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More A.I. Weirdness' Look at the back of the One Sheets!

Hey folks, Harry here with... well... something even weirder than we've had before regarding A.I. According to this scooper, and I haven't been able to lay hands on an A.I. poster yet to confirm, but apparently... He claims that something interesting... and weird can be seen on the reverse side... Something related to the weirdness we've seen thus far... Moriarty is working up a report on everything we know thus far about the mystery concerning Jeanine Salla (if you don't know the significance... look her up on Google.Com! Folks, suddenly this doesn't seem like a simple 'Pinnochio' story anymore... What's up?


Just another little tidbit of info on the great marketing for AI. I Don't know if you're aware of this, but on the back of the AI posters, certain letters have silver circles around them, while others have gold squares. Anyway, when read correctly, the silver rings spell out "Evan Chan was murdered" and the Gold squares read "Jeanine was the key". Anyway, I've attached a pic for you - enjoy!


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  • April 13, 2001, 3:20 a.m. CST

    first!! and these are blueprints for...

    by jon-e-blaze


  • April 13, 2001, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by DreamWorker

    Stevo, you're making us proud... and amazed. This is absolutely mind-blowing. The size of this campaign... the detail. Folks, this film has been in development for 12 years, and if the marketing campaign is what we see now ... can you imagine what the film is? Can't wait. Oh yeah, Harry, can you get us a date from "Summer 2001"?

  • April 13, 2001, 4:10 a.m. CST

    There Is Always Flipside DreamWorker

    by BComing

    there is always the possibility that they have no movie and they are trying to cover up the fact with all this stuff, so then everybody who is hooked on it now will go see AI in the first week, biggest box office opening ever, blah blah blah etc etc you know the story. to tell the truth, i honestly don't know about any of this stuff, and who is to say this isn't made up? this poster thing could be bullshit, it seems really dodgy to me.

  • April 13, 2001, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Artificial Ideas

    by Paul Allen Voiq

    Well This seems to be a tribute to the ACD Nature of The late Master Kubrick Himself. Perhaps Its a code that will tell us when we can expect better DVD treatment of Kubricks films from WARNER BROTHERS. As for the film I hope its not gonna be to cute. Sorry Mr S

  • April 13, 2001, 4:17 a.m. CST

    To BComing

    by Kenevil

    Trust me, I didn't make this shit up

  • April 13, 2001, 4:17 a.m. CST

    But It Will Be Cute!!

    by BComing

    the last totally non-cute thing spielberg did was schindler's list. everything else lately has had cute aspects, hell everyone of his films has cute aspects, some litttle scene somewhere that makes you want to kill kids. now kubrick, kubrick is (was) very good at having kids in his movies and not being cute. there was a kid, there were a couple of kids in eyes wide shut, no cuteness, full metal jacket, no cuteness. now we look at speilberg, jaws, cuteness with that kid and his dad doing the same stuff (yes jaws is one of my all time favourite films and i kind of like this scene and it is cute and it is neccessary, jurrassic park cute was wrong!!!), ahh stuff it i cannot be bothered listing all the cute films he has done as they are far to many. personally i would love this to turn into what it loooks like but it won't. a kind of romper stomper meets asimov, that is what the world needs now, we could call it american intelligence non-existent.

  • April 13, 2001, 4:17 a.m. CST

    This poster is a fake

    by SwissBen

    Just look at the order of the letters...

  • April 13, 2001, 4:20 a.m. CST

    It Seems That I Am Not The Only One With Doubts

    by BComing

    but ok, seeing as how you seem to be a polite fellow i shall trust you.

  • April 13, 2001, 4:29 a.m. CST

    OK I confess

    by Kenevil

    This is where I got the scoop So if you want to blame someone, at least my conscious is clear...........

  • April 13, 2001, 4:31 a.m. CST

    This propaganda

    by andreasingo

    This mind-blowing campaign is to good to come from Spielberg. I think this comes from STANLEY KUBRICK himself. I think he thought this up before he died. Just thinking about this movie is given me goose-bumps. This movie will go down in history as a classic, hell, it already is judging from what I have seen so far and read from STANLEY KUBRICKS treatment. The master may be dead but his incredible vision lives on with this film.

