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Nikki Finke Video and Photos Posted On Site

Under the guise of supposed outrage at Nikki Finke's mean-spirited treatment of Hollywood players like Oprah Winfrey, NikkiStink.com has posted a paparazzi video and photos taken outside of her Jay Penske-owned West Hollywood condo. It reeks of invasion of privacy. Yes it's Finke, and yes I profoundly disapprove. She brought it on herself on some level, I recognize, by being so private and only releasing that one headshot to circulate for so many years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:42 PM
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Where Is Nikki Finke?

Nikki Finke has stopped writing her blog. Still at the top of NikkiFinke.com, the new blog launched in June, is her August 11 Robin Williams "exclusive." Two weeks later, she has not posted any explanation for why she has gone silent. This has lead to widespread speculation in Hollywood, and over at the site she founded, Deadline, real fear.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 4:10 PM
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Robin Williams Time Special Issue Out Friday, Packed with Tributes (VIDEO)

Time is putting out a special commemorative issue on late actor comedian Robin Williams, who succumbed to depression and took his own life on Monday. Due on Friday, August 15, the magazine is packed with tributes from Alan Alda, Patch Adams, Lewis Black, Dick Cavett, Richard Corliss, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Nathan Lane, Bill Maher, Jim Norton, James Poniewozik, Joan Rivers, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 4:21 PM
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2014 Original iPhone Film Festival Seeks Submissions

Thanks to the smartphones in our pockets, we are all filmmakers these days--or potential ones at least.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 3, 2014 11:53 AM
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New Oscar Blogger Cara Buckley Joins the Red Carpet Ranks

Following David Carr and Melena Ryzik, the new New York Times Carpetbagger is now metro desk veteran-turned-culture reporter Cara Buckley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 4:36 PM
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New Crediting Platform NeonGrid Aims to Be IMDb for New Media Stars

Former IMDb executive John Gibbons is backing a new venture called NeonGrid, a crediting platform that allows content creators to build an online resume.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 26, 2014 12:26 PM
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo, TV Broadcasters Breathe Sigh of Relief

In a decision that has major implications for the television industry at large, the Supreme Court ruled today against Aereo, the company that uses thousands of tiny antennas to record TV broadcasts and stream contact to subscribers almost-live (after a few seconds' delay) for a small monthly fee.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 25, 2014 12:31 PM
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More: Web/Tech, Media

Setting the Record Straight on Nikki Finke, Peter Bart and Mike Fleming

Get one thing straight. Peter Bart and Mike Fleming wouldn't have jobs right now if it weren't for Nikki Finke. Their recent back-and-forth on why Finke is no longer working at Deadline sticks in my craw.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2014 1:13 PM
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WATCH: Robert Downey Jr. Breaks 'The Judge' Trailer on Twitter, Variety Intros Vscore

In a sign of the times, Warner Bros. had Robert Downey, Jr. debut on Twitter the trailer for "The Judge," a serious drama in which the star plays a big-shot New York lawyer who returns home to Indiana after his mother dies, only to find himself defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall), who has been accused of murdering her. Why not? Downey has 1.9 million followers on the social media site. In other words, when Iron Man tweets, America listens.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2014 12:18 PM
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Media Watch: EW Grads Seed the Publishing Landscape

As Time Inc. separates from Time Warner, Entertainment Weekly may no longer be at the top of its game, under former Sports Illustrated digital editor Matt Bean, who replaced Jess Cagle after he was bumped upstairs to run Time Inc.'s relatively robust People Magazine. But EW alumnae are all over the media landscape. EW writer Josh Rottenberg is joining the LA Times to replace ex-LA Times senior film reporter John Horn, now learning how to be a daily radio host at KPCC FM.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2014 9:16 PM
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