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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. 8, 2014

A Good but Not Great 'Escape'
A Good but Not Great 'Escape'The Escape ArtistTwo-part movie; PBS, Sun. June 15 & 22,9 p.m.Writer: David WolstencroftStarring: David Tennant, Sophie OkonedoA summer trifle from "Masterpiece Mystery!," "The Escape Artist" is a thriller without much...
Allie X
TORONTO ROOTSBorn Alexandra Hughes, the singer toiled away in numerous Toronto bands before moving to Los Angeles for a songwriter gig last summer. While writing tracks with fellow Canadians Cirkut and Billboard, partners of Dr. Luke, who have crafted...
Baddies Serve Up Red Meat for Guest Actors
Oh, it's good to play bad.Actors of all levels know this already, but guest actors get to relish their roles a little more than your average player, especially when they can dig into a villainous part with gusto.Playing a guest character may not have...
Bizzers Gather Where Legends Played
As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name - Italy's oldest...
Born to Be Wild
Crazy may be the new normal, at least when it comes to TV character roles.This past television season, we've watched as Gaby Hoffmann's Caroline seductively dances around "Girls" boy Ray only to bite his upper arm when he isn't paying enough attention...
Boycott Cripples Biz at Beverly Hills Hotel
More than six weeks after a wave of Hollywood groups and showbiz figures launched a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air, business at the fabled Hollywood-centric properties is off dramatically.The Beverly Hills Hotel even acknowledges...
Canadian Orders of U.S. Shows Slashed by HOCKEY
Canada's commercial broadcasters held their annual upfront presentations last week to promote their lineups of new U.S. skeins bought at last month's L.A. Screenings, as well as to show off their new domestic shows, but it was clear that scripted programming...
Church & Slate
JUST WHEN IT SEEMS THAT THE WORLD'S LARGEST MEDIA congloms are tightening their grip on the airwaves, an independent TV production boom has erupted in the nation's heartland.In Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan and other states,...
Close Up: 10 TV Scribes to Watch
1 JACK AMIEL & MICHAEL BEGLER'KNICK' SHOWS OFF DUO'S KNACKMEDICAL CRISIS LED TO SERIES PREMISEJack Amiel and Michael Begler's writing partnership traces back to the 1990s, but "The Knick," their Cinemax series centering on a New York hospital at...
Connie Britton
"I look back on those days so fondly because we really just did it for the fun of it."These days, four-time Emmy nominee Connie Britton is singing her country heart out on "Nashville," which just wrapped its second season on ABC. But back in the early...
Crowd Control
Unscripted series are the big cash cows for networks and cablers, and audiences can't get enough of bad behavior, food and home improvement.But the series ready to be honored by Emmy not only draw viewers, they dig in and find compelling characters and...
Doc Brings 'Trial' Back into Focus
Television commemorates a lot of arbitrary anniversaries, but 20 years since the start of the O.J. Simpson trial - given how vivid many of those moments remain - does seem particularly resonant, if jarring. Investigation Discovery has done the milestone...
Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Prestige docs from major cablers dominate the documentary or nonfiction special category: HBO (2013 winner for "Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden"), PBS, Discovery and the National Geographic Channel are historically the heavy hitters....
Event: Los Angeles Film Festival: Highlights
A partial list of films unspooling at the fest22 JUMP STREETDirectors: Phil Lord. Christopher MillerCast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum. Peter Stormare. Ice CubeCOMETDirector Sam EsmailCast: Emmy Rossum. Justin LongDEAR WHITE PEOPLEDirector Justin SimienCast:...
Event: Women in Film / Crystal + Lucy Awards
CRYSTAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILMCate BlanchettThe past few months have been a whirlwind for Cate Blanchett, who closed out award season with an Oscar, Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a BAFTA all for her lead actress performance in Woody Allen's "Blue...
Exceptional Women Test the Limits
Exceptional is the theme of this year's Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, and exceptional is the kind of year that Dorothy Arzner Directors Award recipient Jennifer Lee has been having. Disney's "Frozen," which she wrote and co-directed with Chris...
Fox Topper Honored
Jim gianopulos is riding a big wave of success.The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Eox - who oversees the motion picture divisions of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., which include Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky...
Giving Hollywood a Purpose
Between the box office successes of "Noah" and "Heaven Is for Real," it's the year of the faith-based movie, and the Variety Purpose Summit looks to add even more to the mix. Aimed at raising awareness of family entertainment and faith-based programming,...
History Thrives as Characters Drive Branding
HISTORY'S TOP DRAWS TODAY are reality shows starring characters like the Old Man and Chumlee from 'Pawn Stars," but not so long ago History was considered cable's pre-eminent World War II channel - even jokingly called the Hitler Channel by some. That...
Hometown Fans Have a Ball - and a Garland and a Martin
Stars may head to Hollywood to make their careers, but their hometown fans don't have to travel far for the festivals that celebrate them. Regional fests are taking place throughout the country this summer to honor showbiz legends Lucille Ball, Judy...
How to Fix the Music Biz Starts with Identifying the Problems
Next time you're trying to figure out what went wrong with the music industry, here's a handy list of problems that need to be addressed.money. There's not enough of it for investment.We keep reading about venture capitalists putting their money behind...
In God We Trust?
As both an African-American and a person of faith, I have watched with great consternation while the missing reflection of the world in which I live in was previously being poorly served.While I applaud the new-found proliferation of products that serve...
Lia Van Leer Helped Israel's Film Biz Grow Up
It's impossible to look at the trajectory of Israeli cinema - its evolution from the slapstick, racially tinged films of the 1960s to the critically acclaimed dramas and documentaries of the past decade - without noting the immense influence of one diminutive,...
