It’s generally understood that a measured application of a predatory/ruthless instinct is a necessary component in any successful showbiz career. But if clawing becomes the all of it, you’re submitting to a kind of self-poisoning. I don’t even know if the predatory shark ad below (which I found through a David Poland tweet) is real or a put-on, but there’s a vibe that comes off Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood game that’s part put-on and part repellent, and which speaks in any event to the lesser angels of our nature.