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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. 322, No. 16, 2014

10 Things We Learned from NATPE and Real Screen Summit
While pilot season roared on in Los Angeles, the rest of the TV biz headed to Miami Beach and Washington, D.C., last week for the annual NATPE confab and Real Screen Summit, respectively. The events, which went head to head Jan. 26-29, were a good place...
'$2014 with a Show to Go'
I know that I am just one of many, many people who can say with gratitude that Tom Sherak changed my life. I can remember sitting in his office at Fox in 1987 on my first day in Hollywood as a 20-year-old intern as if it were yesterday. I recall that...
Abortion Comedy Doesn't Take the 'Obvious' Route
Abortion Comedy Doesn't Take the 'Obvious' RouteUntil now, audiences haven't had much choice when it comes to how pregnancy is handled onscreen. Attacking the status quo with infectious humor rather than strident criticism, Gillian Robespierre's uproarious...
Ace Eddie Awards
Rewriting the RulesGreengrass' chaos is carefully craftedBy Peter DebrugeWith all due respect to Godard, who declared, "Every cut is a lie," Paul Greengrass has pioneered a style that relies on editing to bring audiences closer to reality than any other...
Agents and Bankers Form Uneasy Alliance
Agents are deal junkies by instinct. Thus with talent agencies feeling a major squeeze on revenues, insiders knew that a wave of dealmaking would be imminent - deals involving the agencies, not the talent.Their expectations were realized, and the town's...
A Man of Honor
When Tom Sherak died Jan. 28 in Calabasas, Calif., after a long battle with prostate cancer, many in the industry were surprised to find out he was only 68. It's not that he looked or seemed older; it's just that no one could recall a time when he wasn't...
A Monument to Duality
The walls of his rustic chic home, tucked away on a quiet wooded street in Studio City, are graced with framed blackand-white photographs of gorgeous leading men from a bygone era: Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman, among them. In...
An Empty Treasure Trove
An Empty Treasure TroveThe Monuments MenDirector: George ClooneyStarring: George Clooney, Matt DamonIt's not only the great works of European art that have gone missing in "The Monuments Men"; the spark of writer-director-star George Clooney's filmmaking...
An Exposed Soul
ou're aberrated. You've wandered from the proper path, haven't you? These problems you have ... you seem so familiar to me." These words were spoken by Philip Seymour Hoffman in what would turn out to be one of his last screen performances, as the charismatic...
Art Directors Guild Awards
Artists Push BoundariesQNCC again, Variety gives voice to members of the Art Directors Guild, who on these pages assess the work of production designers nominated for ADG's 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The guild nominated individuals...
A Welcome Return to Wain's World
A Welcome Return to Wain's WorldThey Came TogetherDirector: David WainStarring: Paul Rudd. Amy PoehlerThose merry pranksters David Wain and Michael Showalter aim to do for the factory-made Hollywood romantic comedy what their "Wet Hot American Summer"...
BitTorrent Tries to Escape the Pirate's Cove
BitTorrent's slogan is meant to be a manifesto of empowerment: "Delivering an Internet of options, not rules."But it's not a message that plays well in Hollywood, which has viewed the Internet as in dire need of rules since, well, forever. BitTorrent...
Buzz Titles at Berlin
AloftClaudia Lhosa's English-language debut turns on a mother-son relationship torn apart by an accident.Director: Claudia LhosaProducers: I bon Cormenzana, Mark Johnson. Phyllis Laing, Jose Maria Morales, Jerome VidalKey cast: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian...
Childlike Sense of Wonder
Phil Hoffman was our muse, a true and loyal friend, a supreme artist, but even more than that, a rare and humble human being always in possession of that childlike sense of wonder and imagination. It can be posited that he had too much talent. Kids loved...
Couples in Bliss and Gone Amiss
Marriage and the movies have a healthy long-term relationship. But they're usually divorced.2013's nominated screenplays support film historian Jeanine Basinger's thesis, in her breakthrough study "I Do and I Don't," that there's no "marriage movie"...
'Criminal Minds' Keeper of the Flame
Erica Messer exists in a world of horrific murderers, psychotic stalkers and deranged sociopaths - and she's thrived in that environment.Messer is the exec producer and showrunner of CBS drama "Criminal Minds," which airs its 200th episode Feb. 5. She...
Cult Maestro Also Had Major League Impact
Back in the early 70s, a 21-yearold came to producer Jack L. Harris with his first feature film, made in 12 days. The novice director had worked on more than 70 movies but this was his own and he put his life savings, plus a borrowed $30,000, into it....
