at a popular outdoor venue.

Award /əˈwɔːrd/ (noun) - Example: The actress won an Academy Award for her performance.

Choreography /ˌkɒriˈɒɡrəfi/ (noun) - Example: The dance routine had impressive choreography.

Close-up /ˈkləʊs ʌp/ (noun) - Example: The movie showed a close-up of the actor's face.

Director /dɪˈrɛktər/ (noun) - Example: Christopher Nolan is a renowned film director.

Episode /ˈɛpɪsoʊd/ (noun) - Example: I watched the latest episode of my favorite TV show.

Extra /ˈɛkstrə/ (noun) - Example: The film crew hired extras to create a realistic scene.

Fashion /ˈfæʃən/ (noun) - Example: The fashion industry influences clothing trends.

Genre /ˈʒɑːnrə/ (noun) - Example: I enjoy watching movies in the comedy genre.

Iconic /aɪˈkɒnɪk/ (adjective) - Example: Marilyn Monroe is an iconic figure in the film industry.

Makeup /ˈmeɪkʌp/ (noun) - Example: The makeup artist applied makeup to the actor's face.

Photographer /fəˈtɒɡrəfər/ (noun) - Example: Annie Leibovitz is a renowned fashion photographer.

Premiere /prɪˈmɪər/ (noun) - Example: The movie had its premiere at a glamorous event.

Reality show /riˈælɪti ʃoʊ/ (noun) - Example: "Survivor" is a popular reality show where contestants compete in challenges.

Rehearsal /rɪˈhɜːrsəl/ (noun) - Example: The actors practiced their lines during the rehearsal.

Romance /ˈroʊmæns/ (noun) - Example: I enjoy reading romance novels.

Screen /skriːn/ (noun) - Example: The movie is displayed on a big screen in the theater.

Series /ˈsɪriːz/ (noun) - Example: "Game of Thrones" is a popular TV series.

Special effects /ˈspɛʃəl ɪˈfɛkts/ (noun) - Example: The movie had impressive special effects.

Stage /steɪdʒ/ (noun) - Example: The actors performed on a large stage.

Superstar /ˈsuːpərstɑːr/ (noun) - Example: Michael Jackson was a global superstar.

Villain /ˈvɪlən/ (noun) - Example: The villain in the movie was a mastermind criminal.

Artistic /ɑːrˈtɪstɪk/ (adjective) - Example: The painting was praised for its artistic value.

Autograph /ˈɔːtəɡrɑːf/ (noun) - Example: The fan asked the actor for his autograph.

Box office /bɒks ˈɒfɪs/ (noun) - Example: The movie earned millions at the box office.

Casting /ˈkæstɪŋ/ (noun) - Example: The casting director selected the actors for the movie.

Crew /kruː/ (noun) - Example: The film crew worked long hours to complete the production.

Documentary /ˌdɒkjəˈmɛntəri/ (noun) - Example: The documentary provided an in-depth look at a historical event.

Dubbing /ˈdʌbɪŋ/ (noun) - Example: The movie was dubbed into different languages for international release.

Fiction /ˈfɪkʃən/ (noun) - Example: I enjoy reading fiction novels for entertainment.

Magazine /ˌmæɡəˈziːn/ (noun) - Example: The fashion magazine features the latest celebrity trends.

Performance art /pərˈfɔːrməns ɑːrt/ (noun) - Example: The artist's unique installation was a form of performance art.

More Advanced Vocab

Blockbuster /ˈblɒkˌbʌstər/ (noun) - Example: The movie became a blockbuster, earning millions at the box office.

Broadway /ˈbrɔːdweɪ/ (noun) - Example: Many aspiring actors dream of performing on Broadway.

Cinematography /ˌsɪnɪməˈtɒɡrəfi/ (noun) - Example: The film's cinematography was visually stunning.

Critique /krɪˈtiːk/ (noun) - Example: The film received mixed critiques from the critics.

Diverse/daɪˈvɜːs/ (adjective) - Example: The entertainment industry is becoming more

diverse and inclusive.

Empowerment /ɪmˈpaʊərmənt/ (noun) - Example: The singer's music promotes themes of empowerment

and self-confidence.

Improvise /ˈɪmprəˌvaɪz/ (verb) - Example: The actor had to improvise his lines during the live


Influencer /ˈɪnfluənsər/ (noun) - Example: Many companies collaborate with social media influencers

for marketing purposes.

