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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. 330, No. 5, 2015

30 Reasons Why 2015 Was a Rebirth Year
JASON ALDEANAldean's banner year began with his album, "Old Boots, New Dirt," certified platinum, the only country LP to reach that sales plateau in 2014. For his 2015 Burn It Down Tour, the Georgia native shared the stage and performed some joint stadium...
A Galaxy of Products
Global sales of everything from a Millennium Falcon-styled child's bed to a combo light saber/barbecue tongs to designer platform shoes with Yoda heels assure that no corner of the galaxy will be bereft of "Star Wars"-branded products. Disney Store's...
Amazing Amy's Big Year
I t's no surprise Amy Poehler is to receive a star Dec. 3 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but it is a surprise they were able to fit the ceremony into her busy schedule.Just this past year, Poehler hosted the Golden Globes for the third (and final) time...
An Award Show with Presidential Pomp
For most annual fundraising galas, having an honoree who has sold 150 million records drop out just over a month before the event would be an impetus for panic, if not outright desperation. The Kennedy Center Honors, however, is one of the few that can...
And Then There Was One
THE EVER-CHANGING MIDDLE East festival scene has been shaken up by instability lately just as the Arab film industry gains more traction. In this scenario the Dubai Inti. Film Festival is becoming more pivotal as a platform to nurture and launch fresh...
Arena Stars and NBC Ratings Champs
Luke BryanThe staying power of this Georgia native is indisputable, with "I See You," from Bryan's fourth studio album, "Crash My Party," being the sixth consecutive single to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Country Airplay Chart - this as recently as February...
'Beasts' Team Met the Test of Its Ghana Shoot
Despite the publicized mishaps that marked the filming of "Beasts of No Nation" - from helmer Cary Fukunaga's bout with malaria to star Idris Elba's run-in with the wrong side of a cliff - perhaps the biggest challenge for shooting in Ghana was a less...
Billy Joel Flips Adjacent Places in Palm Beach
Billy Joel has put a pair of side-by-side properties he bought less than two years ago in Manalapan, Fla., just south of blue-blooded Palm Beach, back on the market for a combined $29 million. The two parcels, both less-than-ideally bisected by Ocean...
Canary Starred in Soaps, 'Bonanza'
David Canary, who played twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on ABC daytime soap "All My Children," died of natural causes Nov. 16 in Wilton, Conn. He was 77. Canary appeared on "All My Children" from 1984-2011 and returned in 2013. He picked up five Daytime...
Casting a Movie Means Making a Mesh of It All
Casting Emily Blunt in "Sicario" went something like this: Four weeks after she'd given birth, director Denis Villeneuve sent her the script, and then later met with her while she was dressed in pajamas.Jeff Daniels was working on HBO's third and final...
Chi-Raq
FILM REVIEWChi-RaqDIRECTOR: Spike LeeSTARRING: Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, John Cusack, Samuel L. JacksonIt may not take much to make Spike Lee angry, but there's no denying he gives us his reasons and then some in "Chi-Raq," a sprawling,...
Committed to a Cause
Poehler adopts Worldwide Orphans after meeting with founder at kudosfest By Geoff BerkshireIN ADDITION TO being one of the most in-demand talents in Hollywood, Amy Poehler still finds time to give back. For the past several years, her cause of choice...
Crew Made 'Compton' True to Rap Origins
Director F. Cary Cray says Universal's "Straight Outta Compton" seemed like a small rap movie to some, but he knew the story was important. Assembling a "world class" crew, he has seen his instincts pay off - both in box office and awards buzz. He spoke...
Great Gifts, Small and Smaller
We've got gifts (ft) and stocking stuffers (^) that will keep both gadget fans and your wallet happy.Sonos Play:1* Sonos.com I $199Sonos has long been the market leader for Internet-connected audio, and for a reason: The company makes some of the best-sounding...
Gyllenhaal Plays against Convention
Those who recall Jake Gyllenhaal's breakthrough performance as "Donnie Darko" in 2001 might have a tough time reconciling that littleboy-lost character with his pumped-up prizefighter in this year's "Southpaw." The latter work conjured the kind of bodyand-soul...
'Heavenly' for Helmers
IT'S EASY TO be enchanted by Kate Winslet.On-screen she has given audiences a wide range of characters to enjoy from Shakespearean heroines to adventurous soul searchers to hard-working single mothers to plucky, passionate aristocrats. Off-screen, she's...
He Just Dropped in, Thankfully Stayed
ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATING superb instincts for knowing when to fold 'em, multiplatinum country star Kenny Rogers looks to make a graceful exit from show business over the next year, kick-starting a farewell tour after receiving CMT's Artist of a Lifetime...
Holland Lists Secret Sedona Love Nest
O Sydney Holland, the 44-year-old former live-in girlfriend of 92-year-old multibillionaire Sumner Redstone, has listed her secret love nest in Sedona, Ariz., at $3.85 million. Holland purchased the secluded estate not quite a year ago for $3.5 million,...
I'm like the Ghost of Christmas Past, Future and Present
Anthony Mackie broke into the acting business with 2002's "8 Mile," and has appeared in films like "The Hurt Locker" and "Million Dollar Baby." He's most proud of his recent glimpse into homelessness, "Shelter." He'll revive his famed Falcon character...
Loud Statements on the AMA Red Carpet
We love the simplicity of this, and the deep red works well with her coloring.Red and sequins can be a tricky combo - it skews cheesy and dated very easily. The slit and thick chain trim add an edgy modernity, though the cut could be more fitted.Her...
