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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. 6, Apr 23-29, 2013

A Cut Above the Rest
LOCAL HERODave Terman is tasked with recutting films for ancillary markets hungry for Sony picsJOB DESCRIPTIONHe's the honcho of a department that edits hundreds of films each year for broadcast on TV and airlines, re-cutting films to address time constraints...
Ahd
The single-monikered Saudi Arabian multihyphenate Ahd is a rarity: a f im actress, director and producer in a country where movie theaters are banned.CLAIM TO FAMEBorn in Jeddah and trained in New York, Ahd, 32, has been drawing notice internationally...
Amazon Thinks Outside the Box
The Butcher of BroadbandBringing viewer data into the development process could teach TV a thing or twoEven robots can spin a good yarn.When Amazon hatched an inhouse production unit in 2010 with the intent to create its own original programming, there...
Amy Winehouse Doc in Works by 'Senna' Helmer
"Senna" director Asif Kapadia is developing an untitled documentary on the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, with Focus Features introducing the project to buyers at Cannes.Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, five years after rising to international...
Auto-Agnostic Auteur
Fast Casts a Diverse Array of Vehicles By Marc eraserWhen It comet to Universale The Fast and the Furious franchise, the cars have been as much of a star attraction as the actors behind the wheel.That comes with the territory when your films are based...
Berlusconi Regains Political Power
ROME - Italy got a new government April 28, sealing Silvio Berlusconi's stunning political comeback with key posts for his PDL party just as his Mediaset TV empire is prepping to get into digital distribution.Enrico Letta, a center-left PD party member,...
BUY
Jason Segel kids books: Lots of thesps have penned picture-books, but Segel's deal with Random House for middle-school book series "Nightmares!" seems considerably more ambitious. Way to stretch the creative muscles, big guy!Airi ine tickets, finally:...
B'way Bows Catch League's Eye
The five shows that bowed on Broadway last week have gotten an awards-season boost as the Drama League named a wide-ranging slate of nominations that includes "Macbeth," "The Testament of Mary," "The Trip to Bountiful," "I'll Eat You Last" and "Pippin."Off...
Call Sheets Pile Up for Busy Players
STAR MAPSWill Smith's slate takes Focus; Fast gets new driver; thesps climb Guillermo del Toro's PeakWHO: Will Smith to star in Focus for Warner Bros.; Kristen Stewart falls out.LOCLINE: An inexperienced female con artist teams with a more seasoned male...
Can Grown-Up Films Encroach on Summer's Tentpole Tyranny?
From Whedon to Woody, serious filmmakers stake their place amid the blockbustersIs Joss Whedon pushing his luck? The idiosyncratic filmmaker who owned the box office last summer with The Avengers decided as his follow-up to shoot a contemporary, low-budget...
Cannes Clinches Last Official Entries, Eases Territorial Angst
PARIS - The worst thing about doom-predicting is that the future never lives up to the worst expectations. Proof came April 26 as Thierry Fremaux unveiled the final five films for 2013's Cannes' Official Selection.Though several major countries felt...
Chernin Charges Into Social Media With '@SummerBreak'
Who says a reality show has to air on TV?The Chemin Group is producing an audacious new unscripted series that will be distributed entirely on social-media platforms instead of having a home on TV, according to sources familiar with the production.The...
Chitown Fish Ready to Swim on Broadway
LEGITChitown Fish Ready to Swim on BroadwayBig FishOriental Theater, Chicago; $ioo topMusic/iyrics: Andrew LippaBook: AugustDirector: Susan StromanStarring: Bobby steggert. Norbert Leo Butz Anthony Pierini, Zachary Unger, Kate BaldwinNew musical Big...
CW SETS VAMP SPINOFF
"The Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals" has been ordered to series by the CW, which also renewed "Beauty and the Beast" and "Hart of Dixie."The backdoor pilot of "The Originals" aired Thursday on the CW and drew 2.2 million viewers.
DEPP A 'WOODS' MAN?
Johnny Depp is in talks with Disney to join its bigscreen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Into the Woods."Meryl Streep is in discussions to play the witch. Rob Marshall (who helmed Disney's fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean") will direct.The musical...
DEVOUR
"...wherever you go for the rest of you life, it stays with you, for _______is a mavable feast." Ernest HeminwayWATCHTuna Melt(Vimeo.com/pompandclout)A clever Rube Goldberg-meets-electropop musicvideo features toast, dominos and, of course, tuna melts....
