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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. 321, No. 16, October 22

Amazon Enters the Race
Step aside, Netflix. The original series X field just got more crowded thanks to an Internet colossus used to doing things differently - and successfully. First up: a John Goodman comedyThe ursine actor is up early for a shoot at the studio's Stage K,...
Big 4's Pilot Largess a Sign of Busy Skies
PROMISES, PROMISESWith more outlets buying originals, broadcasters have to make bigger commitmentsOn paper, it appears that each of the Big Four networks is on track to shoot about 40 to 50 pilots for the 2014-15 development cycle - numbers that are,...
Caddy Plugs In
GREEN WHEELScadillac.com I available in JanuaryAnother upscale competitor has appeared on the electric car grid.General Motors will begin selling Cadillac's ELR (a close cousin to the CTS coupe) in January, targeting luxury buyers looking for a sporty...
'Carrie' Redux OK in Spurts
FILM REVIEW'Carrie' Redux OK in SpurtsCarrie Director: Kimberly PeirceStarring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne MooreYou will know her name," scream the posters for the new bigscreen version of "Carrie," as if anyone could forget it after seeing Brian De...
Celebrating Down Under's TOP TALENT
Australians in Film honors cross-section of bizzersAt first blush, it would be difficult to think of a foreign demographic in Hollywood less in need of help than Australians. After all, for a country of 23 million people located on the absolute opposite...
Chitown Beckons Thesps Back to Boards
THEIR KIND OF TOWNDespite wider notoriety, actors who cut their teeth in Chicago theater find a way to returnCan't go home again? That old adage apparently doesn't apply to actors who started in Chicago ^ theater before going on to Hollywood success....
Choppy Waters
Steve Burke's reshaping of the top exec ranks in the Peacock's movie and TV divisions has unsettled staff even as it produces positive fiscal resultsA marathon enthusiast, Steve Burke knows a thing or two about how to compete for the long haul. Yet nearly...
Coast to Coast PARTY PLANNING
There's more to choose from in awards season citiesAwards season events now splash across the continent - from New York to showbizzers' secondhome bases such as Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Park City, Utah, and the film fests that unspool...
Don't Call People You Don't Like
To Jerry Weintraub, leading means loving what you do and never running from risksAs the title of his enchanting autobiography, "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead," suggests, producer-manager-entrepreneur Jerry Weintraub has a lot to say about...
'Dracula' Undead on Arrival
'Dracula' Undead on ArrivalConcocting some playful twists on the well-worn Dracula mythology, NBC's international version of Bram Stoker's bloodsucker transforms him into a revenge-seeking schemer - someone with a "Death Wish" in more ways than one,...
Feedback
AMAZON WADES INTO TVReaders were intrigued by Todd Spangler's column about Amazon Studios' original content ("Why Amazon Is Ready to Think Inside the Box").Amazon's ultimate goal might be to automatically attach a catchy "Get It From Amazon.com" jingle...
Femme Forces: BEHIND THE SCENES
Three high-profile event producers preview awards' season trends and reveal what it takes to keep the showbiz crowd happyDeirdre McCreadySBETHE INHOUSE EXECUTIVEAs vice president of special events for SBE, the nightlife and hospitality company, McCready's...
Hired
CBS has tapped Jonathan Sarrow as senior VP of television networks distribution. He will focus on the negotiation of carriage fees of CBS-owned properties to cable, satellite and telco companies. Sarrow previously served as vice president of distribution...
Hockey Biodoc Scores Big in Finland
Teemu Selanne feature draws families and fans of the national hero and NHL starPossibly the best-known export Finland has produced outside of Nokia, hockey player Teemu Selanne is scoring at the local box office in documentary "The Finnish Flash - the...
Hollywood's New Leaders
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAMONA ROSALES TYPOGRAPHY BY DREW MELTON ALL CLOTHING BY THEORY52AGENTS56LEGAL& FINANCE58DIGITAL60MANAGERS62CREATIVES64TV EXECUTIVES66EXECUTIVES FILM6810 ASSISTANTS TO WATCH70WEINTRAUBQIAN AROUGHETI,34Head of comedy department. Innovative...
Indian Indies Turn to Crowdfunding
Filmmakers take matters into their own hands to get financing for hit films like ?Peddlers' and ?Lucia'Crowdfunding may be going mainstream in Hollywood, but in India, it is very much the preserve of the independent sector.Facebook and Twitter campaigns...
Learning to Love the Low End of the Dial
Broadcast standards may be more constricting, but the shows can still be bleeping entertainingI've recently rekindled a strained professional relationship: I'm watching scripted series on the Big Four networks again.This development surprises no one...
