Take Two for October 28, 2013

On The Lot: Deadline.com drama, biopics and more

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Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times. 

The big news this week has to do with a website called Deadline.com and its founder Nikki Finke.   About four years ago, an upcoming media mogul, Jay Penske — he's the son of the racing legend Roger Penske — purchased Deadline.com, giving Finke's site a big infusion of cash. But things went sour last year when he also bought Variety. 

Finke started tweeting up a storm about Penske. Here's one of her tweets: "Earth to Penske: Hollywood tried and failed to intimidate me. Big media tried and failed to intimidate me. I like to brawl, remember?" That's just one of many. Have we heard anything from Jay Penske?

Seems like this is almost sure to end up as a made-for-TV movie or something. But let's talk about some actual movies, and what seems like a odd string of films about piano playing pop stars. Of course, there was HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" about Liberace. There's a movie about Queen's front man Freddie Mercury in the works, and Rocketman, about, who else, Elton John.  

Hollywood lost a legendary stunt man and director. Hal Needham, who according to your paper, broke 56 bones in the course of his long career and a pretty incredible life story.
 


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