Variety

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. 5, Apr 16-22, 2013

ABC and Prospect Park in a Lather Over Two Sudsers
ABC is being sued by the studio trying to revive two of the soap operas the network canceled, for killing off some of the series' characters.Prospect Park, which will relaunch "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" online beginning April 29, claims...
A La Carte TV Will Never Be
Cherrypicking cable channels won't make sense in an on-demand futureThe prospect of consumers getting the ability to choose which cable channels they want has proven to be a remarkably resilient fantasy.Maybe that's because TV executives can't seem to...
ALTA CLASSICS SHUTTERS INT'L BIZ
In a shocking and ominous sign for the international film biz, Spain's Alta Classics, one of Europe's best-known distributors of big auteur fare, is closing its doors after 44 years.Alta was a big pic buyer of American and British fare. Its current 45-pic...
A Self-Referential Stone's Throw at Reality TV
TELEVISIONA Self-Referential Stones Throw at Reality TVZach Stone Is Gonna Be FamousSeries; Thurs. May 2, 10:30 p.m.Director: Jeffrey BlitzStarring: Bo Burnham, Kari Coleman, Tom WilsonAlthough it looks like an MTV show, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous...
Back in a New York Groove
Big Apple incentives juice production by Dave McNaryWHEN JOHNNY CARSON MOVED THE TONIGHT SHOW FROM MANHATTAN to Los Angeles in 1972, with California's then-first lady Nancy Reagan among his early guests, it wasn't as much a blow to jobs as it was to...
BAY PLAYS BETTER WITH HASBRO
BAY PLAYS BETTER WITH HASBRO2 /10By all accounts, we should applaud Michael Bay for taking a break between Transformers paychecks to make a quick, relatively cheap picture centered around human beings for a change. Having sat through Pain & Gain,...
BIRTHS
Kate Mazzuca and Ari Schwartzman, a boy, Charles Beckett Schwartzman, April 6, Los Angeles. Father is lighting technician on CSI; mother is event marketing director for Variety.Erin and Kim Davis, a girl, Mae Valentine Davis, March 27, Santa Monica....
Built to Last
A thriving showbiz sector plays a big role in keeping Mayor Bloomberg's plans for Gotham humming by Gordon CoxWHEN MICHAEL BLOOMBERG BECAME THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK on Jan. 1, 2002, he took the reins of a city still reeling from the devastating aftermath...
'BULLETS' BACK ON BROADWAY
The Broadway musical version of "Bullets Over Broadway" has targeted the St. James Theater, with the show locking the venue and the timeframe for an April 2014 bow.
BUY/SELL/HOLD
Film/clothing tie-ins: Inspired by the looks of the films' characters, Warner Bros, and Universal inked licensing deals with Brooks Brothers and Guess to launch clothing lines around "The Great Gatsby" and "Fast & Furious 6" for items ranging from...
CHINA'S REAL 'TRANSFORMERS'
Paramount plans to cast the Chinese roles in "Transformers 4" via a local reality TV show, tapping into China's enthusiasm for the skeins and also underlining the studio's plans to win co-production status for the movie.
CNN Gains on Fox News Despite Flub
The heated criticism CNN received April 18 for its coverage of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has had little negative impact on its ratings.In primetime on the day, CNN actually reduced the gap between itself and cable news ratings...
Designer Brings It All Back Home
Martin Newman's work on Bob Dylan's Malibu manse has earned him a Hollywood clientele"It's been said that architecture is frozen music," says Palm Springs resident Martin Newman, quoting Goethe about his role as a designer and restorer of classic Spanish...
'DEXTER' SIGNING OFF
It's official: Showtime's serial killer drama "Dexter" will see its end this year.The eighth and final season of the Michael C. Hall starrer will bow on June 30 at 9 p.m. Series has been on Showtime since October 2006 and earned 25 Emmy nominations during...
Domain Dilemma Puzzles Big Media
DOT GLOMLand grab for new Internet extensions is either a proactive strategy - or an exercise in futilityWHAT'S IN A NAME? For the entertainment biz, a flood of new Internet domain addresses could spell both pain and gain.Nearly 2,000 new top-level domains...