Dubuc Dynasty Grows at A+E
Nancy Dubuc's rise to the top of A+E Networks is complete. The exec who has steered the group encompassing A&E Network, History and Lifetime to new heights will be promoted to prexy and CEO of the parent org, jointly owned by Disney and Hearst Corp.,...
Early Praise From Critic
When Ebert famously stood up for a rookie directorJustin Un's feature debut as a solo helmer, Setter Luck Tomorrow, hit Sundance in 2002. Its subject matter wasn't too unfamiliar: a group of high-achieving Asian-American high school kids who lead parallel...
EVEN BETTER LUCK TOMORROW
BILLION DOLLAR FILMMAKERImagine that you are 42 years old, your last three films earned more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office, you have transformed a sagging franchise into a robust film series, and you are a native Mandarin speaker at a...
Fanfare for the Femme Fatale
Multiple trailers for The Canyons play up the Lohan factor and tawdry B-movie noir elements By Erin MaxwellFILLED WITH intrigue and suspense, the story follows a beautiful troubled former ingenue as she follows a path of possible self destruction ......
Fast Franchise Finds Family Ties
Shift from street racing to heists supercharged grossesThe first Fast and the Furious is starting to look like a small Independent film.Hardly a low-budget actioner in 2001, when It was made for around $38 million, its sequels now cost Universal Pictures...
FEEDBACK
TV DINERSAndrew Wallenstein's column in the Aprii 23 issue exploring the practical hurdles of cherrypicking content in an on-demand TV universe (A La Carte TV Will Never Be), raised the hackles of many would-be cord-cutters.You should be working for...
Food Network Dishes Up Philanthropy
Food Network documentary Hunger Hits Home will be among eight TV shows feted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at its sixth annual gala on May 9.But to hear network president Brooke Johnson tell It, the award isn't nearly as important...
Forbidden Fruit Celebrates the Scandalous
Hollywood and LA literati are joining forces May 5 to shine a spotlight on censorship, as nonprofit PEN Center USA gears up for its Forbidden Fruit: Readings From Banned Works of Literature fundraiser.Good eats, drinks and a silent auction kick off the...
Four on the Floor: These Legiters Are Ready to Climb to the Next Stage
TALENT WATCHWith works that included oddball astronauts and the ability to play a crowd of one, up-and-comers wowed auds at the Humana FestCORDON COX@gcoxvarietyWith the legit producing landscape and the nation's network of nonprofit theaters evolving...
Fox Sets Toons to Warped Speed
OUTSIDE THE LINESNew content block ADHD will blur television and online borders with quickly produced, loony contentLINING THE WALLS of Fox Broadcasting's new animation studio in Hollywood are artifacts unexpected for a venture aimed at creating the...
Full-Court Press
CBS' ambitious series Under the Dome is leading the charge among the broadcasters to recapture viewers and advertising dollars that have fled to cable during the summer months. But with auds accustomed to the Big Four's traditional off-season lineup...
Global Village
THE MAPIndia Gets Tough on Smoking; Italy Tough on Pirates; Tunisia Proves Tough for Producer of TV Satire1 INDIAA Tough Tobacco RoadA recent study by researchers in India and the U.K. has reinforced a strict anti-smoking campaign begun last year by...
Going Out on a New Limb
DIVERSIFYIN' RYANAOL deal puts Seacrest in yet another business: digital content. Having Silicon Valley friends helpsRYAN SEACREST IS a well-connected guy in more ways than one.Sure, there's the more than 11 million people he checks in with regularly...
Gondry Leaves Viewers in Mood for Restraint
FILMGondry Leaves Viewers in Mood for RestraintSTUDIOS ANALMood IndigoDirector: Michel GondryStarring: Romain Duris, Audrey TautouAfter an opera adaptation and earlier cinematic efforts by Go Riju and Charles Belmont, Boris Vian's supposedly unfilmable...
GONE TO 'GRACELING'
India's Reliance Entertainment is headingto "Graceling," acquiring feature rights to Kristin Cashore's young-adult fantasy trilogy with Kintop Pictures.Producer Deepak Nayar will oversee. Piers Ashworth will script."Graceling" centers on a young woman...
HIRED
AccuWeather has announced the promotion of Loren Tobia, a former chairman of Radio Television Digital News Assn., to the role of executive director of sales for the display systems and services division.Myspace has named Christian Parkes vice president...
