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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. 331, No. 5, 2016

'Agent Carter' More Than Just a Pretty Face for ABC
Newly minted ABC president Channing Dungey will be tempted to make her mark and not renew the low-rated series "Marvel's Agent Carter." But letting the show die would be a big mistake, for the network and for the bigger Disney-ABC conglomerate.Keeping...
A Match Made in Heaven? HBO Could Be Ripe for Apple
HBO'S COMMERCIAL and cultural dominance is being threatened. But there is a bold solution that would cement its primacy over the next several decades: Time Warner should sell HBO to Apple.Think of the company in terms of its biggest hit, "Game of Thrones":...
Amy Hoggart
LINE OF DUTYEnglish actress Amy Hoggart. 29, displays serious improv chops as co-star of BBC America's first comedy series, "Almost Royal," which follows Poppy, 67 th in line to the British throne, and her brother, Georgie (Ed Gamble), as they tour America,...
Auds Are All Ears for Showbiz History
"JOIN US, won't YOU?"For fans of "You Must Remember This," a buzzy 2-year-old podcast from former L.A. Weekly critic Karina Longworth, those words, delivered in a tone that's ever so arch, serve as an invitation to go behind the Hollywood sign to examine...
Austin's Big Adventure
AFTER ANNOUNCING THIS year's lineup, SXSW's film head Janet Pierson noted that the lineup conformed to a characterization that had long been attributed to the fest. "We've been told we program the way real people watch movies," she said, "sometimes for...
Behind the Seine: Parisian Locales
Few places fire the world's imagination like the City of Light, immortalized in film by "Casablanca's" famous line, "We'll always have Paris."Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" opens with a threeminute ode to the capital, before Owen Wilson's character...
Both Sides of the Camera
It's the fourth episode of ABC's new thriller "The Catch," the latest entry from Shondaland's camp, and the director is excitedly recounting the weekend's (mis)adventures to the assembled crew, regaling them with woes of rain and other production complications.But...
Damien
TV REVIEWDamienSERIES: A&E, Mon. March 7.10 p.m.WRITER: Glen MazzaraSTARRING: Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, Omid AbtahiTelevision antiheroes don't get much more arch than the Antichrist. Yet "Damien," A&E's new drama, chooses a somewhat unorthodox...
De Luca Lists Brentwood Crib for $7.5 Million
1 Veteran showbiz exec and movie producer Michael De Luca has hoisted a comfortably posh home in the discreetly fancy-pants lower Mandeville Canyon area of L.A.'s Brentwood community back up for sale at $7.5 million, even though he and his wife, former...
Devour
WATCHSnowbird(Youtube.com - Kenzo)The line between commercials and content continues to blur, and this 11-minute short from "Tangerine" director Sean Baker is as much a narrative as it is a promo for fashion label Kenzo, set in the beautifully desolate...
French Toast to Cinema
EMMANUELLE BERCOT'S "Standing Tall," Julie Delpy's "Lolo," Maiwenn's "Mon Roi," Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's "Les Trois Soeurs," Catherine Corsini's La Belle Saison" and Alice Winocour's "Maryland" are among the eight pics directed by woman that are set...
'Games' Helmer Lawrence Sells Restored Manse
After just two weeks on the open market with a price tag just shy of $5.3 million, Austrian filmmaker Francis Lawrence's fully restored 1930s traditional in the Westwood area of L.A. is, lickety-split, in escrow to be sold for an unknown amount to an...
Gods of Egypt
FILM REVIEWGods of EgyptDIRECTOR: Alex ProyasSTARRINGM: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard ButlerAt a certain point in "Gods of Egypt," an extravagantly silly foray into Afroasiatic mythology from director Alex Proyas, one wounded deity...
Hollywood Entices as China's Economy Slips
A PERFECT STORM of Capital flight and an urge to merge is brewing over mainland China and Hollywood.Wealthy Chinese investors are increasingly looking to park their money outside the country, amid evidence of a big slowdown on the horizon for China's...
Hughie
THEATER: Booth; 766 seats; $149 topDIRECTOR: Michael GrandageSTARRING: Forest Whitaker. Frank WoodForest Whitaker is blessed with an air of warmth and decency that shines through in film roles like the one he played in "The Butler." Michael Grandage,...
In Gaul We Trust
Jusr before I relocated to France two years ago, Jay Penske, chairman & CEO of Variety parent company PMC, asked me why Paris, as opposed to London, when picking a base from which to lead the paper's international team of film critics.It's a fair...
Keeping Up with the Times
THE DAYTIME EMMYS are growing again this year, but only by a couple of categories."I think we have 87 this year, which is a lot of categories," says David Michaels, senior VP of the Daytime Emmy Awards. "I can't remember the last time we deleted one,...
Mountain High
FOUNDED IN THE 1930s as a ski resort by railroad magnate W. Averell Harriman, Sun Valley, Idaho, swiftly grew to become a winter playground for the rich and famous. It was pushed to prominence by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper and Marilyn...
