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wtf: Harry Knowles laments what he hath wrought

It’s sort of beautiful, in its way. Like how a mushroom cloud is beautiful. Harry Knowles, commenting on rumors about something to do with whatever the hell is going on with Spider-Man these days and who the hell is gonna direct The Hobbit anyway actually has the nerve to chastise Variety for reporting speculation in these areas because “just because producers are meeting with actors, doesn’t mean they’re making final offers.”

Which is true, of course. But that never stopped Ain’t It Cool News from “reporting” such things and building an Internet empire and shaping the form of reporting on movies in the 21st century. Thank you very much, Harry.

But Knowles ain’t done:

It is definitely fun to wonder about these mysterious studio deliberations. It is fun to publicly speculate and wonder aloud. But then, I thought that’s what disqualified me from being an official journalist… so I guess [Deadline’s] Michael Fleming is no different than the rest of us now. Getting pieces that don’t quite fit and speculating publicly about them out of fear of being beat to the scoop. I guess, I shouldn’t be upset at Fleming’s fill in the blanks approach to Journalism now. After all it is the way of things these days.

Yeah, it’s “the way of things these days”… because of you, Harry Knowles. Again, thank you.

I just liked it when there was a bigger difference between those on the net, and the sort of writers that come from places like Variety & Hollywood Reporter. When you read from those guys and girls it used to really be rock solid. Now, even the old guard have turned the Film Business into a pure spectator sport… without all the facts. Essentially becoming like Talk Radio, Network News and the Blogosphere.

Translation: “Just because I’m a big ol’ fanboy who gets millions of pageviews a day because I’ll post reports from guys who thread projectors at multiplexes doesn’t mean the rest of the Internet should be able to get away with that. What gives?”

I’m sorta seeing Khan screaming “Kirrrrrkkkk!”



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  • doa766

    he gets a lot more traffic than you, just get over it

  • On the brighter side, most people I know in the off-line world have never even heard of Harry Knowles.

    Of course, most of them–okay, all of them–have never heard of me either but then I don’t kid myself that I’m famous…

  • Mo

    So basically AICN was cool 8 or 10 years ago because it was different and outside the system, and now that the system has entirely devoured his shtick, there’s nothing left to make him a cool outsider anymore.

    Actually, I kind of have to agree with him. News sources and gossip sources should be separate. They’re both useful, but they can be really destructive when blended together.

  • Harry Knowles is a douchebag, there’s really nothing more to say. I like it when you take swings at him, though, MaryAnn… makes me happy in my chest bits.

  • Matt C

    Pfft. Knowles is just jealous Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming are stealing his thunder. Not only is Knowles selling out to the studios (running announcements and news tidbits in exchange for a set visit or all-expenses-paid screenings), but he’s long in the tooth.

    Give me Deadline’s tight, well-organized blog over Knowles’s crappy, disorganized site.

  • Christine

    doa766, it has nothing to do with page hits. If you’ve ever been to AICN, you’d understand the point of this post. What is it MAJ needs to ‘get over’? I’d suggest you read AICN instead, but those vicious little monsters have no patience for reasoned discourse.

  • fastpathguru

    LOL Harry Knowles…

    He lost me at “Six String Samurai”… Or was it “The Faculty”?

  • Fuggle

    wait, wait, wait. fastpathguru, is there something wrong with “Six String Samurai”?

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