The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week:
INSIDE THE FIGHT TO BRING 'LES MIS' TO THE SCREEN
Nate Silver-style analytics made the case for the musical starring Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman.
THR'S WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT 2012: POWER 100
The Hollywood Reporter's 21st annual ranking celebrates the 100 most powerful female leaders in the entertainment industry.
'LINCOLN' CUSSING: WHAT THE F(at)(asterisk)&! IS UP WITH THIS S(hash)(at)?!
Biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin reviewed the script and tells THR she "never had a problem with the language," but another historian who consulted on the movie says it's "completely unlikely" for the 16th president.
GAVIN POLONE ON 'FAILURE' JEFF ZUCKER: SADLY, HE'LL SUCCEED AT CNN
The producer and Conan O'Brien manager says the former broadcast entertainment chief's toughness -- and the laws of statistics -- suggest a win.
HOLIDAY OSCAR PARTIES SHIFT INTO OVERDRIVE WITH EARLY VOTING DEADLINES
Early voting and a heated race are making for endless gatherings; "it's exhausting," gripes one voter.
FOX ORDERS 'BABES ON A BUS' DATING REALITY SHOW PILOT
The Endemol concept, which originated in Norway, centers on 10 single women who travel on a bus from small town to small town looking for love.
'NASHVILLE' SONGS LIGHT UP ITUNES CHARTS
Hayden Panettiere's "Telescope" is No. 38 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
So far the show has earned $1 million from the songs -- and since all of them are original, it's a potential windfall for the songwriters and Lionsgate.
PBS' PAULA KERGER ON FRED WILLARD'S ARREST, BIG BIRD AND THE ELMO SEX SCANDAL
After a year of surprising controversy, the executive tells THR about her approach to dealing with challenges: "You need to give everybody the chance to be heard, and then when you need to move, you need to move."
INSIDE THE SPOOKY 'AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM' SET
Ryan Murphy's macabre direction helped two Emmy winners craft a Victorian-inspired nightmare.
RIHANNA TEAMS WITH STYLE FOR FASHION COMPETITION SERIES
The 10-episode "Styled to Rock" will premiere next year.