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. 331, No. 6, 2016

40 Years of Global Cinema Celebration
"We are not making a fetish of the past," says Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong Intl.Film Festival Society, and one of the co-founders of the fest 40 years ago.The festival runs March 21 - April 4.Yet there is notable pride in Garcia's...
Amazon Studios Plots Its Course
As snow fell steadily, blanketing the mountainside town of Park City, the team from Amazon Studios huddled in a parking lot to discuss the movie that had just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.Moments before, the drama "Manchester by the Sea,"...
And Then There Were None
TV REVIEWAnd Then There Were NoneMINISERIES: Lifetime, Sun. March 13,8 p.m., Mon. March 14,9 p.m.WRITER: Sarah PhelpsSTARRING: Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Aidan TurnerIf you were to take the charismatic cast of "And Then There Were None" and strand...
Baron Cohen Goes All out for 'Grimsby'
From the neck up, she's killing it. The soft auburn waves are mermaid-y, while dainty earrings add innocence.The dress is a little too obvious. The fit-and-flare silhouette Is gfrly, but leather takes all the sweetness out of It.It feels a bit In-your-face...
Costs Run Wild
In the year before his death, Ste Jobs told the audience at a digital conference that movie-makers were on the verge of taking a page from the playbook of their compatriots in the music business."What the studios need to do is start embracing the front...
Fixing in the Mix
IF SPIKE HAD a signature cocktail, it would be the "Bar Rescue." The recipe: equal parts straight-talking bar expert, failing bar owners, hardworking crew and supportive network. Stir them together and you'll get 100 episodes."We love the show so much...
Food Scene Docu Serves Taste of L.A
Given that eating is an essential activity,foodie entertainment would seem to have universal appeal. But cuisine-centric television aside - partly fed by the nation's obsession with cooking as competition - films with culinary or epicurean themes rarely...
Former Actress Was Powerful First Lady
Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who as an aspiring actress married affable leading man Ronald Reagan, and then offered her unfailing support and Hollywood style as his unlikely political career took them to the Sacramento's governor's mansion and then...
Full Steam Ahead in America
ONE OF EUGENIO DERBEZ'S "big goals" in relocating to Los Angeles was to expand his business model and creative interests, especially in the North American market, and so far it's been a very busy first year for 3Pas Studios, his fledgling Santa Monica-based...
I Can Genuinely Transfer Excitement to You
Back in 1996, Drew Hodges and the New York-based company he founded, SpotCo, were the brash upstarts in the insular world of Broadway marketing. Twenty years later, he has put together a book of SpotCo's collected work, "On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution"...
Inclusive and Exclusive
SOME FILM AWARDS ceremonies seem entirely designed to be a component of the Oscar race. Other pageants reward national champions and are largely fashioned to drive ratings on local TV. But the Asian Film Awards, a pan-regional event - which falls too...
It's Emmy Time Already? Campaigns Gear Up Early
In television, the sign of success is often a spin-off. So it should come as little surprise that the natural result of Peak TV is Peak Emmys.With more than 400 scripted series on the air and well over 100 programmers across broadcast, cable and streaming,...
Jim Belushi Whisper Lists Brentwood Digs
1 Eagle-eyed celebrity real estate snitch Hal E. Wood sent word - and digital proof - via a characteristically cryptic communique that Jim Belushi has made his stately estate in the discreetly fashionable Brentwood Park 'hood in Los Angeles available...
Jodie Comer
PATH TO STARDOMU.K. actress Jodie Comer scored her breakout role in 2013, in the British comingof-age comedy-drama "My Mad Fat Diary," portraying the frenemy to the emotionally troubled diarist. She saw her star rise even higher playing the mistress...
Lights. iPhone. Action!
Watershot iPhone CaseWatershot.com | starting at $140The Watershot Pro Line Housing makes it possible to shoot photos and videos underwater with your iPhone 6 or 6S. The case doesn't just protect the phone, but also allows you to use the device's touch...
