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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, Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand provides an exclusive excerpt from his new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, which details how big studios let Nazis censor scripts, remove credits from Jews, get movies stopped in order to protect German business — one MGM exec was even forced to divorce his Jewish wife.
Hollywood’s Pets: 12 industry insiders reveal the bonds with their pampered companions from Sons of Anarchy‘s showrunner Kurt Sutter with his African gray parrot Ike to Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren with her parrot Buttwings and Cornish Rex cat Mouse.
Top 25 Film Schools: Film reporter Tim Appelo unveils this year’s top universities for students interested in directing the next big blockbuster or writing the next great art film. Making the top three this year: University of Southern California, American Film Institute and New York University.
Paul Haggis’s Open Letter to Leah Remini: With Remini’s departure from Scientology in July, the Crash screenwriter-director, who left the church in 2009, writes a letter to the King of Queens actress to praise her for breaking brave with her decision.
Wes Bentley is Back: The American Beauty actor opens up to film reporter Tatiana Siegel about his past heroin addiction and how he’s making a comeback with major roles in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar and Ryan Murphy‘s HBO Pilot, Open.
TV Review: THR TV critic Tim Goodman says Breaking Bad‘s final season premiere is “riveting from start to finish.”
Film Review: THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy calls The Canyons “a lame, one-dimensional and ultimately dreary look.”
News in Review:
EXCLUSIVE: Rights Group Asks Hollywood Studios to Oppose Russia’s Anti-Gay Campaign
STORY: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ to Screen at New York Film Festival
STORY: Tom Rothman Launching TriStar Productions at Sony
STORY: CBS Ups Chris Castallo to Reality Chief
STORY: Motion Picture Academy Creates New Branch For Casting Directors
TV in Review:
STORY: ‘Glee’ to Write Cory Monteith’s Finn Out, Sets PSAs, Charity Fund for Late Actor
STORY: ‘Continuum’ Renewed for Third Season at Syfy
STORY: Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones to Depart ‘Parks and Recreation’
Film in Review:
STORY: ‘Avatar’ Sequels Grow From Two to Three
EXCLUSIVE: Susannah Grant to Adapt YA Novel ‘The 5th Wave’ for Sony
EXCLUSIVE: David Fincher’s Editor to Make Directorial Debut With New Regency’s ‘Empire’
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