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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. 12, 2015

Banking on Digital
Pay TV giant Canal Plus is banking on OTT to expand its footprint in Gaul and around the world with more original content in French and English.A year after the launch of Netflix in France, Canal Plus' streaming platform Canalplay still boasts more paying...
Best of the Fest
ANTES MUERTA QUE LICHITA (l'D RATHER BE DEAD THAN ORDINARY)Televisa, MexicoThis tale of female empowerment centers on Lichita, played by Maite Perroni, who has been toiling at an ad agency for eight years, and her struggle for recognition. Includes a...
Blurring the Line between TV Reality and Actual Reality
The new Fox series "The Grinder" is built around an amusing premise that's really just a variation on an old joke: An actor played a lawyer on TV for so long that people - including the star himself - actually think he knows his way around a courtroom.Similarly,...
Colorful Looks from This Week in London
While this isa bit too prim and proper, the hair and makeup looks are petty.The dress silhouette is flattering. but the print and glittery metallIc fabric give it a cheapy sheen.Her accessories seem to be at odds: the pearl earrings take this into Norman...
Debra Winger Lands Co-Op in New York City
Veteran actress Debra Winger has worked only sporadically, and kept a fairly low profile since the mid-'90s, when she all but retired from show business to focus on her family. However, the three-time Oscar nominee will return next year with a co-starring...
Eva Longoria Fulfills Her Vision to Redefine Roles
SHE'S AN UNSTOPPABLE force in Hollywood. Eva Longoria has done it all. The 40-year-old can call herself, a producer, writer, actor, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist. She attributes her success to the women in her family.Variety Latino's...
Fest Highlights and Honorees
his year's San Diego Film Festival again partners with Variety to honor four stars: Adrien Brody will receive the O nema Vanguard Award; the Reframed Humanitarian Award will go to Geena Davis; the Auteur Award Is being given to Brit Marling; and John...
Fest Turns Spotlight on Gender Equality
THE BFI LONDON Film Festival opens Oct. 7 with "Suffragette," the story of the Brit women who fought for equal rights to vote a century ago. It is clear, though, that when it comes to gender equality in the filmed entertainment industry, much is still...
Freeheld
TORONTOFreeheldDIRECTOR: Peter SollettSTARRING: Julianne Moore, Ellen PageIt may be a sign of the sweeping changes that have occurred in the gay-rights arena that "Freeheld" - a fact-based drama about two New Jersey women who fought for due recognition...
Frills, Chills Mix for 'Peak' Costumes
Kate Hawley has long lamented - mostly in jest - that on her films, she never gets to design the lovely "frocks" she does for the stage. "Every time my agent rings, I go, 'Please tell me it's a frock film,"' she says with a laugh.With "Crimson Peak,"...
Getting Fired Up for Every Film
Lionsgate U.K.'s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production...
Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2DIRECTOR: Genndy TartakovskyVOICES: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena GomezDracula and his monsterhotel cohorts are still struggling to accept others' differences in "Hotel Transylvania 2," a doggedly frantic sequel that hews to...
In Love with Monsters
GUILLERMO DEL TORO HAS ALWAYS BEEN TERRIFIED AND CAPTIVATED BY THE SUPERNATURAL.His latest big-screen endeavor, "Crimson Peak," marks the ninth movie in which the director explores otherworldly phenomena, and incorporates a recurring element of what...
International Shows to Know
ELLEN DEGENERESFOUNDER. A VERY GOOD PRODUCTION'Ellen's Design Challenge' on HGTV is one of the few genuine new reality hits of 2015 and already looks like a long-term player.Secret to "Ellen's Design Challenge" success: "It's relatable. Everyone has...
I Saw the Light
TORONTOI Saw the LightDIRECTOR: Marc AbrahamSTARRING: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley WhitfordLike a sonnet, or a hymn, Hank Williams' songs are timeless both because of and in spite of their structural limitations, using primary colors to drill...
