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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. 322, No. 1, November 12

Academy Burnishes Four Golden Careers
Hollywood fetes two thesps who've charmed, a designer who's dazzled and an indefatigable philanthropistHonorary OscarAngela LansburyLegendary Thesp Carved Her Own PathBecause she was nominated for supporting actress awards in "Gaslight" (1944), 'The...
A Different Tune for Toons
Race for noms is open and could orchestrate surprisesMinions, monsters and snowmen, oh my!When the Academy expanded its best picture race to 10 possible slots in 2009, some pundits wondered whether it was time to retire the animated feature category....
A Force of Nature
HANDS & FEET CEREMONY: JOHN GOODMANPeers say Goodman's 'deep soul' Shows in his work By Cynthia LittletonMost o f Am erica fi rst came to know John Goodman as the blue-collar patriarch of the Midwestern family on "Roseanne."Playing the role of big-hearted,...
A Momentous Moment of Grief
DEEPEST SYMPATHIESTV writer Janis Hirsch's childhood sentiments to JFK's widow are part of TLC special 'Letters to Jackie'Janis Hirsch has spent years in sitcom writers rooms trying to make people laugh. But her next screen contribution might very well...
A Musical Return to Form
Walk of Fame honoree reveals what drew her to 'Black Nativity'BY HER OWN ADMISSION, Jennifer Hudson is having a "fantastic and surreal year." The Oscar and Grammy winner, who will receive a star Wednesday, Nov. 13, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her...
A Reimagined Viper Room, without the Bite
Infamous '90s venue is refashioned for millennials who've migrated eastTiny, dark and dingy, the single-room Sunset Strip cave that co-owners Johnny Depp and Anthony Fox rechristened the Viper Room in 1993 was a symbol of '90s angst and aggression.Fans...
Bay Area Puts Heart into Oscar Hopefuls
San Francisco raises its awards season profile By Steven GaydosSAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY GALATHE INAUGURAL SAN FRANCISCO Film Society Fall Celebration on Nov. 14 has an announced intention of "honoring creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration...
Dern's Turn for the Best
ON THE ROAD TO RECOGNITIONThe thesp, long consigned to supporting parts, has earned buzz for his starring role in 'Nebraska'Bruce Dern's phone hasn't stopped ringing since he returned home to Pasadena from the Cannes Film Festival in May.The first call,...
Devour
WATCHNew Horror Trader-SNL Highlight(Youtube.com/NBC)Sneakily presented as a promo for an upcoming scary movie, the dead-on parody, titled "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders." plays on the horror that some feel at having to watch a Wes Anderson...
'Domesticated' Doesn't Quite Bring It Home
'Domesticated' Doesn't Quite Bring It Home'Domesticated" is the kind of play that big subscription houses are always on the hunt for: an entertaining domestic drama on a stimulating topic (the breakup of a marriage under scandalous circumstances), written...
Esquire's 'Brawlers' Lacks Punch
Esquire's 'Brawlers' Lacks PunchRepresenting Esquire network's first serious bid to get noticed, "White Collar Brawlers" is so conceptually distasteful that it's easy to overlook the banality of the show's execution. As with many reality shows, there's...
Feedback
WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITYEdltor-in-chlef (digital) Andrew Wallenstein and New York film editor Ramin Setoodeh's report on Netflix exec Ted Sarandos' pursuit of deals to release films hot on the heels of their theatrical runs ("Exhibitors Explode Over Netflix...
Forget Disruption. Think 'Undisruption'
Innovation in media consumption is bringing viewers back to the future, where entertainment isn't by appointmentDisruption" has become the buzziest of buzzwords, being used by more and more commentators to describe how everything from the Internet to...
Fox's Futuristic Procedural Feels like Roboslop
Fox's Futuristic Procedural Feels Like RoboslopAlmost Human" is barely watchable - a grunged-up vision of a dystopian, crime-ridden future, with actors portraying humanoid robots, including the one played by Michael Ealy, who weaves awkward slang into...
