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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. 319, No. 4, April 9

4K TV Will Leave the Film Biz Reeling
Cinema tech better innovate fast to keep up with picture quality in the living roomAbraham Lincoln told the story of the sage who was asked for a piece of wisdom that applied in all situations. "This too shall pass," said the sage.So too for technology...
ACTRESS LOSES IMDB LAWSUIT
A federal jury in Seattle has rejected an actress' claim that IMDb breached a contract with her by posting her age on the site and refusing to remove it.Junie Hoang had claimed that IMDb breached agreements by using info she provided when subscribing...
Act Their Age or Age Their Act? Stars Strive to Keep Reinventing
Hollywood sexagenarians strive for renewed relevance, but not everyone can pull it offRobert Redford is playing a heavy in the next Captain America film, Clint Eastwood is flirting with The Jersey Boys and Michael Douglas is looking cute as Liberace.Why...
Agency Embraces Earth Day Message
Rene Jones educates and empowers UTA employees to recyle, reduce and reuseEarth Day may still conjure images of hippies asking people to save the planet, but at UTA, planet-saving has taken on a decidedly high-tech edge.The UTA Foundation, headed by...
Amber, Forecast Building Pic About Lockerbie Bombing
Amber Entertainment and Forecast Pictures are developing a feature based on Dr. Jim Swire, whose daughter perished in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.Forecast's Jean Charles Le\y will collaborate with Amber's...
ARKIN SWINGS 'ARM'
Alan Arkin has come onboard Disney's baseball drama "Million Dollar Arm" opposite Jon Hamm.Mayhem Pictures and Roth Films are producing. "Lars and the Real Girl" helmer Craig Gillespie is directing from a script by Tom McCarthy ("Win Win"). Hamm will...
A Victim of Its Success
Film's last surge planted the seeds of its demiseWith digital cinema ready to send film projectors the way of vacuum tubes and phonograph turntables, let us give a final doff of our fedoras to the advances at the theater that created the final great...
Baseball Great Gets Bland Bio
FILMBaseball Great Gets Bland Bio42Director: Brian HelgelandStarring: Chadwick Boseman. Harrison Ford, Nicole BeharieThe Jackie Robinson who titled his 1972 autobiography / Never Had It Made - and meant it - is scarcely present in 42, a relentlessly...
Branded Within an Inch of Their Lives
Endorsement deals with pop stars have gone beyond casual to full-fledged partnershipsGiven the "any revenue is good revenue" mantra adapted by the music biz in the wake of the digital revolution, across-the-board destigmatization of commercial sponsorship...
BUY/SELL/HOLD
Justin Timberlake: His album "The 20/20 Experience" is spending its third week at No. 1, he performed at the White House, he stars in the Coen brothers' possible Cannes selection "Inside Llewyn Davis" and he's everyone's favorite "Saturday Night Live"...
BUZZ TITLES
Program pics attracting buyer interestTaking place just one month before the Cannes Film Festival, acquisitions executives approach TVibeca with a begrudging sense of duty. While the festival continually supplies plenty of movies to VOL) libraries (37...
CBS Sows Seeds of New Comedy Building Blocks
NETWORK NEEDSFlush with dramas, the Eye steps up the hunt for its next big lafferUPFRONTS 2013No network has done abetter job of consistently seeding its lineup with new hits than CBS. As a result, the Eye is expected to bring back a whopping 20 series...
Changing the superhero soundscape
With Man of Steel Iron Man 3 and Wolverine waiting in the wings, composers stray from tradition while maintaining the genre's spirit By Jon BurungameYou've known them for years, maybe all your life: the great comicbook movie and TV themes. John Williams'...
China Orders More 'Django' Cuts, Clears Way for Bow
"Django Unchained" may yet a release in China, as over the weekend indicated a few further cuts could clear way to the film's launch.Given the violence and in the Quentin Tarantino film, was surprising that the film OK'd in the first place.But sources...
Chinese Theater Going Imax
Imax is planning a major makeover of the iconic Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The giantscreen chain has struck a deal with the venue's owners to redo the former Grauman's - renamed the TCL Chinese Theater earlier this year - into Imax's largest auditorium...
