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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. 4, 2014

ABC's Soler Earns Chorus of Praise
Composer Fil Eisler is facing 47 musicians on a Saturday morning on the Warner Bros, recording stage, conducting his music for the tumultuous third-season finale of ABC's "Revenge.""More drama," he urges from the string players. "Brass, think of 'Vertigo,'...
A Fizzy Plan for Branded Content
PepsiCo chief marketing officer Frank Cooper III has long championed entertainment as a way to build a fanbase around the soda giant's brands. While he's had success with one-off projects like Pepsi Max's campaign featuring NBA star Kyrie Irving, and...
And They're Off
SCANDALSeason 3. ep. 313 "No San on Horizon'The series provided one of the biggest cliffhangers of the season when Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) was seen pointing a gun and firing, shooting either James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky) or David Rosen (Joshua Malina)....
Angelou Was an Inspiring Presence to Scores of Artists
Maya Angelou, the author, poet, scholar and activist who died May 28 at 86, began her showbiz career as an actress and singer, but her larger contribution was in serving as an inspiration and mentor to key industry figures including Oprah Winfrey, Tyler...
Angling for a Sure Bet, Series Try out New Slots
THIS EMMY SEASON, there's going to be more of everything: more campaigning, more events and more media coverage. The reason: more worthy contenders. And that explains another increase: more jockeying.The frenzy kicked off when HBO announced that "True...
A Strong If Familiar 'First' Case
A Strong if Familiar 'First' CaseMurder in the FirstSeries; TNT, Mon. June 9, 10 p.m.Executive producers: Steven Bochco, Eric Lodal, Thomas SchlammeStarring: Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson, Tom FeltonWhen Steven Bochco created "Murder One" nearly 20...
Best (or at Least Better) in Show
The main problem with award shows in recent years stems from the fact they seem to be produced by people who don't like awards, or at the very least, feel inconvenienced by having to include handing them out in their variety special.It's not hard to...
Boulevard of Hollywood Dreams
Gallic unspoolings spotlight both U.S. indies and studio fare By Andrew BarkerFounded three years ago, the Champs-Klysees Film Festival takes place in Paris in the middle of June, a period that would seem a less than ideal time to try and entice international...
Can 'Creativity' and 'Corporate' Somehow Work Hand in Hand?
I've been doing some binge reading lately - books about creativity and business success - but have come away feeling somewhat skeptical about their messages.Ed Catmull's new book, titled "Creativity, Inc.," explains how, as the czar of Pixar, he banished...
Clothes Kibbitz with Couture
Fans become obsessed with their favorite TV shows and films, so much so that a hit can nudge the world of fashion. On the other hand, current fashion designers can influence the look of a TV series even if that means straying from a strictly period look.That...
Daring Assayas Ascends to 'Clouds'
Daring Assayas Ascends to 'Clouds'Clouds of Sils MariaDirector: Olivier AssayasStarring: Juliette Binoche. Kristen Stewart. Chloe Grace MoretzFrench director Olivier Assayas likes his leading ladies unpredictable and punk, crafting wild pipe-bomb thrillers...
Does Theater Still Matter?
People in showbiz love to hand out awards, and love even more to mock them. Of all the biggies (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), the Antoinette Perry Awards receive the most ribbing, with people rolling their eyes that the contenders are unknown to the...
El Capitan Organist Richards Is Living His Own Pipe Dream
LOCAL HEROAt most movie houses, you grab a snack, find your seat and wait for the film to begin. At Disney's El Capitan in Hollywood, things are different, and you can tell by the first chords of "Hooray for Hollywood" that are coaxed from the theater's...
'Fault' Succeeds Thanks to Its Stars
'Fault' Succeeds Thanks to Its StarsThe Fault in Our StarsDirector: Josh BooneStarring: Shailene Woodley. Ansel ElgortThough it's correctly categorized as a teen romance, "The Fault in Our Stars" is above all a movie about cancer. The illness provides...
Fest Vet Also Genius of Field
Some people go on vacation in June. Bill Plympton goes to Annecy. The man dubbed the King of Indie Animation is a popular draw at the famed French animation festival, which he's attended since 1985."That's when I started discovering the potential of...
Film Bizzers Crash Great White Way Party
Take a stroll through the theater district these days, and one thing is obvious: You're just as likely to come across a Hollywood name on a Broadway marquee as you are on a screen.Film and TV stars have shown up on the Main Stem with increasing frequency...