French Government Fiddles as Film Biz Burns
Pirates gain in Gaul; lack of accord on theatrical windows makes things worseIt's been six months since former Canal Plus CEO Pierre Lescure, charged by the French government to conduct a study that would result in a new antipiracy strategy, released...
Funnymen Stand Up for Women's Health
Performers deliver punchline prescriptionJeff Ross, HostImpact: Ross kicked the year off with a second season of Comedy Central's "The Bum With Jeff Ross." The Roastmaster General offered up his fiery stylings for the "Comedy Central Roast of James Franco,"...
'Furnace' Burns Slowly but Surely
'Furnace' Burns Slowly but SurelyThe rusted-out soul of steeltown America and the ghosts of 1970s post-Vietnam Hollywood cinema haunt Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," a starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to "The...
Grime Does Pay in 'Filth'
Grime Does Pay in 'Filth'For a film boasting only marginally fewer producers than it does speaking roles, there's something impressively unguarded about "Filth." Sophomore helmer Jon S. Baird's needfully messy adaptation of "Trainspotting" author Irvine...
Harper Stands Up to Cancer, Props Others Too
Thesp teams with Marta Kauffman to raise lung cancer awareness as well as funding to find a cureIn January, Valerie Harper was told she had three months to live. Doctors had successfully removed a lung tumor in 2009, but the cancer cells had moved to...
Hired
Bob Bowen has been promoted to president of Relativity Music. In his new role, Bowen will oversee the creative direction, strategic development and implementa- tion of Relativity's music initiatives. Before joining Relativity in 2011, Bowen was exec...
Hollywood's Dead Ringer
Craig Harvey, longtime county coroner investigator, helps television procedurals keep it realOVERVIEWL.A. County chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey has been providing forensic advice to Hollywood for TV shows ranging from "JAG" and "Boomtown" to...
Hudson Turns Tragedy to Philanthropy
The Julian D. King Gift Foundation honors late nephewIn October 2008, the unthinkable happened to Jennifer Hudson and her family. Her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were slain, and the tragedy made national headlines for months....
Is the Crowd at the Theater Thinning Out?
LEGIT CONCERNTrio of reports indicate steady declines in attendance nationwideThe theater industry has had a lot of numbers thrown at it recently, and all of them seem to suggest live attendance is on the wane.Or do they?First there was the Americans...
Latenight Host Trusts His Gut
Could Kimmel be responsible for LA's food boom?To say Jimmy Kimmel has a healthy appetite would be an understatement. From diving Into his Italian nonna's marinara sauce as a kid to grilling up his special burger recipe (with teriyaki sauce) for hordes...
'Midnight' Has All That Jazz
When Duke Ellington and his orchestra played the Cotton Club, the swells donned their white tie and tails and went uptown to Harlem in limousines. Everyone else took the A train. "After Midnight," a musical revue that Jack Viertel and Warren Carlyle...
Movie Maven Wields Words
BOOK WHISPERERFox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler's latest challenge: stealing audience attention for The Book Thief'In Markus Zusak's bestseller "The Book Thief," a young orphaned girl in Nazi Germany is advised to put pen to paper as a means of liberation...
Multiplying Entries Reshape Kudos Board
Theorems abound to explain ultracompetitive awards seasonHollywood's new math doesn't add up. The studios are making fewer films, and four-quadrant tentpoles are easily outnumbering thoughtful, personal pictures.So why are there more terrific awards...
Nation Needs Producers, Not Pity
Award-winning helmer says Afghanistan is brimming with talent, but its film industry needs support and structureAfghan filmmaker Siddiq Barmak won a Golden Globe for his first movie, 2004's "Osama" - the tale of a teenage girl who pretends to be a boy...
Nets' Holiday Chestnuts Find Fans All A-Twitter
YULE FUELSocial media is especially resonant for event programming that airs during the Christmas seasonIt's not your imagination: Christmas comes earlier every year, and on TV at least, it stays longer.Programmers are leveraging the marketing platform...
