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. 326, No. 1, 2014

African Film Festival Targets Sustainability
Organizers of the fourth African Film Festival, Afriff, in Nigeria this week are hopeful that the growing fest can become a vital platform to showcase filmmakers from across the continent, and build ways to support the industry with training sessions...
A Not-Yet-Sated 'Hunger'
Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of a revolution in "Mockingjay - Part 1," a key transitional installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise that abandons the reality-TV bloodsports of the first two movies to conjure a dour, grimly escalating vision of...
Backers with Bite
The American dream is alive and well. Tune in to "Shark Tank" Friday nights on ABC, and you'll see it thriving. Budding entrepreneurs pitching their million-dollar ideas. Ruthless investors battling for the best deals. All with the hope of striking it...
Blend of Wins
IT'S BEEN QUITE A YEAR or two for 22-year-old Shailene Woodley, who can't be pigeonholed given her eclec- tic career choices and her ability to succesfully inhabit both indies and studio fare.Woodley, who is receiving Variety's Indie Impact Award on...
'Bones' Keeps Its Strength
The New Group kicks off its 20th anniversary season with a winner: a powerful revival of David Rabe's harrowing 1971 black comedy, "Sticks and Bones." Masterfully helmed by company a.d. Scott Elliott, the production stars Bill Pullman and Holly Hunter...
Branding Bandwagon Begets Big Bucks
Branding is such an overused buzzword in today's Hollywood that some might forget that the concept is relatively new when applied to talent. But business manager Harley Neuman doesn't need to be reminded."When I started my business 24 years ago, the...
Celebration of Italian Film Offers Hope for Oscar Gold
As Oscar season revs up, Italian filmmakers and fans are set to celebrate the nation's movies at the 2014 edition of Cinema Italian Style, the Los Angeles-set showcase of contemporary Italo films. Writer-director Paolo Virzi, whose "Human Capital" is...
Chandor Has a Very Good 'Year'
When "New York, New York" lyricist Fred Ebb wrote that immortal line, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere," it's doubtful he imagined the lifeor-death stakes such sentiments take on in "A Most Violent Year," an '80s-era New York crime drama...
Cutting Edge
GoPro Hero4 Black and SilverGoPro.com I $500 (Black); $400 (Silver)Aimed squarely at professional filmmakers, the Hero4 Black is GoPro's most powerful mobile action camera, boasting twice the power of its predecessor inside a tiny lighter-shaped package....
'Dave' Musical Paves Way for Warners Theater Push
I T TOOK A WHILE, but lit lllSt it's beginning to seem as if Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is everywhere.On Oct. 31, a closed-door reading of Warners' developing musical version of "Dave" - with music by Tom Kitt ("Next to Normal"), lyrics by Nell Benjamin...
Difficult Recipe
Just ask Katherine Heigl. The 35-yearold star tried to wear the crown for a few years, but it never sat comfortably on her head, and after a string of box office flops, she fled Hollywood for Utah. Now, with NBC's "State of Affairs," she's ready to stage...
Downsizing in the Outsized World of Glamour and Glitz
"It's hard to escape a sense that even in the toughfest times, there's plenty of money available for what (and who) really matters."*@blowryontvMany in the TV industry, including those of us who cover it, have spent plenty of time bellying up to the...
'Elsa & Fred' Redo Feels Old, Tired
Not even the ever-winning company of Shirley MaeLaine and Christopher Plummer is enough to reward the viewer's investment in "Elsa & Fred," a bland and formulaic tale of two senior citizens who discover that it's never too late to fall in love -...
Evan Spiegel Finally Leaves Dad's House
Much ink was spilled late last year about how 24-year-old Stanford dropout-turned-tech Wunderkind Evan Spiegel still lived at home in his father's multimillion dollar house in uber-affluent Pacific Palisades. The co-founder and CEO of the photo messaging...
Festival Uncorked
NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR, and running over five days - Nov. 12-16 - the Napa Valley Film Festival is once again showcasing the year's best new independent films, in 14 venues in the towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, and offering a blend...
Fighting Fire with FIRE
The Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which runs Nov. 18-20, is tackling some timely subjects just as extremists in the region are making headlines with their social-media skills.There is a session, in tandem with CNN, called From the Arab Spring to the Summer...
Helping Clients Live Their Lives
ABE ALTMANPARTNER, ALTMAN GREENFIELD & SELVAGGIThe N.Y.-based Altman sees himself as part shrink, part rabbi and part parent to his showbiz clientele, which includes Steve Martin, John Goodman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher and Annette Bening.Most...
Hired
Carter Batsell- VP. Biz Affairs- Director. Biz AfTairsNBCUniversal Cable Ent.Evan Corday- Partner, Head, TV LiteraryThe Cartel- Partner, Head, TV LiteraryEvolution Ent.Jeff Deutchman- VP, AcquisitionsMillennium Ent- Director, AcquisitionsParamount Home...
How 'Dragons' Came to America
^ p-|-| his may be one of the greatest stories of a hit TV I 1 show ever," says Steve Mosko, president of Sony I Pictures Television.I The hit show we now know as "Shark Tank" was -L. discovered 10 years ago at Mipcom, thanks to Sony exec Steve Kent,...
