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Here We Go Again: How Murdoch’s Offer For Time Warner Fucks Hollywood

Back in 1983, some 90% of the U.S. media was controlled by 50 companies. I thought Hollywood had it bad enough when studios started gobbling up networks, and cable companies started taking over studios and networks. Now 90% of media is controlled by 5 companies — Comcast, Viacom, CBS, Walt Disney, Time Warner and 21st Century Fox.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Scarlett Johansson: Moron, Enemy Of Culture, Part Three

Scarlett Johansson wins defamation case against French novelist

However, the court threw out her argument that the book … “fraudulently exploited her name, her image and her celebrity” and should not be translated or made into a film, as planned. Instead of the €50,000 (£40,000) in damages Johansson claimed, the court awarded her just €2,500, plus €2,500 in legal costs, saying she had already talked about her private life in interviews.

She got just €2,500. She spends more than that on facials!

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Scarlett Johansson: Moron, Enemy Of Culture, Part Two

Scarlett Johansson wins case against bestselling French novelist

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Scarlett Johansson Murdering Writers With A Flick Of Her Fucking Fingers

Previously here:

Scarlett Johansson: Moron, Enemy Of Culture

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The Second Rise Of Nikki Finke

So now we know why Nikki Finke’s site didn’t launch on June 2nd: Penske Trying To Shut Me Down

For those not in the know, Penske owns Deadline Hollywood which I founded and ran until our Fall 2013 dust-up. As you know, I dutifully sat out months because of the non-compete. That ended on April 1st when Penske did not pay the 6-figure sum I was owed. So I was able to start work again on June 2nd.

Meanwhile, Penske was negotiating with me to come back to Deadline! He was throwing money at me — nearly $500,000 a year to not even write a word — plus other good stuff. But every time I accepted his settlement, he would change terms adverse to me, and then we’d have to negotiate all over again. So on the night of June 11th, we reached an impasse. And I started up NikkiFinke.com the next day.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Really, anyone in Hollywood who has the idea of not feeding news to Nikki, here’s a clue. Deadline Hollywood is now DEAD-line Hollywood.

Only the cowards feed it and read it.

Those of us who once went there weren’t reading it. We were reading Nikki Finke.

Now we can again.

Previously here:

Welcome Back, Nikki Finke!
Nikki Finke Going Solo Again

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Welcome Back, Nikki Finke!

Having fallen out with the new owner of her creation, Nikki was exiled to Twitter.

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Now she’s back with a new home.

Bookmark to visit daily!

Previously here:

Nikki Finke Going Solo Again

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Fargo TV Series: Google Hangout 5PM EDST Today

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A Plague Of Words

A Plague of Words

To wit, I’m simply blinded by choice. I can’t make up my mind what to read because there’s so fucking MUCH to read and I want to read ALL of it…

From writer Alan Glynn, whose excellent novel The Dark Fields was transformed into the rather shallow movie, Limitless.

He has a full-blown blog too, with several short stories. All this time I didn’t know — because he sucks at promoting himself.

Anyway, what Alan says is what most readers can identify with. And what’s weird is that while I sit here typing this, I realize I don’t have the same impulse towards TV and movies. I haven’t yet seen all of Breaking Bad, but I’m not in any panic to do so — as I am to get to all the books I have waiting to be read.

Previously here and at my other blogs:

Crime Always Pays: Origins: Alan Glynn
Limitless, The Movie
Lose Your Mind
Go Buy Winterland By Alan Glynn!
Writer Alan Glynn Speaks!
Calling Alan Glynn!

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What Having No Help Can Lead To

The Murderer and the Manuscript

[Alaric] Hunt has a brother, Jason, who is 13 months older than [him] and also in prison. As boys, Alaric, smaller and more fine-boned, found refuge in reading, writing, drawing and playing Dungeons and Dragons, while the taller, burlier Jason preferred music, playing acoustic and electric guitar. Not long after graduating from high school, Alaric tested at an I.Q. of 137. Jason dropped out in the 10th grade.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And:

When Richard Hunt kicked his sons out of his trailer in early 1988, according to court records, Jason grew increasingly angry. He wanted to go to music school in Southern California but had saved only $1,400. Alaric would do anything to help his brother. Even if it ended up destroying three lives.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Where was the help for two kids who wanted to make something of themselves? One with a high I.Q. and one who wanted to continue to study?

Where? Where? Where?

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An Immortal Reader Review

The Art of Writing by George Randolph Chester was originally published in 1912.

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Before we get to the first word he wrote, we get a review from a reader that is now immortal.

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Nikki Finke Going Solo Again


Nikki Finke Claims to Be Leaving Deadline, Announces NikkiFinke.com

The corporatization of Deadline: Hollywood was a sad thing to witness.

I understood the need for additional staff to report facts. But I was never attracted to Deadline for facts. I was there for the fearless brilliance of Nikki Finke.

This is what Suits don’t understand. Even in 2013 it eludes them.

We can get facts from robots. Hell, there’s a company out there writing software to spit out facts without human intervention.

What we want, what we crave is bravery, fearlessness, truth, honesty, a human point of view.

You know what that costs? It’s priceless.

Good luck to Nikki. I will eagerly read her new site.

Previously here:

Cashing-Out Is Selling-Out

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