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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. 8, 2014

A Force to Be Reckoned With
Perhaps the "Star Wars" franchise's worst-kept secret during the second-trilogy era is that its best screen depictions have come via TV animation. Inaugurating the Disney-synergy juggernaut before director J. J. Abrams can get there, "Star Wars Rebels"...
Chinese Investments: Big Bucks, Slow Payoffs
Hollywood has been flirting with Chinese investors for years with little to show for its efforts. There are signs, however, that the courtship is finally beginning to pay off. A number of major Chinese media companies are backing glossy new film ventures...
CNN Digital's Delicious Look at Reality News
PAT SAPERSTEIN@variety patsCnn is carving out a vibrant niche somewhere between the breaking news of earthquakes and wars, and reality TV, with its celebrity divorces and people foraging on islands. The câbler calls this category "reality news," and...
Contenders Seek Second Wave
In the 15 years since "American Beauty" marched to Oscar glory following a triumphant debut at the Toronto Inti. Film Festival, the role of fall fests in shaping the ensuing awards season has grown ever more instrumental. But the gap between those early...
Counterculture and Hollywood Converge in Mill Valley
PART OF THE MILL VALLEY FILM festival's charms is how it reflects both the local community's roots and its forward-thinking spirit. Situated just beyond Sausalito as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge northbound from San Francisco, Mill Valley is many...
Docus Cast Sharp Spotlight on Arab World
The Arab world has long dished up heaping servings of documentaries, but there's something different these days: the quality of the films is higher thanks in part to Arab fests and funds that are fostering what could become a new wave of more naturalistic...
FACETIME: 'I Don't Believe I Should Filter the Violence'
Thirteen years after creating one of cinema's nastiest villains, corrupt cop Alon/.o Harris, "Training Day" star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are teaming up on anothei gritty thriller, "The Equalizer." Opening Sept. 26, it's a more violent...
Fest Fosters Filmmaking in Gulf and Beyond
For its eighth edition, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival is boldly looking to bolster its standing as driver of the Gulf region's still embryonic but increasingly vibrant film industry.Fest's opening film - Emirati director Ali Mostafa's hotly anticipated...
Flack Fumbles Result in NFL and Walmart PR Debacles
In an epic display of bad timing, this week marks the debut of the Museum of Public Relations, the New York institution where students of the discipline - if you can call it that - can access some 500 books and 100 hours of interviews.It's hard to remember...
Funds Hold Key to the Greenlight
For young directors in the oil-rich Emirates, just as in the rest of the Arab world, finding coin to make a movie is almost as hard as getting the proverbial camel to go through the eye of a needle.Still, funding opportunities have increased in the past...
Gores Brothers Play High-End Property Games
Paradigm Talent Agency chairman Sam Gores has surreptitiously sold a two-bedroom and two-bathroom condo at the celebrity-stacked Sierra Towers building on the border of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood in an off-market deal for $3.1 million to big time...
'Gracepoint' Stuck in the Shadow of 'Broadchurch'
Fox's "Gracepoint" is a nearshot-for-shot remake of the BBC's "Broadchurch," albeit served up in 10 episodes instead of eight. That's not a bad idea, especially for the millions who haven't seen the British version, but it does make it harder to appraise...
'Gracepoint' Tries to Keep 'Broadchurch's' Hit DNA
Carolyn bernstein is the executive in charge of threading the needle very, very carefully. Bernstein, head of scripted programming at Shine America, spearheaded the drive to produce a U.S. rendition of "Broadchurch," the murder-mystery series that garnered...
'Messenger' Mostly Delivers
Though he has four theatrical features under his belt, director Michael Cuesta is perhaps best known for his work on TV series "Homeland" and "Six Feet Under," and the worst one can say about his new feature, "Kill the Messenger," is that it sometimes...
Metal Heads Find Common Ground
The relationship between rockers Metallica and jazz might seem spurious. But Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich, the bassist and drummer, respectively, for the thrash metal band - who act as Artists in Residence at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival...
More Deal Action Could Spring from DWA Talks
The prospect of softbank offering to buy DreamWorks Animation for $3.4 billion reaffirms the value of content, even as it questions its primacy.Distribution companies such as Comcast and Amazon are finding themselves with the financial heft and the strategic...
Most Wanted
LIKE THE LEAD CHARACTER SHE PORTRAYS IN THE WIDELY ANTICIPATED MOVIE VERSION OF "GONE GIRL," ROSAMUND PIKE FELL OFF NEARLY EVERYONE'S RADARAt the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in James...
MY FIRST TIME IN VARIETY: Kerry Washington
February 7,2000"Our Song""This was a low-budget, independent film, so our transportation budget was 30 Metrocards."These days, Kerry Washington has her hands full juggling Olivia Pope's messy personal and professional lives on ABC's "Scandal." But given...
Page\turner
IN THE DAYS WHEN GUITAR GODS RULED THE EARTH, Jimmy Page commanded his own celestial body. As the lead guitarist in the Yardbirds, he had inherited the mantle once worn by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. But his ambition was ultimately grander, his focus...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekAt the Start of Its Fourth Decade, 'SNL' Blitzes the NFL"Saturday Night Live" returned for its landmark 40th season on Sept. 27 with a new announcer, a revived Weekend Update and a couple of digs at the National Football...
Power of Latinos
There's never been a better time to be Latino in Hollywood. Just ask Sofia Vergara, who is laughing all the way to the bank as the highest paid actress on television - and the one with the most enviable, not to mention, bilingual, endorsement portfolio....
Reel Politik Dominates ASIAN BIZ
Over the centuries relations between neighbors Korea and China have often been strained, but the entertainment industry is putting history and politics behind them.A sequel to Korean hit "My Sassy Girl," which began lensing last week, is set to be the...
Son's Spirit Guides Turn on LA Using Media to Spark Change
Dan Eldon wanted to make the world a better place. When the photojournalist was killed by a mob in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993, while covering a disastrous U.N. military operation, his mother, Kathy, knew she had unfinished work to do.A few years later,...
Steaks, Stars and Civility Always on the Menu at Tana's
Restaurateur Dan Tana credits a rave review in the Los Angeles Times 48 years ago with the success of the eatery in West Hollywood that bears his name - and is about to celebrate its 50th year. But the ebullient 81-year-old, who sold the restaurant several...
The Busan Fest Refines Its Cinematic Mission
The 19th edition of the Busan festival is a comfortingly familiar assortment of Korean, other Asian and global cinema, backed up by a cluster of well-managed industry events, although it surprised many by choosing "Paradise in Service," Taiwanese director...
The Future of Music Doesn't Involve the U2 Generation
The music business is going to be all right.The No. 1 lesson I took from the U2 kerfuffle was not that you shouldn't invade people's devices without permission, but how few people knew who U2 was. Time marches forward, and what is big today will almost...
Transgender Crew, 'T Ransparent' Cred
Amazon's "Transparent" is getting rave reviews for its honest depiction of a middle-aged father coming out as transgender to his adult children, with Variety's Brian Lowry, among others, praising the strong writing and performances.That authenticity...
Zombies Munch NFL's Lunch in TV Ad Game
BRIAN STEINBERG@bristeiThe power of NFL games to rake in advertising coin for TV networks may be nearing its upper limit.The addition of a second night of NFL football to broadcast TV's fall primetime schedule appears to have put downward pressure on...
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