My First Time in Variety
May 30, 1962"La Voglia Matta"Ennio Morricone"I think serious composers can still work to achieve something that has not been done as yet. The main obstacle for innovation is the audience actually understanding the value of music."Ennio Morricone, winner...
'Naked Gun' Actor Played It Deadpan
George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the film "Cool Hand Luke," and was a fixture of 1970s disaster movies, including the "Airport" franchise and "Earthquake," died I;eb. 28 in Boise, Idaho. He was 91.While...
Nice Fish
LEGIT REVIEW / OFF BROADWAYNice FishTHEATER: St. Ann's Warehouse; 320 seats; $96 topPLAYWRIGHTS: Mark Rylance, Louis JenkinsSTARRING: Mark Rylance, Jim Lichtscheidl"Nice Fish" is both the title and the punchline of the deliriously funny existential ruminations...
Nigerian Media Mogul Is AFRICA'S OPRAH
On a recent trip to Spain, Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu seemed to be losing sight of what was meant to be a short retreat. Late into the night she was still answering emails, returning texts and speaking with colleagues overseas."I don't really see...
Osbournes Quietly Buy in Hancock Park
It wits impeccably plugged-in Platinum Triangle real estate tattletale Tom Collins who first revealed and - a couple of trusted informants later - confirmed, that Sharon and Osbourne surreptitiously shelled out a tetch less than $12 million in a covert,...
Picture of a Winner
When Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki won the cinematography Oscar for his work on "The Revenant" on Sunday night - his third consecutive in the category - he was tempted to make a joke in his speech. "I wanted to say, 'To my family and friends: Lower your expectations.'"He's...
Pure Texas Diplomacy
IT MAY BE a cliche, but everything is truly bigger in Texas, including the 30 th birthday celebration for the Austin Film Society, which finishes its year-long pearl anniversary at this year's Texas Film Awards.The organization, founded by Richard Linklater...
Sartorial Meets Celluloid
Classic French films continue to influence fashionTHE FILM fashions of today are I your fashions of tomorrow." That _L prediction came courtesy of Elsa Schiaparelli, whose rival, Coco Chanel, was one of the first designers to capitalize on the image-making...
Smokefall
LEGIT REVIEW/OFF BROADWAYSmokefallTHEATER: Lucille Lortel; 199 seats; $87 topDIRECTOR: Anne KauffmanSTARRING: Zachary Quinto. Brian HutchisonChicago swooned over an earlier production of "Smokefall," written by playwright-screenwriter Noah Haidle ("Stand...
'Spotlight': The Film Everyone Loved
Few could argue with the winner for best pictureKristopher TapleyIn ContentionA Strategic Win in an Unconventional SeasonAt the Open Road Films post-Oscars soiree Sunday night, everyone was asking the same question: "How did 'Spotlight' do it?" Given...
Tax Credits Court Filmmakers
SINCE JAN. 1, France's tax rebate schemes for international and domestic productions have been hiked from 20% to 30%, with a new ceiling of euro30 million ($33 million).In early February, Fleur Pellerin, thenFrench Minister of Culture, traveled to Los...
The Brothers Grimsby
FILM REVIEWThe Brothers GrimsbyDIRECTOR: Louis LeterrierSTARRING: Sacha Baron Cohen. Mark StrongAn engorged animal member delivers the most inspired gag, so to speak, in "The Brothers Grimsby," a smutty but strained spy spoof in which most of the human-based...
The Family
TV REVIEWThe FamilySERIES: ABC, Thurs. March 3,9 p.m.WRITER: Jenna BansSTARRING: Joan Allen, Andrew McCarthy, Rupert CravesRepresenting every parent's nightmare, abducted, murdered or missing children have become a potent if emotionally manipulative...
The Real O'Neals
TV REVIEWThe Real O'NealsSERIES: ABC, Wed. March 2,8:30 p.m.WRITERS: Casey Johnson, David Windsor, Joshua Sternin, Jennifer VentimiliaSTARRING: Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah GalvinThe idea of a gay son scandalizing a conservative Irish-Catholic...
Tough Oscar Field for D.P.'S This Year
With his 13th Oscar nomination and no wins, cinematographer Roger Deakins ("Sicario") no doubt had plenty of supporters going into the 88th Academy Awards. But they were not enough, as Deakins - along with fellow nominees Edward Lachman ("Carol"), Robert...
We Get Away with Murder!
After a successful summer run, the family sitcom "The Carmichael Show," created by and starring comedian Jerrod Carmichael, returns March 13 for its second season on NBC. Its second time around, the show that has explored religion, gun control and Black...
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
FILM REVIEWWhiskey Tango FoxtrotDIRECTORS: Glenn Ficarra, John RequaSTARRING: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie. Martin FreemanThe title of "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is in some ways more interesting to contemplate than the movie itself: Some will immediately recognize...
Will the Academy Renew with ABC?
NEGOTIATIONS FOR ABC to extend its license agreement for the annual Oscar telecast are under way, but there's a sticking point: The network wants more creative input.ABC's deal with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences runs through 2020,...
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