Nikki Finke's busy weekend

The writers strike has inspired a frenzy of non-stop posting by Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily. (I shudder to think of the condition of her office.) Since Friday morning she has:

  • Reported that that the WGA and AMPTP would resume negotiating (albeit at their leisure, on Nov. 26)
  • Claimed an exclusive that the resumption is the result of talks held secretly at the home of Creative Artists Agency partner Bryan Lourd.
  • Accused Variety of siding clearly with the producers in a "disinformation campaign" against the writers.
  • Accused the New York Times' Sharon Waxman of getting a bunch of facts and Hollywood nomenclature wrong in a story about Dreamworks supposedly in talks with Universal. Waxman has more at her blog.
  • Observed that TV producers Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (remember "Thirtysomething" and "My So-Called Life"?) are losing friends among strikers over their deal for the Internet-spawned show "Quarterlife."
  • Posted a copy of the force majeure letters NBC Universal has sent to TV talent suspending their contracts.
  • Rounded up links to videos by striking writers.
  • And gathered up the weekend box office numbers. If you care, Beowulf was #1.

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