London Has Fallen
FILM REVIEWLondon Has FallenDIRECTOR: Babak NajafiSTARRING: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman. Angela BassettBy seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show," said Samuel Johnson in 1773, as quoted by biographer James Boswell....
Major Asian Market Woos FILM SUITORS
Indonesia's stagnant media sector may get a shot in the arm after President Joko Widodo announced that the film industry would be taken off the so-called negative list of businesses in which foreign ownership was banned. The February proclamation removes...
My First Time in Variety
May 9, 1991"Strauss New Tri-Star Creative Ad Director"Ricky Strauss"When you are marketing any movie - even if it did not turn out as successful creatively as intended - there is always something good to point out or focus on."Ricky Strauss is president...
Newsfeed
Second-Time Host for 68th Emmy AwardsJimmy Kimmel has confirmed Variety's February report that he will host this year's Emmy Awards, marking his second time as emcee, following his stint in 2012, when the show last aired on ABC. The telecast rotates...
Northern Exposure
EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO, Eugenio Derbez walked away from his life in Mexico City and his career as one of his country's most famous and successful comedy actors."My wife and I were crying as we closed up our house and headed to the airport with all our luggage,"...
Of Kings and Prophets
TV REVIEWOf Kings and ProphetsSERIES: ABC, Tues. March 8,10 p.m.WRITERS: Adam Cooper, Bill CollageSTARRING: Ray Winstone, Oily Rix, Mohammad Bakri, Simone Kessell"What if David of David and Goliath fame was a hottie?" There's no way of telling whether...
Producer Bob Shaye Spends Big in Big Apple
Word on the Big Apple real estate street is that producer and New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye dropped nearly $13 million on a four bedroom and 4.5 bathroom duplex penthouse in a brand new boutique building just outside the lower Manhattan access to...
Staying Power
1. American Horror Story (FX)* I am drawn to a lot of what FX does. They are bold and surprising. I think the "American Horror Story" art is always cool and attention-getting, and when you have to do season after season of a show, it can be tough to...
Street Smarts
Alongside more modern strategies for capturing consumer attention for film and TV releases - socialmedia blitzes, viral marketing strategies and other types of digital content - there's one old-school method that continues to draw eyeballs: billboards....
SXSW Fires Up Buzz Machine for Movies
"Furious 7" roared into last ' year's SXSW Film Festival with a secret midnight screening that left crowds cheering and weeping, and Universal confident it had a global blockbuster on its hands.It was a sign of the seismic shift at the Austin-based event,...
The Carmichael Show
TV REVIEWThe Carmichael ShowSERIES: NBC. Weds. March 9.9 p.m.WRITERS: Jerrod Carmichael, Ari KatcherSTARRING: Jerrod Carmichael. Loretta Devine, David Alan CrierNBC's unexpected renewal of "The Carmichael Show," a multi-camera sitcom that got an obscure,...
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
FILM REVIEWThe Divergent Series: AllegiantDIRECTOR: Robert SchwentkeSTARRING: Shailene Woodley. Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia SpencerGazing out over the wall that encircles Chicago at the end of "The Divergent Series: Allegiant," Tris Prior longs...
The Maids
LEGIT REVIEW/LONDONThe MaidsTHEATER: Trafalgar Studios; 380 seats; £69.50 ($97) topDIRECTOR: Jamie LloydSTARRING: Uzo Aduba. Zawe Ashton, Laura CarmichaelJamie Lloyd is not the first director to cast black actors as Jean Genet's murderous maids. But...
Top of the Tout Teams
A24Nicolette Aizenberg, publicity and communications; Graham Retzik. creative marketingOversee marketing functions.The company showed that patience is a virtue with its measured theatrical rollout of "Room," which got an Oscar nom for picture and a win...
When Friends Become Family
While meeting new roommates on Craigslist may not be the ideal apartment-hunting tactic, for Jessica Day, it was the best decision she ever made. Since moving into her L.A. loft five years ago, the quirky, sweet lead of Fox's "New Girl," played by Zooey...
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