EW Staff
December 21, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

MOVIES

Movie City News
moviecitynews.com
Claiming to be “the home page of Hollywood,” this site complies news, features, and columns from all over the web.

Internet Movie Database
imdb.com
The unofficial bible of the entertainment world, and also the best way to cheat at the Kevin Bacon game.

JoBlo.com
JoBlo.com
Up-to-the-minute postings of recent movie trailers and exclusive clips and a convivial tone.

Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons
This movie fansite goes the extra mile with trailers, interviews, and more. It might feel a little geek-centric, but it’s got a pretty broad scope.

RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com
Everything you wanted to know about the venerable Chicago critic. Which is probably more than you wanted to know.

Eccentric Cinema
Eccentric Cinema
A veritable trash/treasure trove for die-hard genre buffs and cult-film fanatics.

SimplyScripts
simplyscripts.com
You want a script, odds are, they’ve got it. The ultimate site for finding movie screenplays.

Empire Online
empireonline.com
The UK’s Empire is what movie magazines want to be when they grow up: sharp, funny, and super-glossy. And their site isn’t half bad, either.

My Boring Ass Life
silentbobspeaks.com
Writer-director-poker aficionado Kevin Smith travels in the inner workings of Hollywood, his sex life, and his diet on this confessional diary.

Box Office Mojo
boxofficemojo.com
The best online tracker of box office tallies, both foreign and domestic.

Film-Releases.com
film-releases.com
Wanna know what’s coming out when? Here are the studios’ release schedules for the next two years.

Rotten Tomatoes
rottentomatoes.com
This film review site has become ubiquitous in Hollywood’s inner circles. If cinema’s movers and shakers are concerned about how they score, you should too.

The Digital Bits
digitalbits.com
This authoritative DVD-centric site posts release dates and exhaustively reviews discs. They’ll also report back from the front lines of the Blu-Ray/HD format wars.

Movie List
movie-list.com
A clearing house for movie trailers, both new and classic. Wanna see the promos for 48 HRS. and 300 and 2 Days in the Valley? Here’s your Final Destination. (Get it? Ah, the cleverness never stops.)

Movie Mistakes.com
moviemistakes.com
To err is human. To catalog thousands of film bloopers? Well that’s just straight-up divine.

Next: MUSIC

MUSIC

Miss Info
missinfo.tv
This sassy webmistress spins news and gossip from the hip-hop front.

Pandora
pandora.com
An original interactive system that suggests new music based on visitors’ preexiting tastes.

Woxy.com
woxy.com
Internet radio station featuring rising artists such as Bad Veins and The Lions Rampant.

Beware of the Blog
blog.wfmu.org
New Jersey’s free-form cult radio station kicks it.

Stereogum
stereogum.com
For all those ”indie yuppies” keeping tabs on hot bands, upcoming concerts, and the occasional movie star.

Last.fm
last.fm
Connecting users with others who share the same music interests. Neat, huh?

All Music
allmusic.com
A reliable music database of albums and songs by artists ranging from the White Stripes to Brand Nubian.

Fluxblog
fluxblog.org
A blog for MP3 fans, collating and presenting a wide variety of music, from pop to funk.

Okayplayer.com
okayplayer.com
Home to artists such as Mos Def and the Roots, it’s a must for news, music, and message boards.

Dusted Magazine
dustedmagazine.com
A consistently well-written music-review site.

Pop Justice
popjustice.com
Pop-music commentary from a British perspective. Which means that it’s not only smart, it sounds smart, too.

BandToBand.com
bandtoband.com
A music version of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. Here, you’ll find the musicians who link the Grateful Dead to Green Day. Good for party games of the drinking variety.

Pitchfork
pitchforkmedia.com
It’s either a collection of insightful music criticism or mean-spirited reviews, but either way, the Chicago-based site is a tastemaker.

Pollstar
pollstar.com
The best source of national concert listings, broken down by venue.

RCRD LBL
rcrdlbl.com
This site offers free, legal music downloads from online labels and indie acts

AOL Music
music.aol.com
A giant music site and Mac-friendly destination for music videos.

PauseandPlay.com
pauseandplay.com
A terrific source for album release dates.

Next: COMICS/BOOKS

COMICS/BOOKS

Penny Arcade
?penny-arcade.com”
Get your geek on with this hilarious and smart webcomic for gamers.

Maud Newton
maudnewton.com
Smart literary observations, anecdotes, and occasional excerpts (like ”The Missionary Position,” Laila Lalami’s essay on Muslim women).

Newsarama
newsarama.com
This comics news site reports and reviews the latest releases, movie tie-ins, and industry happenings.