Italy Seeks Int'l Partners
Does the european entertainment industry really need another major fall content market in Europe?More than a decade after the shuttering of Milan's Mifed mart, the answer may actually be: "yes."That, at least, is the premise behind Rome's new Mercato...
Judge's Ruling May Boost 'Midnight Rider' Plaintiffs
It's been just over six months since "Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller began serving a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges in the Feb. 20, 2014, death of Sarah Jones in an on-set train accident. But civil litigation in the...
Kristopher Tapley: In Contention
It's perhaps appropriate that a film called "Truth" is gearing up for this year's awards race, with other movies on the circuit already weathering the usual criticisms regarding the dramatization of real-life events.At the Telluride Film Festival, "Steve...
Local Competition Fires Up Chile's TV Biz
In a globalized international TV business, which will converge in Cannes for the Mipcom trade fair Oct. 5-8, there are no limits to the ambition of even the world's smaller countries. And those ambitions can often run through alliances with and sales...
Lost in Hong Kong
Lost in Hong KongDIRECTOR: Xu ZhengSTARRING: Xu Zheng. Bao Beier, Vicki ZhaoLike Ashley Madison subscribers, a bra designer pursues an elusive transgression in "Lost in Hong Kong," a tamer but still agreeable follow-up to helmer-thesp Xu Zheng's directorial...
Market-Savvy Distrib Turns Film Angel
British movie distributor Lionsgate U.K., which was acquired by its Hollywood parent 10 years ago, has always prided itself on its independent and entrepreneurial spirit, and on its support for Brit filmmakers."We are passionate about British movies,"...
Must Attend
SEPT. 29TUESDAYCONCERTMusic fans like Bryce Dallas Howard, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Armfe Hammer, Elizabeth Chambers and Joshua Malina will be on hand as the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrates Its 2015/16 season with a glitzy opening night gala....
My First Time in Variety
April 22, 1959"Bartlett on 'Unforgiven'"Burt Reynolds"I rode into a shot, and there was some gi ft shooting. I was supposed to get off the horse, (but it) dumped me.... I stepped off as we went down and rolled. Apparently, ijAooked pretty good. The director...
Nets Scramble to Put a Fast Spin on Ratings
hey rise before dawn, ready for battle, and a race against the clock. A hardy group of broadcast network PR and research executives are waging a daily spin war during premiere season as overnight ratings are disseminated for new and returning fall shows.The...
New Mix for the Leftovers
Consider yourself reassured: There's nothing wrong with your TV. From the first minute of "The Leftovers," it's clear the second season is a departure from the first. Well, make that the first 10 minutes.The opening sequence is a nearly silent, almost...
Newsfeed
Netflix Picks Up 'Jane the Virgin/ 'Zoo,' 'Colony'Netflix has acquired global streaming rights to three TV shows: CW's acclaimed telenovela "Jane the Virgin," USA's upcoming dystopian drama "Colony" and CBS'thriller "Zoo." The deals for the shows come...
On the Spot: Mark Gordon
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO executive producer Mark Gordon made the transition from film to television, bringing series such as "Grey's Anatomy," "Ray Donovan" and "Criminal Minds" to the small screen with great success. Since Entertainment One acquired 51% of...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekVin Diesel Confirms Final 'Fast & Furious' TrilogyVin Diesel is promising fans of the "Fast & Furious" franchise three last rides. The actor wrote on Facebook that he plans to produce a finishing trilogy of films:...
Rising Stars Show Crossover Potential
Diego BonetaSINGER CAN 'SCREAM' WITH THE BESTBoneta was only 12 when he participated in the hit reality show "Codigo F.A.M.A," which helped launch his singing career. He became a household name in Latin America after starring in 2005's "Rebelde." Before...
Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale Buy Brooklyn Townhouse
Two-time Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale ("Will & Grace," "Boardwalk Empire") and "Damages" actress Rose Byrne, coupled since 2012, have splashed out $2.15 million for a three story towmhouse property on a treelined street in Brooklyn's historic Boerum...
