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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. 1, 2014

2013 Peabody Award Winners
Personal Award: Tom Brokaw"180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School" (PBS)"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." (PBS)"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" (CNN)"Best Kept Secret" (PBS)"Borgen" (DR1, Denmark)"Breaking...
Amazon's Battle with Netflix Has Only Just Begun
Amazon.com may still be a long way from Netflix's hefty marketshare, but its recent pact with HBO is just the beginning of an aggressive effort to compete, says head of music and video Bill Carr.Carr says licensed and original SVOI) are just parts of...
Art Makes a Statement
The Cannes Festival shines a global spotlight on filmmakers - and on graphic artists. The annual unveiling of the festival's poster has become an event that stirs up attention and debate like at no other film fest.A hunt for the right image begins in...
A Writer for All Centuries
PLAYWRIGHT AND SCREENWRITER John Logan is known for his versatility - moving easily among pics as disparate as "Hugo," "Rango" and "Skyfall" as well as the upcoming bigsereen adaptation of tuner "Jersey Boys." He's working on drafts for the next two...
Balancing the Bottom Line
As studios put more and more of their resources into tentpoles, independent producers are pondering a key question: How much money is the right amount for a project?For starters, with the Cannes Film Festival looming, producers are dealing with "smarter"...
Basic Behavior
Darkness becomes fx.Whether it's the Southern Gothic tone of "Justified," the evil incarnate of "American Horror Story," the Cold War paranoia of "The Americans" or the underlying menace of "Sons of Anarchy," the deeply flawed characters populating these...
BON MOMENTS: A Brief History
1895Leon Gaumont, a French inventor, industrialist and pioneer of the film industry, establishes Gaumont, selling camera equipment and film, expanding into production and cinemas.1974Nicolas Seydoux, Schlumberger empire heir and brother of Pathe's Jerome...
'City' Gets Witty with Political Nitty-Gritty
'City' Gets Witty With Political Nitty-GrittyThc City of ConversationLincoln Center/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater; 299 seats; $87 topPlaywight: Anthony GiardinaStarring: Jan Maxwell, Kristen BushTwo gripping political dramas in the same season? How positively...
Closing the D'Or
Seated at his desk in a third-floor office at the Cannes Film Festival's Paris headquarters, Gilles Jacob exudes the calm, patrimonial authority of a lion in winter - or, as Jacob likes to describe himself, a veteran fire chief who has weathered all...
Debutante Ball
SINCE HITTING A NERVE with the worldwide B.O. smash hit "The Intouchables" ($426 million), Gaumont hits ramped up its commitment to debut features and has turned into Gaul's film champion for diverse young talents emerging from France's Web, TV, stage...
Debutante Dilemma
Cannes lends glamour and a white hot focus on films, which can be great for future box office. Hut it's not that simple for international sales executives.Sometimes they need to step back and gauge if Cannes is the ideal place to launch a film's presales....
Deep Pockets, but Also Some Deep Concerns
The Ambani name - the family behind DreamWorks' investor Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group - counts for plenty in India.Anil's father, Dhirubhai, was a ragsto-riches trader who helped introduce a raft of modern industries to India, and made a fortune...
Digital Strategy Taps Youthful Audience
WITH PIONEERING INITIATIVES such as MyFrenchFilmFestival and the iPhone app Le Cinema Français, film promo agency UniFrance has unleashed a digital strategy to enlarge audiences and expand revenue streams for French cinema."We offer a real alternative...
Drama Onscreen and off for Festival Opener
In 1955, on a trip to Cannes, Grace Kelly met Monaco's Prince Rainier III, a man whose fame overshadowed her own. Even though she left Hollywood for a different kind of royalty when she later married the prince, she wrestled with her decision. Nearly...
French Films Get Fresh Boost
The mission of unifrance has always been to lift theatrical numbers and broaden the appeal of Gallic fare in challenging markets.Today the film promo org is finding ever more creative ways to do that. One of them is to join forces with exhibitors.In...
French Triumph
After i.osing itself for some time, the legendary 114-yearold French studio Gaumont bounced back to the top of the charts with the box office phenom "The Intouchables" in 2011. Three years later and with more French hits under its belt, the vertically...
Full Sales Ahead
WHILE THE OVERSEAS market for French-language films is becoming increasingly competitive, Gaumont's international sales team is proving, market after market, that buyers are still game to venture off the beaten path to find gems."Our motto at Gaumont...
Fx: A Brief History
1994On June 1, FX (originally "fx") launches in 18 million homes with the slogan, "TV Made Fresh Daily." Programming includes reruns of "Batman" and "Eight Is Enough."1999Reruns of "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice" give way to movies in primetime. FX...
FX Revenue Soars on Movies, Original Series
On its 20th anniversary, the FX network could be viewed as a lovely birthday present for its corporate parent 21st Century Fox. Valued at $9.5 billion by media researcher SNL Kagan, the figure represents a considerable leap from its estimated $5 billion...
German Film Funder Lakes Stock in the World
^ here are few major film festivals that don't feature pics backed by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in their lineups, and Cannes is no exception. This year, the German film funding and media biz development org celebrates its 10th anniversary under...
Glitzy Fundraiser Helps amfAR Find a Cure
For 20 years, amf AR's Cinema Against AIDS fundraiser has drawn some of the world's most beautiful and wealthy people to its event at Cannes, but this year, as the star-studded party celebrates 21 years of raising money for AIDS research and education,...