Comics101.com
comics101.com
A walking — okay, not walking, unless your computer has feet, but you know what I mean — encyclopedia about comics.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
mcsweeneys.net
It’s affiliated with the lit journal?hilarious and smart.

The Beat
pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/blog/
Heidi MacDonald is one of comic-dom’s premiere journalists, and this ”news blog of comics culture” is the result of her hard work.

Blog of a Bookslut
bookslut.com/blog
A guide to lit-world scandals. Yummy.

Comics.com
comics.com
Missed today’s Dilbert? Catch up on all the latest comic strips here.

Next: TV

TV

The Programming Insider
www.mediaweek.com/mw/newsletters/proginsider/index.jsp
When you want hardcore TV information — ratings and analysis, scheduling shifts, etc. — this is the place to go.

The Futon Critic
thefutoncritic.com
Features a section on all shows in development, sorted by network.

By Ken Levine
kenlevine.blogspot.com
The veteran TV writer holds forth on doing baseball play-by-play, having written for M*A*S*H and Cheers, and a whole mess of crappy awards show ceremonies.

Television Without Pity
TelevisionWithoutPity.com
Get the lowdown on fave shows, from 24 to Desperate Housewives, in witty recaps.

Hulu
hulu.com
A new official video portal with crisp streams of NBC/Universal and Fox TV shows like 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica, and The Simpsons.

TVgasm
tvgasm.com
Friendly fandom oozes from this site’s recaps and message boards.

Reality News Online
realitynewsonline.com
The place for post-elimination interviews with reality contestants.

Best Week Ever
BestWeekEver.tv
VH1’s hilarious pop-culture show has an equally impressive blog. (I know that sounds a little dirty, but it is an impressive blog.)

Adult Swim
adultswim.com
Engage with other fans of Cartoon Network’s late-night programming by playing games and posting on message boards. Oh, and you can watch episodes of Robot Chicken and Frisky Dingo as well.

Brilliant But Cancelled
Brilliantbutcancelled.com
This slick site mourns critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged shows like Veronica Mars.

Next: STAGE & NEWS/GOSSIP

STAGE

About Last Night
artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight
Terry Teachout’s erudite theater and arts blog.

Broadway.com
broadway.com
Theater hub with news, tickets, and interviews with stars like David Hyde Pierce.

Internet Broadway Database
ibdb.com
Find answers to questions like which movie hunk made his musical debut in 1971 beside Peter Allen. Or, look up any and everything related to the Great White Way. (It’s Richard Gere).

NEWS/GOSSIP

Ain’t It Cool News
Ain’t It Cool News
An unabashedly geeky source for movie news. The geek core here, led by Harry Knowles, has also been known to affect the trajectory of films in production

TMZ
tmz.com
When Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, or Britney Spears does something stupid, TMZ is there.

Defamer
defamer.com
Nobody does snarky Hollywood gossip like these bloggers.

People.com
people.com
Tired of unsubstantiated celeb gossip? PEOPLE’s website broke the news of Suri Cruise’s birth and posted the first pics of Brangelina’s spawn, Shiloh.

La Dolce Musto
villagevoice.com
Michael Musto’s weekly Village Voice column chews on the latest New York gossip.

Perez Hilton
PerezHilton.com
The raunchy blog by the ”queen of all media”?founder Mario Lavandeira?was one of the first to dish about Britney’s many, many woes.

PageSix.com
pageSix.com
Even with all these new bloggery kids on the block, the New York Post‘s gossip column remains a must-read.

WeSmirch.com
wesmirch.com
A solid aggregator of celebrity news.

The Huffington Post
huffingtonpost.com
C’mon, you know what this is. Do we really have to explain it? Have you been under a cyberrock, lo these many years?

Go Fug Yourself
GoFugYourself.com
Saucy attacks on celeb fashion foibles with annotations of red-carpet pics.

LaineyGossip.com
laineygossip.com
Bright, barbed writing, plus juicy blind items. Which are everyone’s favorite kind.

Pink Is the New Blog
trent.blogspot.com
It’s not about the celeb pics — of which there are plenty — but the commentary.

GoldenFiddle.com
GoldenFiddle.com
Celebrity snark from Atlanta can be just as juicy as bicoastal gossip. But with a little more swagger.

UsMagazine.com
usmagazine.com
Even big gossip rags blog now. Because that’s where it’s at, yo.

Next: VIDEOGAMES & EVERYTHING ELSE

VIDEOGAMES

GameSpot.com
gamespot.com
One of the top videogame websites featuring an array of timely previews, reviews, and expo news.

