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You Scratch My Back, I'll Stab Yours Dept.: Austin-based online film fan Harry Knowles of Ain't-It-Cool-News fame ( has recently been the recipient of a veritable tsunami of bad vibes and flamey Web postings arising from a brouhaha between himself and Corona's Coming Attractions ( honcho Patrick Sauriol. In a "Director's Cut" editorial entitled "A Question of Ethics" that ran on the Corona site ( on June 5, Sauriol cited several points of contention between the AICN Webmaster and Corona's Coming Attractions which arose in the wake of a letter that Sauriol had previously sent to other entertainment Webmasters concerning actor Jimmy Smits' alleged involvement in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode II. According to Sauriol, Knowles, along with his father Jay Knowles, posted Sauriol's letter with an altered intro and the notation that the inclusion of Smits was as yet unconfirmed, which in Sauriol's eyes violated online journalistic credos via the posting and alteration of the personal letter. According to Knowles, who quickly responded with a rebuttal on his own site, "Basically they don't want me to be able to editorialize at all." This notion was bolstered in the following days by a June 8 article on the Film Threat site ( entitled "Deconstructing Harry: Ain't It Unethical? (part one)" by Film Threat writer Ron Wells. Wells' lengthy article "deconstructed" Knowles in a point-by-point savaging that accused the webmaster of taking graft in the form of free, studio-sponsored junkets to film sets and openings, "outright bullshit" stemming from the Academy Awards nominations slip-up that left mud on AICN's face last March, and other charges such as "misdirection of credit," "blaming others and hiding behind pseudonyms," and, worst of all, "really bad writing." In his piece, Wells noted Knowles' rebuttals, but deconstructed those as well, and went on to conclude that Knowles' follows what he called, "an unacceptable code of behavior" in relation to how AICN is run. Knowles, genuinely flustered by all the bad press from his fellow online film travelers, had this to say about the sudden flare-up of anti-Knowlesiana: "The idea that if you receive a press release then you must print it verbatim without including any of your own opinions ... is to my mind just plain silly, especially when you try to apply it to AICN." Knowles went on to note that, "Really what all this is about is respect. [Patrick from Corona's Coming Attractions] thinks that I don't respect [his site], which is bullshit. Anyone who's ever asked me what my favorite sites are knows they're Corona's and Dark Horizons. I don't think I'm better than them, I think I'm different from them." As for Film Threat's allegations, Knowles says, "I offered comment on everything they ran on me and even offered a no-holds-barred interview. They never even had the courtesy to write me back," adding that while the purpose of Film Threat and Corona's Coming Attractions is to inform, "I'm here to inform, entertain, and persuade. I editorialize more than I think any site or any writer has ever done before, you know, and I'm not about to change my editorializing. We're just plain different."... In other psychotic-overreaction and Web-site-dung news, The Show With No Name has been put on 90 days' suspension by ACAC following Charlie Sotelo's dustup over the David Fincher-directed commercial they aired nearly a month ago. More on this next week, but e-mails of protest, of which there have been many thus far, can be sent to Courage.

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