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. 330, No. 7, 2015

5 Trends Making the Movie Biz Lose Sleep
Blockbusters like "Jurassic World" and "Furious 7" powered the movie business to record numbers in 2015. But not everything Hollywood touched turned to gold. There were plenty of "Pans" and "Victor Frankensteins" to splatter red ink around. Here are...
A Few of His Favorite Films
For Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, choosing his top five favorite films was a delicate task, considering his acclaimed body of work. His resume includes such award-winning and well-loved pictures as the Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo...
At the 'Heart' of the Story
OVER THE COURSE of a 30-year career behind the camera, Ron Howard has released an array of films, from such dramas as "A Beautiful Mind" and "Frost/ Nixon" to action films like "Backdraft," comedies such as "Parenthood" and those that touch on several...
A Weigh with Words
Every year, Variety asks prominent playwrights, authors, journalists and screenwriters to talk about writers and screenplays they admired over the past year. This year's contributors bring a wide range of experience, from Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winner...
Childhood's End
Childhood's EndMINISERIES: Syfy, Mon.-Wed. Dec. 14-16,8 p.m.WRITER: Matthew GrahamSTARRING: Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Daisy BettsPublished in 1953, Arthur C, Clarke's "Childhood's End" has flummoxed attempts to put the story on screen, doubtless heightening...
China Doll
China DollTHEATER: Gerald Schoenfeld; 1,100 seats; $186.50 topPLAYRIGHT: David MametSTARRING: AI Pacino, Christopher DenhamCome back, come back, wherever you are, David Mamet. All is forgiven (even "Race") if you will just quit jerking us around on nonplays...
Chris Hardwick Finds Zombies Make Lively Guests
PERHAPS NO ONE embodies the evolving home entertainment industry as well as digital media geek Chris Hardwick, recipient of this year's Deloitte Media and Entertainment Leadership Award. A comedian, actor, writer, producer and podcaster, Hardwick is...
Devour
WATCHShugs & Fats(shugsandfats.tv)Nadia P. Manzoor and Radhika Vaz won a Gotham award for short-form breakthrough series - think "Broad City" meets the Koran - as two ostensibly Muslim women navigate dating, cleanses and other First World problems...
Ecclestone Stunt Not Selling Holmby Hills Spread after All?
Rumors ran rampant last year that Formula One Racing heiress Petra Ecclestone Stunt had allowed a number of high-profile brokers to secretly shop her gargantuan mansion in L.A.'s Holmby Hills 'hood at $150 million. Indeed, prominent broker Will Sellyerhouse...
Festival Jumps into Virtual REALITY
Striving to stay ahead of innovations within the entertainment industry as it hits its seventh anniversary, Les Arcs European Film Festival will launch an Interactive Village to showcase virtual reality and interactive content developed by Euro indie...
Grateful
That kind of cajoling, along with a chorus of disappointment among Tarantino's fanbase, helped bring the director back to the drawing board. He decided to work through the material at a Los Angeles live reading of the script in April of last year, then...
Hailing Helmers' Heroes
Every year, Variety asks prominent directors to talk about the fellow directors whose work moved them. This year's passionate lot includes Oscar winners like Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese. Norman Jewison. Sean Penn and Michael Moore, as well as indie mavericks...
'Happy' Decades with Ron Howard
ASK HENRY WINKLER about his longstanding personal and professional relationship with Ron Howard, and the adjectives roll out: "an amazing fellow," "incredibly perceptive" and finally, "I love him."The effusiveness is no Hollywood puffery: Winkler and...
Harvey Keitel on Making the Right Choices
Harvey keitel has worked with auteurs from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino, so he had years of research in his pocket when he was cast as a film director in Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth." The movie co-stars Michael Caine as a famous conductor; the...
HBO Expands Range of Platforms and Devices
HBO HELPED MOLD the traditional pay TV business. Today HBO, who will be presented with the Hall of Fame Innovation Award for its leadership in multiplatform distribution at the Variety Home Entertainment and Digital Hall of Fame awards gala on Dec. 8,...
