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. 332, No. 8, 2016

A Ministry of Magic
1 1956: Plays piano on studio recording sessions at Fox, and later Paramount, Columbia, Universal.2 1958: Signs with Revue Studios to write music for TV. First screen credit: "M Squad," the Lee Marvin cop show. Earns first Grammy nomination for "Checkmate,"...
At 40, Aardman Stays Stubbornly Eccentric
In 1995, at pretty much the midpoint of Aardman Animations' 40-year history, the Bristol-based cartoon studio's co-founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, hatched the crazy idea of making a feature-length stop-motion film. It would be a send-up of the...
Beautiful Game Hopes for Beautiful Coverage
THE MONTHLONG EUTO 2016 soccer tournament, to be held in stadiums across France starting June 10, should mark a leap forward in terms of highdefinition broadcasting and multi-platform play. But France's other national sport - labor strikes - is a potential...
Bob Odenkirk's Serious Prep for a Serious Role
It's not easy to get Bob Odenkirk to talk about Bob Odenkirk. "Who even remembers my show?" he asks, before segueing into praise for Amazon's "Catastrophe." He does applaud others on "Better Call Saul": the producers, his co-stars, and the creative team...
Broadway Up Slightly as Season Curtain Closes
Broadway box office grosses and attendance figures in the last year showed small gains compared to the previous season, according to the latest annual report from The Broadway League. The trade group measured Broadway shows -16 musicals, 20 plays, and...
Celeb Properties Make Super-Sized Price Reductions
Unreserved real estate optimism may continue to reign supreme, and the price of luxury property in prime markets continue its seemingly ceaseless ascent toward the stratosphere, but increasing numbers of celebs have been compelled to drastically slash...
Clothes Call for Plays Set in the Past
LONG LIVE THE PERIOD piece. From time travel to a revival of a beloved romantic comedy about pen pals set in Hungary to a contemporary twist on the American revolution, this year's nominees for costume design in a musical had their work cut (and stitched)...
Cold Opening, Hot Response
IN THE old days, there was one road to Broadway, and it was usually on the road. Producers took a new musical out of town, worked out the kinks in the relative privacy of the regions and then moved into New York with visions of Tony Awards dancing in...
Comedy Actress Hopefuls Are Pulling Double Duty
After five nominations for playing Sheila Jackson on "Shameless," Joan Cusack finally took home the guest actress prize last year. And just in time - she didn't appear in the show's most recent season.That opens the cateogry to a whole new winner, and...
Creator of Dream Themes
"STAR wars." "E.T.""Jaws." "Indiana Jones.""Superman.""Harry Potter."Admit it: You can't think of any one of those films without hearing the score in your head.John Williams, who wrote all those classic themes [and dozens more] will receive the American...
Cybergeek on Set Makes 'Mr. Robot' Authentic
#@tinivWRITER-PRODUCER SAM ESMAIL Was fed up with the Hollywood clichés of hackers. As a former hacker himself, he wanted his debut TV show - USA Network's "Mr. Robot" - to represent that community as authentically as possible. After all, he reasoned,...
Digs
Starry Property Has PotentialA house on property behind the BevHills Hotel first developed by Buster Keaton has come up for sale for the first time in 60 years. The historic estate was once owned by Cary Grant before being subdivided into three lots...
Embracing Television's Multi-Platform Future
Like everyone in the small-screen world, the Monte Carlo TV Festival is grappling with galloping changes in the medium itself.TV Everywhere, VOD, over-the-top streaming, cord-cutting and Sling have been changing television down to its core. So rather...
Everyday They Write the Songbook
Though it traces its foundation all the way back to 1969, when Johnny Mercer established a nonprofit institution to honor the hitmakers and tunesmiths who didn't always find themselves in the spotlight, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has often been forced...
Ex-Pugilist Lends New Punch to Small-Screen Fest
The Monte Carlo Television Festival isn't quite as old as the medium itself, but 2016 represents the fest's 56th edition.A man that age might be slowing down. Yet under the leadership of Laurent Puons, an energetic, plugged-in Monaco native and former...
