The Hollywood Reporter’s best stories of the week

HOLLYWOOD’S 20 MASTERS OF HORROR: THE TWISTED TALENTS RAISING THE MOST HELL

From the genre gods (Guillermo del Toro, Stephen King) to the hot upstarts (James Wan and . Michael Bay?), these are the twisted talents raising the most hell right now in Hollywood.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywoods-20-masters-horror-twisted-645208

FROM ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’ TO ‘WALKING DEAD,’ HOW HORROR TOOK OVER HOLLYWOOD

What’s the new fear in town? That terror is changing the game with record-breaking TV hits and bloody cheap films that are eventizing networks (says Ryan Murphy), elevating the genre with Oscar-nominated stars (like Julianne Moore and Jessica Chastain) and minting money: “We keep asking ourselves, ‘Is the boom over?’ ”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/american-horror-story-walking-dead-645007

5 WAYS ‘GRAVITY’S’ VFX WIZARDS SENT SANDRA BULLOCK INTO SPACE

Alfonso Cuaron infused his $100 million film with everything from lights mimicking the sun reflected off North Africa to sound from a car plant.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sandra-bullock-george-clooney-gravity-644538

GUEST COLUMN: KEVIN SMITH ON WHY QUENTIN TARANTINO SAID NO TO ‘TUSK’

The director’s tireless campaign to bring his walrus horror movie to life continues.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kevin-smith-why-quentin-tarantino-645204

KATIE COURIC’S TALK SHOW TEETERING ON THE VERGE OF CANCELLATION

Soft ratings, a huge $50 million budget and “disdain” for her female audience — Q Scores report only 10 percent of women view Couric favorably — have the host possibly taking a pay cut to save the Disney/ABC daytime experiment.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/katie-courics-talk-show-teetering-645257

HOW JOHNNY CARSON NEARLY QUIT ‘TONIGHT SHOW’ (BOOK EXCERPT)

Henry Bushkin, the legend’s lawyer, reveals clandestine talks with ABC at Joan Rivers’ house, the star’s personal dramas and how they ended up with one of the most outrageous contracts in television history.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/secret-meetings-at-sea-a-644508

‘X-MEN’ PRODUCER JOHN PALERMO GOES ON RACIST RANT ON FACEBOOK

His comments about Julie Chen, Kanye West and “Monster Moonves” live on, though his page has been taken down.

http://ww.hollywoodreporter.com/news/x-men-producer-john-palermo-645417

BEN AFFLECK’S EDITOR TRIED TO SAVE BOMB ‘RUNNER RUNNER’

Sources tell THR that at one point, the poker thriller was in such bad shape that Affleck turned to “Argo’s” William Goldenberg to help credited editor Jeff McEvoy salvage the movie.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/runner-runner-ben-afflecks-editor-645259

‘GREY’S ANATOMY’S’ SHONDA RHIMES ON POSSIBLE SPINOFF, CREATIVE PTSD AND CAST DEPARTURES

The showrunner talks to THR about the show’s longevity and creative reboots: “I used to always have a final scene in mind, and we’ve passed the time in which that ending would happen.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shonda-rhimes-greys-anatomys-endurance-645156

WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR PAID $150K TO SATISFY GAMBLER’S DEBT TO DEADMAU5

The talent agency is settling a dispute over what might be the most expensive five minutes ever at a Las Vegas nightclub. Bon Jovi doesn’t come cheap.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/william-morris-endeavor-paid-150k-646247

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