Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles
Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles (2012)
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Harry Knowles has worn the dual crowns of movie and geek culture expert since the launch of his website, Ain't It Cool News, in 1996. Now he brings his knowledge of all things cool from his basement to your computer screen. This week Harry shows us memorabilia from 1933's King Kong and tells you where to get movie props of your own. He's got the dish on the new Ninja Turtles movie and Prometheus too.
This week on Ain't It Cool, Harry Knowles proves that comics and films have been intertwined since the days of John Wayne's westerns. And just like today, some of the results are... questionable. (John Wayne as Genghis Khan, anyone?) Harry's Telepuppetor Device (patent pending) transports his puppet self to Los Angeles for the premiere of Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. On the carpet the dashing (and hairy) puppet Harry interviews director Morgan Spurlock, producer Stan Lee, comic-con expert Kevin Pereira, nerdist Chris Hardwick and stars Skip Harvey, James Darling and Se Young Darling.
This week Harry Knowles' basement gets even cooler when he shows us Max Fleischer's hand. You know, Max Fleischer... He was a contemporary of Walt Disney and creator of cartoons like the madcap and mischievous Out of the Inkwell featuring Koko the Clown. Boiler returns to spew more fire and vicious vitriol (mostly about Michael Bay again). Writer and critic Christopher Cargill stops by to discuss his latest endeavor, a movie he wrote starring Ethan Hawke, and then discusses children-in-peril films with Harry.
Harry Knowles sits down with film legend Douglas Trumbull who created visual effects for films like "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Blade Runner." Together they cover the evolution of film and the state of film projection today.
Harry Knowles has just seen The Avengers and boy, does he have a lot to say about it! Then Harry telepuppets his way to LA's KNB makeup and effects studio to chat with the artists about their favorite effects and gags. Harry interviews the legendary Greg Nicotero about his work on The Walking Dead. and discusses Anthony Hopkins' makeup for Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.
Douglas Trumbull returns to give us a peek at his state-of-the-art facilities in Massachusetts and discuss computer graphics and miniatures. The Trumbull film tradition started with Douglas' father who worked as a grip on The Wizard of Oz, but it was Douglas' interest in science fiction and animation that guided him to the film industry. Plus, we find out the secret behind the stunning visual effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Best-selling author (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter), screenwriter (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter) and director Seth Grahame-Smith visits Harry in his basement discuss movies and the undead in cinema.
Harry recalls his visit to Monster Palooza 2012 and a chance meeting with Big Bird himself, Caroll Spinney, sends Harry on a trip down memory lane and the nostalgia of his childhood, comics, movies and television.
This week, Harry turns from the sentimental to the depraved and jumps back to his love of horror and gore when John Gulager, Director of "Piranha 3DD" stops by to chat.
This week, Harry discusses his thoughts on seeing Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS and sits down with VFX Master Phil Tippett, known for STAR WARS, STARSHIP TROOPERS, ROBOCOP, JURASSIC PARK and talks about Tippett's MAD GOD project.
This week Harry reflects on the significant impact Ray Bradbury had on his life and others and Ernie Cline, creator of FANBOYS and author of "Ready Player One" stops by to chat about storytelling and writing.
Author (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), screenwriter (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter) and director Seth Grahame-Smith returns to Harry's basement to talk Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter the movie.
This week, Harry takes us on a tour of the various things in his basement and each of their special connections to the movies that he loves.
Director Patrick Read Johnson stops by the basement to talk about his film 5-25-77 and what it was like growing up a geek in a world far less accepting than the present.
Harry walks us through his preview of the cool stuff coming to this year's San Diego Comic-Con International.
On the eve of the Dark Knight Rises release, Harry excitedly points to some of Nolan's inspiration in classic silent films and he also discusses the 60th Anniversary of "Singin' in the Rain".
On this weeks episode Harry sits down with Ain't it Cool's Quint, where they discuss Hall H at Comic-Con, including conversation about the upcoming movies Evil Dead, Godzilla, The Hobbit and James Bond.
Following the tragic Aurora theater shootings, Harry considers the positives of the movie theater-going experience.
With it's release approaching Harry talks about "Bourne Legacy" and his favorite spy movies of all time, as well as giving a little zombie love to "Paranorman".
Harry and Quint sit down to chat about their love of JAWS to celebrate the Blu-Ray release.
Visual FX master Phil Tippett returns to the show to talk all things stop motion in film, including the greatest creator of them all, Ray Harryhausen.
With the recent tragic news of Tony Scott's passing, Harry takes a moment and remembers Tony's work along with that of Jimmy Stewart.
Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger enters the basement to talk about his film THE AMBASSADOR, which exposes the ugliness of the blood diamond trade in Africa as he goes undercover as a European Ambassador.
Just a few weeks ago film critics came out and chose Vertigo as the greatest film of all time, leaping over perennial champion Citizen Kane. In this episode of Ain't it Cool with Harry Knowles, Harry gives his opinion on this decision. While loving and believing Vertigo is one of the greatest films of all time, Harry strongly believes Citizen Kane will always be the greatest film of all time.
Harry gushes about Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and 70mm filmmaking, and also brings back Douglas Trumbull to chat more about the future of immersive cinema.
Harry sits down to discuss Time Travel in TV and movies.
"Sinister" screenwriter & Ain't It Cool critic C. Robert Cargill (aka Massawyrm) drops by the basement to talk about "Sinister" and his upcoming book.
In this episode of Ain't it Cool Harry talks Walking Dead Season 3 and gets surprise visits from Tim Burton and Karl Urban.
Harry has just seen Ben Affleck's ARGO and discovered legendary makeup artist John Chambers involvement with the true events. Naturally, Harry reminisces about the other great make-up artists that have inspired him.
Season Finale! As Ain't It Cool goes into hiatus, Harry looks ahead at all of the cool movies that are coming out in the next couple months and gets a special tidbit from JJ Abrams on the next Star Trek.