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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. 428, No. 5, September 10-September 16

A Killer Conundrum
A KILLER CONUNDRUMFILM: LOOPER (SONY) TORONTODirector: Rian Johnson; Cast Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily BluntA time-travel twister that pits a ruthless hit man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) against his future self (Bruce Willis), "Looper" marks...
Argo
FILMArgoThese days when most Hollywood types want to get political, they write checks or talk to empty chairs. But back in 1980, makeup artist John Chambers and a special* effects colleague went above and beyond, assisting the CIA to invent a phony film...
Brand Wagon Sparks to Film Fest Glitz
As the fall film festival season kicks into gear, the entertainment industry is focused on Toronto. But marketers are also descending onto the circuit in droves to promote their upscale brands in front of a captive audience of wealthy, well-educated...
China Drives 'Knight' Past $1 Billion
Thanks to a hearty $31 million seven-day run in China, Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight Rises" claimed nearly $50 million internationally, boosting the film past the $1 billion mark worldwide. Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man," however, narrowly won Chinese...
Conglom Hits Refresh
By taking huge risks and breaking molds, A+E Networks has reinvented itself"Lindsay Lohan is playing Elizabeth Taylor whether you like it or not," blared one blog in an avalanche of press after Lifetime named the starlet to play the iconic diva in the...
Distrib 'Scopes out Its Future, Heads to Toronto
One of the biggest question marks at this year's Toronto fest is the future of arthouse distrib Oscilloscope Pictures.On May 4, just a day after promoting Dan Berger and David Laub to head the outfit, and announcing that co-founder David Fenkel would...
Domestic Hits Find Global Homes with Local Flavor
The World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop may be located in Las Vegas, but as it turns out, the name is no misnomer. Thanks to the success of "Pawn Stars" and A+E IntL's reach, the store truly has a global fandom."If you have to pick one show that...
Edinburgh Legit Fests Pump Up Their Game
The Olympics weren't necessarily a bad thing for the legit festival scene in Edinburgh this summer. By the end of its three-week run, Fringe organizers were reporting ticket sales down by just 1%. And at the Edinburgh Intl. Festival, the event to which...
Exclusive Expands Screen Time
While Hollywood majors cling to their tentpoles, indies have seized an opportunity to reinvent their business model.Four-year-old Exclusive Media Group has been emblematic of that trend. With access to an equity fund from Dutch-based Gyrte Investments,...
Frances Ha
Frances HaYou gotta love Greta Gerwig: Even as the radiant mumblecore star's Hollywood stock continues to rise, the actress remains true to her dramatic roots. In "Frances Ha," Gerwig collaborates with co-writer/director Noah Baumbach to create a character...
'Hatfields' Proves That Rivalry Still Resonates
Even the network behind "Hatfields & McCoys" was shocked it made History.The morning after the premiere of the historically based miniseries, network topper Nancy Dubuc received an email containing early ratings info."It came with an expletive that...
History's Education Reach Extends into Classrooms
History is reaching beyond the TV screen and into the classroom, helping educators from all spheres of acaUJdemia create more compelling experiences for their students.Corporate outreach has been a part of A&E and History's plan for many years and...
Hyde Park on Hudson
Hyde Park on Hudson(UK.)An unseemly look at the private life of one of America's most revered commandersin-chief is framed through the royal visit that cemented the United States' alliance with Britain in "Hyde Park on Hudson." Elevated somewhat by the...
Love Is All You Need (DEN SKALDEDE FRISOR)
Love Is All You NeedDEN SKALDEDE FRISORDenmarK-Sweden-ltaly-France-Germany-JapanCorny as a vat of polenta, but still rib-sticking enough to satisfy those who like lightly seasoned, easily digestible cinematic starch, Italy-set "Love Is All You Need"...
Marketers Cook Up Fresh Tie-Ins
As companies spend considerable coin targeting the independent film community at festivals, others are finding another gathering of tastemakers just as attractive to boost business: foodies.Resort and casino the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which previously...
'Master' Manipulator
'MASTER' MANIPULATORFILM: THE MASTER (WEINSTEIN) VENICEDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson; Cast Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy AdamsPaul Thomas Anderson's longtime fascination with souls in extremis achieves a teasing, richly unsettling apotheosis...
Military and Masseuses Bring Tones That Spread across Series
As Lifetime prepares for a wide new range of programming, its tried-andtrue shows remain firmly in the mix, from six seasons strong flagship drama "Army wives," which recently celebrated its 100th episode, to reality hit "Dance Moms," poised to spin...
