Posted to YouTube days before he wound up suffering a stroke, there’s this ironic — prophetic? — image of writer Harlan Ellison from the video available after the break.
And yes, that’s an MRI of his own head, done years and years earlier.
Aw shit shit shit shit shit.
Previously here and past blogs:
Harlan Ellison, August 2014
Harlan Ellison, September 2010
Saving Mr. Banks, Killing P.L. Travers
Harlan Ellison Vs. Fantagraphics: Ended
Harlan Ellison: Hyperactive Squared!
Harlan Ellison: Stop It, Already!
Harlan Ellison’s T-Shirt Rules Here
Free Harlan Ellison Classic Short Story
The Night I Called Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison (Again)
Harlan Ellison: Writers Guild Got Screwed!
It’s Winter. It’s Cold. Time For Some Heat.
This is important and will remain a Sticky post for three days. Scroll down one for new posts.
Basically, a pioneer in eBooks for women let the money go to her head and she has been screwing her writers out of their earnings. The publisher is suing the blogger — Jane Litte of Dear Author — because her site is prominent in the field. The suit is intended to intimidate everyone.
(Sidebar to that publisher: HA! HA! HA! Fuck you. Discovery will bury you.)
There’s a formal term for this kind of lawsuit: SLAPP.
I would like everyone reading this to slap back.
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.
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!
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.