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. 328, No. 1, 2015

Bessie
BessieMOVIE: HBO, Sat. May 16.8 p.m.WRITERS: Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland. Bettina GiloisSTARRING: Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth WilliamsA star vehicle and then some, "Bessie" casts Queen Latifah as blues singer Bessie Smith in a big, bold movie...
Big Ambitions for Small Screens
In August, IM Global launched a television division, IM Global Television, and now has eight projects in various stages of development."Our plan was very much to be methodical, and we're well ahead of where I expected," says Mark Stern, president of...
Boosters Seek More Tax Breaks
Sweden, with a celebrated film history of its own, has been playing an increasing role in hosting the production of both big- and small-screen projects. The country not only served as the location for the Millennium trilogy based on the novels of native...
'Carol' Comes Out
It's not surprising that "Carol" was locked away in Hollywood's development closet for 15 years.Based on Patricia Highsmith's scandalous 1952 novel "The Price of Salt," Todd Haynes' latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: It is headlined...
Co-Prods Let Pics Take Risks
Filmmakers turn to multiple sources to finance arthouse projects By Jon AspSWEDEN IS FLUSH FROM SIGNIFICANT CANNES AND VENICE TRIUMPHS in 2014, and at Berlinale more recently. This year, Cannes slots include Magnus von Horn's debut "The Here After,"...
Currency Crisis Could Mean Cannes Crunch
WHILE THERE ARE Sure tO be some sales of buzzy film titles lighting up Cannes, there's an ominous cloud hanging over this year's market: the currency crisis in Europe and Russia.As a result, the financial underpinnings of several key film territories...
Despite Decades of Communism in Cuba, the Show Still Goes On
Here in Havana, when you talk movies to a young filmmaker like Adolfo Mena Cejas, you quickly learn he's already seen most of the pictures that haven't come out yet, as well as next season's top miniseries. In Cuba, you don't wait for pirated films to...
European Biz Helps Fund Arab NEW WAVE
The proliferation of Arab projects being developed with European producers and filmmakers at this year's Cannes market suggests that despite political turmoil, and the escalation of anti-Muslim sentiment in France after the January attack on satirical...
Executech
Download These AppsThe latest noteworthy apps to fill up your mobile screens and simplify your digital life.UberApp Store, Google Play I freeIf you don't already use Uber, the car service has come up with another reason to try it: hotel points. The company...
Expat Crew Brings New 'Max' to Life
Cinematographer John Seale joined the production of "Mad Max: Fury Road" rather late in the game, and when he arrived, everything was in a state of flux.For starters, director George Miller was about to abandon a costly, longstanding plan to shoot the...
Fitness DVDs Still Set Hearts Pounding
In an increasingly digital world, Ashley Turner, a Santa Monica-based mindbody yoga instructor, seems confident in the staying power of the DVDs she creates - at least for now."Maybe it will shift completely, but we're definitely still a really big market,"...
Frank Mancuso Jr. Asks $24M for His BevHills Estate
Veteran movie producer and Tinseltown sci-on Frank Mancuso Jr. - his father headed Paramount Pictures in the 1980s, and MGM in the '90s - has his Beverly Hills estate up for sale with an asking price of $24 million. Mancuso, whose slew of cinematic credits...
Franny
FrannyDIRECTOR: Andrew RenziSTARRING: Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo JamesA flamboyant turn by Richard Gere is the heart and soul of "Franny," an off-kilter character study of a Philadelphia philanthropist whose eccentricities both mask and manifest...
Golden Film Hub
Even if 2015 is tinged by the recent death of the country's founder and former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore will put on a happy face for its 50th anniversary celebrations later this year.Including events, programs and initiatives under "SG50"...
Home Entertainment Stalwart Thrives in Troubled Times
AFTER 20 YEARS in the home-entertainment business - a praricularly tumultuous two decades for homevideo - Anchor Bay continues to thrive, thanks to its ability to give relentless individual attention to its DVD/Bluray releases.Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman...
Hot Pursuit
Hot PursuitDIRECTOR: Anne FletcherSTARRING: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia VergaraThroughout the 87-minute runtime of "Hot Pursuit," director Anne Fletcher returns again and again to two gags about her stars' appearances. In one, Sofia Vergara endures cracks...
Is Improved Diversity in Television Finally Here to Stay?
In 2000, after the major networks were embarrassed by accusations of a diversity-challenged "whitewash" in their casting, a Los Angeles Times reporter spent more than six months monitoring J. August Richards, through the development season. The story...
It May Not Be Summer, but Emmy Race Is Hot
WHOEVER SAID the seasons don't change in LA couldn't be more wrong. There are in fact two: Oscar season and Emmy season. The Emmys show may still be more than four months away, but with nominations in July (online voting starts June 15), campaigning...
Mad George
It's early March, and Miller is sitting on a Warner Bros, mixing stage in Burbank trying to rid his long-awaited "Mad Max: Fury Road" of "red-tailed hawks" - industry slang for sound effects that have been overused to the point of cliche, like the aforementioned...
Mad Max: Fury Road
FILM REVIEWJUSTIN CHANGMad Max: Fury Roaddirector: George Millerstarring: Tom Hardy, Charlize TheronThirty years have passed since our last visit to the sunscorched post-apocalyptic wasteland dreamed up by George Miller, and yet "worth the wait" still...
