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YouTube.com
The ultimate source for viral videos, from dancing babies to Brokeback spoofs and beyond.

Top picks of co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen:
Pandora.com
An original interactive system that suggests new music based on visitors' preexiting tastes.
Woxy.com
Internet radio station featuring rising artists such as Thee Emergency.
Last.fm
Connecting users with others who share the same music interests.

AllMusic.com
A reliable music database of albums and songs by artists ranging from Gnarls Barkley to Shakira.

Top picks of AllMusic's editorial staff, as polled by Chris Woodstra, VP of content development:
FameTracker.com
The self-proclaimed ''Farmer's Almanac of Celebrity Worth'' keeps tabs on famous folks.
Fluxblog.org
A blog for MP3 fans, spanning a wide variety of music, from pop to funk.
Penny-arcade.com
A hilarious and smart webcomic for gamers.

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

Top picks of managing director Col Needham:
National Public Radio (npr.org)
''The radio station that's always erudite but with a sense of whimsy,'' explains Needham.
EmpireOnline.com
The veddy British fanboy's movie magazine.
HollywoodWiretap.com
Nuggets of industry news and dirt from Tinseltown.

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

Top picks of cofounder and music/TV editor Jason Dietz:
TheFutonCritic.com
A TV site with a boggling amount of news items.
DustedMagazine.com
A consistently well-written music-review site.
GameSpot.com
One of the top videogame websites featuring an array of timely previews, reviews, and expo news.

Tvtattle.com
A blog of TV news and criticism, plus postings on development deals and eulogies of shows like the late, lamented ''Everwood.''

Top picks of editor Norman Weiss:
Idol Chatter (beliefnet.com/blogs/idolchatter)
Nothing to do with the Fox show -- rather, a blog about religious aspects of TV and movies.
PopJustice.com
Pop-music commentary from a British perspective.
CollisionDetection.net
Pop culture with a scientific and tech bent.

Defamer.com
Nobody does snarky Hollywood gossip like these bloggers, who recently influenced the artwork for ''Snakes on a Plane.''

Top picks of editor Mark Lisanti:
Rosie O'Donnell's Blog (rosie.com)
Hopefully, Rosie will continue to blog from the couch on 'The View.'
BrettRatner.com
The definitive source for photos of the 'X-Men: The Last Stand' director.
Celebrities-Eating.com
Just pictures of celebrities eating. That's it. Really.

MaudNewton.com
Smart literary observations, anecdotes, and occasional excerpts (''The Missionary Position,'' Laila Lalami's essay on Muslim women).

Top picks of founder Rebecca ''Maud'' Newton: Panopticist.com
Cultural commentary.
No Rock & Roll Fun (xrrf.blogspot.com)
A site skewers ''insufferable'' music personalities from Hanson to Bono.
NumberOneHitSong.com
An anonymous blogger's biting rants on music, etc. ''Imagine the offspring of Fran Lebowitz and a bitter queen,'' says Newton.

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.

Top picks of managing editor Scott Plagenhoef:
Cinemarati.org
A hub for film critics that challenges the notion that Internet-based cultural criticism is amateurish. Discogs.com
A user-generated database deconstructing the world of music genres.
Wonderland (crystaltips.typepad.com)
An insightful gaming blog from BBC's Alice Taylor.

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

Top picks of editor in chief Matt Brady:
Comics101
A walking encyclopedia about comics.
WDWMagic.com
For hardcore Disney fans, a site that covers the Florida theme parks 24/7.
JKCinema.com
''Urban Legend'' episodes -- including videos, photos, and paintings of purported supernatural phenomena -- that stand up to repeat viewings.

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 Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.

Top picks of PEOPLE online editor Mark Bautz:
Pollstar.com
The best source of national concert listings, broken down by venue.
Bobdylan.com
The greatest performer of the rock era is taken seriously on this site.
Wesmirch.com
A solid aggregator of celebrity news.

TheOnion.com
The veteran humor mag.

Top picks of The Onion's staff, from managing editor Peter Koechley:
The reMARKable Site (marklowry.com)
A longtime comic's official website, with regularly updated ''ramblings.''

T. Herman Zweibel Memorial Historical Archive
Onion publisher emeritus Zweibel's whimsy.
America's CryptoKids
On the National Security Agency's site, educational games featuring cartoon code-breaking animals.

GoFugYourself.com
Saucy attacks on celeb fashion foibles with annotations of red-carpet pics of Lindsay Lohan, etc.

Top picks of founders Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks:
Snarkfest (snarkfest.9.forumer.com
A popular forum for rants against celebrities.
The Dregulator (cintrawilson.com/dregs)
The master of literate smackdowns, Cintra Wilson scours the tabloids and skewers stars.
Laineygossip.com
Bright, barbed writing, plus juicy blind items.

Ain't It Cool News (aintitcool.com)
An unabashedly geeky source for movie news that recently made Brett Ratner fret by criticizing ''X-Men: The Last Stand'' from a fanboy perspective.

Top picks of ''headgeek'' Harry Knowles:
BoxOfficeMojo.com
The best online tracker of box office tallies, both foreign and domestic.
Film-Releases.com
Studios' release schedules for the next two years.
MySpace.com
Social networking, plus a home for tunes by rising bands like the Submarines.