Inspiration /ˌɪnspəˈreɪʃən/ (noun) - Example: The artist found inspiration for her paintings in nature.

Legendary /ˈlɛdʒənˌdɛri/ (adjective) - Example: Michael Jackson is a legendary musician known for

his iconic performances.

Mainstream /ˈmeɪnstriːm/ (adjective) - Example: The movie gained mainstream popularity and

attracted a wide audience.

Masterpiece /ˈmæstərˌpis/ (noun) - Example: The painting is considered a masterpiece of contemporary art.

Memorabilia /ˌmɛmərəˈbɪliə/ (noun) - Example: The fan collected memorabilia of his favorite actor,

including signed posters and props.

Monologue /ˈmɒnəˌlɒɡ/ (noun) - Example: The actor delivered a powerful monologue

that moved the audience.

Multitalented /ˌmʌltiˈtæləntɪd/ (adjective) - Example: Beyoncé is known for being a multitalented artist,

excelling in singing, dancing, and acting.

Oscar /ˈɒskər/ (noun) - Example: The actor won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Portfolio /pɔːrtˈfoʊlioʊ/ (noun) - Example: The actress presented her portfolio to casting directors.

Prestigious /prɛˈstɪdʒəs/ (adjective) - Example: The actor received a prestigious award for his

outstanding contribution to the industry.

Protagonist /proʊˈtæɡənɪst/ (noun) - Example: The protagonist of the story goes through a

transformative journey.

Publicity /pʌbˈlɪsɪti/ (noun) - Example: The celebrity's scandal generated a lot of negative publicity.

Quirky /ˈkwɜrki/ (adjective) - Example: The comedian's quirky sense of humor delighted the


Rave reviews /reɪv rɪˈvyuz/ (noun) - Example: The play received rave reviews from critics and

audiences alike.

Reputation /ˌrɛpjʊˈteɪʃən/ (noun) - Example: The actor's reputation as a versatile performer grew

over the years.


Steal the show: To attract the most attention or receive the most praise in a

performance or event. Example: "Despite being a supporting actor, his comedic
timing stole the show."

Break a leg: A phrase used to wish someone good luck before a performance. It is
believed to bring good fortune, as wishing someone the opposite (good luck) is
considered bad luck in the theater world. Example: "Break a leg on your opening

On the silver screen: Referring to movies or the film industry. Example: "She's a
rising star on the silver screen, with several successful films to her name."

A one-hit wonder: Someone or something that achieves great success or
recognition only once and is unable to repeat it. Example: "The band had a huge
hit in the '90s but became a one-hit wonder and couldn't replicate their success."

In the limelight: Being the center of attention or public scrutiny. Example: "The
actress has been in the limelight recently due to her controversial statements."

Stepping into the spotlight: Taking center stage or receiving attention for a
particular moment or accomplishment. Example: "After years of hard work, she
finally stepped into the spotlight and won the award."

Behind the scenes: Referring to the work and activities that happen privately or
out of the public eye, typically in the production of a performance or event.
Example: "The documentary gives an inside look at what happens behind the
scenes in the music industry."

Play second fiddle: To take a subordinate or supporting role to someone else.
Example: "He's used to being the star, but in this movie, he plays second fiddle
to a more experienced actor."

Stepping off the stage: Retiring from the public eye or leaving a profession or
career. Example: "After a long and successful acting career, he decided it was time
to step off the stage and focus on other endeavors."

All that glitters is not gold: Things that appear attractive or valuable may not
always be as they seem. Example: "She thought being a celebrity would bring
happiness, but soon realized that all that glitters is not gold."


Part 1:

  1. Do you enjoy watching movies or TV shows? Why?

  2. Who is your favorite actor/actress? Why do you like them?

  3. How often do you go to the cinema? Why?

  4. Do you prefer watching movies at home or in a theater? Why?

  5. Have you ever attended a live performance, such as a concert or play? How was your experience?

Part 2 (Cue Card): Describe a famous celebrity you admire.

 You should say:

  • Who the celebrity is

  • Why you admire them

  • What they have achieved

  • Explain why they are important to you

Part 3:

  1. What are some advantages and disadvantages of being a celebrity?

  2. How does the media influence people's perception of celebrities?

  3. Do you think celebrities have a responsibility to be good role models? Why or why not?

  4. How has the entertainment industry changed in recent years?

  5. What impact do celebrities have on society, particularly on young people?

Useful phrases 

Expressing Preferences:

  • I thoroughly enjoy watching movies/TV shows because...

