Considering this morning’s mishegas between me and certain newly widely read show biz blogger in the comments section of this post, I thought a look back at the mystique of the super powerful columnists of olden times might be in order. Believe me, whatever you think about Nikki Finke, she’s as harmless as her now legendary pussycat when compared to folks like Hedda Hopper, Louella Parsons, and, even more so, Walter Winchell, especially as fictionalized in a certain 1957 classic.

And here’s the late Miss Hopper in a lighter mood, with music by the great Spike Jones and his City Slickers

A somewhat abbreviated box office preview — mercifully there’s only one new major release this week though that’s not quite the whole story — will be coming along Friday morning/afternoon (depending on where you live and how early I get up).