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Posts Tagged ‘Nikke Finke’

A Peek at the Now Defunct Tilda Script

Tilda, the HBO series whose title character bears an unmistakable resemblance to Deadline.com‘s Nikke Finke, is never going to get made. It’s done. Over. Finished. Which is too bad, because The Atlantic Wire got a hold of a piece of the pilot script and it’s actually pretty funny. What follows is snippet of a phone interview between Tilda and an LA Times writer named Brian Sheen.

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Variety.com To Begin Charging For Content

variety234432.jpgVariety announced today that it hopes to introduce its new pay wall plan in stages. And unlike other publications, which only give you a blurb before asking you to register, starting tomorrow Variety.com will allow readers to access two whole pages of content before randomly selecting one in ten readers to ask to subscribe.

Eventually, Variety is hoping to only allow non-members access to five pages of free content a month.

Variety is taking a risk by being one of the first niche publications to enact an online pay wall. Hopefully Nikke Finke won’t just go and take all of its readers right out from under its nose.

Read More: Variety.com Going Behind Paywall, Again; Apes FT.com’s Model –paidContent

Pitt to Become an ‘Inglorious Bastard’ for Tarantino, Media Says

Brad Pitt.jpgIt’s not the weirdest thing in the world to hear that Brad Pitt will take a role in Quentin Tarantino‘s next film, “Inglorious Bastards” for the Weinstein Brothers and Universal Pictures.Quentin.jpg

What’s much more interesting is watching how the media, which is by all accounts in love with Pitt’s professional and personal life, handles the news.
Variety, which would be expected to break this kind of news — it’s their job for heaven’s sake — posted a full write-up at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday. Veteran reporter Michael Fleming and newbie Tatiana Siegel were bylined on the piece.
Blogger extraordinaire Nikke Finke, who prides herself on not being anything remotely like the trades and continually disparages their presence and even the news they report, issued her own one-line version with a headline that said: “Toldja.”
To her credit, the one-line version was posted at 3:13 p.m. Thursday. So she managed to get her six-word epiphanic story out all of seven minutes before Variety’s several hundred-word opus.
Maybe it’s the internet.

Publicist Awards Honor Apatow, Roth, Ford and Other Publicity-Friendlies

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The ICG Publicist Awards were handed out, and let’s just get the big news out of the way–Nikke Finke did not win the journalist of the year award, as it went to USA Today correspondent Susan Wloszczyna, who’s not quite the lightning rod that Finke is. But she’s not breaking anything as big, either. But who wants to be known as the BFF of publicists?

Harrison Ford won a lifetime achievement award, which is hilarious, as most journalists think he’s a difficult interview. Judd Apatow and Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth are showmen of the year, and Apatow could win that title, over and over again, saying

It’s an honor to be up here and to be honored as publicity whore of the year and you’re all my pimps.

Parse that sentence and pick out the joke.

Obamagate Fallout: Is Hillary’s Communications Director On Way Out?

nyp_022207.jpgThe plot thickens in L.A. following yesterday’s Democratic campaign sludge-slinging between Camps Clinton and Obama over comments made by David Geffen in a Times article.

Now Nikki Finke reports that Hillary Clinton‘s communications director, Howard Wolfson, the one that fanned the flames yesterday. Finke says senior campaign adviser Ann Lewis, formerly White House communications director in Bill Clinton‘s administration, is already prepping for the role. It was Wolfson, of course, who “made yesterday’s major mistake: saying Geffen is Obama’s campaign finance chair when he isn’t. But then, even after Geffen and others corrected the record, Wolfson went on Chris Matthews‘ MSNBC show Hardball and not just repeated the error but compounded it.”

Is Borat Too Big For Shared Vanity Fair Cover?

Apparently. According to Nikke Finke, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Jack Black were supposed to don the cover of Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, but Cohen and Ferrell’s manager, Jimmy Miller, reportedly nixed the deal, contending his clients were too big for a shared cover. Owen Wilson and Chris Rock were then summoned.

You’ll recall that Cohen was rumored to have been up for the magazine’s November cover [click on our faux rendering, right] but Graydon Carter went with George Clooney.

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