Cinedigm Splashes Ahead
PLATFORM PLAYWith a buzzy SXSW pickup, the distrib ref ocuses on content, banking on downstream potentialWhen Cinedigm's acquisitions VP Vincent Scordino and director of acquisitions Fürstin Harris went to scout films at SXSW, Harris came back and told...
CORNISH TAKES 'SOLACE'
Abbie Cornish is reteaming with her "Seven Psychopaths" co-star Colin Farrell in the thriller "Solace," also starring Anthony Hopkins. Afonso Poyart will direct, with filming set to start in May.The story follows an FBI agent who links up with a doctor...
Derivative Hemlock Goes Down Slowly
TELEVISIONDerivative Hemlock Goes Down SlowlyHemlock GroveSeries; Premieres Fri April 19Director: Eli RothStarring: Famke Janssen. Dougray Scott. Bill SkarsgardWithout providing much supporting evidence, Netflix has proclaimed House of Cards a success,...
Diego to Head Fox Music
Elevating a 17-year veteran of the studio's music operations, 20th Century Fox Film has named Danielle Diego executive VP of Fox Music.Diego will oversee music supervision at 20th Century Fox Film, Fox Searchlight, Fox Animation and Fox 2000. Diego was...
Enhancing With Wolves
HEMLOCK GROSSSpecial effects delivers gore galore in a new Netf lix original series that may leave squeamish fans howlingHow do we make it more disgusting?"This was the question constantly being fielded by the f/x artists tasked with turning man into...
Every Band Needs a 'Pimpresario'
In his book Stone Free, former Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham is still rolling and revealing the secrets of the music trade By Steven GaydosThe rolling stones are rolling out their 50 and Counting tour across America, while Andrew Loog Oldham, the...
Eye for Genius
Nina Shaw Is Beverly Hills Bar Assn.'s 2013 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year. ByToddLongwellNina shaw has demonstrated a keen eye for emerging talent over the years, from Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, signed when he was ensemble player on Fox TV's sketch...
'FASHION POLICE' WRITERS BATTLE RIVERS
Writers on E!'s "Fashion Police" have complained for a second time to the state of California, alleging that Joan Rivers' Rugby Prods, is breaking state law by not compensating them for $400,000 in regular wages and overtime.The scribes filed the complaints...
Father Melts Down After Blowing Week's Pay for Family to Watch Movie They Already Own on DVD
So Many Pigs, So Little TimeA married father of four suffered a frightening meltdown outside an AMC theater in Little Rock, Ark., after learning he already owned a DVD copy of Jurassic Park, the newly re-issued 3D film he spent his entire week's paycheck...
FEEDBACK
RYAN'S HOPES?Ryan Kavanaugh's quick rise as a force in Hollywood has found him at the forefront of some of the biz's notable dealmaking but also put him in the sights of skeptics. Rachel Abrams' cover story in the April 9 issue Tipping Point) had at...
Fox First to Reach $1B O'seas This Year
Twentieth Century Fox Intl. is the first studio to reach $1 billion in overseas box office grosses so far this year, thanks to such pics as "Life of Pi" and "A Good Day to Die Hard," as well as a burgeoning local-language film slate.Fox Intl. has been...
From Chick Pix to Clint Chat
HIGHLIGHTSAPRIL 17Mistaken for Strangers (Tom Beminger) Opening-night film to be followed by a special performance by the National. 7:30 p.m.: Borough of Manhattan Community College.APRIL 19Tribeca Talks: Pen to Papen New Chick Flicks. Discussion on...
Gatsby's Great Music Collection
Baz Luhrmann soundtrack promisesa mashup of contempo pop and period tunesWith The Great Gatsby, opening May 10, director Baz Luhrmann revisits the delirium of star-crossed romance evocative of his signature films Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge!...
Global Village
THE MAPPriyanka and Pitbull, Mexico and the 1%, Vatican porn habit1 DUBAIUAE Fest-a-PaloozaDubai is getting a double whammy of movie shindigs and boosting its status as the Gulf region's main film industry hub. The second annual two-day Middle East Film...
