The Hollywood Reporter’s best stories of the week
The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
DARREN ARONOFSKY, PARAMOUNT SPAR OVER ‘NOAH’ FINAL CUT (EXCLUSIVE)
The auteur and the studio are at odds over the final cut of a $125 million biblical epic plagued by troubling reactions from audiences in New York (largely Jewish), Arizona (Christian) and Orange County, Calif. (general public).
‘LION KING’ IS BROADWAY’S FIRST $1 BILLION SHOW
Disney’s musical relies on consistency, not sky-high prices, to hit a historic milestone.
MANIC MONDAY: CBS RETOOLS LINEUP AS RATINGS FALL FROM GRACE
Struggles for “2 Broke Girls,” lackluster comedy launches and a troubling start for “Hostages” leave next season’s “How I Met Your Mother”-less block looking dreary.
‘FIFTY SHADES’: CHARLIE HUNNAM’S SCRIPT SHOWDOWN AND CHAOTIC FINAL DAYS
Why the star got cold feet and the studio’s wish list of actors willing to step in, as a deadline to start shooting the sexy book adaptation looms.
‘BRAINWASHING’: HOLLYWOOD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR GRADE-SCHOOLERS UNDER FIRE
A partnership between ISPs, the MPAA and RIAA will include “age-appropriate concepts of sharing and ownership,” like illegally downloading movies because “taking without asking is mean.”
‘BREAKING BAD’S’ VINCE GILLIGAN REVEALS DETALS OF ‘SAUL’ SPINOFF AND TERROR OVER WHAT’S NEXT
The anxiety-ridden showrunner is mulling a Western film, saying “no” to dozens of film pitches and how Jeffrey Katzenberg courted him, even as he admits “the odds of winning the lottery (twice) are pretty infinitesimal.”
VINCE GILLIGAN TACKLES FOUR ‘BREAKING BAD’ MYTHS
The show’s creator is on the hot seat as THR’s Aaron Couch drills him on four myths about the hit AMC series. With the finale behind him, Vince finally busts or confirms “Breaking Bad” fans’ favorite theories, plus reveals a X-Files shoutout that was incorporated into the show.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER NAMES THE 50 POWER SHOWRUNNERS OF 2013
THR’s annual list of TV’s top writer-producers reveals the latest swings in the revolving door of who’s on top -- and what it takes to stay there.
THE BIG PROBLEMS BEHIND THE DELAY IN A NEW ‘BRIDGET JONES’ MOVIE
As Helen Fielding’s third book piques interest, a rival project and Renee Zellweger’s fading star could prevent a trilogy.
STAN LEE’S INDIAN SUPERHERO ‘CHAKRA’ TO PREMIERE ON COUNTRY’S CARTOON NETWORK IN NOVEMBER
The “Spider-Man” creator’s movie “Chakra: The Invincible” will also bow on “Angry Birds” creator Rovio Entertainment’s ToonsTV platform.