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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. 2, 2015

All in All, Waters Seems like Another Brick in the Paywall
Just because you're a rock star doesn't make you right.In case you missed it, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters railed against techies in the London Times behind a paywall, accusing Silicon Valley and the music industry of "stealing every f-king cent anybody...
Amy
CANNES REVIEWAmyDIRECTOR: Asif KapadiaWITH: Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett, Salaam Remi"S1elf-destructive" is the label commonly attached by armchair pop psychologists to tragic figures like Amy Winehouse, the nervy, unruly and viciously talented British...
Balthazar Getty Puts Up Nichols Canyon Compound
Just as we first heard from plugged-in Platinum Triangle real estate mover and shaker Peter Propertyseller, actor and oil heir Balthazar Getty ("Brothers & Sisters") has put his extensively rehabbed contemporary compound near the top of LAs Nichols...
Bast Was Prolific TV Writer, Biographer
William Bast, who wrote and produced TV series "The Colbys" and was also known for his two biographies of James Dean, died May 4 in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's. He was 84. From 1985-87, Bast, with his partner, Paul Huson, wrote and...
Buyers Have Plenty of Holes to Fill
As international television executives descend on Los Angeles this week for the annual LA Screenings sales market for new network series, buyers come into the process armed with more information than in years past, because many were able to watch live...
Crawford Adds Malibu Spread
Since the late 1990s supermodel Cindy Crawford and restaurant, bar and booze entrepreneur Rande Gerber have owned a magnificent, multistructure oceanfront compound along Malibu's scenic and fashionable Encinal Bluffs. Now, so swears superstar real estate...
Creating a Vivid Utopia from the Ground Up
When Scott Chambliss first read the script for "Tomorrowland," he drew a blank.Back in September 2012, writer Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird, then in pre-production on the Disney film that opens May 22, were still struggling to find the right...
Crowe's Starry 'Aloha' Surfs under the Radar
WITH ACCI-AIMKD EARLY Films "Say Anything ..." and "Jerry Maguire" - his first writing credit was "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" - Cameron Crowe made a charmed transition from babyfaced rock journalist to Hollywood filmmaker of distinction. By the mid-1990s,...
Extra Deep Insight
He's a filmmaker who has not made a film," says director Saar Klein of composer Marc Streitenfeld. "He discusses things on a story level. He has an overall macro understanding of the film. And incredible taste."The two met while Klein was editing "The...
Film Business Flight Plan Gains ALTITUDE
It's been three years since U.K. industry veteran Will Clarke launched Altitude Film Entertainment, and in that time, the production-sales-distribution outfit has learned how to navigate a changing market and, more importantly, established a successful...
Future Vision Has Posterity in Mind
With a project like NTomorrowland,N Brad Bird naturally found himself thinking about the future, but in his case, that meant more than filling the movie with jetpacks and other gee-whiz inventions. From the moment he signed on to direct the Disney tentpole,...
Ghostbusting Is Only the First Task on Star's Jam-Packed List
One of the busiest women in the business, Melissa McCarthy recently completed shooting the film "Michelle Darnell," playing a woman going to prison for insider trading. The film is directed by her real-life husband, Ben Falcone, who previously directed...
Hera Hilmar
MOM'S THE WORDBetween seasons of shooting the Starz historical fantasy skein "Da Vinci's Demons," where she plays Vanessa Moschella, a free-spirited Florentine barmaid and now expectant mother to the Medici heir, Hera Hilmar returned to her homeland...
In Search of the Lost Chord
MARC STREITENFEID - the composer of "Prometheus," "American Gangster" and the upcoming "Poltergeist" - can trace his musical roots back to a 19th-century troubadour whose family was executed after he wrote a song mocking the emperor of Germany."Which...
It's Sacrilegious to Turn Down a Great Role
Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold, the uberaggressive agent with angermanagement issues, becomes a Hollywood studio mogul in "Entourage," the bigscreen take on the bro-tastic HBO series, which Fox opens June 5. Piven is also in London filming the new season of...
LA Screenings Highlights
Dtmey Media DistributionABC Studios is fielding a diverse slate of eight new hours, ranging from female-led thrillers ("The Catch." "Quantico") to a biblical epic ("Of Kings and Prophets") and a medical franchise for CBS ("Code Black"). "Criminal Minds"...
Movers & Shakers
Carlos Bobadllla- Principal, Head, Literary DivisionValor Ent. Group- principalAnimo Ent.Leslie Ferraro- PresidentDisney Consumer Products- Exec VP, Global Marketing, Sales & Travel OperationsWalt Disney Parks and ResortsBrandon Guzmán- Principal,...
My First Time in Variety
October 18, 1974"Taking Tiger Mountain"Bill Paxton's acting resume includes a host of fearless characters, including his multi-Golden Globe-nominated turn as a polygamous Mormon patriarch in HBO's "Big Love," astronaut Fred Haise in "Apollo 13" and Texas...
