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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. 11, 2016

Alumnae Update
Michele AnthonyEXEC VP. UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUPAnthony is expanding UMG's push into film and television. UMG was a force behind Oscar-winning doc "Amy," and has films on the Beatles and John Coltrane on deck.Samantha BeeHOST, "FULL FRONTAL." TBSBee delivers...
Assaf Blecher
It's been barely a month since Assaf Blecher left Los Angeles for the Tel Aviv headquarters of Israeli media giant Keshet, but he's already feeling at home. Despite more than a decade spent in Tinseltown, mainly at Dick Clark Prods., Blecher is a native...
A Steep Climb to the Top
More than ever, Wall Street and Hollywood have much in commonBoth are dynamic business sectors where high-risk and high-reward ventures are intrinsic. Both are magnets for innovative thinkers, big dreamers and those who yearn for fame and fortune. And...
Back in the Saddle
The following is an excerpt from "What I Told My Daughter: Lessons From Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women," edited by Nina Tassler, former chairman of CBS Entertainment, and Cynthia Littleton, Variety's managing editor, TV. The...
Body Image: The Next Battle
Growing up, Sophia Loren was called the little toothpick, "stuzzicadenti," starving as she was in her native Naples during wartime.And, then, she blossomed. She became a beauty: wasp-waisted, full-bosomed, hippy. Despite "a nose too long, and lips too...
Callie Khouri Lists Cottage in Santa Monica
1 A 1920s Spanish cottage in Santa Monica owned, per property records, by screenwriter Callie Khouri, popped up for sale at a hair under $2.2 million and in less than 24 hours was hustled into escrow with an unknown buyer at an unknown price. Khouri,...
Chris Martin Secretly Sells Canyon Retreat
About six months before Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their "conscious uncoupling" in March 2014, the Coldplay front man covertly, via inscrutable blind trust, coughed up $6.75 million for a gated estate in the celeb-popular lower-Mandevllle...
Comedy's Gender Mix Cuts Close to Real Life
For evidence that women in film are pushing into male-dominated spaces, one might point to Wonder Woman, who's currently bailing out the testosterone-laden title characters in "Batman v Superman," or the femme foursome who will reshape the "Ghostbusters"...
Dice
TV REVIEWDiceSERIES: Showtime, Sun. April 10,9:30 p.m.WRITER: Jackie ClarkeSTARRING: Andrew Dice ClayThere's a strong element of nostalgia in "Dice," Showtime's nobody-wasreally-asking-for-this comedy featuring Andrew Dice Clay - and that's just in the...
Disney Brat Scores 'Jungle Book' Gig
For composer John Debney, scoring Disney's upcoming "Jungle Book" remake felt like coming home.That's because Debney, who has worked on approximately 100 films, earning an Oscar nom for "The Passion of the Christ" and creating music for box office hits...
Disney Casting a Net for Iger's Successor
STUDIOS/C-SUITEThe Disney board is going back to the drawing board. For the first time in decades, the media giant is looking outside of its kingdom for its next leader, following the April 4 news that chief operating officer Thomas Staggs would resign.Staggs'...
Eichner Hosts Fete for NYC's Most Impactful
Asked about the powerful women who have Inspired him over the years, Billy Eichner will cite a wide range that includes "everyone from Ruth Bader Ginsberg to Kelly Clarkson." The comic and star of "Billy on the Street" and Hulu's "Difficult People" is...
Hargitay Works for Safer World
It's imperative to envision a world where women can feel safe, says Mariska Hargitay. Inspired by her role on NBC's hit "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," she created the Joyful Heart Foundation to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual...
'I Didn't Realize That My Brand Was Bromance'
Glen PowellTen years after working with Richard Unklater on "Fast Food Nation," Glen Powell reunites with the director in "Everybody Wants Some!!" a follow-up to 1993's retro "Dazed and Confused." In prepping for the '80s-set film, the actors lived on...
Industry Liaison to the World
Katherine Oliver has been synonymous with the New York movie business since spending a decade as film commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But after leaving City Hall in 2013, she's been crisscrossing the globe - stopping in London, Los Angeles,...
Julianne Moore
scar-winning actress Julianne Moore has lent her name and time to many causes, including children's poverty and literacy. But few issues have shaken her so deeply as the recent spate of tragic shootings. Citing the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary...
Katie Holmes Calls the Shots on 'All We Had'
KATIE HOLMES walks into Jean-Georges clutching an oversized paper coffee cup."I'm the jerk who brought the Starbucks," she laughs, as a waiter swoops down to whisk the offending coffee from her hand.Holmes, casually elegant in jeans and a tan coat, has...
Lauper Shows Her 'True Colors'
CYNDI LAUPER HAS LONG BEEN a staunch and high-profile champion of humanitarian rights, including for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities."I always figured, if you've got a big mouth, use it for something good," says Lauper...
