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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. 1, 2014

All in the Eyes of Gold Beholders
As in all competitions, there are favorites and then there are those that are equally deserving but. for one reason or another, don't roll into the big awards night as consensus pack-leaders. Here, Variety staffers pick their wish list of slightly left-field...
Ask the Governor
In April 2013, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed the so-called "Breaking Bad" bill to increase the state's incentives for film and television production.The action erased a what had been a partial interruption in the state's longstanding and generous...
City Support Is Key to Business Growth
For those who've been following the development of the film industry in New Mexico across the past decade, there's a word that has continually popped up whenever anyone in the state has discussed the crew base of the future: "permanent."What might have...
Clooney Turns Spotlight on Bad Actors
Almost four years ago, George Clooney looked up at the East African stars and wondered why no one was looking back."About nine people had just been slaughtered in a town near us, so we're sleeping out in the desert," he recounted to Variety from his...
Coffee Clash
Like most duels, this one starts at dawn.About 5,000 people, some of them dressed in purple wigs or stars-andstripes hats, have lined up outside Rumsey Playfield in New York's Central Park in the wee hours of what will turn out to be a beautiful June...
Compromise Yields Jobs
OVER THE PAST DECADE, thanks to its aggressive tax rebate, New Mexico has positioned itself as a filmmaking and TV production magnet that's attracted over $2 billion in spending - including such projects as "Breaking Bad," the new "Manhattan" series,...
Dirt: Faye Resnick Sells to Jack Huston in Hollywood Hills
Decorator and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" regular Faye Resnick sold a newly refurbished residence in a famously celebritypacked nook of the Hollywood Hills for $2.29 million. Resnick, who penned a pair of scandalous books on the O.J. Simpson...
Dripping, Not Gripping
Dripping, Not GrippingInto The StormDirector: Steven QualeStarring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne CalliesBack in ye olde summer of 1996, few could have imagined that we would eventually look back fondly on Jan de Bont's "Twister" as the kind of movie...
Essence Captured
Of the five music categories in the Primetime Emmy Awards, the music direction category seems to be the least understood outside music circles. And yet the stakes couldn't be higher, with four of the six nominees live broadcasts.In the case of NBC's...
First City Fest Draws on Monterey Pop's Legacy
In summer 1967, the sleepy town of Monterey, Calif., roared to life - hosting the first, and only, Monterey Pop Festival at its county fairgrounds. Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire, Janis Joplin redefined the blues and Otis Redding staged a soul revue...
For Marvel, 'Guardians' Glow Raises New Danger
As credits rolled on "Guardians of the Galaxy," a thought came to mind: Everybody at Marvel slapping high-fives should be forced to watch the movie with someone who is unfamiliar with the comics, then quiz them regarding what happened - or who exactly...
Fun Sequel Boasts Fluid Laffs
Fun Sequel Boasts Fluid LaffsThe Inbetweeners 2Director: Damon BeesleyStarring: Simon Bird, James BuckleyFollowing the astonishing $88 million worldwide haul of the 2011 sitcom spinoff "The Inbetweeners Movie" ($71 million of which was grossed in the...
Golden Touch Reaches beyond Globes
"EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL I've h1eard actors I admire thanking I the Hollywood Foreign Press in their Golden Globe speeches," Cal State L.A. student Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni says. "I never could have imagined then that this same organization would...
Got to Give It Up
J/P HAITIAN RELIEF ORGFour years after Haiti was shattered by a giant earthquake, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (1), the nonprofit started by Sean Penn, is working to rebuild communities and support the Haitian people. Through its programs, which include...
Hays Antes Up for SAG Foundation Fundraiser
Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?Ted. Striker: Surely you can't be serious.Rumack: I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley.Robert Hays is quick to admit he's more than OK with being remembered primarily as Ted Striker in "Airplane!""My...
Here Come the Grooms
Love Is Strange* is one of the rare movies anchored by gay characters that's not defined by sex.The story is set in a post-gay-rights Manhattan where marriage is legal for George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John IJthgow). longtime partners who gel hitched...
Hip, Hilarious and Heartwarming
Most valuable players and top memorable momentsVARIETY SERIES"THF. COLBERT REPORT"( 1 ) (Comedy Central)Before dropping his cocky, right-wing persona in 2015 for Letterman's "Late Show" chair, Stephen Colbert is soaking up the adulation to the end of...
