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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. 324, No. 16, 2014

10 Comics to Watch
CRISTELA ALONZOLATINA SCORES A FIRST WITH ABC SITCOMHailing from south Texas, Cristela Alonzo took a "huge risk" in selling ABC her self-titled show "Cristela," resulting in a "big first," as the Latina comic puts it. The first U.S. network sitcom created...
A Feeble Reunion
A Feeble ReunionSomewhere, Billy Joel is cringing. While the title of Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes" seems intended as a take-iton-the-chin affirmation of life's inevitable detours and potholes, the movie itself feels like a surrender - to the kind of...
An Event Where the Cars Are the Celebrities
TipsheetWHAT: Downtown Burbank Car ClassicWHEN: 3-9 pm July 26WHERE: San Femando Boulevard, Burbank Town CenterCOST: Freen only its third year, the Downtown Burbank Car Classic has become an annual staple for Southern California automotive enthusiasts....
Are YouTube 'Killers' Lurking? Don't Bet on It
Youtube rules over the ad-supported online-video realm. As "Game of Thrones" teaches us, everyone wants to steal the crown.Recent reports have cited several would-be challengers to Google's dominance, including Yahoo and Comcast. Meanwhile, YouTube multichannel...
Bounty of Formidable Cable Content
HBO has come a long way from its nascent years as a hub for bigscreen movies, where viewers tuned in to watch box office hits theyd missed in the theater. With 99 noms, HBO is not only one of the prolific cablers in television, but also a heavyweight...
China Exhibs Say, 'HOORAY for Hollywood'
The U.S. majors enjoyed a big comeback at the Chinese box office in the first half of 2014, after stumbling in 2013 - but with the local B.O. growing by 25% over the same period in 2013, there's enough upside for local filmmakers, too."China has been...
Comedy Hatchlings: Practice Makes for Perfect Laffs
TipsheetWHAT: Just for Laughs FestivalWHEN: July 9-28WHERE: MontrealWEB: hahaha.comLast month, during a master class at the Taormina Film Festival, no less a star than Ben Stiller admitted that his career wouldn't have gotten far if he'd relied on auditions,...
Craft Masters Get Their Moment in Kudos Spotlight
With dozens of categories and hundreds of nominees, the Creative Arts Emmys represent the most comprehensive survey of below-the-line artisanship of any kudofest. This year saw Anthony Bourdain heat up while cooking shows cooled off; "Game of Thrones'...
Dirt: Pedigreed Pads Pass Down from Celeb to Celeb
Celebrity is a kind of club. While not every famous person knows every other famous person, they certainly walk the same red carpets, dine incognito - or not so incognito - in the same pricey boites, discreetly visit the same cosmetic dermatologists...
Diving In
The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he Is still playing with rocks In the sand - only now his...
Elaine Stritch Was a B'way Force of Nature for Six Decades
Justthe FactsBORN:Feb. 2,1925DetroitDIED:July 17,2014Birmingham Mich.The billowy white blouse. The black stockings. The oversized sunglasses. The hat. And that famous croak of a voice. When people say there was no one like Elaine Stritch, who died at...
Emmy Notice for Each Network
ABC: 37The major categories hold strong at ABC, with "Modern Family" (1) once again leading the network. Sofia Vergara and Ed O'Neill failed to land one of the series' 10 nominations, but co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen will...
Exposure
INSIDEThe ESPYS... "Twin Peaks - The Entire Mystery.. party ... "Planes: Fire & Rescue.. premiere ... CBS/CW/Showtime, ICR Party + MORE!'PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE' PREMIEREEL CAPITAN, HOLLYWOOD, JULY 15"It's a loving tribute to firefighters and the...
Franco Can't Lift 'Shrift'
Franco Can't Lift 'Shrift'In "The Long Shrift," Robert Boswell has written James Franco the flashy leading role of a hardened ex-con named Richard Singer who, as an awkward 18-yearold high-school kid, was sent up the river for brutally raping the most...
Freshman Class Gets High Marks
When Billy Bob Thornton first read Noah Hawley's "Fargo" pilot, the Oscar-winning actor says he didn't give much thought to the fact that the unconventional, gritty thriller would air on TV."That line between TV and movies is practically gone, so I never...
Guardian of Its Galaxy
Kevin Felge should be riddled with doubtEach time the president of Marvel Studios has greenlit a movie, he's been barraged by skeptics. "Iron Man" was considered too obscure. "Captain America" too American. And "Thor" too much of a fantasy figure.With...
H'wood to Fans: This Comic-Con's for You
The velvet rope that has divided Hollywood from the fanbase it's supposed to be courting at San Diego's Comic-Con is showing some slack.Studios and television networks that spend millions to set up shop in the city each July are embracing a strategy...
Imitation Will Get You ... a TV Series?
