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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. 327, No. 4, 2015

Acting Takes Centerstage
Best Picture Winner Was a Super RefutationYes, "Birdman's" win reflects the Academy's affection for stories about the industry itself, but here - unlike the glory of "Argo" or the nostalgia of "The Artist" - the view is a distinctly critical one, as...
American Master
ALMOST EXACTLY A YEAR AGO. John Ridley accepted the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for "12 Years a Slave," a film that changed the way we think about race in our history. The next morning, he flew to Austin to begin filming ABC's "American...
A Question of Diversity
Shows like "Empire,*' "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Black-lsh" (below) are the year's most promising, but John Ridley worries that TV has been down this road before and not hit the finish line."I have mixed emotions," he says. "Certain- ly as a...
As the Soap World Turns
THERE ARE FOUR NETWORK daytime dramas left. In a year, or two, or five, it's conceivable there could be fewer; it's unlikely there'll be more.The Daytime Emmy Awards depend heavily on the daytime dramas, both for the glamour of the actors on the red...
Battle Creek
Battle CreekSERIES: CBS, Sun. March 1.10 p.m.WRITERS: David Shore, Vince GilliganSTARRING: Josh Duhamel, Dean WintersA bit of an outlier for CBS, "Battle Creek" has about as much heft as the prize in a box of cereal, yet it's also a great deal of fun....
Channing Tatum Drops $6M in Bevhills P.O
Ever-intrepid real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak swears that hot and hunky actor Planning Tatum - who killed it in "Foxcatcher" as far as this property gossip is concerned - quietly dropped $6 million for a gated abode on an also-gated, celebrity-lined...
Cinderella
CinderellaDIRECTOR: Kenneth BranaghSTARRING: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard MaddenIn Disney's new live-action "Cinderella," four mice are ballooned into elegant white horses, two lizards are forced to serve as makeshift footmen, and an oblivious...
Doole Brings the Drama to FremantleMedia
Global production and distribution company FremantleMedia is best known for unscripted shows like "The X Factor" and the "Got Talent" franchise, but it's increasingly turning the spotlight on dramas, like zombie thriller "The Returned," which debuts...
Hamilton
HamiltonPUBLIC/NEWMAN THEATRE: 299 seats; $120 topWRITER: Lin-Manuel MirandaSTARRING: Lin-Manuel MirandaWhat musical idiom comes to mind when you think of Alexander Hamilton, a revered Founding Father of this nation, aide de camp to Gen. George Washington...
Harris Wittels, 30, Exec Produced 'Parks & Rec'
Harris Wittels, known for co-exec producing "Parks & Recreation" and for his work on other comedies, died Feb. 19 of a possible drug overdose. He was 30.According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Wittels was found by his assistant at his home...
He Shoots, He Soars
Alejandro G. Inarritu was as unabashedly frank backstage at Sunday night's Academy Awards as his movie "Birdman," about a washed-up superhero-movie actor attempting to reinvent himself on Broadway, was unapologetically bold.When asked about the apprehension...
Hollywood Insiders Make Room for Foster Kids
It's only fitting that Matt Johnson and Yasmine Delawari met 12 years ago at a barbecue and pool party supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. On March 12, the entertainment power couple - he the managing partner at law firm Ziffren Brittenham,...
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Hot Tub Time Machine 2DIRECTOR: Steve PinkSTARRING: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam ScottThe future of American screen comedy looks more or less like the present - which is to say, steeped in pop-culture references, groin-fixated humor...
In a Diverse World, Studios Need to Get in Touch with the Times
Criticizing Hollywood, its products and players is hardly new. Since the industry's inception, cultural watchdogs, pundits and moviegoers have hurled disparaging potshots and voiced more legitimate concerns.In the early years of the past century, members...
Inside CNN's Online Biz News War Room
VISITORS WALKING into CNNMoney's New York bureau on the fifth floor of the Time Warner Center are greeted with a blast of data - and ambient heat - emanating from a huge array of video monitors.Welcome to the business news site's digital war room. Erected...
Movers & Shakers
Robyn Greene Arrington- VP, Original Programming ft Production- Senior Director, Original Programming & ProductionTV One (NY)Jennifer Au- Manager, LiteraryUntitled Ent.- Manager, LiteraryCaliber Media Co.Robert Baltazar- Head, DevelopmentJV Prods.-VP,...
Movies Play Games with History - and Filmgoers Embrace Them
Having spent many years in journalism, I do not believe everything I read, nor, for that matter, everything I see in the movies. Now along come some academic studies telling us disturbing news: Filmgoers tend to be believers. When they see a movie, they...
Newsfeed
Garcetti Pitch Focuses on LocationLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced a campaign called Greenlight Hollywood to take the state's expanded incentive program to studio chiefs and producers. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation last year that more...
Oscars Capture the Moment in a Fast-Changing World
The biggest surprise of Sunday night's Oscars was how the ceremony transcended the usual self-congratulatory air of Hollywood awards shows. Winners talked about racial inequalities, immigration policy, anti-gay prejudice, women's rights, ALS, veterans...
Richard LaGravenese
"I thought my career was over before it began."Richard LaGravenese was nominated for an Oscar at age 32 for his first solo screenplay, "The Fisher King." But his movie career got off to a rocky start a few years earlier, as co-writer of the Cheech Marin-Eric...
Rothman Storms to the Top at Sony Pics
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT endured a corporate tsunami last winter on the scale that few Hollywood players have ever faced, after its inner workings were laid bare by hackers.By picking Tom Rothman, 60, an exec who approaches business and life with...
Score: Bringing It All Back Home
It's not unusual to see a composer conduct his own music in Hollywood. But it is startling to watch one lead an entire orchestra, and record the result himself without a scoring mixer - in the living room of his own house. Oh, and add to that the fact...
Secrets and Lies
Secrets and LiesSERIES: ABC, Sun. March 1,9 p.m.WRITER: Barbie KligmanSTARRING: Ryan Phillippe. Juliette LewisBetter than "Gracepoint" and not as compelling as "Broadchurch," ABC's "Secrets and Lies" is a solid, twisty version of the increasingly popular...
Sky Sets Strategy to RAISE ITS GAME
Rupert Murdoch's recently reconfigured Sky paybox looks to have the makings to become a new force in the international TV drama landscape as it begins to flex its pan-European muscles.At its foundation are 24 million subscribers and $16.7 billion in...
The Gift of Gab
Competition heats up in the talkshow host race as newbies vie to nab slots from last year's contenders By Kate O'HareLAST YEAR, there was a tie in the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards' talkshow host category, between Katie Couric "Katie" and Dr. Mehmet...
The Last Man on Earth
The Last Man on EarthSERIES: Fox, Sun. March 1,9 p.m.WRITER: Will ForteSTARRING: Will ForteThe opening portion of "The Last Man on Earth" recalls "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" - a 1959 postapocalyptic movie starring Harry Belafonte - and when...
There's No Overstating Event Fatigue Syndrome
Add to the growing list of modern media maladies Event Fatigue Syndrome, a viral strain that is simultaneously under-diagnosed and, like so much these days, over-reported.The entertainment industry obviously has an incentive to transform everything into...
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelDIRECTOR: John MaddenSTARRING: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev PatelRoughly midway through "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a lovesick Bill Nighy notes that Judi Dench's character has "checked out,"...
What's Behind the B.O.'S Recent Hot Streak
IT could have been a very bleak January and February for the movie business but for the arrival of "American Sniper" and "Fifty Shades of Grey."The two box office Atlases have lofted ticket sales and admissions up roughly 10% above the same period a...
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