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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. 11, 2014

A 'Penny' for His Thoughts
Before "Penny Dreadful" came to life, I'd never done a TV series. It was an uncharted world to me. David Nevins turned out to be my guide.I'd been thinking about the concept for "Penny Dreadful" for a long time. My agent, Joe Cohen at CAA, told me I...
Best in Show
It's the morning after the show's second-season finale, and Showtime president David Nevins sounds like a proud father, high-fiving a visitor to his Westwood office and firing off stats: The Liev Schreiber drama hit a series-high 2 million viewers. "It's...
Beverly Park a Bargain for Billionaires
Though it's but four miles and a 10-minute drive from the showy hubbub of Rodeo Drive up to the guarded gatehouse of North Beverly Park, the much ballyhooed and occasionally maligned development of train-station-sized Neo-Tuscan villas and downright...
Breathing Fresh Life into Austen
Breathing Fresh Life Into AustenA "Pride and Prejudice" sequel/murder mystery? That alone should be a sufficient come-on to rouse English-lit majors and awaken "Masterpiece" viewers, but "Death Comes to Pemberley" - a twopart movie adapted from P.D....
Brit Producers Aim Films at Diverse Global Audiences
Filmmakers in London fret a lot about subsidies, rebates and the obstinacy of Hollywood distributors, but when I encountered Eric Fellner this week, he seemed resolutely unfretful. And with good reason. Arrayed before the co-chief of Working Title is...
Company Man
NOTHING INTIMIDATED JOHN CENA, who regularly faces 300-pound men in the wrestling ring - until he had to audition for Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer.No slouch himself, packing 250 pounds onto a muscular 6-foot-one-inch frame, Cena was eager to make the...
Devour
WATCHIntroducing Carrot(introducingcarrot.com)It's even more portable than the new iPhone and has much more nutritional value than the Apple Watch. Dan Angelucci's deadpan intro to the familiar vegetable manages to riff on all the overused tropes of...
Doc Grips as Secrets Slip
Doc Grips as Secrets SlipNo amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. government's wholesale spying on its own citizens can prepare one for the impact of Laura Poitras' extraordinary documentary...
Fee Reforms Are No Walk in the Park
Few other places in Downtown Los Angeles have the vantage point of Grand Park: Stretching from the Music Center to the obelisk-capped City Hall, the park is a symbol of what many hope will be the revival of Downtown and, at last, give the region a sense...
Hannah Arterton
LEADQFF HITTERGravesend, U.K.-born Hannah Arterton's first bigscreen appearance was a fully fledged lead - opposite Greg Wise and Leona Lewis in cheery summertime musical "Walking on Sunshine," released in the U.K. in June. Crammed with '80s jukebox...
Hardly Sparks' Personal 'Best'
Hardly Sparks' Personal 'Best'There's something unmistakably poignant about the sight of Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden circling each other with barely concealed romantic longing in "The Best of Me," though not for reasons anyone probably intended....
Hasbro Ponies Up, Sees Greater Control in Future
After spending the past several years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like "Monopoly," "Candy Land" and "Risk," Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step:...
HBO, CBS Cut Cord: Which Nets Are Next?
WITH TWO SWIFT STROKES, HBO and CBS have opened new doors to a future where you won't have to pay for a huge bundle of channels to get their TV shows.Now the questions are which networks will follow suit - and how seriously will the movement threaten...
Hired
Katie Cates* Agent, TV LiteraryICM Partners- Agent, TV LiteraryResolutionSara Helman- VP, Production & Development- Senior Director, Development & ProductionDestination America (NY)Robert Mancini- VP, Digital Content- Editorial Director, Digital...
'Immersive Filmmaking'
WETA DIGITAL IS OBSERVING ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY this year, but the celebration is low-key, because the team is too busy to rest on its laurels.Top priorities include "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies," the culmination of 17 years and six films in...
In Defense of the Romantic Comedy
WHEN MATTHEW McCOnaughey began receiving raves for a string of dramatic roles in films like "Mud," "Killer Joe" and "Dallas Buyers Club," there were many who praised the actor for turning his back on the romantic comedies that helped make him a star....
McConaughey's 'Stellar' Year
AFTER ACCEPTING THE ACADEMY AWARD for lead actor earlier this year, Matthew McConaughey isn't done collecting accolades. He'll be honored Oct. 21 with the 28th American Cinematheque Award.When McConaughey accepted his Oscar in March, it marked the height...
McDermott and Jenks Give Student Filmmakers a Chance
"If you have one person in your life to believe in you, you can do anything," Dylan McDermott says between takes on the set of his new CBS show, "Stalker."For Andrew Jenks, the founder of the Varsity Brands All American High School Film Festival, being...
