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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. 426, No. 13, May 7-May 13

A `First'-Rate Evening
A 'First'-rate eveningLEGIT: FIRST DATE (REGIONAL)ACT's Falls Theater, Seattle: 409 seats; $79 topMusic & lyrics: Alan Zachary, Michael Weiner; Book: Austin Winsberg;Cast: Eric Antrim, Kelly KarbaczMost first dates are a complete story, with a beginning,...
Argentina: Skilled Crews, Good Infrastructure Battle Inflation
BUENOS AIRESBuenos Aires is busy with shoots, yet few are foreign.Enrique Avogadro wants to change this, but admits it won't be easy. "There is a lot of competition," says the city director of creative industries.Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and South...
As Dvd Pie Crumbles, Is Vod Sweet?
Format strong in U.S., but o'seas buyers cautiousBy Adam DawtreyThe gulf between the evolution of video on demand in the U.S. and the rest of the world is posing both an opportunity and a challenge for producers and sales agents of indie films.VOD is...
A Spirited Broadway Comeback
Judging from Week 48's (April 23-29) box office, "Ghost" may not be as dead as it seemed.The musical ($667,994) posted the frame's biggest jump in sales, but it's an ambiguously upbeat sign of life. On the one hand, the show played a full week of eight...
Besson-Built Studio Beckons Bizzers
CITE DU CINEMA SET TO OPENLuc Besson is a man of many dimensions. Best known as a writer, producer, director and founder of EuropaCorp, one of Europe's largest production companies, he's also bringing to life the Cite du Cinema, the largest studio complex...
Brazil: Rio Region Is More Friendly to Films
RIO DE JANEIROIn stark contrast to its generous incentives for local production, Brazil offers little to foreign producers angling to shoot pics here. Most regional film commissions limit themselves to logistic support.Sole exceptions are the Rio Film...
Buyers Eye Bigger Game
Well-heeled int'l distribs target tentpolesIf "cautious optimism" was the catchphrase going into last year's Cannes, this year's starting line echoes a tone more of "cautious ambition."Sales agents brought a number of well-received big-budget projects...
Cannes Market Adjusts as Indie Pic Trends Shift
As the film world readies for the Riviera, Jerome Paillard, Cannes Market exec director, sees reason for optimism."With a growing attendance in Cannes this year we're seeing some signs of health and dynamism," he says, noting that overall it's still...
CBS Films Aims to Rule in Smaller Pool
FEATURED PLAYERSNew co-toppers eye fresh talent, targeted releasesNew CBS Films co-prexies Terry Press and Wolfgang Hammer don't like to define themselves by their budgets, P&A caps or even the type of films they release, but they're happy to shed...
Chicago Venue Speaks to Labute
CHICAGOProfiles Theater, the epitome of Chicago's storefront legit scene, might at first seem a surprising choice for the U.S. premiere of a high-profile American scribe like Neil LaBute.The playwright's "In the Forest, Dark and Deep" inaugurated Profiles'...
'Chinese Zodiac'
French locations and facilities see surge in productions from ChinaA wave of filmmakers from China and Hong Kong, including chopsocky legend Jackie Chan, are spending more time than ever shooting in France - lured there by some of the world's most recognizable...
Chronicling a Crisis (CHRONICA SHEL MASHBER)
FILMChronicling a CrisisCHRONlCASHELMASHBERDocu - IsraelJust marginally a documentary, "Chronicling a Crisis" turns out to be one of Amos KoIlCk1S more affecting films, partly because the Israeli helmer turns his camera on his woeftil self and on Robin...
Classic Pulp Springs Eternal
Classic pulp springs eternalFILM: DEADFALL (MAGNOLIA) TRIBECADirector: Stefan Ruzowitzky; Cast: Eric Bana, Charlie Hunmam, Olivia WildeA highly satisfying Westtern-cum-noir in the old tradition, "Deadfall" is alive in ways that are all too rare among...
'Despicable Me 2'
With a little help from Mac Guff and Universal, Illumination shinesFive years ago, Chris Meledandri moved from Fox, where he had helped forge the "Ice Age" franchise, to Universal. The following year his shingle, Illumination Entertainment, was unveiled...
Enquirer
LEGIT ABROADEnquirerTHE HUB AT PACIFlC QUAYGlasgDw: 70 seats; £15 ($24) topIn a week when British headlines have been dominated by revelations from the Leveson Inquiry regarding the role of the press and police in the U.K. 's phone-hacking scandal, the...
Fairy Tale Comes True for 'Lost' Boys
Forget the hoofers of "Smash," the dinosaurs of "Terra Nova" or the post-Charlie Sheen refurbishing of "Two and a Half Men." The biggest long-shot of the 2011-12 season was ABC's foray into fantasy with the Evil Queen, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, Pinocchio...
Fed Bet Pays Hugh Returns
'Wolverine' in on 'Gatsby' heelsSYDNEYAfter a dry spell with virtually no runaway prods heading Down Under in the past couple of years, the announcement last month that "X-Men" spin-off "The Wolverine" would lens in Sydney caps off a positive 12 months...
Foreign and Local Creatives Hook Up on eMate
SYDNEYThe Down Under film biz is not just relying on coin and government handouts to help tempt runaways, there are a range of other initiatives to help make it easier to head to Oz.In February, Film Victoria launched its online database eMate that is...
Girls Rule the Rookie Roost
The theme of young women looking to make it in the big city resonated with auds this season, as CBS' "2 Broke Girls" and Fox's "New Girl" are poised to finish as the top-rated new comedies.At a time when comedy is hot, they also stand as the season's...
