25 August 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Nikki Finke has stopped writing her blog. Still at the top of NikkiFinke.com, the new blog launched in June, is her August 11 Robin Williams "exclusive." Two weeks later, she has not posted any explanation for why she has gone silent. This has lead to widespread speculation in Hollywood, and over at the site she founded, Deadline, real fear. She sold Deadline in 2009 to Penske Media Corporation, which in turn bought Variety for $25 million in 2012. Relations between Finke and Jay Penske went downhill from there. So where's Nikki? The answer is that she has been deep in settlement talks with Penske. Kate Arthur of Buzzfeed wrote one story about their talks, followed by The New York Times. But Hollywood has been silent.  The word on the street: that Finke was seeking to hang onto the apartment she had been given by Penske, and was holding out for a check. And »

- Anne Thompson

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