Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:22 pm
The Hollywood Reporter's best stories of the week
By The Hollywood Reporter
BOX OFFICE LESSON: OLDER CROWD PREFERS SEASONED STARS, SHUNS YOUNGSTERS
George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks helped "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" become hits in part because the over-50 demo loves stars their own age - a problem for youngsters.
OSCAR WHISPER CAMPAIGNS: THE SLURS AGAINST `12 YEARS', `CAPTAIN PHILLIPS,' `GRAVITY' AND `THE BUTLER'
THR's awards analyst breaks down how the fact-based contenders are being targeted for accuracy - and how they're fighting back.
ANALYSTS SPLIT ON NEW HULU CEO'S PRIORITIES
Will Mike Hopkins invest in originals like Netflix and Amazon, or provide plumbing for networks' TV Everywhere efforts? Either way, its network owners would "like it to be big enough to suck the oxygen from others."
TOP-RATED `GMA' FACES `NIGHTMARE' CONTRACT TALKS
Multiple sources tell THR that Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer are all negotiating new deals.
JEREMY PIVEN PAY AT CENTER OF `ENTOURAGE' MOVIE SPAT
Cast demands for backend prompt a public battle on Instagram and TMZ as Warner Bros. holds to a $30 million budget.
HOW DIRECTOR BRETT RATNER EVOLVED FROM PARTY BOY TO $450 MILLION WARNER BROS. MOGUL
Two years after his Oscar debacle, the onetime wunderkind-turned-power player opens up, carefully, about his mistakes ('I've said dumb things") and his massive ambition: "I'm always at my best when it's big."
WHY TV NETWORKS ARE BYPASSING PILOTS FOR DIRECT-TO-SERIES ORDERS
Fox ordered 13 episodes of "Pacific Rim" writer Travis Beacham's "Hyroglyph" while CBS ponied up for Vince Gilligan and David Shore's "Battle Creek" thanks to pressure from competitors like WGN America and Netflix.
NBC NEWS CHIEF ON RONAN FARROW AT MSNBC, MATT LAUER'S VALUE AND THE FUTURE OF `TODAY' (Q&A)
Patricia Fili-Krushel, chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, gives THR a rare in-depth interview over the transformation of the "Today" show - "they fall fast, and they build back slowly" - and Lauer's understudy: "I don't think there's an answer yet."
OSCARS: WHY ARE CONTENDERS DROPPING LIKE FLIES THIS AWARDS SEASON? (ANALYSIS)
"The Monuments Men" is following "Foxcatcher," "Grace of Monaco" and "The Immigrant" into 2014 - and out of one of the most competitive races in years.
TOM CRUISE RETEAMING WITH `OBLIVION' DIRECTOR FOR `GO LIKE HELL'
The racing drama is set up at Fox.