Variety

Founded in 1905, Variety is an entertainment newspaper published weekly by Reed Business Information. The subtitle of the paper is The International Entertainment Weekly. Variety features stories and columns pertaining to theatre, television, radio, music, records and movies. Variety's Vice President and Editor-in-Chief is Peter Bart. Charles Koones serves as President and Publisher. Dana Harris is the Editor and Olivia Hemaratanatorn is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 428, No. 13, November 5-November 11

A Mountain of Talent
Action auteur, scribe and producer Walter Hill, who is being feted with the Rome Film Fest's Maverick Director Award, is unquestionably among the most versatile, and underrated, figures in American cinema these days.With a range that spans from classic...
Art Finds Surprising Home
The 70s have been hailed as the age of the auteur, but a case can be made for the present based on a plethora of contendersLike a kind of pox, Art has been erupting all over the movies. Even a cursory glance at this year's likely Oscar field puts the...
Bizzers Help Pols Fight to the Finish
POLITICAL HOLLYWOODIn the final days before the most expensive and one of most caustic elections in political history, one of the more popular Web videos comes from Joss Whedon, who "endorses" Mitt Romney because he thinks it will put the country "on...
Black Filmmakers Breaking Down Arthouse Doors
On paper, Dee Rees felt her directorial debut "Pariah," which tells the story of an AfricanAmerican teenager coming to terms with her homosexuality, was a can't-miss investment. She and producer Nekisa Cooper had a 50-page business plan and a detailed...
B.O. Hits Help India's Actresses Role in Some Dough
In Bollywood, the female lead is nearly always eye candy. From hits like "Awaara" to "3 Idiots," the story is centered around the male.But lately, women are grabbing meatier roles - and the accompanying pay raise that comes with them - and thesp Vidya...
Celebrated Scribe Ripe for Revisiting
PARISThe late mystery novelist Georges Simenon, best known for his fictional pipe-smoking invention police detective Commissaire Maigret, will be celebrated at the Remakes Market.One of the 20th century's most prolific authors, Simenon, who died two...
China Exec Sells Marketing Merits
BEIJINGAs Hollywood goes hunting for a bigger share of China's B.O. boom, Sino co-productions are the preferred method. Full co-productions are treated as domestic films, and do not fall under the import quota. They stand a much ger chance of getting...
Dramas Ripped from Headlines
From Middle Eastern dustups to natural disasters, fimmakers mine heady inspirationHollywood hasn't shied away from tackling timely political content, whether it involves 9/11, the war in Iraq or the economic recession. But those films have been rare...
Easy Money II
FILMEasy Money IISNABBA CASH IISwedenHandsome rising star Joel Kinn a m an (soon to be seen in the "RoboCop" reboot) is both the main selling point and principal charm of this less distinguished sequel to Swedish hit "Easy Money." Loosely adapted from...
Gaumont Flies Pilot-Free to Stateside TV
In little more than a year since its launch, Gaumont Intl. Television, the Los Angeles-based TV production and distribution arm of the Gallic movie studio, has launched three major series, with more in development, and has shown a knack for attracting...
How to Write a New Book for the Bible
LEGIT COSTA MESA, CALIF.How to Write a New Book for the BibleSouth Coast Repertory 507 seats: $70 topIf ever a play proved one can reach the universal through particulars, it's Bill Cain's "How to Write a New Book for the Bible," splendidly executed...
HuffPo Goes Nuclear!
TUNING INLike a lot of people, perhaps especially during the run-up to the election and Hurricane Sandy, I find myself checking the Huffington Post several times a day. It rewards me with frequent updates, wide-ranging posts and aggregation, and plenty...
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
FILMJason Becker: Not Dead YetDocumentaryBy the end of Jesse Vile's engaging docu, even those who had never heard of Jason Becker will probably leave as fans. At 19, Becker snagged perhaps the most sought-after gig in rock 'n' roll - lead guitarist for...
'Live!' Passes Chemistry Test
Regis who?Disney-ABC's "Live!" is doing just fine without the legendaiy host who exited the show last November. In fact, even though last year at this time "live! With Regis and Kelly" was busy saying good-bye to Regis Phübin after nearly 30 years, this...
