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The photo illustrations of Nikki Finke in New York magazine are pretty great. (New York)
Around the town
Mike Forsythe, the reporter supposedly suspended by Bloomberg News for leaking information about the company’s quashed projects in China, has officially announced (on Twitter, that is) that he has left Bloomberg News. (Twitter)
Around the town
Lawyers for David Michael Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, are challenging the legality of Mr. Miranda’s nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport on his way back to Brazil in August.
At the time, officials seized Mr. Miranda’s computer, phone, and memory sticks containing around 58,000 encrypted Snowden-related files. His lawyers are arguing that his rights were violated, but British officials say Mr. Miranda’s materials could “aid terrorism and put lives at risk.” Nothing new here, folks! (The New York Times)
Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain must have some friends over at the Graydon Carter offices. Last night, Nikki Finke was able to reproduce, word-for-word, a pulled essay from VF.com that slightly criticized the actress as an “empty vessel” (honestly, it sounds much worse out of context) and using one of her own quotes–”I’m the unknown everyone’s already sick of”–to explain why she didn’t quite work in the film Mama.
Deputy editor Bruce Handy, the article’s author, has a lot of good things to say about Ms. Chastain as well! But you would have never had known that, because VF.com pulled the article–which ran January 25, during a crucial build-up week for Oscar-baiting, with ballots going out to Academy members that day–from the site within 24 hours.
Deadline reports the latest installment in Hollywood’s continued practice of letting no television property lie: Entourage, which concluded its run on HBO last year, has seen its screenplay completed by creator Doug Ellin.
NYU’s warring media publications continue to war. A new media Tumblr-meme-thing’s author is mysterious. Jay Penske pissed on someone’s boots outside of a yacht club, and, after that, what else is there to discuss regarding media today? Truly? Here are your (very short) Thursday Evening Media Briefs:
Out of respect for the victims of the midnight-movie shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Warner Bros. delayed reporting of its box office numbers until after the weekend so as to avoid celebration in the wake of a tragedy. But Nikki Finke of Deadline had the scoop all weekend! In a post updated 14 times Read More
Of course Bret Easton Ellis discovering Twitter would turn out to be a wonderful thing.
Deadline Hollywood Daily’s delightfully combative Nikki Finke shows no signs of aging, unless responding to a legal threat with the words “stick this letter up your asses” constitutes dementia. In Nikki’s case, it likely doesn’t.
A million Deadline readers isn’t cool. Know what’s cool, Nikki Finke? A Farmville manqué.
Nikki Finke’s Deadline has apparently opened to the public its Facebook game in which players can pretend to be an actor (or actress), director, producer, or (if for some crazy reason they desire this) screenwriter, and try Read More