The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
SUNDANCE 2013: WHAT’S BEHIND THE 7-FIGURE SPENDING
$9.75 million for “The Way, Way Back,” $4 million for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon’s Addiction,” documentary prices are soaring — why this year’s deals are breaking records.
WHY THE MEDIA IS NO LONGER AFRAID OF SCIENTOLOGY (ANALYSIS)
THR’s Kim Masters, in the wake of Lawrence Wright’s best-selling exposé “Going Clear,” writes of her own experiences covering the Church and how the Internet and Tom Cruise have helped thaw a chill on investigative reporting.
HOLLYWOOD CASHES IN ON THE LANCE ARMSTRONG DRAMA
Movies, TV deals and books will test the post-Oprah-confession market.
WHO’S PUTTING ACADEMY SCREENERS ONLINE?
Studios and indie distributors weigh investigating one guild member who’s under suspicion.
SXSW REJECTED LINDSAY LOHAN’S `CANYONS’ OVER `QUALITY ISSUES’
A festival insider tells THR the Paul Schrader-directed thriller has “an ugliness and a deadness to it.”
THR COVER: HOLLYWOOD’S 25 TOP POWER LUNCH RESTAURANTS
More than 100 elite industry insiders, from executives to CEOs, weighed in on THR’s inaugural ranking — was it The Polo Lounge, e. baldi or Soho House that grabbed the top spot?
BOX OFFICE MILESTONE: `LIFE OF PI’ CROSSES $500 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Ang Lee’s 3D best picture Oscar nominee has made 80 percent of its haul internationally.
MTV’S “CATFISH”: RATINGS SWELL AMID MANTI TE’O CONTROVERSY
Topping all cable broadcasts on Monday night among adults 18-49, the unscripted series matches its best performance since the November premiere.
DISNEY’S BOB IGER TALKS STEVE JOBS, LUCASFILM AND HIS BIGGEST FEAR
As part of HRTS’ newsmaker luncheon series, Brian Grazer peppers the Disney CEO and chairman with questions about his appetite for risk and continued success atop the media giant.
TV PILOTS 2013: THE COMPLETE GUIDE
Projects from Joss Whedon, Chuck Lorre, Julie Plec, Mike Schur and Jason Katims highlight the comedy and drama offerings for the five broadcast networks as pilot and casting season gets under way.