Lupita Nyong'o
Anyone who has seen Lupita Nyong'o on Broadway in "Eclipsed" would understand her passion for Mother Health Inti.The organization is dedicated to providing relief to women and children in Uganda and other impoverished or war-torn regions, in large part...
Megyn Kelly
Megyn Kelly is disgusted by the statistics on child abuse in the United States. "Every 10 seconds in the country, someone calls up to report a childabuse crime in progress," she says. After receiving a 2009 award from the nonprofit Childhelp for covering...
Megyn Kelly Didn't Ask for This
On a recent day, Megyn Kelly was leaving her Manhattan apartment when her doorman threw his arms around her. "Why is Peter hugging me?" the star anchor of Fox News recalls thinking. The embrace was meant as reassurance after yet another nasty tweet about...
Misty Copeland
"I took my first ballet class on a basketball court at the Boys & Girls Club," says Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's first African-American principal dancer.So it's a full-circle moment now that Copeland, as one of Variety's Power of Women...
My First Time in Variety
October 30,1974"Love for Love"Glenn Close"On the Saturday before opening, Hal Prince told me he was thinking of letting the leading lady go and would make his decision during the matinee. I hadn't even had an understudy rehearsal. I went on that night."Glenn...
Opposites Attract
Oculus RiftOculus.com I $600Virtual reality is finally here, and Facebook-owned Oculus is leading the charge with its Rift headset, which started to ship last week. With it. you get a positional tracker that allows the Rift to monitor your movements,...
Outlander
TV REVIEWOutlanderSERIES: Starz, Sat. April 9,9 p.m.WRITER: Ronald D. MooreSTARRING: Caitriona Balfe. Sam Heughan, Tobias MenziesGiven that "Outlander" is a feast for the senses, why not dwell on a single image from season two?One day while visiting...
Roy Lee Lands Spec House near Hancock Park
Two separate snitches swear, and property records suggest, it was super-producer Roy Lee ("The Departed," "The I .ego Movie") who shelled out close to $2.5 million for a brand-spanking new, spec-built, five-bedroom and 5.5-bathroom contemporary on a...
'Sea' of Dreams
For Kimberly Steward, producing her first movie - Sundance Film Festival darling "Manchester hy the Sea" - meant learning about the business, and stockpiling tissues.She got misty when she arrived to the set in February 2015, and saw Casey Affleck slip...
Staging a Broader Investment Play
Ashley DeSimone's Fortune Theatrical Ventures offers investors a slate-based vehicleAshley DeSimone spent more than a dozen years on Wall Street, working as an equities analyst and in investor relations. But her heart always belonged to Broadway.After...
The Crucible
LEGIT REVIEW / BROADWAYThe CrucibleTHEATER: Walter Kerr; 948 seats; $149 topDIRECTOR: Ivo van HoveSTARRING: Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds, Saoirse RonanThere's bound to be headscratching over Ivo van Hove's peculiar Broadway production of...
The Girlfriend Experience
TV REVIEWThe Girlfriend ExperienceSERIES: Starz, Sun. April 10,8 p.m.WRITERS: Lodge Kerrigan, Amy SeimetzSTARRING: Riley Keough, Paul SparksBilled as being "suggested by" the Steven Soderbergh film of the same name, "The Girlfriend Experience" is an...
The Huntsman: Winter's War
FILM REVIEWThe Huntsman: Winter's WarDIRECTOR: Cedric Nicolas-TroyanSTARRING: Chris Hemsworth. Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Charlize TheronSpare a thought for Snow White: So casually has she been written out of "The Huntsman: Winter's War" that even...
The Jungle Book
FILM REVIEWThe Jungle BookOf all of the impressive details to appear on-screen in Disney's live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book," none is more startling than a title card at the close of the end credits reading: "Filmed in Downtown Los Angeles."...
The Role Female Characters Don't Need to Play: Object of Desire
TV viewers and moviegoers don't see character introductions in scripts, but they're enormously important. These short descriptions - usually just a line or two of text - provide a template for an actor trying to create a portrait of a vibrant, unique,...
These 'Boots' Are Made for Tonys
It's hard to imagine a more simpático creative pairing than Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein.Lauper, the award-winning (Grammy, Emmy and Tony) pop icon whose rainbow-colored hair and anthemic "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" single made her a hero among...
Topical Themes at Forefront of ARAB FILMS
Ever since the Arab Spring in 2011 sparked a wave of uprisings that fueled hopes of transformation and transition from dictatorships to democracies, Arab directors have felt compelled to depict the complex changes going on in their nations. Now, some...
Vera Wang
Anyone who thinks raising children is easy hasn't raised children. "I would confide in my girlfriends," Vera Wang says of her most challenging moments as the mother of two daughters, now young adults. "I realized that there was no place to go to understand...
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