The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week:
CBS SEEKS TO USE `NCIS' CREATOR'S `SEVERE BRAIN CONDITION' AS LEVERAGE IN LAWSUIT
In a dispute over whether "NCIS: Los Angeles" is a spinoff, Donald Bellisario's lawyers slam the network for seeking medical records to "harass and embarrass him."
SOURCES: LAWRENCE KASDAN, SIMON KIMBERG LOCK DEALS TO WRITE AND PRODUCE `STAR WARS' INSTALLMENTS
The pair will write either "Episode VIII" or "Episode IX" _ their exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined _ and also will come aboard to produce the films.
THR'S ACTRESS ROUNDTABLE: 7 STARS ON NIGHTMARE DIRECTORS, BRUTAL AUDITIONS AND FIGHTS WITH PAPARAZZI
Naomi Watts on years of rejection, Sally Field on fighting to play opposite a man 11 years younger and what it feels like to be told you don't have a "shelf life."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, AFTER 65 YEARS, ADDRESSES ROLE IN BLACKLIST
Sixty-five years ago, the town's studio chiefs, executives and guilds joined a communist witch hunt launched by THR's legendary owner, Billy Wilkerson. Today, in the first-ever exploration of a demagogue's mission and the lives destroyed, his son writes a formal apology.
AN APOLOGY: THE SON OF THR FOUNDER BILLY WILKERSON ON THE PUBLICATION'S DARK PAST
W.R. Wilkerson III writes a formal apology for what he calls "Hollywood's Holocaust."
ROBERT ZEMECKIS: DENZEL'S `FLIGHT' CHARACTER IS AN `EXTENSION OF "BACK TO THE FUTURE" '
"Marty (McFly also) is in a land where he's isolated. He's in another time zone," the director explains.
TOLKIEN ESTATE SUES WARNER BROS. OVER `LORD OF THE RINGS' SLOT MACHINES
The suit claims at least $80 million in damages from unauthorized merchandising of the author's books.
SAG AWARDS COULD IMPACT OSCARS MORE THAN EVER THIS YEAR (ANALYSIS)
The nominees for the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced just days before voting begins for the 85th Academy Award nominations.
WHY `SKYFALL' HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO BREAK THE BOND OSCAR CURSE
The 23rd film in the series has all the elements lined up -- script, direction and star -- to win some love from the Academy.
JOHNNY DEPP, GUITARIST, SURPRISES CROWD AT TOM PETTY TRIBUTE SHOW
The actor played "Mary Jane's Last Dance" with Ke$ha on vocals at a gig that featured members of The Strokes, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon.