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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. 4, 2016

'American Horror' Corridor Captures Mood-And Actors
THERE'S A HALLWAY on the set of"American Horror Story: Hotel" where the actors would consistently get lost and confused."It was almost like it was haunted," says the set's creator, production designer Mark Worthington, who has worked for FX's "AHS" and...
Aussie Event Offers New Take on World
The theme of the 63rd installment of the Sydney Film Festival is "Change your view, change your world." A far-reaching program of 244 films from 60 countries, a virtual reality showcase, and strong themes like capital punishment and the plight of refugees...
Big-Screen Look for Small-Screen Action Shots
WHEN STUNT COORDINATOR Anton Moon staged the slave ship mutiny for History Channel's new miniseries adaptation of "Roots," he had to deliver more than just exciting action with 20 stunt people and 200 extras. He had to make sure the fighting style accurately...
Biz Blasts Back against Content and Investment Quotas in Europe
the battle brewing over plans for a single digital market in Europe ratcheted up last week with the unveiling of European Union recommendations for content and investment quotas.The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposes that video...
Bobby Braddock
Dec. 21, 1966"Country music today is so slick, 1 wonder if Nashville would be on board for someone like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, or Johnny Cash. They were badasses."Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Bobby Braddock's illustrious career includes...
Changing Faces to Serve History and Horror
WHETHER A SHOW takes you into a kitschy horror universe or on a journey through the most controversial and tragic parts of American history, hair and makeup teams must fashion the masks actors use to take us on the journey. This year that often meant...
Chaos in the Kingdom
On the night of Maay 27, Sumner Redstone celebrated his 93rd birthday at his Beverly Park mansion, an intimate party for family members thrown by his daughter, Shari Redstone.The two had much to celebrate. The ailing Redstone, whose health had appeared...
Cheeky, Smart Looks at British Vogue 100 Gala
With the overdone makeup, side swept hair, and glitzy gown and jewels, it's all very "Dynasty" just as it should be.Sure, it's a bit dated, but it's true to her personal style.B+She is an 83-year-old egend and looks the part. Bow down.Joan CollinsShe...
Cloud-Based Studio Has Become a Reality
WITH SO MANY FACETS of production moving to the cloud, it was only a matter of time before animation made its way up there as well.The latest platform to enable cloudbased collaboration is Artella, which lets people from around the world partner on animation,...
Culver City Getting Ready for Close-Up
This year,Ava DuVernay's production company Array and Ryan Coogler were chosen as honorées at the Los Angeles Film Festival. And while that might look to outsiders like a sly riposte to the recent outcry over the lack of diversity at the Hollywood majors,...
DPs Meet the Challenge of TV's New Golden Age
THE FORMERLY SHARP line dividing television cinematography from feature film visuals continues to blur.Technology is certainly a factor, but the trend is also driven by new players - and attitudes - in TV production."There's a lot of groundbreaking cinematography...
Eagle Aims to Fly from Historic Hollywood Home
Timothy B. Schmit, bass guitarist and vocalist for the Eagles, hoisted a 1920s Spanish-style Whitley Heights residence up for sale at just under $2 million and, per online listings, the property was lickety-split put into escrow with an unknown buyer...
Elle
ElleDirector: Paul VerhoevenStarring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne ConsignyYou've never seen a rape-revenge fantasy quite like "Elle," not least because the rape, revenge, and fantasy components of that subgenre have never been quite so fascinatingly...
Gawker Tumbles to 3-Year Traffic Low
CAVEAT EMPTOR, GAWKER GAWKERS: Any company considering buying the controversial digital publisher should know that its namesake site has hit some serious traffic lows.Gawker.com's traffic in April dropped a whopping 37% from the previous month, to 7.6...
Guests Make Best
Producing "Person of Interest" in New York City meant dealing with a lot of bone-chilling weather, and every cast member has a story about that. But the distinct advantage, according to executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, was having...
How 'Person' Held onto Our 'Interest'
When Michael Emerson signed on to star in CBS'"Person of Interest" in 2011, he had no idea - or, truthfully, any hope - that the series would make it 100 episodes. The show's pilot was the first he'd ever made. In fact, before he got the role of Beryamin...
How to Tour Laff like a Boss
Special ScreeningsLAFF will open with "Lowriders." a drama surrounding the re-emergence of SoCal low-rider Latino culture. "Opening Night," a musical with N'Sync's J.C. Chasez and Topher Grace, is quintessentially L.A., while documentary "Dying Laughing"...
Indie TV Studios Grab Back Power
No "Bull," it's been a tremendous few weeks for Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The Amblin Television co-presidents enjoyed overwhelmingly positive reviews for their HBO movie "All the WayT while their FX series "The Americans" wound down its fourth...
Keep Hope Alive for These Emmy Underdogs
Everybody loves an underdog story. On small screens everywhere, there are unlikely heroes, Cinderella stories, and sagas in which the worthy vanquish powerful, intimidating foes.Emmy voters aren't, as a group, a monolith, of course, but at times they...
Keeping Music Fresh but Faithful
AS A SERIES PROGRESSES into two, three or more seasons, should its music stay the same - keeping audiences aurally anchored in a space and time - or should it change as characters and storylines develop?The answer: it depends, as Variety discovered during...
LaPaglia and Carides Shed Compound in Brentwood Park
The divorcing Australian actors Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carides have sold their long-time compound in the ritzy Brentwood Park neighborhood of Los Angeles for $8.2 million - substantially below the original asking price of nearly $12 million. Married...
Me before You
Me Before YouDirector: Thea SharrockStarring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles DanceImagine "The Intouchables" with more romance and less chemistry, crossbred with a far tamer version of "Pretty Woman" so lacking in eroticism that its...
Megan Ellison Snags Wasserman Estate in Beverly Hills
An unassuming estate concealed behind a high hedge in a tony pocket of Beverly Hills was sold, according to property records, by Hollywood heavyweight Lew Wasserman's philanthropic daughter Lynne Wasserman to an inscrutable blind trust for $13.5 million....
Memorable Moments
The 2015-16 TV season provided us with unforgettable scenes from the small screenAmerican IdolSeason 15, ep. 16 "Top 10 Revealed," FoxKelly Clarkson couldn't make it to the "Idol" finale for good reason: she was days away from going into labor. But weeks...
Mind-Bending Magic Enlarges the TV Screen
AS THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION CONTINUES, so does an era of spectacular visual effects for the small screen aimed at creating a theatrical-level experience.From shows like Syfy's "Childhood's End" and Fox's "The X-Files" that deal in science fiction,...
Musical Moods Animate Fish Tale
COMPOSER THOMAS NEWMAN laughs when recalling an email he received from producer Lindsey Collins three years ago, asking him to consider scoring a movie she and director Andrew Stanton were working on. "It's about a fish," she wrote.Newman took the job....
New Nostalgia for the Recent Past
SHOULDER PADS and neon socks. Teased hair and baggy jeans. Rap posters and pastel colors.A quick glance around the TV schedule these days seems like a trip with a time machine. And while shows like PBS'"Downton Abbey" and Starz's "Outlander" may whisk...
Now Hear This: Sound Rules
TO THE UNINITIATED, sound editing and sound mixing may seem to take a back seat to the more obvious, in-your-face visual components of TV dramas and comedies.Nothing could be farther from the truth. As any director, producer and post-production artist...
Outcast
OutcastSeries: Cinemax, Fri. June 3,10 p.m.Showrunner: Chris BlackStarring: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Gabriel Bateman, Wrenn SchmidtBased on the drama's ominous teasers, one might assume that "Outcast" represents yet another of creator/executive...
Paramour
LEGIT REVIEW / BROADWAYParamourTheater: Lyric; 1897 «eat«; $149 topDirector: Philippe DecoufléLyrics: Andrus CarlssonMusic: Bob & Bill (Guy Dubuc, Marc Lesurd)Somebody should have warned Cirque du Soleil Theatrical that it would be an iffy business...
Paris Is Yearning for U.S.-France Bonds
Championing French-American cultural ties through film, the fifth edition of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival unspools June 7-14 in the heart of Paris. The famed boulevard is home to several of the city's finest first-run theaters including the UGC George...
