THR Heat Index

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Tracking the week's ups and downs in the business of entertainment.

UP: Brett Ratner
Enough with the jokes about the Rush Hour director's anointment as Academy Awards producer (with Don Mischer). Ratner could breathe some much-needed life into the stodgy Oscarcast, and do the naysayers really think he's going to blow up the stage?

DOWN: Ryan Reynolds
This was supposed to be the summer he became a genuine A-lister. But Green Lantern and The Change-Up opened soft, leaving his star power in question.

UP: Peter Chernin
The former News Corp. exec is 1-for-1 as a movie producer, as his Rise of the Planet of the Apes chest-thumps its way to a $54.8 million opening.  

DOWN: Elisabeth Murdoch
Amid criticism that News Corp. is run by family insiders, Liz decides not to join the board of directors. Actually, given the hacking scandal, that might be smart.

SHOWBIZ STOCKS

UP: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
$9.88 (+1%)
A rare winner on the week, it posted a second-quarter profit that rose more than twofold compared with 2010.

DOWN: AOL (AOL)
$11.19 (-34%)
Analysts thought AOL would earn 4 cents a share in the second quarter. Instead, it posted a loss of 11 cents.

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