He's an inflatable leperchaun!
Yet another gross fucking asshole whose reputation was pretty well known, but heaven forbid anyone act on it because it was just women telling the stories, right, and they NEVER tell the fucking truth!!
Hey, so did he ever do anything with that kickstarter/gofundme money he basically stole to make his shitty webseries that he never made?
Absolutely not. Though I believe he actually wanted to make his webseries, if only as an attempt as branching the AICN "empire" out from his shitty, 1990s looking website, in the wake of dwindling site traffic and negative press.
The "first season" of his webseries was hosted under the banner of The Nerdist and was cancelled, no doubt due to Knowles being utterly charmless.
Harry Knowles thought it was a great idea to ask his site's commentariat of fan-haters for 100K in order to produce a second season. Requesting such a hefty amount from a group of people who frequent your crappy website primarily out of schadenfreude is not the smartest thing to do; doing so when your financial struggles are public knowledge and without any visible business plan and lacking any ideas besides, like, adding a "live studio audience" is practically larceny.
The response on AICN was devastating, thousands of comments lining Knowles up against the wall, from the people who hate Knowles for fun to the "man, I really used to be a fan of yours, how disappointing" types, and a variety of others.
As seen here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63591
The project, perhaps unsurprisingly, reached its funding goal after an inexplicable upswell to the tune of nearly $60,000. It was reported that Eli Roth, Rian Johnson, and Guillermo del Toro all contributed to the Kickstarter in its final hours; it was clear that Knowles called in a lot of last-minute favors. Why couldn't Knowles get all of his big-shot friends, the sort he's prone to brag about knowing, to bankroll the project in the first place? How desperate do you think those last minute phone calls were?
The clueless people who donated $40,000 to his campaign, somehow unaware of his history of bad business decisions and financial mismanagement, were essentially suckered out of their money by a group of wealthy last-minute benefactors stacking the deck.
read the backers-only comments on the page, a lot of people over the years wanting to know when the episodes are actually going to turn up, or where their "rewards" went.
Even if it had come to fruition, I expect a second season of Ain't it Cool would have accrued nothing more than 5, 6K hits per video, accompanied by a swarm of thumbs-downs and a comment section vacillating between fat jokes and vicious criticism.
why did he melt
what did that
Considering he's been writing about his gross sexual domination fantasies for literally decades now it's no surprise. I remember one article where he luridly described his love for Tarantino like his love for licking pussy, fixating on it for the same amount of time Lewis Grizzard would write about the Sadie Hawkins Dance.
Who would figure that Harry Knowles, the man who once wrote about the "deviantly awesome" concept of then 16 year old Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere's regenerating, underaged hymen, would turn out to be a creeper? WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?
This is what happens when you give neckbeards money.
Is his the sequel where he comes to earth to fuck Arnold Schwarzenegger?
At the peak of his popularity in the mid-Aughties, Harry Knowles was making $700,000 a year through Ain't it Cool News. No critic from now until the end of all things will ever be able to dream of collecting that sort of cash ever again. This success had nothing to do with any virtues of his and more to do with the value of being in the right place at the right time in this case being early to the WWW game than anything and building an audience who visits out of habit more than anything else.
He came along at a time when “movie geek” criticism was coming into its own on the Web, burbling up from USENET newsgroups. His voice was among the first and the loudest, and was keyed into the 14-22 year old demographic's collective id — lots of references to orgasms and bowel movements, followed by “sincere” expressions of affection for Gen-X horseshit. It was exhausting even back then.
In the early days of the internet, AICN was one of a very small number of sites catering to the film nerd community. Because in the 1990's, there were no scoops for genre films, outside of Empire and fan club mags. The trades - Variety and its ilk - didn’t follow the stuff.
Knowles' rep was built on scoops that he’d post on USENET and other newsboards - mostly about Star Wars as Lucas ramped up the prequels. He leveraged longstanding relationships built through the Austin film community and his dad’s film memorabilia business. He knew directors, actors, agents, producers. Serious people, and not C-, D- and Z-listers. They’d throw him what they knew and he’d post it. Eventually, he grew this into his own site and more people fed him info.
AICN had no qualms with posting reviews from people who attended test screenings and even illegal leaked copies - Knowles somehow watched a blurry copy of Attack of the Clones several months before release. For a while, sites like AICN had a big impact on studio releases due to leaks. AICN was perceived to have some power. In the long period between the Christopher Reeves Superman movies and Superman Returns, for example, there was a film in development with J.J. Abrams as screenwriter and Brett Ratner as director that collapsed shortly after the script leaked on AICN and got ripped apart.
There were people in the studios at the time who saw that this as a kind of viral marketing that could be packaged as leaks and insiderism to reach people online. Thus the studios courted him. He got access to film sets and all that. Thus, with the readership he garnered, he had a source advertising revenue he could coast on well into the 21st century.
Nowadays, it doesn't work like that on the web anymore. "New media" people must now dance like monkeys in perpetuity, and provide a fresh and continual and innovative content, to keep their charges entertained and their clickthroughs flowing. And even that has it's limitations.
Plus he has horrible business acumen, it appears, which is how he ended up in hock to the IRS for over 300K, and in the face of dwindling revenues and site traffic he decided to start up a Kickstarter for his web show.
It's worth mentioning, though, that in addition to everything you wrote, a huge part of his success is that he completely sold out all credibility as any sort of critic or actual media journalist by basically just taking money to write whatever any studio wanted him to write. It wasn't just that he was an insider, but he was the kind of insider that studios love: the kind who will literally just write what you tell them so long as they get the free swag and a paycheck. I mean, I'm sure anyone who was internet connected in the 90s will remember Harry Knowles' unbelievable, "cock sucking" reviews/hype for virtually ANYTHING provided the studios gave him the right kind of handjob for it. People still actually believed his bullshit, though. If he wrote 10,000 words on how Attack of the Clones was going to be greatest film in world history, it was basically written in stone as far as they were concerned. He was the precursor to the shit we see today in stuff like Collider and other LOL RANDOM NRRRD CULTURE shit where basically everything is praiseworthy until such time as it is no longer profitable to praise it.
Several years ago Harry Knowles made sexual advances toward, and ultimately proposed marriage to, a friend of mine. IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE.
The friend brushed the entire event off as harmless flirting. Who knows, she may actually have enjoyed this as Harry is somewhat a celebrity. She became and remained friends with him on Facebook for sometime after. He commented occasionally. She's since locked down her friend's list, so I can't see if he's still on there
i've never given too much of a fuck about this guy but i remember hearing at movie marathons at the alamo drafthouse he would just piss his goddamn seat so he wouldn't have to get up and all the employees fucking hated him more than anything else on this planet
UWE has some words about this and I think I need to put this one in the hopper
Keep in mind I don't endorse uwe's opinions or comments in this video. I was just amused by the sheer amount of haterade he's pouring out on Knowles in light of this incident.
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