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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. 325, No. 3, 2014

Adam Arkin Masters Segue to Directing
Action! the word is said quietly but emphatically, and the cast and crew on the set of "Masters of Sex" jump into motion. The man behind the video monitor is longtime actor Adam Arkin, and it's clear he commands respect from the director's chair. Sitting...
A Duller Ride Down Miller's Mean Streets
A Duller Ride Down Miller's Mean StreetsIt may be in 3D this time around, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's monotone, monochrome comicbook universe feels flatter than ever in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Rare indeed is the movie that features...
An Actor First, His 'Gandhi' Won 8 Oscars
To many in the industry, Richard Attenborough will always be synonymous with "Gandhi," which is understandable. The filmmaker, who died Aug. 24 at age 90, directed only a dozen films, and none of them matched his 1982 bio-epic.But Attenborough was also...
'As above, So Below' Doesn't Dig Too Deep
'As Above, So Below' Doesn't Dig Too DeepBeneath the streets of Paris lies a vast network of tunnels just waiting to be exploited by an enterprising found-footage film crew. Imagine the excitement of the rolling-boulder opening scene in "Raiders of the...
Beyond an Extreme Makeover
If the big banks were notoriously too big to fail, the TV awards process might finally have become too big to wrangle. 1 Granted, it's now expected Emmy nominations and awards will yield gripes from fans and critics, lamenting programs and performers...
Britney's 20/20 Vision
"WORK, BITCH."Unlike singer-songwriters, contemporary pop stars rarely have their songs viewed through an autobiographical prism, yet it's hard to miss the changes in Britney Spears' core messaging over the past years. Early in her career, when she was...
Cutting Costs Via Previs
At the Slggraph computer graphics conference in Vancouver earlier this month, Method Studios president Marc Weigert declared an ambitious goal: Make previsualization inexpensive enough to use for an entire feature film - more specifically, for the cost...
Desert Destiny Power Players
RICK CARUSOREAL ESTATE DEVELOPERRick Caruso, the man who brought the Grove to L.A.'s Farmers Market and the Americana to Glendale, has expanded his maxi-mall empire to Sin City with the Linq, a $550 million entertainment/shopping promenade."There are...
Dirt: Ultra High-End Prices Drive Up on S. Mapleton
Some folks in the know in Platinum Triangle real estate - people like real estate yenta Yolanda Yakettyyak - might argue there is not currently a more coveted address in all of Los Angeles than one along South Mapleton Drive in the perennially hoity-toity...
Fattened Credits Stand as Jobs Bill
Much of the focus of legislation to expand and extend California's film and TV production incentives has been on size. And while the present proposal would quadruple the annual amount of available tax credits to $400 million, the devil - or angels, depending...
Fresh Hope for Indie Film
In his new book, Ted Hope sees demand from new platforms for movies with niche appealstarted using the phrase "a complete systems reboot" to describe what was needed for the film industry. Unless this happened, we were fated to stay mired in an outdated...
'Game' Is a Losing Effort
'Game' Is a Losing EffortThe religion of high-school football commingles with plain old-fashioned religion in "When the Game Stands Tall," an inspirational sports drama (from Sony's inhouse, faith-based label Affirm Films) that goes long on rectitudinous...
Hired
Erik Andreasen- VP. Narrative Films- Sr. Director, DevelopmentParticipant MediaTrad Lynn Blackwell- Sr. VP. Current Programming-VP, Current ProgrammingThe CW NetworkBrian Bockrath-VP, Scripted Programming- Director, Scripted ProgrammingAMCAaron Ensweller-VP....
History's 'Houdini' a Real Head Case
History's 'Houdini' a Real Head CaseHistory channel's "Houdini" erects a cage from which even the renowned magician can't escape: Nicholas Meyer's misbegotten, heavy-handed, narrated-ad-nauseam script (which, in terms of early 20th-century figures, owes...
'I Felt Some Kind of Energy Enter the Room'
After a storied career as a producer, bandleader, bassist and composer, Rickey Minor was introduced to mainstream America as bandleader for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leño" and longtime musical director of "American Idol." Now he's taken over an old...
In Neon Mecca, Food Stars Shine Bright
What happens in vegas is now splashed across food blogs and foodie Twitter feeds, as the "Sin" in Sin City more often refers to overindulging at a celebrity chef's restaurant than gambling, drinking and cavorting with pole dancers.A constellation of...
Keaton's Heroic Comeback
A quarter-century after "Batman" ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles - hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch - a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, "Birdman or (The Unexpected...
Legendary Hollywood Shutterbug Is Still a Sure Shot
Legendary photographer Phil Stern is the man behind the lens for some of history's most intimate portraits of Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor. But he doesn't like to talk of his exploits. "You're...
Morning Glory
When "The West Wing" ended in 2006, Allison Janney was secretly terrified. 1 She worried she would never find another TV series role as powerful as the one she held in the Bartlet administration for seven seasons. She was nervous about being typecast...
MTV Intl.'s Got Social Media LIVE-WIRED
The power of live television and social media is helping to drive MTV Intl.'s global footprint and maximize opportunities for advertisers.Between the beginning of June and Aug. 16, the câbler produced eight live music events - from Durban, South Africa,...
My First Time in Variety
April 12,1950Inside TelevisionEva Marie Saint"I didn't want to be tied down for five years. I was doing terrific scripts in live television."Eva Marie Saint is among the greatest generation of actors to emerge from New York. With Stanislavski as scripture...
Photogs Rally to Help Kids Organization
One of Phil Stern's iconic Marilyn Monroe portraits is among the works up for auction this year to benefit City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, an organization that gives children in underprivileged areas of Los Angeles the chance to find outlets for...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"Overheard: 'I'm Canadian. I've never even seen a gun.'"Orlando Jones@TheOrlandoJones"No one's imprisoned here. It isn't meant to be like a goldfish bowl where they're completely...
Richard SAMMEL
CLAIM TO FAMEWhile European TV fans may know 53-year-old Richard Sammel as the Nazi police chief in love with the mayor of Villeneuve's wife in "Un Village Français," American moviegoers are more likely to remember him as the German sergeant at the wrong...
Summer Box Office Swings and Misses
Summer in Hollywood iced over early, and never recovered.Despite an August thaw that saw "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja T\irtles" shatter expectations, the summer box office will likely finish at its lowest point in eight years....
Taking Flight
Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making."It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable," says the 51-year-old filmmaker...
Tap These Apps
Snipp3twww.snipp3t.com freeAs if publicists and agents weren't busy enough monitoring how their clients appear online, now comes Snipp3t, a visually appealing app that aggregates news, images, video and social-media mentions for more than 10,000 celebs...
Under Comcast, NBC News Makes Plenty of Headlines
As Comcast awaited approval to acquire NBCUniversal, producer Peter Chemin interviewed CEO Brian Roberts at the 2010 Cable Show. Chemin wondered whether Roberts was truly ready for the headaches associated with owning NBC, particularly the controversy...
Vegas Banks on Britney Factor
"IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME" has always been a fairly safe operating principle in Las Vegas, at least as far as the gambling, partying masses are concerned. Whether it's a safe bet for attracting marquee name pop stars to desert residencies, however,...
YouTube Nets Battle for Established Stars
Proof that they're part of a maturing industry, YouTube multichannel networks are increasingly fighting to sign deals with creators who can deliver millions of eyeballs. In recent months, top digital stars have found new homes to handle the business...
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