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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. 320, No. 1, May 7-May 13

Acquisitive Firm Extends Digital Reach
Telepool's golden anniversary buoyed by hits and expansion By Ed MezaTELEPOOL® 50Telepool, one of Europe's leading licensing companies, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but as the group looks toward the future it is embracing opportunities...
AmFAR Gala Hits 20
Croisette benefit to fight AIDS includes kiss-and-tell memoriesYear after year, one oiganization has been using the Cannes Film Festival to combine goodwill and glamour: amfAR's Cinema Against Aids gala, held amid lavish surroundings and glamorous couture...
An FCC Mystery
WHEELER DEALERWhere Obama's choice for chairman stands on network neutrality is anybody's guessIF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S nominee to chair the FCC, Tom Wheeler, is confirmed, there's a good chance it will only be after he answers a few questions from lawmakers...
A Rough Road for Reality Stalwarts
SEASON WRAPFox and ABC take hits as Dancing, Idol slump. The Jimmys prosper, but new girls hit a speedbumpThe axiom "what goes up must come down" was certainly true this season for two of primetime's heavyweight reality series.American Idol and Dancing...
Art, Commerce & Staying Alive
FilmNation launched during the worst global recession since the 1930s, but thanks to a flexible business plan and indie insider smarts, its celebrating five years of growthFive years ago, Glen Basner and Steven Samuels took a leap of faith and started...
At Their Worst, These Guys Are the Best
Alec Baldwin made it clear in his recent Huffington Post diatribe that he doesn't like Ben Brantley, whose review of Orphans in the New York Times helped bring the Broadway revival to an early close, on May 17. But what may have been forgotten by some...
Auteurs and Stars Develop Sales Pitch
BREAD CARPETLooking for financing, Scorsese, Timberlake head to Cannes market with pet projects in towMartin Scorsese is a familiar sight on the Croisette, but this year the helmer will also be shopping his own wares. And Justin Timberlake, whose name...
A Well-Oiled Screen Machine
LOCAL HEROCannes' Christian Jeune keeps the test's fortnight of films on schedule despite many hurdlesJOB DESCRIPTIONFrom scouting films to pre-selecting and organizing screenings and pressers, Christian Jeune is the fest's behind-the-scenes hero. "Scheduling...
Better Canuck Next Time
TELEVISIONBetter Canuck Next TimeCrime procedurals exist in such abundance that the challenge has become how to dribble new dabs of paint around a chalk outline. Motive - another Canadian import receiving a summer showcase on ABC - seeks to brighten...
Be Very Afraid: Blurb Offers Glimpse of Next-Gen Viewing
Watching TV while multi-tasking just means you're really not paying attentionThe long-projected demise of TV and the advertising that supports it is something that ought to take years. AT&T demolished it all in 30 seconds.The tech concern once known...
Brooks' Career Makes Joyful Noise
TELEVISIONBrooks' Career Makes Joyful NoiseFor a guy in his mid-80s, Mel Brooks has been on quite a roll - featured in two HBO specials holding forth about his career, and now a loving American Masters documentary, Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, in advance...
Buzz Titles
A selection of pics that buyers will be talking about in the Cannes MarketAnd So It GoesDirector: Rob ReinerProducers: Alan Greisman, Rob Reiner, Mark DamonCast: Michael Douglas, Diane KeatonAn egocentric real estate agent's life is turned upside down...
China's Online Vid Surge Both Lures, Scares Outsiders
As more sellers emerge, the need for content grows, but piracy remains an issueCompetition in China's online video sector is intensifying, and the prize is a stake in the world's fastest-growing platform for movie and TV content. Locals and Westerners...
Cite Incites le Grand Surge
New studio, higher rebates boost productionHOW TO SHOOT A FILM IN FRANCEFrance is coming offa year overshadowed by a lack of big-budget U.S. shoots. Despite this drought, Gallic player Luc Besson has managed to feed the pipeline of his 9-month-old brainchild,...
Daryl Hall Renovates His Career with DIY Spirit
Veteran hitmaker scores by putting up his own money for nitery, TV venturesYou've got to want it.And you've got to be willing to do the work.So I'm standing onstage at (New Orleans') Jazz Fest watching Hall & Oates and it occurs to me the difference...
Devour
"... wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for _____is a morable feast." Erness HamingwayWATCHIran Man 2(Youtube.com/Cinema5ins)The Cinema Sins comedy crew found innumerable plot holes in Iron Man 2 that they detailed in this...
Dynamic Region Hops onto Incentives Bandwagon
Countries boost filmmaking by adding tax breaks to low production costs By Leo BarracloughSCOUT & ABOUT: CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEIN THE 10 YEARS since Hungary introduced its production incentives, it has emerged as the leading country in Central...
