THR's Must-Reads of the Week: Emmy Icons, Neil Patrick Harris, John Singleton's Guest Column

8:00 AM PST 09/21/2013 by THR Staff

A look back at the week that was in entertainment.

Between industry dinners, premiere parties and countless meetings, here's what you may have missed this week in entertainment news.

Cover Story: In this week's Emmy Icons issue of The Hollywood Reporter, senior editor Stacey Wilson, along with TV editors Lacey Rose and Marisa Guthrie, chatted with this year's Emmy Icons about how they felt when winning their first statuettes. Among the boldfaced names featured were Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Aaron Paul, William Shatner, Cloris Leachman, Bryan Cranston and Alfre Woodard--to name a few.

Emmy Awards: Host Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the annual award show for the first time in 2009 and has since become a dad, says "I don't want to bee too vanilla."

Clear Channel Chairman and CEO: Bob Pittman tells THR about the gamble behind iHeartRadio and his thoughts on Miley Cyrus' twerking performance at this year's VMAs.

Can a White Director Make a Great Black Movie? (Guest Column): Oscar-nominated director John Singleton questions the studios' motives in telling black stories with inadequate African-American input.

Film Review: THR film critic Stephen Farber predicts that viewers who see Prisoner "will find it absolutely riveting."

TV Reviews: THR's chief TV critic Tim Goodman thinks the new CBS drama Hostages is a "pretty great first hour and if they can keep up the suspense before changing direction, it might be a feat worth watching every week." In addition, Goodman says of NBC's new series The Blacklist, "It’s certainly an intriguing pilot."

News in Review:

STORY: NBC's Bob Greenblatt Renews Contract Through 2017

STORY: Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer to Split in 2014

EXCLUSIVE: NFL Waging Secret Legal War Over M.I.A's Super Bowl Middle Finger

TV in Review:

EXCLUSIVE: Benghazi Movie From Jerry Weintraub in Development at HBO

STORY: 'Big Brother 15' Winner Revealed

STORY: NBC Developing Johnny Carson Miniseries

Film in Review:

STORY: Cate Blanchett to Make Directorial Debut With 'The Dinner'

STORY: Dark Horse Can't Stop the Signal, Relaunches 'Serenity'

VIDEO: Ben Affleck Responds to Batman Backlash: 'I'm Very Tough'

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