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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. 427, No. 4, June 4-June 1

A Murky Space Case
A MURKY SPACE CASEFILM: PROMETHEUS (FOX)Director: Ridley Scott; Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce. Idris ElbaAmission to uncover the origins of human life yields familiar images of death and devastation in "Prometheus." Elaborately conceived...
Avenue to Indie Promotion
Inaugural Paris Jest hopes to boost emerging U.S. and Euro filmmakersAfter a spot of cruising on the Croisette, how about a charming stroll down the Champs-Elysees? Nothing could be more agreeable now that "the most beautiful avenue in the world" has...
BBC Braces for the Unknown
Speculation runs rampant as no front-runner emerges for pubcaster's top spotLONDONAs the race to become the BBC's next leader intensifies, no single contender has emerged as the likely candidate to take on what remains the most demanding role in U.K....
Beyond the Hills (DUPA DEALURI)
Beyond the HillsDUPA DEALURIRomania-France-BelgiumThe tensions between the spiritual and the secular, groups and individuals, are examined in intelligent, creepily insinuating but not entirely satisfying fashion in "Beyond the Hills." Set largely within...
Canadian Convergence
Fest brings TV toppers, digital decisionmakers to mountain retreatThe Banff World Media Festival may have more in common with retreats than conferences as the confab is a stunning natural setting for a convergence of content producers and marketers.For...
Composer Kander Well Attuned to Art of Collaboration
John Kander isn't one to seek out attention. "Anybody who knows me knows I'm not much of a spotlight kid," says the self-effacing composer of celebrated tuners including "Cabaret" and "Chicago."But this spring, Kander will find himself in the limelight...
Cosmopolis
CosmopolisCanada-FranceAn eerily precise match of filmmaker and material, "Cosmopolis" probes the soullessness of the 1% with the cinematic equivalent of latex gloves. Applying his icy intelligence to Don DeLillo's prescient 2003 novel, David Cronenberg...
Even the Force Felt His Impact
Emerald Isle hosts celebration that also measures helmer's influenceCited as an inspiration for directors as diverse as Scorsese, Kurosawa, Godard, Peckinpah, Leone and Wenders, John Ford made so many movies, through so many eras, he also ended up making...
Fairy Tale Loses Its Way in the Woods
Fairy tale loses its way in the woodsFILM: SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN (UNIVERSAL)Director: Rupert Sanders; Cast Kristen Stewart, Chart» Theron, CMs HemsworthHandsome but hollow, "Snow White & the Huntsman" is easily among the stranger additions...
Hardtops Deliver Pop
As ticket sales decline, exhibs try new strategies in the lobby to keep theaters in the black.Earlier this year, Michigan-based film fan Joshua Thompson demonstrated he had had enough of paying high prices for theater concessions: He filed a classaction...
High-Tech Tools Help H'wood Accent O'seas Talent
NEW YORKMuch has been written about American superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman being portrayed in movies by Brits, but the greater growth in outsourcing of talent is in television. Indeed, more than a dozen broadcast network pilots this year feature...
In Another Country (DA-REUN NA-RA-E-SUH)
In Another CountryDA-REUN NARA-E-SUHSouth KoreaBeguilingly simple, relaxed in its mastery and enhanced by Isabelle Huppert 's impeccable poise, helmer-writer Hong Sang-soo's ambivalently titled "In Another Country" plays like the flipside of his Paris-set...
Irish Eye Tax Scheme That Plays with U.K.'S
"A usterity" has been a watchword among European governments. So when Ireland finance minister Michael Noonan announced a review of the country's film and TV tax incentives last week, it's easy to see why the news unsettled many in the local biz - and...
James and the Giant Reach
DIALOGUE: JAMES PATTERSONJames Patterson wrote 13 books in 2012, after 14 in 2011, including adult-targeted novels and books aimed at kids and teens. In an interview with Jeff Sneider at the Hotel Bel-Air, Patterson addressed the industry perception...
JAPAN: Younger Animators Vie to Succeed Master Miyazaki
As the recent death of famed children's book illustrator Maurice Sendak made clear, even geniuses don't live forever. Fans of Japanese toon maestro Hayao Miyazaki, now 71, have long speculated about who will succeed him at Studio Ghibli.Among the heirs...
Legit Grosses
Salesman' knows how to closeEven in the era of premiumpriced seating, a nonmusical with weekly sales topping the $1 million mark is a rarity. It's even rarer when the show does it with just seven perfs in a week, rather than the usual eight.But the strong-selling...
Like Someone in Love
Like Someone in LoveFrance-JapanThe very title of Abbas Kiarostami's Tokyo-set character waltz "Like Someone in Love" - named for the jazz standard Ella Fitzgerald croons on the soundtrack - promises something as woozily romantic as "Certified Copy,"...
