Former L.A. Times reporter and current Hollywood News.com editor Robert Welkos has posted Part Uno of a two-part piece called “Inside The Blogger Wars: Finke, Waxman, Poland and Wells among others.” Kind of a lumpy-sounding title, no? But it’s a decently written thing. Welkos captures a whiff of the flavor of the 24/7 intrigue and mood-swing humor and rat-a-tat-tat of this all-consuming racket. It’s not an in-depth Vanity Fair article but it’s all right. I shrugged, I chuckled, I can roll.
It was awfully nice of Bob to bring up the Vinessa Shaw nude-photos thing again — owe ya one! A hard-core guy would have at least mentioned that my letter to 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold went on for sixteen graphs, covering this, that and the other thing, and that just one of those fucking graphs mentioned Shaw. And that a friend/ally of Lionsgate marketing hot-shot Tim Palen fed that letter to Nikki Finke because Palen had been pissed about my criticism of the “gay” Yuma poster campaign — it was a total dirty-pool scumbag payback move. And that Finke running it was a true expression of a back-alley mentality. The other fifteen graphs were about…you know, other things! The movie, the themes, the characters, my thoughts, etc.
But you know what? Screw it. It’s over and done with, and Welkos isn’t writing a book, and he isn’t being paid $15,000 by Vanity Fair to nail each and every angle just right.