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Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Dementia Goes Live

Nikki Finke's Hollywood Dementia Goes Live

Mort co-wrote with director Bill Condon the HBO pilot for ‘Tilda,’ with Diane Keaton playing a reclusive blogger inspired by Finke, that never went to series. (I wish HBO could release that script for posting, I loved it.) Oddly enough, another writer posting fiction on Hollywood Dementia for $1 a pop is power attorney/novelist Bert Field, who was once hired by The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman to fire off a legal response to attacking Finke at the height of their dueling diva phase. (I ordered the Field story “forever” via Amazon payments–other options include PayPal or credit card.) 

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Nikkifinke.com now redirects to Hollywood Dementia. Deadline’s Mike Fleming posts an excerpt of Finke’s hardboiled Hollywood fiction, “Dying on a Bed of Nails.” Let’s just say it’s not escapist fare. She likes exposing the belly of the beast. Whether Finke’s fans and 272K Twitter followers will be avid consumers of the fictionalized version of her former tough-as-nails reporting is anyone’s guess. 

While Finke can’t tweet about the box office or Hollywood doings, she can offer fictional content that will titillate her readers, many of whom she first developed during the 2007-8 Hollywood Writer’s Guild Strike. 
So what will the new Hollywood Dementia give people to read? Finke is throwing out invites to writers who are familiar with the entertainment industry, many of them presumably out of work, who might have some juicy material about the milieu (2500-8000 words) to give her. She’s using the Andrew Sullivan TinyPass model by which people pay from $1 to $3 via credit card to read past the top four paragraphs of each post; the writers get exposure and a share of the [microscopic] revenues.
I am a fan of the great F. Scott Fitzgerald, who Finke is saying inspired her, especially his Pat Hobby stories (which also inspired ace Hollywood chronicler Bruce Wagner’s classic “Force Majeure”; don’t be surprised when Wagner appears on Finke’s new blog).

But what I would really like to see is a new version of the old Spy Magazine Celia Brady column, also inspired by Fitzgerald. That I would read. Spy–edited by Graydon Carter and Kurt Anderson–funneled reported content from anonymous contributors through their wickedly funny Brady persona with deliciously readable results. It was loosely fictionalized, but based on true stories that everyone in Hollywood wanted to see in print. Except their subjects. 

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