'Grand' Makeover for 75th Anni
LONDONPop quiz: Before "The Artist," what was the last film by a French director to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards? The answer Jean Renoir's "The Grand Illusion," way back in 1938.So it's an apt coincidence in this year of "The Artist"...
Local Resources Ready to Help
Production services film offices dot vast regionART IN MOTIONMexico's big U.S shoot specialist; co-produced/line-produced "Nacho libre," "The Mexican," "Vantage Point." Managed/ supervised Mexico units on "Kill Bill: Vol. 2," "The Heartbreak Kid," "The...
New Topper Works to Repair Fortnight's Image
PARIS"I believe in reform," says Directors' Fortnight topper Edouard Waintrop, who is readying his inaugural edition at this year's Cannes festival.Waintrop, who succeeded Frederic Boyer after he was let go in June following a twoyear stint, is a well-respected,...
Nigerian Directors Target Bigscreen Respect
LAGOS"Nollywood is dead," says a Nigerian entertainment lawyer, sipping a beer in a fashionable restaurant in the capital of the country's entertainment industry.It sounds like a bold statement concerning Africa's most prolific film biz. But as a small...
Now Standing in for L.A.
TUNING INFrankly, I anticipated blowback from favorably reviewing Canadian import "The L.A. Complex," a newly acquired CW series about struggling young actors and wannabes in Hollywood.Granted, to people in Los Angeles, the concept of "runaway production"...
'Odd Thomas'
BUF creates dark creatures for U.S. helmer's supernatural taleWhen helmer Stephen Sommers decided to segue from big action pics, such as "The Mummy" franchise and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," to the supernatural thriller "Odd Thomas," based on Dean...
Pushing Local Biz, Pulling Int'l Prods
France has Europe's biggest national film industry with a euro1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) production spend in 2011.Its closest rival is the U.K., but there's a key contrast. Whereas studio-financed features contribute 80% of British production spend,...
Regional Boom Floats Movie Biz
Security, prosperity promote more workLatin America is scaling up its international production biz.Shifting perceptions, new film commissions, tax incentives, robust local productions and keen government support have been driving more foreign location...
Step Up to the Plate (ENTRE LES BRAS)
FILM SAN FRANCISCOStep Up to the PlateENTRE LES BRASDocu - FranceA quietly absorbing portrait of the infinitely finicky care that goes into Michelin three-starred French cuisine, "Step Up to the Plate" has the requisite mix of vicarious gastronomica!...
Sukie and Sue: Their Story
LEGIT REGIONALSukie and Sue: Their StoryBLANK THEATERHollywood; 53 seats; $30 topTaking a break from his oeuvre of ambitious tuners, including the forthcoming "Giant" and "Los Otros," Michael John LaChiusa has handed over a slight new play to the Blank...
Surefire `Sherlock'
SUREFIRE 'SHERLOCK'TELEVISION: SHERLOCK (PBS)Directors: Paul McGuigan,Toby Haynes; Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Una StubbsEven better than the first time, Masterpiece Mystery's second flight of "Sherlock" -...
Teuton Titans Target Tinseltown
BERLINA partnership between film giants Bavaria Film and Senator Entertainment is aiming to bring more Hollywood films to Germany.Berlin-based Senator, which makes most of its coin as a distrib, is acquiring a stake in Bavaria's feature film and TV movie...
The Clooney Bounce
WILSHIRE & WASHINGTONGeorge Clooney rather famously promised Barack Obarna, some five years ago: "I'll give you whatever support you need - including staying completely away from you." Clooney's reticence has to do with the Republican habit of turning...
The Sweeney' Finally Cops Its Place on Bigscreen
THE BACKSTORYLONDONCult 1970s British cop series "The Sweeney" aired on commercial web ITV for three years. When writerdirector Nick Love's feature version hits Blighty's cinemas in September, it will have been six years in the making.In 2006, Fox Searchlight's...
The World before Her
FILM TRIBECAThe World Before HerDocu - CanadaWomen and India are the ostensible subjects of "The World Before Her," but Nisha Pahuja's docu hangs a big, fat question mark over the future of humankind itself. WIl the world grow increasingly Westernized...
Tony Battle Lines Aren't So Clear
GOTHAM LIMELIGHTIt seems like every year there's a David vs. Goliath battle on Broadway, with a smallscale, indie-style musical cast as David opposite a big-budget, old-fashioned razzledazzler in the role of Goliath.But among this year's slate of new...
Trip's Next Step Is Going Abroad
GALLIC IMPACTFattened by incentives, France's vfx and toon houses get multinational to competePARISFor two years, Gaul's vfx, animation and post industries rode the wave of a powerful incentive: the Tax Rebate for Intl. Production, or TRIP, attracting...
U.S. Hits Put Spotlight on S. Africa Studios
JOHANNESBURGTwo B.O. hits, both lensed in Cape Town, are adding to South Africa's growing reputation as a shooting hot spot.Universal's "Safe House," fumed with Cape Town-based Moonlighting Films; and Fox's "Chronicle," shot with Film Afrika Worldwide,...
Veteran's Day
DIALOGUE: RICHARD D. ZANUCKProducer discusses lessons learned from his fiveplus decades in the biz, how to take rejection, and his collaborations with Tim Burton.Although Richard D. Zanuck has spent more than five decades in the movie business, the Oscar-winning...
Yossi (HA-SIPPUR SHEL YOSSI)
FILM TRIBECAYossiHA-SIPPUR SHEL YOSSlIsraelTen years after his gay wartime love story "Yossi & Jagger," writer-director Eytan Fox returns to the tale of the MIm1B survivor, Yossi, now a workaholic cardiologist in Tel Aviv who has shut himself off...
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