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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. 329, No. 9, 2015

Actor Honorees
Katie BolandKatie Boland, actor, was named a TIFF Rising Star at the Toronto Inti. Film Festival in 2011. In 2013, she appeared in "Gerontophilia" by Bruce LaBruce, which had its world premiere at the opening night of Venice Days at the Venice festival,...
A Film for Our Times
To portray the transgender artist in "The Danish Girl," Eddie Redmayne built the character from the inside out. He started by poring over Lili Elbe's autobiography "Man Into Woman," chronicling her groundbreaking 1920s gender reassignment surgeries,...
Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No NationDIRECTOR: Cary Joji FukunagaSTARRING: Idris Elba, Abraham AttahThe unsentimental education of an African child soldier is captured with savage beauty and matter-of-fact horror in "Beasts of No Nation," a tough-minded, tough-viewing...
Black Mass
Black MassDIRECTOR: Scott CooperSTARRING: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict CumberbatchThe icy blue eyes of notorious Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger stare out from the screen in Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" like the gaze of some confident...
California Dreaming Becomes Reality
Now that the California Film Commission has unveiled the first round of feature films to receive incentives under the state's recently expanded tax credit program, producers are indicating that the new scheme is an anti-runaway success.The tax credit...
Canada at TIFF: 40 Years of Art and Industry
A lot can change in 40 years, but at the prodigious Toronto International Film Festival the evolution has been extraordinary.What began at the Ontario Place Cinesphere as an ambitious little festival in October 1976, derided by some locals for potentially...
Canada Cool Goes for Laughs
Many Canadian filmmakers know what it's like to be showered with critical and commercial success in their home and native land only to see their films get lost in the all-important U.S. market.But a new Telefilm Canada initiative called Canada Cool aims...
Canadian Cinema Resonates on Global Scale
Marking a 40th anniversary comes with great anticipation and a healthy dose of responsibility, but if the Canadian lineup at the 2015 Toronto Inti. Film Festival is any sign, the milestone also represents a new level of ambition.High standards of quality...
Channeling Anger on the Mekong River
Near the end of the first week of shooting, late at night by the banks of the Mekong River, director Jamie Dagg nearly lost it. He was filming a pivotal fight scene in "River," his lean psychological thriller set in Laos, which makes its world premiere...
Content Maps Route to Apple TV's Future
It's showtime for Tim Cook: Apple's CEO is about to unveil a long-awaited new version of Apple TV at a press event in San Francisco Sept. 8, with beefier hardware, a fancy new remote control, more apps and a new focus on video games. But one key component...
Everest
EverestDIRECTOR: Baltasar KormakurSTARRING: Jason Clarke. Josh Brolin, John HawkesFollowing the 2014 and 2015 avalanche disasters that killed more than 35 people trying to scale the highest mountain on Earth, the timing is either wildly inappropriate...
Ferrell Takes the Field
Ferrell Takes the FieldSpecial; HBO, Sat. Sept. 12,10 p.m.executive producers: Will Ferrell, Mike Farah, Joe Farrell, Stuart Millerwith: Will FerrellWill Ferrell seems mired in a bit of a rut, with a career that of late has been more performance art...
Film Fatales
When sketching the female characters for her sophomore feature, Québécois filmmaker Anne Émond steered clear of one-dimensional stereotypes."In most films today, you have these intricate, smart male characters, and the women are always just the nurses...
Go Big or Go Home
A year ago, attendees at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival were stunned when a new player in their midst - Broad Green Pictures - grabbed everyone's attention by paying $3 million for U.S. rights to the Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon drama "99 Homes,"...
In the Market for Change
When the Jennifer Aniston-toplined comedy "She's Funny That Way" had a private Toronto buyers screening last fall, there was cause for celebration: Clarius Entertainment snapped up U.S. rights for a reported $4.5 million and a $20 million p&a commitment....
Intimate Cabaret Revs Up in Detroit
Can a cabaret help drive the renewal of the Motor City? A 2 Vi-year-old Detroit nonprofit is betting it can, with site-specific programming that gets audiences and artists alike to explore the newly resurgent Motown.The brainchild of arts administrator...
Is Universal Being Dogged by Its Own Winning Streak?
Could a petulant pet finally bring it all to an end?Universal's streak of hits has reached the point where rivals are wondering how long it can last. Next summer, for example, when other studios will unfurl their superhero slates, Universal will release...
It's a Little Crazy, but What a Great Life
Debbie Allen rose to fame with "Fame," serving as a director, producer and choreographer. She was also the first black woman to be Emmy-nominated in the dramatic lead actress category. More than three decades later, she has a recurring role on "Grey's...
Key Things to Know about Toronto 2015
1. THERE WILL BE CAKEWith a tweaked logo, new programs and extra extracurrlculars, the festival's 40th is a clear focal point for celebration. Free screenings light up public parks. TIFF Cinematheque unspools restorations of modern classics, including...
Legend
LegendDIRECTOR: Brian HelgelandSTARRING: Tom Hardy, Emily BrowningThere are two good reasons to make what might otherwise seem an inessential new biopic of Ronnie and Reggie Kray - and both of them, as it happens, take the formidable form of Tom Hardy....
Maguire Nabs Santa Monica Micro-Compound
Three well-placed snitches, including venerable informant Lucy Spillerguts, swear that Tobey Maguire and his wife, jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, have surreptitiously, through a seemingly inscrutable corporate concern, plunked down nearly $2.68 million...
