The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
HOW PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ELECTION WIN IMPACTS HOLLYWOOD (ANALYSIS)
What the president’s re-election means for industry causes like SOPA, Israel and the environment as showbiz flexes its political muscle.
‘THE HOBBIT’ PRODUCERS SUE ‘AGE OF THE HOBBITS’ STUDIO FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, MGM and producer Saul Zaentz seek to stop the low-budget film for allegedly violating their rights to the ‘Hobbit’ name.
JARED LETO RETURNING TO ACTING WITH ‘DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB’
The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman joins Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in the AIDS drama, playing a flamboyant cross-dresser.
KIM DOTCOM’S ‘ME.GA’ PLAN FOILED BY SMALL AFRICAN NATION
Gabon forbids the Megaupload founder from using their .ga domain.
FOX NEWS TOPS CABLE’S ELECTION NIGHT RATINGS, GROWS FROM 2008
Winning primetime in total viewers — and thus far shy of only NBC across all nets — first numbers have the network earning its most-watched block ever.
BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: ‘SKYFALL’ TRACKING FOR HUGE WEEKEND IN NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT
The 23rd installment in the James Bond franchise already has earned nearly $300 million overseas; Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ tests the waters, opens in 11 cities.
‘DOG’ CHAPMAN SCORES BIG LEGAL VICTORY AGAINST ‘BOUNTY HUNTER’ PRODUCER
The California Labor Commissioner deems Boris Krutonog an unlicensed talent agent and awards Chapman more than $500,000 in a long-running feud.
JUDGE DENIES INJUNCTION AGAINST DISH ‘AUTOHOP AD-SKIPPER’
Judge Dolly Gee makes a secret ruling on a technology that Fox argues will irreparably harm the television industry.
‘X-FACTOR’ MYSTERY: WHAT’S THAT IN BRITNEY SPEARS’ EAR?
Is the pop star-turned-TV judge super-sensitive to high-volume audience screams, or are show producers feeding her lines and direction via an IFB? THR gets to the bottom of earplug-gate.
‘AMERICAN IDOL’S’ JESSICA SANCHEZ ON ‘GLEE’: 5 POSSIBLE STORYLINES
Will the season 11 runner-up be part of a tribute to Barbra Streisand? Play Santana’s cousin? A New Directions rival? THR presents a handful of scenarios for the singer’s future role on the Fox musical.
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
Credit: AP/LM Otero
Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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