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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. 4, 2015

Aloha
FILM REVIEWAlohaDIRECTOR: Cameron CroweSTARRING: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill MurrayUnbalanced, unwieldy, and at times nearly incomprehensible, "Aloha" is unquestionably Cameron Crowe's worst film. Paced like a record on the wrong...
An Act of God
LEGIT REVIEW / BROADWAYAn Act of GodTHEATER: Studio 54; 1.006 seats; $159 topPLAYWRIGHT: David JaverbaumSTARRING: Jim Parsons, Christopher Fitzgerald, Tim KazurinskyBy God, It's a waste of time reviewing a show based on a memoir written by God and based...
A Showstopper in Your Theater Is Not Necessarily One out of It
White Cherry Entertainment's Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss have produced the Tony Awards ceremony and live telecast since 2003. They're now in the final stretch for this year's show, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming at Radio City Music Hall...
Before Exiting, Acad Chair Hits Refresh Button
BRUCE ROSENBLUM MAY BE ENDING HIS REIGN as chairman and CEO of the TV Academy at the end of the year, but his passion project is far from over. Before he steps down, he still has a few things on his plate, including overseeing this year's awards.It's...
Britt and Colton Fizzle in Pepto Pink
*"Tomorrowland's" starlet is adorable at the Tokyo premiere but this outfit Is really not.xHot pink and black can be a lethal combination - If not expertly done, It can make any outfit look brash and cheapy. This Just reads '80s party dress.xThe hair...
Building a Colorful New World
THE DESIGN FOR the Broadway revival of "The King and I" grew out of an impulse to subtract decoration and add a great big boat. For the play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," it developed in a weeklong studio session with actors, a...
Clothes Make the Men
COSTUME DESIGNFrom the very first shot of Don Draper in the final season of "Mad Men," there's something different about him. He's wearing a blue shirt, after having always worn white during seven seasons. It's symbolic of time passing and the transition...
Consider This, One Last Time
There's no greater victory in the cutthroat world of TV than ending a series on its own terms. Over the past year we've witnessed a staggeringly high volume of beloved shows do just that.From talk titans David Letterman and Stephen Colbert to critical...
Cuts with a Light Touch
EDITINGEditors working on several of this year's most intense dramas have found a certain surprising philosophy crucial to their cut: Restraint.Whether wandering through the backstory of a family with a murderous secret in Netflix's "Bloodline." peering...
Dead Pilots Walking: Nets Fight for Leftovers
Pilot season has come and gone, but a handful of those that didn't end up on the networks' fall slates may still see the light of day, with the studios that made them shopping for new buyers. One of the biggest surprises was Fox passing on Warner Bros.'...
Despite Market Fragmentation Confab Still Matters
AS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CONCLAVE Midem shifts from its usual January dates to June 5-8 for the first time, attendees say the Cannes confab remains a vital player, despite increasing competition."Midem has historically been the most important music business...
Devour
WATCHWhat Really Happens to Unwatched Content(funnyordie.com)What's showing on all those bundled cable stations you never, ever watch? According to Funny or Die. castoff, unwatched content from the likes of the Dutch Poetry Channel can choke baby seals...
Dheepan
FILM REVIEW / CANNESDheepanDIRECTOR: Jacques AudiardSTARRING: Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine VinasithambyThe more things change, the more they stay the same for the Sri Lankan refugees of Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan," who flee...
Digital Players Want a Cut of the Kudos Pie
When it comes to TV awards, digital may be the new cable. Internet-streamingservices Netflix and Amazon are producing award-worthy original programming - and Hulu. Yahoo and AOL are also jumping into the game, looking to garner industry accolades for...
Entourage
FILM REVIEWEntourageDIRECTOR: Doug EllinSTARRING: Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry FerraraThe biggest stumbling block faced by TV series-turned-films is a tendency to go too big, taking characters that were appealing...
'Entourage' Gets Bigscreen Tweaks
Of all the TV shows that hold a mirror up to Hollywood, nothing beats the 96 episodes of HBO's "Entourage," which ran for eight seasons until 2011, in reflecting Tinseltown's full range of its egos and foibles.On June 3, Warner Bros, will release the...