Plugged In
OpinionGawker v. Peter Thieltech billionaire peter thiel was recently revealed as the man funding a series of lawsuits against Gawker, a news site that is engaged in a suit with Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan. Thiel's deep pockets not only ensured that...
Producer Lynn Harris Selling in Studio City
Property snitch Kenya Tellsumbudee sent word that veteran entertainment industry executive Lynn Harri* has her carefully restored and stylishly upgraded mid-century modern home in the secluded and discreetly wealthy Fryman Canyon Estates area of Studio...
Producer Vets, Beckham Lead BBC America's New Lineup
BBC AMERICA is in the midst of a dramatic programming revamp. It started a little over a year ago, after AMC Networks took over operational control of the cable channel through a $200 million deal with BBC Worldwide, struck in late 2014.What was missing...
Proper Pacing Is the Stuff of Storytelling
EDITORS CONTROL a story's pace. Their ultimate goal is to entice us to go along without realizing we've been manipulated by someone behind the curtain.With comedies or shows that rely heavily on music - think ABC's "Modern Family? Netflix's "Master of...
Retrans Fees: On the Rise, but for How Long?
WITH THE UNCERTAINTY surrounding how strong advertising dollars will be coming out of the upfront marketplace, it's important not to forget the other big revenue contributor for most TV companies. Retransmission-consent and affiliate fees have been a...
Rising Small-Screen Actors
Television has always been a star-making medium, creating household names of once unknowns like Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, and Ellen Pompeo. With over 400 shows, new platforms, and peak TV competition taking over the TV biz, 2016 is boasting more...
Short Form Expands Digital Entries
LESS THAN A DECADE AGO, the TV biz scorned YouTube as a wasteland of usergen effluvia at best and a haven for stolen content at worst. This year, the Google-owned vidsite could win an Emmy for one of its original shows. How's that for second acts?The...
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell became a pop culture icon as the snarky judge on "American Idol." Though he departed the show in 2010, he has kept busy: He's a fixture on the U.K. airwaves, remaining a judge on "X-Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent," both of which he created....
Sumner's Tragic Flaws
I've been covering Hollywood for a long time, chronicling the ups and downs, the high drama, and the wackiness of the business. But I've never witnessed anything quite like the bizarre spectacle currently unfolding: the savage turf war over Sumner Redstone's...
Television Academy's Opening Night
On June 2, the Television Academy will host an inviteonly gala, unveiling its new North Hollywood campus and state-of-the-art media center, a project years in the making."I'm excited about what this means for the future for the Academy," TV Academy chairman...
The Epic Battle Begins Again
LOOKING BACK, 2015 was a transformative year for the Emmys.HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" nabbed their first wins in the top series categories. First-time champs Jeffrey Tambor and Jon Hamm took the lead actor wins for the freshman season of Amazon's...
The Last Face
The Last FaceDirector: Sean PennStarring: Charlize Theron, Javier BardemLast year, "Beasts of No Nation" told a story of mutilated innocence in an unnamed African hell zone, but it didn't feel compelled to add a token white hero (the caring photojournalist!...
The Rising Stars of Europe's Distaff Wave
Variety partners with European Film Promotion and the Sydney Film Festival to showcase 10 of Europe's most promising distaff talents. The lineup clearly demonstrates the incredible diversity of subject matter and style being practiced by women storytellers...
Topper Peers into Peak TV Future
ON JUNE 2, the Television Academy will unveil its media center on its North Hollywood campus at a star-studded gala, the culmination of a multi-year capital campaign. It's been the primary mission of Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum, who last...
UnReal
UnRealSeries: Lifetime, Mon. June 6,10 p.m.Showrunner: Marti NoxonStarring: Shiri Appleby, Constance ZimmerWatching the second season of "UnReal" is like doing shots while riding a roller-coaster - a lot of dangerous ideas are careening around, and things...
Warcraft
WarcraftDirector: Duncan JonesStarring: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic CooperThe epic battle at the center of "Warcraft "isn't the clash between humans and ores. That's just what takes up roughly two hours of screen time. The true conflict...
What's Next for Johnny Depp?
FOR ALMOST THIRTY YEARS, Johnny Depp has thrived as one of our most beloved and popular box office stars. But just as his latest feature, Walt Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," was being released worldwide last week, allegations of domestic...
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