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The Hollywood Reporter's best of the week

The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week:

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The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week:

CBS SEEKS TO USE `NCIS' CREATOR'S `SEVERE BRAIN CONDITION' AS LEVERAGE IN LAWSUIT

In a dispute over whether "NCIS: Los Angeles" is a spinoff, Donald Bellisario's lawyers slam the network for seeking medical records to "harass and embarrass him."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ncis-creator-trial-cbs-seeks-393391

SOURCES: LAWRENCE KASDAN, SIMON KIMBERG LOCK DEALS TO WRITE AND PRODUCE `STAR WARS' INSTALLMENTS

The pair will write either "Episode VIII" or "Episode IX" - their exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined - and also will come aboard to produce the films.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-lawrence-kasdan-simon-393459

THR'S ACTRESS ROUNDTABLE: 7 STARS ON NIGHTMARE DIRECTORS, BRUTAL AUDITIONS AND FIGHTS WITH PAPARAZZI

Naomi Watts on years of rejection, Sally Field on fighting to play opposite a man 11 years younger and what it feels like to be told you don't have a "shelf life."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/anne-hathaway-amy-adams-marion-391797

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, AFTER 65 YEARS, ADDRESSES ROLE IN BLACKLIST

Sixty-five years ago, the town's studio chiefs, executives and guilds joined a communist witch hunt launched by THR's legendary owner, Billy Wilkerson. Today, in the first-ever exploration of a demagogue's mission and the lives destroyed, his son writes a formal apology.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/blacklist-thr-addresses-role-65-391931

AN APOLOGY: THE SON OF THR FOUNDER BILLY WILKERSON ON THE PUBLICATION'S DARK PAST

W.R. Wilkerson III writes a formal apology for what he calls "Hollywood's Holocaust."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/blacklist-billy-wilkersons-son-apologizes-391977

ROBERT ZEMECKIS: DENZEL'S `FLIGHT' CHARACTER IS AN `EXTENSION OF "BACK TO THE FUTURE" '

"Marty (McFly also) is in a land where he's isolated. He's in another time zone," the director explains.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robert-zemeckis-denzel-washingtons-flight-393358

TOLKIEN ESTATE SUES WARNER BROS. OVER `LORD OF THE RINGS' SLOT MACHINES

The suit claims at least $80 million in damages from unauthorized merchandising of the author's books.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tolkien-estate-sues-warner-bros-393212

SAG AWARDS COULD IMPACT OSCARS MORE THAN EVER THIS YEAR (ANALYSIS)

The nominees for the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced just days before voting begins for the 85th Academy Award nominations.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/sag-awards-could-impact-oscars-393338

WHY `SKYFALL' HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO BREAK THE BOND OSCAR CURSE

The 23rd film in the series has all the elements lined up -- script, direction and star -- to win some love from the Academy.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/james-bond-daniel-craig-skyfall-392163

JOHNNY DEPP, GUITARIST, SURPRISES CROWD AT TOM PETTY TRIBUTE SHOW

The actor played "Mary Jane's Last Dance" with Ke$ha on vocals at a gig that featured members of The Strokes, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/johnny-depp-at-tom-petty-391823

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