Intense 'Missing' Hits the Target
Starz's European connection has yielded what's easily the pay network's most compelling program to date, and no, it's not "Outlander." "The Missing" takes an every-parents'-nightmare scenario and transforms it into a twisty, dark, time-bending limited...
Late Arrivals May Hold Key
By this time last year, the Oscar race already seemed like a faceoff between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity." Both films were widely seen at festivals by September, and the narrative at the time was that one would be the eventual best picture winner.Things...
Lone Star State of Mind
Although matthew mcconaughey's name will be permanently placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 17, the actor has never strayed far from his roots, deep in the heart of Texas.From the moment he debuted on the big screen in Richard Linklater's 1993...
Make It Work
Variety fetes the few who are finding the right recipe for success in the volatile film bizRobert Ogden BarnumMELDS CREATIVE MINDS WITH MONEYMENBarnum has spent the past decade bridging finance and independent film, having worked with the likes of Benaroya...
Mike Myers 'The Chernobyl of Fame'
Mike Myers doesn't cite uber-manager Shep Gordon's epic laugh as his primary reason for making his buoyant new documentary portrait "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon." but it's easy to assume it was a factor.After all. what comic wouldn't revel...
Miller's Poetic Shadings
It's easy to imagine a lurid, ripped-from-theheadlines movie based on the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz by eccentric Pennsylvania millionaire John du Pont. But that wouldn't be a movie made by ''Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller, who infuses...
My First Time in Variety
September 3,1952"Oklahoma"Florence Henderson"I had a bad cold, and they gave me penicillin. My whole body swelled.... If the critic at Variety knew all the drama that was going on, it might have been a different review."To a certain generation, Florence...
Newsfeed
Disney Toons to Face Off Against M^jor TitlesFresh off the box office success of "Big Hero 6," Walt Disney Animation Studios has dated upcoming projects including fox-on-therun film "Zootopia," set for March 4,2016, and high-seas adventure "Moana," which...
Next TV Blackouts Might Be for Good
Death, taxes and higher pay-TV bills are certainties of modern life. But the escalating cost of TV programming has been hitting a breaking point for consumers - and now it's landing acutely on wholesalers.On Oct. 1, midsize cable operator Suddenlink...
No More Mr. Nice Guy
"DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"THE ACTOR PLAYING JOHN DU PONT ASKS CHANNING TATUM'S CHARACTER, MARK SCHULTZ, AT THEIR FIRST MEETING IN THE UPCOMING FILM "FOXCATCHER."The same question could be asked of audiences when they see the largely unrecognizable...
Not Quite 'Affairs' to Remember
Stäte of Affairs" focuses on one of those faceless behindthe-scenes operatives serving the president of the United States, which is appropriate, since various issues at the periphery are more interesting than the show. The intrigue ranges from Katherine...
Oscar Race Has Oseas Rainbow
AT LAST YEAR'S CESAR AWARDS, three of the top contenders for France's top film prize - specifically. "Blue Is the Warmest Color," "Stranger by the Lake" and "Me, Myself and Mum" - centered on LGBT issues. Compare that with the Oscars, where just one...
Say It Ain't So, Stephen: We Need Your Right-Wing Blowhard
MEMO TO STEPHEN COLBERT:hy did you do it, Stephen? Your on-air reminder the other day that you were abandoning the faux character you've depicted on TV for the past decade arguably is a study in bad timing.I realize that the right-wing asshole you've...
Scenarios for Winning
We are in an era of constant change - digital, financial and artistic. So in the midst of upheaval, it's reassuring to hold onto some old customs.Like many showbiz events, the awards season is a blend of the old and the new. As with every year, there...
Tank Team Talks
Who's the toughest Shark?Barbara Corcoran: "Mark Cuban, without a doubt."Mark Cuban: "Me."Lori Greiner: "Mark can be fierce when Mark wants to be fierce. But when we all want something, then the fangs come out."Robert Herjavec: "Sometimes we're tough....
The Personal Becomes Political
Many of the year's best political documentaries took a microcosmic perspective into the lives of those who were facing something much larger than themselves. Whether it was offering a first-hand look at organized activism in "The Case Against 8"; tackling...
The War between Angels and Demons Spawns CW Hit
After 200 episodes, "Supernatural," which bowed in 2005, has been to hell and back (several times), with a few sojourns to heaven, purgatory, Oz, the past, the post-apocalyptic future and even our world along the way. The show weathered the conversion...
U.K. Shooting Glut Packs Soundstages
Be careful what you wish for: Filming incentives in the U.K. have been so successful, they've caused a severe shortage of studio space.In the past two years, not only has the country enhanced its 25% film tax credit, it's also extended it to include...
Variety Business Manager Elite Award
For his notable impact on BUSINESS MANAGEMENT and his strong commitment to charitable causes, George Savitsky, founder and managing principal of Savitsky, Satin & Bacon, will receive the Variety Business Manager Elite Award on Nov. 13.Since founding...
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