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HBO's Tilda Pilot Starts Filming with Keaton in June

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 30, 2010 at 8:09AM

The pilot script for an HBO half-hour comedy series, Tilda, written by Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort, is hilarious. (SPOILER ALERT.) Of course Tilda, who blogs out of her L.A. apartment (which resembles my two-story duplex near Fairfax and Pico, although I do not have a rat) is closely modeled after the Nikki Finke reported in Tad Friend's New Yorker profile.
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The pilot script for an HBO half-hour comedy series, Tilda, written by Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort, is hilarious. (SPOILER ALERT.) Of course Tilda, who blogs out of her L.A. apartment (which resembles my two-story duplex near Fairfax and Pico, although I do not have a rat) is closely modeled after the Nikki Finke reported in Tad Friend's New Yorker profile.

But there are differences from the real Finke. For one thing, while she was once married, she does not have a daughter. (I do.) And while Finke does not press the flesh at screenings, premieres and parties --because she does not like meeting the people she writes about, as she told Friend-- she does leave her house. (She took a post-Oscar vacation in Mexico recently.) Tilda is a real agoraphobe--her entire life is delivered to her door, including her IT man, with whom she has sex.

Tilda's M.O.--strong-arming people for info, threatening, getting people fired--is utterly entertaining. Finke should be flattered, this is good publicity. (A classic tit-for-tat went down this week, as Variety's Brian Lowry accused Finke of going soft, while she in turn called him "useless" in her report about Todd McCarthy joining indieWIRE.) And Tilda going after venal Hollywood asshole power-brokers also puts us on her side. Like most Hollywood upgrades, this blogger is more likable, more vulnerable and appealing than her inspiration.

Condon will start shooting with Keaton in L.A. the first week of June. He'll exec produce the show with Mort, if it goes to series.

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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.