Sony Leak: Nikki Finke Is a "Pathetic, Hateful Person"

Sam Biddle · 12/11/14 04:00PM

Everyone in Hollywood hates Nikki Finke, the legendary and unpredictable gossip blogger who's dedicated a career to making enemies and hurling insults. But for top Sony boss Amy Pascal, the beef is personal: Her husband and Finke were pals—until Finke took it too far.

These Are, Apparently, the First Nikki Finke Photos in Decades

Jordan Sargent · 08/27/14 11:36AM

Back in 2009, Defamer offered $1,000 for new pictures of Nikki Finke, the then-powerful, much-feared Hollywood blogger who hadn't been photographed in God knows how long. Two years later, The Daily published what it claimed—but what Finke denied—were photographs of the mysterious writer. But now, finally (?) we have our prize: A series of paparazzi-style photos purported to be of Finke walking to her car, posted yesterday to a website with the URL

Breakdowns: Funny Or Die's Deadline: The Movie Trailer Is Perfection

Beejoli Shah · 12/02/13 01:55PM

The Nikki Finke-Jay Penske Deadline battle has taken a cinematic turn; Roger Ebert's family is trying to get his thumbs up memorialized in bronze; please stop all liquid intake at least 12 hours before The Wolf of Wall Street; and How I Met Your Mother continues to irk.

Deadline Has Brought Reporter Anita Busch Out Of Retirement

Beejoli Shah · 11/14/13 02:56PM

In an effort to beef up the ranks of Deadline since Nikki Finke's departure, Penske Media Corporation has announced that they will be resurrecting veteran journalist Anita Busch's career, a little over a decade after she left reporting.

Nikki Finke Responds To Her Deadline Departure

Beejoli Shah · 11/05/13 10:30PM

The ongoing battle between PMC's Jay Penske and Deadline's Nikki Finke started with a bang and is now ending with a whimper, as Finke is finally out of the motor oil heir's slippery clutches. Finke shared with me that while she's happy to be free from Deadline, she is sad over the way the separation played out, and offered parting thoughts on Penske, Deadline film editor Mike Fleming Jr., and the fact that at one point, she offered to quit online blogging entirely.

Beejoli Shah · 10/31/13 01:51PM

Vanity Fair has joined the Nikki Finke Watch with new-ish allegations: that investor Dan Loeb, who helped Deadline owner Jay Penske finance the purchase of Variety in 2012, was one of the driving forces who wanted Penske to muzzle Finke—particularly after she wrote two nasty missives about him this summer.

Mike Fleming Brutally Maligns Nikki Finke In The Battle For Deadline

Beejoli Shah · 10/25/13 08:08PM

Tired as we all may be about seeing the words Nikki Finke and Deadline appear on this website today, Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. has shot back at Finke. In a mildly interesting but slightly expected turn of events, Fleming sells his boss down the river in his latest blog post, proving that good friends do indeed stab you in the front. Who knew that Finke would come out as today's winner in the battle for the moral high ground?

Deadline's Nikki Finke On Jay Penske: He "Owns Me Like I'm His Slave"

Beejoli Shah · 10/24/13 10:56PM

Nikki Finke is not leaving Deadline quietly. In fact, according to my exclusive conversation with her on Thursday night, she's leaving amidst a litany of accusations ranging from boredom to slavery. According to Finke, "[Penske] owns me like I'm his slave" and has been harassing her. She goes on to say that the current iteration of Deadline is "bland and boring," and that Penske's working conditions are "breaking federal and state law."

Is Mike Fleming The New Editor of Deadline?

Beejoli Shah · 10/08/13 06:34PM

In a 1583 word soliloquy, Deadline's film editor Mike Fleming announced today that he will be stepping up his role at the troubled e-trade, and will officially be spending half a year in Los Angeles and the remainder at his Long Island home. But does this mean he's being groomed to replace editor-in-chief, Nikki Finke?

Nikki Finke Blackballs FX's President for Fraternizing With the Enemy

Beejoli Shah · 08/26/13 12:32PM

In today's episode of Hollywood Dance Moms, the feud between Deadline's Nikki Finke (Abby Lee, natch) and The Wrap's Sharon Waxman (sucks to be Cathy) goes for another round: this time over Waxman's upcoming annual conference on the intersection of journalism, entertainment, and technology, TheGrill. FX's president is scheduled to speak there, a transgression that has earned his network a coverage ban in Finke's