From what we can tell, Showblitz.com, the much ballyhooed window into what’s being published daily behind the Variety.com paywall, is not yet indexed on Google News. Which is a shame, because the trade publication has been doing a great job recently of landing film news exclusives.
Unlike Deadline.com, the Hollywood Reporter and TheWrap, where Variety film editor Josh Dickey used to work, the 106-year-old outlet (!) receives far fewer Internet “hat tips” and URL-linked rewrites, because most third-party sites are unwilling to point to a URL that requires membership. And until the entertainment journalism community at large starts getting blasted with Google News alerts, not too many seem willing to pay attention to Showblitz.