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Nikki Finke leaving Deadline Hollywood

Hollywood trade news web site Deadline Hollywood and its founder and editor-in-chief, Nikki Finke, have parted ways. The popular site posted a story announcing the change in leadership Tuesday evening. Finke and the site’s owner, Jay Penske  — whose Penske Media Corp. also owns the trade site and print publication Variety — had been at odds for months, their tumultuous relationship making headlines around the industry.

The post on Deadline Hollywood by film editor Mike Fleming and TV editor Nellie Andreeva outlined the staff’s plans following Finke’s exit.

“This is an emotional and painful parting of the ways for us. When we joined Deadline four years ago from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety (respectively), we felt that we were doing something disruptive and game-changing. That spirit is what brought us together and will keep us together, and the current team will remain on that path. Businesses evolve and change, and we’ve learned that no one is indispensable,” Fleming and Andreeva wrote.

Deadline Hollywood quickly became a go-to site for entertainment industry insiders following its launch in 2006. It was bought by Penske Media Corp. in 2009.

Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide last year

Stephen Fry admitted that he tried to commit suicide last year, according to the Guardian. The incident took place while the actor and writer was filming outside his native U.K. “It was a close run thing,” Fry said on Monday night, while being interviewed by British comedian Richard Herring in front of an audience in London, for Herring’s podcast. “I took a huge number of pills and a huge [amount] of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious,” Fry said. “And, fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”

Fry, who has previously spoken about suffering from bipolar disorder, is president of the British mental-health charity Mind and told Herring that he regarded it as his duty to talk publicly about his own psychological issues. “The whole point in my role” he said, “is to be … forthcoming about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people [with] certain mood disorders.”

David Beckham announces retirement from soccer

Soccer legend and current Paris Saint-German player David Beckham has announced that he is retiring from the sport at the end of the current French season, reports CNN. During his lengthy professional career Beckham, 38, played for multiple teams, including AC Milan, Real Madrid, and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He also starred for the English national team and was part of the hugely successful Manchester United team of the ’90s managed by Alex Ferguson, who announced his own retirement just last week.


'Death Wish' director Michael Winner dies at age 77

Death Wish director Michael Winner has died at the age of 77. According to BBC News, the filmmaker’s wife, Geraldine, said her husband passed away today at his home in Kensington, London. Winner had endured a run of ill heath since eating a bad oyster on holiday in Barbados in 2007, and last summer, liver specialists had given him 18 months to live.


Toni Braxton hospitalized for lupus complications

Singer Toni Braxton, 45, has been hospitalized for complications related to lupus, she revealed via Twitter yesterday. “Hey guys, I’m in the hospital for health issues related to Lupus & Blood clots, I will be home soon…Thanks for all the love&support,” Braxton wrote on Friday. Braxton hasn’t updated beyond that initial message.

The 45-year-old Grammy winner — famed for mid-’90s hits like “You’re Makin’ Me High” and “Un-Break My Heart” — announced she had the autoimmune disease lupus two years ago. The second season of her reality show with her family, WE’s Braxton Family Values, had its second season finale in September.

European Film Awards: Winners are....

The European Film Academy celebrated its 25th anniversary with a ceremony in Malta Saturday. Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci received the lifetime achievement award, while the Achievement in World Cinema award went to Helen Mirren. Michael Haneke’s Amour won the top prize and took three other EFAs; the full winners list is below:  READ FULL STORY

Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore settle 'Walking Dead' lawsuit

Walking Dead comic writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, who worked on the early issues of the zombie title, have settled their respective lawsuits. In February, Moore filed suit against Kirkman seeking allegedly unpaid royalties from The Walking Dead and other properties and filed another suit in August seeking a determination that he is the co-author of the long-running zombie comic. In turn, Kirkman launched a counterclaim against Moore, alleging the artist had violated a confidentiality provision of their agreement and that he had in fact overpaid his onetime collaborator.

In a joint statement released today, Kirkman and Moore announced that they have “reached an amicable agreement in their respective lawsuits and all parties have settled the entire matter to everyone’s mutual satisfaction. Neither side will be discussing any details but will instead happily and productively spend their time focused on their own work and move on in their lives.”

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'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker interviewed by authorities

A filmmaker named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is linked to the inflammatory film Innocence of Muslims, was interviewed today by federal probation authorities, according to the AP. The interview took place early this morning at a sheriff’s station in Nakoula’s hometown of Cerritos, Calif. The filmmaker was not arrested. In 2010, Nakoula pleaded no contest to bank fraud charges.

Authorities have identified Nakoula as the key figure behind the Innocence of Muslims. The movie lampoons the prophet Mohammed and inspired riots in many Middle Eastern countries, one of which led to the killing of the U.S ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, after a trailer for the film appeared on YouTube.

Yesterday, one of the film’s few supporters, Terry Jones, told EW that the movie’s producer was concerned for his safety. Jones is the founder of the Stand Up America organization and is himself an outspoken critic of Islam. Jones had talked with the producer — who he said did not reveal his name — about distributing the film and on Sept. 12 Jones uploaded the movie’s trailer to the Stand Up America Facebook page. “I spoke to him yesterday twice,” Jones told EW on Friday. “He is definitely very concerned, afraid, and is definitely not planning on coming public in any form.”

Academy names Jasmine Madatian as new communications director


It’s a whole new world for veteran film publicist Jasmine Madatian.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen her for the new role of managing director of communications, overseeing not just the annual Oscar presentation but the group’s year-round preservation, education and historical programs.

Madatian will report to  the Academy’s chief marketing officer, Christina Kounelias, starting July 30. “Jasmine is a smart, innovative and highly regarded communications strategist with strong relationships throughout the film and media industry,” Kounelias said in Tuesday’s announcement. “Her understanding of our mission and enthusiasm for the Academy is what really sets her apart and makes her such a great fit for this position.” READ FULL STORY

James Murdoch resigns from News International

James Murdoch is stepping down as executive chairman of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper arm, the company said Wednesday. News Corp. said James, the son of 80-year-old media scion Rupert Murdoch, has relinquished his position at News International to focus on the company’s international TV business. He will remain deputy chief operating officer of News Corp.

James and his role at News International have come under scrutiny amid Britain’s expanding phone-hacking scandal at Murdoch-owned titles. The younger Murdoch has said he was unaware of any indication that hacking was rife at the company’s News of the World tabloid, a claim disputed by former colleagues. READ FULL STORY

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