While it may seem blurred to many, Harry Knowles knows at least where part of the line is. His site grew famous (and controversial) by carrying the earliest reviews of big films, culled from test screenings of unfinished films.
Yet those that have groaned at Harry’s M.O. now are appreciating where he’s standing now — by refusing to link to a “Wolverine” review by Foxnews.com Roger Friedman. The review is of an illegally downloaded, unfinished version.
“Wolverine” is a big Fox film. There is much to build conspiracies around on this one.
Knowles posted a response from Fox after the blogosphere erupted with calls for Friedman’s head.
We’ve just been made aware that Roger Friedman, a freelance columnist who writes Fox 411 on Foxnews.com – an entirely separate company from 20th Century Fox – watched on the internet and reviewed a stolen and unfinished version of X-Men Orgins: Wolverine. This behavior is reprehensible and we condemn this act categorically – whether the review is good or bad.
But it’s not good enough. Ain’t It Cool wants him out.
If 20th Century Fox – and the FBI – are serious about nailing the perpetrator(s) of this leak, then Friedman must be fired immediately for downloading and reviewing stolen material. There’s no wiggle room here. Allowing Friedman to keep his job sends a message that certain Fox employees – i.e. those who generate decent web traffic – are above the law in this matter. This is unacceptable. And I trust that Fox – which has thus far behaved intelligently in response to this leak – will do the right thing.