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Hollywood's winners and losers of summer

7 September 2010 9:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Welcome back! If you spent the summer trying to avoid news, here's what you missed: a season dominated by "American Idol" chaos, strong box office but fewer people seeing movies and stars including Adam Sandler and Steve Carell solidifying their value.

Hollywood is a hits-and-misses business, so even the town's most powerful endure ups and downs. For instance, on the same July weekend, Christopher Nolan proved he can deliver a non-Batman blockbuster ("Inception") and Jerry Bruckheimer suffered the second ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice") of his two summer disappointments.

THR takes stock of who gained and lost big during the summer months.


Christopher Nolan   Christopher Nolan

A $160 million gamble, "Inception" became a dream within a dream for Warner Bros. and Legendary, grossing $697 million globally and whetting appetites for the filmmaker's next "Batman."

Tony Disanto   Tony Disanto

The MTV programming president fought to air "Jersey Shore," then defended it against loud critics, »

- By Matthew Belloni

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