Go-go '90s Springboard
DISCOCRAPHYThe Backstreet Boys are set to return with an album this year that includes all five original members.1997Backstreet Boys* 14 million copies sold in the U.S.* 32 million worldwide* No. 4 on the Billboard charts1999Millennium* 1.13 million...
Google Fiber Targets Austin Hookups by Mid-2014
Google, as part of its campaign to crank up broadband speeds across the U.S., aims to start connecting the city of Austin, Tex., by mid-2014 to an all-fiber network that will provide superfast Internet and TV.Austin is the second market for Google Fiber,...
HIRED
Melanie Davis joined ICM Partners as head of marketing for the agency's concert division. She will be responsible for marketing all tours and concerts.Universal Music Group appointed Will Tanous as exec VP and head of global communications. He joins...
ICELAND
It's a land of hot springs, erupting volcanoes and bubbling creativity. And the world is watching this tiny pioneering country's plan to ban online porn.When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Iceland was the first casualty: Its creditdriven banks...
Iger's Legacy Cutting Close to 'Neutron Jack's'
PINKSLIP IS SHOWINGWall Street values smaller workforce, but some wonder if the Disney brand is losing the creativity that makes it specialBob iger won't be given the nickname "Neutron Bob" anytime soon. But as the Walt Disney Co. chief initiates yet...
Is Aereo Actually a Good Thing?
MEDIA MORPHOSISStreaming TV service may do broadcasters a favor by nudging them over to the cable businessWhen top execs at several broadcasters openly intimated their willingness last week to convert their businesses to cable if the courts didn't kill...
Israel Fest Focuses on Holocaust Offspring
A Second Generation program will be one of the highlights of the 27th Israel Film Fest, running April 18-May 2 in Beverly Hills.The fest program will focus on the children of holocaust survivors. Uriel Sinai and Dana Dorons docu Numbered witt screen...
Jobs Jolted by Celluloid Sayonara
As print distribution winds down, collateral damage includes projectionists, shippers and film suppliers, but some companies have planned aheadThe end of print distribution of films brings with it not just the close of an era, but also the potential...
Justice League Battles Hunger
After raising more than $2 million last year to boost awareness for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, the Justice League is returning for philanthropic initiative We Can Be Heroes.The largest humanitarian effort in DC Entertainment and Warner...
Lean Screen Machine Sets Sights on Global Growth
GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT IN EXHIBITION AWARDCinepolis topper Ramirez sees innovation as key to global growthThere's a good reason that Cinemacon tapped Alejandro Ramirez, CEO of Mexico's Cinepolis, as its honorée for the Global Achievement in Exhibition Award...
Legendary producer now leads Lucasfilm
LIGHT & MAGICHard work and a willingness to change make film pro the Pioneer of the Year at Las Vegas confabCinemacon honorée Kathleen Kennedy isn't inclined to analyze her own success, but looking back she sees two keys: hard work and flexibility."You...
Lionsgate's Law Man
Variety's 2013 Legal Leadership Honorée Has Guided the Mini-Major's Growth Since 2000.ONE OF the highlights of Wayne Levin's career came two years ago when, after a protracted battle, Carl Icahn gave up his bid to take control of Lionsgate.Levin, Lionsgate's...
Lior ASHKENAZI
INT'L STAR YOU NEED TO KNOWCLAIM TO FAMEWhen Israelis think of a sexy male star. chances are they are thinking of lior Ashkenazi. At -13, he has been on the scene for only a decade, land jag his breakthrough it the in Dover Koshashviii's 2001 Late Ma...
Majors Prosper on the Margins
CORPORATE FORENSICSShrinking release slates, a focus on tentpoles and the emergence of a 'new normal' in the homevid market has allowed the largest media congloms to boost the financial performance of their movie divisions. Nomura Equity Research analyst...
