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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. 332, No. 15, 2016

10 Standout Digital Stars
King BachThe No. 1 Vine creator brings his comedic chops to movies and TVAndrew Bachelor - "King Bach" (pronounced "batch") to his 15.7 million fans - may be the king of the six-second Vine, but that's not all he does. This fall, he'll appear in the...
A Different Role for a Familiar Face
When Viggo Mortensen stepped into a Los Angeles coffee shop in 2013 to meet Matt Ross, the writer and director of "Captain Fantastic," he didn't realize he would be seeing someone he recognized. "I think I was told he was an actor as well," Mortensen...
Admired Talent Gathers Fest's Coveted Kudos
JIRINA BOHDALOVAThe President's AwardActress Jirina Bohdalová will receive the President's Award at the upcoming 51st Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. A force in Czech entertainment for nearly 80 years and one of its most beloved figures, the still-active...
Ahead of Vote, Biz Pushes for U.K. to Retain Its E.U. Status
Top producers note the value of European financial benefits and cultural collaborationON JUNE 23, the U.K. will hold a referendum to decide if it remains a member of the European Union. Polls show the result is too close to call. Those in favor of staying...
'American Gothic' Score Experiments with Strings
WATCHING JEFF RUSSO in a recording studio provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the creative process. Sitting with a modest crew of engineers, mixers, and assistants, the composer reviews a musical selection paired with a scene from "American...
Barrandov Studio Lives Up to Its Legacy
Q&A with the head of the country's largest and oldest production complexBy VARIETY STAFFFOR 85 YEARS, the largest and oldest film studio in Europe, located on the Barrandov Hills, has towered above Prague like a beacon to filmmakers. Its founders...
Bond House Finally Sells in Palm Springs
The legendary Palm Springs Elrod House, prominently featured in the 1971 James Bond extravaganza "Diamonds Are Forever," is in escrow and about to be sold, according to online listings. We hear from desert-based property snitch Jack A. Rahnduh that unconfirmed...
Bringing It Home
How does the updeted incentive differ from the eerlier program?The amendment to the audiovisual law was approved in May 2016 and will come into effect Jan. 1,2017. The most important changes make the system smoother and more flexible. In contrast to...
Buyouts Signal a Generational Transition
The disruption in the entertainment industry has taken on new urgency for hundreds of mid- and senior-level executives in the past year.The voluntary buyouts accepted last month by 400-plus long-serving employees of 21st Century Fox are the most visible...
Central Intelligence
Central IntelligenceDirector: Rawson Marshall ThurberStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin HartThe words "action comedy" go together not just because the movies they describe combine action and comedy. They go together because, in a machine-tooled lark like...
Creating Worlds of Whimsy and Fantasy
WHILE THE CZECH Republic's historical architecture, scenic landscapes and stateof-the-art soundstages have made it a favorite location for international filmmakers, the country's long tradition of animation, along with its high-tech visual effects and...
Czech out These Projects
Crossing Lines 1Writer Edward Allen BerneroProducers: Tandem Communications, Bernero Productions, TFl, Film United, StillkingDistributor: NBCThe third season of this crime fiction series starring Tom Wlaschiha, Donald Sutherland, and Lara Rossi focuses...
Facetime
Merle Dandridge'It's been the acting dream I've always aspired to'.Merle Dandridge got her first professional acting job when she was 20, and has been working ever since. The American actress, born in Japan, stars in the OWN Network's "Greenleaf" alongside...
Future Frames: New Talent Showcases Creativity
For the second time, the Karlovy Vary Inti. Film Festival, in co-operation with European Film Promotion, serves as a venue where the next generation of students and recent graduates of European film schools can put their short works on display. Following...
Greenleaf
GreenleafSeries; OWN, Tues. June 21,10 p.m.Showrunner: Craig WrightStarring: Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn WhitfieldOne of "Greenleaf's" most notable accomplishments is how much it packs into its first three episodes without seeming rushed or overwrought....
Ice Age: Collision Course
Ice Age: Collision CourseDirectors: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. ChuVoices: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Denis LearyIce Age: Collision Course," the breathless fifth chapter in what has become the most die-hard franchise in the history of digital...
It's Not Film. It's Not TV. So What Do We Call This Content?
The year was 2004.Facebook was launching, "Friends" was airing its last episode, Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunctioned, and in the midst of an actual presidential election, Napoleon had everyone pumped to vote for Pedro. And, notably, Gretchen Weiners...
'Lighting' to Shine at Festival
When lists of important filmmakers' most impressive debut films are published, they rarely contain Ivan Passer's "Intimate Lighting," a title that deserves an automatic listing. Given that Passer is one of the leading voices of the muchlauded "Czech...
Limiting the Light on a Dark Drama
IN THE 1996 film "Independence Day? the Earth repulses powerful invaders from outer space. In the sequel, "Independence Day: Resurgence," which Fox releases June 24, the aliens return with more advanced technology, and threaten humankind once again.In...