Emmys Double Down on Second Screen
SYNC TANKMore awards on tap to keep up with dizzying array of TV appsTV's increasing efforts to target viewers across platforms is connecting with one important audience: the TV Academy.For this year's edition of Primetime Emmys, the Academy of Television...
Emmys Rule Reversed on Thesps
Lead and supporting performers in the miniseries-movies genre will compete in separate categories at the Primetime Emmys, reversing a rule change by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of governors last year.Among those the Academy's...
Exec Plugs Into Gotham Creativity
ON THE RISEYoung A24 staffer Sacco eager to help distrib dive into productionNOAH SACCO is exhausted.The resourceful 26-yearold production and acquisitions executive has just returned to New York from a week in Los Angeles, during which time he squeezed...
Fans Are Not Fools: It's Time to Retire the Album
The concept is antiquated in today's multimedia landscape. Just ask Amanda PalmerIt's about the money, not the statement.Do you write 10 tunes in your head every two or three years? And in between have long stretches of absolute darkness? Do you not...
FEEDBACK
UNHAPPY ENDINGThe impending extinction of film prints resonated with readers of our April 13 cover story (The End). While the debate over the merits of digital continues, many industry pros see this as more than just a creative choice; it's about maintaining...
Feeding the Soul of Stage
ENGAGEMENT ZINGImmersive theater mixes food, drink and environmental staging to lure auds that eschew B'wayCall it experiential; call it immersive; call it event theater. It's usually a snarl of logistical challenges. There's no set financial model for...
Filmmakers Buck a Trend
After spending four months touring the country in a trickedout school bus, Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple found an easier way to get their film about global poverty to the world: Hulu.The 23-year-old Claremont McKenna College graduates have made a pact...
Film Schools to Begin Teaching Students How to Pander to China
Influenced by this summer's highly anticipated Iron Man 3, which during production filmed a different version in order to appease government officials in China, several film schools nationwide have revealed plans to begin teaching their cinema students...
'FOCUS' ON WILL SMITH
Will Smith may have found his next project: He is in final talks to star in the Warner Bros, con artist pic "Focus."Kristen Stewart was attached to also star, but when Smith became involved, Stewart fell out, with the feeling that the age difference...
For Sale: Avi Lerner's Millennium on the Block
By RACHEL ABRAMSAvi Lerner has officially hung out the "for sale" sign on his distribution shingle Millennium Entertainment after a potential deal to unload the company fell through earlier this year.Lerner, whose firm Nu Image owns 60% of Millennium,...
Fox Faces the Music as Idol Takes Tumble
NETWORK NEEDSThe success of Following spurs renewed focus on male-friendly shows as the net rebuilds its skedGoing in to the 2012-13 campaign, Fox was already in need of new hits, but the sense of urgency has been amped up due to the surprisingly steep...
George Lopez, FX Set Laffers
George Lopez's latest sitcom venture has landed at FX.The cabler has ordered 10 segs of "Saint George," which will be produced by Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury under Debmar's trademark 10/90 model. That allows FX to quickly order 90 additional episodes...
'G.I. JOE' GETS CHINA BOOST
Universal segued a solid $61 million overseas debut for "Oblivion" last weekend into a $37.1 million Stateside opening, a better-than-expected result that lifts the film's worldwide total to $14-8.3 million.Internationally, "Oblivion" has earned $111.2...
Global Village
THE MAPIndia gets digital, China gets partners, Danes get zany1 RUSSIACat People in SpotlightIn Moscow, the world's only cat theater has reopened following a year-long closure for renovation. Founded by clown Yuri Kuklachev and run with his son Dmitry,...
Gotham 50
From agents to TV executives to Internet provocateurs, and digital mavens to film producers and créatives, these are the New Yorkers who are revitalizing Gotham's rich showbiz legacy.AGENTSMike BerkowitzHead of comedy, APAYou want funny? Call Berkowitz....