Networks Build on the Familiar
Reboots, revivals and movie adaptations, oh my.That felt like the overarching theme of this year's broadcast upfronts, which saw the networks exhibiting a bit of spring in their step thanks to this season's hits like "Empire" and "How to Get Away With...
Our Little Sister
CANNES REVIEWOur Little SisterDIRECTOR: Hirokazu Kore-edaSTARRING: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu HiroseMarking the subtle transitions in the lives of three sisters after they take under their wing a teenage half-sibling they never knew, "Our...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories'Gonna miss Letterman. They'll be no one else at that hour where I can say, 'At least I look better than him.' "Albert Brooks@AlbertBrooks"I spoke to Bob Iger - since we have...
Power to the Producers
Content is indeed king.The transformation of the "TV business" into the "content business" has accelerated to a gallop, forcing the industry to face the harsh realities of trying to run a traditional network in an on-demand world.The signs of upheaval...
'Rock' Solid Career
PLAUSIBILITY ISN'T USUALLY a concern for the fans who flock to see action star Dwayne Johnson flex his formidable muscles onscreen. But just like the wrestler-actor himself, his May 27 release, "San Andreas," which revolves around a catastrophic earthquake,...
Sequins, Lace and Canes Star at Cannes
Michelle looks best when playing up her tomboyish. androgynous quality.This dress looks like she's forcing a girtyness that's not there.The ring is fun, but she could have used earrings, makeup and a more youthful hairdo to balance the matronly look...
Sicario
CANNES REVIEWSicariodirectors: Denis Villeneuvestarring: Emily Blunt. Benicio Del Toro. Josh BrolinTwo years after making his U.S. debut with the crackeijack kidnapping drama "Prisoners," FrenchCanadian director Denis Villeneuve ups his own ante with...
Sprocket Opera Develops Social Awareness
When filmmakers and film lovers converge once again May 21 for Hawaii's Big Island Film Festival, they'll have something extra to celebrate: This year marks the event's 10th edition.What started as a modest fest in 2006 with about 600 attendees has grown...
Spying Some Luck in Her Life
TipsheetWHAT: Melissa McCarthy receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.WHEN: 11a.m. May 19 WHERE: 6927 Hollywood Blvd.WEB: walkoffame.comWHEN IT COMES TO COMEDY, Melissa McCarthy admits she was "hit with a lucky stick."Growing up in Illinois, the...
Standing Tall
CANNES REVIEWStanding Talldirectors-. Emmanuelle Bercotstarring: Catherine Deneuve, Rod ParadotIt takes the entire juvenile justice system to raise a child in "Standing Till," French director Emmanuelle Bercot's earnest homage to the unflagging dedication...
Static, Ambient Noise Permeate 'Poltergeist' Score
Composer Marc Streitenfeld, vacationing in a villa in Florence, Italy, felt guilty about not working on "Poltergeist," his latest assignment So he pulled out his laptop, plugged in the keyboard, and heard "this weird static interference," he says. "It...
Texas Rising
TV REVIEWTexas RisingMINISERIES: History. Mon. May 25.9 p.m.WRITERS: Leslie Greif, Darrell Fetty. George NihilSTARRING: Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinezalching the first six horn's of"Texas Rising," a wonderfully cast and otherwise...
The Tale of Tales
CANNES REVIEWThe Tale of TalesDIRECTOR: Matteo CarroneSTARRING: Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Toby JonesIn this era of fairy-tale prequels, sequels and spinoffs, how often do we encounter stories of wicked queens, licentious...
Tomorrowland
FILM REVIEW JUSTIN CHANGTomorrowlanddirector: Brad Birdstarring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson. Raffey CassidyIn his Pixar triumphs "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," writer-director Brad Bird proved himself not just a wizardly storyteller...
Top Ten Dave Legacies
BEGINNING WITH "LATF. NIGHT" on NBC in 1982 and then with the "Late Show With David Letterman" on CBS in 1993, the gap-toothed, be-spectacled, Indiana-born "Dave" became America's most exceptional everyman - finding unconventional ways to point out the...
Tv's Super Star
The couch in Greg Berlanti's spacious office on the Warner Bros, lot is crowded with needlepointed throw pillows, all gifts from his mother - one for each of his series, the successes along with the noble failures. There's "Everwood," "Political Animals,"...
TV Vet Embeds in Battle to Tell Story of U.S. Troops
You're ricky Schröder, and you're taking a risk like never before.You're a Hollywood veteran, but you've undertaken a project with no distributor and the most uncertain of futures. You're basically guaranteed to go over budget - with no revenue in place,...
With AOL, Verizon Aims to Rebuild TV for Mobile Age
Verizon's $4.4 billion cash deal for AOL left some pundits befuddled: What in heaven's name was the nation's No. 1 wireless carrier thinking in buying an aging Internet brand?The answer: The telco is looking to use AOL's ad technology - and trove of...
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