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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. 16, 2015

Actors and Movies Flying under the Radar
This week, Variety kicks off its coverage of the 2015 Oscar season in style, with our annual Awards Launch issue. But as we dive headlong into a fray that is bound, as ever, to recycle familiar talking points and contenders, we would be remiss not to...
Against All Odds
Just as it was in 2013 when films like "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "All Is Lost" found themselves in the thick of the Oscar race, survival against seemingly insurmountable odds pops up once again as a theme this season. Whether it's staying alive...
Ash vs. Evil Dead
TV REVIEWAsh vs. Evil DeadSERIES: Starz, Sat. Oct. 31, 9 p.m.WRITERS: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom SpezialySTARRING: Bruce Campbell, Ray SantiagoWith apologies to "Jerry Maguire," in the case of "Ash vs. Evil Dead," Starz probably had the intended audience...
Burnt
FILM REVIEWBurntDIRECTOR: John WellsSTARRING: Bradley Cooper, Sienna MillerDuring the worst of his many plate-smashing tantrums, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), self-styled bad boy of the London culinary world, scolds his fellow chefs for not meeting his...
Capture the Colors of Autumn
Fall is one of the best times to embrace your inner photographer and capture nature's beauty. It's also a great excuse to stock up on new gear before the holiday season.GorillaPodJoby.com I Starting at $15Why use a selfie stick when the world can be...
Collaboration Is Key to the Talent of Carlton Cuse
When Carlton Cuse was starting out in the business, his office on the Warner Bros, lot was next to that of John Sacret Young, creator of "China Beach." He spent hours at Young's side, not only learning the craft of writing for television and features,...
David Foster Sells His Malibu Manse for $19M
It was real estate uber-insider Peter Propertyseller who first snitched, and property records now confirm, that 16-time Gram my-winning composer, producer, and songwriter David Foster and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Yolanda Foster...
Dramatizing the Body Politic
Life, liberty and the pursuit of statuettes are among the inalienable rights of those who toil in Hollywood. But it wouldn't be entirely alien if certain other freedoms - to determine one's destiny, or assert one's identity - wind up center stage during...
Elevated Genre Works Train Eyes on the Prize
Back in March, shortly before the release of "Furious 7," Vin Diesel threw out a bold prediction about his movie's chances in the forthcoming awards season. "It will probably win best picture at the Oscars," he told Variety, "unless the Oscars don't...
Fiery O'Hara Thrived during Golden Era
Maureen O'Hara, the Irish actress who starred in a slew of American films including "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Quiet Man" and "The Parent Trap" and one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood's golden age, died on Oct. 24 at home in Boise, Idaho....
For TV Networks, Exorcism Stunt Is the New (Para)Normal
Destination America, one of the less-shiny objects in Discovery's portfolio of channels, will try to put itself on the TV map by airing a live exorcism. And while the Devil in such an exercise is in the details, it's less Satan than the basic desire...
Get Me to the Geeks
WELCOME TO THE Western world's biggest geek meet.Some 254,000 ticket-buying fans descended last year upon Lucca Comics & Games, for comics fans with a European twist held within the medieval walls of the Tbscan town of Lucca, which Henry James once...
Getting Trauma Center Up to 'Code'
On CBS' "Code Black," the hallways and operating rooms of Angels Memorial Hospital don't have the gleaming white surfaces seen on the typical medical show. The space is gritty and lived-in, with layers of wear reflecting the building's 80-plus-year history,...
Ian McKellen on Playing Old for Holmes
Ian mckellen stars in "Mr. Holmes," the Bill Condon-directed film that bows on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 10. The actor worked with writer-director Condon on 1998's "Gods and Monsters," the first of McKellen's two Oscar nominations (so far).What drew you to...
Iran Biz May Power Up on NUCLEAR DEAL
Will the Iran nuclear deal energize the country's filmmakers and open up the Iranian film industry internationally?Now that the landmark accord between Iran and the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia has been officially adopted, it's likely...
It May Be Hip to Cut TV Cord, but in Radio, the Bundle Is Boss
It's become abundantly clear to me lately that my tastes are veering away from the mainstream (wherever that is). For example, I still peer at my TV screen, even though 57% of the young demo now disdains that device as a source of entertainment. I still...
Jem and the Holograms
FILM REVIEWJem and the HologramsDIRECTOR: JOD M. ChuSTARRING: Aubrey Peeples, Juliette Lewis, Ryan GuzmanA campy cartoon encapsulating '80s excess transforms into an earnest live-action ode to the navel-gazing YouTube generation in "Jem and the Holograms."...
John McEnroe Is on a Malibu Buying Spree
1 Even though retired professional tennis cynosure John McEnroe and '80s era rock star Patty Smyth (no relation to author and punk rocker Patti Smith) already own two multimillion dollar homes in Malibu, we hear from implacable real estate yenta Yolanda...
Kodak Campus Goes Digital
Perhaps nothing better symbolizes Hollywood's digital migration than the conversion of the historic Eastman Kodak complex on Santa Monica Boulevard - a longtime bastion of film technology - into a digital campus.The center opened in 1929. It's where...
Locally Engaged
This year's Britannia awards show gets a new face thanks to the production efforts of Done and Dusted, host Jack Whitehall and a new outlet, Pop TV. But there are also a couple of fresh faces at the top of BAFTA/LA, the org that's behind the awards:...