TelevisionWithoutPity.com
Get the lowdown on fave shows, from ''24'' to ''Desperate Housewives,'' in witty recaps.

Top picks of cofounders Sarah D. Bunting, Tara Ariano, and David T. Cole:
Blog of a Bookslut
Guide to lit-world scandals.
Pop Culture Junk Mail (pcjm.blogspot.com)
The blog of a ''Facts of Life''-obsessed entertainment editor at MSNBC.
Beware of the Blog (blog.wfmu.org)
New Jersey's cult free-form radio station kicks it.

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

Top picks of founder Scott Stereogum:
TMZ.com
When Paris Hilton does something stupid, TMZ is there.
Elbo.ws
Links to hundreds of thousands of blog postings about MP3s.
The Hype Machine (hype.non-standard.net)
A site listing the most recently discussed MP3 tracks on various blogs.

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

Top picks of founders Mike and Matt Chapman:
Channel101.com
Hate the glut of online entertainment? Users not only submit videos, but vote off the clunkers.
Robschrab.com
Schrab makes cooler F/X with cardboard than Industrial Light & Magic, and posts it for free.
Keithschofield.com
Schofield's inventive music videos have edge.

AOL Music (music.aol.com)
A giant music site and Mac-friendly destination for music videos, including exclusive scenes from Bruce Springsteen's tour.

Top picks of Eric Flannigan, VP of AOL Music, Movies & TV:
PauseandPlay.com
The best source for album release dates.
Internet Archive (archive.org)
Defunct websites like Mr Showbiz.com live on here.
Pink Is the New Blog (trent.blogspot.com)
It's not about the celeb pics, but the commentary.

TVgasm.com
The TV-obsessed site, which boasts ''expanded coverage'' of shows like ''Real World'' and ''American Idol,'' broke one of the first souped-up videos of Tom Cruise on ''Oprah.''

Top picks of cofounders Joe ''J-Unit'' Fahs and Ben ''B-Side'' Mandelker:
RealityBlurred.com
Always a great source for reality-TV gossip.
BestWeekEver.tv
VH1's hilarious pop-culture show has an equally impressive blog.
RottenTomatoes.com
One of the best ways to check out film reviews.

DigitalBits.com
This DVD-centric site posts release dates, reviews discs, and details bonus and promo materials.

Top picks of editor Bill Hunt:
AdultSwim.com
Engage with other fans of Cartoon Network's late-night programming by playing games and posting on message boards.
Comics.com
Missed today's ''Dilbert'' or ''Get Fuzzy''? Catch up on the latest comic strips here.
AreasofMyExpertise.com
''Daily Show'' regular John Hodgman's very strange body of work is online.

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

Top picks of managing editor Christopher Grant:
Wikipedia.com
How is an encyclopedia an entertainment site? Consider the 2,000-word entry on the videogame ''Legend of Zelda.''
GamePolitics.com
For truly avid gamers, gaming legislation is a serious concern.
GameVideos.com
Consider this the videogame version of YouTube.

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'').

Top picks of founder Mark ''Uncle Grambo'' Graham:
GoldenFiddle.com
Celebrity snark from Atlanta can be just as juicy as bicoastal gossip.
RockInsider.com
A young woman enthuses over new bands.
Baseball Card Blog (baseballcardblog.blogspot.com)
Go ahead, indulge your inner fifth grader.

JoBlo.com
Up-to-the-minute postings of recent movie trailers and exclusive clips (like ''Nacho Libre'') and a convivial tone.

Top picks of founder Berge Garabedian:
DarkHorizons.com
This movie fansite goes the extra mile with trailers, interviews (''Cars''' Paul Newman), and more.
RogerEbert.com
Everything you wanted to know about the venerable Chicago critic.
SimplyScripts.com
The ultimate site for finding movie screenplays.

Slate.com
Witty pop-culture coverage, from critiques of Beyonce's iTunes picks to ''why Tom Cruise should disappear for a year.''

Top picks from deputy culture editor Bryan Curtis:
About Last Night
Terry Teachout's erudite theater and arts blog.
JamesWolcott.com
A Vanity Fair editor's pop-culture analysis.
Arts & Letters Daily
Curtis says the site ''catalogs every piece of high-brow culture criticism.''

Broadway.com
Theater hub with news, photos, and interviews with stars like Taye Diggs.

Top picks of editor in chief Paul Wontorek:
Internet Broadway Database
Find out which movie hunk made his musical debut in 1971 beside Peter Allen (Richard Gere).
''La Dolce Musto'' on villagevoice.com
Michael Musto's weekly column chews on the latest New York gossip.
BroadwayStars.com
One-stop shopping for theater news and features.

PerezHilton.com
The raunchy blog by the ''queen of all media'' was one of the first to dish about Ashlee Simpson's alleged ''new face,'' complete with before-and-after comparisons.

Top picks of founder Hilton (a.k.a. Mario Lavandeira):
PageSix.com
Despite recent scandals, the New York Post's gossip column is a must-read.
Friendster.com
''It looks prettier than MySpace,'' Hilton maintains. ''Plus, there are fewer fake celebrities!''
UsMagazine.com
Even big mags blog now.

Meet the founders of three of our favorite sites: Click here

Originally posted Jun 14, 2006 Published in issue #883 Jun 23, 2006 Order article reprints
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