No Place for Auteurs in Today's Film Biz
In 1997, Anthony and Joe Russo came to Slamdance with their first feature, "Pieces," a non-linear tribute to the French New Wave, funded with credit cards and shot in their hometown of Cleveland. "It wasn't exactly a calling-card film for making commercial...
Prague Hot Spots
VISUALLY ARRESTING Prague welcomes the world during summer months. Traditional architecture abounds in this riverside capital dotted with cobblestone-paved medieval streets and Baroque buildings. These leading hotels and restaurants confirm Prague's...
Prague Provides Fresh Lures
with A steady stream of ambitious small-screen productions rolling in, and two major recent features recently wrapped and more on the way - all chasing incentives, talented artisans, and experienced crews - Prague and the Czech Republic have upped the...
Q Scores Faceoff
Internet influencers are not as well-known as traditional stars, but their fans are more devotedFor more than 50 years, Q Scores has been the industry standard by which the media business has quantified the star power of celebrities, from music to movies....
Queen of the South
Queen of the SouthSeries: USA, Thurs. June 23,10 p.m.Showrunner: Scott RosenbaumStarring: Alice Braga, Veronica FalcónExposition and explosions dominate the pilot of the USA action drama "Queen of the South," starring Alice Braga as a female drug kingpin...
Resources Grow as Foreigners Flock In
IN 1990, not long after the Velvet Revolution brought an end to 41 years of communist rule, American producer Rick McCallum came to the Czech Republic to work on Lucasfilm TV series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles."The production had to bring in...
Rewriting the Rules of Celebrity
Right now you might be asking yourself, "Why on earth is that odd-looking woman gracing the cover of this magazine?" Her name is Colleen Ballinger, and if you don't know who she is, you really should. Colleen is better known as Miranda Sings, a kooky...
Robbie Williams Lists Pedigreed L.A. Mansion
Having decamped to a substantially larger and even more lavish Beverly Hills estate, British pop star Robbie Williams has placed his no-longer-needed mansion in the guard-gated and celeb-stocked Mulholland Estates enclave in the Beverly Hills Post Office...
Split Personality
Colleen Ballinger didn't expect her talentless, narcissistic weirdo creation to be anything more than a short-lived joke for her theater friends. Seven years ago, the classically trained vocalist and actress was performing at Disneyland (in "High School...
The Secret Life of Pets
FILM REVIEWThe Secret Life of PetsDirector: Chris RenaudVoices: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie KemperIn what may as well be Illumination's answer to "Toy Story" "The Secret Life of Pets" imagines how domesticated animals...
Top TV Creatives Champion Their Faves of the Season
ONE OF THE REASONS the Emmys are so respected within the TV industry is that they're voted on by the TV industry.As with the Oscars and the guild awards, the Emmys come from peers. And that endorsement - from people who know the struggle, the challenges,...
Traditional Crafts Are Alive and Thriving
WHY DID PRODUCTION designer Tom Burton replicate the England of 43 A.D. in the Czech Republic instead of in England, for Sky Channel's historical drama "Britannia"?First of all, the Czech Republic was cheaper."My construction costs in the Czech Republic...
Variety Critics' Choice Hits 20th Mark
The 20th edition of any cultural enterprise inevitably leads to reflection on the roots and original goals, as well as where the path has led and how successfully the mission has been accomplished. In 1997, when Variety was asked by the Karlovy Vary...
Verbinski Sells Home in la Cañada Flintridge
A classic California ranch-style residence in the well-to-do La Cañada Flintridge community, about 15 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles, has been sold by money-minting filmmaker Gore Verbinski for $2.75 million.Verbinski, one of the highest grossing...
Viacom Woes Follow Series of Missteps
THE EPIC BATTLE engulfing Viacom and its lion in winter has been nothing if not great copy. Angry mistresses! Scorned loyalists! The puppet-master heiress! A brainwashed mogul! Since last fall, the fracas around Sumner Redstone, the 93-year-old titan...
Vibrant Film Fare in a Spa-Town Setting
Once again the Karlovy Vary Inti. Film Festival is set to open its doors and host the most important event for the cinema community in Central Europe. For eight days the film industry and film lovers will experience a busy program of screenings, workshops...
Viola Davis Has Plenty to Say - and to Change
Viola Davis made history last year as the first black woman to win the Emmy for lead actress in a drama, but the accomplishment still has not sunk in. "It's not my style to walk around and think,! can't believe I won an Emmy? I just don't think like...
Younger Murdochs Assert Their Power
IN THE FIRST MONTHS after James and Lachlan Murdoch rose to the top of their family's media empire, change was slow to come - so much so that some observers wondered if, and when, the brothers would step out from their father's formidable shadow.But...
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