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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. 322, No. 6, December 3

A Fun but Imperfect 'Storm'
A Fun but Imperfect 'Storm'The White StormDirector: Benny ChanStarring: Louis Koo, Nick CheungAtrio of BFF cops find their ties strained following a flubbed operation in Benny Chan's enjoyable but routine shoot-'em-up "The White Storm." More in keeping...
AI Weiwei's 'Case' Still Wide Open
Ai Weiwei's 'Case' Still Wide OpenAi Weiwei: The Fake Case Director: Andreas JohnsenWITH: Ai WeiweiWithin China, authorities can position the arrest and subsequent censoring of artist-turned-folk hero Ai Weiwei any way they please. Abroad, however, Ai's...
America in the Mirror
Some of the years most acclaimed releases reflect a society in spiritual and economic paralysis"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world," said Bertolt Brecht. And angst may be in the eye of the beholder. Still, this season's best picture contenders...
Angst for the Memories
Angst for the MemoriesTrying to figure out a Pinter play is like pounding nails into your skull. Trying to figure out a Beckett play is like using a drill. But holding forth in a death-defying repertory bill of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" and Samuel...
Bright Hopes for a Deep, Dark Thriller
MAKING 'PRISONERS'Director, writer, stars share the story of how the uncompromising movie ultimately came together"Prisoners," an ambitious drama about two kidnapped children, could be a surprise entry at this year's Oscars. Although the film isn't a...
Burgeoning Bazaar
Dubai's politically calm oasis boosts market's attractionSeven years after its launch, the Dubai Film Market is steadily reinforcing its role as the Arab world's prime film business hub, with more movies than ever - some 400 from the Gulf region and...
Complex Media Expands to Give Dudes Their Due
MALE CALLHipster brand infuses fresh funding into slate to challenge Vice and others for young men#@xpanglerOn the 35th floor of the TimeLife Building in Manhattan, Nathan Brown is trying to figure out how to create a massive online video network that...
Day Dream Believer
BEN STILLER IS ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST BANKABLE COMIC ACTORS. BUT 'WALTER MITTY' COULD GIVE HIM THE CACHET HE CRAVES AS A SERIOUS DIRECTOR IF AUDS EMBRACE HIS MOVIEAt a recent Q&A to promote "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" actor-director Ben Stiller...
Dubai Dedicated to Local Core
Arab films are backbone of festival with strong inti tiesA decade after its launch, the Dubai Inti. Film Festival has firmly earned its leadership role among Middle East film events thanks to its unwavering drive to be international, but with an Arab...
Dubai Tailors Its Perks to Foreign Projects
One-stop permit shop with customized incentives lures o'seas shootsDubai set up its own film commission in May 2012, but it had already been luring foreign shoots, including "Syriana," "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "The Bourne Legacy," which...
Foreign Femme Power
Women helmers rep 20% of the foreign-lingo Oscar entries but still many face challengesThis year, a record 16 pics vying for the foreign-language Oscar are directed by women.In a discipline dominated by males, those 16 films rep encouragement for aspiring...
High-End Genre Fare Breaks out of Populist Ghetto
Like The Departed,' elevated action films like 'Prisoners,' 'Rush' not immune to kudos loveNearly a decade after "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" pulled off one of the biggest Oscar-night sweeps of all time, it seems almost unthinkable...
Hold the Melodrama: Lifetime Redefines Its Telepic Brand
PRIMETIME SPREEA+E banks on 'Bonnie & Clyde' to steal wider demos and shoot it out for viewers across three networksA+E Networks' miniseries treatment of the Bonnie and Clyde story is a bold gamble in almost every way.The four-hour production tackles...
Horowitzes Lead Hollywood's March
Daughter healthy after premature birth, family delivers for charityJimmy and Joi Horowitz were vacationing in Lake Tahoe when Joi went into labor three months prematurely. She was rushed by ambulance to Reno, where she gave birth to Jordan only 26 weeks...
How Paul Greengrass Found Himself
Honoree labored toward authentic style By Guy Lodge"Lucky" is a word that crops up repeatedly in an interview with Paul Greengrass. More than once, the 58-year-old Briton interrupts his own train of thought to express his general gratitude for the way...
Indie Pics Head for the Hills
French Alps-set fest incubates arthouse films with commercial potentialAs the market for European pure-play arthouse films continues to shrink, the fifth edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival's Arc 1950 Co-production Village will turn the spotlight...
Is ABC on a New Route Inside the Magic Kingdom?
The 0&0s' challenge of filling the post-Oprah void raises bigger questions for the AlphabetI started out looking for a needle in a haystack before realizing the real story was the state of the haystack.I initially set my sights on answering the question...