Fashion's Leading Ladies Double Down at Dior
At the Dior Cruise CollectionIt's pretty, but the strongest look from the show's front row.With the lace bodysuit base and sparkly overlay, it veers into ice-skater territory.The nude heel and metallic clutch are appropriately youthful and understated.B-At...
Fest's Home Base Has Attractions to Spare
GET A ROOMMonte-Carlo Bay Hotel has emerged in recent years as the top venue for guests looking for a peaceful haven. It boasts a lagoon-style, salt-water pool with a sandy bottom. A more classic hotel choice is the Hermitage, which combines Belle Epoque...
Fighting to Bring a Crazy Dream to Life
Christopher Bremble remembers clearly the first piece of advice he received from someone already on the ground in Bering when he decided to set up Base FX there 10 years ago.Over dinner in the Chinese capital, Bremble's guest, an industry veteran, tried...
Finding a Way to End Snub Season
How many is too many?When it comes to the Emmy Awards, it's hard to find consensus on any subject - but one thing is clear, there are never enough to go around.But the very idea of adding awards is fraught. You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks...
Franchises: A Losing Bet
AS THE DISMAL performance of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" reminds us, movie sequels can be a dicey proposition. But there are about 30 notable franchise pictures slated for this year, of which a little more than a third had been...
Funny Men Take the Laughs into Open Field
A previous winner for "The West Wing," Bradley Whitford was awarded his second Emmy last year thanks to his work as Marcy on "Transparent." Whitford could well repeat [for playing a different character, Magnus Hirschfeld], or he could be stopped by one...
Gallic Gathering Runs Global Gamut
Anyone wanting to take the measure of animation trends need only look at the range of films screening at Annecy.The yearly festival in the French countryside is attracting a broad swath of animation, from big studio releases like Universal/Illumination's...
Glam Event Gains Social Awareness
Though movies remain at its core, Italy's Taormina Film Festival has morphed in recent years into a mix of film launches, master classes and glam galas with a strong humanitarian aspect.Pushing that envelope even further, this year's event will bring...
'Hamilton' a Burr in Side of Musical Rivals
WITH THE TONY AWARDS looming on June 12, it's campaign season on Broadway. But as "Hamilton" dominates the Zeitgeist and stands poised to land the top awards, campaigns look a little different this year."In another year, I would work very, very hard...
Ilm Link Makes Base a Budding Powerhouse
The feature film visual effects industry has all but fled California, chasing incentives to whatever corner of the map may offer them. Yet Industrial Light & Magic remains in the Golden State, in part because of its its partnership with Bering's...
Ins and Outs: The Tales They Tell
Management upheaval in Hollywood is a common occurrence, to be sure. But the shake-ups of the past few weeks have been particularly unnerving. The abrupt exit of Sony Pictures Television chairman Steve Mosko, reported June 1, was followed by news a day...
Jeff Daniels
In 2007, Jeff Daniels starred as Ray in the first American production of David Harrower's profoundly unsettling drama "Blackbird," about an older man confronted by a woman over the relationship they shared when she was a 12-year-old. This year, Daniels...
Kelli Williams Lists Ojai Farmhouse
With indispensable assists from trusted informants Lucy Spillerguts and Yolanda Yakketyyak, we learned that veteran television actress Kelli Williams ("The Practice," "Army Wives,''"The Fosters") has her stylishly turned-out residence in the scenic,...
Made-in-California Stamp Still Fits VFX
IT'S HARD TO THINK of visual effects without thinking of California. The rise of the modern VFX industry owes a huge debt to the talents of Golden State artists - and California's vast entertainment factory gave VFX its customer base and cash.Yet over...
Mad Men Meet Marketing Mayhem
With the advertising world in the midst of more turmoil than ever, today's descendants of the original "Mad men" are eager to become more involved in entertainment content as the digital revolution brings forth scary changes.Not the least of these: technology...
Muhammad Ali and His Fight for Freedom
ONE OF ALI'S BIGGEST STRUGGLES culminated in 1974's Rumble in the Jungle, when it seemed as if the spirit of all things progressive in the world was about to battle the spirit of the repressive status quo.Early on, Ah related to the wider world. His...
