The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
PIXAR VS. DISNEY ANIMATION: JOHN LASSETER’S TRICKY TUG-OF-WAR
“Frozen’s” success shows the house that Walt built can compete with a sibling rival that is enduring layoffs and criticism of its sequel strategy even as box office booms.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN THREATENS TO SUE WARNER BROS. OVER ‘HOBBIT 2 PROFITS’
On the heels of the fight over “The Butler,” the studio’s lawyers are disputing the mogul’s legal letters claiming he’s entitled to a 2.5 percent cut of the sequel’s box office take.
OBAMA: I WANT TO HOST ESPN’S ‘SPORTSCENTER’ WHEN I RETIRE
The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation.
SOURCES: NBC’S LIVE ‘SOUND OF MUSIC’ COST CLOSE TO $9 MILLION
The broadcast starring Carrie Underwood will likely lose money in its first airing, but the network and chairman Robert Greenblatt are betting on at least one repeat, as well as revenue from the soundtrack and DVD.
NBC’S ‘SOUND OF MUSIC’ PRODUCERS ON LIVE SHOW FEARS, BIG EXPECTATIONS (Q&A)
“Somebody could trip and fall. Somebody could forget their lines. Somebody could hit a bad note when they are singing,” says producer Neil Meron. “Anything could happen so you’re all sitting there going are we going to get through this intact?”
MARTIN SCORSESE, LEONARDO DICAPRIO FINALLY OPEN UP ABOUT ‘WOLF OF WALL STREET’
In a candid roundtable with Jonah Hill and writer Terence Winter, the film’s major players open up about airplane orgies, scoring Quaaludes, Steven Spielberg on set and why DiCaprio was drawn to the real-life story: “It was like a modern-day Caligula.”
PAUL WALKER’S DEATH: WHY ‘FAST & FURIOUS 7′ INSURER MAY DECIDE MOVIE’S FATE
Both Universal and Fireman’s Fund have a lot to lose if the $150 million latest film in the lucrative franchise is canceled, but each has its own interest to protect.
PAUL WALKER’S DEATH: PORSCHE CARRERA GT A ‘CRAZY CAR’
Drivers from Jay Leno, who spun out in one, to seasoned racing pros have an abiding respect for — even fear of — the $450,000 sports car.
PAUL WALKER’S DEATH: ‘FAST & FURIOUS 7′ PRODUCTION POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
After a Dec. 2 meeting with NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, the studio is still uncertain about when to release the franchise’s latest installment, which would have paid Walker from $9-13 million.
PAUL WALKER’S DEATH: DIRECTOR GARY ROSS PENS REMEBERANCE (GUEST COLUMN)
“When I think of Paul, I can’t help smiling,” recalls the filmmaker who cast the “boyish, exuberant, happy and surprisingly wise” Walker in “Pleasantville,” his first major movie role, at the age of 23.