Meet the Fang Gang
SCARE TACTICSHollywood has provided many a memorable werewolf going back to the 1930s, when the first monsters sported yak hair.1935Werewolf of London1941The Wolf Man1961Curse of the Werewolf1981The Howling1981An American Werewolf in London2009The Twilight...
Motown Debs on B'way; Pope Prayers
Kevin McCollum usually finds himself partnered with other established Broadway producers like Jeffrey Seller and/or Robyn Goodman on hit tuners like Avenue Q and Rent. Motown the Musical, which opened April 14 on Broadway, finds his name above the title...
MUST ATTEND
April17 The Recording Academy honors Jennifer Hudson at the CrammysontheHill Awards in Washington, D.C.17 Jerry Seinfeld performs his comedy routine during Stand Up for a Cure at Madison Square Garden. The evening's proceeds will benefit the American...
NEIL LABUTE NEAR DIRECTV SERIES PACT
DirecTV is close to finalizing a deal with Momentum Television for a ??-episode drama series from Neil LaBute for its Audience Network channel.The half-hour drama, dubbed "Full Circle," revolves around meetings between a rotating group of characters...
Networks Take the Easy Route With Overload of Spinoff Prospects
Franchise fever has nets moving too fast as they parlay new product out of popular seriesIt's time to uproot TV's overgrown garden of planted spinoffs. Enough already.The major nets are going overboard in efforts to squeeze new shows out of existing...
New Markets Offer Big Opportunity
GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT IN EXHIBITIONCinepolis tailors business strategies for each territory it targets for expansionCinepolis' strategy for international growth looks deceptively simple: "We have expanded in markets that need more cinemas," says CEO Alejandro...
OBLIVION' STRONG IN EARLY OPENING
As Warner Bros, hit a B.O. home run in the U.S. with baseball biopic "42," Universal kick-started the global run of "Oblivion" a week early overseas, with a promising $60.4 million.With "Oblivion," Universal decided to get a leg up on the summer competition...
Overseas Marts Get First Look at Pics and New Respect at CinemaCon 2013
GADGETS & GOODIESThe movie confab in Vegas broadens its scope with more International reps in attendanceThree years old now the National Assn. of Theater Owners' annual exhibitor conference, CinemaCon, has found its groove, though a rapidly evolving...
Reboot Time for Icons of Teen Tunes
Older and wiser, the quintessential boy band hits Comeback AvenueIt was nearly 20 years ago that five wide-eyed teenage Orlando refugees found themselves in Cheiron Studios, a little-known outfit in the middle of an unfashionably urbanized island in...
REMEMBERED: Bigas Luna
Spanish helmer's Iberian trilogy included Jamón, JamonSpanish film director Juan Jose Bigas Luna, a colorful chronicler of sexual and social excess, died April 5 near Tarragona, Spain, after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.It was typical of Bigas...
REMEMBERED: Les Blank
Helmer was known for Burden of Dreams; Garlic Is as Good as Ten MothersDocumentary filmmaker Les Blank, known for his personal docus such as Burden of Dreams and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, died April 7 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77,...
REMEMBERED: Mickey Rose
Scribe grew up xvith Woody Allen and collaborated ivith him on several filmsM ickey Rose, the comedy scribe who grew up with Woody Allen and wrote for him, died in Beverly Hills, Calif., of cancer on April 7. He was 77.Rose and childhood friend Allen...
Rock and Recourse
Starting this year, artists are able to reclaim rights to much of their music from 35 years agoLEGAL IMPACT REPORTAT MIDNIGHT on Sept. 13, something momentous will happen to the group Village People and one of the anthems that made them emblematic of...
SANDS ENROLLS IN 'DANCE LESSONS'
Julian Sands has joined "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks," rounding out the cast of the film version of the Broadway play.The Brit will portray the owner of the dance studio where an instructor (Cheyenne Jackson) teaches ballroom dancing to a Florida...
SINCLAIR GROUP REELS IN FISHER
Sinclair Broadcast Group is adding some large-market heft to its station holdings with a $373.3 million deal to acquire Seattle-based Fisher Communications. Cash buyout will give Sinclair, the nation's largest indie broadcast group, 20 more stations...