NBC Bets on Football, 'Voice'
FALL TV ANALYSISA return to glory on Thursday appears not to be in the gameplan for NBC, which is waving the white flag on the night this fall, choosing instead to focus on its early-week lineup.The rebuilding network, which used top-rated "Sunday Night...
Net Forms Common Bond among Advocacy Groups
A close-knit group of Army wives, a spunky plus-size lawyer and a "generous" massage therapist. These characters, all found on Lifetime series, seemingly have nothing in common. And yet somehow the net has made them all the same thing - advocates.Lifetime...
'New' Laffs for 'Glee' Guy
'New' laffs for 'Glee' guyFALL TVTELEVISION: THE NEW NORMAL (NBC)Director: Ryan Murphy; Cast Justin Barths, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King Series; Tues. Sept 11, 9:30 p.m.NBC's most promising new half-hour, "The New Normal" exhibits some of the excesses...
New York Film Czars Innovate to Keep Prod'n Humming
Two of the most powerful women in the U.S. film industry are Pat Swinney Kaufman, exec director of the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, and Katherine Oliver, of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media...
PRESIDENTIAL PROFILE Abbe Raven
Topper's roots make her a 'fabric of this company'Cox Communications CEO Patrick Esser remembers sitting near Abbe Raven at a dinner in 2005.She had just been named CEO of A+E Networks and he was about to take the reins at Cox. Both had spent their careers...
PRESIDENTIAL PROFILE: Bob DeBitetto
Topper feeling rather ducky over cabler's stridesA&E's race to the top of the cable charts over the past decade is strong proof that Americans prefer Dumpster-diving to ballet and hunting to opera.Scoring with blue-collar reality hits such as "Storage...
PRESIDENTIAL PROFILE: Nancy Dubuc
Tireless competitor also has Lifetime in purviewNancy Dubuc is a producer at heart. It shows every time she's in a pitch meeting."Nancy loves being a programmer," says Leslie Greif, a producer who has fielded numerous shows for A&E Networks, most...
Producers Quick to Credit Exec Gut Checks
History Lifetime and A&E don't exactly cater to the same auds, but they share a philosophy and corporate culture that supports producers and encourages creative risk.Thorn Beers' first series for History, "Ice Road Truckers," illustrates the kinds...
Reality, Scripted Find Balance as A&E Juggles Genres
Now that A&E has broken into cable's top echelon, it's focusing on staying there."In a nutshell, A&E is all about authentic, engaging entertainment," says Bob DeBitetto, the net's "We look for broad pop trends and try to reflect upon them and...
Swedish Major Is Latest to Arrive on Hot Scandi CRIME Scene
By poaching Swedish Film Institute topper Charlotte Denward to become its new production chief, Scandi major Svensk FiImindustri has signaled its ambition to reclaim its status as the powerhouse of Swedish cinema.This is about positioning Svensk where...
The Gatekeppers (SHOMEREI HA'SAF)
The GatekeppersSHOMEREl HA'SAFDocumentary - Israel-France-Germany-BelgiumThe brutal recent history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is rivetingly recounted by some of its most prominent players in "The Gatekeepers." Granted an extraordinary level...
The Terrors of Talk
TUNING IN? Greek mythology, hubris is the pride that precedes a fall, usually involving a hero whose arrogance brings down the wrath of the gods.For the last couple of decades, this has more commonly been known in the media universe as "hosting a talkshow."Inevitably,...
Toronto Avant Garde Rides on Longer Wavelengths
Though it may have previously been dismissed by some industryites and Toronto regulars as a ghetto or "sidebar of a sidebar," as one wag has referred to it, Wavelengths, which programs experimental and avant garde works, is proving its worth by gaining...
To the Wonder
To the WonderTerranee Malick continues to take bold risks, courting ridicule and rapture in equal measure, with "To the Wonder," his first full-on treatment of that oldest of movie subjects, romantic love. Staying in the semi-autobiographical vein of...
Trio Tells How to Win the TV Game
VPs who toil daily in the programming trenches mine hits that shape theirWinning the TV ratings battle requires not only strong captains, but stellar first lieutenants. At A+E, three experienced programming execs hold that rank at the net's brands: A&E,...
Wright's Anna Cold, but a Sight to Behold
Wright's Anna cold, but a sight to beholdFILM: ANNA KARENINA (FOCUS) TORONTODirector: Joe Wright; Cast Kein Krightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law (U.K.-U.S.)Eschewing the classical realism that's characterized most adaptations of Tolstoy's source...
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