Gotham Gourmet
LOCAL HERORobyn Wolf rolls with the punches and maintains high standards to keep the party going at Michael'sJOB DESCRIPTIONRobyn Wolf helms a small operation at Michael McCarty's Gotham restaurant, where she plans the parties and deals with hairy logistics,...
HIRED
Malcolm Dudley-Smith was named senior vice president & general manager of Asia Pacific for Warner Bros. Intl. TV Distribution. Based in Sydney, he will be responsible for managing the strategic direction of distribution operations throughout Asia...
Hollywood's F. Scott Fitz and Starts
The biz'5 history with Fitzgerald's novel is a troubled one, but Baz Luhrmann looks to define it on new terms by Peter BartBAZ luhrmann took me by surprise four years ago when he confided over lunch that he intended to shoot The Great Gatsby as his next...
Hulu Producing Originals
Hulu interim CEO Andy Forssell said the Internet TV venture is now producing original series - such as Eva Longoria's upcoming animated laffer "Mother Up!" - with "midrange cable budgets."Originals are aimed at a sweet spot of 1 million to 3 million...
Inside Gotham's Early Indie Scene Builders
Misfire gives insider's view of Shooting Gallery by Whitney RansickWHEN I WAS READING PETER BISKIND'S DOWN AND DIRTY PICTURES a few years ago, I was literally shaken by Biskind's observation that "in the '90s there were three New York-based companies...
It All Ads Up for Digital
Madison Avenue dollars fuel growth of new media shops in marriage of entertainment and commerce by Marc CraserNEW YORKERS ARE A PROUD BUNCH. IT CAN TAKE SOPHISTICATED SURvival skills to live in the city. Even more so to do business there.So when mayor...
Judge: Superboy Flies for DC Comics
A federal judge has ruled that DC Comics holds the rights to Superboy and the 1938 advertisements that marked the first published appearances of Superman.U.S. District Judge Otis Wright granted summary judgment to DC, a unit of Warner Bros., ruling that...
Keeping Executives Plugged In and Turned On
Phoning HomeHTCFirst|$99(with a two-year contract at AT&T)Facebook Home I freeFacebook isn't making a phone - yet But when AT&T stores started selling the HTC First on April 12, Facebook got one step closer to fixing one of its biggest problems:...
Lane's Performance Enhances Nance
LEGITLane's Performance Enhances NanceThe NanceLyceum Theater; 918 seats; $132 topPlaywright: Douglas Carter BeaneDirector: Jack O'BrienStarring: Nathan LaneLincoln Center Theater's stunning production of Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance is a textbook...
Martell Honors Tap Influential Women
From service during Sandy to a book on cancer prevention, the org fetes Gotham notablesThe T.J. Martell Foundation - which funds research for cancer, leukemia and AIDS treatment - was started as a music industry organization, and its board reads like...
Momentum Builds for Creators, Marketers
INDIE SPIRITProducer Nick Hamm convinced playwright Neil LaBute to create his first TV series by offering the lure of a low budget and a quick-and-dirty production cycle for an emerging premium channel. What's not to like?To Hamm, who heads L.A.-based...
Much Ado About the Cloisters
Restoration of Liberace's last digs in Palm Springs turns out less invasive than many thoughtWhen Liberace's Spanish-Mexican-colonial-style masterpiece on the corner of Belardo and Alejo Roads in Palm Springs changed hands a few years ago, preservationists...
MUST ATTEND
April24 Premiere of Marvel's Iron Man 3 at the El Capitan Theater, Hollywood25 Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller will host Hilarity for Charity, dubbed a "house party" benefiting the Alzheimer's Assn. at Avalon Hollywood25 The 34th annual College Television...
Nets Hope to Stir Saturday Night Fever
SKED GAMESAMC, others look to reverse the low-rated tide with better showsWhen it comes to weekend TV, many nets seem content with humming the lyrics from an old Sam Cooke song: "Another Saturday night, and I ain't got nobody." Ad buyers wish they would...