Mexican Audiences Lap Up LOCAL LAFFERS
For the past decade, Mexico has churned out bold, auteur filmmaking, but when those acclaimed works have hit local screens, results are often mediocre. Switch the focus to laughter, however, and auds show up in droves.Even the nation's most well-regarded...
Millennial Concertgoers Are a Part of the Show
The classic rock era was passive. Today's music scene is participatory.People have become stars in their own lives, utilizing their mobiles to post to Instagram, everybody believing he's famous. Is it any wonder today's music reflects this?We used to...
'Mountain' Man's Art Endures
JOHN Denver was 27 years old the summer he moved to Aspen, Colo., a place with which the then-emerging singer-songwriter - born Henry John Deutschendorf, the son of a U.S. Air Force officer - would one day become synonymous."The Rockies always resonated,...
My First Time in Variety
July 19, 1982"Present Laughter"Nathan Lane has done plenty of TV and film, but he's a Broadway baby. This season, he'll star in Eugene O'Neill classic "The Iceman Cometh," as well raucous comedy "It's Only a Play" (by frequent collaborator Terrence McNally)...
Network Targets Freewheelin' Nonfiction
Inquisitive. Intelligent. Supportive. Enthusiastic. Talk to the creators of some of Showtime's original documentaries, and it sounds like they're describing a dream spouse. But that's how they feel about the perfect partner - the perfect producing partner,...
Newsfeed
Disney Animation Sets Sail With 'Moana'After hitting the ice with "Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios is taking to the high seas with ''Moana," an animated comedy adventure that will port into theaters in late 2016. Directed by Ron Clements and John...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"I am 92 years old &, I just asked myself: Am I the oldest person who finds the need to tweet at least 1 tweet a day? Now71 ask you, am I?"Carl Reiner @carlreiner"I would...
Rca/legacy Releases Denver Box Set
On Nov. 4, RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection," a comprehensive four-CD box set featuring 90 songs spanning the singer-songwriter's career from 1964-97. The collection,...
Revival Goes to 'Town'
Revival Goes to 'Town'£ n the Town" is back on ^ M M Broadway, and whad* * dya know, it's still a W helluva show. Helmer John Rando (who directed the musical at Barrington Stage last year) has given the kid-glove treatment to this 1944 musical salute...
Series Battles Familiar Demons
Series Battles Familiar DemonsFor starters, "Constantine," the TV show derived from DC's "Hellblazer" comics, is better than "Constantine," the 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves, which amounts to damnation with faint praise. Matt Ryan is certainly appealing...
Slick 'Wick' Does the Trick
FILM REVIEWSlick 'Wick' Does the TrickThere are no good guys in "John Wick," but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role yet: a stunningly lethal contract killer who goes on a rampage after a...
Sports Authority
To a casual observer, there seems to be little resemblance between such tony Showtime series as "Homeland" and "The Affair" and the network's boxing, sports documentaries and other such offerings.But to Showtime's programming team, the connection is...
The Blooming of a Star
Showtime couldn't be happier that you've probaÄ Ä bly never heard of Rachel Bloom, 26, the star of their new half-hour comedy pilot (with songs!), "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," about a smart lawyer L w turned self-deluded stalker. For the premium câbler, the...
The Man with the Plan
Matt Blank will mark his 20th year as CEO of Showtime in February, a rare milestone for any exec in the television biz.That kind of longevity inevitably breeds stature. But he's also earned respect, after enduring hard-fought battles at the negotiating...
The Sweet Life
WHEN JOHN DENVER Wanted to commune spiritually with the world, he often did so by snapping photographs of the people and the places around him."Over the years I've always enjoyed taking photos as a way of relaxing," John Denver told the Denver Post in...
The View from the Top Floor
S howtime has defied cable TV gravity during the É * past decade by posting double-digital annual growth in earnings and revenue. CBS Corp.'s cluster of Showtime channels are on track to k m deliver nearly $1 billion in earnings this year.If that weren't...
Two Sides to This 'Affair'
"Great pay cable shows are about characters in extreme situations," says Showtime president David Nevins, "but I've always wanted to do something about regular people in marriage. Then (showrunner) Sarah (Treem) comes in and hits me with a show that...
Weta Workshop: A 'Tapestry' of Interests Weave Riches for the Design House
WETA WORKSHOP IS THE oldest of Peter Jackson's five companies, and the hardest to define. And that's the way they like it.Richard Thylor, who runs Weta Workshop with his wife, Thnia Rodger, believes in creative diversity. He has won Oscars in three categories:...
Will Early-Bird Movies Stay Top of Mind?
AWARDS TALK TENDS TO FOCUS on movies that debuted at fall festivals, from Venice through New York. But that raises a question: What happens to the BFFs - Before Fest Frenzy Films?In most years, they fall by the wayside: In 2013, for example, all nine...
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