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I've been reading Aintitcoolnews.com for quite a few years now - I think I first discovered it back at the time of the Star Wars prequels, when I was desperate for any morsel of news on them that I could get my hands on.
Aintitcoolnews was always there with a scoop for me.
Set up by the larger than life Harry Knowles, Aintitcool has a very, very simple layout. Stories are broken down into movie gossip, reviews, TV, comics and games, with movies and TV taking precedence.
Rumours and stories and reviews are either done by the in house, or regular reviewers, simply known by their tags, like Moriarty, or Herc, or are sent in by Joe Bloggs. This keeps the site more down to earth.
At the bottom of every story, there is the Talkback feature, and this is where things get more interesting, and sometimes downright frustrating. It is in these talkbacks that fans and readers can post their own comments on the story in question, and it can get extremely heated at some points - this is not a site for children.
It is fascinating, though, to see the passion some people can have for a subject - and the hatred others can have. Sometimes though, it can be hard to see something you cherish being laid into, but at other times, the Talkbacks can be an area where you can chat with fellow fans, and discuss what twists and turns a favourite tv show (such as Lost) might take.
I wouldn't head to the site if you are looking for high brow, intelligently written articles however. As much as Harry and his crew are massively into fims and the like, their writing skills leave a lot to be desired.
aint-it-cool-news.com is a film website started in 1996 by Harry Knowles. It is one of the most well known movie websites and
There are thousands of movie websites on the internet, some that look completely professional to some that are made in one persons bedroom. Ain't It Cool has been going for 10 years, has been visited by millions of people, but still has a very homemade, personal quality. I don't think the site has changed much since it was first online.
The site is dedicated to rumours and news about upcoming and newly released films and TV projects, although the emphasis is on the Sci-Fi, action and comic book genres. The rumours are something that helped propel this site into the stratosphere. Anyone can submit a rumour, whether it be an anonymous source or someone they know works in the business. Many times have they been on the money about things and many times have they leaked official images or trailers that have immediately been taken down by the studios.
Harry's reviews are known to be rather colourful. He doesn't hold back and says what he really feels. In 1997 he posted scathing reviews about Batman & Robin, which the studios blamed for the weak box office takings. But then everyone else started the same thing, vindicating what Harry wrote.
There have also been celebrities posting on the site. After each news item there is a talkback section, where Bruce Willis is known to have posted to promote "Live Free or Die Hard". Don't go there if you don't need to though, trolls of the most offensive kind live there, and if you read enough of their comments your brain will melt. Sly Stallone also gave an opportunity for people to ask him questions, garnering thousands of responses. So many in fact, that I think he answered a lot more than he set out to.
Overall, a good site, especially if you want to get the behind the scenes gossip of any upcoming film (script, casting etc). A site made with passion, and recommend for anyone else who has the same passion about films.
There are a lot of film websites out here on the Internet. Ranging from the personal homepages to the more professional sites. AICN falls in-between the two, its got a team behind making it less personal but it doesn’t fall into the professional category because it does have a very personal look and style to it. AICN is run by Harry Knowles who, as the years go by has grown into a bit of a celebrity, which has come as a bit of a problem lately, which will be discussed later. The website has a very 'made at home' look, which is nice and refreshing and makes a change from other websites. However sometimes the layout and style can get annoying especially when he writes film names IN ALL CAPITALS it can get irritating after a while. The website's main advantage is that it does have some good news to display and some exclusive news that other websites don't get up until a while later. There is also a lot of news on the website, containing news on movies past, present and feature, special reports and also a DVD/TV section of the site. Also, another good thing, is the fact that the website is updated a lot each day, keeping up with current events The news is a very mixed bag. It can be excellent at times, getting some good points across and done in a fun, chatty way. But sometimes it gets just *too* chatty. Sometimes it takes until halfway down the page before a review of the film in question really starts. Harry seems to preoccupied in discussing who rang him up to see the screening, how he got there, what the room he saw it in was like and past movies. Now background knowledge is good but too much can get overwhelming. Also, coming back to the point made earlier Harry's new found status is also a problem. As mentioned earlier he can be very influenced by the big bosses of films who wine and dine him. As pointed out in some opinions here he got a role in The Faculty, now it is a good film b
ut no way as good or as breathtaking as Harry sees fit to point out. This makes the reader having to take reviews with a pinch of salt. AICN is losing its image of 'coolness' now than what it used to have when it started. Thanks to the popularity it has become more mainstream and, although still unique, it doesn’t seem as special any more. This is not a bad site, stick with it and it can hold a few nice surprises and the content can be good but it’s not as good as Harry would like you to think
Ain't It Cool was one of the first websites I started to visit regularly. Its constant film updates are Godsends to film fans like me. It's not like other websites, who update maybe once a week or each day, but whenever they get any interesting news. Whenever. Its also become quite a well respected site in the film industry - they get scoops before a lot of other sites do. For example, the web site author Harry Knowles recently flew out to New Zealand to provide Behind the Scenes reports on the upcoming Lord of the Rings films. The site is simply designed without lots of flashy graphics, making it easy to navigate. The film reviews are well written in a fresh style, not like a normal review you might read in newspapers. The site also has a TV/DVD section with similar scoops/news. If you live for film news, this is one of the best places to be!