Global Ambitions for Swedish Giant
Svensk filmindustri, which celebrates its 95th birthday this year, isn't showing its age. The Swedish major - once the home of Ingmar Bergman - is aspiring to win back market shares in production and aims to become Europe's most interesting film and...
'Godzilla': The Lizard of Blahs
'Godzilla': The Lizard of BlahsSomeone should tell Warner Bros, that when they've got a presence as big as Godzilla, they don't need movie stars, because frankly, who remembers the characters in a rampaging-kaiju movie anyway? Still, just to be safe,...
Indie Spirit Rewards
Last year, Svensk Filmindustri acquired hot shingle Tre Vanner, instantly making the indie and its head of film operations, producer Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro, one of Scandinavia's most influential producers."The executives of Svensk found no reason...
Italo Pics Must Make a BREAK
The Italian film business, coming off an Oscar win this year for Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty," should be on a roll. But the Italo industry's story is more complex, as shrinking budgets and a stagnant box office hamper a filmmaking community...
La VIE En ROLES
It is the voice - lilting, lightly French-accented - that one notices first, even before fully registering the famous face. You notice it because, in the movies, Marion Cotillard so rarely sounds like herself, whether affecting Edith Piafs nasal warble...
Louie C.K. Doesn't Do Homework
If you have school-age children nearby, you won't want them to read this interview with Louis C.K.Keeping your kids away from the creator-writer-director-editor-star of "Louie" isn't, as you might expect, due to the salty standup's penchant for so-called...
Mobile in Mind
MacBook Airapple.com I starts at $899Apple's already impressive MacBook Air laptop just got faster, with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors that power the 11-inch and 13-inch screens. Better still, they come with cheaper pricetags ($100 less than previous...
Newbies and Record-Breakers
The tony awards are set to take place on June 8; those without tickets can watch at home on CBS. We've compiled some fascinating facts about this year's nominees to prepare you for the big show.ALWAYS A BRIDESMAIDSure, Audra McDonald gets all the publicity...
Newsfeed
Lionsgate Turns Up 'Power'; WB Sets 'Flintstones'Reboots and TV-tomovie adaptations continue to pile up, with announcements of a live-action "Power Rangers" movie and an animated "Flintstones" feature. Lionsgate and Saban Brands are partnering on the...
Offbeat Afghan-Set Comedy Seeks Love from Cannes
Is the world ready for a comedy about Kabul? Will audiences empathize with a broke Bill Murray bar-hopping amid the wartime chaos of Afghanistan?Certainly "Rock the Kasbah," being shopped at Cannes this week (it starts . shooting June 2), contrasts sharply...
'Old' Story Feels New
'Old' Story Feels NewMy Old ClassmateDirector: Frant GwoStarring: Zhou Dongyu. Lin GengxinCharting a love story that spans two decades, Frant Gwo's "My Old Classmate" is a Chinese campus romance that manages to make the genre's most time-worn themes...
'Plimpton': A Jackass, with Style
'Plimpton': A Jackass, With StylePlimpton!Starring George Plimpton as Himself Documentary; PBS, Fri. May 16,9 p.m. WriterDirectors:Tom Bean, Luke PolingFew media figures have felt more conspicuously ahead of their time than George Plimpton, who brought...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"Happy birthday, George Clooney. 53 is the perfect age to start settling down." Ellen DeGeneres@TheEltenShow"I remember when we were testing 'Apollo 13,' and it was an hour...
Remembered
Michael TravisMichael Travis, best known for designing Liberace's extravagant costumes for 16 years, died May 1 in Studio City He was 86.0Jessica CleavesJessica Cleaves, the female lead singer of the 70s soul-pop group the Friends of Distinction, died...
'Return' Toons in a Less Colorful Oz
'Return' Toons in a Less Colorful OzLegends of Oz: Dorothy's ReturnDirectors: Will Finn. Daniel St. PierreVoices: Lea Michele, Dan AykroydThere are more credited producers than there are Munchkins in "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return," a kid-friendly...
Smallscreen Strength
CABLE AND STREAMING SERVICES' ascendency has truly caused tectonic shifts in Hollywood. And as all good Ixjs Angeles residents know, when the earth starts shaking, it's time to rethink where you plant your feet. Still sloughing off decades of ingrained...
Spotting Live Genius in Undead Series
Spotting Live Genius in Undead Series Câbler s deft handling of The Returned pays off By Jenelle RileyIt's hip to be undead these days, so it's difficult to find a fresh take on the zombie genre. Yet the Sundance Channel has done just that with the French...
Sticking with Spielberg
lie Cannes Film Festival has always provided the perfect stage to make propitious announcements | given the insatiable appetite of the world press 7^ that gathers in the South of France each year for the celebrated event. But even Cannes veterans were...
The New Hard Sell
For nearly seven decades, top talent has descended on the Croisette for splashy parties and black-tie movie premieres. But in the past couple years, more and more actors and directors have been arriving in Cannes, Berlin and AFM for equally star-studded...
Tooned Up for Global Sales
WHEN GAUMONT - the world's oldest film studio - decided to expand its international operations, one of its first decisions was to purchase Gallic toon powerhouse Alphanim in 2008 and rebrand it as Gaumont Animation in 2013."When we decided to diversify...
Young Actors Try to Find New Dawn after 'Twilight'
Ever since the lineup of the Cannes Film Festival was announced last month, gossip sites have been salivating over an unlikely scenario: a red carpet run-in between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The "Twilight" co-stars and former off-screen couple...
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