Local Talent on the Rise
Spotlight on range of artists making an impact on Scandi cinemaKLAS OSTERGRENWriterOne of contemporary Sweden's most acclaimed writers returns to cinema after co-writing Mikael Hafstrom's "Evil," which nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2003....
Mart Spotlights Pics Worth a Do-Over
PARISOnce largely dominated by U.S. studios, the remakes business has expanded in the past few years, attracting a fresh breed of industryites looking to explore diverse international grounds."Now that the studios hardly greenlight any movies that aren't...
Mueller Makes His Mark
The Eternal City's sprocket opera on its way to a major makeoverRome wasn't rebuilt in six months. But Marco Mueller has certainly put his distinctive stamp on what was previously a somewhat shapeless fest.Time constraints due to protracted political...
Nets Needed for Mideast High Wireless Act
Content providers target the region's huge population of connected millennialsThe Middle East conjures many images - from oil-rich sheikdoms to the exotic spires of Riyadh to the uprising in Tarhir Square. But perhaps a more uniform image should be that...
N.Y. Filmmaker Tells L.A. Story
Since 2002, Sean Baker's claim to fame was a puppet named Greg the Bunny. Co-created by fellow NYU film school alumni Spencer Chinoy and Dan Milano, the character saw iterations on IFC and Fox - while more recently, a spinoff was developed for MTV starring...
Popcorn Epics' Battle for Top Prize as Elusive as Holy Grail
In a year when Oscar has anointed as its host Seth MacFarland, creator of TV's ribald "Family Guy" and the blockbuster R-rated comedy "Ted," it's fair to say the Academy seeks to boost ratings for the telecast by appealing to a broader and younger demographic.That...
Progressive Party
Stockholmfest champions femme filmmakers as local pic quality risesIt may be the Stockholm Film Festival, but Mikael Marcimain's debut "Call Girl" is only the second Swedish film to kick off the sprocket opera.Although Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor...
Scrappy Indies Aspire to Level Playing Field
Dating back beyond the mid-'80s, when independently distributed films began to establish a toe-hold in the Oscar race, the best pic category has increasingly taken on a David vs. Goliath scenario. While "Little Miss Sunshine," "Juno" and "Winter*s Bone"...
Seeking Asian Female
FILMSeeking Asian FemaleDocumentaryA documentary observing the marriage between a Caucasian American and his Chinese mail-order bride, "Seeking Asian Female" brings stereotypes of "yellow fever" and "gold-digging immigrant" into compelling interplay....
Stolid 'Lincoln' Center
STOLID 'LINCOLN' CENTERFILM: LINCOLN (DISNEY)Director: Steven Spielberg; Cast Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathalm, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, James SpaderAbraham Lincoln may not technically be the subject of Steven Spielbergs "Lincoln," but Daniel...
The BBC Takes Hits from Savile Row
LONDONWhen the BBC's new leader took over six weeks ago, the Beeb was glowing in the remarkable success of the London Olympics. Now, the U.K. pubcaster and its fledgling director general, George Entwistle, are embroiled in one of the worst crises in...
The Fairest 'Heiress'
THE FAIREST 'HEIRESS'LEGIT: THE HEIRESS (BROADWAY)Walter Kerr Theater; 964 seats; $135 topDirector: Motees Kaufman; Cast: David Strathalm, Judith Ivey. Jessica Chastaln, Dan StevensIf you can overlook the absurdity of casting the ravishing Jessica Chastain...
The Man with the Iron Fists
FILMThe Man With the Iron FistsAs endearing as it is exhausting, "The Man With the Iron Fists" bears strong resemblance to a hyperactive puppy: sloppy, scatterbrained, manic and migraine-inducing, but possessing an earnest sense of excitement. Working...
Variety: An Illustrated History of the World from the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood
Variety: An Illustrated History of the World From, the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood By Tim Gray Foreword by Martin Scorsese Rizzoli, 320 pages, $50This coffee-table book looks at the world events as seen through the pages of Variety, from 1905...
Wrecking Crew
Disney is ready for "WreckIt Ralph" to do some damage at the box office, with the Mouse House taking over the newly opened Sweet! candy store at Hollywood & Highland on Oct. 29 to help preem the Walt Disney Animation toon about a videogame villain...