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The Hollywood Reporter's best stories 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:

CHINA'S SURPRISE TAX PROMPTS HOLLYWOOD STANDOFF

Fox refuses $23 million in "Life of Pi" money as the MPAA fights to enforce a trade deal.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/iron-man-3-chinas-surprise-449205?AP

`TWO AND A HALF MEN:' JON CRYER GETS A RAISE, ASHTON KUTCHER DOESN'T

The Emmy-winning actor will earn $620,000 per episode for the show's 11th season, while Kutcher stays the highest-paid actor on TV at $700,000 per show.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/two-a-men-jon-cryer-449110?AP

THE UNCENSORED ORAL HISTORY OF `THE HANGOVER'

With the third installment out May 24, director Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and the execs behind the biggest R-rated comedy franchise of all time tell all about Lindsay Lohan's meeting, Mel Gibson's ill-fated cameo and how they tricked the baby's mom. Plus: Who made $70 million?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hangover-uncensored-oral-history-449046?AP

BEYONCE, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ROLLING STONES DRIVE SUMMER CONCERT REBOUND

Experts see a 20 percent increase in ticket sales for the A-list-packed summer schedule.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/beyonce-justin-timberlake-rolling-stones-449085?AP

`BLUE COLLAR' COMICS TO OPEN $200 MILLION THEME PARK

Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy have laid out plans for a 500-acre resort hotel described as Six Flags meets Branson, Mo.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jeff-foxworthy-blue-collar-comics-449084?AP

BIG FOUR NETWORKS FACE BIG PAIN AT TV UPFRONTS

Big Four Networks Face Big Pain at TV Upfronts

With no new hits, the usual $9 billion in ad spending is predicted to slide as Fox (with "Idol" in free fall) will take the biggest hit and NBC (surprise!) will score an increase.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-upfronts-abc-nbc-cbs-449204?AP

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER UNVEILS COMEDY CLASS OF 2013

A list of who is ha-ha hot right now in Hollywood -- plus Judd Apatow reveals 15 facts about Lena Dunham, Jimmy Kimmel's writers share his best script notes and how to rewrite `Zero Dark Thirty' as a comedy.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywood-reporters-comedy-class-2013-449150?AP

THE CHANGING ECONOMICS OF HOLLYWOOD SCRIPT REWRITES

Studios seek cheaper help for last-minute doctoring as pay for top talent like Michael Arndt and Tina Fey tops $300,000 per week.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sacha-baron-cohen-changing-economics-449244?AP

COMEDY CENTRAL'S KENT ALTERMAN ON LENO, RAPE JOKES AND A JON STEWART-FREE `DAILY SHOW'

The development and programming chief tells THR about Stewart's upcoming hiatus -- "We're interested in him being fulfilled and happy here" -- and the possibility of adding another late-night talker.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/comedy-centrals-kent-alterman-leno-448317?AP

NBC'S TED HARBERT ADDS LATE-NIGHT OVERSIGHT

The network broadcasting chairman has long wanted to expand his portfolio; late night and reality will continue to report to Paul Telegdy.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcs-ted-harbert-adds-late-450351?AP

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