NewFronts, Old Test: Diverting TV Dollars
RING OF RESPECTDigital content showcase returns in attempt to win over advertisersIn one packed sctimooze-and-booze New York week, digital media purveyors will try to dazzle Madison Avenue with new Internet shows, apps and ad executions.The goal of the...
Noah's New York State of Mind
APPLE POLISHERIn movies like The Squid and the Whale and Frances Ha, filmmaker uses city's energy to drive actionWhen the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently organized a series of iconic movies set in this outer borough, it was no surprise that writer-director...
Of Comets, Kings and Looking Glasses
EVENTIZINCA roundup of the top immersive shows, and where to see themNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 d )who: Commercial producers Howard and Janet Kagan, in partnership with Randy Weiner and Simon Hammerstein.WHAT: A commercial transfer of...
Pain Trio's Buff Stuff; Bette, Babs & Beyond
The Pain & Gain poster sports a buff Mark Wahlberg next to an even more humongous Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. If it looks like an ad for gay porn, at least one star isn't so sure. "I've never seen a gay porn video, so that doesn't come to...
Peacock's Soothsayer CEO Stayed Ahead of the Curve on Biz Changes
Former NBC topper Bob Wright took prescient stands on issues that reverberate todayForgive Bob Wright for feeling a sense of deja vu lately, inasmuch as recent headlines surrounding network television appear to keep recycling issues he faced during his...
Ready for Action
New York City's production czar Katherine Oliver makes the happiness of filmmakers a priority with tax breaks and other intitiatives by Gordon CoxESTABLISHED IN 1966, THE NEW YORK CITY MAYOR'S OFFICE OF FILM, Theater and Broadcasting is the oldest film...
Ready for Her Closeup on the Global Stage
VARIETY'S ASIAN STAR OF THE YEARThesp Li Bingbing is helping build cinematic bridges between China and the U.S.If you Google Chinese actress Li Bingbing, the top stories will no doubt focus on a particular dress she wore in 2012 - the same Gucci dress...
REMEMBERED: Frank Bank
The actor played "Lumpy" Rutherford on long-running sitcom Leave It to Beaver.Frank Bank, who played the sweet teenage troublemaker "Lumpy" on the sitcom Leave It to Beaver died April 13, in Los Angeles. He was 71. No other details were provided.Bank...
REMEMBERED: Michael France
The screenwriter sold his Cliffhanger script on spec and re-energized the Bondfranchise.Michael France, the scribe who M penned Cliffhanger, GoldenEye and a slew of Marvel adaptations that grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, died April 12 in his...
REMEMBERED: Pat Summerall
An announcer for CBS radio and TV for 32 years, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportsivriters Assn. Hall of Fame.Longtime NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall died April 16 at age 82.Summerall was an announcer with CBS in radio and television...
REMEMBERED: Richard LeParmentier
The actor appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows, with a notable Star Wars role.Actor Richard LeParmentier, best known as the commander in Star Wars whom Darth Vader nearly strangles, died April 16 in Austin, Texas. He was 66.LeParmentier was born...
Roid Rage Bashes Bay's Satire on the American Dream
Roid Rage Bashes Bay's Satire on the American Dream5 /10The large-scale destructiveness he has previously wreaked upon public and private property (including entire cities), Michael Bay visits on the human body in Pain & Gain, a pulverizing steroidal...
ROMANIA
INTERNATIONAL PROFILEOnce known for gypsies and Dracula, the country is working toward an economic rebound, and opening its doors to the worlds of digital and showbizThe country is ready for its closeup with a bright new identity, after centuries of...
Rupe's Entertainment Group Joins the 21st Century
News Corp. will rename its entertainment operations 21st Century Fox after the conglom spins off its publishing assets later this year.The moniker replaces the previously proposed name Fox Group."Our new name is inspired by the very first company we...
See Jane Work
Iconic thesp Fonda cements her place in the Hollywood firmamentAsk Jane Fonda about getting her hands and feet immortalized in concrete at the Chinese Theater and the thesp says, "I'm very excited; I was hoping this would happen before I died."Her cement...
