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. 7, 2014

365 Days and Countless Ways to Laugh
365 Days and Countless Ways to Laugh From TV to film to stand-up around the globe, these are the year's maestros of massive mirthABBI JACOBSON AND ILANA GLAZERPOPULAR BROADSIMPACT: The inaugural season of "Broad City," (1) Jacobson and Glazer's hit scripted...
Aamir Khan Is Staying ON MESSAGE
Movie stars often aren't shy when it comes to using their clout to help shed light on worthy causes, but few have the platform of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, whose weekly talkshow "Satyamev Jayate" (Truth Alone Prevails) recently completed its third...
Ann Marcus Shaped History of the Media
Ann Marcus, who won an Emmy for "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and worked on "Days of Our Lives," "Knots Landing" and "Peyton Place," died Dec. 3 at her home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was 93.Marcus, a member of the Writers Guild of America since 1961,...
Artists at the Helm
Every year, Variety asks prominent directors to talk about the fellow directors whose work moved them. This year's passionate lot includes previous Oscar winners like Ron Howard, Robert Benton, James Cameron and Alfonso Cuaron. as well as relative newcomers...
A Sloppily Built 'Pyramid'
A unique three-sided pyramid is the archaeological discovery that triggers some distinctly one-dimensional drama in "The Pyramid," a likably lame-brained Egypto-horror exercise from tireless B-movie merchants Gregory Levasseur and Alexandre Aja. Marking...
Betsy Beers
"I like to think that Harry Cohn is having a somewhat difficult time sleeping in his grave thinking of a chick with a white shag rug taking over his space," says Betsy Beers.When Shondaland moved into new office space at Sunset Gower studios, the exec...
'Black Sea' Boasts Subtle Depths
For an adventure set on (or, more accurately, beneath) the high seas, there's something peculiarly low-key about "Black Sea," a modern-day pirate thriller - complete with buried treasure - in which maritime derring-do takes a backseat to subtler, neo-Cold...
Buyout Binge: Consolidation Sweeps Reality TV
Looking for scale, global conglomerates buy production companies By Cynthia LittletonSINCE THE DAWN OF THE MODERN reality tv era, the unscripted production business has been a magnet for mavericks. The sector has long been considered the last haven in...
Code of Conduct
Benedict Cumberbatch is concerned that the world might be growing tired of him. Though the actor, who shot to fame as the titular character on the BBC series "Sherlock," has long had a rabid and vocal fanbase, he is rapidly emerging as a leading man....
Crowe's 'Water' Less Than Divine
An often capriciously mixed cocktail of war film and cross-cultural family melodrama, "The Water Diviner" marks an ambitious if emotionally manipulative directing debut for Russell Crowe. Playing the titular Australian farmer who journeys to Tlirkey...
Cyber Crisis at Sony Envelops Hollywood
Hollywood is reeling from the entertainment industry equivalent of WikiLeaks - leaving the entire town on high alert.For the past two weeks, Sony Pictures Entertainment has been battered by a treacherous cyber-attack that has exposed the studio's and...
'Data Security Oil Spill' Leaves Studio at Risk
Just a few months ago, Sony Corp. announced a settlement that offered $15 million in free games and other services in response to a wave of claims involving a breach of consumer data of 77 million users of its PlayStation Network.Legal experts say that...
Deloitte Innovation in Media & Entertainment Award: Ales Carloss
AS HEAD OF YOUTUBE ORIGINALS, Alex Carloss leads his team's efforts to develop, launch and nurture shows from the next generation of influential creators and entertainers exploding on the YouTlibe platform. For this pioneering role, he will receive the...
Digital Dollars Boost Studios' Bottom Lines
New releases have always been the lifeblood of the home entertainment business, and in the digital era they are lending particular vigor to the elec- tronic sell-through (EST) sector. In the first nine months of this year, consumer spending on digital...
Don Mischer: Still Going Strong
It's probably just as well that Don Mischer's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be planted in concrete on Dec. 11, since he has run out of space on his mantle for yet another award. The highly decorated producer-director already has 15 Emmys, a...
Executech
Mobile DevicesCars are quickly becoming the Next Big Thing for devices that can deliver all forms of entertainment, from streaming music to video. Here's a look at what's coming up in the very near future.Mazda6mazda.comThe only thing dragging down the...
Flea Adds Los Feliz Traditional to His Real Estate Empire
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Balzary, aka Flea, has been a staple in celebrity property gossip columns going back a decade or more, so it really came as no surprise when real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak told us she's "1,000% positive" the...
Food Network Shows Make World Their Oyster
Food is fast becoming the universal language of television.Food Network parent company Scripps Networks Interactive is in the midst of a big push to beef up its international channel portfolio. The effort began five years ago as a mission to export the...
Golden Globes Short on Laffs
Films including "birdman," "Into the Woods," "Boyhood" and "Unbroken" are surefire picks for Golden Globe nominations Dec. 11. But separating films into either drama or comedy/musical categories feels particularly difficult this year: The lines are blurry,...
Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame Inductee: Brett Ratner
BRETT RATNER, one of Holly- wood's most successful directors and producers, is responsible for a string of theatrical hits that have grossed more than $2 billion at the box office, including "Hercu- les," the "Rush Hour" trilogy, "X-Men: The Last Stand"...
Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame Inductee: Thomas Gewecke
THOMAS GEWECKE has consistent- ly kept his eye on the future.The chief digital officer and exec VP, strategy and business development at Warner Bros. Entertainment is responsible for driving the company's worldwide growth in the digital space and coordinating...