Directors' Cut above the Rest
While some helmers worked with a loyal band of brothers, others tapped into rookies or casts that were new to them to bring these scripts to lifeALFONSO CUARON'Gravity'Alfonso Cuaron spent seven years trying to get "Gravity" made. During that long period...
EFP Goes WORLD BOUND
Networking. Audience outreach. Opening up new markets. They sound like key words in an MBA program catalog, but those are three of the mandates of European Film Promotion.Founded in 1997, EFP is an international web of orgs from 34 European countries...
Euro Films Join the CROWD
Crowdfunding films in Europe is still in its infancy, but some enterprising producers have launched campaigns, using a few opportunities not yet available in the U.S. - and are facing a different set of challenges.American filmmakers have mainly used...
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Folk Singer Was a Weaver of the American Story
Folk singer Pete Seeger, the pioneering troubadour who made his music an expression of community, conscience and social justice, died of natural causes Jan. 27 in New York. He was 94.Perhaps more than any performer, Seeger was instrumental in popularizing...
Germany: International Co-Production Hotspot
EUROPEANCINEMAGermany remains a hot location for international co-production thanks to generous film subsidies and top-notch studio facilities that offer one-stop shop solutions for foreign projects.Indeed, this year marks the first time ever that Studio...
Getting in Your Face about Race
Getting in Your Face About RaceThe depressing number of race-mocking frat parties in recent years becomes the jumping-off point for a snarky but good-humored cultural debate in "Dear White People." Bristling with arguments about the complexities of black...
'Goldbergs' Chronology Is the Stuff of Comedy
Imagine becoming an archaeologist in, say, 2065. Your first big assignment? Dig up the now-collapsed Museum of the 1980s and catalog all its holdings: the Clash, "The Empire Strikes Back," He-Man, Donkey Kong and a recording by Kim Carnes.This is the...
'He Saved My Life. for Real'
There must be a thousand people in Hollywood whose careers have been helped by Tom Sherak. My brother Peter and I count ourselves among this group, and we will forever be grateful. I personally owe Tom a larger debt of gratitude, however, because he...
High Five
În a speech at the April 2013 San Francisco Film Festival, Steven Soderbergh sounded the alarm about the film business. Among the topics addressed was the difference between cinema and movies: "Cinema is a specificity of vision.... It isn't made by a...
Hip to Those in Need
About 1,000 friends and family gathered Jan. 30 for a memorial services for Tom Sherak, the longtime film marketing and distribution exec who died Jan. 28.The hourlong service, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, highlighted Sherak's idealism, humor,...
Hired
Nickelodeon has named Sarah Noonan senior VP, live-action content, and Jay Schmalholz senior VP, live-event television. In Noonan's new role, she will oversee all development, casting and live-action production for Nickelodeon. Schmalholz will oversee...
'Hitting' and Often Missing
'Hitting' and Often MissingIsn't it just a bit ironic that "Stop Hitting Yourself," the Rude Mechs' pointed (if only fitfully funny) satire of American materialism, should be playing in the grand surroundings of Lincoln Center? To be sure, this transgressive...
Hoffman's Ripple Effect on Industry
The sizzle reel for "Happyish" drew big laughs when Showtime unveiled the clip to a packed roomful of journalists in January.Less than a month later, the fate of the show that was to mark a new chapter in Philip Seymour Hoffman's eclectic and acclaimed...
Hollywood Creates One Smooth Operator
Siri, meet Scarlett.Hollywood has always shown the way to the future. It's a little known fact that, for decades, the bigscreen inspired many forward-looking technologies long before their day. (The reverse has also been true: Steven Spielberg asked...
'Ho!' Springs Eternal
'Ho!' Springs EternalLand Hoi Directors: Martha Stephens, Aaron KatzStarring: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn NelsonYou're never too old to soak in a hot spring, get high on really good weed, or give a marvelous screen performance - or so goes the charming...
John BOYEGA
INITIAL 'ATTACK'Boyega, 21, starred in 201 Ts Brit cult hit "Attack the Block," which grossed $4 million in the U.K., and recently made a splash at Sundance as the star of "Imperial Dreams," in which he plays an ex-con and aspiring writer trying to turn...
Klausman Has R/x for CBS Studios
OVERVIEWFor a man who works below the line, Michael Klausman has a high-visibility job as head of the CBS Studio Center: Anyone looking to book the studio, which has been the location for shows from "The Wild Wild West" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"...