Maestros En Masse
As the awards season gathers momentum like an impending tsunami, the continuing refrain around the Variety offices - whether talking about movies or the individual talents behind them -quality films are so abundant it's almost overwhelming.Whether it's...
Mendes Shakes, Stirs Franchise
Here's a theory: If not for Sam Mendes, Universal never would've entrusted an indie greenhorn like Colin Trevorrow to direct "Jurassic World," nor would George Lucas have dreamed of handing the reins of his "Star Wars" franchise to the likes of Rian...
Must Attend
OCT. 27TUESDAYPREMIEREBryan Cranston stars opposite Helen Mirren as a screenwriter who gets blacklisted for his political beliefs in "Trumbo," premiering at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.OCT. 29THURSDAYBENEFITThis year's AmfAR Inspiration Gala...
My First Time in Variety
November 15, 1950"Lure of the East Thins H'wood - Ranks of TV Comedy Writers"If anyone deserves to write a memoir, it's Norman Lear, who reinvented television comedy in the 1970s with "All in the Family," and whose "Even This I Get to Experience," a...
Newsfeed
'Star Wars' to Show on Netflix in Canada OnlyNetflix subscribers in the Great White North will be able to stream "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" about eight months after its release, as it's the only territory where the company currently has secured streaming...
Original Plays Promise to 'Charm' Chicago Auds
Every year, Chicago theater heats up as the weather begins to cool, but this autumn has quickly turned especially hot with highquality work, most all of it original. The likes of David Rabe, Mary Zimmerman and Broadway producer Kevin McCollum are all...
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
FILM REVIEWParanormal Activity: The Ghost DimensionDIRECTOR: Gregory PlotkinSTARRING: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy GeorgeSo this is the way a franchise ends. The sixth and allegedly final installment of the massively money-minting found-footage horror...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes from this week's stories"The 1989 film 'Back to the Future II' showed life on Oct 212015-Inefficient Post Offices. (Still got 'em)"Neil deGrasse Tyson 10 @neiltyson"I don't read (the scripts) in...
Pup in the Air
ALL HIS LIFE HE TRIED tO be a good person," begins the famous quote by Charles M. Schulz. "Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog."Snoopy, the beloved cartoon beagle based on Schulz's own family dog Spike, first...
Race to Riches
On Oct 15, executives from Tribune Broadcasting's 42 TV stations around the country gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a day of workshops, seminars and insights from guest speakers on the biggest money-making opportunity for...
Ripped from the Headlines
For more than a decade, America's daily newspapers have faced their own mortality.Print circulation has plummeted nearly 50%. Ad revenue has plunged to less than half its one-time high. Two in five newsroom employees have been handed pink slips, forcing...
Spectre
FILM REVIEWSpectreDIRECTOR: Sam MendesSTARRING: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph FiennesThe dead are alive" are the very first words printed onscreen in "Spectre," the 24th and far-from-last James Bond adventure. It's a statement that...
Standard Bearer
WITH THE RISING buzz about female superheroes, let's praise the plain old Hollywood heroics of Reese Witherspoon, who's being honored Oct. 30 by the American Cinematheque. The brainy blonde was ahead of the gender equality curve, founding her own movie...
Stepping Up the Laugh-O-Meter
Expect Chaplin Award recipient Amy Schumer to embrace the cheeky humor - and sometimes raunchy speeches - that peppers the Britannias."Brits have successfully pushed the boundaries of comedy for many years, so fittingly the recipients of the Chaplin...
Texas Toast to Scribe Tribe
WHEN BARBARA MORGAN launched the Austin Film Festival & Conference back in 1993, she had an inkling she'd created a strange beast. After all, hers was a festival centered entirely around screen writing, that pointedly eschewed any sort of VIP treatment...
The Last Witch Hunter
FILM REVIEWThe Last Witch HunterDIRECTOR: Breck EisnerSTARRING: Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose LeslieOne of the trickier tasks Vin Diesel's eponymous hero faces in "The Last Witch Hunter" is tracking a villain by his signature scent of "moldering erabapples"...
The Returned
TV REVIEWThe ReturnedSERIES: Sundance TV. Sat. Oct. 31, 10 p.m.WRITERS: Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouche. Coline Abert. Fabien AddaSTARRING: Anne Consigny. Clotilde HesmeThe word "atmospheric" gets used a lot in television and film reviews, but few dramas...
Trump Wields Hefty Influence on Networks
WHEN DONALD TRUMP hOStS "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 7, he'd better bring in great ratings.The network is enduring protests from some Latino groups and the vocal wrath of an Illinois congressman, not to mention the very real prospect that one or more...
Wasserman Lists in BevHills
We have Our Fairy Godmother in Beverly Hills to thank for pointing out a carefully restored and updated 1920s Mediterranean manse in the increasingly popular and pricey Flats of Beverly Hills that's listed at $12.5 million, and owned, per property records,...
Yahoo's TV Fail: Why Things Went Wrong
Yahoo has flunked out of Greendale Community College. Its failure to make money on the revival of Dan Harmon's cult comedy "Community" and two other scripted series is emblematic of the once-mighty Internet company's muddled biz strategy overall.The...
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