Spike TV Cozies Up to Young Women
CO-EDS WELCOMECabler looks to build on its growing appeal to femmes, hoping that dudes abideA funny thing has been nappenning lately at Spike TV: Femme viewers have been showing up.The guy-centric câbler known for pro fighting and frat-boy fare is looking...
Submitted for Your App-roval
Here are five of the best interactive offerings released over the past year:Sons of AnarchyThe third-generation app elevated this FX drama head and shoulders above the rest of the second-screen scene in time for its fifth season. It serves up a lot more...
The Bold and the Digital
Inside the online revival of All My Children and One Life to Live, where production and distribution are getting a radical rethinkOn his 4th birthday earlier this month Jeff Kwatinetz spent seven hours visiting with Agnes Nixon, the grande dame of modern...
The High-Low Aesthetic of Behind the Candelabra
Liberace's houses, including his Palm Springs digs, get a second look via HBO biopicIf anyone noticed a big run on Michelangelo's David statues in Vegas and Palm Springs, blame it on production designer Howard Cummings and set decorator Barbara Munch....
The Rush Remains, But the Hustle's Tougher
Hollywood's retrenchment makes greenlights scarce, but the euphoria of filmmaking enduresThere's a memorable moment from the largely overlooked but eminently entertaining 2008 film What Just Happened. Producer Ben (played by Robert De Niro) is driving...
This Is Gordy: Jukebox Musical Is a Hot Mess
LEGITThis Is Gordy: Jukebox Musical Is a Hot MessMotownLuntFontanne Theater. 1,507 seats; $147 topPlaywright: Berry GordyDirector: Charles RandolphWrightStarring: Brandon Victor Dixon, Valisia LeKae, Charl Brown, Bryan Terrell ClarkThe Broadway faithful...
Trendsetter for the Ages
JANES DICTATIONFrom her early film career in the 1960s, Jane Fonda has been a fashion icon for generations of American women.(1) Barbarella 0968) She played a sci-fi hero in sexy costumes.(2) Klute 0971) The shag-cut hairstyle was copied by millions.(3)...
TRUTH HURTS IN PARADOXICAL PAIN
TRUTH HURTS IN PARADOXICAL PAIN3 /10I once shared a plane trip with a guy from South Florida. When I told him where I was from, he suddenly lit up. "I love Los Angeles!" he cried. "It's so much less shallow and superficial than Miami."Michael Bay's Pain...
TWITTER LAUNCHES MUSIC APP
Twitter unleashed its music sampling and discovery service April 18. Twitter #music taps Twitter users' activity to calculate most popular tracks and emerging artists.
Vatican TV Puts Pope on Multiple Platforms
INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVECTV director taps into high-tech innovations to send images around the worldThe words "pope" and "cutting-edge" may seem incongruous, but Monsignor Dario Edoardo Vigano is helping keep the age-old institution firmly in the 21st...
Von Trier Repertory Player Basks in Desert Light
Udo Kier lives in what was Palm Springs' Crocker Library, surrounded by his designer furnishingsGerman cult film villain Udo Kier (Melancholia, Blade, Andy Warhol's Dracula) has one of the most unusual homes in Palm Springs, a conversion of the 1965...
Witherspoon, Toth Arrested in DUI Incident
A Municipal Court hearing for Reese Witherspoon has been set for May 22, with a May 23 date set for her husband, CAA agent James Toth, in connection with their arrest on the morning of April 19 in Atlanta, Ga., after he was pulled over for suspicion...
Women Still Ignored at B.O.; Panel Blames Franchise Fever
Even with the successes of "Bridesmaids," "The Hunger Games" and the "Twilight" franchise, Hollywood's major studios remain reluctant to make movies aimed at females.That was the common frustration expressed at the April 18 CinemaCon panel, featuring...
Yanks Rank in Star-Packed Cannes Crowd
SELECTION INSPECTIONWith four films by U.S. directors in competition, this year's fest offers plenty of familiar auteur namesTHE AMERICAN FLAG Will be flying even higher than usual over the Croisette next month, with Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra,...
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