  • April 13, 2001, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Where was the cute stuff in Saving Private Ryan?

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I missed it. Matt Damon's too-white teeth? The elderly Ryan's granddaughters were cute as hell, but they stayed in the background and I don't think that's what you mean. Explain?

  • April 13, 2001, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Move over Blair Witch

    by Ambassador

    After about ten minutes of surfing through the AI Web or whatever it's called, I very much felt like I was just wasting time browsing the Internet in the 22nd century. Holy crap that's cool!! What the AI makers have created online makes the "Blair Witch Project" initiative look like it was designed out of Lincoln Logs. I know what you'll say, that the cool thing about the "Blair Witch" site was that no one knew if it was real or not, but that doesn't really apply to us AICNers, does it? We had fun subjecting others to the mysterious aura surrounding the film, but without that aura, was there much substance to the film at all? What the AI folks have given us online is, well, not meaning to use a pun, is the evolution of the movie website. They know how people use the web, how it works and why, and they've sucked us in. In short, this is the coolest damn web initiative I've seen since people started getting artistically creative with this medium. (case in point: Go to and enter your e-mail address. Nothing earth-shattering, but the fact that I WANTED something earth-shattering shows the power the idea has.) As for Evan Chan, head straight for, do not pass go. Does any of this make sense? Well hell! Your life makes sense, and what fun is that? This is fun!!!

  • April 13, 2001, 5:34 a.m. CST

    AICN AI scoop gets a mention on BBC online

    by Mad Dog

    Even if tosh, it's still quite intriging and the marketing has certainly worked on me. Considering it was a film I didn't think was going to reach the lofty heights of expectation I am now, after the wonderful trailer and marketing campaign definately not going to miss this film.

  • April 13, 2001, 6:11 a.m. CST

    You probably already know this but.....

    by Marty McSuperfly

    The two Chinese symbols on Evan Chan's homepage mean happiness and longevity

  • April 13, 2001, 6:18 a.m. CST


    by eschoene

    OK, I must admit, I wasn't all that impressed with either trailer, the full trailer in particular. I just haven't had the same high level of anticipation for A.I. that I've had for Steve's other films. That's all changed now. This film has justtaken on a whole new level and shot to the top of my must see list. The Bangalor University website is amazing, it took me a few minutes to really comprehend what I was seeing. The Family website is even more bizaar, and how about the warning messages that end with Evan Chan's corpse? "Get out now. They are smarter than you." Who? Humans or the A.I.? Wow...much liek the X-Men's Senator Kelly website and Blair Witch, we are finally, after years seeing the web used to it's potential to tease and entertain and correctly market a film. Erich

  • April 13, 2001, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Cool Link

    by Mintgiver

    I was surfing through some of the pages, when I found this link: It tells us that when she heard about Evan's "accident" this page appeared on her site. When you click on the link, you get a page that has several od symbols for elements. When you hit your back button, though, you get a quite cool pop up screen. I have been spending WAY too much time on these links. Time to hit the real world.

  • April 13, 2001, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I`m hooked :(

    by 1007

    Ok, I`ve followed all the links (I think). I`ve yet to figure out the encrypted letter but I`ve found the the DonuTech website and I`ve put Evan Chans` ID number in (1007, I found it from a picture of him with his name/ID tag on his family website). I haven`t had any luck with the password, I`ve tried Cloudemaker and variations on that name but with no luck. I think the encrypted page with the elements might be the password... but I doubt it. Anyone else had better luck? This is pretty cool by the way and the pop-up is damn scary... watch out, there are a few variations as to what it says.

  • April 13, 2001, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Encrypted message

    by tedesj

    The page of elements with math spells out CORONER SWEBORG when you do alphabet math on the elemnets abbreviations in the Periodic Table. I looked for Coroner Sweborg on the PACO forensic coroner site , but had no luck, and google only knows SWEBORG as a golfer. Any one have additional ideas?

