THR Heat Index

Scott Garfield/Disney Enterprises

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

UP: Rich Ross

The Disney chief successfully reboots his first important franchise with the strong $41.5 million opening of The Muppets.

DOWN: David Fincher

The New York Film Critics Circle delays its voting a day so Sony can rush the director's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to a special Nov. 28 screening, after which the movie is completely shut out of the group's awards.

UP: John Skipper

The newly appointed ESPN chief receives an early Christmas gift: NBA games, as the league's 149-day lockout ends.

DOWN: Tobey Maguire

The actor pays $80,000 to settle a suit claiming he won money in illegal poker games from a man convicted of running a Ponzi scheme -- pocket change for Maguire, but a hit to his squeaky-clean image.

SHOWBIZ  STOCKS

UP: Electronic Arts (ERTS)
$22.09 (+2.1%)

Citigroup analyst ups "neutral" rating to "buy" in part because he's bullish about an upcoming Star Wars game.

DOWN: Viacom (VIA-B)
$42.76 (-1.7%)

Miller Tabak analyst downgrades to "neutral" from "buy" due to "ratings pressures" at Nickelodeon.

 
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