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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. 5, 2014

Agyness Deyn
FASHION FINDDedicated followers of fashion know Agyness Deyn, 31, as the British supermodel to whom style bible iD once devoted an entire issue. But to British auteur Terence Davies, she was just another unknown actress when she auditioned for the lead...
Alliance Scores
PHARRELL WILLIAMS' "HAPPY" WAS born from last year's animated hit "Despicable Me 2," but that was just the beginning. It didn't just sell 10 million units, it became a global phenomenon (a term that applies to only a handful of songs in Hollywood history).Producer...
Asia's Television Hub
Singapore may be becoming the de facto center of TV co-production in Southeast Asia.That is a reflection of the way many of the major U.S. entertainment conglomerates have set up in, or moved their regional headquarters to, the city, and also how those...
Berg's 'Secret' Doc Has Power to Shock
Berg's 'Secret' Doc Has Power to Shock'An Open Secret," Amy Berg's nonsensationalist expose of the sexual abuse of young male actors by those with the power to make or break them, recasts an old Hollywood story, substituting boys for starlets and hot...
British Independent Film Award Noms
The Richard Harris AwardEmma Thompson will be honored with the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena...
David Milch Sets Sale from Martha's Vineyard
President Obama vacations there, while Carly Simon presides over a sprawling compound and Meg Ryan owns a rustically luxurious barn-like home. Yes, children, it's blissfully removed and dropdead gorgeous Martha's Vineyard. Other high-profile homeowners...
'Exodus' a Thrilling Revival
'Exodus' a Thrilling RevivalIt's not even that good a story," Moses grumbles early on in Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings," shortly after learning of the mysterious events that transformed a lowly Hebrew slave into a full-blown prince of Egypt....
Full Spectrum of U.K. Film
With alternative modes of production reshaping the definition of "mainstream" well beyond the reach of studio cinema, it can be difficult for independent cinema to maintain its, well, independence.Yet the British Independent Film Awards, now in their...
Hollywood Marches to the WORLD BEAT
Filmmakers once turned primarily to American composers to score their movies. The names Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein or John Williams adorned many films in the '70s and '80s.Today, the landscape could hardly be more different. Ten of the past 12...
Home on the Highwire
Looking ahead to her Handprint and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre frontcourt, Gena Rowlands quips, "I just hope I can pull myself out of the cement."But recent co-star Frank Langella ("Parts Per Billion") warns, "She's tough, you know....
It's Snow Time!
Following six successful editions and the discovery of a few gems such as Alice Rohrwacher's Cannes-winning "The Wonders," Les Arcs European Film Festival has established itself as a key European market that isn't just popular for its French Alps ski...
Kennedy Center Honors Set to Fete Hanks, Tomlin
Actor Tom Hanks, actor-comedian Lily Tomlin, singer-songwriter Sting, soul singer A1 Green and ballerina Patricia McBride are the main attraction at this year's Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 7, with the event broadcast on CBS on Dec. 30.And though this...
Music Streaming Isn't Perfect, but It Beats a Wave of Piracy
It wasn't about Napster. Otherwise when the music industry succeeded in shutting the service down, CD sales would have burgeoned and happiness would have reigned.The customers just went elsewhere. An endless game of Whac-a-Mole ensued. Suddenly there...
My First Time in Variety
April 6,1998"Williamson Sets U Pic"Julie Plec"I learned that getting a movie made in Hollywood is a near impossibility, and the process can be a wild adventure."Loyal viewers of "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" know that Julie Plec loves nothing...
New Millennium Mania
Fans of benedict cumberbatch call themselves "Cumberbitches," though Cumberbatch prefers "Cumberbabes."Cumberbatch, who is receiving the Variety Award at the BIFA ceremony Dec. 7, is referenced in Tumblr's guidelines, which note that users may "marvel...
Newsfeed
Sony Recovering After Serious Hacking AttackSony Pictures Entertainment is slowly digging itself out after a computer hack buried the studio's corporate network over Thanksgiving week. The hacking caused five films, including unreleased movies such as...
Nothing but the Truth
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are effusive talkers on any number of subjects, but good luck getting them to shut up about the best movie they've seen recently - a marvel of beautifully observed realism, carefully grounded in the quotidian details of working-class...
'One Child' Is Full of Woe
'One Child' Is Full of WoeFalling squarely into what has become SundanceTV's niche of spare, slow-moving, decidedly bleak dramas, "One Child" yields a devastating portrait of China's one-child policy and an adopted young Englishwoman's unexpected desire...
Oscars 2014: The Year of Metamorphosis
There's nothing critics, audiences and Oscar voters love more than transformation. Put a prosthetic nose on Nicole Kidman ("The Hours") and she finally wins an Academy Award. Ugly up Charlize Theron ("Monster") and she's suddenly kudos-worthy. But as...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"Biggest lie ever out of my mother's mouth: I DID look for it online on the Internet, Jen! I did!"Jenny Slate# @jennyslate"After going through the archives, I could barely recognize...
'Red Tent' Has Perfect Pitch
'Red Tent' Has Perfect PitchMarrying biblical heft with the particular bonds between mothers and daughters (as well as moms' noble sacrifices), Anita Diamant's best-seller "The Red Tent" is a perfect fit for Lifetime, conceptually speaking, and it's...
Set Shop Biz Gets Seasonal Boost
If you didn't already know it's awards season, one step inside 15-year-old Goodnight & Co., located in an anonymous corner of the San Fernando Valley, would put you straight."It always looks like a bomb went off here," says owner Beth Goodnight during...
Studios to Unwrap Digital Viewing Riches
Conceivably, it should be a very happy holiday for Hollywood's homevideo divisions. If all goes according to plan, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas should generate more revenue than ever before from the sale of films and TV shows on digital...
Teams Set Race Pace
With actors making up the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it's obvious why the SAG Awards represent the most closely watched Oscar-precursor event of the season. The annual celebration of actors and acting, usually...
TV Rookie Standouts
The tube can be a difficult category to break into with the SAG Awards - it's tough to bump a beloved show once it's nominated. But it has been a good year for freshman series and with stalwarts like "Breaking Bad" out of the way, some new blood could...
Wearer of Many Hats
At the first full blush of his commercial powers in the early 2000s, Pharrell Williams made a specialty of soundtracking second acts. For rappers with strong street reputations but no hit single to their name, rock frontwomen looking to break out on...
When the Best Cuts Are the Deepest
"The best song wasn't the single," sang Frank Ocean at the start of his 2012 Pharrell Williams-helmed swooner "Sweet Life," and neither were a number of the producer's greatest cuts. None of these five songs came close to topping the singles chart, but...
'Wild': Chick Pic for Macho Men
Is it sexist to call "wild" a macho film?The Fox Searchlight movie, which opens in Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 3, has made some men understandably wary. The protagonist is a woman, her key relationship is with her mother, and the nonfiction source...
Yablans' Rough-and-Tumble Style Was Old Hollywood
Frank Yablans' death last week served as a vivid reminder of the dramatic transformation in both the style and background of Hollywood's power players.Yablans, who at various times was CEO of both Paramount and MGM, was a rough-hewn, seat-of-the-pants...
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