The Hollywood Reporter's best stories of the week

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 8:01 AM

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

TORONTO PREVIEW: 21 HOT FESTIVAL TITLES FOR SALE

Jon Stewart is flying in to talk up his new film while sellers offer a full slate ranging from dramas starring Nicole Kidman and Jessica Chastain to comedies with Jennifer Aniston and Woody Allen.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-international-film-festival-preview-619313?AP

HOW CABLE, NETFLIX ARE STRANGLING THE BROADCAST TV DRAMA

Studios fret as one-hour network pitches slow and top dramatic writers flee even as the half-hour business thrives.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/breaking-bad-how-cable-netflix-619857?AP

RUPERT MURDOCH'S NEWSPAPERS DECLARE WAR ON AUSTRALIA PRIME MINISTER

"Let's Kick This Mob Out!" declares a headline as the mogul throws his weight behind a campaign to oust Labor Party Kevin Rudd to protect his home continent's TV properties.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rupert-murdochs-newspapers-declare-war-619379?AP

'FIFTY SHADES' CASTING: SHAILENE WOODLEY AND OTHER SURPRISE NAMES THAT PASSED

The A-listers who declined, author E.L. James' role and the secret chemistry read that sealed the deal as THR goes inside the selection of the movie's hot new stars.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fifty-shades-grey-casting-shailene-619871?AP

VIN DIESEL'S SHREWD MOVE: TRADING 'FAST & FURIOUS' CAMEO TO OWN RIDDICK RIGHTS

How the franchise star revived the breakout role from 2000's 'Pitch Black' after its sequel fizzled, leading to 'Riddick'.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/vin-diesel-traded-fast-furious-619386?AP

SEXUAL INFIDELITY: FALL TV'S HOTTEST TOPIC

Showtime's 'The Affair,' HBO's 'Open' join efforts from USA, FX and ABC as forbidden love hits the small screen; says producer David Zabel, "The lure of infidelity is universal."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sexual-infidelity-fall-tvs-hottest-619372?AP

SUMMER BOX OFFICE FALLOUT: STUDIOS NEW FEAR OF THE $200M TENTPOLE

"The Lone Ranger" and RIPD create a new reluctance to bet big on franchises; says producer Joe Roth: "Everyone is trying to get it down about 20 percent."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/summer-box-office-bombs-studios-619389?AP

RON HOWARD'S COMPETITIVE DRIVE BEHIND 'RUSH' (AND HOW TO FIT THOR INTO A RACE CAR)

What's a billion-dollar director to do when the studio passes on his Formula One racing drama? Get Chris Hemsworth on board, go indie and raise the money himself.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ron-howard-chris-hemsworths-rush-619670?AP

MANAGEMENT 360 CAUGHT IN CATFISHING HOAX (EXCLUSIVE)

A mailroom trainee, fired Aug. 15, pretended to be more than a dozen people, including Christopher Nolan and model Behati Prinsloo, to look well-connected to her bosses.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/management-360-caught-catfishing-hoax-618619?AP

'FIFTH ESTATE' PRODUCER STEVE GOLIN ON POSSIBLE SNOWDEN MOVIE AND HOW ANNE HATHAWAY LEFT HIM HANGING (Q&A)

The Anonymous Content exec reveals to THR the fallout from the actress' departure from the dark comedy "Laggies" ("We were all very disappointed with the way that went down") and how they have "more than we can spend" of TV development money.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fifth-estate-producer-steve-golin-619305?AP

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