Here We Go
Here We GoTHEATER: National, London; 890 seats; £15 ($22.50) topPLAYWRIGHT: Caryl ChurchillRoutinely described as Britain's greatest living playwright - arguably in a job-share with Tom Stoppard - Caryl Churchill can do in a 45-minute triptych what most...
In the Heart of the Sea
In the Heart of the SeaDIRECTOR: Ron HowardSTARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian MurphyCall me indifferent. As choppy, though not nearly as deep, as the waters in which its characters find themselves stranded, "In the Heart of the Sea"...
Invisible Thread
Invisible ThreadTHEATER: Second Stage; 296 seats; $84 topDIRECTOR: Diane PaulusIn 2005, an actor named Griffin Matthews volunteered to work at an orphanage in Uganda, and returned home to start his own charitable organization. The writer-performer drew...
Jim Packer and Ron Schwartz Have Good News for Content Creators
THE JOB OF maintaining Lionsgate's uniquely integrated focus on digital and physical media falls squarely on the shoulders of Jim Packer and Ron Schwartz, who in 2014 were promoted to co-heads of Lionsgate Worldwide Home Entertainment Operations. Schwartz,...
Joy
JoyDIRECTOR: David 0. RussellSTARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar RamirezAfter wholeheartedly embracing the art of the con in "American Hustle," David 0. Russell shifts gears and celebrates the virtues of honesty, grit and can-do spirit...
Krampus
KrampusDIRECTOR: Michael DoughertySTARRING: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David KoechnerHe sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He's got horns, hooves and an army of sinister elves, and his name sounds like a bad case of abdominal...
Loggia Starred in 'Scarface,' 'Big'
Robert loggia, a versatile toughguy actor on TV and in movies, including Brian De Palma's 1983 drama "Scarface" and Penny Marshall's 1988 "Big," died Dec. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 85.Loggia had been battling Alzheimer's disease for the past...
Making Miracles Happen
Josh BratmanSCULPTING TOMORROW'S FRANCHISES TODAYFormer Michael de luca Productions exec Bratman says the standout lesson he learned from the veteran producer is the key role passion plays in the producing game."Mike was always about really understanding...
Max Excitement for Brave New Medium
High-tech advances and leading home-entertainment players will be feted at the 35th annual Press Play: Variety Home Entertainment and Digital Hall of Fame gala dinner and awards show to benefit City Year Los Angeles. Held Dec. 8 at Beverly Wilshire Hotel...
My First Time in Variety
August 15, 1956"Stock Items"Jane Fonda"When I was chronologically young, I was pretty old. With age, two-thirds has to do with spirit, your soul... I'm way happier now, and I'm way younger now."Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda is stirring up buzz again...
Newsfeed
Los Angeles Critics Love 'Mad Max', 'Spotlight'"Mad Max: Fury Road" continued winning critical love, as the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn, recognized George Miller as best director, and awarded it cinematography and production design nods. But the group's...
Night Falls on 'Downton Abbey'
It is a hot, humid day in rural Hampshire, England, in high summer. Inside Highclere Castle, the mock-Gothic Victorian estate that gives spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, preparations for a Yorkshire Christmas are underway. The fire...
Old Lenses Give Depth to 'Eight'
Quentin Tarantino wanted something special for "The Hateful Eight." He knew he wanted to shoot it in 70mm - so much so that the words "in glorious 70mm" are peppered throughout his infamously leaked screenplay.He also wanted the film to screen in a limited...
Paul Allen Backs out of Big Buy on Broad Beach
OLast year, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sold a glassy contemporary on Malibu's billionaire-lined Carbon Beach for $28.8 million to Leslie Moonves because - so the scuttlebutt went - he didn't care so much for the incessant pounding of the surf. His...
Paul Feig Ain't Afraid of No Reboots
'Bridesmaids,' 'Spy' helmer doesn't want a single joke to be missed, which means big win for home viewers By Chris TribbeyPick up a dvd or Blu-ray disc of most anything by filmmaker Paul Feig - from the cult comedy "Freaks and Geeks" that first put him...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"My mom just informed me that I said Torah when I meant Haggadahon my podcast and she's VERY worried about Jewish opinions"Lena Dunham@LenaDunham"I think there's an amazing...
