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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. 329, No. 13, 2015

At the TIPPING POINT
"I was sexually harassed by one of the industry's most famous, admired-slash-rivaled bosses," the actress says, revealing a story she's never before publicly disclosed. The man, who Judd declined to name, invited her to dinner. When she arrived at his...
Bennifer Floats $45M Palisades Compound
1 We hear from Platinum Wangle real estate uber-insider Peter Propertyseller that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gamer have quietly - and not surprisingly, given their impending divorce - engaged the services of one of L.A.'s top brokers to surreptitiously...
Cameras Catch the Three Faces of Jobs
When director Danny Boyle and cinematographer Alwin H. Kuchler set about visually translating the three distinctive acts of Aaron Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" screenplay, the two artists embraced experimentation, as they have throughout their careers. To convey...
Can Kavanaugh Pull off Relativity Reboot?
For someone who helped drive his company into the ground, Ryan Kavanaugh never seemed particularly chastened. He told an interviewer after his Relativity Media went into bankruptcy in July that it was nothing but a "hiccup," which a simple reorganization...
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Crazy Ex-GirlfriendSERIES; CW, Mon. Oct. 12,8 p.m.WRITER: Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKennaSTARRING: Rachel Bloom, Santino FontanaOriginally developed for Showtime, "Crazy ExGirlfriend's" premium-TV origins are apparent in its approach to a lead character...
Davis Puts the Femme in Fest
When Geena Davis' daughter was a toddler, the Academy Award-winning actress noticed something unsettling about the content of children's programming that her little girl was watching."There were very few female characters in these series and films for...
Digital Players Battle for Rights to Top TV Shows
Even with all the hype surrounding their original series, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu each rely on popular shows that first air on TV in order to attract subscribers. And the war for exclusive rights to these binge-worthy properties has never been more...
Drawn to Diversify
ince Clark Kent got his first desk job, comic books have been a A.__' male-dominated field. Be it the audience, the creators or the titles themselves, the numbers were downright anemic when it came to female involvement.But women, though small in number,...
Executech
Home Sweet HomeA new wave of connected devices brings the smarts of the Internet to the kitchen and living room.CujoIndlegogo.com 1 starting at $49Cujo aims to keep malware and hackers out by monitoring and filtering traffic from every device within...
Fargo
FargoSeries; FX. Mon. Oct. 12,10 p.m.WRITER: Noah HawleySTARRING: Kirsten Dunst, Patrick WilsonAfter "True Detective's" disappointing second season, "Fargo" could have sent its fellow limited crime series a gift basket for its role in helping to diminish...
Gang's Still Kool after All These Years
After 50 years and 23 albums, the legacy of Kool & the Gang has become so much a part of our national fabric it's hard to remember a time when their music wasn't a perpetual party anthem source, blasted at bar mitzvahs and weddings and high school...
Gender on the Agenda
HOLLYWOOD'S NEW "IT girl" may be more collective than individual. From "The Danish Girl" on opening night to "Suffragette" as its close, women's themes stand front and center at the upcoming Mill Valley Film Festival."The topic of gender is definitely...
Goosebumps
GoosebumpsDIRECTOR: Rob LettermanSTARRING: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy RyanYoung audiences are in for an early lesson in disappointing cinematic literary adaptations with "Goosebumps." This first big screen spin on R.L. Stine's popular...
Her OWN Woman
Oprah Winfrey wants to make one thing clear: She is not retired.Ever since her eponymous talk show ended in 2011, she's found what she calls "real freedom.""I love the way my life has opened up," she tells Variety, in her sun-drenched, spacious office...
How Green Was Her (Pine) Valley
IT'S FITTING THAT Kelly Ripa made her "All My Children" debut on Thanksgiving Day in 1990. After all, the fan-favorite actress has been nothing but effusively grateful for the opportunities she received from being cast as heroine Hayley Vaughan Santos...
Jamie Oliver Picks Swank London Manse
Word on the U.K. celebrity real estate street is that renowned chef, restaurateur and entrepreneurial media personality Jamie Oliver recently plunked down somewhere around $15 million for a historic house along a celeb-lined lane in North Ixmdon's swanky...
Kelly's Causes
The TV host has an attitude of gratitudeOne would think that, with the responsibilities required of her job as television host, actress and producer, as well as her family life, Kelly Ripa has time for little else. But for more than a decade, she has...
Leading by EXAMPLE
A sa female CEO in the male-dominated tech industry, YouT\ibe's Susan Wojcicki is unique. But she is also like all of us, scrambling to provide signatures for her kids' homework and permission slips.Wojcicki believes that a robust home life is critical...
Men, Too, Must Join the Effort to Create Good, Diverse TV
Lifetime's acclaimed summer drama "Unreal" opened with a memorable image: Shiri Appleby's character, Rachel, the producer of a reality dating show, "Everlasting," was sprawled on the floor of a limousine, surrounded by the show's contestants and trying...
Mill Valley Throws Its Hat into Awards Ring
The vibe may be laid back. But the buzz is full on.As the Mill Valley Film Festival enters its 38th year, it's becoming increasingly recognized as an awards season platform."We're Ohio," says executive director and founder Mark Fishkin, referring to...
Must Attend
OCTOBER 6TUESDAYDISCUSSIONExplore the work of Mark and Jay Duplass at "This is Duplass: An Evening with Jay and Mark" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.OCTOBER 6TUESDAYOPENINGCatch Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly...
My First Time in Variety
February 14, 1973"Status Quo Vadis"Though he rose to fame slinging drinks as Sam Malone in "Cheers," Ted Danson's first mention in Variety was for playing another bartender in the stage production of "Status Quo Vadis," reviewed in Wilmington, Del. on...