Finding Toons' Sweet Spot
Every year, scores of animated pics arrive in the market with no clear audience in mind, despite years of work and millions of dollars spent creating them. Three months ago at the Cartoon Movie co-production forum in Lyon, France, pitches included "I...
First-Time Filmmaker Declares WAR
Israeli cinema has long had a love affair with army stories, with some of them - Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir," Joseph Cedar's "Beaufort" and Amos Gitai's "Kippur" - plunging deep into the nation's military heart and exposing the vulnerabilities its...
Fonda Draws Strength from Engagement
Given jane fonda's hard-earned stature as an actress, activist, author and self-help guru, she's amazingly humble and grounded in the moment. There's no calcified nostalgia for the past. There are no unfavorable comparisons between today's conglomerated...
Fox Shakeup Marks Muscle-Flexing Moment for Murdoch
The shakeup under way at Fox Broadcasting with Kevin Reilly's departure as programming chief gives Murdoch a chance to set a fresh course for the network. James Murdoch, that is.Reilly's resignation, confirmed May 29 after weeks of speculation about...
Hannah NEW
BREAKOUT ROLESNew plays feisty saloon owner FJeanor Guthrie in Starz pirate drama "Black Sails." Her bigscreen debut in "Maleficent" lands her alongside Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.SEEING STARZ"Black Sails" was one of her first auditions after she...
He Can Stand the Heat
When Jonah Hill first met Barbra Streisand a few weeks ago ata charity event in Malibu, she complimented him on his performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street," then posed what may seem an odd question."She asked me if'Moneyball' was my first movie," recalls...
Hired
Morten Aass- President, CEO* Vice Chairman, CEO, Branded/ EventsNice Entertainment Group (Stockholm)Aditya Chatterjee* Chief Technology Officer, Senior VP, EngineeringGlobal Eagle Entertainment (Lombard. III.)* Chief Technology Officer, VP, EngineeringSpacenet...
Honing Dramas' Edge
Balancing tension and payoff, unease and release, misdirection and revelation for the span of a 90-minute film is never easy for an editor. But keeping viewers' fingernails well-bitten over a 60-minute TV episode - frequently with commercial interruptions...
'I Feel as If I'm Putting on 80 Weddings at Once'
Stephanie ai.lain is in her third year as director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 11-19, kicking off with "Snowpiercer" and closing with "Jersey Boys." It's the fifth straight year that the festival - now in its 20th year - has been...
Island Showcase Unspools Upbeat Pics
SUN, SAND AND CINEMA. What better recipe for an island film fest - and no event lives up to that formula as well as the Maui Film Festival, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.Marking the occasion, the fest is introducing another venue, the...
It's Not Just TV, It's OTT!
Over-the-top streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have drastically altered TV viewing habits, but their original programming is also beginning to change how shows are actually made. Netflix's first original series, "House of Cards," is being shot...
Luther Vandross Wore His Heart on His Sleeve
For a man who sold well over 25 million records in his lifetime, won eight Grammy Awards (out of a ridiculous 31 nominations) and functioned as R&B's chairman of the board for the better part of two decades, Luther Vandross goes strangely undermentioned...
Media Megadeals No Longer a Sure Thing?
WHEN AT&T ANNOUNCED plans to merge with DirecTV last month, the conventional wisdom was that it was a gift to Comcast and Time Warner Cable.The reason: The government would be more likely to give the Comcast-TW Cable transaction a greenlight with...
Memorable Scenes
From drama to comedy, the 2013-2014 season included some of the finest moments ever seen on TVWhen it comes to crowning a winner in the oft-heated Emmy race - be it for bestr show, actor or actress, or even writer - it often boils down to a standout...
Newsfeed
Sterlings Can't Sue After Ballmer's Giant Winning BidAfter the NBA agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, the league canceled a hearing over embattled owner Donald Sterling's termination. Sterling's...
Not a Rousing Rendition
Not a Rousing RenditionMaleficentDirector: Robert StrombergStarring: Angelina Jolie, Elle FanningThe year seems unlikely to produce a more visually arresting, brilliantly designed, stoned-college-kidfriendly piece of eye candy than Disney's "Maleficent."...
Off the Lot
Flying in StyleAirlines are stepping up efforts to court first-class and business travelers - the lifeblood of most carriers - as the arrival of new feature-filled jets helps transform luxury travel in the skies. The upgrades are sure to have Hollywood...