Exaggeration Is Shunned
SOUND KDITING/M1XING"The show's unique - it's such a big-scope series with a big cast and landscapes, so there's much work in Foley. ADR and dialogue," says supervising sound editor Vince Balunas of Starz's "Outlander."He cites the witch trial scenes....
Franco-American Friendship
CREATED BY FRENCH FILM distributor-exhibitor Sophie Dulac to build a bridge between the French and American film industries and cultures, the Champs-Elysees Film Festival has expanded its scope with an international industry sidebar and a sharp editorial...
From Zombies to Reality
MAKEUPCreating classic characters from literature like Dorian Gray and Dr. Victor Frankenstein make the craft of makeup a crucial part of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful.""I love the fresh take on familiar faces, like the classic Frankenstein's monster."...
German Broadcaster Makes BROAD APPEAL
Before broadcasting giants even consider pitches, they tend to create hurdles for creative types to clear. But Germany's ProSiebenSat.l is taking the opposite approach, issuing an open invitation to writers and producers from around the world to submit...
Getting It Just Right
ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGNAuthenticity is the Grail most production designers seek, though they're not above a little trickery to achieve it."Outlander" designer Jon Gary Steele reports producers "didn't want anyone watching to say, 'Oh that's not...
Honorees Humor IsaBreed Apart
Steve martin isn't someone who's expecting to Uve on in posterity."I think it's misguided if you actually believe you're going be remembered,'' he says. "There's so many great artists, so many great writers filling up the shelves consuming essentially...
Horse Sense for Retired Thoroughbreds
Bobby Flay will tell you the first thing he thinks about each day is food. Once he steps away from the kitchen, though, his attention often turns toward horses, specifically thoroughbreds. Think stakes, not steaks.An owner of thoroughbred racehorses,...
Indelible Moments
Before Emmy voters have their say on the finest work from the past year on TV. Variety editors and writers selected a few favorite moments that stood out for us from a range of comedies, dramas, dramedies. reality and variety shows.Compiled by Geoff...
In Music, It's Risk-Taking and New Ideas That Resonate
American Idol" broke the mold.It posited that there was unheralded talent that the usual suspects - the major labels and their A&R teams - were unjustly ignoring, and that by scooping up singers, the public could decide who was best, and a star could...
Insider Argues That Movie Mobsters Get a Bum Rap
Even before the era of hacked emails, there has always been a fascination (and entertainment value) in the private documents of public figures. One of the classic "leaks" was a telegram sent in 1935 to a renowned gangster by the publisher of the Hollywood...
Lauren Conrad Adds Palisades to Her Portfolio
In case any of ya'll don't already know it, 29-year-old reality television pioneer Lauren Conrad of "The Hills" is a budding SoCal real estate mogul who - so swears good ol' real estate yenta Yolanda Yakkettyyak - has surreptitiously, via trust, added...
Lights, Camera, Dark!
CINEMATOGRAPHYCreating spectacle on the small screen calls for skill and ingenuity.HBO's "Game of Thrones" employs up to five cinematographers to capture sprawling action across a vast continent yet maintain visual consistency. Says lenser Jonathan Freeman,...
Lori Loughlin Secretly Sells BevHills Manse
We've now heard from not just one but three plugged-in informants, one of them Platinum Triangle real estate mover and shaker Peter Propertyseller, that Italian-born fashion and retail mogul Mosslmo Glannulll and veteran television actress Lori Loughlin...
Movers & Shakers
Chris Allied[arrow right] Exec VP, Global Communications MarketingEdelman (NY)[arrow left] Director, Digital & Corporate CommunicationsUnivision (NY)Marty Coffou[arrow right] Director, DevelopmentCalamity Jane Ent.[arrow left] Exec AssistantShowtimeBen...
Movie-Style Action
STUNTSTV shows increasingly serve up bigsereen-style action, but that doesn't mean they have cushy movie schedules.On Netflix series "Marvel's Daredevil." stunt coordinator Phil Silvera had only two days of rehearsal to prepare for a sequence in which...
Must Attend
JUNE 2TUESDAYCELEBRATIONHelp honor filmmakers Alejandro G. Inarritu and Marielle Heller at the Sundance Institute Celebration Los Angeles. Comedian Mike Birbiglia will present awards feting Inarritu for his advocacy of independent filmmaking and Heller...