Mitchell Goes from Kitchen to Kudos Heat
Jason mitcheu. was working at a restaurant in New Orleans when he had the opportunity to audition for the role of Eazy-E in "Straight Outta Compton." Now his blistering, star-making turn is earning the newcomer Oscar buzz.How did you land the role of...
Must Attend
DEC. 1TUESDAYGALAOrlando Bloom will be honored and Pink will perform for guests including Katie Couric and Liam Neeson at UNICEF'S 11th Annual Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street.DEC. 2WEDNESDAYPREMIEREBill Murray worries a snowstorm will ruin his...
My First Time in Variety
October 31,1956"Best Selling New Releases" -Kenny Rogers"I always loved doing harmony, and I would've been happy to stay with a group for the rest of my life. But groups always fall apart; that's just part of the dynamic."After a career that saw him...
Network Lassoes Millennials
A few years ago on a hot June night in Nashville, Country Music Television exec VP of development and events Jayson Dinsmore experienced an epiphany.He was at CMA Music Fest, the annual outdoor music gathering held at the Tennessee Titans football stadium...
Night Is a Room
Night Is a RoomTHEATER: Signature Theater; 191 seats; $55 topPLAYWRIGHT: Naomi WallaceSTARRING: Dagmara Dominczyk, Ann DowdEdward Albee seemed to have shattered the last social taboo with "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?" his absurdist drama about a happily...
Ocean Way Turns the Tide
Ocean Way Turns the Tide Sony PlayStation rolled in and suddenly Nashville's scoring big as media magnet By Michael KosserEverybody knows digital technology and the Internet helped drill a big hole in the music recording business. Nashville, like other...
Off the Cuff, on the Mark
It's been a year since Variety took its long-running Actors on Actors feature and put it in front of the cameras. For years, the series thrived on the page, as one prominent actor wrote about the performance of another, with such luminaries as Meryl...
Olafur Darri Olafsson
BIG BREAKAfter several years of steady travel between Iceland and the U.S. for film and television work, 6'5" Icelandic thesp Olafur Darri Olafsson is poised to become as recognizable Stateside as he is at home. He's starring with Vin Diesel in Lionsgate's...
Palestinian Gay Film Fest Opens NEW BORDERS
It was an LGBT-themed film festival held outside the borders of Palestine, featuring a number of works by directors who were neither gay nor Palestinian. But the first-ever Kooz Queer fest, which had a modest bow earlier this month in the northern Israeli...
Pandora Finally Knows It Needs to Be More Than a Radio Player
Welcome to the great consolidation. Those with the deep pockets are playing for high stakes, and they don't care about what's playing in your bedroom; the only thing that matters is the boardroom.In an era where Spotify is valued at a greater number...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this week'SupergiiT Lands Full First-Season Pickup at CBS'Supergirl" will be flying high for 20 episodes in its freshman year, with CBS picking up seven additional new airings of the drama, the network announced Nov. 30. One of...
'Revenant,' 'Hateful Eight' Put a Bloody Bow on Season
With everything but the still underwraps "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" now having unspooled for Oscar voters this year, the season's cards are pretty much on the table. In a month (Dec. 30), ballots will be in hand, and Academy members will start to...
Sesac Expands Presence in Nashville
When many muse companies are leaving or have left for less-expensive office space, one company has doubled down on its Music Row footprint. In December SESAC will move to its new offices in the heart of Music Row, a brand new 42,000-sq.-ft., fivestory...
Sheikhdoms Spawn 'Star Wars'
WHAT DO THE latest "Star Wars," "Fast and Furious" and "Star Trek" installments have in common?They all recently shot in the United Arab Emirates, where a combination of incentives, security, transportation, state-of-the-art studio space, a futuristic...
Showbiz Movers Build Models for the New Hollywood
AGENCYARIEL EMANUEL & PATRICK WHITESELLCO-CEOs WME | IMGWME | IMG acquired brands and launched media outlets in the past year, diversifying from its traditional talent representation. Buying the Miss Universe Organization from Donald Trump is most...
Sports Guy Bill Simmons Buys on Carbon Beach
After he was turned loose by ESPN and spent three months as a free agent, firebrand sports media hyphenate Bill Simmons inked a multiyear, multiplatform contract with HBO, which includes hosting a weekly talk show that will begin airing in 2016. And,...
Telenovela
TelenovelaSERIES: NBC, Mon. Dec. 7,10 p.m.STARRING: Eva Longoria, Jencarlos Canela, Diana Maria RivaTelevision shows about TV are seldom very good, which doesn't raise hopes particularly high for "Telenovela." In a mildly pleasant surprise, though, this...
The Merchandising Force Is with Disney
WHILE DISNEY stands poised to benefit mightily from a worldwide box office bonanza with the Dec. 18 arrival of its first "Star Wars" movie, the Magic Kingdom has already begun minting money from another key force that George Lucas personally controlled...
The Perils of Ryan's Flight Plan
How-to guides can be useful. But so can a good cautionary tale. No misfire dominated Hollywood headlines in 2015 like the unraveling and eventual bankruptcy of Relativity Media.The 11-year-old creation of entrepreneur Ryan Kavanaugh flailed for months...
These Days, It Takes a Comedian to Explain Our Economic System
Over the past two weeks I have seen movies dealing with brain injury, child molestation, the Hollywood blacklist, the Bolivian elections and a "doomsday machine."Little wonder some bankers think of Hollywood itself as a doomsday machine, albeit one that's...
Victor Frankenstein
Victor FrankensteinDIRECTOR: Paul McGuiganSTARRINC: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown FindlayOffering a slightly skewed angle on Mary Shelley's classic tale, Paul McGuigan's "Victor Frankenstein" stitches together a patchwork of ideas - some...
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