Studios, Raise Your Tentpoles!
COMING ATTRACTIONSExhibitors look to franchises that are super successful, as well as a few potential new ones, to float the box office this yearWith the domestic box office trailing the 2012 pace by double digits, CinemaCon's launching at a crucial...
Sundance Gets Serious About Series
CHANNEL CHANGERSTopper Sarah Barnett drives câbler into AMC territory with RectifyCan lightning strike twice at AMC Networks? Sundance Channel is looking to get on the AMC track this year with its aggressive push into original scripted series, starting...
Talented 13 Share a Dozen Honors
CINEMACON THESPS & HELMERSFrom sci-fi to the Bard, honorées flaunt it onscreen and offThis year's CinemaCon Talent honorées represent a veritable overview of the year's most anticipated films.Top thesp honors go to Melissa McCarthy (Female Star of...
The End
Significant cost savings in distribution drove studios to embrace digital projection of movies. Creatives still debate the technical advantages of digital vs. the romanticism of film, and preservationists fret over the fate of cinema classics. But with...
The End of the World as We Know It, and It Looks Fine
FILMThe End of the World as We Know It, and It Looks FineOblivionDirector: Joseph Kosinski Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga KurylenkoAlthough Universal's publicity department has asked that journalists refrain from spilling the secrets of Oblivion,...
The Vagabond Life
Veteran actors like Gerald McRaney are flexing their thespian muscles by landing a wide range of roles in prestige shows. But can being a highly sought-after day player pay the bills?Discerning TV viewers are to be forgiven if they feel like Gerald McRaney...
This Years Cannes Plan fan Firms Up With 'Zulu' Set for Closing Night
The Cape Town-set thriller "Zulu," toplining Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker as two cops on the beat, has been chosen to close the 66th Cannes Film Festival.From French helmer Jerome Salle ("Largo Winch") and based on Caryl Ferey's eponymous novel,...
Transmedia Fare Goes Beyond Experimental
Interactive Storyscapes is incorporated into fest's main frameworkLike any major film festival, Tribeca gives its festgoers a chance to rub shoulders with filmmakers of all stripes. Like those adorable, inquisitive little robots over there. They're filmmakers...
Tribeca Enters Its Rebellious Phase
GROWING PAINSFest delves into transmedia and interactive storytelling, aiming for titles outside of typical filmmakingTHE Tribeca Film Festival turns 12 this year, and like most adolescents on the doorstep of puberty, it has a voracious appetite for...
Troll Dolls in DreamWorks' Toy Chest
With an animated film based on the Troll doll toy franchise already in development, DreamWorks Animation has gone one step further and bought the entire brand, and has tapped American Girl veteran Shawn Dennis to oversee the brand for the toon studio.Deal...
USA Builds Momentum for 'Moment' Via Church Outreach
With "American Bible Challenge" breaking GSN's ratings records, "The Bible" miniseries pulling in more than 10 million viewers a week on History, and Lifetime's "Preachers' Daughters" offering a cheekier take on religion, faith-friendly fare is having...
Variety Legal Impact List 2013
This year's top litigators, transactional lawyers and inhouse attorneys' court battles and savvy dealmaking have boosted their clients' fortunes and shaped the face of entertainmentLITIGATORSPeter R. AfrasiabiFounding partner, OneUSC, 1997John TehranianFounding...
Wide Range Is the Rage
Tribeca's growth might seem unwieldy to some, but toppers say its 'event' status attracts audsWelcome to the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival - now what do you want to do first? Watch a demo of a vidgame starring Ellen Page? Check out the family-friendly activities...
Winters Was Master of Improv
Jonathan Winters, once described by Tonight Show host Jack Paar as "pound for pound, the funniest man alive," and a comedian whose freeform work with multiple voices and personalities presaged the antics of comics such as Robin Williams, died of natural...
Yuk It Up
Five comedies will return to CBS this fall: (1) How I Met Your Mother, (2) Two and a Half Men. (3) The Big Bang Theory, (4) 2 Broke Girls and (5) Mike and Molly.
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