TV parodies are gaining momentum thanks to social media and viral videos, with some popular Web series making the jump to TV. Yahoo got onboard in 2012, with dating-show spoof "Burning Love," produced by Ben Stiller. Jimmy Fallon extends the reach of...
Just for Laughs Fetes Funnymen
ANDY SAMBERGComedy Person of the Year2014 started with a bang for Andy Samberg, who took home a Golden Globe for his performance on his hit Fox laffer "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which also won best comedy. He is slated to appear in Ryan Murphy's upcoming...
Memorable Visitors
Nominees have a strong impact on their showsIt's often said that being a guest star on an established show is a tough gig - you have to walk into an existing family and make an impression with only a handful of moments. But this year's crop of Emmy nominees...
More Political, but No More Credible
More Political, But No More CredibleThe title may imply heightened scope and stakes, but only the premise is out of order in "The Purge: Anarchy," a swiftly delivered, surprise-free sequel to 2013's economical sleeper hit. Moving out of the home and...
More to M&A Mania Than Meets the Eye
THE PROSPECT OF 21ST CENTURY fox acquiring Time Warner has Wall Street and Hollywood bracing for a wave of mergers and acquisitions to hit the media sector. Conventional wisdom holds that entertainment conglomerates must bulk up to counter the size of...
My First Time in Variety
Aug. 26,1981'Breakdown' (The Loveless') ReviewWillem Dafoe has played tough guys in films like "To Live and Die in L.A.starred in boundary-pushing pics like "The Last Temptation of Christ," and been Oscar-nommed for his roles in "Platoon" and "Shadow...
No Ordinary Celebrity Cameo
A LONG TIME AGO IN ANOTHER TV GALAXY - we're talking eight, even 10 years ago - the "guest star" appearance was a pretty well-defined event; the famous Hollywood actor or Broadway actress would turn up on an episode of a hit show, interact briefly with...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekTOP STORIESControversial, newsworthy and popular onlineMarvel Introduces First Female Thor in New Comicbook Series* 179 COMMENTS* 588 TWEETS'Saturday Night Live' Loses Three More Cast Members* 48 COMMENTS* 157 TWEETSMegyn...
Remembered
Tom RolfWon Oscar in 1984 for editing "The Right Stuff"Tom Rolf, who shared an editing Oscar for his work on 1983 astronaut epic "The Right Stuff" and also edited "Taxi Driver," "New York, New York," "Black Sunday," "Heaven's Gate," "9V4 Weeks," "Heat"...
Rock Originals, the Ramones Punked Their Way into History
Who'da thunk they'd all be dead, but their music would live on?Certainly not anybody who came across the Ramones' debut in the bins back in 76, with its black-and-white cover and music so contrary to what was happening as to be almost incomprehensible...
'Step' in Right Direction
'Step' in Right DirectionThe franchise that launched Channing Thtum's career limps its way to Las Vegas in "Step Up All In," where characters with bum knees and broken hearts compete for a shot at a three-year casino dance contract. With even less plot...
Superheroes Should Learn to Ape Simian Behavior
why do simian superheroes seem more empathetic than the normal comicbook kind?Let me backtrack a few paces before answering this.All of us have heard the admonition in years past from our English teachers: "Write about what you know and who you know"...
'Tape' Hits a New Lowe for Comedy
'Tape' Hits a New Lowe for ComedyWho should be more embarrassed: the husband and wife who accidentally release a homemade porn video in "Sex Tape," or the studio that's willfully distributing "Sex Thpe"? Basically an extended marital-therapy session...
Thesp James Garner Gracefully Bore the Weight of Stardom
Tom Selleck is fond of saying that every actor should take "star lessons" from Janies Gamer. Having worked with Garner on "The Rockford Files" very early in his career, Selleck noticed that Garner realized the star's demeanor had a ripple effect on the...
TV Acad Playing a Fresher Tune
FOR YEARS, THE EMMY JUDGING PROCESS in the music cate gories was decried as biased against newcomers, a "popularity contest" in which, year after year, the same composers were nominated and inevitably won.No more. Today the 360-member TV Academy music...
WGN Sets Blast from the Past
WGN Sets Blast From the PastLike a lot of networks as they move into original series, Tribune's WGN America doesn't yet seem to know what it wants to be when it grows up. So the channel is following the witchy (but not terribly bewitching) "Salem" with...
Woody Works His 'Magic'
Woody Works His 'Magic'Magic In the MoonlightDirector: Woody AllenStarring: Colin Firth, Emma StoneRomance blooms under the sun and the stars in Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight," a high-spirited bauble that goes down easy thanks to fleet comic...
'Zack Will Do Stuff No One Has Ever Done with the Caped Crusader'
As Batman celebrates his 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment's co-publisher Jim Lee, who has frequently drawn the Caped Crusader for covers and notable comicbooks like "Hush," is attending his 27th Comic-Con in San Diego this week, marcgraserWhat's the...
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