Mindy's Parade of Wacky Boyfriends
Mindy Kallng's alter ego, the romcom-obsessed ob-gyn Mindy Lahiri on her Fox comedy "The Mindy Project," is a girl's girl with a messy love life. Cue the wacky boyfriends.And following in the dead-manwalking footsteps of Seth Rogen, who guest-starred...
Minor Roles Make for Major Impact
BEAU BRIDGES"The Millers"The oft-nominated, three-time Emmy winner says he jumped at the chance to join the cast of CBS' new hit comedy "The Millers" before even reading a script, "because of showrunner Greg Garcia. We'd previously worked together on...
'Modern' Problems
Local-language remakes of hit U.S. series are nothing new in Latin America, but the network producing the Chilean version of "Modern Family," Mega TV, is facing challenges more daunting than the usual cultural translation problems.Although shooting wrapped...
Movie Stars Have Become an Endangered Species
Summer blockbusters make studios happy, but they make stars nervous. That's because a lizard is the real star of "Godzilla," not an actor. And in franchises like "Captain America," "Spider-Man" or "X-Men," the superhero is the brand, while the casts...
Multiple Dimensions
Whether it's Timothy Olyphant moonlighting as one of Mindy Kaling's love interests - a 180- degree turn from his Marshal Raylan Givens in "Justified" - or Patton Oswalt's almost ubiquitous presence as a character actor, these performers relish the opportunity...
Netflix Ups Its Bet on Original Branded Docs
Netflix wants to extend its awardwinning streak to documentaries."The original programming space was a big shift for us," says Lisa Nishimura, Netflix's VP of original documentary and comedy.The success of "House of Cards" gave the service confidence...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekTOPSTORIESControversial, newsworthy and popular onlineTracy Morgan In Critical Condition After Car Crash* 20 COMMENTS* 625 TWEETS'Big Bang Theory' Star Mayim Bialik Reveals Her Toughest Scene From Last Season* 11 COMMENTS*...
Productions Hit the Jackpot
From 2012 to 2013 the number of reality shows shooting at least some scenes in Las Vegas jumped from around 90 to 150. A transferable tax credit implemented on Jan. 1,2014, was expected to bump that number even higher. Here are some of the reality shows...
Reality Gambles on Vegas
It seems like Las Vegas has suddenly become a mecca for reality shows, but it's been hosting productions for over a decade - there's just more now than ever."The success of shows like 'Pawn Stars,' 'Counting Cars' and 'American Restoration' has definitely...
Reality of Faith
Religion is becoming more prevalent on the smallscreen, and the trend seems to be gaining momentum, especially in the world of reality TV.WE TV's "Mary Mary," A&E's "Duck Dynasty," GSN's "American Bible Challenge" and Lifetime's "Preachers' Daughters"...
Sequel Keeps 'Street' Smarts
Sequel Keeps 'Street' Smarts22 Jump StreetDirectors: Phil Lord, Christopher MillerStarring: Jonah Hill, Channing TatumThose masters of having their genre-parody cake and eating it, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have followed up their sly,...
Six Specialty Films That Might Raise the Summer Heat Index
Every summer a handful of plucky Indie movies jump into the mainstream, thanks to filmgoers who want more nutritional value than that offered by the season's popcorn pics. This year's notable breakouts include Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel,"...
Strengthening the Core
Apple's last major update of its operating system dramatically changed the look of its interface, embracing a bright, almost retina-burning design. With iOS 8 (for iPhone 4s and later), the company has focused on functionality. Here's a look at how your...
The Incredible Shrinking Writers' Room
AT A PRE-EMMY BREAKFAST LAST YEAR, "DowntOIl Abbey's" architect Julian Fellowes expressed some amusement at the thought of a "writers' room.""I don't have as much ability to talk in our writers' room because there's only one person in our room: me,"...
The Jazz Man's Season
In 1962, the same year that a quartet of working-class New Jersey youths called the Four Seasons shot to the top of the pop charts with the irresistible doo-wop single "Sherry," a solo artist from the West Coast made a less auspicious chart appearance...
The Mostest
Hosts can get overlooked, because their job is to make guests and contestants on their shows shine. There's an art to that, and not everyone can pull it off. The group vying for Emmy this year has that talent and more.TOM BERGERON'Dancing With (he Stars'(ABC)Six-time...
Weighty Issues
Year in and year out, this category is the hardest to call - all the potential nominees are prestige projects, all worthy and watchable, especially the juggernaut of PBS productions. This year, "Cosmos" is in the mix, and the reboot of the 1980 docuseries...
Well-Respected Men
Here's a problem that curators in Cooperstown, N.Y., Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, rarely have to face: How do you properly maintain a Hall of Fame when so many of your most important inductees aren't particularly, well, famous?Yet it's an issue the Songwriters...
Wild Bunch Strategy Slips through French Window
With French industryites still embroiled in debate over rules for the nation's theatrical windows, production shingle/sales agent/distrib Wild Bunch engineered an end run with its May 17 VOD-only release in France of Abel Ferrara's "Welcome to New York."Wild...
World Cup to Kick U.S. Devices into High Gear
The beta-test phase for big television streaming events is officially over.Viewers - and advertisers - now have baseline expectations that live TV programming also will be available on multiple devices, in beautiful HD quality, with a rich set of second-screen...
World's Entertainment Capital Throws a Party
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, has come a long way from its humble beginnings at just one theater at the DGA."We've grown through our period in Westwood to the last five years...
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