New Rules of the Game
Academy fine-tunes foreign-language noms process, but it still has kinks by scott foundasAlthough there's no "Pardon Our Dust" sign adorning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Wilshire Boulevard headquarters, even the casual observer will...
No Knockout, but 'Tyson' Continues to Fascinate
No Knockout, but 'Tyson' Continues to FascinateSpike Lee's presentation of Mike Tyson's one-man autobiographical stage show is messy, energetic, muscular - in many respects, bearing a resemblance to the different stages of the former heavyweight champ's...
Old & New MASTERS SET FOR FEST
Cinema Italian Style celebrates country's deep talent poolITALIAN CINEMA WEEKIf one wanted to make the case for both the historical importance and the continuing creative vitality of the Italian cinema, it would be tough to top the pairing Cinema Italian...
'Prism' Refracts Brittle Future of Album Sales
In a single-shot world, even well-hyped discs can't find a seat at the barThe album is dying in front of our very eyes.In other words, what kind of screwed up world do we live in where Katy Perry's new album "Prism" sells only 287,000 copies in its debut?...
Reality Daunts Docu Branch
Attempts to narrow nonfiction category attract overwhelming number of entriesIn an effort to make the documentary feature category more democratic, the Academy's nonfiction branch changed its qualifying rules last year. A review in the New York Times...
'Right' Sometimes Wrong
'Right' Sometimes WrongUnwieldy and exasperating, but not without a certain pushy, ingratiating charm, Xue Xiaolu's smash hit "Finding Mr. Right" turns out to have a bit more on its mind than its generic romantic-comedy title would suggest. Over the...
Rome Fest Rebuilds BRICK BY BRIC
Topper Marco Mueller adds Chinese pics as well as an industry focus on the Asian country while feeding his passion for preemsFormer Venice Film Festival topper Marco Mueller has finally gotten the chance to put his stamp on the Rome Film Fest this year....
Score One for Movie Maestros
UPBEAT OVER SOUNDTRACKSAudiences grow for film-music concerts and screenings of classic pix accompanied by a live orchestraOn a Friday night last month at UCLA's Royce Hall, British conductor John Wilson led a 97-piece orchestra and 36-voice choir in...
Screening Tips for Those Overwhelmed by the Truth
Members of the Academy's documentary branch may see their 149 films as proof that reality bites.Never fear. Variety will help you sort through this. Don't think of it as a mountainous assignment. Think of these titles as a buffet: Just decide what kind...
Sophie NELISSE
Teenage Canadian actress got advice from granddad in prepping for The Book Thief"CLAIM TO FAMEThe Canadian actress - who was 12 years old at the time - won a Genie Award, the equivalent of a Canadian Oscar, for her performance in French-language drama...
Talkshow Host Hard at Twerk
JIMMY KIMME'S PENCHANT FOR EDGY VIRAL HITS POWERS his ABC TALKER THROUGH its FIRST DECADE. HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT.Jimmy Kimmel may have earned himself a seat at the big kids' table in latenight TV, but that doesn't mean he's dulled his edge. If anything,...
Top Comics Offer Dose of Irreverence
For a cause as serious as cancer detection, Variety assembles a starry night of levity By Iain BlairNow in its fourth year, Variety's Power of Comedy event recruits a lineup of standup and sketch acts to raise money for the Noreen Fraser Foundation.While...
TV Went All the Way with JFK
Young medium grew up alongside the great vigor of a youthful presidentDespite the numbing volume of coverage devoted to the Kennedy assassination this month, the programming has touched only tangentially on what might be the 35th president's most enduring...
Variety's 2013 Comedy Impact Report
Whether onstage or online, bigscreen or small, these funnymakers changed the game this yearFilmJason BatemanActorAfter a seven-year absence, Jason Bateman and the rest of the original "Arrested Development' cast returned this year for the show's Netflix...
YouTube's New Deal Discomfits Hollywood
SPLIT DECISIONSome studios and networks are wary of revised ad-sharing termsYouTube proselytizes the virtues of its massive, democratizing video platform: Everyone in the world is now a broadcaster, and with just an Internet hookup and a cool idea, you...
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