The 100 Greatest Websites
The best spots on the net for info, entertainment, and just plain wasting time.
- Movie City News
- Claiming to be “the home page of Hollywood,” this site complies news, features, and columns from all over the web.
- Internet Movie Database
- The unofficial bible of the entertainment world, and also the best way to cheat at the Kevin Bacon game.
- 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.
- 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.
- You want a script, odds are, they’ve got it. The ultimate site for finding movie screenplays.
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
- 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
- The best online tracker of box office tallies, both foreign and domestic.
- Wanna know what’s coming out when? Here are the studios’ release schedules for the next two years.
- Rotten Tomatoes
- 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
- 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.
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
- To err is human. To catalog thousands of film bloopers? Well that’s just straight-up divine.
- Miss Info
- This sassy webmistress spins news and gossip from the hip-hop front.
- An original interactive system that suggests new music based on visitors’ preexiting tastes.
- Internet radio station featuring rising artists such as Bad Veins and The Lions Rampant.
- Beware of the Blog
- New Jersey’s free-form cult radio station kicks it.
- For all those ”indie yuppies” keeping tabs on hot bands, upcoming concerts, and the occasional movie star.
- Connecting users with others who share the same music interests. Neat, huh?
- All Music
- A reliable music database of albums and songs by artists ranging from the White Stripes to Brand Nubian.
- A blog for MP3 fans, collating and presenting a wide variety of music, from pop to funk.
- Home to artists such as Mos Def and the Roots, it’s a must for news, music, and message boards.
- Dusted Magazine
- A consistently well-written music-review site.
- Pop Justice
- Pop-music commentary from a British perspective. Which means that it’s not only smart, it sounds smart, too.
- 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.
- It’s either a collection of insightful music criticism or mean-spirited reviews, but either way, the Chicago-based site is a tastemaker.
- The best source of national concert listings, broken down by venue.
- RCRD LBL
- This site offers free, legal music downloads from online labels and indie acts
- AOL Music
- A giant music site and Mac-friendly destination for music videos.
- A terrific source for album release dates.
- Penny Arcade
- Get your geek on with this hilarious and smart webcomic for gamers.
- Maud Newton
- Smart literary observations, anecdotes, and occasional excerpts (like ”The Missionary Position,” Laila Lalami’s essay on Muslim women).
- This comics news site reports and reviews the latest releases, movie tie-ins, and industry happenings.
- A walking — okay, not walking, unless your computer has feet, but you know what I mean — encyclopedia about comics.
- McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
- It’s affiliated with the lit journal?hilarious and smart.
- The Beat
- 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
- A guide to lit-world scandals. Yummy.
Missed today’s Dilbert? Catch up on all the latest comic strips here.
- The Programming Insider
- When you want hardcore TV information — ratings and analysis, scheduling shifts, etc. — this is the place to go.
- The Futon Critic
- Features a section on all shows in development, sorted by network.
By Ken Levine
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
Get the lowdown on fave shows, from 24 to Desperate Housewives, in witty recaps.
A new official video portal with crisp streams of NBC/Universal and Fox TV shows like 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica, and The Simpsons.
- Friendly fandom oozes from this site’s recaps and message boards.
- Reality News Online
- The place for post-elimination interviews with reality contestants.
- Best Week Ever
- VH1’s hilarious pop-culture show has an equally impressive blog. (I know that sounds a little dirty, but it is an impressive blog.)
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
This slick site mourns critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged shows like Veronica Mars.
Next: STAGE & NEWS/GOSSIP
- About Last Night
- Terry Teachout’s erudite theater and arts blog.
- Theater hub with news, tickets, and interviews with stars like David Hyde Pierce.
- Internet Broadway Database
- 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).
- 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
- When Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, or Britney Spears does something stupid, TMZ is there.
- Nobody does snarky Hollywood gossip like these bloggers.
- 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
Michael Musto’s weekly Village Voice column chews on the latest New York gossip.
- Perez Hilton
- 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.
Even with all these new bloggery kids on the block, the New York Post‘s gossip column remains a must-read.
- A solid aggregator of celebrity news.
- The Huffington Post
- 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
- Saucy attacks on celeb fashion foibles with annotations of red-carpet pics.
- Bright, barbed writing, plus juicy blind items. Which are everyone’s favorite kind.
- Pink Is the New Blog
- It’s not about the celeb pics — of which there are plenty — but the commentary.
- Celebrity snark from Atlanta can be just as juicy as bicoastal gossip. But with a little more swagger.
- Even big gossip rags blog now. Because that’s where it’s at, yo.
Next: VIDEOGAMES & EVERYTHING ELSE
- One of the top videogame websites featuring an array of timely previews, reviews, and expo news.
- An insightful gaming blog from the BBC’s Alice Taylor.
- This constantly updating blog for hardcore videogamers offers the latest buzz on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii games and hardware.
- For truly avid gamers, gaming legislation is a serious concern.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- The URL says it all: Visit and behold a comic compendium of some felicitously fascist felines.
- Idol Chatter
- Nothing to do with the Fox show — rather, a blog about religious aspects of TV and movies.
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
Named for Sean Connery’s hood exclamation in Finding Forrester, this great time-waster features random works of cyber art.
- 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
- Just pictures of celebrities eating. That’s it. Really.
- Dead Celebrity Soul Mates
- 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
- No one should start their day without first consulting the nasal weirdness of the outré director’s meteorological dispatches.
- The Onion
- The veteran humor mag. Which you probably haven’t read in a while, but is still pretty good.
T. Herman Zweibel Memorial Historical Archive
Onion publisher emeritus Zweibel’s whimsy.
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.
- Good for social networking, plus a home for tunes by rising bands.
- Homestar Runner
- A collection of cartoon shorts, e-mails, and inane games starring the animated personas, Strong Bad and Homestar.
- Hate the glut of online entertainment? Users not only submit videos, but vote off the clunkers.
How is an encyclopedia an entertainment site? Consider the 2,000-word entry on the Legend of Zelda videogame.
A Vanity Fair editor’s pop-culture analysis. Tres smart.
- Whatevs (dot 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
The Daily Show regular John Hodgman’s very strange body of work is online.
- Baseball Card Blog
- Go ahead — indulge your inner fifth grader from 1963. We won’t tell.
- Witty real-world coverage, from politics to pop culture.
- Arts & Letters Daily
- 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.
- All the cool kids are doing their social networking here. So should you. Because you wanna be cool, too, right?