Innovation Award: Amazon.com
Amazon.com has been a game changer ever since founder Jeff Bezos started selling books over the Internet in 1995. It was the proverbial transformational moment that would change the face of retailing.As Amazon branched out beyond books, one of its first...
Inside the Biz of Ansari
Aziz Ansari, Variety3s comedy impact honoree of the year, fits the bill perfectly in both timeliness and social import, says Mike Schur, co-creator of "Parks and Recreation." "There aren't very many funny people like Aziz Ansari in the world," Schur...
Is Pre-Release Piracy a Threat to 'Annie' B.O.?
The cyber-attackers who broke down Sony Pictures' digital doors stole five movies and uploaded them to piracy sites - a move that could cost the studio millions of dollars in lost box office and homevideo revenue.From the time those films popped up on...
Israeli Satirist Pauses for Reality Check
Sayed Kashua, the Israeli Arab author, screenwriter and journalist, has made a career of self-mockery. The "Dancing Arabs" screenwriter is perhaps best-known to Israeli auds as the mastermind behind "Arab Labor," a successful comedy series that debuted...
It's Easier, but at Times Uglier, to Find News of Our Heroes
"Having erred in the past by ignoring or whitewashing the private lives of public figures, the media now have largely swung in the opposite direction, eagerly pouncing on transgressions large and small."*@blowryontvDespite largely approving of his politics,...
Jolie's 'Unbroken' Neither Sinks nor Swims
Impeccable craftsmanship and sober restraint have been brought to bear on "Unbroken," Angeli- na Jolie's beautifully wrought but cumulatively underwhelming portrait of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic run- ner-turned-U.S. Air Force bombardier who spent 47...
Los Angeles' Ultimate Power Woman Was a Master of the Deal
Buffy Chandler decided that while Los Angeles had become a booming city, it was also a cultural vacuum, and she would use the Chandler clout to remedy that"* @mrpeterbartA"women-in-power" tribute seems to take place almost every week, but last week,...
My First Time in Variety
June 4, 1945"The Wind Is Ninety"Legendary actor Kirk Douglas is celebrating his 98th birthday Dec. 9, with a book of poems called "Life Could Be Verse" (HCI Books). His storied career began on the Broadway stage, where he says, "I got a few bit parts,...
Nick Toons into Next-Gen Talent
Where will the next "SpongeBob" creator come from?If Nickelodeon has its way, he or she will be a homegrown artist. That's because the câbler thinks it has found an edge in the race for animation talent in the booming toon business, launching internal...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's storiesI want to write a disaster movie called RAIN and the story fi is just people in LA trying to deal with rain."Liz Meriwether@lizmeriwether"I was realty nervous to do it. Then,...
Power Players Shape Showbiz
DANIEL H. BLACKCHAIR. WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA PRACTICEGREENBERG TRAURIGCrafting Microsoft deals for original programs on Xbox, Black says he's in uncharted territory where "you are racing to create (new) models" while mindful that Hollywood...
Rainn Wilson Pays It Forward with Haitian Arts Program
In 2009, months before a colossal earthquake devastated Haiti, actor Rainn Wilson and his wife, author Holiday Reinhorn, visited the country. Reinhorn had been invited by Sean Penn's charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, to hold workshops in creative...
Real People Are a Scribes Puzzle
"IF YOU'RE WRITING THE NELSON MANDELA STORY, there are moments in that life that you can't mess around with," says "Wild" screenwriter Nick Hornby. "One needs to be historically accurate."But not all true stories are created equal. A less familiar real-life...
Sci-Fier Has Limited Appeal
Big, ambitious and more than a little weird, Syfy's "Ascension" is being billed as a three-night limited-event series, which is misleading at best. That's in part because this strange project ultimately feels more like a teaser for the hoped-for series...
Soiree Is the Funniest Word
WHEN VARIETY first approached Noreen Fraser, founder of her self-named foundation, to partner in creating an impact list and event similar to the Power of Women and Power of Youth events, the initial suggestion was to plan a daytime affair."I came in...
Sundance by the Numbers
2DEPRESSING!* RELEVANT DOCUMENTARIES3Vi MinutesEchoing recent headlines, Marc Silver's film focuses on the 2012 police killing of Jordan Russell Davis, an unarmed black teen in Jackson, Miss.The Hunting Ground!'Kirby Dick follows "The Invisible War,"...
'The Interview' May Be a Casualty of Cyberwar
SONY PICTURES MAY ALTER THE Christmas release of "The Interview" - if the studio believes that hacker's threats are credible, and endanger people.Indications are that the recent hack attack that brought the studio to a standstill may have been launched...
The Movies Got It Wrong: The Hackers Aren't the Good Guys
hen you consider how hacking typically has been depicted in Hollywood movies, there's a cruel irony to the attack that brought Sony Pictures Entertainment to its knees last week.Think all the way back to films like "WarGames" and "Sneakers," and hackers...
This 'Hobbit' Dwarfs the Rest
This is the way "The Hob- bit" ends: not with a whimper, but with an epic bat- tle royale. True to its warlike subtitle (revised from the initially more pacific "There and Back Again"), the final installment of Peter Jackson's distended "Lord of the...
Two Weeks of Hell: How the Debacle Unfolded
Though Sony Pictures had known for months that North Korea was not pleased with the subject of its upcoming film "The Interview," it wasn't until late November that mayhem broke out, as executives received an ominous threat three days before employees'...
'Why Us' Feeling Pervades Sony Staff
It was as if a virtual earthquake hit the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot in Culver City on the morning of Nov. 24, when employees realized that the company had been the target of a massive hack attack.Executives and other staffers gathered in the halls,...
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