Legal Drama Makes Quite a Statement
Legal Drama Makes Quite a StatementLike some forgotten treasure found in the attic, the Old Vic's radiant revival of "The Winslow Boy" - now presented on Broadway by the Roundabout Theater - practically glows in the dark. Terence Rattigan based his 1946...
Local Movies STORM JAPAN
U.S. tentpoles aren't drawing auds in a nation more drawn to family films and animeollywood no longer dominates box office in the third-largest market in the world.A decade ago, foreign films released in Japan grabbed a 67% market share ($1.4 billion...
Marano Rallies Army of Ghosts and Goblins
'Austin & Ally' thesp is tapped celeb ambassador of UNICEF's 63-year-old Trick-or-Treat programThe students at Glassell Park Elementary School in Los Angeles who assembled to talk about UNICEF's annual Trick-or-Treat program exploded in excited screams....
Murdoch All A-Twitter on Eve of Hacking Trial
London court date will make headlines, but U.S. actions could be more worrisome to News Corp.Recently Rupert Murdoch raised the curtain on what is, in a bit of hyperbole, being billed as the trial of the century."Big media trials in London in 2 weeks,"...
Old-School Fun in Jailhouse Crock
FILM REVIEWOld-School Fun in Jailhouse CrockEscape Plan Director: Mikael HafstromStarring: Sylvester Stallone. Arnold SchwarzeneggerConsidering the degree to which slavish fan service has come to dominate the development process for genre pics, it's...
Organically Grown Woes
ABC sitcom keeps things low-key, clever and realWHILE CUTTING-EDGE shows grab all the attention, "The Middle" avoids sharp objects, instead celebrating the flaws, the mediocrity and the bad choices of its characters with a big dose of laughs.The series...
Parsing Celebrity Interviews during Awards Season
Sometimes 'laid-back' and 'fun' aren't quite what they seemSo is Robert Redford really a "fun guy"? And does Joseph Gordon-Levitt truly project "a mellow, laid-back vibe?"I pondered these earth-shaking questions as I read recent examples of that dubious...
Primetime Price Check
AMC's 'Walking Dead' rattles TV's old guard as this season's priciest scripted ad buyFor the past few years, "American Idol" has had to contend with an ever-changing roster of judges, competition from NBC's "The Voice" and ratings declines. Add one more...
Projects in the Amazon Pipeline
'Alpha House' is the first in a wave of originals from the e-tailer over the next yearFALL 2013 SERIES"Alpha House" Political satire written by "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau; stars John Goodman as a GOP senator rooming with three other Republican...
Reece THOMPSON
Portraying a nerd in 'Rocket Science' and a serial killer in 'Final Girl,' Canadian thesp most likes being in characterCLAIM TO FAMEGot his first big break with a lead role as a stuttering, nerdy high school student opposite Anna Kendrick in "Rocket...
REMEMBERED: Maxine Powell
With herfinishing school, Motown's mistress of poise was key to the label's successaxine Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday, died Oct. 14 of natural...
Searchlight Puts Spotlight on Black Cinema
Trio of films, including '12 Years a Slave,' helps distrib re-enter a market dominated by rivalsTo help launch its upcoming Thanksgiving release, "Black Nativity," a family musical starring Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer...
The Big Picture
FILMA New World in MarketingAviv's ouster is the latest in a sector that prizes global savvyIf three is a trend, then firing marketing chiefs in Hollywood is all the rage.Twentieth Century Fox's Oren Aviv became the third top marketing exec to be ousted...
The Future of Hulu Hinges on Hopkins
HIRE POWERNew CEO comes into the job with pressing problems to solveCONGRATULATIONS ARE IN Order for Mike Hopkins, the Fox Networks distribution chief who is leaving 21st Century Fox to take the CEO job at Hulu. There's a $750 million check from the...
The New Me Decade Is Right at Our Fingertips
Disruption has reached the concert level; acts would be wise to embrace itI went to a show and it took all my willpower to refrain from dipping into my pocket and checking my iPhone.An e-mail would be nice, or a text, but in my hand I hold a personal...
Top Moments from the First 100 Episodes of Abc's 'The Middle'
"The Cheerleader"Oct. 7,2009Forced to pinch pennies when the "No payments "til 2009!" credit comes due and the dryer conks out, Frankie cons a boy into checking out a library book for her when she can't pay a big fine."The Neighbor"Jan. 6,2010Frankie...
YouTube's Emmy Is a Statue of Limitations
Award shows how far Google has come, yet still has far to goYouTube will officially receive its first Primetime Engineering Emmy Award later this month.Yes, it's a signal of the thawing of enmity between the entertainment industry and YouTube, which...
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