Wonderland
crystaltips.typepad.com
An insightful gaming blog from the BBC’s Alice Taylor.

Joystiq.com
Joystiq.com
This constantly updating blog for hardcore videogamers offers the latest buzz on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii games and hardware.

GamePolitics.com
GamePolitics.com
For truly avid gamers, gaming legislation is a serious concern.

GameVideos.com
GameVideos.com
Consider this the videogame version of YouTube. Share your pwnage with the world.

POP-POURRI: EVERYTHING ELSE THAT DIDN’T FIT BUT IS STILL AWESOME

USA Today’s Pop Candy
blogs.usatoday.com/popcandy
Whitney Matheson?who looks a little like Zooey Deschanel?brings you all the geek goodies from around the web. And she’s funny. And she hearts comics. Which means that we heart her.

YouTube
YouTube
Duh.

FunnyOrDie.com
funnyordie.com
Cofounded by Will Ferrell, the site is a hilarious rival to YouTube. Noteworthy: a toddler cussing out Ferrell, and Alec Baldwin’s voice-mail fashioned into a rant against Dora the Explorer.

National Public Radio
npr.org
The radio station that’s always erudite also comes with a refreshing sense of whimsy. You’ll feel smarter after listening. And some of us need all the smart we can get.

Metacritic.com
metacritic.com
Think of it as a one-stop resource for summaries of film, DVD, television, book, game, and music reviews from various outlets.

Cats That Look Like Hitler
catsthatlooklikehitler.com
The URL says it all: Visit and behold a comic compendium of some felicitously fascist felines.

Idol Chatter
beliefnet.com/blogs/idolchatter
Nothing to do with the Fox show — rather, a blog about religious aspects of TV and movies.

Whedonesque
whedonesque.com
A fansite revolving around the Buffy/Angel/Firefly creator — which is frequented, and frequently posted on, by Joss Whedon himself.

You’re The Man Now Dog
ytmnd.com
Named for Sean Connery’s hood exclamation in Finding Forrester, this great time-waster features random works of cyber art.

20Q
20q.net
Finally, artificial intelligence is harnessed to do something worthwhile: Play 20 Questions. (And we just found a way to waste another 48 minutes.)

Celebrities Eating Dot Com
celebrities-eating.com
Just pictures of celebrities eating. That’s it. Really.

Dead Celebrity Soul Mates
Biography.com
Forget J-Date — all their matches are so…normal. And alive. (Okay, most of them are alive.) Find a late, great, chardonnay-loving mate.

David Lynch’s Daily Weather Report
davidlynch.com
No one should start their day without first consulting the nasal weirdness of the outré director’s meteorological dispatches.

The Onion
theonion.com
The veteran humor mag. Which you probably haven’t read in a while, but is still pretty good.

T. Herman Zweibel Memorial Historical Archive
zweibelmemorial.org
Onion publisher emeritus Zweibel’s whimsy.

RobSchrab.com
robschrab.com
Schrab makes cooler F/X with cardboard than Industrial Light & Magic, and posts it for free. Plus, he’s a comics auteur (Scud: The Disposable Assassin), which is always cool.

MySpace
myspace.com
Good for social networking, plus a home for tunes by rising bands.

Homestar Runner
homestarrunner.com
A collection of cartoon shorts, e-mails, and inane games starring the animated personas, Strong Bad and Homestar.

Channel101.com
Channel101.com
Hate the glut of online entertainment? Users not only submit videos, but vote off the clunkers.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia.com
How is an encyclopedia an entertainment site? Consider the 2,000-word entry on the Legend of Zelda videogame.

JamesWolcott.com
jameswolcott.com
A Vanity Fair editor’s pop-culture analysis. Tres smart.

Whatevs (dot org)
whatevs.org
A Detroit-based guy blogs about sports, movies, music, and TV with zing (”So dark the con of Vanegas”) and raunchy slang (”douchebagalows”).

The Areas of My Expertise
areasofmyexpertise.com
The Daily Show regular John Hodgman’s very strange body of work is online.

Baseball Card Blog
baseballcardblog.blogspot.com
Go ahead — indulge your inner fifth grader from 1963. We won’t tell.

Slate.com
slate.com
Witty real-world coverage, from politics to pop culture.

Arts & Letters Daily
aldaily.com
According to the site’s letterhead: Philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, trends, breakthroughs, disputes, gossip. So, yeah, high-brow, not Lowenbrau.

Facebook
facebook.com
All the cool kids are doing their social networking here. So should you. Because you wanna be cool, too, right?

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