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5 Things So Important, Nikki Finke Would Mow Over a Litter of Kittens to Report Them

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 23, 2012 | Comments ()


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Good morning, folks. How was your weekend? Let's get you started on your Monday with some biz milk you can dip your cookies into.

  • Hey! Remember that guy, Russell Crowe, who used to make pretty decent movies and collected a lot of Oscar wins and nominations before he made a terrible version of Robin Hood and then everyone forgot about him? Yeah, that guy. Well, after Darren Aronovsky revives his career in Noah, Crowe is talking about directing a biopic about Bill Hicks, which sounds like a great idea on its face. I mean, Hicks was a goddamn national treasure, and he never got his full due as one of the most profound voices in comedy before the end of his too-short life. The problem, unfortunately, is that Russell Crowe actually had his sense of humor surgically removed because it kept interfering with his scowl, so I don't know how that biopic will work. (Telegraph via The Playlist)

    We'll see how that works out for him.

  • During a TCA press conference on Saturday night, critics were allowed a sneak peak at a trailer for next season's "Downton Abbey," a season that will pit Dame Maggie Smith against Shirley MacClaine. Among the tease-y revelations (SPOILERS if you care) include the fact that Lord Bates is still in jail (ugh, that horrible plotline continues), Sybil and Branson will be back at least for dinner, and apparently, according to Vulture (which has several other revelations), Lord Grantham is going to lose all his money. How does that work? Will the maids and butler overthrow the Granthams? Will the downstairs people move upstairs and vice versa? Or will Thomas just torch the whole damn estate and blame it on a newly released Bates? Screw Thomas.

  • Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the guys behind "Fringe," and "Alias," and Star Trek, plus a lot of movies you guys love to hate -- Transformers, Cowboys and Aliens, etc. -- are now developing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for the TeeVee set. According to the Playlist, it will be a "a reworking of the story of Ichabod Crane that will take place in a contemporary setting, partner him up with female sheriff, and the pair will solve the supernatural mysteries of a town in the midst of a battle between good and evil." Fantastic! What the world really needs is another fairy-tale procedural. Len Wiseman is set to direct.


  • Let me ask you all an important question: Are there among you people who still haven't seen "The West Wing"? No, no: Don't admit it out loud. I will be forced to judge you. Good news, though: For a limited time only (as in, the next six weeks), "The West Wing" will be available on Amazon Instant Video. In fact, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can watch the entire series for free. If you have enough time, you can also catch up on "Fringe," which is also streaming for free this summer for Amazon Prime members (and as a guy who just finished season four, the whole series comes highly recommended, except for that dark, dark period three-quarters of the way through season three, which -- like Walter -- I've had surgically removed from my brain).

  • You folks familiar with Nikke Finke? She's what we in the business like to call "scum of the Earth." She's always making headlines by being horrible, and by "headlines" I mean, movie bloggers on Twitter love to talk sh*t about her (present company included). The last few weeks, she's been embroiled in a weird fight with Brett Easton Ellis. Finke is notoriously reclusive (there's only one known picture of her on the Internet from many years ago), and Ellis outed the location of her apartment announcing that Finke lived in his building. Finke, naturally, went batshit, chewed out an assistant, and threatened ICM, the agency that reps Ellis. She told them that if they didn't drop Ellis, she'd publish the names and addresses of all of their children. It was a relatively entertaining dispute until she crossed that line, and now Ellis has hired lawyers and has warned that Finke's downfall is imminent (follow Ellis on Twitter; he's a hoot. In addition to the Finke kerfuffle, he also loves to dreamcast his own books plus 50 Shades of Gray).

    Anyway, Finke really stuck her foot in it over the weekend by gleefully jumping to report box-office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises and discuss how the tragedy will affect the tallies. Anyway, some of the movie bloggers rightfully jumped down her throat (with an assist from Footloose director Craig Brewer), and mediabistro has the full write-up if you're interested in that inside baseball sort of thing.





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    Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


    • Fabius_Maximus

      ... , and Ellis outed the location of her apartment announcing that Finke lived in his building.

      I'd say that Ellis crossed the line first. That is simply not done, even when the other one is a reprehensible human being.

    • TheOriginalMRod

      Well... Russell Crowe is a better actor than a human being (or musician). I suppose maybe he could pull it off. He reminds me of Oliver Reed, but less charming.

    • BWeaves

      Lord Grantham is not going to lose all his money. He already did that before he got married. He's going to lose all of his wife's money. That is why he married her.

    • BWeaves

      It's not Lord Bates. It's Master Bates.

      Um, nevermind.

    • Az

      I'd follow Bret Easton Ellis on Twitter but playing the same enfant terrible role over and over well into your fifties is, well, icky. As is he.

    • Tinkerville

      Just when I make the mistake of thinking Finke can't sink any lower.. In a way I'm perversely glad that she's publicly digging her hole deeper and deeper.

    • DaveTron

      Bill Hicks died at age 32 and Crowe is already 48 . Also, Hicks wasn't a fucking asshole and a bully. Actually, yes he was. But not in the way that Russell Crowe is.

    • PaddyDog

      Damn! I was hoping they would hang Bates/Eeyore between seasons and we could get back to just watching the dresses and the senior citizen bitchiness that makes Downton Abbey enjoyable. Can someone at least give me some assurances that when he is inevitably unfairly released from prison (he's probably innocent of killing the wife but surely he is guilty of being the most annoyingly self-righteous character with a martyr complex ever on TV), there will be no cringe-worthy bedroom scene with Anna to celebrate? Because really, DA comes on right after dinner time.

    • lowercase_ryan

      Hey O'Brien, piss off and leave Bates alone. He never did shit to you, you old bitter bitch!

      PS - It was a BOY, don't think we've forgotten. There is a special place in hell that awaits you ma'am.

    • PaddyDog

      Anna! I'm surprised you have time to comment here. Aren't you busy knitting a hair-shirt for the hubby's birthday, the one he's always wanted with the extra itch factor.

    • lowercase_ryan

      No one likes you. And you know it.

    • kushiro -

      I, for one, can't wait to see Bill Hicks portrayed as a bloated egomaniac with greasy hair, a meat pie in one hand and a Victoria Bitter in the other, shouting at everyone while dripping tomato sauce on his rugby jersey.

    • I thought Russell Crowe's sense of humour gave him a funny look in a hotel lobby and he proceeded to batter it to death.

    • PS - It was a BOY, don't think we've forgotten. There is a special place in hell that awaits you ma'am...2HoursDailyTo6kMonthly.blogspot.com

    • John W

      I have not watched a single episode of West Wing, but let me guess it was about an idealized version of a US president, along the lines of The American President starring Michael Douglas, right?

      Judge me as harshly as you can.

    • Jezzer

      Throw in the words "smug" and "preachy," and you've pretty much hit the nail on the head, especially in later seasons.

    • dizzylucy

      I still haven't seen the West Wing. Someday...
      Just watched Russell Crowe in State of Play (what a great cast that movie had) and remembered that, despite the weird hair he had in that film, he was a solid, entertaining actor. But yeah, humorless.

      Finke instantly talking about the effect on the box office was incredibly gross.

    • BWeaves

      I second watching the BBC mini "State of Play." It's better than the movie. Plus, don't watch it if it's broadcast on TV. Get the DVD version. The last version I saw broadcast chopped out all the bits that tied the story together.

    • Jannymac

      If you get a chance, watch the BBC mini series State of Play. Even knowing the twist in the end (from seeing the Russell Crowe version) it still absolutely blew me away.

    • dizzylucy

      Thanks! I will have to check that out.

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