  • April 13, 2001, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Well, damn!

    by Zedfield

    At first I was going to make some dismissive comments about how valid those scratchings on that back of the poster are...but after poking through some of the websites, especially the Chan Family site, I've changed my tune. I'd already bought into the whole multiple website thing being part of some incredible online advertising campaign, and I think it's fantastic. I hope news comes to light that Stanley Kubrick foresaw this and hatched the idea. But when I looked at those 'circles' and 'squares,' the first thing I thought "Those are hand drawn and someone's idea of a prank." It didn't look like something that had been mass-produced. I was reminded of back in the days of vinyl records, when you'd look in the center of the disc near the label, there was always some small engraving, and every once in a while there would be a unique message (once I got a record that said "Welcome Christopher"--even freakier because my name is Chris). If a second poster like this surfaces, I'm completely sold. But what would be even better would be to find another poster that has different cryptic message. ---------------------- Now for what I was originally going to say for a laugh: If you rearrange the letters in the circles, they spell out "ASKEW NINE: THEE JAY" I could only think that means Kevin Smith is going to try his hand at Shakespeare sometime in the future. But if you rearrange the letters in the squares, they spell: "WES CRAVEN DUD: MEAN RAH" which would probably be a flop teen horror flick about some serial killing cheerleaders. But bring on A.I. !!!

  • April 13, 2001, 8:03 a.m. CST

    holy crap!

    by Germster

    like how bad do you want this poster now? I need one so bad its not even funny

  • April 13, 2001, 9:55 a.m. CST

    poster a fake(sorta)

    by dawz09

    i just wanted to say that i work at a movie theater.. and whenever i cool movie poster comes to us i kinda "borrow" it. anyways we got the AI poster, and i think it looks cool, but it kinda creeped me out.. anyways i can tell you right now that there were no circles or squares on the back of it. so take it as you will

  • April 13, 2001, 10:04 a.m. CST

    hey tedesj, it's not "Coroner Sweborg"...

    by Link's "Coronersweb[.]org", as in the address for that site.

  • April 13, 2001, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I think we're all over looking one important aspect of the marke

    by Kevin Bosch

    Those websites were set up so people would find then. What people? We people. Us. Those who spend time on-line learning about new movies. Those who love movies. Those who know as much about, and love, Kubrick as they do about Tarentino(or anyother name that would be a counter of Kubrick). But how were we supposed to find out about these websites. Im sure they didn't expects us to freeze frame the trailer credits and question what a sentinal therapist was. That's why they put the code on the back of the poster. They knew that film geeks working in movie theaters would find them, and report to sites like this one, the core of the audience they want for the websites. We search the AI-net, become amazed by it's extensiveness(much as we did with Blair Witch), start telling our non-film fans friends. Opening weekend, that general public that our non-film fan friends consist of will think "What can we see. Oh, that IA[sic] movie. It's by that Speilburg guy. Oh and my friend who really knows alot about movies wont stop talking about it. Yeah, lets see that." Basically, they're using these websites and us, who read the websites, to advertise. They're putting out information that only we would spot, and care about. This whole campaign is more involed then we thought.

  • April 13, 2001, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I think this whole campaign is less involed then I thought.

    by Kevin Bosch

    If you go to the site the scooper posted above, where he got his original information, it says how they got the AI poster delivered to them,... "In fact, the guys over at Ain't It Cool News received a similar package from one Anna Ghaepetto. Ours came from Bianca Ghaepetto(" And accoriding the another recent TBer, the posters in the theaters don't have the code. So maybe it's not as extensive and involed as i though. Oh well.

  • April 13, 2001, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Cheers DocBosch!

    by Kenevil

    At least someone's doing some digging before dismissing the whole thing outright.