Networks Eager to Stoke Political Fires
Stephen colbert has had some fun over CNN's plans to stream a feed of the Oct. 13 presidential debate using virtual-reality technology, but for the network - and the cable news business in general - it's serious business.Not only is this the first political...
N.Y. Film Festival Fashion Statements
?Whatever combination of shine serum and leave-in conditioner she applied is giving that mane some serious luster.XPetal pink is her color, and that sliver of skin showsoff her taut waistline, but the rest of this look is a bit too bleh.?Still, the berry...
Open Doors to the Recent Past
Marked by the presence of Martin Scorsese, who will receive the Lumiere trophy, the Lumiere Festival's seventh edition will balance older classics with films from the 1970s and 1980s while keeping in touch with contemporary talent and industry professionals."This...
Oscar Race Sees Flood of Female-Driven Pix
efreshingly, the lead actress Oscar race feels more competitive than ever this year. Step back and observe the landscape, and you quickly see why that is: The season has filled out with a number of female-driven narratives at a time when a lack of representation...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekMipcom Cancels Red Carpet After Destructive Cannes FloodsThe Mipcom international TV sales conference aborted Oct. 5's red carpet after flooding from heavy storms knocked out power and caused other problems at some hotels...
Screens Queen
PERFORMERS CAN ASCEND tO stardom via any number of paths in Hollywood: they can rise to prominence by virtue of their talent, or through the old standby of being in "the right place at the right time." There are also those figures whose route to the...
Showbiz's Real Action Heroes of 2015
Variety's Impact List features entertainment industry leaders breaking ground as discussions about gender equality gain tractionSTEPHANIE ALLENEXEC VP. VISUAL EFFECTS, PARAMOUNT PICTURESAllen has ushered through some of the most eye-popping vfx on big...
Spring Awakening
Spring AwakeningTHEATER: Brooks Atkinson; 1,026 seats; $149 topDIRECTOR: Michael ArdenSTARRING: Camryn Manheim, Marlee Matlin, Patrick Page, Russell HarvardFor nearly a quarter century, Deaf West Theatre has been pioneering opportunities for deaf actors...
Star-Studded Slate Beckons
Like many film festivals at this time of year, the Hamptons fest will feature lots of films in the awards conversation. The centerpiece films are "Spotlight," the true story of a Boston Globe investigation involving city politics and the Catholic church,...
The Last Kingdom
The Last KingdomSeries; BBC America, Sat. Oct. 10,10 p.m.WRITER: Stephen ButchardSTARRING: Alexander Dreymon, Emily Cox, David DawsonWith "Vikings" lustily pillaging its way through History, "The Last Kingdom" - a BBC America drama that covers very similar...
(There's) 93% Less Nudity - I Can Safely Say That Metric Is Accurate
Fresh off of "Community's" Yahoo season, Ken Jeong is headlining and producing his own show, ABC's medical comedy "Dr. Ken." Formerly a doctor in real life, the one he plays on TV is loosely based on his life. Jeong was leaving pre-production on the...
There's No Business like Female-Driven Show Business
It's good business to cast strong women in lead movie roles. Last summer's opening weekend was a master class on femi-nomics when "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Pitch Perfect 2" faced off on May 15 - and both films came out ahead."Mad Max: Fury Road," directed...
The Walk
FILM REVIEWThe WalkDIRECTOR: Robert ZemeckisSTARRING: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le BonIn "The Walk," Robert Zemeckis dares audiences to look down, zooming as fast as gravity, 110 stories from the top of the World TTade Center to the...
The Women Behind the Women of 'Suffragette'
When one hears the story of the British suffragette movement, it's hard to believe it's never been made into a major motion picture. That changed when filmmaker Sarah Gavron reunited with the team behind her 2007 directorial debut, "Brick Lane": writer...
Variety Creative Impact in Acting Honoree
Emily blunt will be honored with Variety's Creative Impact in Acting Award at a dinner at the Hamptons Inti. Film Festival on Oct. 11. It's a fitting location, as Blunt was named one of the fest's Rising Stars a decade ago.Speaking of Blunt's career...
Variety Presents the Class of 2015
Culled from screens big and small, emerging stars travel between indie and studio filmsChristopher AbbottPLUMBING DARK HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN 'WHITE'"A MOST VIOLENT YEAR," "Criminal Activities," "Martha Marcy May Marlene": none of the actor's films scream...
Veronica Ferres
GERMAN GIANTOne of the biggest stars in Germany, Veronica Ferres, who has toplined hit TV series, minis and movies for almost three decades, crossed into English-language productions with 2014's "Hector and the Search for Happiness." This year, the 50-yearold...
Wall Street Bets on Growth of INDIA TV
ow does a company that came last to market - a market that has lost its sheen with global investors - manage to launch a successful IPO on Wall Street?That's a question perhaps best answered by those who have backed Videocon 2dh, which in 2009 was the...
When Hayley Met Mateo
Love imitated art for Kelly Ripa and her 'All My Children' co-star Mark ConsuelosKelly Ripa earned more than three Daytime Emmy nominations and a legion of fans from her run as heroine Hayley Vaughan on "All My Children." The actress also met her future...
YouTube Superstar Nabs Sunset Plaza Pad
According to indefatigable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, it was 23-year-old YouTube megastar Jordan Maron who, via trust, plunked down more than $4.5 million for a sexed-up contemporary perched on a steep, city-view hillside high above L.A.'s...
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