My First Time in Variety
June 24, 1974"A Little Night Music"Jonathan Banks"I didn't seek out my fate, as I should have. I just sat around and felt sorry for myself. And I learned to never do that again."Before emerging as complex ex-cop Mike Ehrmantraut on "Breaking Bad," which...
Nagesh Kukunoor
BERLIN BREAKNagesh Kukunoor got his start making low-budget Indian movies, but this year's "Dhanak," about a blind boy whose sister is determined to help him get a cornea transplant, won a grand jury prize in the Generation Kplus section at Berlin, and...
Newsfeed
Disney Says No to Another 'Tron' InstallmentDisney has decided against moving ahead with "Tron 3," due to concerns over budget and scheduling. It was expected that "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski would return to steer a new film, with Olivia...
New Tastes on the Menu
Bobby flay has three series returning to the Food Network schedule this summer, and a new series, "Bobby Flay Fit," starting in January. This fall will also see the arrival of his 13th cookbook, "Brunch at Bobby's," from Clarkson Potter.One thing Flay...
Overseas Shoots Help Shows Find Lavish Looks
I"IT USED TO BE ACCEPTED WISDOM that you couldn't set an American show anywhere outside America, because people wouldn't care," says Evan Katz, who. with fellow producer Manny Coto took Fox's quintessentially modem American series - "24" - to London...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekTOP STORIESControversial, newsworthy and popular online1Duggars' '19 Kids and Counting' Could Return to TLC* 696 COMMENTS* 134 TWEETS2Reynaldo Rey, 'Friday' and 'White Men Can't Jump' Actor, Dies at 75* 6 COMMENTS* 1.341...
Rothman, the Sequel
Back greenlighting films, haggling over budgets, and coming off as the smartest, and, his detractors say, cockiest, person in the room - in his latest role as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group.Every studio eventually becomes...
San Andreas
FILM REVIEWSan AndreasDIRECTOR: Brad PeytonSTARRING: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino Alexandra Daddario, loan GruffuddOf the many charges that can be levied against Brad Peyton's "San Andreas," false advertising is not one of them. The disaster pic promises...
Served Up Hot
Bobby flay will be the first chef to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. No other food-focused television personality or Hollywood restaurateur has landed the honor, not Julia Child or the Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr, Dave Chasen or the Brown...
Studios Pit Laugh Riot against Superhero Surge
Debuting a comedy in the summer is no laughing matter.Competition to attract moviegoers looking to have their funny bone tickled has never been fiercer, producers and analysts say. Between May and September, 13 wide-release laughers are slated to open,...
The Costly Sound of Music
HOTLY DEBATED, VITALLY important and surprisingly pricey: A performance segment on the Tony Awards brings with it a rats' nest of considerations now confronting the producers of this season's nominated musicals.Is it better to do a self-contained number,...
Time for Gender-Neutral Awards
The idea actually came to mind in April, watching a college all-star basketball event. After the men and women's three-point shooting contests. Portland's Cassandra Brown edged Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos in a gender-neutral faceoff.Like sports, acting awards...
Tunes Inspired by History
MUSICOn Fox hit "Empire," Fil Eisler's atmospheric scores and memorable themes are the engines that drive the series. "(Co-creator) Lee Daniels told me he wanted a bold, operatic score," says the composer. who works at a punishing pace. "I watch an episode....
TV Tunes Get New Mojo
There was a time when the craft of writing for television was considered to be several rungs below the art of writing for films, and that applied to composers and songwriters as well as scriptwriters.No more.Top creators are now happy to contribute to...
TV VFX Step Up the Game
VISUAL EFFECTSThere was a time when TV visual effects fought a hard battle against budgets, turnaround and processing power, but many of today's shows have found a way to create a cinematic look while managing those pressures. These days, many are given...
Upbeat Fest Welcomes Positive Pics
Celebs and film lovers gather under tropical skies By Tim GrayThere are hundreds of film festivals around the world, but Maui has a few touches that make it unique: the setting, the mood and a fest mandate that all entries be life-affirming.Fest director...
Why the Cloud Is Key to Charter's Big Buy
ANYONE LOOKING to understand the reasons behind the $78.7 billion deal that Charter Communications struck with TW Cable last week need look no further than their own set-top box.Cable boxes, and more broadly the platforms and apps that TV services are...
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