THR Heat Index
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.
UP: Electronic Arts (ERTS)
Citigroup analyst ups "neutral" rating to "buy" in part because he's bullish about an upcoming Star Wars game.
DOWN: Viacom (VIA-B)
Miller Tabak analyst downgrades to "neutral" from "buy" due to "ratings pressures" at Nickelodeon.