THR's Must-Reads of the Week: 'Newsroom' Drama, Reality Roundtable, James Gandolfini

5:00 AM PST 06/22/2013 by THR Staff
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"The Newsroom" cast in THR's photo shoot.

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 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, TV Editor Lacey Rose peeled back the curtain on HBO's The Newsroom with an extensive report detailing the depths to which Aaron Sorkin went to bring a more realistic story to the cable news drama.

Emmy Season: THR's annual Comedy Actress Roundtable features The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik, House of Lies' Kristen Bell, Girls' Zosia Mament, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson, Arrested Development's Jessica Walter and Hot in Cleveland's Betty White dishing on auditions, on-screen crushes and the funny women who inspired them. Meanwhile, producers Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars), Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Gordon Ramsay (Hell's Kitchen) and Padma Lakshimi (Top Chef) swapped horror stories on nightmare contestants and moments they wish had never made it to the air during THR's annual Reality TV Roundtable.

The Real Man of Steel: How studio-mogul-turned-producer Jon Peters scored a $15 million payday for doing nothing on box office record-breaker Man of Steel.

Gavin Polone on WME's CAA Prank (Guest Column): The former top shark-turned-producer on the agency madness around the CAAN'T campaign: "Focus on the core business and get me and my friends f---ing jobs."

TV Review: THR TV Critic Tim Goodman calls Showtime's Liev Schreiber drama Ray Donovan "a real gem."

Film Review: THR Film Critic Todd McCarthy calls Brad Pitt's World War Z an "action-packed mainstreaming of a more ambitious book."

News in Review

RIP: James Gandolfini

STORY: THR's Tim Goodman on James Gandolfini: 'You Couldn't Look Away From Him'

STORY: James Gandolfini's Death Leaves HBO's 'Criminal Justice' in Limbo

PHOTOS: James Gandolfini's Life and Career in Pictures

STORY: Jeff Robinov Set to Negotiate Warner Bros. Exit

STORY: Paula Deen Admits to Using 'N' Word in Deposition

TV in Review

STORY: Disney Channel's 'Girl Meets World' Gets Series Order

STORY: FX Buys Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence Oddball Comedy

STORY: CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates

Film in Review

STORY: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Secures Director

STORY: Universal Picks Up 'Locke & Key' Comic

STORY: Helena Bonham Carter to Play Fairy Godmother in Disney's 'Cinderella'

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