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Nikki Finke Is Back

Nikki Finke has published two posts on her blog, Nikkifinke.com. One's her "I'm back and here's why" screed, and the other is a routine item about what Warners is doing at Comic-Con. Let's see how she does on her own, filing every day. She's had some time off to recharge her batteries, and may have some strong stuff stored up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2014 5:29 PM
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Matt Bean Makes Changes at Entertainment Weekly

New Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, a Time Inc. Sport Illustrated editorial star who took over from Jess Cagle (who now runs People), is making changes. Gone is critic Owen Gleiberman, replaced by younger staffers like Chris Nashawaty.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2014 11:13 AM
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Los Angeles Times Names New Company Town Editor

Here's an internal Los Angeles Times memo from Arts & Entertainment Assistant Managing Editor John Corrigan announcing that deputy business editor Joe Bel Bruno is replacing Charles Fleming as editor of Company Town.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2014 4:33 PM
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Media Watch: ScreenCrush Adds Departed HuffPo Scribe Mike Ryan EXCLUSIVE

In a key hire, growing entertainment site Screencrush has added ex-Huffington Post scribe Mike Ryan to its small staff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2014 3:57 PM
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Media Watch: The Changing Landscape for Movie Coverage

As Vanity fair hires a new film critic, where is movie coverage going? I see increased consolidation and competition for traffic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2014 1:41 AM
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Pedorazzi: Kristen Bell and Star Parents Fight Back

The campaign against the “pedorazzi,” actress Kristen Bell’s perhaps-less-than-catchy term for photographers who chase star kids, is close to Bell’s heart, and there’s no time like the pre-release period of a hotly anticipated film – “Veronica Mars,” the upcoming Kickstarter-funded feature about the highs school detective (Bell) resurrected from the culty 2004-2007 TV series – to gather media steam for your cause. And just as Veronica was good at the well-timed revelation, Bell has been handing a few to journalists.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 28, 2014 1:58 PM
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Why Manohla Dargis's Sundance Proposal Is Behind the Times

NY Times critic Manohla Dargis can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the number of world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, the toughest festival to cover, because so many new movies demand to be reviewed. But is she really rooting for fewer of them to get picked up? She complains that the Paper of Record has too many films to review each year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 8:27 PM
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'Applause' Comes to DVD, Knockout Star Paprika Steen Talks Backstage Alcoholism Drama, Denmark vs. America (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Denmark's 2010 festival hit and Oscar submission "Applause" is finally coming out on DVD via Kino Lorber on November 26. Directed by rookie Martin Pieter Zandvliet, "Applause" features a must-see incendiary performance by Paprika Steen as Thea, a recovering alcoholic stage actress playing Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" just as she's trying to repair her damaged relationship with her family. TOH sat down with the Danish star for a flip cam interview, below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2013 3:44 PM
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Four Years a Slave: Nikki Finke Tweets Her Departure from Deadline. "We Want the Old Nikki Back," Fleming Responds (UPDATE)

Nikki Finke on Twitter: "All that's left is for the lawyers to disentangle me from Penske. I have no idea why he has fought so hard to keep me. I'll be free soon."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2013 1:43 PM
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Nordwind Appointed L.A. Times Film Editor

The L.A. Times assistant managing editor Arts & entertainment John Corrigan announces that longtime entertainment veteran Richard Nordwind is the new film editor. See his memo below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2013 4:20 PM
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