HOLD
A+E Networks: With Nancy Dubuc firmly entrenched as CEO and "Duck Dynasty" ratings soaring, the privately held cable group is only going to keep growing.Crowdfunding: Just because it's working for Zach Braff and "Veronica Mars" doesn't mean everyone...
Imagem Filmes Fuels LatAm Surge
INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVEScherer's company powers up production and acquisition in fast-growing marketsSome people have all the fun. Marcos Seherer - CEO of Brazil's Imagem Filmes, a big distributor in an ever bigger market - hunkers down to work each...
In a World Dominated by Men ...
Lake Bell stakes her claim as the omnipotent voice of the 'coming soori realm By Peter DebrugeLAKE BELL has lost her voice.The actress calls from New York with laryngitis, which is kind of ironic considering she plays the daughter of a famous trailer...
'IRON' GIANT OVERSEAS
3 QUEL MAY MAKE RUN AT 'AVENGERS'By ANDREW STEWARTForget teams of superheroes. Tbny Stark proved he's bad-ass enough all by himself.With a record-smashing $198.4 million international opening from 42 territories, Disney-Marvel's "Iron Man 3" soared past...
Iron Man's Suit Showing Signs of Wear and Tear
FILMIron Man's Suit Showing Signs of Wear and TearWALT DISNEYIron Man 3Director: Shane BlackStarring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don CheadleThe third time is neither a particular charm nor the kiss of death for Marvel Studios' robust Iron Man...
JAKE'S 'NIGHT' MOVE
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star along with Rene Russo in the indie "Nightcrawler," which Tony Gilroy will produce.Dan Gilroy is helming from a script he penned.The story follows a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal world of LA. freelance crime...
Jones Was Country Archetype
1931-2013George Jones, the "King of Broken Hearts," whose honky-tonk balladry defined the highest level of emotion-wracked country singing, died April 26 in Nashville. He was 81.Jones was among the premier country performers of the '60s and 70s, rivaled...
Jumping on the Red-Band Wagon
SPOTLIGHTMarketers of edgy adult content rely on 'sticky imagery' to make an impactFor years, most moviegoers didn't know the difference between green-band trailers (featuring content approved by the Motion Picture Assn. of America for "appropriate audiences")...
Kudofest Reveals Talents Behind the Curtain
Exploding interest in trailers elevates them from supporting to lead player status By Michael PalumboJust as commercials are often more compelling than the programming that they frame, so too have trailers become their own source of entertainment. Just...
LABEOUF EYES 'FURY'
With Brad Pitt attached and Sony on board to distribute, WWII-set "Fury" has begun building its ensemble cast with Shia LaBeouf in talks to co-star.David Ayer is directing the pic from his own script.The story follows the commander of a Sherman tank...
Midiler's Magnificent Mengers
LEGITMidler's Magnificent MengersI'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue MengersBooth Theater; 777 seats; $135 topPlaywright: John LoganDirector: Joe MantelloStarring: Bette MidlerWouldn't we all kill to be invited to a dinner party at Sue Mengers'? But,...
MUST ATTEND
May2 Operation Smile, an international children's medical charity, is holding its 11th annual Smile Event at Cipriani Wall Street. Thesp Kate Fiannery will host.2 Communities in Schools of Los Angeles will host its annual School Life Gala at the home...
NBC Must Find its Voice to Support New Shows
NETWORK NEEDSThe Peacock ran with the ball early this season, but Its turnaround depends on more consistencyUPFRONTS 2013This season has been an extended roller-coaster ride for NBC, which surged in the fall, sank in the winter, and then slowed its rate...
NETFLIX SUBS TOP HBO'S
Netflix reported 29.17 million domestic subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, surpassing HBO for the first time.Netflix, which ended 2012 with 27.15 million domestic subs, added just over 2 million subs, per Ql results issued last week.HBO ended...
Perfect Storm Ready to Thunder
Lin's company set to overturn stereotypesPerfect Storm has been building quietly, but look for it to break loudly in the weeks and months to come.Justin Lin's production company, formed in January 2012 as a joint venture with Bruno Wu's Seven Stars Film...
PLAYING WITH 'DOLLS'
20th Century Fox has closed a deal for the movie rights to the musical "Guys and Dolls."Fox will begin developing the project but no writer, director or talent is currently attached. Fox faced several legal hurdles before a deal could be closed.