Hired
Michael Andreen- Senior VP, ProductionFox Inti. Prods.- Consultant, ProducerNarratologyJavier A vit la- Exec VP. Legal A Business Affairs-Senior VP, Business AffairsCBS Studios Inti.Paul Candland- PresidentThe Walt Disney Co., Asia- PresidentWalt Disney...
Incentives and Filmmaking Expertise Both Taking Root
New Mexico production is often synonymous with bigname network and studio tentpoles, but the same incentives that lure Hollywood's biggest players to the state foster more modest filmmaking.Take local producer Marshall Bear. The local film and TV tax...
In 'Legends,' Thrills Go Undercover
In 'Legends,' Thrills Go UndercoverLegendsSeries; TNT, Wed. Aug. 13, 9 p.m.Writers: Mark Bomback, Jeffrey NachmanoffStarring: Sean Bean, Ali LarterGiven how Sean Bean left his last series role, it's nice to see him in one piece on "Legends," inasmuch...
It's Getting Old, Guys
It's Getting Old, GuysThe Expendables 3Director: Patrick HughesStarring: Sylvester Stallone. Jason StathamIn the moviegoer's hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 "Expendables" is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of "Tokyo Story." Or, to put it in...
Key Emmy Twists
Every awards season introduces a few innovations to the age-old traditions and this year's Emmy season saw some swell new trends:1 Láveme CoxIn the history of the Emmys. how is it possible that no transgender person has received an acting nomination...
L.A. Crews Offset Puny Incentives
The California Film Commission recently found that 83% of projects that apply for, and don't receive, its tax credit incentive decide to film outside California.Among those that stay, only a few are major studio releases. Indeed, much of the shooting...
Legendary Comedian Battled Internal Strife
ROBIN WILLIAMS 1951-2014THE FRENETIC JOY with which Robin Williams practiced comedy might have been all that was remembered of his career had he not also excelled in diametrically different film roles of quiet poignancy, like his Oscar-winning turn in...
Lithgow's Lament Lifts 'Lear'
Lithgow's Lament Lifts 'Lear'King LearDelacorte Theater; 1,800 seats; freeDirector Dan SullivanStarring: John Lithgow. Annette BeningJohn Lithgow has a great gift for playing comedy high ("Dirty Rotten Scoundrels") and low ("3rd Rock From the Sun")....
Master Blender of Art, Schlock and Showmanship
Menahem Golan, who died Aug. 8 at age 85, loved movies, perhaps too much. At its height, Cannon Films - the Hollywood studio Golan ran with his cousin Yoram Globus - was releasing nearly one film per week: an eclectic bounty of awards bait and bottom-drawer...
Megabucks Funding Foray Puts RatPac on H'wood's Star Map
I usually nod off when a slate deal is announced (I don't really care how a studio funds its movies), but the Warner Bros.-RatPac arrangement has piqued my interest.As negotiations evolved (the basics of the pact were announced in April), it's clear...
Mighty BLIGHTY
As Hollywood struggles to keep a leash on runaway production, recent tweaks to already robust U.K. film and TV tax incentives have created a boom in Blighty."We have an unprecedented amount of inquiries we are dealing with," says Adrian Wootton, chief...
Music Supervisors Strike Grace Notes
Some of music supervision's leading lights visited Variety recently to talk shop. Participants included Guild of Music Supervisors president Maureen Crowe ("Chicago," "The Bodyguard"); Anton Monsted, senior VP of Fox Music, who helped craft Baz Luhrmann's...
My First Time in Variety
March 9, 1977ChicagoThe versatile William H. Macy has an impressive list of credits as an actor, writer, director and producer. Now, Emmy-nominated for his role as Frank Gallagher - possibly the worst father on TV - in Showtime's Chicago-set "Shameless,"...
'My Options: Work in a Soup Kitchen ... or the Big Brother Program'
AS THE director of 2004's "The Girl Next Door" and a producer on "Role Models" four years later, Luke Greenfield has shown a talent for finding heart in his comedy. His latest film, "Let's Be Cops," pairs Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as roommates...
