Webmistress at Deadline Hollywood.
Many fear her. Agents. Actors. Food cart vendors.
Why is a fiftysomething recluse who seldom sees direct sunlight such a popular blogger? Why does half of Hollywood live in fear of her?
Harpo, WHO DIS WOMAN?
She's a vile, abusive, parasitic pig. She wallows in shit and lives for misery.
Grotesque inside and out.
She's strikingly hideous. They put a lot of time into the styling and lighting of this shot and it still made me blanch.
She's a miserable cunt. I like people/things she hates just to spite her.
She does amuse me sometimes. I mean, she basically outed Bradley Cooper.
She's kind of the DL mascot. Someone who sits in their dark basement cunting on the Internet!!!
Doesn't she occasionally come forth via a Google Alert?
She has ties to Paramount, from back in the day.
I'm not sure where she started, but it was somewhere in the studio system when studios had more pull.
The one thing I do like is how unhinged some male movie bloggers (David Poland in particular) get about her. They rail against her a lot, but aren't specific about their issues with her.
It really shows one the difference between a professional who has been in the system (whatever you think of her methods) and a second tier internet fan-boy based commentary site.
Geoff Boucher from the LA Times got a call from her when he announced he was leaving.
He apparently said, "I'm not a fan." Click. End of call.
And lived to tell about it!
OP you in trouble! she's going to find you!
or, OP shall I call you by your real name- Bret Easton Ellis???
[quote] She does amuse me sometimes. I mean, she basically outed Bradley Cooper.
Which is fine, but it did make her a huge hypocrite. She had a meltdown about a fellow entertainment columnist outing Merv Griffin when he died. She acted like that was the most outrageous thing ever. So she does have some nerve to turn around and start outing living people now. Not that I'd otherwise object.
She came here once and yelled at us for being too mean. It was AWESOME! I wish I saved the thread.
R5 hit the nail on the head, she cunts on the internet and does it damn well. Unfortunately Deadline has seen better days, so much of it is simply press releases these days. I remember one time when four items on the front page were related to the clients of a single publicist.
Ooh, R9 I forgot about him!
Boucher is a publicists' tool, so he can fuck right off. Anybody who gets an award from a PR group isn't a real journalist.
I don't blame her for hanging up if he said something pretentious and dickish like that.
I'm not a supporter of Finke, either, but LA stews in jealousy. Entertainment "reporters" are some of the worst offenders.
R13, HE hung up on her.
(Not defending her, just saying, that's what happened)
r10, IIRC, her point was that it was a cheap shot to wait until he died and he couldn't respond to it.
I also remember the author being gossipy--nothing matter of fact or relevant to his career--kind of tacky for an obit.
Jesus, that's even worse. Some fucking PR flack by proxy being a snotty twat.
He's the last person who should've acted like that.
I love her. She pisses off all the right people, so more power to her.
r15, and the point of the guy who reported it was that gays and straights should be treated equally in their obituaries. There's nothing wrong with being gay, he was gay, so there no reason not to mention it. Finke acted like it was akin to outing someone as a rapist, something horribly shameful. And it wasn't tacky or gossipy, you just have your head up her ass.
I think she's cool. She lives in shadows, attacks hacks and sinks her fangs into stupid studio heads.
Well, if there was ever a thread that idle gossip is NOT welcome in, this one is it.
Ms. Finke has a history of being rather litigious, so if you say something (other than sheer opinion of course) make sure you can back it up!
r18, I don't have my head up her ass-I'm not a fan. I just don't have the same often misogynistic anger towards her that a lot of Hollywood people seem to have.
I could very well be remembering that particular obit wrong, though. There were a lot of sensational stories written when he died, some formal obits. It had less to do with discussing his life as a gay man, and more to do with page hits re: the gossip element.
I thought it was bullshit at the time.
Remember that HBO series starring Diane Keaton that was supposed to be about her? Did she get that killed?
r22, I don't think she would have enough power to get it killed outright. If she ran to someone at Paramount and did some horse trading-maybe.
TPTB at HBO know she is aggressive and litigious if needed; I doubt the project would have gotten as far as it did if their lawyers were concerned about her reaction.
There were actually episodes shot and it didn't get picked up. It might have been just not good enough.
I'd love to know the real story.
Damn. I had no idea she was such a name.
She is, R24.
When Nikki queefs, every studio head in town calls to tell her it smells like the sweetest patchouli.
Isn't she the lesbian who flung a bra full of shit at somebody?
She did that, right? Or am I thinking of some other DL object of affection?
R26, Shitbra is Melissa Gilbert aka Half Pint.
Dear Nikki Finke,
Please contact Allison Hart of Lavely and Singer. She will have any mention of you deleted from the internet. It's awesome and few major celebs like me take advantage. Allison is listed in the phone book FYI. Hiring her is the best investment of my life. It kept me out of prison. She and Marty Singer will even get LAPD, on thier payroll, to terrorize and ruin anyone who writes negativity about you.
[R2] had me until he turned into Blanche.
[quote]The one thing I do like is how unhinged some male movie bloggers (David Poland in particular) get about her. They rail against her a lot, but aren't specific about their issues with her.
I don't know about the others, but Poland is very specific about his problems with her. His biggest problem with her is that she's for sale to the highest bidder and passes off gossip, lies, and bullshit as news.
Yet another opportunity for DLers to display their retrograde, violent, tacky, offensive, shocking, and stupid misogyny.
Why don't you all grow up and realize that homophobia is caused primarily by hatred of women?
I can't believe how clueless some of you are.
Meow, meow meow.
I helped launch her career. Seriously. I can't reveal much without giving it away, but yes... way back when she was trying so hard to break into journalism... I gave her first big break.
I liked her a lot. Very gutsy, willing to write things no one else would. I thought she'd get bored with it and move on to something else. Had no idea she'd get so obsessed.
R11 - The thread you mention is linked. She starts at R35.
I like her. I've given her some dirt and she is a treat to talk to. Good memory. She has great phone manners. You just want to talk and talk to her. Having given her material for stories, I can tell you she dictates a lot of what you give her verbatim. It's pretty clear when you read her stories what kind of sources she had and where she is just typing what they gave her.
Love you Nikki.
She is in CAA's pocket. Laps Bryan Lourd's bathwater.
R35, that's not it at all.
r31, I stopped reading Poland a while ago because of the petty bullshit.
Whenever I've read him, he's said thing like, "she's unhinged again"; "she plays dirty then acts above it"; "she's a bully", etc.
If he did use specific examples, good for him, but he didn't before I stopped reading him.
It was really, really bush and misogynist. He also allows a lot of rampant misogyny in his comment section, usually from one poster. Why he defends this person is beyond me, but several women have claimed to have sworn off the site over it.
I didn't really realize what women have to deal with daily on the internet until I started reading comment sections.
I gave it a very quick glance, R38, and thought it was her ragging.
I'm sure she has never heard of Poland, I certainly haven't. What she is more worried about is THR & The Wrap & possibly Variety if they get their act together now that there's no paywall and they start reporting on stuff.