  • April 13, 2001, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I found another weird thing about the poster (plus, Dirk McQuick

    by Sixdoublefive321

    If you fold the poster so that the silver circles meet (connecting the northern-most circle with the one in the west or "left"), then fold along the third line in the credits, then place the folded poster up to a mirror, and then look really closely with a magnifying glass, you can clearly see what appears to be that kid with the shotgun from "Three Men & A Baby." But you can't see it when the poster is not folded!!! It's very spooky, especially if you're playing the middle section of "Echoes" by Pink Floyd in the background and the only light in the room is a candle in a jack-o-lantern. Damn, I'm late for work.

  • April 13, 2001, 11:29 a.m. CST

    wait, wait, wait, that's not the kid...

    by Sixdoublefive321

    ... from "Three Men and a Baby." That's the kid sitting in the moon with the fishing rod in the Dreamworks logo. Nevermind.

  • April 13, 2001, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by Mr Sparkle

    I wouldn't worry too much about Spielberg stealing from P Dick, since he's shooting minority report now anyway

  • April 13, 2001, 11:51 a.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse, don't forget about Asimov's Robot novels

    by Jaka

    This movie will have to be three times as original as this internet campaign to be a truly original sci-fi story. It's been covered in numerous books. And Asimov has/had a whole series of books on it. Also, as so many "uber"-intellegent AICNer's have pointed out, it ain't like this concept hasn't been hit upon in about 15 times!

  • April 13, 2001, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Is this Speilberg's attempt to make up for the mystery that will

    by Fitzy Funk

    That was a rhetorical question. If it does prove to be authentic (which at this stage is a bit of a big IF), I definitely support this marketing campaign. The website tie-in is a very strong idea, and in the near-future I wouldn't be surprised if it was a very common thing. Other solid examples of creating mystery and/or buzz through cyberspace before the film hit theaters: BWP (obvious), Being John Malkovich, and the great Otmemem. Regardless, I am THERE this summer for A.I. Moreso than any other movie.

  • April 13, 2001, 9:17 p.m. CST

    What If?

    by Max Fenig

    What if this is nothing but an elaborate, pretty well-thought out fanboy hoax? No, no, seriously. Think about it. What if some geek was reading about A.I. and called up all of his geek friends (geek mafia?)? They would create all these websites and clues and bait us hook, line, and sinker. Then, other geeks would try to one-up the originals, and we'd be deluged in A.I. mystery sites! It's the biggest fuckin' conspiracy of all time!!! I bet Harry is the ringleader/instigator!!!!!!! Go to Coming Attractions! "Did you understand one word of what he just said?"--Turkish, SNATCH (2000)

  • April 13, 2001, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Paul McCartney IS DEAD! Remember that rumor from the mid-60s? Ma

    by Bari Umenema

    Yes Stanley is REALLY STILL ALIVE! He's going to surprise everybody at the AI premiere! He faked his own death! Think of how masterful Kubrick has always been! This will be his greatest trick or treat! You read it here first! Alert the media quick!

  • April 14, 2001, 12:13 p.m. CST

    phone call

    by crotch_of_fire

    on the resist the robots page, they have a place to put your phone number into and submit it. i did and a got a freaky robotic voice call me back the next day. this marketing campaign kicks ass.

  • April 14, 2001, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Pinochio for the next gen?

    by Filmjester

    Is this nothing more then a modern day pinnochio? To be honest I never liked the story. And I wont just because its about a robot, and not a puppet. P.S. This info was planted, Ill bet Harry knows who planted it and that it is planted.

  • June 9, 2001, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by FilmScreen

    Dont know if anyone else has found this, but in the second TV Spot for A.I., there are bright highlights on certain letters in the credits, spelling "warn her jeanine salla evan died sinning" creepiness

  • June 28, 2001, 1:31 p.m. CST

    In case you didn't notice...

    by mdilbeck

    Before I knew about this whole game, I noticed some notches in an "A.I." poster on the "Summer 2001" at the bottom. The notches go in this order, 5033215122. That's the phone number to start the whole puzzle. Anyway. Oh! And Jeanine Salla's name is on the poster, too. Ok, bye.