Variety

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. 10, 2014

A Trio of Talented Youngsters Emerge from Daldry's 'Trash'
A Trio of Talented Youngsters Emerge From Daldry's 'Trash'TrashDirector: Stephen DaldryStarring: Selton Mello, Wagner Moura, Martin Sheen, Rooney MaraCleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis (with Felipe Braga translating it into...
Breaking Point for Sports Rights Fees?
BIG MEDIA IS PAYING HEFTY SUMS to run games from the NFL, the NBA and more - all in the hopes of keeping large masses tuning in to their TV screens. But could the gambit instead drive crowds away?No one believes American television viewers are plotting...
Bringing Feeling to Mobile Video
With all of the enhancements in picture (3D, Ultra High-Definition, High Dynamic Range) and sound (Dolby Atmos, Barco 11.1), there is one sense that hasn't received much attention as an entertainment upgrade: touch.But "haptics," which engage the tactile...
Building a Biz from Scratch
ABU DHABI - WHICH RECENTLY lured shoots of the new "Fast & Furious" and "Star Wars" installments and Bollywood's "Bang Bang," while also spawning road movie "From A to B" - the first Emirati pic ever to open the Abu Dhabi Film Festival - is fast...
Building for the Future
MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO, Ken Lowe was compiling a folder of ideas he thought might make interesting home-improvement shows. Those ideas became the foundation of HGTV.Even with the network in 96 million homes and solidly among the top 10 cable networks...
Cable Nets Undergo Extreme Makeovers
WE TVOUT WITH THE OLD: Launched as "Women's Entertainment" in 2001, WE tv aired series that centered around weddings, celebrity lives and other female-focused concepts ("Braxton Family Values," "Bridezillas").THE NEW SPIN: The network formally dropped...
Comedian-Actress Starred on 'SNL' in '80S
Jan Hooks, a comedian and actress best known for her stint on "Saturday Night Live" died Oct. 9. She was 57, and had been ill, according to reports.While on "SNL" from 1986 to 1991, she was known for her impersonations of such notables as Bette Davis,...
Confab Challenges Status Quo
The launch of Netflix has prompted French industryites and lawmakers to think harder about solutions to modernize the country's digital landscape. So it's no coincidence that the annual Rencontres Cinématographiques de Düon, a threeday confab Oct. 16-18...
Creating Content
The groundwork was laid long before HGTV realized it could seize on the untapped potential of the Internet - despite not having a website.Twenty years ago, HGTV founder Ken Lowe knew owning the network's content would allow them to repurpose the information...
Dancer Hough Honored for Taking Steps to End Bullying
He may be known for burning up the floor and coaching celebs on "Dancing With the Stars," but Derek Hough's work extends far beyond the dance studio.Hough will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network at the org's Respect Awards...
Depression Looms in Dark 'Serena'
Depression Looms in Dark 'Serena'SerenaDirector: Susanne BierStarring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley CooperHow do you solve a problem like "Serena?" That, at least, is the question industry watchers have been asking about Danish helmer Susanne Bier's mysteriously...
Dirt: Morgan Evandell Gets More Than He Asked For
Veteran entertainment industry exec Morgan Wandell, formerly a bigwig at ABC Studios and now heading drama development for up-and-coming Amazon Studios, has sold a 1920s Mediterranean on a quiet cul-de-sac just above L.A.'s Los Feliz Boulevard for $3,192,500...
Emmy's Award
Beyond a film about als, the devastating neurological disease that has spurred millions of Americans to dump buckets of ice water over their heads and donate money, George C. Wolfe's touching drama "You're Not You" (based on Michelle Wildgen's novel)...
Executech
Ford Mustangford.com I starts at $23,600; $42,790 (GT)Recent restylings helped Ford's muscle car stay competitive with rivals like Chevy's Camaro. But while there wasn't anything wrong with current Mustangs on the road, they weren't that exciting, either....
'Fury ' at War with Itself
FILM REVIEW'Fury ' at War With ItselfFuryDirector: David AyerStarring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael PenaSome feats are unforgettable: We remember the Alamo, and the 300 Spartans who died at Thermopylae. But a five-man American tank...
Great News: CNNgo Is a Perfect Fit for Its Cable Sister
I have seen the future of TV, and it is CNNgo.If the mere mention of a digital extension to a network triggers reflexive skepticism, that's understandable; they all mimic either linear channels or on-demand libraries. But CNNgo, currently available at...
Holiday Movies Try to Reclaim Lost Riches
HOLLYWOOD WILL SPEND the rest of 2014 trying to dig itself out of a very deep box office hole, with ticket sales sputtering behind last year's windfall.The difficulty is that the upcoming holiday season isn't just battling the ghosts of Christmases and...
Hollywood with a Conscience
Despite its glamorous name and location, the Hollywood Film Festival has struggled to find its identity since its founding in 1997. But this year's edition (Oct. 16-19) is getting a radical overhaul and rebranding from new owner Jon Fitzgerald and his...
Honorees Speak of the Need to Fight for Education, Nutrition
ariety's annual Power of Women honorées got personal about their charitable projects at the luncheon celebrating their efforts on Oct. 10 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel."How to Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis shared her emotional journey of growing...
