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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. 323, No. 10, 2014

After Letterman Deal, They Broke the Mold
DAVID LETTERMAN'S sign-off from CBS' "Late Show" next year will not only mark the end of an era in latenight, it will bring the curtain down on one of the most unique and lucrative deals ever crafted for a television star.From day one on CBS, Letterman...
Barbara's Long Goodbye
Barbara Walters is known for turning her interviews into sob sessions, but as she exits the biz she's known all her life, she's determined not to do that. When the legendary broadcaster retires next month at age 84 from ABC's "The View," following a...
Celebs Lead the Charge in Climate Change Doc
The celebrity power fueling "Years of Living Dangerously," Showtime's multi-part, James Cameron/Arnold Sehwarzenegger/Jerry Weintraub-produced documentary devoted to sounding alarms about climate change, is inevitably a double-edged sword. Bigname stars...
Chipper Serving of 'Fargo'
Chipper Serving of 'Fargo'As bracing as the snowy vistas in the movie on which it is based, FX's "Fargo" quickly establishes itself as its own property, possessing the tone and style of the rightly admired Coen brothers classic, but pursuing a new tawdry...
Comeback Kid Changed Mood for Noir Classics
From 1937to 1946, Mickey Rooney played clean-cut, wideeyed Midwestern teenager Andy Hardy 15 times in a series of films that proved instrumental (along with his Judy Garland musicals) making him one of the most popular movie stars of his era. They also...
Conan O'Brien Set for Hair Raising Experience as MTV Movie Host
PARTY TIMEConan O'Brien's unique sense of the absurd will serve him well as host of April 13's MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theater. Audience expectations for craziness are high and, O'Brien says, his hair prep alone will take about 72 hours.Variety:...
Does 'Idol' Ebb Mean Music's over at Fox?
THE SEASON-TO-DATE primetime rankings may tell a different story, but there's no question Fox is limping to the finish of the 2013-14 television season.After good audience response to newcomer "Sleepy Hollow" in the fall, Fox's start to 2014 was rocky....
Dr. Phil's Top 5 Guests
Exclusive: Ariel Castro's First Victim Speaks Out (Original Air Date-11/5/13) "Michelle Knight is definitely one of those guests over the 12 seasons of the show who has had a profound effect on me. As you may remember, Michelle was the first of Ariel...
'Ellen' May Be the Talker to Beat
WARNER BROS.' "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which has won Daytime Emmy's entertainment talkshow prize three times since 2008, is again the yakker to beat, especially with host Ellen DeGeneres coming off a highly viewed gig hosting the Oscars."(Emmy voting)...
Emotional Rescue
While shooting the 2,000th episode of his hit talkshow, airing April 8, Dr. Phil McGraw stood on the show's stage on the Paramount lot and looked out at some 200 familiar faces.Over the course of several months, McGraw, executive producer Carla Pennington...
Filmmaker Isn't Short on Drive
When filmmaker Essy Niknejad read the story of a femme race car driver who beat the odds to win the Iranian National Championship in 2006, he figured it had drama written all over it. Dubbed "Little Schumacher," after Formula One legend Michael Shumacher,...
Fumi NIKAIDO
EARLYSTARTBorn in 1994 in Naha, Okinawa. Fuini Nikaido got oft' to an early start in show business, appearing in her first TV' drama, "Juken no kami-sama," in 2007. and her first theatrically released feature film, actor-director Koji Yakusho's family...
Keys to Anderson's 'Hotel' Success Story
ANDERSON'S WORLD: The director's eye for detail is a merchandiser's dream. "Budapest" features a collection on eBay, a partnership initiated by actor and frequent Anderson collaborator Waris Ahluwalia (whose own fashion label is House of Waris). Auction...
Killing Them Too Softly
Having hit the international jackpot with "The Woman in Black," the revived Hammer Films label follows up with a title that lacks that haunted-house pic's familiarity of source material, highly accessible premise and equivalently marketable star. Instead,...
Menzel Deserves a Better Option
In her belated return to Broadway after "Wicked," powerhouse belter Idina Menzel is sorely misused in "If/Then." "Next to Normal" writing team Brian Yorkey (who penned the pretentious book and lyrics) and Tom Kitt (who composed the flaccid music) designed...
Newsfeed
'Thrones' Nears HBO RecordHBO's"Gameof Thrones" return on April 6 soared to a series record and drew some of the premium cabler's best numbers. Roughly 6.6 I million fans W showed up for its fourth-season premiere - up 50% from its year-ago opener. It's...
Plugged In
SAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"Y'know who does a wonderful David 1 .andernian impersonation? Joe Piscopo." - the CBS exec they can't fire because of nepotismPatton Oswalt, on the state of network execs@ pattonoswalt"Millions of devoted...
Polanski: Art as Life
Roman Polanski revels in recounting the story of how he met actress Emmanuelle Seigner, to whom he has been married for 25 years, and who is the mother of his two children. The year was 1985, and Polanski was in pre-production on "Pirates," the problem-plagued,...
Producer Builds a Biz with Tyro TALENT
Black comedy "Me Myself and Murdoch" (no, not that Murdoch) - about a Palestinian man who awakes from a coma to discover he can speak only Hebrew - marks the first time the Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has worked with a budget of at least $1 million....
Sarandon Helps Ex-Banker Make Social Justice Films
Thomas Morgan's career path began to change the day he went to his daughter's school presentation. His transformation solidified the day he met actress Susan Sarandon.Morgan, an investment banker, became involved after the event as his daughter and a...
'Spanish Affair' Is No One-Night STAND
Spain, still reeling from the 2008 global economic crisis, sky-high unemployment rates for young people and Eurozone financial woes, finally has something to laugh about: Romantic comedy "Spanish Affair" (Ocho apellidos vascos) is taking the country...
Sudsers Bubble Back Up
The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.A couple of years after "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.Ratings...
The News Biz Needs a Few Good Hypocrites
With print news migrating to a Web environment that's as motivated by traffic as TV is by ratings, the time is fast approaching when anyone who dares criticize media excess will be immediately open to charges of hypocrisy.To that I say: Send in the hypocrites.Legitimate...
The Specialist of Thought Talk
CARLA PENNINGTON NEVER KNOWS when a compelling idea for a show segment might strike. It could come from the salon, where she's listening to the lively chatter, from family members' conversations or from her producers who've approached her with a pitch.The...
'The View' from the Inside
The show snuck on the air in the middle of August, using a set recycled from the defunct soap opera "The City."Nobody, not even exec producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, thought "The View" had much of a chance of surviving in the 11 a.m. weekday...
This 'Sun' Rises to the Occasion
Denzel Washington's rabid fans won't be seeing their idol in director Kenny Leon's heart-stopping revival of Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 play, "A Raisin in the Sun." They'll be seeing Walter Lee Younger, the scion of a hard-working black...
TV Acad Topper Keyed into Digital Media
1958-2014Lucy Hood, president and chief operating officer of the Television Academy who was respected for her keen understanding of digital media, died April 2 after a battle with cancer. She was 56.Hood, a former Fox and News Corp. exec, took the reins...
TV Stations Eye Campaign Spending Windfall
April 2 was like Christmas for TV station groups. The Supreme Court's latest decision striking down limits on political campaign contributions promises to inject more velocity into the gusher of ad dollars flowing to local TV and radio stations.The high...
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