By David Poland email@example.com
Elvis Leaves Another Auditorium
No real surprise here. If, as Nikki Finke slithers, this is over the Source Code review, the likely behavior that got him fired was not responding. This has been Elvis’ m.o. in most situations in which he Houdini’d. (KCRW would like us all to notice that he has shown up for work and consistently delivered a weekly show there for years now.)
But never let it be said that Elvis’ screw-ups can ever match the scumbaggery of his most recent employers (and be clear, that includes none of the employees of Movieline, who have chosen the rowing bowels of MMC over unemployment). Or is that douchebaggery? I don’t know… what would be funnier to think about repeating over and over in court after the next impotent legal threat?
When studio jerks have used the “fire ‘em in public” strategy, it’s been cover for their major, job-threatening mistakes. EXCLUSIVEly firing Elvis, without even getting the full story from her in-house source, is just nastiness for nastiness’ sake… and for obsessive fear of being seen as #2. Well, you are #2, Nikki. #1 at being #2. This is your exclusive journalistic skill.
I don’t know whether Penske knows about Nikki’s choice. He might have encouraged it. He might be embarrassed by it. The only thing I know Penske to be guilty of is indulging Nikki’s behavior. No matter how many of his other employees demand to be more than a 10′ pole away from Nikki and her vicous private attacks, he doesn’t seem to understand that they are all right and she is an embarrassment… The Charlie Sheen of bloggers… abusive, attention getting, and lacking any grace.
Whatever we think of Elvis, he is still (at last count) employed by Harvard and NPR, and will have “former lead critic, NYTimes” lead his obit… which is more than most critics can say. But rushing to report firings is ambulance chasing journalism in 98% of cases. Doing it to someone your own company has hired and fired in just 3 months as a Saturday night EXCLUSIVE is grave robber level journalism.
You should stick to Deadline’s best loved role in Hollywood… monkey to powerful and inexcusable organ grinders.
But no… instead we’ll just get a TOLDJA when Stu writes an official entry about Elvis’ exit. Sigh…