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. 15, 2016

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
FILM REVIEW13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of BenghaziDIRECTOR: Michael BaySTARRING: James Badge Dale, John KrasinskiI feel like I'm in a f-ing horror movie," a soldier murmurs as gunfire erupts around him, and his words turn out to be a pretty accurate...
Alternative to the Orthodoxy
Every year in late January, Pete Baxter and his team get ready for their Park City bash and 2016 looks to be another exciting year for the exuberant programmers of the 22nd Slamdance Film Festival.Launched in the mid'90s with a focus on emerging filmmakers...
An MC Turns Emcee
FOR THREE OF the four big kudocasts, every year prompts a fresh round of speculation as to who will host the next installment, followed by intense scrutiny of the host's various failings. For the past few Grammys, however, the hosting dilemma has been...
Baskets
TV REVIEWBasketsSERIES: FX, Thurs. Jan. 21,10 p.m.WRITERS: Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, Jonathan KriselSTARRING: Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly"Baskets" combines the dry, deadpan tone of a certain strain of boundary-pushing TV comedy...
Countdown to Oscar: Ready, Set, Spend!
Leonardo dicaprio may have devoured real bison liver while shooting "The Revenant," but Oscar voters have a far better meal plan: breakfast at Monkey Bar, lunch at Le Bernardin, dinner at the Harvard Club. For the 6,000-plus members of the Academy, awards...
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
TV REVIEWDC's Legends of TomorrowSERIES: CW, Thurs. Jan. 21,9 p.m.WRITERS: Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Greg Berlanti, Andrew KreisbergSTARRING: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur DarvillRepresenting an ambitious and potentially risky expansion of...
DiCaprio Was Excited to Work in Silence
ACTOR / Q&ALast week, Leonardo DiCaprio earned his sixth Academy Award nomination, this time for his grueling, almost wordless performance in "The Revenant." While much has been made of the difficultly of playing frontiersman Hugh Glass in Alejandro...
Disney Empire Runs into Local ASIAN FORCE
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" conquered China over the Jan. 9-10 weekend, racking up $53 million, and setting a record as the territory's best weekend bow. In six days through Jan. 14, it had collected $75.6 million. But while China joins the list of...
Donald Trump Has Become the Most Successful Dittohead
The "Why didn't anybody see Donald Trump coming?" debate in political/media circles has given way to the "What's responsible for Trump's popularity?" analysis. Although there is an abundance of explanations, it increasingly feels like Trump represents...
Don Imus Lists Fancy Penthouse in Manhattan
Don Imus may have a tough-talking persona and a penchant for cowboy hats and boots, but for decades the cantankerous and occasionally obnoxious radio personality and philanthropist has lived in the lap of big-city luxury in a sprawling duplex penthouse...
Forging a Road to Stardom
"The Rapture"(1991)"It was really my first lead. I remember wondering if I could do It (Director) Michael Tolkin said to me, 'Whoever plays this role Is gonna have to be a movie star after this.' I said, That's a lot of pressure. How am I gonna control...
His 'Files' Are Still Open
"X" marks the spot for David Duchovny on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After nearly three decades of acting in film and television, Duchovny will finally land his star Jan. 25, just a few days before his most iconic character - conspiracy maven Fox Mulder...
Huntsberry Sets Record in Cheviot Hills
A covert communique from unimpeachable real estate bean-spiller Tom E. Joad let us know that Paramount chief operating officer Frederick Huntsberry paid not quite $5.9 million for a newly constructed neo-Cape Codstyle mansion in the historically affluent...
Kung Fu Panda 3
FILM REVIEWKung Fu Panda 3DIRECTORS: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro CarloniVOICES: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, J.K. SimmonsMaybe it's just the "Star Wars" overload talking, but in hindsight, it's hard not to see "Kung Fu Panda 2" (2011) as "The Empire...
London Spy
TV REVIEWLondon SpySERIES: BBC America, Thurs. Jan. 21,10 p.m.WRITER: Tom Rob SmithSTARRING: Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte RamplingU.K. writers regularly churn out well-wrought drama series with top-notch casts, and "London Spy" has all the usual...
'Mama Said' and He Did
Every musical genre needs a ground zero. It may not be its exact point of origin, but it's the time and place at which all of the possibilities and future branches seem to coalesce, with the following decades left to add footnotes. Rock and roll has...
Mountain's Peak
With a week to go before Sundance officially starts, Netflix swooped in to nab global streaming rights to "Tallulah," a dramatic comedy that reunites "Juno" stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney.The deal, wrapped up covertly, swiftly and with a big price...
Must Attend
JANUARY 20WEDNESDAYPREMIEREPremiering at Cinemark Playa Vista, supernatural horror film "The Boy" stars "The Walking Dead's" Lauren Cohan as a nanny that begins working for a family whose eight-year-old "child" is actually a life-sized doll. After violating...
My First Time in Variety
February 7, 1994"Unfinished Business"Toby Stephens"In the U.K., you're (recognized) because you've had reviews in the Guardian or the Times or the Telegraph. When you've got something mentioned in Variety, that's a big deal for anyone."Toby Stephens,...
