As HBO’s Tilda goes into production–and the show’s inspiration, Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood, keeps hyping every piece of news (TV reporter Nellie Andreeva is obsessed with the show)–Finke is back from neck surgery that has impaired her vocal chords. Meanwhile, exhausted Deadline New York blogger Mike Fleming is taking a much-needed vacation. But at least Finke’s trademark bile has returned to the blog, inflaming David Poland, and likely not for the last time. But he’s right to suggest that Hollywood players often use Finke to advance their agendas.
The Deadline blog is thriving, but seems jammed with less focused content. Many folks are giving their announcements to Fleming, who handles them with his usual delicacy. And Andreeva is running trade TV news. Just as Deadline has become blander and more institutional, of all places, Film Comment steps off its ivory tower late in the day to run yet another admiring feature positioning Finke as the maverick journalist going up against the establishment. No wonder Bill Condon wanted to base a series on her.