Harvey Weinstein owes Nikki Finke $1 million

According to Nikki, producer Harvey Weinstein told Page Six he'll give $1 million to charity if she can produce an email that Scott Rudin wrote about Weinstein's "alleged callous treatment of Anthony Minghella's and Sydney Pollack's families." So she posted the email, and got Rudin to confirm it's his and that Weinstein's people asked him to lie to the New York Post. Nikki asks: "Do I get to choose the charity?

Also kind of fun: Finke runs an internal MGM marketing memo dissecting the new Tom Cruise Nazi movie "Valkyrie," including observations such as "Lack of German Accents Still an Issue While the majority of buzz about the lack of German accents is neutral, the topic is fueling discussion among online audiences. Critics contend that their absence creates a 'lack of cohesiveness' while supporters believe that their inclusion would make the film appear 'cheesy.'"


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