Newsfeed
NBC Discloses Netfllx Viewing NumbersNBCUniversal's head of research surprised attendees at the Television Critics Assn., presenting ratings estimates for a handful of Netflix series and Amazon's "Man in the High Castle." NBCU's Alan Wurtzel urged reporters...
Noises Off
LEGIT REVIEW / BROADWAYNoises OffTHEATER: American Airlines; 740 seats; $137 topDIRECTOR: Jeremy HerrinSTARRING: Andrea Martin, Campbell ScottOnce is not enough. Even twice seems inadequate. Still, no matter how many times you see "Noises Off," you won't...
Norm of the North
FILM REVIEWNorm of the NorthDIRECTOR: Trevor WallVOICES: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken JeongDespite a cuddly polar-bear protagonist and trio of scene-stealing lemming sidekicks primed for breakout status, "Norm of the North" reps an underwhelming...
Now Hear This: A Few Sound Basics
Filmmaking Is a collaborative medium, as everyone likes to point out. But one key contribution is misunderstood more than any other: sound.Oscar voters will weigh in on sound editing and sound mixing in final balloting, which runs Feb. 12-23. But even...
Penske Media Corp. Acquires Indiewire
Penske Media Corporation (PMC) has acquired Indiewire.com, the foremost website for independent film and television news. The purchase furthers PMC's expansion in the entertainment content and news businesses, joining leading entertainment brands that...
Play Ball
Rapper's charity provides kids in Queens with 'full summer-camp experience' By Andrew BarkerLL COOL J GREW UP in the northeast of Queens, and remembers what it was like when school was out and there was nothing much for a kid to do in an inner-city neighborhood...
Prime Cuts in Super-Sized Celeb Houses
1 Whether an indication of a softening in the long electrified high-end market or simply wild-eyed over-optimism in starting prices, there's a rapidly growing trend: celeb-pedigreed homes getting super-sized price chops. In the guard-gated Hidden Hills...
Producer Aims for Classroom Realism with a Comic Catch
Lena Schoemann is the producer behind two of Germany's biggest home grown hits: Bora Dagtekin's 2013 highschool comedy "Fack ju Goehte" and its sequel "Fack ju Goehte 2." The 2013 breakout hit, which sold to more than 40 territories with the international...
Rickman Played the Perfect Villain
BRITISH ACTOR and director Alan Rickman, who died of cancer in London on Jan. 14 at age 69, played memorable characters like Hogwarts professor Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" movies, and a host of villains including "Die Hard's" Hans Gruber. But...
Ride along 2
FILM REVIEWRide Along 2DIRECTOR: Tim StorySTARRING: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken JeongAbout halfway through the sequel to Universal's 2014 hit "Ride Along," there comes a moment when Kevin Hart must sift through a trash can and take a bite of some discarded...
She's on the Side of the Outsiders
Most indie auteurs comfortably orbit the red hot sun that is big budget, tentpole-driven Hollywood, more than happy to exchange their artistic vision and the eternal quest for financing for a shot at a superhero franchise or monster movie with a built-in...
Since Working in the States, I've Had a Lot of "Pinch Me" Moments
Tom EllisAfter 15 years as a scene-stealing fixture across the Pond, plus a breakout turn as the star of USA's short-lived "Rush," Welsh actor Tom Ellis has landed one hell of a role - as Lucifer himself, in Fox's eponymous supernatural drama. Perhaps...
Sweeps Week at Sundance
If this year's unprecedented influx of TV series and the direction of the entertainment marketplace is any indication, the Sundance Film Festival may end up having to change its name.After a few years of dabbling in episodic programming, following in...
The 5th Wave
FILM REVIEWThe 5th WaveDIRECTOR: J BlakesonSTARRING: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson. Ron LivingstonTaken on its own, "The 5th Wave" is an effectively decent post-apocalyptic, world-in-the-balance survival thriller. Yet the multitudinous young-adult...
The Future of the Producer
When asked to define the role of the producer, Gary Lucchesi employs a short but effective metaphor: "I always think of the parable of the Good Shepherd," says the Lakeshore Entertainment prez and co-president of the Producers Guild of America. "He knows...
The Noms Are All in, but Who Will Win?
Nominations have finally been revealed for the 88th Academy Awards, and as ever, the best picture category represents a fascinating snapshot of both the industry and the here and now. We may be more than a month away from the ceremony, but seeing as...
The Sound of Our Grief
"Newtown," which debuts this weekend at Sundance, has what may be the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the subject matter."Newtown" deals with the aftermath of...
The Truth Is (Back) out There
A top-secret location. The corpse of a victim snuffed out under mysterious circumstances. A shady official managing the situation. FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully trying to uncover the truth.David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have played scenes...
The X-Files
TV REVIEWThe X-FilesLIMITED SERIES: Fox, Sun. Jan. 24,10 p.m. ETWRITER: Chris CarterSTARRING: David Duchovny, Gillian AndersonThere are always elements of crass commercialism baked into the DNA of revivals - nobody dusts off "Full House" for the high...
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