Film studios have for many years done test screenings to get feedback on how their films can be improved. With the dawn of the internet one site quietly posted reviews from the people who had seen the films. Gradually studios began to take notice that their films were getting bad press way before they had been released. Aint it cool has built up a network of inside informers who give the lowdown on what is happening behind the scenes in hollywood. Quite a lot of the info is good but beware as it can spoil your enjoyment of movies. However in the past 2 years a worrying trend has started to appear. The webmaster of the site Harry KNowles has become a bit of a celebrity and studios have been inviting him along to their sets, showing their films to him in private screenings etc. Now this is all very well but the films involved have on the whole been bad but have garnered glowing reviews from Mr Knowles. The most recent example would be Blair Witch 2, Mr Knowles goes to a private screening and has lunch with the director-he reviews the film like it's a masterpiece when it is one the worst films of the year. Another example is The Faculty-he has small part in this film, is friends with the director and gives extensive coverage to the film. He makes it out to be an amazing piece of sci-fi-The end result was just an ok teen sci-fi horror movie. I still go to the site to get info on films but frankly his opnions on films hold no weight with me anymore. Check out the talk back sections on his site and you'll see a lot of people who share the same opinion
Harry Knowles has created one of the best most cutting edge film sites I've seen. The reviews are good honest stories of his film experience and whats more he doesn't spoil the film for you by giving plot away, a major plus point in my opinion. Aint it cool news is also a major influence in the movie community to the extent that Batman and Robin bombed so badly (granted it was deserved) after scathing pre-release reviews. Harry has been offered jobs by movie execs but to his credit firmly remains independant (the fool!!) The site does lean a little towards to sci-fi movies (not a bad thing in my opinion) betraying Harry's geek roots. If you are interested in movies and want the dirt on upcoming releases then this is the site for you.
Ain't it cool news is a good film site. However there are many rumours and stories on the site that are not true. It was on ain't it cool news that we heard about Godfather 4 and with Leonardo DiCaprio in it. Never came true. But the site is rather funny as it is written honestly and Harry (who runs the site) says what he thinks - not caring if he annoys somebody. A good film site with plenty of gossip and rumours. Worth a look.
If you're a big film fan (like myself), but get annoyed with some of the more pompous magazines and movie sites, then Ain't It Cool News is the perfect remedy. Run by one (now legendary in the film industry) fat American, called Harry Knowles, this site has all manner of great reviews, interesting gossip and rumours, and some really early previews of all the blockbusters, and smaller fry of the film world. The style is colouful and down-to-earth, and Harry talks not as a know-it-all, but as a film fan who loves to tell people what is going on. Some movie companies have tried to stop this site's early slaggings of films, but they've realised thata good review early is exceptionally important word-of-mouth, and really shows what a fine, and respected site this is. There is also some quality multimedia, clips, sounds etc, so it's worth your while to give it a visit. Ain't it Cool News - the best film site I've found so far.
Harry Knowles' site has to be the heart of film gossip on the Internet. It's great fun, combines news snippets with bulletin board commentary from readership and it gets some great scoops. For example, this is the site that got the pre-Oscars info (ok, so in this case it was wrong, but Harry readily admitted to the fact). They regularly break casting news about films like Star Wars 2 and Lord of the Rings and it's just a lot of fun, a community of people who are absolutely obsessed with film and with finding out new and exciting information about upcoming films. Harry has even had a few film appearances because of the site, showing his profile in the movie industry as a whole (he was in The Faculty, for anyone interested!) They've started doing a Europe update too, which makes it even more relevant.