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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. 328, No. 16, 2015

A Family Affair
Clayton peters has always been in the habit of looking out for his younger brother. Growing up in Brampton, Canada, the two were latchkey kids and it was Clayton's job to keep an eye on Russell. And whenever someone tried to beat him up, Russell wasn't...
Ant-Man
FILM REVIEWAnt-ManDIRECTOR: Peyton ReedSTARRING: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael DouglasThe Marvel Cinematic Universe can be an awfully big, noisy and repetitive place to spend your time and money, but at its best, it can also allow...
Brazilian YouTubers Channel FRESH COMEDY
Latin American talent has energized the global film market with movies like "Wild Tales," "Instructions Not Included," "We Are the Nobles" and "Gloria." Now, a Brazilian comedy troupe has joined the fray, parlaying Internet stardom into a touring legit...
Caa V. Uta Opening Rounds Get Ugly
The legal battle between CAA and UTA over the agent defections that rocked the talent representation biz in March is still in the earliest phase of discovery, and already getting nasty.Sparring between the lawyers in the suit filed on the heels of the...
Casting a Wider Net
How dramatically is the world changing for Hollywood's largest talent agencies? Three words: Professional Bull Riders.WME/IMG's acquisitions in April of the Pueblo, Colo.-based sports outfit underscores how talent agencies are searching far and wide...
Dance of Reinvention Didn't Always Suit Jerry Weintraub
No one could have invented Jerry Weintraub except Jerry Weintraub."That was Weintraub's self-assessment, delivered in 2010 as he was promoting his memoir, and I admired the line for its candor as well as its narcissism. Weintraub was, in fact, a master...
Event Planner Helps Stars Take Final Bow
WHEN "PRETTY WOMAN" executive producer Laura Ziskin died in June 2011 from breast cancer, Alison Bossert helped her stand up to cancer one last time.During Ziskin's memorial service, mourners could donate to the organization that Ziskin co-founded with...
Givin Back
While he doesn't have a charitable organization set up, Russell Peters is, by all accounts, a very generous guy."There are always people staying at his home," says manager Paul Canterna, about Peters' spacious Malibu mansion.He also endowed a scholarship...
Highlighting Rising Yuksters
Nate BargatzeCOMEDY CENTRAL'S 'MAGIC' MAN"You make people laugh growing up and stuff," says Bargatze in his signature laid-back drawl, talking about his first forays into performing. "And you just hope it translates over to people you don't know." Bargatze...
Hi Ho Silver Anni!
Russell peters feels a little shortchanged. Variety is celebrating the Canadian comic of Anglo-Indian descent for his 25 years in comedy at the Montreal Just for Laughs fest, but, he jokes, he's been in comedy for 26 years.Still, he's pretty thrilled...
Icm Fighting to Regain Stature
Esther Newberg has been a titan among book agents for nearly 40 years. But the co-head of publishing at ICM Partners still enjoyed a career first last year when she played matchmaker between two agency clients: Katie Holmes and author Annie Weatherwax.Holmes...
If This Show Works, It's Because of Liz Gillies
Denis Leary ("Rescue Me") returns to FX July 16 with raunchy comedy "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," in which he plays an egomaniacal fiftysomething has-been musician, vying for the limelight. Leary created the show, exec produces and stars as...
Karate Kid Recalls What Producer Taught Him
I don't think anyone forgets the first time they meet Jerry Weintraub. For me, one of my earliest memories of him was on the set of the original "The Karate Kid" in 1983. He was in his office at Bungalow 1 of the Columbia Pictures lot. He had a golf...
My First Time in Variety
August 2, 1978"Shadows of a Hot Summer"Jiri Bartoska"They sacked a number of professors who didn't fulfill the political requirements. It left us with a feeling of defeat on the one hand, but on the other also a feeling of defiance - that fighting it...
Off the Main Road
LEGIT REVIEWOff the Main RoadTHEATER: '62 Center for Theater & Dance at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.; 511 seats; $65PLAYWRIGHT: William IngeSTARRING: Kyra Sedgwick, Estelle Parsons, Mary WisemanFaye Garrit is an immediately recognizable...
Paper Towns
FILM REVIEWPaper TownsDIRECTOR: Jake SchreierSTARRING: Nat Wolff, Cara DelevingneThe title of "Paper Towns" refers to a trick that cartographers use to keep their maps from being copied by competitors. But it also describes, in a less literal sense,...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekRyan Reynolds Wows Comic-Con With 'Deadpool' TrailerRyan Reynolds' superhero slump may be over. The actor's "Deadpool," the X-Men spinoff that he has been eager to get into theaters for more than a decade, debuted its first...
School of Hard Knocks
The partners behind William Morris Endeavor's $2.4 billion acquisition of IMG Worldwide set out to build something monumental.But a little more than a year after closing the blockbuster transaction, the WME/IMG regime is busy mending strained client...
Self/less
FILM REVIEWSelf/lessDIRECTOR: Tarsem SinghSTARRING: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew GoodeAbrand new you that just might be the old someone else is the quandary at the center of "Self/less," an initially intriguing parable about man's lust for...
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
TV REVIEWSex & Drugs & Rock & RollSERIES: FX, Thurs. July 16,10 p.m.WRITER: Denis LearySTARRING: Denis Leary, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" is a great title, a good premise and a just-OK show. That's...
Sharif's Versatility Made Him an Acting Chameleon
There is a shot in "Doctor Zhivago" in which Omar Sharif's face is almost entirely veiled in shadow, focused on the woman who will soon become his lover. For all the visual sweep of David Lean's 1965 romance, it contains few images this telling or revealing:...
Shorter Windows: Bold Move or Bad Precedent?
By partnering with AMC and Cineplex to make two low-budget horror films available in the home earlier than they would normally be, Paramount didn't shatter the traditional release window - but it did find a way to crack it open a bit.The deal is symbolically...
Show Timing Is a Wild Card for Emmy Noms
COME THURSDAY MORNING, amid the usual flood of congratulatory tweets and phone calls after Emmy nominations are announced, there's also going to be a swarm of second-guessing: Where did we go wrong? Because while this year famously produced more high-quality...
Smaller Room Comedy Boom
The staples center in Los Angeles is filled to the brim with nearly 20,000 fans watching Kevin Hart perform during the BET Experience, a four-day event leading up to the BET Awards in June. A projection of the Los Angeles skyline glimmers on a screen...
Stan Lee Plays Pricing Game on the Sunset Strip
A late-1930s residence in the heart of the fashionable Bird Streets neighborhood above the perennially chic Sunset Strip - owned by former Marvel Comics president and chairman Stan Lee - has popped back up for sale with an asking price of $4.3 million....
State Budget Cuts Imperil Bayou Biz
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jinda!, running for president on the GOP ticket, is, perhaps ironically facing some of his toughest criticism from a sector of the business community: film and TV producers who have generated new jobs in his home state.The reason:...
Viacom Exec Doug Herzog Buys NYC Condo
Along with a big new promotion to president of the restructured and renamed Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, veteran showbiz exec Doug Herzog upgraded his residential circumstances - so we first heard from Big Apple property snitch Polly Wannacracker...
Victoria Atkin
TR ANSFORM ATIOfrIn 2010, the first TV role British actress Victoria Atkin landed after graduating from London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama was a groundbreaker: transgender teen Jasmine/Jason Costello in Channel 4 soap opera "Hollyoaks."...
With Weintraub, the Focus Was on Backing Top Talent
I was just getting ready to email him about our lunch. Literally. My plan was to get off the phone and then send him a note. Circling back after he had reached out multiple times before I went to Paris. And while I was on hold, I found out he had died.I've...
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