The Hollywood Reporter's best of the week

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 2:06 PM

The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week:

THE HOLLYWOOD MATH BEHIND HOW LINDSAY LOHAN'S 'THE CANYONS' WILL MAKE MONEY

Even though the $160,000-budget, nudity-heavy movie was passed over by Sundance and SXSW, a buyer tells THR, "There's so much press about the film that someone will grab it."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-lindsay-lohans-canyons-will-416582?AP

LUCASFILM'S KATHLEEN KENNEDY OPENS UP ABOUT 'LINCOLN,' 'STAR WARS' AND SECRET J.J. ABRAMS MEETINGS

In her first in-depth profile, Kennedy reveals how she landed Abrams to direct "Episode VII" as THR talks to Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and producer husband Frank Marshall, who remembers meeting her: "There was no way I was going to screw this up by hitting on Steven's assistant."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lucasfilms-kathleen-kennedy-star-wars-416303?AP

CHARLIZE THERON NEARING DEAL TO STAR IN SETH MACFARLANE'S 'MILLION WAYS TO DIE'

MacFarlane co-wrote and is directing and starring in what is being described as a "Blazing Saddles"-style comedy.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/charlize-theron-may-star-seth-415628?AP

CAA SEEKS $1M IN UNPAID COMMISSIONS FROM TONY SCOTT ESTATE

A creditor's claim says the filmmaker, who jumped to his death from a bridge in August, owed money from several projects.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/caa-seeks-1m-unpaid-commissions-416979?AP

WHY 'MOVIE 43'S' A-LIST ACTORS ARE STAYING FAR AWAY

Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts were among the high-profile talent who didn't turn up at the L.A. premiere of their sketch comedy on Jan. 23.


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-movie-43s-a-list-416639?AP

OSCAR NOMINEES' RUNNER-UP PRIZE: CUSTOM SWEATSHIRTS

Since at least 1988, The Academy has been handing them out; says sound engineer Greg Russell, who's received 15, "It feels like adolescence all over again."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscar-nominees-runner-up-prize-416354?AP

OSCARS: 7 WAYS TO COUNTER 'ARGO'S' SURGE (ANALYSIS)

With Academy ballots due Feb. 19, "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln" look to change the best picture conversation as Ben Affleck's Hollywood-flavored thriller, fresh off wins at the Globes, PGA and SAG, looks like a juggernaut.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-how-lincoln-zero-dark-416300?AP

'WARCRAFT' MOVIE LANDS 'SOURCE CODE' DIRECTOR

Duncan Jones is taking on Legendary Pictures' adaptation of the popular video game universe.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/warcraft-movie-lands-source-code-416956?AP

ARSENIO HALL'S LONG, EXPENSIVE ROAD BACK TO LATE NIGHT

Nearly two decades after his iconic talk show, the comedian says he's not changing for the times: "I'm not smart enough or talented enough to be overhauled or reinvented."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/arsenio-halls-new-tv-show-416353?AP

'THE BIG BANG THEORY': 'RAISING HOPE' ACTRESS TO PLAY LOVE INTEREST FOR RAJ

Kate Micucci has landed a multiple-episode role on the CBS hit.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-raising-hope-416864?AP

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