- Associated Press - Thursday, December 20, 2012

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

FOUR HOLLYWOOD DONORS ON OBAMA SHORTLIST FOR AMBASSADOR JOBS

White House decorator Michael Smith, philanthropist and television producer Colleen Bell, money manager John Emerson and Tennis Channel chief Ken Solomon could cash in their election support for a coveted overseas post.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-smith-colleen-bell-obama-404568


HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVEALS RULE BREAKERS WITH 4 COVERS

Oprah, Psy, Kathryn Bigelow with Mark Boal, and Steven Spielberg with Daniel Day-Lewis are among the entertainment innovators photographed for a special portfolio.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oprah-walking-dead-psy-tarantino-403995

FOR `COMPLIANCE’ STAR ANN DOWD, ONE EXPENSIVE OSCAR CAMPAIGN

Magnolia Pictures wouldn’t pay for screeners, so the character actress spent $13,000 for her own; Oscar winner Melissa Leo tells THR that Dowd should be reimbursed.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/ann-dowds-credit-card-oscar-404974

`THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING’: PIERS MORGAN, BILL O’REILLY, JOE SCARBOROUGH TAKE ON GUN CONTROL AFTER NEWTOWN

The CNN host gets combative, the Fox News commentator targets Quentin Tarantino, and the MSNBC analyst has an emotional change of heart in the wake of the historic tragedy.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/connecticut-shooting-media-gun-control-404552

THE UNORTHODOX RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN KATHRYN BIGELOW AND MARK BOAL

Among THR’s 2012 Rule Breakers, the elusive Bigelow says she’s “actually very shy,” while details from the “Zero Dark Thirty” set reveal a surprising seat at the table for her relatively new screenwriter-producer partner, who confesses to a “sharp-elbowed personality.”

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