By Lily Hamilton
Though celebrity gossip is everywhere you turn, real information on the film industry is harder to come by. Aspiring filmmakers should frequent these websites for information on upcoming films, as well as tips on how to navigate the business side of showbiz.
IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, is a great place to start if you are looking to learn more about the film industry. http://www.imdb.com/ provides updates on not only upcoming movies and celebrities, but the film community as well. It’s a solid source that the pros use — you can even get a subscription to unlock more information on specific films and actors.
Variety offers updates on the latest news in the film industry. With behind-the-scenes articles and videos on the work that goes into specific films, as well as articles detailing upcoming film festivals and projects, http://variety.com/ is a great entertainment news source.
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter sounds like a celebrity gossip source, but the site is actually full of information on upcoming films, as well as movie reviews to check out before going to see the latest Oscar nomination. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ also offers trailers on its site, so you can preview new movies.
Roger Ebert is a true classic in terms of film review sites. If you are looking for honest reviews written by die-hard movie fanatics who know great films from poor ones, http://www.rogerebert.com/ is the place to go. Unlike Rotten Tomatoes, this site has one critic per film, which provides you with a more cohesive review.
Rotten Tomatoes is like Roger Ebert’s younger sibling. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/ is another review site in which professional critics and other users can submit reviews of the latest films. What’s great about this site is that it provides you with an overall critic rating, as well as an audience score, so you can compare what critics think of the movie against the general public’s opinion. The site also links you to critics’ websites, so you can read their other reviews.
Indiewire is an entertainment news site with a focus on smaller-budget independent films. http://www.indiewire.com/ focuses on Sundance and Cannes Film Festival winners as well as big-budget films. If, like me, you’re interested in independent or foreign films, this site is the place to go for your cinema news!
While Gawker itself is a rather gossip-heavy news source, its entertainment page, http://gawker.com/tag/entertainment, is a great source for anything from industry salaries and new technology to reality TV news and broadcast streaming how-tos. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, varied site, check out Gawker Entertainment!
While Entertainment Weekly is another gossip-heavy site, it’s a great place to go to get the latest on Hollywood news, especially if you just want a quick sense of it. http://www.ew.com/ is full of funny celebrity videos, photo galleries, TV recaps, and links to their partner sites, which often have even more entertainment news. While EW has a television focus, it’s still a great site to visit for a general sense of upcoming projects.
Rolling Stone is a more generalized entertainment site, but its “movies” page is full of reviews, lists, and articles on movies and actors alike. The publication is known for focusing on alternative, edgy projects, so if you want to impress your friends with original articles on the film industry, http://www.rollingstone.com/movies is a great place to look.
Keep it simple. This site is a one-stop shop for movie trailers, news and ticket purchasing. If you’re looking for the most basic information on upcoming films, such as box office stats, what films have just come out on BluRay or where to see that new comedy, http://www.movies.com/ is the first place you should go.