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Funny or Die Spoofs Nikki Finke

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 17, 2013 at 5:00PM

Funny Or Die Spoofs Nikki Finke.
Will the Real Nikki Finke Please Stand Up?
Funny or Die Will the Real Nikki Finke Please Stand Up?

Will the real Nikki Finke please stand up? You know you've arrived when people are making fun of your mysterious identity. Friday Funny or Die shot a Finke spoof starring Jean Smart and Christina Applegate, among others. Directed by Jody Lambert and written by Lambert and Matt Oberg, who pitched the who-is-Nikki Finke concept to Funny Or Die, the video's producers are FOD's Betsy Koch and Rachel Goldenberg. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.