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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. 429, No. 3, November 26-December 2

ABC Cookbook: Add Some British Cheesecake to 'Taste'
FEATURED PLAYERThe image of glamorous Englishwoman Nigella Lawson, whose immaculately styled cooking shows have always looked tailor-made for the BBC at its most upscale, could hardly be further from that of toughtalking, macho Scot, Gordon Ramsay, the...
A Man Vanishes (NINGEN JOHATSU)
FILMA Man VanishesNINGEN JOHATSUDocumentary JapanThe belated American release of Shohei Imamura'H 1967 "A Man Vanishes" has sent critics scrambling to rewrite cinema history, as the explosively provocative film progressively and aggressively blurs distinctions...
Animated Feature
It's been another strong year for toon features, both creatively and at the box office. The Globes can nominate five and here are the HFPA's short list of IS contenders.WRECK-IT-RALPHClassic precursor: "Tron" meets Pac Man.Shot at a Globe nom: Disney's...
Arab Femme Helmers Find Oasis in Doha
hen aspiring Qatari filmmaker Hend Fakhroo heard that Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" would be headlining the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival this month, she was ecstatic.Fakhroo, a 30-year-old mother of one, was preparing to present her...
Best Motion Picture, Drama
HFPA voters will wrestle with one of the strongest dramatic fields in years, even without 'Amour' and 'Rust and Bone' in the mix. This category is English language only.ANNA KARENINAClassic precursor: Reflects the lush romantic artifice of '81 contender...
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
This field is considered wide open, especially since the HFPA has admitted as many as seven titles to its top categones in the recent past.BERNIEClassic precursor: '89 winner "Driving Miss Daisy," except the guy winning the cranky Southern biddy's heart...
CBS Gets Last Laugh on Laffers
Amid Tuesday comedy pileup, Eye flies with dramaThe three-comedy collision on Tuesdays this fall has resulted in a few scrapes for NBC and Fox, and a potentially fatal blow for ABC.Meanwhile, CBS is the real beneficiary, with its vet drama "NCIS: Los...
'Christmas' Cheer
'CHRISTMAS' CHEERLEGIT: A CHRISTMAS STORY (BROADWAY)Music and lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Book: Joseph Robinette; Cast: Dan Lauria, Johnny Rabe, Joe West, Erin DulyLunt-Fontanne; 1,415 seats: $159 topBroadway has recently seen a steady stream...
Continental Kudos Face Future Challenges
Celebrating 25 years, EFAs look to pois, biz to expandThe European Film Awards, which takes place Dec. 1 in Malta, celebrates its 25th anni this year, and yet if it hadn't been for the Germans it probably wouldn't have got this far.The European Film...
Drug War (DU SHAN)
FILM ROMEDrug WarDU SHANHong Kong-ChinaHong Kong action maestro Johnnie To takes his genre filmmaking savvy to the mainland in "Drug War," a nail-biter that's actually quite light on action but so well-scripted and shot, it's nonetheless edge-of-your-seat...
Formula One Races into U.S
Int'l-accented circuit strikes deal with NBC, ties to pix, vidgames in promo pushIt may be the world's most popular motor sport, attracting billions of viewers, but is Formula One finally ready to take off in the United States?Fl's billionaire backer...
German Scheme Gives F/x a Break
The Gemían Federal Film Fund (DFFF) film subsidy has given visual effects a seat at the incentives table for the next three-year cycle beginning 2013. Effects work done in Germany will qualify for the 20% production subsidy as a virtual film shoot, without...
Holiday Gift Guide
Spending on consumer electronics is eocpected to top $250 per shopper this holiday season and, according to the Consumer Electronics Assn., 76% of gift-giving adults plan to give a gadget as a present. That doesn't mean finding the right item is an easy...
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
FILMJab tak hai jaanmomEven by the freewheeling, mood-swinging standards of Bollywood, the pronounced disparity between the pre- and poet-intermission halves of "Jab tak hai jaan" is more than a tad jarring. Indeed, viewers may feel they've been treated...
Journos Rate the Stars Who Give Good Chat
HFPA members recall the best interviews of the yearEvery year, the 80 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. fly back and forth across the U.S. and around the world, taking in upward of 150 movies, attending up to half-a-dozen press conferences...
New Legal Notes from Music Biz's PIED PIPER
In the eighth edition of his "All You Need to Know About the Music Business," due Dec. 4 from Simon & Schuster's Free Press imprint, attorney Donald S. Passman continues his unlikely quest to demystify music law for the industry layman.Passman's...
New Television Show
New TV shows can capitalize on a certain out-of-the-gate kudos freshness. But they must contend, of course, with many celebrated returning shows for the Globes honorGIRLS (HBO)Classic precursor: There's HBO's own groundbreaking "Sex and the City," which...
Nigerian Players Deal over Meals at the O'jez
On a recent Sunday night at O'jez Chinese Restaurant, promoter Opa Williams was on hand to launch Nite of a Thousand Laughs Extra, the pan-African edition of his popular Nigerian standup comedy show.Williams, widely known as the father of Nigerian comedy,...
Pic Loses Sight of Goal
PIC LOSES SIGHT OF GOALFILM: PLAYING FOR KEEPS (F1LMDISTRICT)Director: Gabriele Mucdno; Cast: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, UmalhermanA modestly affecting reconciliation drama wrapped in a so-so sports movie by way of a misogynistic romantic comedy, "Playing...
Rental Biz Plans for Charge of Light Brigade
The famous call may be "lights, camera, action!" but for Hollywood equipment rental houses, things are a bit reversed these days. It's lights that are providing the action, and those who paid attention to rentals during the recent rapid changeover from...
TV's XL Xmas Season
TUNING INA popular même in conservative media over the past several years has been a so-called "War on Christmas," with secular forces seeking to expunge the holiday's religious component. Fox News Channel has practically turned the story into a holiday...
Twelfth Night
LEGIT UNIONTwelfth NightApollo Theater; 776 seats. £55 ($87.50) topMark Rylance's dazzlingly watchable antics as a reproving Olivia overturned by lust in Shakespeare's Globe's all-male "Twelfth Night" constitute nothing short of a star turn. That, however,...
Well-Tuned Instrument
Well-tuned instrumentLEGIT: THE PIANO LESSON (OFF BROADWAY)Director: Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Cast: James A. Williams, Brandon J. Dirdcn, Jason DirdenSignature Center: 294 seats; $75 topWhat have we done to deserve a magnificent revival like the new Signature...
Youtube's Content Dynamos
Site's video vanguard has Hollywood's placing betsThere may be no better sign that there's a hot Internet sector brewing than Peter Chemin choosing to invest there - repeatedly. The savvy mogul is clearly placing his bet on the leading video content...
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