  • Personally, I'm a big fan of...

  • I'm particularly drawn to...

  • I have a strong preference for...

Describing Likes and Dislikes:

  • I'm fascinated by...

  • I'm captivated by...

  • I'm really into...

  • I'm not really into...

  • It's not really my cup of tea...

Giving Reasons and Explanations:

  • The reason I admire this celebrity is...

  • One of the main factors that draws me to them is...

  • Their talent/achievements have had a significant impact on...

  • What impresses me the most about them is...

  • They have accomplished a great deal in terms of...

Expressing Opinions:

  • In my opinion/viewpoint, ...

  • I believe that...

  • From my perspective, ...

  • It seems to me that...

  • I am of the opinion that...

Discussing Advantages and Disadvantages:

  • One of the advantages of being a celebrity is...

  • On the other hand, one major disadvantage is...

  • The benefit of fame is...

  • Conversely, a drawback is...

  • It's important to consider both the pros and cons...

Explaining Influence and Role Models:

  • The media plays a significant role in shaping people's perceptions of celebrities.

  • Celebrities have a certain level of influence over their fans.

  • It is crucial for celebrities to use their platform responsibly.

  • By behaving as good role models, celebrities can inspire positive change.

  • Young people often look up to celebrities as sources of inspiration.

Discussing Changes and Impact:

  • Over the years, the entertainment industry has undergone significant

  • The advent of technology has revolutionized how we consume entertainment.

  • Celebrities can have a profound impact on society, particularly on impressionable

young minds.

  • Their actions and behavior can shape societal trends and influence public opinion.

  • The influence of celebrities can extend beyond their professional careers.


  • Do you enjoy watching movies? Why or why not?
  • Who is your favorite actor or actress? Why do you like them?
  • What is your favorite type of movie (e.g., comedy, drama, action)?
  • Have you ever been to a concert? If yes, who did you see? If not, would you like to
attend one?
  • Do you have a favorite TV show? What is it about?
  • Have you ever met a celebrity in person? If yes, who was it and how was the
  • Are there any celebrities from your country? Who are they?
  • Do you enjoy reading celebrity news and gossip? Why or why not?
  • What is your opinion about reality TV shows? Do you watch any of them?
  • Have you ever been to a live theater performance? If yes, what did you see? If not,
would you like to go?
  • Do you have a favorite singer or band? Can you name any of their songs?
  • How do you feel about paparazzi and their role in celebrity culture?
  • Have you ever watched a movie in 3D? Did you enjoy the experience?
  • Are you interested in fashion? Do you follow any fashion trends?
  • Have you ever been to a film festival or any other entertainment event?
  • Do you enjoy watching sports? Which sport or sports do you like the most?
  • Are there any famous actors or actresses from your city or town?
  • What is your favorite genre of music? Can you name any popular songs in that
  • Do you like going to amusement parks? What rides or attractions do you enjoy the
  • Have you ever participated in a talent show or any other type of performance?
  • Do you have a favorite book that has been turned into a movie or TV show?
  • Have you ever cosplayed as a character from a movie, TV show, or video game?
  • What is your favorite genre of video games? Do you have a favorite game?
  • Do you follow any celebrities on social media? Who are they?
  • Have you ever taken dance, singing, or acting lessons?
  • Do you prefer watching movies at home or in the cinema? Why?
  • Are there any famous directors or filmmakers that you admire? Why?
  • Do you enjoy going to art exhibitions or museums? What kind of art do you like?
  • Have you ever attended a music festival? If yes, which one? If not, would you like
to go?
  • Do you think celebrities have a responsibility to be role models? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever watched a foreign-language movie with subtitles? Did you enjoy it?
  • Do you enjoy watching animated movies? Which ones are your favorites?
  • Are there any celebrities or public figures that you dislike? Why?
  • Have you ever watched a live stream of a concert or event online? How was the
  • experience?
  • Do you play any musical instruments? If yes, which one(s)?
  • Have you ever visited a film set or had a behind-the-scenes tour of a production?
  • What is your favorite genre of comedy? Do you have a favorite comedian?
  • Have you ever been to a celebrity meet and greet or autograph signing session?
  • Do you have any favorite movie quotes? What are they and from which movies?
  • Have you ever acted in a school play or any other type of performa

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