Small-Screen Reality Check
IS REALITY DEAD? Far from it.Despite a dearth of recent breakout hits in the genre, it seems that everything old is new again - and is still working.ABC's "The Bachelor" is booming with an after-show for its third spinoff; "America's Got Talent" just...
Soaps Bubble with Fresh Formats
EVEN FOR THE time-honored telenovela things are changing. In recent years, the ubiquitous Internet and the proliferation of platforms have impacted attention spans and viewing habits and telenovela producers worldwide have been slashing the number of...
Speed Dating
At the core of Rome's new MIA market is the New Cinema Network, which launched a decade ago. Now that more than 200 projects have come through this platform for projects in advanced stages of development - and about half of these completed financing...
Stars and Veterans Get Cinematic Salute
Now in its 14th year, the San Diego Film Festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, bills itself as "5 Days, 100+ films - binge watching for film lovers." And in the crowded fall festival landscape it has managed to separate itself from the...
Stonewall
TORONTOStonewallDIRECTOR: Roland EmmerichSTARRING: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny BeauchampBest known for such spectacledriven blockbusters as "2012" and "The Day After Tomorrow," Roland Emmerich has made his reputation exploiting audience's anxieties over what...
Swift Swoops in on BevHills Goldwyn Pad
We've now heard from several trusted canaries, including Our Fairy Godmother in Bel-Air and the inestimable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak - who says she'll swear on an ocean of Dom Perignon that it was famously property-mad pop-country crossover...
Ten U.K. Films Backed by Lionsgate U.K
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"director: Burr Steerscast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Hustonlogune: 19th-century England is overrun with the undead, and heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a martial-arts expert."Brooklyn"DIRECTOR: John CrowleyCAST: Saoirse...
The Intern
FILM REVIEWThe InternDIRECTOR: Nancy MeyersSTARRING: Anne Hathaway. Robert De NiroBehind at least one successful woman stands an older, wiser man. That, at least, is the chief takeaway from "The Intern," a perky generationgap fable that sneaks some surprisingly...
The New Normal
Turkish soap operas are big business in South America. So is K-pop music. If that's news to you, you're not alone."If you had told me that three years ago, I'd have probably asked you to send over what you were drinking," says Jonathan Stern, Fusion's...
The Truth Behind 'Truth': Journos Work without a Net
Hal Wallis, the great, grizzled producer, once told me that no one should ever pitch a movie that can't be summed up in a single sentence - one without commas or clauses.I pondered his advice after I saw the new film "Truth." Setting aside its portentous...
Thrill Ride
n 2010, Amit Cohen was working as a journalist for the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv when the news broke of a team of traveling spies taking out a top-ranked terrorist. But in doing so revealed their cover: forged passports based on the real identities...
Trends
Alaska: Reality's North StarAmerica's 49th state, Alaska, boasts two dozen or so shows, from NatGeo's surging "Life Below Zero" to Discovery's "Alaskan Bush People " "Alaska: The Last Frontier" and "Bering Sea Gold," among others.Chris Dorsey, president...
Turkish Delights
THE OTTOMANS ARE back, and they're far from alone.Turkey is the honored guest at Mipcom this year, and attendees will be among the first to glimpse the country's most anticipated show, "Magnificent Century: Kosem." The costume drama from TIMS Prods,...
Unscripted Hitmakers Keep It Real
CRIS ABREGO AND CHARLIE CORWINCO-CHAIRMEN AND CO-CEOS. ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICAFollowing the past year's merger of Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media Group, the combined company now oversees stalwart franchises including "MasterChef,'' "Big Brother"...
Wild Bunch Rides onto SMALL SCREEN
Paris-based pan-European producer-distributor-sales agent Wild Bunch, which won its fifth Palme d'Or this year with Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan," is heeding the siren song of television.Wild Bunch is the latest French studio to step into TV, following...
Writer Jack Larson Was Jimmy Olsen
REMEMBEREDJack Larson, best known for his role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died Sept. 20 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.Larson played the wide-eyed co-worker of Clark Kent (George Reeves) at the Daily Planet on "Adventures...
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