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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. 326, No. 15, 2015

9½ Sex Scenes
VARIETY CRITICS OFFERUP THEIR FAVORITES"Don't Look Now" (1)(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)This notorious sequence, featuring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, comes feverishly close to capturing the close-quarters tenderness of a loving marriage."Late Marriage"...
Abbey Lee
STAR OF PAGE AND SCREENLee won an Aussie model-search competition in 2004, and has become one of the world's bestknown fashion faces. Now, she's broadened her horizons into acting for the upcoming "Mad Max: Fury Road," directed by George Miller.HOLY...
A Fiscal Chill Blows across the Sharpest Edge of Satire
Read enough First Amendment cases and you become familiar with the concept of a "chilling effect," which refers to how placing restrictions on speech can lead to self-censorship.In the wake of Sony's trouble-plagued release of "The Interview" and the...
Artistic Impressions
While political and ecothemed documentaries are once again prevalent at Sundance, portrait docus dominate this year's nonfiction lineup.Kurt Cobain, Barry Crimmins, Marlon Brando, Tig Notaro, Robert "Evel" Knievel, Warren Jeffs and Nina Simone are among...
Awards Season Sees Studios Do Vanishing Act
This is the time of year when filmgoers addicted to awards shows find themselves asking, "What happened to the movies I saw last year?" Box office hits like "Interstellar," "Guardians of the Galaxy" or even "Gone Girl" were among the missing, for example,...
Bachelor Buds Make a Good 'Wedding' Pair
Bachelor Buds Make a Good 'Wedding' PairThe sweet-and-salty chemistry of Josh Gad and Kevin Hart is good for a few yuks in "The Wedding Ringer," a well-cast but clumsily assembled buddy-for-hire comedy that increasingly smacks of desperation as it approaches...
'Blackhat' Just Can't Hack It
'Blackhat' Just Can't Hack ItIn classic Westerns, the heroes wore white hats, while the villains wore black, making it easy to tell them apart. The world's gone blurry in Michael Mann's "Blackhat," a surprisingly inelegant yet breathlessly up-to-the-minute...
Blum Bets on Latinos with Help from J.Lo
HESE ARE TRICKY TIMES for the box office, which fell by 5.2% in 2014 (its lowest attendance level in two decades), but Hispanic ticketbuyers represent a silver lining. Last year, for instance, the demo constituted approximately 22% of the opening-week...
Breaking in on the Smallscreen
UNLIKE THEIR FILM COUNTERPARTS, TV actors can often bank on repeat nominations at the annual SAG Awards. That's great for a fortunate few. but the lack of turnover makes it all the more challenging for newcomers to crack the field. Two-thirds of this...
CBS Diversity Showcase Gets Laughs and Jobs for Talent
If laughter is the best medicine, then for an industry still ailing from a lack of diversity onscreen, the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase might be the perfect R/x.Now in its 10th year, the showcase is designed to introduce industry folks, especially casting...
'Constellations' Touches the Stars
'Constellations' Touches the StarsShort and sweet and strangely haunting. That's the quick take on "Constellations," a romantic two-hander starring dreamy Jake Gyllenhaal and the radiant British thesp Ruth Wilson (fresh off her Golden Globes win for...
Cool Heads Focus on Hot Titles
The importance of Sundance's film marketplace and what's considered "Sundance bait" depends on whether you're asking a seller, distributor, director, producer, talent agent or the heads of the fest itself.If this year's market is a bit less frenzied,...
Detective Friction May Not Pay Off
Detective Friction May Not Pay Off'Backstrom," it turns out, is just 2015-ese for "House," with Rainn Wilson's Dwight Schrute elevated to the leading- man role the character always thought he deserved in "The Office." A mildly defective detective (sorry,...
Feminist Twist on 'Frankenstein'
Feminist Twist on 'Frankenstein'While multiplex fantasy remains an extravagantly caped boys' club, a stealthy gender inquiry is taking place in specialty sci-fi territory, with Alex Garland's brittle, beautiful "Ex Machina" its latest slyly thoughtful...
'Fifty Shades' Laid Bare
EVEN THOUGH CHRISTIAN GREY IS FULLY NAKED FOR MOST OF E.L. JAMES' MEGA-BESTSELLFP "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY." MOVIEGOERS MAY BE DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN THAT STAR JAMIE DORNAN WON'T BE."They were privy to everything, just not my manhood," Doman says on a recent...
Filmmakers First
If the organizers of the Slamdance Film Festival wanted to capitalize on the current industry Zeitgeist, they couldn't have done much better than programming documentary "Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang" right alongside James Franco's "Yosemite,"...
Frank Giustra Doubles Down on Bevhills Estate
As the high-end real estate market continues its seemingly ceaseless march toward the stratosphere, Canadian mining magnate and entertainment industry mover and shaker Frank Giustra hopes to double his money on a Beverly Hills estate listed at $13,995...