Micro-Budget Program Seeds Filmmakers
Telefilm Canada is helping Canadian filmmakers think big - even with a micro-budget.For the past three years, the cultural funding agency has invited new helmers to pitch its Micro-Budget Production Program, based on annual recommendations from some...
Middle East Greenhouse Cultivates PEA CE & PICS
It's day four of the year's final seminar for Greenhouse, a development program for Middle Eastern and North African documentary filmmakers, and in any other place or time, the scene unfolding on a hot summer night in Izmir, a port city along Turkey's...
Must Attend
SEPT. 8TUESDAYPREMIEREKaty Perry is set to join designer Jeremy Scott at the TCL Chinese Theatre for the premiere of Vlad Yudin's fashion documentary "Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer."SEPT. 8TUESDAYPREMIEREA joint premiere for the final season of...
My First Time in Variety
Since 2012, Toronto Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey has overseen the selection process for the sprawling fest that serves as an essential, if unofficial, market for U.S. indies and foreign-language cinema. Bailey's Toronto roots are deep,...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHATNotable quotes on this week's stories"Kanye West says he'll run for president in 2020. Who'd be in his cabinet? Kim Kardashian for Secretary of the Posterior?"Bette Midler# @BetteMidler"What I was trying to do was...
Punching Past the Ticketing Biz
WHENEVER FANDANGO PRESIDENT Paul Yanover tells people what he does, he receives a rapturous response."People always go, 'Oh, I love Fandango,' " Yanover told Variety. "It's so interesting to have that kind of emotional response to a product that's basically...
Room
RoomDIRECTOR: Lenny AbrahamsonSTARRING: Brie Larson, Jacob TremblayThe cramped 11-by-ll-foot interior of a sealed, soundproof garden shed isn't the only thing keeping a boy and his mother prisoner in "Room," a suspenseful and heartrending drama that...
Spotlight
SpotlightDIRECTOR: Tom McCarthySTARRING: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdamsIt's not often that a director manages to follow his worst film with his best, but even if he weren't rebounding from "The Cobbler," Tom McCarthy would have a considerable...
Stan Walker
'IDOL' MOMENTOf Maori descent, Walker was born in Australia but grew up in New Zealand. At 18 in 2009, he rose to stardom when he won the final season of "Australian Idol." "The whole journey was incredible, especially for me to win a show like that,"...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobsdirector: Danny Boylestarring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet. Seth Rogen, Jeff DanielsFor those who subscribe to the generally held view that the late co-founder of Apple was both an iconic visionary and a monster with a silicon chip where...
Suffragette
SuffragetteDIRECTOR: Sarah GavronSTARRING: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep"Deeds, not words," goes the refrain of "Suffragette," a stolidly well-meaning tribute to the handful of brave women who realized that polite, lawabiding protests...
Talent to Watch
AT THE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE CENTERCLASS OF 2015: CREATIVE PROCESS DAYAT THE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE CENTERFRISEPT 1111:30-12:30Glenn Gould StoreFour Canadian filmmakers with distinctive low-budget films at TIFF discuss the art of filmmaking powered by creativity,...
Telluride Opens Gate to Kudos Season
The Telluride Film Festival has been an awards season lucky charm in recent years. Annually held in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado as a casual jog through Labor Day weekend rather than a taxing marathon stuffed with flashbulbs and red carpets, the...
The Check's in the Mail
The promised contribution, one of the biggest ever for the charity's L.A. arm, electrified the crowd of more than 1,000. They were told the cash would help build 250 more homes for the poor, launching a campaign called Building a Greater Los Angeles.Taking...
The Danish Girl
The Danish GirlDIRECTOR: Tom HooperSTARRING: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia VikanderA year after Eddie Redmayne proved his incredible capacity for reinvention in "The Theory of Everything," the freckle-faced Brit pulls off the ultimate identity overhaul as "The...
Thrilling Fans with Cool Tech
Fandango has become such a part of the moviegoing experience that it can be easy to overlook its technological breakthroughs. But the company credits those innovations for leading its growth - and it has no plans to relax moving forward.Throughout its...
Toronto Titles Making Headlines with the Buyers
TORONTO FESTIVAL SELECTION / WORLD PREMIEREBorn to DanceDIRECTOR: Tammy DavisPRODUCERS: Jill MacNab, Leanne Saunders, Daniel StoryCAST: Tai Maipi, Stan WalkerSYNOPSIS: Set in New Zealand where a Maori teen faces societal and other pressures when leading...
Venice Film Festival Opening Night Looks
C-The jewel tone of this dress is pretty and makes her eyes pop, but the silhouette itself is a bit of a blob.Something more tailored (AKA didn't look like a draped curtain) would be a much wiser choice.That said, she accessorized it nicely. The clutch...
Walt Disney
Walt DisneyDocumentary; PBS, Mon.-Tues. Sept. 14-15,9 p.m.WRITER: Mark ZwonitzerNARRATOR: Oliver PlattFew lives can sustain a twohour documentary, but with "Walt Disney," four doesn't seem nearly enough. Filmmaker Sarah Colt paints a portrait that's...
With Acts Looking for Attention, Offensive Is the New Normal
Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus pulled out all the stops at the recent MTV Video Music Awards, and ratings for the show keep going down. One wonders what can be done next, live executions? George Carlin suggested that a while back.Not...
Yanover Bridges Company's Dual Personalities
Prexy aims to bring joy to software designEngineers and entertainment "creatives" tend to baffle each other. Technologists create cool tools, but are often surprised at how artists use them. Creatives crave innovations, but typically don't realize the...
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