Vacationing Nikki Finke Posts Diametrical Opposite of a TOLDJA!

Yesterday at 5:33 p.m. PT, reporter Dominic Patten – who has greatly beefed up the site’s coverage of local courtroom proceedings – filed an item with the headline “Ari Emanuel & Wife Sue Clothing Retailers Over $600,000 Investment.” That item is no longer on the website.

In its place can be found a rare Nikki Finke apology, posted four hours later at 9:21 p.m. Emanuel, a William Morris Endeavor titan and celebrated inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Entourage character Ari Gold, is was once one of Finke’s top go-to sources and basically seen by her as unimpeachable the apology is being interpreted by some as an attempt to get back in his good graces.

Perhaps if Finke was not on vacation this week, this item would have been flagged before initial posting. Then again, one would expect the website’s rotating managing editors – all three of them – to have the equivalent of a “Do Not Perturb!” post-it on the side of their computers. With Emanuel’s name right at the top.

A whole bunch of strange things have been happening on the trades front since Jay Penske completed PMC’s purchase of Variety last week. Mike Fleming and Jeff Sneider have been playing nice on Twitter; Deadline has been hat tipping Variety; and now, this.

Several trade watchers are reacting in a way that Finke is well familiar with. They’re “live snarking” it:

And although FishbowlLA cannot be sure, we imagine that sometime between 5:33 p.m. and 9:21 p.m. PT last night, Finke got an unholy call and-or voicemail from the Emanuel end. If there was similar communication sent to Janice Min and her editor-reporter Matthew Belloni over at THR, that would appear to have been less successful. At press time, THR’s report about the October 18 Emanuel’s/LA Superior Court filing is still up.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.