Reading blogs by film industry insiders can be an excellent way to stay informed way out here in Hollywood East, but navigating the blogosphere can be overwhelming, even for the savviest web browsers among us.
To help narrow down the field I’m devoting this post to sharing a few excellent blogs/columns written by women in film (in no particular order). This list is by no means comprehensive, but it includes some of the best women authors/editors I’ve found to help keep me up to date on the industry.
Please chime in with your own additions!
This is an excellent film news website edited by its founder, former New York Times Hollywood reporter Sharon Waxman. The Wrap recently became the official source of entertainment news for Reuters. Read WaxWord here.
Ellen is a former Paramount acquisitions executive who now consults on strategic planning, deal negotiation, acquisitions and feature development, among other areas. She contributes to the blog roll at Baseline Intelligence, one of the leading entertainment research firms. Read her blog posts here.
3. Manohla Dargis for the New York Times
Manohla is the Gray Lady’s chief film critic and one of my favorites. She’s also an outspoken advocate for women in film. Read her posts and reviews here. (While I’m at it, I can’t help but plug her excellent 2009 article “Women in the Seats but Not Behind the Camera”.)
This site is stalked by Hollywood wannabes and studio executives alike. Nikki is a Wellesley grad and former Associated Press foreign correspondent who has written for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer and New York Magazine. She launched Deadline Hollywood in 2006 after writing a popular column of the same title for LA Weekly and she still writes regularly for the site.
5. Nicole LaPorte for The Daily Beast
Nicole is the Senior West Coast Reporter for The Daily Beast (according to her LinkedIn profile) who has also written for Variety, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, and W. She’s more of a reporter than a blogger, but you can read her articles here.