Plenty of Fight Left in Viacom
CORPORATE FORENSICSDon't count out SpongeBob just yet. Resurgent TV ratings across the parent company's flagship nets will return focus to the fundamentals that have held strong all along.THE PERCEPTION OF VIACOM has improved drastically over the past...
'Potter' Planted: L.A. Waves Wand for Wizarding World
NBCUniversal has been given the greenlight to move forward with plans to build a Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood.Company will spend nearly $500 million to build the park, as well as upgrade its studio backlot...
Powered Up, Ready to Go
Mophie.com $100Let's be honest: The battery on your iPhone could be better, to put it mildly. But Mophie has consistently provided the best solution available with its Juice Pack Air. Lighter and thinner than previous models, the well-designed battery...
RECORD COIN PINNED
"WrestleMania 29" has entered the record books as the highest-grossing "WrestleMania" ever for WWE.The event, which took place April 7 at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, earned $72 million. The figure includes ticket sales to the live event and PPV buys.The...
Reese Left in Pieces, Downey Skin Softener
Comedians flocked to Seth Rogens Hilarity for Charity event at the Avalon on April 25. The Alzheimer's fundraiser featured lewd songs, the Backstreet Boys and several cracks about a recent celeb arrest. It started with Kevin Hart demanding that people...
REMEMBERED: Allan Arbus
Allan Arbus, who ran a photography business with his wife, Diane Arbus, before becoming an actor who starred in MASH, died April 19 in Los Angeles. He was 95.Arbus played Major Sidney Freedman, a psychiatrist, on the long-running TV show.Born in New...
REMEMBERED: Preston Davis
Preston Davis, the first African-American to hold a prexy post at ABC, died April 15 after an illness. He was 63.Davis had been prexy of broadcast operations and engineering for ABC Television Network Group from 1993 until his retirement in 2011. He...
REMEMBERED: Richie Havens
Folk singer Richie Havens, perhaps best known for his marathon opening set at Woodstock, died on April 22 in New Jersey after suffering a heart attack in his home. He was 72.
Revolutionary New Screenwriting Software Able to Write Screenplay on Its Own
In what the Writers Guild of America is calling the worst thing to happen to its members since Starbucks banned screenwriters from all of its locations worldwide, the soon-to-be released latest version of the revolutionary screenwriting software, Easy...
'Rocket' Gets Liftoff With Pair of Top Tribeca Trophies
Kim Mordaunt's family drama "The Rocket" took two of the top competition trophies at the Tribeca Film Fest, scoring wins for best narrative feature and actor for Sitthiphon Disamoe.Felix van Groeningen's drama "The Broken Circle Breakdown" won best actress...
SAG-AFTRA CUTS
Budget pressures at SAG-AFTRA have brought on a second round of job cuts, with about 60 employees being laid off and 10 of 25 offices being closed.Moves will leave SAG-AFTRA with slightly over 500 employees.
SCENE
PEOPLE, PARTIES, POWERPHOTO OPSPARAMOUNT LOT. HOLLYWOOD. APRIL 25Flawless models led Sean Penn, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon to an exclusive reception on Stage 5 for the Giorgio Armani exhibit of Haitian artwork. Also hand in hand were Fergie and Josh...
SELL
Politico: Critics jumped ail over the political website's characterization of New York Times exec editor Jill Abramson, saying the same criticisms wouldn't have been made of a male editor. And indeed the story itself admitted that "few doubt her wisdom...
Sherpas at Your Service
Osito iPhone, free I Sherpa Android, freeStep aside, Siri, you've got competition. Osito, a new voice-controlled personal assistant app for mobile devices, relies on predictive technology to alert you how long it will take to travel somewhere, pull up...
Smooth Finish Gives Zanuck a Fond Farewell
TELEVISIONSmooth Finish Gives Zanuck a Fond FarewellThe best part about Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck comes at the very end, when viewers are informed the producer/executive got to see the finished film three days...
SoCal Listeners Have Made Drive Time His Primetime
WALK OF FAME HONOR: TOM KELLYL.A. disc jockey Tom Kelly gets his moment in the sun'When I was 10, one day I came home from school and my mother was listening to a man broadcasting from a shopping center, playing records and interviewing people on the...