ESPN Goes for the Extra Point with Hackathons
PITCH PERFECTMedia giant adopts a tech-sector ritual to get employees InnovatingSHOWCASING A PLAYOFF tournament among battle-tested teams is nothing unusual at ESPN. But the one the media behemoth held over two days in New York last month didn't involve...
Feedback
AGENCY AGENDAThe May 7 collection of stories exploring the state of Hollywood's talent agencies (Agency Angst) drew some spirited observations from readers both inside and outside the business. Admirers and critics came in equal supply."I actually liked...
Filmmakers to Track
Ten Uruguayan creatives are making their marks at home, in festivals and on foreign screens By Emmo MayorgaFederico AlvarezDirectorThe helmer caught Sam Raimi's eye with his short Panic Attack, and was tapped to helm the remake of Raimi's classic horror...
Final Four Makes Fast Break to Cable
GAME ONWith rights fees skyrocketing, CBS will share NCAA basketball championship weekend with TBSThe NCAA men's basketball Final Four, including the championship game, will be migrating to TBS, a continued sign of the narrowing gap between broadcast...
Form-Busting Films Take Stage at Hot Docs
FILMIf you want to take the temperature of the documentary, go to Toronto in the spring, when Hot Docs delivers its cinema-crazed citizenry the cream of global nonfiction. Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam may have more films, and some of the...
Games Has Will, but Not Much Way
TELEVISIONGames has will, but not much wayRemember Ben & Kate, the sweet little comedy about oddball siblings Fox aired - and pretty quickly canceled - earlier this season? Turns out the network developed a logical single-camera companion to the...
Global Village
THE MAPEurope resists U.S. inclusion; pois pressure biz in Russia and India; local pics buoy booming Brazil B.O.1 INDIAPresident Pressures BizPresident Pranab Mukherjee is urging the film industry to provide positive values following rising reports of...
Heat Wave
Producing in France can include filming on an array of alluring tropical islands By Leo BarracloughFILMING on a remote tropical island may be less expensive and arduous than you think."It was always going to be tough filming (in the Caribbean), but I...
Huskers Hone in on Hollywood
The Croisette will get a taste of Midwestern American sensibilities this year when Omaha native Alexander Payne screens his latest pic, Nebraska, in competition. And back in Los Angeles, members of 21 -year-old networking group the Nebraska Coast Connection,...
Keeping Executives Plugged in and Turned On
A Smarter TVSamsung.com/smarttv | $400 to $4,500Studies have shown that owners of smart TVs generally don't use the apps that are filling up their screens. Samsung's revamped Smart Hub should help change that.The problem has always been software that...
Key Players in a Big Telepool
Subsids give parent company dominant media footprint across the Continent By Ed MezaWho's WhoCurrent shareholders include German regional pubcasters BR SWR and MDR- all affiliates of national broadcasting group ARD - as well as the Swiss Broadcasting...
Kudos Aglow with Shows and Shout-Out for SNL Major Domo
From Girls to Louie, Peabodys give props to top programsPEABODY AWARDSTHIRTY-NINE RECIPIENTS Of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards will be honored May 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham. The Peabodys, bestowed by the U. of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism...
Location Proliferation
Gaul opens up landmarks and institutions across the country By Elsa KeslassyOn top of launching its mega studio, the Cite du Cinema, France is opening up public landmarks - from the insides of psychiatric hospitals, to schools, to factories - for filmmakers...
Marine Vacth
Starring in a Cannes competition film, the model isnt just pretty face. Francois Ozon compares her to Charlotte Rampling.Acting demands an engagement that's more complex and ncher than modeling."CLAIM TO FAMEIn Francois Ozon's competition contender Young...
Meet the Peeples: May the Farce Be with You
FILMMeet the Peeples: May the Farce Be With YouDomestic comedy Peeples may appropriate its entire premise and plot structure from Meet the Parents, but its heart is suffused with French cinema. Not the cinema of Godard or Rivette, exactly, but rather...
Modest Scarecrow Preps Fresh Field in Gotham
WINDING ROADThe man who directed the 1973 Palme d'Or winner has plans for a sequel - but it won't be easyFor proof of how much the film industry has changed over the past four decades, one need look no further than Jerry Schatzberg's Scarecrow, which...
Monkey Business Down Under
BIG FOOTPRINTWith King Kong, Aussie producers have created a monster; now they get to find out how far it can travelWith the eyes of the Gotham theater industry focused on the current Tony race, you might not notice that in an under-the-radar Down Under...
Mouse Pays off a Silent Partner
MUSCULAR CUTParamount's percentage adds up on Marvel pics, but the deal it made with Disney will soon expireWHEN PARAMOUNT PICtures negotiated a deal with Disney in October 2010 to retain a portion of revenue from Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3,...
Nikolai and the Others Makes for Dull Company
LEGITNikolai and the Others Makes for Dull CompanyIn Richard Nelson's new play, Nikolai and the Others, George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, Maria Tallchief and a full complement of other notable Russian emigres spend a Chekhovian weekend together in...
