The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
THE CONFESSIONS OF BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
The cover star of The Hollywood Reporter’s New A-List issue — who stars in four movies this fall, including award contenders “August: Osage County” and “The Fifth Estate” — reveals how he was abducted at gunpoint, what he thinks about “Star Wars” rumors and the spotlight: “Is he gay? Can’t he commit to a relationship? All this speculative (expletive).”
HOW ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ FOUND 5 NEW CASTMEMBERS
It took secret showcases, a Vine video re-enactment and one nerve-racking audition in front of Lorne Michaels.
BONNIE HAMMER ON HER SURPRISE CABLE REBOOT: ‘WE WANTED TRUE DIFFERENTATION’
The NBCU exec tells THR why Esquire Network will take over Style, not G4, what’s next for Oxygen and how she broke the news to her staff.
J.J. ABRAMS BUILDING ‘STAR WARS’ POST-PRODUCTION FACILITY IN L.A.
An insider tells THR that Bad Robot’s Santa Monica facility is adding a green room, sound studios and other upgrades specifically for “Episode 7″.
HOLLYWOOD’S TALE OF TWO A-LISTS: WHY CHRIS HEMSWORTH WILL NEVER MAKE ROBERT DOWNEY JR. MONEY
Actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Hemsworth and Chris Pine are on the rise in Hollywood, but they’re not earning double-digit millions for one-off movies like RDJ, Denzel Washington and Johnny Depp.
THE NEW A-LIST: THE ACTORS GETTING ALL THE TV OFFERS
Rose Byrne, Kate Hudson, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and Paul Bettany are some of the surprising names who are getting deluged with broadcast and cable offers for comedies and dramas this season.
YOUNG ACTRESSES: WHO GETS OFFERED ROLES FIRST
Which young actresses are getting offered the plum roles in dramas and comedy-action films right now? Agents, executives and producers reveal who wins in the competition for drama and comedy projects between Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and others.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: WHY I REJECTED A $15 MILLION PAYCHECK
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star turned down “Magnum, P.I.”, choosing small roles like the lead of “Dallas Buyer’s Club” in his impressive tap-dance to stay on the New A-List.
SANDRA BULLOCK: HOW MY TIME-OUT LED TO ‘GRAVITY’
After recovering from an adoption and a painful divorce, the star cemented her A-list status with her stunning turn in Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi drama, co-starring George Clooney.
FROM ‘KNOCKED UP’ TO NYQUIL ADS, CAN TV SAVE KATHERINE HEIGL’S CAREER?
The bad behavior of the former “Grey’s Anatomy” actress and her manager mother have hampered a film career and may impact her comeback in NBC’s untitled CIA drama. Says one pilot producer: “She’s not worth it.”