Studios Gamble on Pricey Originals
NEW WAVEHollywood places big bets on Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, World War Z in a franchise-packed summerNEARLY every studio is gambling on at least one costly original concept film this summer, raising the stakes even higher than usual for the busiest...
Suitcase Party Has Guests Leaving on a Jet Plane
Las Vegas and Mexico among weekend getaway destinationsWanna get away? Well, come May 3, all you have to do is grab your passport and pack your bags for the second annual L.A. Suitcase Party. Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation on behalf of Heart of...
The Big C Faces Its Own Mortality
GRACEFUL EXITShowtime's Laura Linney comedy reinvents itself as a miniseriesIF THERE'S A BUSINESS ANGLE to the reinvention of the half-hour episodic comedy The Big C as a fourhour dramatic miniseries for its farewell season, it's this: It's good business...
The Test of Both Worlds
MAG NETSCombining different TV and Web brands has proved challenging for the newly formed omg! InsiderA CELEBRITY NEWS VENTURE IS learning firsthand something often reflected in its own reporting: Relationships aren't easy.When CBS TV Distribution entertainment...
TIMELINE
Kelly's calling came early and continues to this day.1966"Sunny" Jim Price of San Diego's KGB gives Kelly his first job at age 13.1973Begins hosting his own gameshow, Words-aPoppin, which lasts five years.1997Joins "golden oldies" station KRTH, following...
Tonys Could Paint a Very Starry Night
CENTER STAGEBroadway loves high-profile thesps. But how many will actually show up for the CBS kudocast?If Hollywood pundits think the producers of the Academy Awards have a tough job putting on a good TV show, consider the plight of those in charge...
Trib Zips Zimmer to Head Distrib'n
Tribune Co. boss Peter Liguori has recruited NBCUniversal exec Dana Zimmer to serve as prexy of distribution for Tribune Broadcasting. She'll oversee carriage pacts for Trib's 23 TV stations, national WGN America câbler and regional sports networks in...
TV's Annual Upfront Circus: A Big Shrimp, High-Wire Act
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOKMore media players crash the party this time around to get a piece of the $74 bil ad actionI WENT TO THE UPFRONTS so you didn't have to.I ate the BBQ sandwich at the Discovery Communications' soiree (and fretted about having to work...
Two Steps From the Concert Hall
Music producer tandem cultivates a wide fanbase that extends beyond previews By Whitney FriedlanderTHERE'S ALMOST a Catch-22 to creating trailer music: Make something that's interesting enough to resonate with audiences but don't make it so compelling...
U's Miles for Melanoma Run Gets an Encore
Cancer survivor Hillary Fogelson and husband, Adam, run for a cureWhat began as a topic of dinner conversation a year and a half ago has become an annual event that last year raised more than $200,000 for melanoma research.Hillary Fogelson, the wife...
Waiting Game Worth It
Intel.com/UltrabookAfter launching the Ultrabook laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show two confabs ago, Intel Is still looking to build up the brand, and believes lowering the price will help. The company says notebooks with Windows 8-powered touchscreens...
Wedding Won't Have 'Em Rolling in the Aisle
FILMWedding Won't Have 'Em Rolling in the AisleLIONSGATEThe Big WeddingDirector: Justin ZackhamStarring: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl Diane Keaton Susan SarandonLets face it: The Big Wedding was more fun when it was fat and Greek - or loud and French,...
When Concepts Are the Stars
FIRST IMPRESSIONSTentpoles stake their starts on images that focus on big themes rather than the highly paid castWITH MARKETING COSTS for summer tentpoles continuing to balloon, it seems like studios would want to push their expensive stars into filmgoers'...
Where's the Pilot Pizzazz? Networks Need to Impress
The Big 4 should take some big swings in the next go-round after a ho-hum 2012-13 seasonAs the upfronts approach, it's hard to scope out pilot pickup buzz at the major broadcast nets this year because there are few clear heat-seekers.The big bets of...
Words With Friends
Logitech.com $80Designed to work like the Smart Cover for Apple's tablets, Logitech's latest Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a perfect companion for the iPad Mini. Although its qwerty keys are a little cramped for some fingers, the lightweight wireless device,...
You Can't Deny the Deft Touch of Daft Punk
With irresistible riffs and a savvy promo plan, disco-flavored Cet Lucky hits right notesWhat kind of crazy rucked up world do we live in where a single track trumps an entire rock festival? One in which Daft Punk releases its new single on the second...
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