Newsfeed
Amazon in Spat Over Disney TermsAmazon.com is not offering DVD preorders for most upcoming Disney releases in the U.S. - including "Maleficent" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" - in what looks like a replay of the e-commerce giant's homevideo...
Philanthropy Leaders Touching Lives Globally
GAY. LESBIAN & STRAIGHT ENTERTAINMENT NETWORKMICHAEL LOMBARDOPRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING, HBO"It's a complicated and very emotional issue for me. There's an epidemic going on, where children are killing themselves, or in some cases are subject to violence,...
Plugging into Ball of Energy
For Governors Ball committee chair Russ Patrick, the most emotional moment from last year's Emmys fete was watching awestruck guests snap cell phone photos as they entered the party."It literally gives me chills as I think about it," Patrick says. "Hundreds...
Sam's Land of Enchantment
There's perhaps no writer who more vividly and colorfully expresses New Mexico cowboy culture than 01' Max Evans, as just about everyone, including his wife, Pat, refers to him. A call to the Albuquerque home of the 88-year-old cowboy, miner, raconteur...
Sarajevo's Culture Warriors
Earlier this summer, Mirsad "Miro" Purivatra, director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, got a phone call from the new head of Ukraine's Odessa Film Festival, who wanted to know how to stage such an event in the middle of a civil war.Purivatra is, unfortunately,...
Stages Host Hollywood
WHERE MOVIES TREAD, soundstages rush in.As production activity in New Mexico - spurred by generous tax credits and the state's proximity to Hollywood - has grown significantly over the past two decades, production facilities have sprouted and expanded.Three...
State's Filmmakers Benefit from National Activity
New Mexico isn't just a huge draw for high-profile, big-budget studio blockbusters and tentpoles - it's also home to a busy local creative community of producers, directors, writers and independent filmmakers."We've had a very good year so far, especially...
'The Liberator' Frees L.A. Phil's Dudamel to Score His First Film
One of the most highly regarded and popular figures in the classical world, Gustavo Dudamel is best known for his talents as a conductor. But in October, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will unveil his maiden voyage as a film composer."The...
The Wait Is Over: Nets Close in on What's Next
The major networks are hoping to get religion, or at least a big dose of spirituality, on the air next year. Medical procedural shows are in demand, too, along with female-lead dramas and workplace comedies. Family dramas, period pieces, conspiracy thrillers...
Topical Often Voters' Solution
AS FAR AS THE EMMY NOMINEES for Variety Series are concerned. it's the politics, stupid. A category once dominated by music and sketches now tilts decidedly toward contemporary commentary and lampoons.Whether the hook is faux news reporting (Jon Stewart;...
'Turtles' Back to Bay-Sics
FILM REVIEW'Turtles' Back to Bay-sicsTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDirector: Jonathan LiebesmanStarring: Megan Fox. Will ArnettIf nothing else, Paramount's attempt at a bigscreen "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot should make for a fascinating case...
Tv's Creative Forces
ADAM REED & MATT THOMPSON"ARCHER" (FX)Best note: "Early on in season 1 when FX and I were still finding out what each of us liked and preferred they told me that I could do better on a script," says Reed. "I think I had hit all the previous notes...
'Warcraft' Fights to Stay Relevant as Movie Looms
When legendary Entertainment in 2006 announced plans to produce a movie based on Blizzard Entertainment's "Warcraft," the fantasy videogame franchise had completed a successful platform shift to the massively multiplayer online "World of Warcraft," introduced...
Who Is Minding the Shop?
THE LATE AARON SPELLING was modest and courtly to a fault. So when asked about his storied career at the TV Critics Assn, tour years ago, he gave most of the credit to the actors, writers and artisans with whom he'd worked.When a rather naive reporter...
Winning Words Still Wild Card
IF FIRST-TIME EMMY HOST SETH MEYERS takes to the stage Aug. 25 and begins belting out a well-known TV theme song or performing a little soft-shoe, just know that something has gone horribly awry during the telecast."If I sing and/or dance that is a good...
World Wise
Quincy jones has been involved in so many causes, staged so many benefits and spearheaded so many initiatives, starting from the 1960s and continuing to the present day, that the word "philanthropist" often seems to be appended to his name just as often...
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