Plus, fans bid farewell to Harry Reems, star of the cult porn film "Deep Throat" — a readers' choice of TheWrap
Satan sure looked a lot like Obama on History Channel's hit series "The Bible" as the week started in entertainment news. The resemblance — apparently not intentional — caused a blizzard of media commentary on both sides of the political aisle.
Then Yoko Ono posted a bloody image to remind us that over a million lives in the United States have already ended due to gun violence.
Elsewhere, "Deep Throat" star Harry Reems died on Tuesday. And finally, the biggest story of the week: Is NBC really replacing Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show?"
Those stories and more caught our readers' attention this week. Here's another chance to read them in case they didn't catch yours.
Obama-Devil Resemblance on 'The Bible' Sets Off Firestorm: Politics, entertainment and religion created a perfect media storm on Monday when viewers watching History's "The Bible" noticed that Mohamen Mehdi Ouzaani (left) — the actor playing Satan on the hit miniseries — looks a whole lot like President Obama. Was the resemblance a dig at the 44th POTUS or simple coincidence?
'The Bible' Producers: Obama-Devil Link 'Utter Nonsense': Executive producers of "The Bible" Mark Burnett and Roma Downey say no, the resemblance between Obama and the Moroccan actor was not intentional. They dismissed the entire controversy as "utter nonsense."
Digital Domain CEO: We Can Still Save the Visual-Effects Industry: Oscar-company Rhythm & Hues is the latest VFX company to fall into financial ruin. In 2012, Ed Ulbrich, the CEO of Digital Domain, guided his company through bankruptcy. Digital Domain survived. Ulbrich told TheWrap what VFX companies need to do to survive in show business.
Is CNN Soft on Rapists? Steubenville Coverage Sparks Debate: Poppy Harlow, a CNN reporter covering two rape convictions in the Ohio city appeared to some viewers to be more sympathetic toward the rapists than the victim. Media outlets have called for an apology from the network, while CNN sources say Harlow is "outraged" over the criticism, leading TheWrap's Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman to ask: How should news organizations cover rape in the age of social media?
'Deep Throat' Star Harry Reems Dead at 65: He never won an Academy Award, but "Deep Throat" star Harry Reems (at right) played in one of the most successful and famous films of the pornographic kind — so famous that an informant in the Watergate scandal was named after it. In fact, Reems starred in over 100 pornographic films before becoming a successful real-estate broker. He died on Tuesday in Utah.
Jay Leno's Sendoff, and Conan's Last Laugh: Jay Leno gets a lick of the same sour taste that Conan O'Brien had in his mouth when Leno replaced him on "The Tonight Show." O'Brien opted to move on to a new late-night show on a new network, but Leno may not have the same opportunity. Here's why.
Jay Leno Ratings: Losing His Job Despite Beating His Rivals: Losing your job is never a good feeling. Losing your job when you're actually doing a good job feels even worse. In another examination of NBC's decision to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show," TheWrap explains why the network is forcing Leno out — even when he's finishing first in the ratings race.
Yoko Ono Posts Photo of John Lennon's Bloody Glasses in Plea to End Gun Violence: Gun violence is on America's mind in 2013, but the issue has been everpresent for Yoko Ono. Tweeting a shocking image of John Lennon's blood-covered glasses (above), the murdered musician's widow reminded the world that a whopping "1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA" since Mark David Chapman gunned down her husband on Dec. 8, 1980.