Ellis vs. Finke: Seems Nikki Finke may have finally come up against an equally tart-tongued opponent. On June 22, author-screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis tweeted he lives in the same West Hollywood building as the notoriously reclusive Deadline Hollywood blogger. Three weeks later, according to Ellis, Finke called ICM and threatened to sue the writer, the agency and his agent, Binky Urban, prompting this Ellis tweet on July 13: "Anyone in the movie industry who fears they have to 'watch out' for Nikki Finke is a complete and total old-school f--ing Hollywood loser." (That day, Gawker posted a photo of an apartment in the building for which it said Deadline parent Penske Media paid $830,000 in November. It's not clear if Finke lives there.) In an exclusive statement, Ellis tells THR: "I have nothing against Nikki Finke. I tweeted something innocuous. I did not give an address because I have crazies hounding me. She went ballistic, and her reaction was harassing and unacceptable. I had no idea her 'privacy' was so important considering her feelings about revealing the lives of others. Come on, N.F., if you're going to call out others, then expect it in return. When Nikki Finke calls an agency that reps me threatening to sue and 'destroy' said agency, we are dealing with someone who is contradicting themselves -- she can go batshit on some exec and sit in her office without any reprimands? We live in a new age, and if she doesn't get that info is traded like currency, she really is behind the times." Still, his primary beef is with her audience: "My tweets were meant at the Hollywood morons who think they have to live in Nikki Finke's French Royal Court and be completely secretive: That's what I despise."
Beasts Role Yields Bounty
One of the biggest casting stories of the year is Dwight Henry. The New Orleans baker, who had no acting experience, stars as the father in the just-released Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won the grand jury prize at Sundance. The role has paid off on two fronts. He's already been cast in Steve McQueen's Shame follow-up Twelve Years a Slave; now he tells THR that a partner in Nobu has tapped him to bring an outpost of his Louisiana bakery to Harlem.
Graydon's Posh Pooch
It makes sense Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter would want a dog with shaggy hair about the ears -- he's been wearing his that way for years. He procured a long-haired dachshund puppy from a North Carolina breeder. Of course, you don't FedEx dachshunds. Sources say Carter sent a private plane to transport the pup. VF's spokeswoman confirmed his new pet but not the dog's method of transport.
Down in San Diego for Comic-Con, the cast and creative teams from Children's Hospital and its new spinoff Newsreaders -- including Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Rebecca Romjin, Lake Bell and executive producer Jonathan Stern -- hung out at the Oceanaire. Lou Ferrigno was in a booth not too far away. … Also in SD at the local Nobu branch, all at one table: Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, TV producer Jeph Loeb (Ultimate Spider-Man), Robot Chicken co-creator Matt Senreich, Warner Bros. executive Matt Cherniss and Wonderland president Peter Johnson. … In L.A., Dita Von Teese wore a pencil skirt and her signature red lips to Fig & Olive. … Tommy Chong visited Locanda del Lago twice in the same week. … Russell Brand indulged some teens in an impromptu autograph session at Mayberry in Pacific Palisades. … At the Grill on the Alley, FactoryMade Ventures' John Fogelman broke bread with attorney Michael Gendler one day, while Jerry Bruckheimer met with Global Eagle's Harry Sloan the next. … All recently spotted at FIG in Santa Monica: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Newton-John and Judd Apatow with Leslie Mann.