No Surprise: Old-Boy Networks Still Going Strong
despite the success of series like "Black-ish,""Empire," and "Fresh Off the Boat," the broadcast networks' push for diversity hit a stumbling block with the rollout of the new fall lineup. A Variety investigation into new scripted shows for the 2016-17...
Now You See Me 2
FILM REVIEWNow You See Me 2Director: Jon M. ChuStarring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan"Now You See Me 2" is the kind of sequel that has all but gone out of fashion: a follow-up to a blockbuster that was so...
Parental Stridence
IN THE FIRST EPISODE of "House of Cards" season four, we meet Elizabeth Hale [Ellen Burstyn] in her Dallas estate, sitting on the edge of her bed, dressed in an all-white ensemble with an ivory jacket. Later she shames her daughter, Claire Underwood...
Plugged In
Variety PollWho's Next to Die on 'Game'?Most "Game of Thrones" fans know better than to get too attached to any single character. With season six in full swing, we asked readers which character they thought would get the axe next.Results1 Ramsay Bolton...
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingFILM REVIEWDirectors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma TacconeStarring: Andy Sambarg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva SchafferIf Andy Samberg were still on "Saturday Night Live," it wouldn't be too hard to imagine Conner 4 Real, the cluelessly...
Returning Champs in Actress Race
Last year. Margo Martindale triumphed in this category with her turn on "The Americans." a show that has been woefully underrepresented at the Emmys. While she could repeat this year, she will have to battle some fierce competitors in the form of previous...
Rising Toon Powers Spotlighted in Lineup
Over the years, Japan has been considered the powerhouse of Asian animation. The island nation continues to hold that lead, but it was shut out of the competition the Annecy Inti. Animated Film Festival. Instead, the lineup showcases the new players...
Sandy Gallin (Still) Selling Hamptons Home
Hollywood heavyweight turned high-end house-flipping interior designer Sandy Gallin hasn't yet sold his romantically picturesque compound along a particularly posh lane in East Hampton, N.Y. The price is $22.5 million, after first coming to market nearly...
Talking Shop with TV's Biggest Stars
Jennifer Lopez has performed on stage and screen, and served in capacities that range from actor and producer to singer and reality-show judge. But she finds TV to be the medium most reflective of the world."I think with television, because it's in our...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
FILM REVIEWTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the ShadowsDirector: Dave GreenStarring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel FisherThe heroes in a half shell return for more halfhearted fun in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out...
The Bonds That Bind Us
Simmer down, 007 watchers - Tom Hiddleston isn't the only British heartthrob with the charm and swagger to play James Bond. If Daniel Craig bows out, here are some candidates we think have the goods. - BRENT LANGTom HardyWhy: One of today's most exciting...
The Soul Sisters of Broadway
If you haven't seen "Hamilton yet, it s easy to believe thatthe blockbuster musical is all about the men. Actors easily outnumber actresses among its leads and featured players, and the guys - Lin-Manuel Miranda, of course, but also director Thomas Kail...
Toon Fest Dazzles with Array of Special Events
THINGS TO DO1 Annecy typically attracts 8,000 festivalgoers and what is there to do between screenings? Long lines outside the ice cream emporium Glacier des Alpes suggest many opt for sweet treats. Or they browse BDfugue's collection of books and DVDs...
Top Actors Bring Chops to Exciting Guest Spots
The appeal of a guest role is obvious as an actor can often make the maximum impact in minimum screen time. That's why previous winners love to drop in on other shows, such as Hank Azaria showing up on "Ray Donovan," Michael J. Fox popping over to "The...
Two-Party Production System at Play
CASUAL VIEWERS of the June 12 Tony Awards might be forgiven for wondering if the Broadway-centric telecast represents the bastion of commercial theater in America, then why is one of the night's trophies going to that standard bearer of federal funding,...
Upheaval Continues as Sony Execs Exit
THE RESIGNATIONS LAST WEEK Of tWO high-profile division heads - Sony TV chairman Steve Mosko and Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad - underscore the continuing turmoil and never-ending drama at Sony Pictures Entertainment over the past several...
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