September 01, 2015

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Nikki Finke is back!

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Nikki Finke returns and unveils her next project: HollywoodDementia.com
“Best known as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and Founder of Deadline Hollywood, veteran journalist Nikki Finke is an authority on the business, politics and culture of the entertainment industry. Now, on May 18, 2015, she has announced the founding of the new innovative website HollywoodDementia.com to showcase her own and other insiders’ showbiz-based fiction writing.” – See more at: http://nikkifinke.com/bio/#sthash.qQrrSRCA.dpuf
As per own words:
Not since F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O’Hara and more recently Michael Tolkin and Bruce Wagner have knowledgeable writers tackled showbiz in short fiction or succeeded in getting paid for it. Now add my name to the list about to try that – and I invite Hollywood movie and TV writers, executives, journalists, critics and authors to join me.
I’m starting an innovative website called HollywoodDementia.com. (The teaser is there.) What is it? Here’s my definition: Hollywood Dementia: noun. Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain acquired while working in the entertainment industry that causes someone to be unable to think clearly or to understand what is real and what is not real.
My website will present short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders like myself. After 30 years as a journalist, I’m now going to expose the hard truths and gritty reality of showbiz through creative writing. In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. The stories which I and others write won’t depict any actual Hollywood person or event. But they will marry artifice with verisimilitude into original content creation.
I don’t care if the site gets little traffic or The Powers That Be ever advertise. Instead, I’m setting up a TinyPass paywall and charging readers $1 for each post and paying writers from the proceeds once a month. I want to create a fiction forum not just for my own work but for all the creative writing talent which Hollywood attracts but rarely nurtures. I will run the website as well as write for it and market each fictional story to my 265,000+ Twitter followers.
Finke plans to start posting by the end of June. She is accepting fiction submissions of about 2,500 to 8,000 words. She’s also looking for illustrators. Per usual, she invites you to “Come for the […]

“Kill the Messenger”: Jeremy Renner – Official Trailer

Focus Features’ upcoming film, KILL THE MESSENGER. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (‘The Bourne Legacy’) leads an all-star cast (Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia) in a dramatic thriller, based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.
See official trailer below:

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (‘The Bourne Legacy?) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.
Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets, and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.
Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. , and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
Director: Michael Cuesta (‘Homeland’)
Writers: Peter Landesman, based upon the books Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb, and Kill the Messenger, by Nick Schou
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia
KILL THE MESSENGER opens in theaters on October 10th, 2014!

Daniel Craig wants a raise from Sony

This one is pretty simple. Daniel Craig allegedly (Hollywood Reporter) wants a raise for his appearance in Sony’s planned The Girl Who Played With Fire. Sony is refusing and may even be trying to wrangle a pay cut. Sony is allegedly digging its heels out of the desire to cut costs, as the first film grossed $232 million worldwide yet still barely broken even due to its frankly absurd $90 million budget. Had the film cost a more reasonable $60-$70 million, it would have been quite profitable for Sony. But it didn’t so it wasn’t. If we must see the two other chapters in the original series, then they damn-well shouldn’t cost nearly $100 million apiece. You could argue that Rooney Mara is an essential component of any sequel and should be hired even at a token higher cost this time around. But everyone else involved is expendable. Daniel Craig, whose character was as bland a male lead as you can ask for, is not a box office draw, period. If Sony sees fit to write out his journalist protagonist, I imagine it won’t affect the film’s financial fortunes one iota. Daniel Craig is one of countless actors who do just fine in a marquee role or a popular franchise but flounder elsewhere. If Daniel Craig wants a raise from Sony, he is welcome to ask for one for the next James Bond film. But outside of the 007 series, Daniel Craig isn’t a box office draw, period.
To read more go to Mendelson’s Memo
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Rihanna slams question about Ashton Kutcher

HollywoodNews.com: There have been rumors about Rihanna and Ashton Kutcher possibly hooking up, but she certainly doesn’t want to talk about those claims.
Rihanna was in London promoting ‘Battleship’ when a reporter decided to talk about Kutcher, which didn’t go over well with the singer, states RadarOnline.com. “Things are clearly going brilliantly in your career. I just wondered if you are as happy in your private life, and will we see a certain Mr. Ashton Kutcher perhaps making a trip over here?” a journalist asked.
But Rihanna wasn’t happy: “Wow, how disappointing was that question?”
However, she did answer that she is happy and single right now.
Who do you think would be a good match for her?
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Marie Colvin: Syrian Government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!

HollywoodNews.com: Syrian government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!
Marie Colvin killed: Syrian forces had pledged to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’
“Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice,” said Marie Colvin. “The Syrian army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”
Today it was confirmed that the war correspondent Marie Colvin has died in the Syrian city of Homs.
Marie Colvin was killed alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, in a rocket attack on the besieged city of Homs.
What is the world waiting for? We keep watching women and children being killed and we do NOTHING. Call/email your congressman/senator… do something to put pressure on the White House… the killings MUST STOP
R.I.P Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik
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Adam Lambert clears up Queen frontman rumors

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Lambert is doing some rumor control after it came out that he may be the new frontman for Queen for an upcoming tour.
A report quoted Adam as commenting on his performance with the band for last year’s MTV EMAs: “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f***ing great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of,” states The Hollywood Reporter.
However, while that quote was used to interpret Adam as claiming he’d be a part of a tour with the band, the young singer cleared things up over Twitter: “Oooh them clever reporters takin my quotes outta context…. I haven’t confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMA’S. That being said, I’m truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions mr journalist!! :).”
Do you want to see him with Queen?
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Rooney Mara NEW Photos – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

HollywoodNews.com: Rooney Mara is one of the hottest upcoming Hollywood’s actresses.
In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.
Enjoy her photo gallery!

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Ryan Seacrest wanted to replace Matt Lauer on ‘Today’ show?

HollywoodNews.com: Matt Lauer is rumored to be leaving the ‘Today’ show after his contract is up, and it seems that the busiest man in entertainment could be taking over.
NBC is rumored to want Ryan Seacrest as a possible replacement for the morning show, states RadarOnline.com. Discussions are allegedly early at this time and could easily fall apart at any time.
One big problem with Seacrest as a replacement would be the criticism he could face as he isn’t exactly a seasoned journalist covering all areas of the news.
Would you watch if he replaced Lauer?
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George Clooney’s ex opens up about relationship with him

HollywoodNews.com: Elisabetta Canalis, George Clooney’s most recent ex-girlfriend, recently opened up about their two year relationship in “Questo Amore (This Love),” a new book by Italian journalist Bruno Vespa.
Canalis praised the actor as a man who she admired as a charitable person, states People. However, it seems their relationship wasn’t the romance many may have believed it was.
“[B]etween us there was more of a father-daughter relationship. I was unable to clarify this up ’til now,” Canalis commented.
What do you think of his relationships?
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Pippa Middleton lands the cover of ‘Tatler’

HollywoodNews.com: Although Kate Middleton is now married to Prince William, it’s her sister who is landing on the cover of the British magazine ‘Tatler.’
The photo on the cover is one of her from the royal wedding but shown in black and white, states UsMagazine.com. Journalist Annabel Rivkin then talks about Pippa inside the magazine, including talking about how she looked at the wedding.
“Pippa seems almost to have become the whole point of the most recent royal wedding,” Rivkin also says about the younger sister of Kate.
Do you think Pippa’s popularity will continue?
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