Omar and Lead Will Fly Palestine Flag at Cannes
A network of proud expatriates is helping to build the region's nascent film industryAhmed and Mohamed Abu Nasser were born in 1988 in Gaza, where there are no movie theaters. But the twins, who work under the names Tarzan and Arab, were determined to...
On the Critical List
Variety s critics will see much of the Cannes selection, but which pics are they really excited about? The answers belowAll is Lost (J.C. Chandor)Chandor, who made an impressive debut with Margin Call in 2011, ventures far from Wall Street - and dry...
Philanthropy: The New Hollywood Brand
Nothing says you've made it quite like leaving your name on a good causeThe charity banquet season hits its peak at this time of year, and the crowded ballrooms remind us that there are people in town who worry less about making money than giving it...
Posse Rounds Up Biz Support
Org boosts diversity by helping students get into college and making sure they graduateStudios have been riding with Posse, a nonprofit organization that helps teenagers from diverse backgrounds gain admittance to college, and graduate. Bizzers including...
Quality Trumps Quantity at B.O
DOLLARS AND SENSEDiscerning auds worldwide opened up their wallets for recent smart Indie offeringsSMART SELLS. Dumb, not so much.If there's an encouraging lesson to be drawn from the recent performance of independent films in the international market,...
Shooting Bullets Gives Way to Shooting Film
Colombia lures productions With SWeet financial rewards By Anna Marie de la FuenteSCOUT & ABOUT: COLOMBIASINCE A NEW FILM LAW took effect in January, Colombia has emerged as the go-to location for a growing number of international filmmakers.Also...
Slogan's Run Doesn't Pay Off
FILMSlogan's Run Doesn't Pay OffPlop plop. Fizz fizz. Oh, what a missed opportunity it is! In the well-cast but seldom funny satire And Now a Word From Our Sponsor, the CEO of a major Chicago ad agency suffers a nervous breakdown that leaves him speaking...
Smart Art Thrives at the Right Price
SAVVY SELLERSCertain helmers can attract financing, but balancing a bare-bones budget with auteur integrity can be trickyIn the movie business, the label "art film" isn't always a deal-breaker.Nowhere is this more apparent than at Cannes, where films...
Stars in Hyper Space
Cannes may program the best in art films, but the fest is also a great plaee for stars (and wannabes) to grab the attention of the worlds press with stunts - in good taste or not - on and off the red carpet.1991 Madonna and Cannes seemed to be made for...
States of Aggression
Producers play off the competition to ink best dealsAs the variety of tax incentive programs has grown, one thing is increasingly getting cut: the middleman.Companies that buy tax credits from producers are increasingly working with those producers directly,...
Survival Odds Low for Paramount Execs after Collapse of Poorly Constructed Tentpole
So Many Pigs, So Lttle TimeSearch and rescue workers announced they are pessimistic on the odds of survival for any Paramount Pictures executives, after a poorly constructed tentpole, otherwise known as World War Z, which was supposed to help keep a...
The Fickle Fetes
Sometimes a Cannes party can outstrip the pic its celebrating"I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy."Jordan Baker, in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great GatsbyThe 12-day Cannes gathering is actually four events...
The Films
Official selection plus Critics' and Directors' lineupsOpening NightThe Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)CompetitionBehind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam)A Castle in Italy (Valeria...
The Stupidity of Smart TV
The verdict is in: The IQ of the idiot box may have finally hit the wallWarning: Deciphering the latest intelligence on smart TV will make your head hurt.TDG Research reported last week that the penetration of TV sets that connect to the Internet doubled...
Thierry Fremaux
Cannes honcho talks about his Tinseltown ties and this years festival lineupQ+AWhen Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby raises the curtain on the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it will serve, among other things, as an indication that the love affair between...
Tony's Daunting Demands
Broadway nominees describe challenges faced on way to winners' circle By Robert HoflerTONY NOMINEESTHEY MET THE CHALLENGE, now they've been rewarded with a Tony nomination. But how does that challenge differ for the many scribes, helmers and thesps nommed?...
Tyro Sales Shingle Pumps Up Volume
Global Screen hits with kidpics and action Series By Ed MezaTelepool and Bavaria Film formed a giant last year in world sales joint venture Global Screen, and the result has been a boom for the bottom line.Headed by Telepool CEO Thomas Weymar and Bavaria...
Uruguay's Big Impact
Scrappy auteurs draw global attention as the local biz pushes for more growth with international partners By Emiliano de PablosWORLD REPORT: URUGUAYURUGUAY, Latin America's second-smallest country, has produced two World Cup champion teams, and now the...
USA's Drama Palette Adds Darker Shades
MOOD INDIGOCabler known for blue-sky fare ups the edginess factor with GracelandThey are young, good-looking and in the business of hunting bad guys under Southern California's sunny skies.Sound like the ingredients for a USA Network drama series? Sure...
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