Local Investment BRIDGES GULF
Middle East money still funds some Hollywood pics but more than ever fuels locals who are building the bizThe Middle East, more specifically the Gulf region, is no longer that deep indiscriminate petro-dollar well that Hollywood, in its constant thirst...
Many Ways to Create Emotion
WALK OF FAME HONOR: THALIAMultihyphenate juggles radio, book and album projectsIn conversation, Mexican singer-actress-author-radio host-entrepreneur Thalia is a relentlessly upbeat presence. The words "cool" and "amazing," as well as stronger variants,...
Miniseries Gangs Up on History
Miniseries Gangs up on HistoryBonnie & ClydeMiniseries; A&E/History/ Lifetime, Sun.Mon. Dec. 8-9, 9 p.m.Director: Bruce BeresfordWriters: John Rice, Joe BatteerStarring: Emile Hirsch, Holliday GraingerAnybody who saw "Bonnie and Clyde" in a movie...
Music Biz Hopes for Holiday Miracle
TAKING STOCKWith digital sales off, most major titles debuted and streaming revs hard to track, Grammy boost is keyAs the music biz awaits the kudos hoopla that begins with the Dec. 6 Grammy Award nominations, the business side is once again looking...
Overseas Thesps Stand outside Oscar's View
Only a handful have been nominated in acting category but there are some stellar perfsThe Academy's selection process for foreign-language film contenders, and the shortlisting thereof, has long been fraught with peril. But while the Academy continually...
Shorts Offer Crucial Calling Cards
The format is a great way for novice Gulf region filmmakers to launch a feature careerJust like the cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, which have sprouted from the desert in a flurry of glass and steel, the film industry in the Persian Gulf has been...
Side by Side with Television
SMALLSCREEN STAGEHBO celebration of Sondheim proves TV was also a collaboratorIt's hard to surprise musical theater fans, who feel like they already know everything about legends of the industry like Stephen Sondheim. But for legit avids who sit down...
'Six' Mix Should Nix Tricks
'Six' Mix Should Nix TricksSix by SondheimDocu; HBO, Mon, Dec. 9,9 p.m.Director: James LapineWith: Stephen SondheimAffixed with an unnecessary gimmick, "Six by Sondheim" is a loving ode to the composer by director James Lapine - part biography, part...
Sound Advice
Turns out cord-cutting has infiltrated the speaker industry, too. A slew of electronics manufacturers are rolling out mobile sound systems that use Near Field Communication (NFC) or built-in Bluetooth to easily pair the devices with smartphones, tablets...
The Blockbuster Model That Ate Hollywood
Sony retrenchment shows that studios' blueprints are committed to scale over substanceThe cutbacks and other contortions disclosed by Sony a week ago underscored a bigger question no one wants to pose: Are movie studios an anachronism?The studio of the...
The Rise and Fall of a Content Farm
The future of Demand Media looks bleak as its search-centric biz crumblesTake note, TWitter: Not every tech company has a happy ending after a ballyhooed IPO.Just look at Demand Media, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm some thought would revolutionize...
Top Critics' Darlings So Far
97%"12 Years a Slave"Praise: "It seems certain to transcend the movie realm and become a new reference point in contemporary culture - a defining vision of what slavery looked like, and felt like, in the U.S. before the Civil War."- Joe Morgenstern,...
Tragedy Puts U in a Bind
Paul Walker's death in an auto accident leaves a shadow on the franchise that highlights street racingWhen director Rob Cohen first approached Paul Walker for the original "The Fast and Furious" movie in 2000, he only had three questions."Do I get a...
Walker Was a Teen Star Who Reinvented Himself
Thesp has three completed projects yet to be releasedThe Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker reinvented his career in spectacular fashion after nearly being written off as a teen heartthrob in the 1990s. But after being cast in the first "The Fast...
Yahoo Needs a Media Boss before It's Too Late
Without an exec leading the charge on original video, Internet player will lose more groundImagine an NFL team without a head coach - and the front office calling all the plays on the field.That's the current game plan at Yahoo. CEO Marissa Mayer, lacking...
Year's Docs Show Changing Reality
VIRTUAL VERITEFor different reasons, three nonfiction helmers put themselves in the middle of their own workRobert J. Flaherty's 1922 "Nanook of the North" set the standard for documentaries: An impartial filmmaker points his camera at a subject to give...
You like Us? You Really like Us?
Homegrown films are winning over tough British critics ByLeoBarracioughHave British critics gone soft for local films?On Dec. 8, the U.K. film biz gathers at the British Independent Film Awards to toast the year's achievements, and Blighty's film reviewers...
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