Point Break
Point BreakDIRECTOR: Ericson CoreSTARRING: Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa PalmerShowcasing daredevil athleticism in a way that suggests condensed highlights from ESPN, director Ericson Core's post-millennial take on "Point Break" replaces Californian...
Putting a Spotlight on Golden Globes Noms
In a year in which the Oscar race lacks a definitive frontrunner, it only stands to reason that the fractured landscape extends to the Golden Globes: Various pockets of support make it difficult to pinpoint which way the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s...
Real Race in Place
The Academy's docu branch has already done the hard work of narrowing down 124 eligible docs to just 15 shortlisted for nomination consideration. With an exciting variety of filmmakers, topics and stylistic approaches, the race to the final five nominees...
Roger Corman Alumnus Makes Good
ROGER CORMAN HAS earned a reputation over the past five decades for giving countless entertainment figures their first big break before and behind the camera. Among the graduates of the "Corman School" are Oscar winners Martin Scorsese, James Cameron,...
Shooting Pros, Media Execs Mix It Up
Responding to the need for information and opportunity in the ever-changing world of entertainment, trade show Focus - The Location Production Event will launch Dec. 14 in London.Designed as a summit and networking nexus for the film, television and...
Studio Insights Help Mark Horak Keep Vid Retail Moving on Track
A HOME ENTERTAINMENT VETERAN of two decades, Mark Horak is unique among Variety Home Entertainment and Digital Hall of Fame inductees for his senior leadership roles at both a major Hollywood studio and a key retailer of studio content.Horak became president...
The Bishop's Life
T.D. JAKES IS a man with friends in high places.So high, in fact, that President Obama told Variety, "I am fortunate to count myself among the countless Americans whose lives have been touched by the ministry of Bishop T.D. Jakes." The president said...
The Lowe Down on Rob
When rob i.owe emerged onto the scene in the 1980s he was a teenage heartthrob with sky-blue eyes and a winsome smile that drove swooning girls to wallpaper their bedrooms with posters featuring his impossibly pretty face. He was the dreamy Sodapop Curtis...
The Main Force Driving Viewers to 'Star Wars VII' Is Marketing
When I plunked down my $4 to see "Star Wars" in Westwood on May 25,1977,1 had no premonition that this would be a historic opening. The buzz on the film had been muted. The project had been knocking around for years at several studios. George Lucas'...
The Revenant
FILM REVIEWThe RevenantDIRECTOR: Alejandro G. InarrituSTARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall GleesonFew prestige directors have so fully committed to the notion of cinema as an endurance test as Alejandro G. Inarritu, and he pushes himself,...
Transparent
TransparentSERIES: Amazon, Fri. Dec. 11WRITER: Jill SolowaySTARRING: Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy LandeckerMany spectacular series have captured the affections of critics and viewers this year, but Amazon saved one of the best for last. Directed...
Virtual Reality Barks and Bites
With virtual reality filmmakers may be able to reach a whole new level of audience engagement.VR technology allows viewers to be next to the actors in the film and look around the environment, or to experience the environment in the guise of a character...
We Ate All These Crazy Rich Foods, and All Got Stomachaches
Nineteen-year-old British actor Tom Holland demonstrated his knack for performing in the title role of "Billy Elliot the Musical" on the London stage, and caught critics' eyes in 2012's "The Impossible" alongside Naomi Watts. In May, he takes a super...
Who's Winning the Battle of Late Night?
Get in the ring, Stephen Colbert.Armed with the promotional power of CBS, the erudite late-night host notched a big crowd in early September to applaud the launch of his tenure on the network's "Late Show." He even outmuscled ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, who...
Why the Only Music That Works for Super Bowl 50 Is Hip-Hop
The halftime show has frequently been the highlight of the Super Bowl, but with the announcement last week that Coldplay would be the featured performer at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, it's hard to see how the game itself won't be the draw this year. Maybe...
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