Market Diversity
In 2007, buyers packed into a Cannes suite to watch a promo reel of Larry Charles' "Religulous," in which comedian Bill Maher poked fun at religious extremism across the world. That mockumentary helped launch IM Global's international sales and lay the...
Met Gala: Jay Z's Old, Rihanna's Gold
* The headpiece is intricate, Interesting and playful.* Bow down. This is an ensemble fit for a fashion empress (a smutty one at that - what's under there?). The robe required its own entourage. Enough said.* The shoes keep it modem and also a little...
My First Time in Variety
January 28,1976"'Cousine' Captures Prix Louis Delluc"A self-described "veteran fire chief," Gilles Jacob has been a key figure in Cannes for nearly four decades, including 22 years as artistic director. Variety first mentioned Jacob in a story in 1976,...
Necessity Was Mother of Success
Company's international chief Kini Kim witnessed fast evolution By Patrick FraterWhen kini kim, the longest standing executive at CJ Entertainment, began his career at the newly hatched firm, Korean film was in the doldrums and the company was in search...
Opportunity Rocks
ALLY AND CONQUER. In December 2012, IM Global shook Latin America by unveiling Mundial, an international sales joint venture with Canana, the production house founded by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz with bases in Mexico City and Los...
Pierre Niney
DESIGNS ON STARDOMDashing, refined and articulate, 26-year-old French actor Pierre Niney gained mainstream popularity in France with EuropaCorp romantic laugher "It Boy," and broke out last year on a larger stage in Jalil Lespert's "Yves Saint Laurent."...
Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2DIRECTOR: Elizabeth BanksSTARRING: Anna Kendrick. Rebel Wilson, Hailee SteinfeldWhen Beyonce's brisk female-empowerment jam "Run the World (Girls)" kicks off a key musical number in "Pitch Perfect 2," it plays as something of a mission...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's storiesLike, couldn't the new Hamburglar ONLY steal burgers from the other hamburger chains? like Omar on THE WIRE? 'Robbie cornin'!'"Patton Oswalt@PattonOswalt"I wanted to be an actress,...
Post Screening
THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL thrives on controlled chaos: endless networking and pitching, protracted negotiations, slammed screenings, crowded villa and yacht parties, champagne for days and special festival pricing. Who could possibly need a restorative...
Putting Asia First
With film budgets reflecting caution, and tax incentives forever changing the way Hollywood makes movies, Southeast Asia is cementing a growing reputation as a unique, affordable alternative. Michael Mann's "Blackhat" set its third act in Indonesia,...
Remaking Movie Markets
"THE challenge we have set ourselves over the last 20 years was to I 1 become the number one Asian film studio," says Jeong Tae-sung, CEO of I CJ Entertainment. "This means that we want to be Asia-wide, while also I being truly localized,"It's a bold...
Singapore Swing
Shingle mm2 finds right formula for local hits while eyeing Asian expansionWITH ASIAN AUDIENCES growing steadily and China throwing its box office and production might around the region, the question for emerging production companies is: How does one...
Solid Slate Technology
At a time when the six major studios continue to focus most of their attention on blockbusters, IM Global's production and financing unit is gearing up to fill the gap for mid-budget films.Stuart Ford's eight-year-old banner is now producing and financing...
Sound Design
IN global's newly formed music arm is taking an appropriately global approach to owning and controlling the songs and scores of its various film and TV projects."What we want to do is to be part of that at a 360-level: not just be the sales agent, or...
'Star Trek' Thesp Was Glam Yeoman
Grace Lee Whitney, best known for playing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original "Star TYek" series, died May 1 in Coarsegold, Calif. She was 85.Whitney was cast as the personal assistant to William Shatner's Captain Kirk in the first season of "Star Trek"...
Steve Burke Lists Brentwood Manse for $9.7M
NBCUniversal head honcho Steve Burke has hoisted his practically brand new manse on the convenient and affluent border between Brentwood and Santa Monica on the market with an asking price just shy of $9.7 million. Property records we peeped at show...
The Evolution Will Be Monetized
Eight years after founding IM Global, Stuart Ford is coming to Cannes with a cautiously optimistic outlook as his company seeks to stand out in the volatile independent sector."The greatest challenge that we face is to keep evolving," he said in a recent...
The Left Ear
The Left EarDIRECTOR: Alec SuSTARRING: Chen Duling, Ou Hao, Yang YangEnduring emotional ordeals that sometimes seem as grueling as the Long March, the teenage protags in the mainland Chinese youth melier "The Left Ear" lose everything - parents, lovers,...
The Rising Middle Class
WHILE THE TOPIC OF Wealth inequality is a hot-button issue, the indie market place has blossomed as a new breed of producer - several are independently wealthy, all are smart, savvy - has stepped in. They are making the kinds of mid-budget movies that...
Tough Act to Follow
It's hard to see how Sweden can improve upon its performance at last year's Cannes Film Festival, when helmer Ruben Ostlund's "Force Majeure" became the first Swedish film to win the Jury Prize in the fest's Certain Regard section. Moreover, Hungarian-German-Swedish...
Twin Giants
Asia has been integral to IM Global almost since day one. That is a reflection of both of IM Global founder Stuart Ford's determination to position the company for growth and the company's financial opportunism.That puts IM Global in a unique position...
Virtuality Now
WITH ADVANCES IN DIGITAL technology, the buying, selling, financing and marketing of Cannes films has never been faster or easier - but also, in many ways, never more complicated. And this year's attendees seem most excited about new digital access to...
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