Image Nation Bridges Hollywood and Arab World
Abu Dhabibased Image Nation, run by U.S. exec Michael Garin, isa unique outfit set on a financially disciplined course with a multi-pronged strategy: calculated risk investments in Hollywood pics and bold but commercially viable local projects such as...
Incentives, and Stars, Call the Shots
One of the unshakable rules of Hollywood in recent years has been that as much as stars want to work in Los Angeles, they can't turn the tide against the lure of runaway production.But every now and again there's an exception. That could be true of Billy...
'Life' Look Is a Dead-On Delight
'Life' Look Is a Dead-on DelightThe Book of LifeDirector: Jorge R. GutierrezStarring: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing TatumThe visuals outshine the story in "The Book of Life," a lively animated tale mixing age-old myths with today's toon tropes. But...
Mexican Stronghold for Talent
When the Morelia Inti. Film Festival, Mexico's premiere showcase for local talent, kicks off Oct. 18 with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" it will be the second time in two years the fest hosts the same opener as in Venice, after Guillermo del...
Mideast's Media Portrayals of Isis Are No Joke
As Isis, the fundamentalist Islamic group that has claimed swaths of Syria and Iraq as an independent state, continues its advance in the face of U.S. bombing, televised satire, with regional prejudices at its center, is being used in the Arab world...
Miles beyond the Biopic
Don Cheadle has managed to accomplish something no one has been able to pull off in two decades: serve up a bigsereen lie of jazz great Miles Davis."Miles Ahead," in which the versatile tor portrays the legendary trumpeter, larks the directorial début...
My First Time in Variety
March 31,1995"Friends at Last"Sarah Paulson"I feel like when I was a zygote I wanted to be an actress."With the fourth incarnation of "American Horror Story" now underway - this time out she'll be playing Siamese twins - Sarah Paulson (who co-starred...
Naji Abu Nowar: Variety Picks the Arab Filmmaker of the Year
Even before Naji Abu Nowar took home the director prize at the 2014 Venice Horizons section, his feature debut, "Theeb," was one of the most talked-about films on the Lido. Born in Oxford and educated in Jordan and the U.K., Nowar has helped spotlight...
Newsfeed
'Instruments,' 'Evil'to Get TV Spinoff SeriesConstantin Film is stepping up its TV series business with spinoffs of "The Mortal Instruments" and "Resident Evil" movies. Chairman Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the news at a launch for another Constantin...
On Tap for HGTV
The expansion of HGTV's "fantasy destination" series continued with September's launch of "Lakefront Bargain Hunt" and the network has its sights set on adding more shows like "Fixer Upper" and "Flip or Flop" that start to blur the line between home...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this week'The Walking Dead' Returns to Record-Breaking Ratings"The Walking Dead" usually opens its seasons with a bang, and the season-five debut, which aired Oct. 12, might have been the most intense nail-biter yet. "No Sanctuary"...
Reviews Will Be Kind for Nasty 'Play'
Reviews Will Be Kind for Nasty 'Play'Its Only a PlayGerald Schoenfeld Theater; 1085 seats; $167 topDirector: Jack O'BrienStarring: Matthew Broderick, Nathan LaneNobody does mean-nasty-vicious like Terrence McNally, bless his black heart. The pitiless...
Rome Film Fest's Eternal RENEWAL
hen Marco Mueller took over as Rome Film Festival director prior to the event's 2012 edition, he brought with him more than three decades of experience amassed at Venice, Locarno and Rotterdam. But nothing prepared him for the ensuing Roman roller-coaster...
The Devilish BilI Murray
So at last month's Toronto Film Festival, it's perfectly natural that the comedian was having serious trepidation about the special day designated to showing his classic films "Ghostbusters," "Stripes" and "Groundhog Day," followed by an evening premiere...
The 'Shore' Thing
The 'Shore' Thing A new wave of exotic subcultures takes hold of unscripted series By Malina SavalIN JANUARY 2010, LINDA ONG, president of Brooklyn-based firm Truth Co. noticed a curious parallel between the ratings for the season 1 finale of MTV's "Jersey...
This Man Walks into a Messy, War-Torn World
Jamie Masada garnered 15 more minutes of fame in August - appearing on the "Today" show, CNN, etc. - for a depressing reason: The death, premature and tragic, of Robin Williams, a comedian he had known for years. The toll of such events, coupled with...
Twofour54 Thrives as Region's Content Capital
Since it was set up in 2008, named for Abu Dhabi's geographic coordinates, Twofour54 has become a multifaceted media zone with the purpose of growing Abu Dhabi into the region's leading content creation hub."CNN has a building in Dubai Media City with...
Unchaining Big Dreams
Unchaining Big Dreams James Gunn gets the tech tools to realize his vision By Jenelle RileyWITH THE SMASH HIT "Guardians of the Galaxy," James Gunn directed perhaps the most visually arresting movie of the year. In addition to "Guardians'" outer-space...
Up Close, in House
The folks at HGTV are proud that they don't use talking heads to host their shows, instead hiring real estate, construction and landscaping professionals."We'll go out and find people like Chip and Joanna Gaines, or Threk and Christina El Moussa, who...
World Cultural Change: What's Next?
PRATFALLS AND GOOFS CAUGHT ON CAMERA made Vin Di Bona's career. But that doesn't mean the creator of "America's Funniest Home Videos" is an ideal videographer."When my daughter graduated from high school, I panned over the stage and she'd already walked...
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