Major European Territories with Significant Film Incentives
EUROPEAN CINEMACOMPILED BY ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERSQ AustriaIncentive:Cash grantMax Benefit:Up to 25% Of qualifying local spend.Comments:Projects capped at 15% of annual funding; funding set at $10.2 million in 2013 and 2014. Minimum local spend: 20% of...
Mickle Has This Thriller Down 'Cold'
Mickle Has This Thriller Down 'Cold'The spirits of 1980s genre maestros like John Carpenter, Walter Hill and William Lustig hover strongly over Jim Mickle's "Cold in July," a superior piece of Texas pulp fiction that starts out like a house on fire,...
Mobile Sales Still a Few Clicks Away for Broadway
On Cyber Monday 2013, mobile purchases accounted for 17% of all retail sales, or more than $350 million in a single day. On Broadway, mobile ticket sales made up just 0.08% of all purchases, or about $9 million, for the entire 2012-13 season.Numbers...
No. 1, Not Done
Having earned hundreds of millions of dollars for hosting "The Tonight Show" over the past twentysomething years, Jay Leno might not look like a working-class hero. Yet there's something people can identify with in his relationship with NBC, where corporate...
Oscar Song Nominee Hits a Sour Note
Last week's disqualification of "Alone Yet Not Alone" from Oscar's best song category is the latest in a series of scandals and head-scratchers that have plagued the music Oscars for years.It's only the second time in four decades that a music nomination...
Roundup of European Hotspots
United KingdomProduction in the U.K. is booming in all sectors. Late last year, the government increased its tax credits for biggerbudget pics. which will benefit Hollywood movies; the vfx sector, in particular, will receive a boost from the changes...
Scene
'THAT AWKWARD MOMENT' L.A. PREMIEREL.A. LIVE. LOS ANGELES, JAN. 27Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller were excited to give comedy a go after Sundance dramas "Fruitvale Station" and "Whiplash." "I was tired of dying," Jordan joked. "I wanted to switch...
'Song One' Hits All the Right Notes
'Song One' Hits All the Right NotesLet's say you want to shag a sexy British indie rocker. "Song One" not only instructs you on how to go about it (first tip: try to look like shagging said indie rocker is the last thing on your mind), but also suggests...
Talent on the RISE
THE 2014 SPORTING STARS - European Film Promotion's annual list of rising talent culled from 10 countries - were chosen by a jury comprising actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Norwegian Shooting Star, 2010), who starred in "Kon-Tiki" and will next be...
Tangled in Chains
Oscar voters have traditionally loved liberation stories, uplifting tales of the oppressed throwing off their shackles.In this season's contending scripts, though, the power relationships are more tangled and the stories lack such cathartic retribution.Edwin...
Teller Seizes This 'Moment'
Teller Seizes This 'Moment'That Awkward MomentDirector: Tom GormicanStarring: Zac Efron. Miles Teller, Michael B. JordanThose wondering how the newly reshuffled Focus Features will differentiate itself from its arty, Oscar-garlanded predecessor need...
The Eyes Don't Have It in 'Origins'
The Eyes Don't Have It in 'Origins'£ * Origins" puts the eyes in sci-fi, I recasting human peepers - I those proverbial windows to I the soul - as the key to so M much more than philosophers, scientists or fashion photographers had ever previously considered....
The Grammys as an Education: Few Go to the Head of the Class
A few lessons learned from the recent Grammy week...The shelf life of an awards show these days is similar to a Pop Tart. By breakfast we're done with it, and on to something new.Blame Neil Portnow. Blame Ken Ehrlich. But don't blame anybody as much...
The Night H'wood Goes to Dinner
When Tom Sherak wasn't working to improve the film industry, he was making strides in the fight against multiple sclerosis.Sherak joined the National MS Society's Southern California and Nevada Chapter in 1993, after his daughter Melissa was diagnosed...
The Variety Interview: Steve Coogan
The man behind 'Philomena' talks about his religious upbringing and learning to embrace things like simple kindness.Steve Coogan is an Oscar nominee, as a producer and writer of "Philomena." He spoke with Variety and mentioned "Philomena" only once,...
Variety Closeup: Judi Dench
'Philomena' actress talks of faith, the importance of getting a story right and why she owes a friend a vacation bynickvivareluThe Oscar-nominated actress, speaking by phone from India where she's filming "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2." talks about...
Winter Thrills despite Chills
The Berlin festival may not unspool on a sunny beach, but the European Film Market, which runs along-side the fest, is becoming much more like Cannes and the American Film Market - at least when it comes to serving as a launching pad for major movies."Berlin...
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