Oh, the Drama! TV's Toughest Race
Pity Emmy: She's got some tough choices to make. The biggest drama of this television season may be the unprecedented competition for the nominations. There are just six slots available - and more than a dozen shows with a legitimate claim."If you look...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekTOP STORIESControversial, newsworthy and popular onlineThe Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After One Season* 204 COMMENTS* 1,101 TWEETS'True Detective' Season 2 Will Have Three Leads, California Setting* 44 COMMENT!* 707 TWEETSBrad...
Public Puzzled, Muzzled as Media Biz Gets Bigger
The media produce content that is widely consumed, as well as alternately loved and loathed. Yet as a business, its inner workings are poorly understood by the public, which spends so much free time with the product. It's a disconnect that's allowed...
Questions Loom over Acad Museum
Even before he starts work on July 1, Kerry Brougher has his hands full.Brougher will become artistic director of the proposed Academy Museum, a project embroiled in shifting personnel, a withering review in the Los Angeles Times and general anxiety...
Raising the Bar for Scars
THRONES" HOUND GETS AN UPGRADEIn HBO's "Game of Thrones' characters often encounter battle in their everyday lives - and have the scars to prove it. Makeup artist Jane Walker, brought on board for season 4. had the challenge of improving the Hound's...
Ray Nails Down Scribe Demands
He hasn't written for television since the 1990s, but "Captain Phillips" screenwriter Billy Ray spent much of the first quarter of 2014 negotiating the intricacies of the Writers Guild of America's contract provisions covering TV work by writers earning...
Satire Reveals a Nation's Monster Struggle
Satire Reveals a Nation's Monster StruggleLeviathanDirector: Andrey ZvyagintsevStarring: Alexey Serebryakov. Elena LyadovaIn "Leviathan," which director Andrey Zvyagintsev has described as a loose retelling of the Book of Job, an ordinary man must wrestle...
Seth's 'West' Is Shooting Blanks
Seth's 'West' Is Shooting BlanksA Million Ways to Die in the WestDirector. Seth MacFarlaneStarring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize TheronThe saddles don't blaze in "A Million Ways to Die in the West," and the pacing is limper than a three-legged horse. In...
Setting the Scene with Sound
Sound mixing for half-hour comedies and dramas is a strange and delicate business. The sound pros on set and in post are charged with both letting the dialogue shine and preserving a sense of time and space.Whether a show takes the audience on a ride...
Smallscreen Looks Harbor Big Ambitions
THIS 'ARRR' IS FOR REALISM"Black Sails" (Starz)Wolf KroegerWith two seasons of Starz pirates drama "Black Sails" under his belt, Kroeger, who's worked mostly on features ("Prince of Persia," "Love in the Time of Cholera"), has gained enormous respect...
Splendor in the Laughs
From "All in the Family" to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "Seinfeld," comedy has always lived in the Zeitgeist of the culture, and if there's one series that satirizes society's ever-expanding lovehate relationship with modern technology, it's HBO's...
'Stars' Aligning for Young Women
Twentieth century fox's "The Fault in Our Stars" is out to prove young women don't require vampires or dystopian visions to be lured into theaters. Although the feature film adaptation of John Green's latest novel courts the same female teen audience...
Starz Crimer Leans on the 'Power' of Hip-Hop
Starz Crimer Leans on the 'Power' of Hip-HopPowerSeries; Starz, Sat June 7,9 p.m.Writer: Courtney Kemp AgbohStarring: Omari Harriwirk, Lela LorenA pay-cable crime soap with a hip-hop beat, "Power" counts Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson among its exec producers,...
The Honorees
Rainmaker AwardLupita Nyong'oThe It Girl of the past season's awards race, the Kenyan actress burst onto the international scene with her charismatic feature debut in "12 Years a Slave," winning the supporting actress Oscar alongside multiple other trophies....
Ticket to Ride
Lionsgate investors who presumed there was no more value to wring out of "The Hunger Games" beyond its final installment next year got a nice surprise last week. CEO Jon Feltheimer announced a new way to capitalize on the mega-franchise: A touring exhibition...
TV Acad Revamps Rule Book for Award Hopefuls
TV stars and producers have more opportunities to win than ever before at this year's 66th annual Primetime Emmys.The Television Academy put in place several changes to the rule book. Made-for-TV movies will no longer be considered separately from miniseries,...
Visual Effects Newcomers Fill Big Shoes
The Emmy visual effects race heats up in 2014 with two new entries from the broadcast networks, both arriving with a strong pedigree."Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (Fox) is a reinvention of Carl Sagan's legendary "Cosmos," with Ann Druyan returning from...
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