Horror Tale Is Gravely Authentic
Raised in a tiny New Hampshire village, Robert Eggers frequently let his imagination stray to the rural area's occult past - a sensibility that feeds into his Sundancebound directorial debut, "The Witch," a remarkably authentic, period horror movie set...
Married to the Job
Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas might be legally married to other people - but professionally, they might as well start sending out invitations. The two producers, who share showrunning duties on ABCs "Resurrection" and "Marvels Agent Carter" (the latter...
Miffed Maestro Mann-Handled?
When Harry Gregson-Williams attended the premiere of Michael Mann's "Blackhat," he was stunned to find very little of his 90 minutes of score left in the movie. He joins an ever-growing list of celebrated composers who have had all or part of their scores...
Nigeria Plexes Its Screen MUSCLES
For the past five years, an Islamist insurgency has shaken northern Nigeria, claiming several thousand lives and putting the government in its crosshairs. But while the ongoing violence might rattle the nerves of some, Kene Mkparu looks at the region...
Paxson Started Home Shopping Network
Lowell (Bud) Paxson, the co-creator of Home Shopping Network who later amassed a trove of TV stations and launched the family-friendly network Pax TV, died Jan. 9 in Montana. He was 79.Paxson was in his 20s when, after graduating from Syracuse U., he...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"Is the world increasingly horrific or am I just on Twitter?"Joss Whedon@josswhedon"I was sleeping, and someone knoeked, and I sort of stumbled out of bed and answered it -...
Q&a: Fifty Shades Author E.L. James
Author E.L. James was a producer on the film that was made from her bestseller. With Variety's Ramin Setoodeh, she discussed Jamie Dornan's performance, why she chose Universal's Focus Features to make the film, and whether or not the movie's mix of...
Smaller Scale
Producers Guild of America co-presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary are half a year into their dual presidency of the 6.700-member organization and neither is resting on laurels.They both believe that the PGA plays a vital role in helping producers...
Smallscreen Dreams
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, as the saying goes, join 'em. And while the Sundance Institute won't be dropping its efforts to foster the filmmakers anytime soon, the huge migration of indie film talent to TV series led the org to launch its first Episodic Story...
Sundance Spending Could See Digital Lift
HOLLYWOOD DESCENDS on the Sundance Film Festival this week, checkbooks in hand, hoping to find the next big thing in indie movies. In many cases, that means buyer beware, because the thin mountain air in Park City can turn conservative bidders into free...
TCA Takeaways: New Stars, Trends, Tchotchkes
Six Rising Stars1ROSE MclVERSTAR "iZOMBIt ' (C W)The Kiwi actress drew laughs in talking about the show's goodlooking zombies and her character's diet of brains. But for one drawback, she's ready for the cookbook tie-in. "We still haven't got the recipes."2COURTNEY...
The Man Who Changed the World's Soundtrack
RAY DOLBY wasn't the only person to have had a life-altering "ah-ha" moment while traveling in India.But his, which came in the early 1960s while listening to scratchy recordings he'd made, may be one of the few that altered the soundtrack of the world....
The Union Prez Looks to Future
SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard has remained a working actor, portraying a judge in The Judge" with SAG-nominated Robert Duvall - while admitting that the acting game isn't easy for any of the union's 160,000 members.'Actors are in a tough business and...
Turn Up the Volume
It's the year of the woman composer at Sundance, with 11 features and shorts sporting scores by women, along with a celebratory event for the newly formed Alliance for Women Film Composers.That number is believed to be a record. Female composers wrote...
Unsinkable, Unstoppable Debbie Reynolds
Whether on stage or screen, a Debbie Reynolds entrance makes you sit up and take notice. She bursts into a scene with a contagious joie de vivre, as if the backstage wings or the side of the frame can't contain her.In 2008 she kicked off a solo evening...
'Vegas' Tuner Has a Decent Hand
'Vegas' Tuner Has a Decent Hand'Honeymoon in Vegas" answers gloomy Gotham's crying need for some good old lowbrow farce - the kind of show with silly songs, mindless physical comedy and towering showgirls in feather headdresses. Scribe Andrew Bergman...
Want an Oscar? Get out Earlier
Attention, future oscar hopefuls: The Jan. 15 nominations are a reminder that the Venice-Telluride-Toronto festivals are no longer just a showcase - they're a deadline.For decades, Hollywood opened its prestige films in December.For the films of 2002...
Women Working to Gain Ground
HOLLYWOOD HAS LONG BEEN A MAN'S WORLD and this is especially true when it comes to the producing side of the biz. where the number of women securing financing for bigscreen projects remains noticeably scant. To be sure, we've come a long way from such...
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