Live Tribe Thrives in Toon Town
Like their American colleagues, Euro filmmakers are exploring the form's possibilitiesPARISFollowing the same path as Wes Anderson, Tini Burton and Steven Spielberg, some of Europe's most popular live-action filmmakers are switching to animation, exploring...
Lonergan Makes Signature Return to the Theater
After having spent six years shepherding his second film, "Margaret," through the byzantine corridors of Hollywood, playwrightscreenwriter-director Kenneth Lonergan seems to be making up for lost time.The scribe-helmer has just returned to the New York...
'Men' Cuts Wide Swathe Overseas
Sony's "Men in Black 3," which orbited at $135.3 million in its opening weekend (May 25-27), managed to unseat previous four-weekend champ "The Avengers," which posted another $24.9 million during the three-day frame, for an overseas cume of $778.4 million...
Mitt's Trial by Fire
WILSHIRE & WASHINGTONIf President Obama is the "celebrity president," then Mitt Romney has become the "Celebrity Apprentice" candidate.A Republican group already attacked Obama for singing with Ellen and slow-jamming on Fallón; in the past week,...
Mud
MudIf "Take Shelter" embodied man's crushing inability to cope with forces beyond his control, and "Shotgun Stories" examined a blood feud from the side of those in the wrong, then ascending writer-director Jeff Nichols blende the turbulent waters of...
Nigerian Helmer Is Hot ... in More Ways Than One
FEATURED PLAYERLAGOSHe might be the hottest thing in Nigerian cinema right now, but Kunle Afolayan was disgruntled on a recent afternoon at the offices of his production company, Golden Effects.That morning Silverbird Media had pulled his third feature,...
Our Children (A PERDRE LA RAISON)
Our ChildrenA PERDRE LA RAISONBelgium-Luxembuig-France-SwitzerlandBelgian director Joachim Lafosse paints an image of how domestic bliss, turned untenable, builds to a crime unforgivable in "Our Children." Helmer's fifth and finest feature centers around...
Paradise: Love (PARADIES: LIEBE)
Paradise: LovePARADIES: UEBEAustria-Germany-FranceUlrich Seidl's "Paradise: Love" is hardly the first film to explore the world of wealthy women and the young studs who service them; it's not even the first to do it in a sex-tourism context, having been...
Pic's Square Root
BEIJINGDirectors, writers, venture capitalists and sundry celebs gathered in an Imax theater in a Wanda cineplex in downtown Beijing recently for the launch of a 3D pic about Cui Jian, China's most popular and controversial rock star.The 3D concert movie,...
Post Tenebras Lux
Post tenebras luxMexico-France-Germany-NetheriandsMaverick helmer Carlos Reygadas compares "Post tenebras lux" to an expressionist painting, though Dadaist is more accurate. Auds will go for "perplexing," likely to be the kindest word used when describing...
Reality
RealityItaly-FranceTop-tier helmer Matteo Garrone proved his talent for slice-of-life realism and visual confidence even before "Gomorrah," but he's never been dull until "Reality." This comes as a surprise due to not only Garrone'» track record, but...
Sites Reel in Global Auds for African Pics
LAGOSAs increased Web access and mobile phone penetration transform the way more than 1 billion Africans live and do business, a growing number of websites are looking to solve the distribution woes that have long plagued African filmmakers.Though their...
The Angels' Share
The Angels' ShareU.K.-France-Belgium-ltalyAn amiable comedy about young Glaswegian roughnecks discovering the world of whisky, "The Angels' Share" finds helmer Ken Loach and long-term screenwriting partner Paul Laverty in better, breezier form than their...
The Hunt (JAGTEN)
The HuntJAGTENDenmark-SwedenAbsorbing if not particularly innovative, "The Hunt" sees helmer Thomas Vinterberg returning to the Cannes competition with another child abuse pic, 12 years after "The Celebration." While that earlier film's reputation as...
The Repentant (EL TAAIB)
The RepentantEL TAAIBAlgeria-FranceAfter several misfires, Merzak Allouache delivers not just his best film of the past decade, but arguably his best in 36 years in the helmer's seat. Tracking a former jihadist and a separated couple whose lives were...
Thesps Cash Backend Chips
As harsh economic realities force indie filmmakers to lower budgets and salaries, producers are finding a way to attract stars and other top-level talent to films budgeted at less than a star's typical fee: Treat them like investors."It's become much...
Top Cablers Trend Down for Year
Even though cable is traditionally measured on a quarterly or calendaryear basis, the end of the broadcast season offers a good gauge of a cabler's popularity during the most-watched months of the year - and to see how they stack up to the big boys.CBS...
UNITED STATES: Del Toro Bullish on Several Toon Projects
In the 20 months since Guillermo del Toro announced his partnership with DreamWorks Animation, he has consulted on four DWA releases. Despite having his name attached to half a dozen potential toons, the live-action auteur remains somewhat coy about...
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