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. 14, 2016

A Hologram for the King
FILM REVIEW/TRIBECAA Hologram for the KingDIRECTOR: Tom TykwerSTARRING: Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett KnudsenIn "A Hologram for the King," Dave Eggers' seriocomic lament for the American Dream, a sad-sack businessman loses...
American Psycho
LEGIT REVIEW / BROADWAY MARILYN STASIOAmerican PsychoTHEATER: Gerald Schoenfeld; 1,031 seats; $148 topMUSIC & LYRICS: Duncan SheikBOOK: Roberto Aguirre-SacasaSTARRING: Benjamin Walker, Helene YorkeThere's no heart but lots of blood in "American Psycho,"...
A Potent Career Spent Defying Boundaries
ONE MARVELS at the completeness of Prince.The musician, who died April 21 at the age of 57, arrived in 1978 with all the tools of his formidable genius on display. His debut album that year, "For You," released by Warner Bros, when he was 19, was a one-man...
Battle Lines Drawn in Morning Anchor Drama
The network morning shows are in the midst of a musical-chairs moment that is as much about positioning for the future as it is about the day-today battle for ratings and bragging rights.ABC set off a shuffle - and a kerfuffle - with news last week that...
Brit Biz Debates Effects of GOING SOLO
To stay or not to stay? That is the question. British voters will face their first European Union referendum in more than 40 years June 23, when they decide whether to remain part of the 28-nation economic and political alliance or to unbind themselves...
Coastal Lots Unloaded by Suzanne Somers
Though they settled for substantially less than their last asking price of $16.25 million - and took a whopping 33% discount on their original $18 million price tag - Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel have off-loaded a pair of side-by-side oceanfront...
Craig Detweiler, Variety's 2016 Mentor of the Year
STUDENTS WHO ATTEND classes taught by Craig Detweiler - Variety's 2016 Mentor of the Year - are getting more than just an education in film.Detweiler, professor of communication at Pepperdine U. and creative director of the school's Institute for Entertainment,...
Craig Ferguson Relists Malibu Beach House
"Celebrity Name Game" host Craig Ferguson, also host of the idiosyncratic roundtable discussion program "Join or Die With Craig Ferguson," has relisted a beachfront house in a guard-gated enclave in Malibu with a newly reduced asking price of $6.75 million....
Danube-Class Tune Facility
As more film, TV and video game projects use European talent and facilities, a scoring stage in an historic building in the even more historic city of Vienna looks to set a new standard on the Continent.Synchron Stage Vienna has quietly opened in the...
Elvis & Nixon
FILM REVIEW /TRIBECAElvis & NixonDIRECTOR: Liza JohnsonSTARRING: Michael Shannon, Kevin SpaceyThe King of Rock and Roll requests an audience with the president of the United States in "Elvis & Nixon," and the resulting interaction could hardly...
'Empire' Color Team to Warners
With the start of season two last fall, Fox megahit "Empire" got a sharp new look. At about the same time, colorist Scott Klein and his team jumped ship from Technicolor to Warner Bros. Meanwhile, that studio expanded its post-production services and...
Film Schools Open Path to Hollywood Diversity
We've come a long way since the 1990s when many film school programs were still predominantly white, male and lacking significantly in terms of an ethnically and racially diverse student body. USC's graduating screenwriting program in 1995, for example,...
Francis Ford Coppola and the Longing to Be 'Impressive'
Francis ford coppola has won nearly every award in the book, with multiple Oscars and prizes from guilds, critics groups and festivals. And on April 29, he will add one more kudo to that list: Turner Classic Movies will honor him with a hand and footprint...
Hollywood Says 'Enough'
In the latest season of "House of Cards," first lady Claire Underwood champions new gun laws with the help of a group called Families for Gun Reform.The group is fictitious - as is Underwood's political brinkmanship to outwit the NRA. But go to familiesforgunreform....
Houdini and Doyle
TV REVIEWHoudini and DoyleSERIES: Fox, Mon. May 2,9 p.m.WRITERS: David Fioselton, David TitcherSTARRING: Stephen Mangan, Michael WestonOn the broadcast networks, this time of year often takes on the trappings of a big garage sale. Sometimes you come...
House Hunting? Grab Chastain's Manhattan Duplex
A duplex apartment in lower Manhattan owned by Jessica Chastain has come up for sale at a sliver less than $1.8 million. The renovated and upgraded two-bedroom and two-bathroom apartment sits on the top floors of a full-service prewar cooperative complex...
How the Power of Film Spread 'An Inconvenient Truth'
Ihad just come back from a 2005 international conference on major world issues, where the consensus on climate change was that we did not have to worry for another 50 years. Then I returned to Los Angeles and attended a presentation by A1 Gore at CAA.Al's...
How to Clean Up a Toxic Legacy
Early in my career, I was taught by my teacher, Stella Adler, that actors and artists alike have a responsibility to speak up on social issues. I took that to heart.In 2010, living in upstate New York with my family, I heard about the possibility of...
