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Confusion Abuse-ion

Crazy-Like-A-Buzzard Nikki Finke and her

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13 Responses to “Confusion Abuse-ion”

  1. Cain says:

    Though I rarely ever post a comment, I do read this blog almost once or twice a week, sometimes more, and I did not even know the name Nikki Finke until I saw it here. I’ve visited her site maybe once.
    How many others find these Finke rants revelatory? She’s a loathsome person, a gossip columnist who does far more harm than good. I get it. I mean, I got it.

  2. Tom says:

    I completely agree. Awards drive the boxoffice, so in the awards season, it’s just another way of advertising. I guess the only difference with the premiere for “Benjamin Button” and “Milk” was—you had to put on a tux? What an outrage of expenditures! No wonder she was fired…

  3. Rothchild says:

    …didn’t know it existed?

  4. David Poland says:

    As far as I know, it was always a quality paperback only. From what I can tell on Amazon, this new printing, in hardback, is a first.

  5. TVJunkie says:

    Years and years ago Los Angeles Magazine (I think) did an article called something like “For Sale, Oscars! Not so cheap” and it covered the money studios shell out every year to try to take the prize. That story went back as far as Mildred Pierce, from what I remember. So, yeah, Nikki? It’s not “news”. And she is far from a journalist.

  6. If you don’t want the Dark Knight book or the Watchmen hardcover, I’ll take them.
    And yes, the Watchmen hardcover is a brand new printing. I glanced at it just a week ago in a bookstore.

  7. doug r says:

    Saw a paperback version of Watchmen at Costco a couple of months back. I bought one, of course.

  8. anghus says:

    I’ve run every endgame scenario between Nikki and Heat on my TRS-80, and it all ends up with them fucking or killing each other.
    She’s a pox. We know. Your anger only fuels her rhetoric.

  9. SJRubinstein says:

    The funny thing about Nikki is that she gets embarrassed easily. If she gets something hopelessly incorrect – usually in her box office memo as she doesn’t seem to always know what movies are what – if you post something to that effect in her talkbacks or somewhere else (when she said that “House Bunny” had pissed off the “Girls Next Door,” when actually they were in the movie and supported it, when she announced that “Hot Fuzz” would tank as it would be perceived as the British version of “Reno 911” as she’d never heard of “Shaun of the Dead,” etc.), she will go in and change the article. No, she won’t post the talkback quote because that would acknowledge that she had made a mistake, but she does quietly alter her stories from time to time when caught patently wrong.

  10. The Pope says:

    And isn’t that Finki’s or for that matter, anyone’s main problem: make a mistake, own up. How difficult is that? I think for the most part, people maintain their respect for you if you admit it. “Thanks for pointing that out… I”m sorry.” Little words which suggest humility… but then again, Hollywood doesn’t allow for the “H” word.

  11. The Pope says:

    And as soon as I post that, I see my spelling mistake. Finke, not Finki. Sorry!

  12. martin says:

    Pope, I’m not a big fan of her site, but on a few occasions I have made a note to her about a box office mistake and she replied just like that “sorry, you’re right, I’ll fix it” and she does. I think that the problem is that sometimes she reports on stuff she doesn’t know a whole lot about, her attitude is less of an issue.

  13. Cadavra says:

    I thought “Finki” was deliberate–it’s quite appropriate!

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I think Rohmer did something similar around the time of Perceval and Catherine de HeilbronnHe developed new groups of people that he liked to work with. These gear shifts are natural. Even if you want to follow certain actors to the end of their life (which I kind of do) the variety of ideas that you generate makes it necessary to change. And once you’ve made the change, you’ve got all these new people around.”
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