The Hollywood Reporter’s best stories of the week
The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
‘FAST & FURIOUS 7’ WRITER WORKING ON FITTING SENDOFF FOR PAUL WALKER
Sources tell THR that Chris Morgan is now at work crafting revisions to the script that could make use of scenes that were shot before the actor’s death.
WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND SONY PICTURES’ HIRING OF MICHAEL DE LUCA
Is he simply a strong production executive, or is he being groomed for more? This “puts everybody who has been there a long time on notice.”
ANN CURRY’S OPTIONS DWINDLE AS $12 MILLION NBC NEWS CONTRACT NEARS WINDOW
The former “Today” host is testing the waters as her NBC deal ends, but a high-profile gig at a place like Al Jazeera could prove elusive.
THE NIGHT NELSON MANDELA DIED: BIOPIC WRITER ON ROYAL SCREENING (GUEST COLUMN)
William Nicholson shares with The Hollywood Reporter how he penned “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and what happened inside the theater when Prince William, Kate Middleton and the legend’s own daughters learned of his passing.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: WHY ‘GRAVITY’ SOARED PAST ‘CATCHING FIRE’
A sympathetic portrayal of the country’s space program (plus help from piracy?) fueled the surprise upset of the latest in Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” franchise.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’S 2013 WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT POWER 100
It came down to Disney’s Anne Sweeney vs. NBCUniversal’s Hammer as The Hollywood Reporter’s 22nd annual rankings reveal a TV industry in flux, ongoing volatility at the film studios and the females behind (and if front of) every last big deal in town.
EHARMONY LAUNCHES SERVICE MODELED AFTER ‘WALTER MITTY’ PLOTLINE
A one-on-one matchmaking service didn’t exist when the company saw the script a year and a half ago, but “we didn’t want it to slip by,” a VP tells THR -- thus was born eH+.
OPRAH WINFREY ON FORGOING MOTHERHOOD, BEING ‘COUNTED OUT’ AND THE MEETING THAT TURNED OWN AROUND
Interviewed at her home, THR’s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award winner opens up about how “fame and success made me soft,” her candid advice to talk show hosts Queen Latifah and Steve Harvey and the truth about the reports that stress and a crushing work load drove her over the edge: “I never had a nervous breakdown.”
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST POWERFUL WOMEN
Six top women in show business give THR a peek at their packed weekly schedules, from mogul meetings to battles with toddlers over bunny slippers.
GEENA DAVIS’ TWO EASY STEPS TO MAKE HOLLYWOOD LESS SEXIST (GUEST COLUMN)
The actress and founder of her namesake Institute on Gender in Media cites data showing that there are three male characters for every speaking female in family-rated films: “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space.”