Lonely but Lucrative at the Top
At his March meeting with shareholders, Disney CEO Robert Iger faced the usual string of friendly queries about upcoming blockbusters, suggestions for new attractions and a request from a mother about an internship for her film-student son.Then came...
Make-or-Break Time for Big Summer Films
1 WILL SMITH ("SUICIDE SQUAD")What's on the line: After "Focus" and "Concussion" underwhelmed, Smith needs to prove he's still the biggest movie star in the world. "Suicide Squad" reps his first big fanboy play.Warning signs: "Batman v Superman: Dawn...
Maps Offers a World of Opportunities
When Peter Rosten, a Hollywood producer with over 30 years of film biz experience, retired to Darby, Mont., in 2002, he noticed the absense of an arts curriculum in the state's education system and decided that needed to change.In 2004, with $10,000...
My First Time in Variety
September 13,1968"Legit Bits"Long before Joe Morton played Olivia Pope's sinister father on "Scandal," the actor starred in Tony Award-winning musicals on Broadway. The 68-year-old Emmy winner was first mentioned in Variety for his role in the musical...
Party Central
Hillary ClintonHome of George and Amal Clooney, Studio CityDate: April 16Ticket price: Individuals $33,400; co-chairs $353,400Attended by: Ellen DeCeneres, Jane Fonda, Jim ParsonsNotable: Clooney tells "Meet the Press" he agrees that sums being raised...
Pop Goes the Campaign
Bernie Sanders looked exhausted as he got off a flight from Las Vegas in October at Burbank Bob Hope Airport and walked through the concourse, to be met by a reporter with a question.The query concerned the record ratings for the first Democratic debate,...
Prime Time for Showbiz Programs
U.S.AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTELos AngelesAFI's two-year conservatory program prioritizes structure and extensive production experience, which leads to a massive total of 120 completed short narratives each year. The school also offers a workshop for aspiring...
Prince Helped Artists Gain Emancipation
Prince's direct musical influence on three decades of R&B, pop, hip-hop, dance and rock is almost too obvious to state, yet perhaps his most important modern day legacy is philosophical: the need to be an ever vigilant master of one's domain, both...
Red in a Sea of Blue
Brentwood is ground zero for much of the political activity in the showbiz community - presidents and political candidates raise money at mogul's mansions, liberal activists gather friends and family for spirited salons. But one of the highest-profile...
Republican Funeral Etiquette
Turn out the lights - the Party's overSince the late 1960s, the Democratic Party has resembled a big, sloppy, ethnic wedding, complete with awkward sons-in-law, sudden crying jags, complicated rituals and fist fights.The Republican Party, on the other...
Ripa Makes Waves as Contract Nears
WHILE the rest of New York was starting its weekend, Kelly Ripa was getting ready to head back to work. The "Live! With Kelly and Michael" co-host sent an email to staffers late Friday evening confirming that she would return to the show April 26. The...
Sample Clearance
WITH SHORTER DEADLINES and reduced music budgets now the norm, especially in TV, composers need more help than ever. A new L.A. firm offers assistance by crafting sounds to order.Umlaut Audio creates "custom software instruments and custom sounds for...
Schools on the Move
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTSValenciaKnown for its quality animation instruction and cutting-edge animation lab, CalArts' undergraduate character animation program has produced 10 Oscar winners, the most recent being Pete Docter, who directed the...
Seth Meyers Rates the Candidates
Just about every presidential contender has appeared on "Late Night With Seth Meyers," except one.But some would say it's no wonder Donald Trump hasn't parted the curtains on the NBC talk show. As Trump assumed the status of Republican front runner this...
Talk of the Town
Last year, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Steve Harvey" scored repeat wins in the outstanding talk show/ entertainment and outstanding talk show/informative categories, respectively. It was the third consecutive win for "Ellen" and the second for "Harvey."...
The Natural
True, the real estate mogul had been a media darling for 20-plus years before he teamed with producer Mark Burnett on the business competition series. From the early '80s, Trump was a fixture in the New York media firmament. His excesses, his love life...
They Really like You to Make Fun of Them
Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore," will tap into his long history as a comedy writer and faux-journalist for his next gig: host of the White House Correspondents Assn.'s dinner April 30. The 54-year-old...
TV Shows, No Longer Skittish, Address Abortion Issue Head-On
Steamy moments punctuate countless TV episodes, but the topics of contraception and abortion? Many shows would rather run for the hills than address them directly.Increasingly, though, there are exceptions, with a new generation of creators, with shows...
TV's Loudest Liberal
When more than 320,000 people petitioned the White House to urge President Obama to appear on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," just as he has guested on a slew of other late-night shows, the administration's official response was publicly non-committal.The...
Veterans' Day
It's debatable that there are any "new viewers" out there willing to commit to watching a network soap five days a week. However, the remaining four broadcast soaps have a strategy to maintain their existing audiences, and ward off the threat of cancellation,...
We Are Headed, More Likely Than Not, to a Contested Convention
"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, a former anchor of NBC's "Meet the Press," has had a front-row seat to this year's presidential campaign, eo-moderating Fox News Channel's recent series of Republican debates. He talks about the raucous tenor of...
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