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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. 332, No. 18, 2016

2016 Emmy Tally: Breaking Down the Top Networks
A&E: 12The cabler's tally skyrocketed from two noms last year to a dozen this year, led by Oscar-nominated doc "Cartel Land," now a fivetime Emmy nominee. New reality series "Bom This Way" made a big impact with three noms (including unstructured...
Alan Yang Leases out Hollywood Hills House
Alan Yang's mid-century bungalow near the end of a long cul-de-sac in the celebapproved Outpost Estates neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is available for lease by high-earning renters at $7,000 per month. The former "Parks and Recreation" writer-producer...
Artisans Made These Shows Shine Bright
THIS YEAR, ll shows were nominated for five or more Creative Arts Emmys in the major craft categories. Variety asked a team of writers to profile a key aspect of the below-the-line work on each program that is likely to help it gain votes as the awards...
Bad Moms
FILM REVIEWBad MomsDirectors: Jon Lucas, Scott MooreStarring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina ApplegateIn one of the many tellingly funny moments in "Bad Moms" a fitfully hilarious satire of the woes of up-to-the-minute motherhood,...
Barbara Davis Keeps the Carousel of Hope Charity Ball Turning
In many ways, Barbara Davis has led a charmed life. Around the time she graduated college, the then-Barbara Levine married oil baron Marvin Davis. They settled in Denver, had five children, and lived in such wealth that they eventually became a model...
Big Drama in a Small Box
the federal communications Commission recently proposed new regulations for set-top boxes - rules that would open the market to third-party device-makers.Pay TV providers have largely opposed the regulations, and no wonder: Set-top boxes and their user...
Carpenter Builds Bridges on Indian Drama 'Parched'
AMONG THE CREDITS for Hindi indie "Parched" which Wolfe Releasing is making available on DVD on Aug. 9 following a limited U.S. theatrical run, one name stands out: Russell Carpenter, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of "Titanic," whose more recent...
Cnn's Big Scoop
His leadership style could be best described as a zealous professor of political theory pushing his producers for smarter takes on stories. Today he's assuming the role of decider-in-chief in CNN's office - a makeshift trailer adjacent to the convention...
Critics Mix with Stars at Laidback Event
It's not unusual for Television Critics Assn. Awards nominees to congratulate each other during the pre-ceremony reception, before any even nears the podium.That's because every nominee who shows up to the event is a winner. Not in the strained, smilefor-the-cameras,"it's...
Devour
Read?Bad Dads'Wes Anderson has a cadre of dedicated fans who create art based on his films. The book "Bad Dads" collects dozens of these pieces culled from an exhibit at San Francisco's Spoke Art gallery. As whimsical and finely wrought as the quirky...
Digs
A New Chapter for Historic YamashiroL.A. history buffs were worried about the future of Hollywood's Yamashiro restaurant when the historic Japanese-style building was sold in June. But Jianyi Kang, chairman of property owners the JE Group, says the iconic...
DPs Bring Big-Screen Look to TV
TWENTY YEARS AGO, when cinematographer John S. Bartley won an Emmy for his work on "The X-Files" the sci-fi series'shadowy, cinematic look made it stand out amidst the bright, relatively flat visuals typical of TV at the time.Today, hour-long TV dramas...
Emmy Diversity Colors Comedy, Limited Categories
FOR the second year in a row, the Television Academy can laugh at movies' #OscarsSoWhite problem.Actors of color nabbed 18 of the major 73 acting nominations in the Emmy categories of lead and supporting performers in drama, comedy, and limited series....
Emmys' New Big Three
WHEN IT comes to Emmy nomination bragging rights, no one can touch HBO. For 16 straight years, the premium câbler has drawn the most noms (this year it's 94), having set a record of 124 in 2004 and then breaking that record last year with 126.But something...
Emmy Voters Play Politics with Noms
EMMY voters are playing right into the election year by pointing a spotlight on strong guest performances in drama, comedy, and satirical series with political themes. Among the 24 Emmy-nominated guest roles, nine have a direct political tie-in.It raises...
First Time's the Charm
In the era of peak TV, there's no single path to becoming a showrunner.Writers used to work their way up through a system and patiently wait their turn to run their own show. But the proliferation of outlets, increasing demand for bold content, and opportunities...
Focus on Creative
AZIZ ANSARI, MIKE SCHUR, AND ALAN YANGMaster of None (Netflix)How I watch TV: Ansari: "If it's possible, I binge. There are other shows, like 'The Americans' and 'Game of Thrones,' I watch and have to wait a week." Yang:"It's almost self-imposed. I downloaded...
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
THEATER REVIEW / LONDONHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildTheater: Palace; 1,400 seats; £65 (£130 for both parts), $85 ($170) topPlaywrights: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, rI~yvvIIyIII~;J.l%. n.JvvIIIIy,J.JIIIIIIIIally, Jack ThomeStarrlncr Jamie Parker,...
Harry Potter and the Expanding Empire
WITH "HARRY POTTER and the Cursed Child," J.K. Rowling's beloved wizarding world has been safely transported to the stage in London's West End, feeding the appetite of its passionate book-and-movie fan base. Critics have been nearly unanimous in their...
Hfpa's Grants Boost Children's Futures
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn, is known to people around the world for its star-studded Golden Globe Awards. But the organization's charitable efforts often escape the public's gaze.Over almost three decades, the Hollywood Foreign Press has provided...
Holmby's Owlwood Estate Rumored to Be in Escrow
Several impeccably plugged-in Platinum Triangle real estate movers and shakers, including Our Fairy Godmother in Bel-Air, say that the legendary Owlwood estate - the crown jewel of L.A.'s hoity-toity Holmby Hills'hood - is about to be sold for somewhere...
Memories of Philadelphia May Long Endure
THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC National Convention will go down in history as the one in which Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major political party.This veteran journalist won't soon forget being there to see a powerful woman...
Nerve
FILM REVIEWNerveDirectors: Henry Joost, Ariel SchulmanStarring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, Emily MeadeIn "Nerve" a dark-heart-of-the-intemet thriller made with a glib, pop-up glow, Vee (Emma Roberts), a high school senior in Staten Island...
Peer-to-Peer Site Focuses on Value of Camera Equipment
How it started: ShareGrid, a peer-to-peer gear marketplace for filmmakers and créatives, is the brainchild of founders Brent Barbano, Arash Shiva, and Marius Ciocirlan - all créatives themselves. In 2013, Barbano, a DP, was working on a documentary that...
Pete's Dragon
FILM REVIEWPete's DragonDirector: David LoweryStarring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl UrbanThe original "Pete's Dragon" is one of the most eccentric entries in the Disney canon, an almost hallucinatory live-action/animation hybrid,...
Plugged In
Variety Poll'Suicide Squad' Spinoff?"Suicide Squad," about a crew of villains on a nearly impossible mission, opens Aug. 5. A Harley Quinn movie starring Margot Robbie is already in the works. Variety.com readers voted on what characters would be most...
Rocky Mountain Estate of Joe Cocker Up for Bids
Mad Dog Ranch, the Colorado estate of late and legendary musician Joe Cocker, will be sold to the highest bidder in a "no reserve" auction on Sept, l, according to a representative of Supreme Auctions, who will handle the sale in cooperation with listing...
Rush and Rabbi Team to Reconcile Communities
As a music mogul, Russell Simmons will forever be associated with Rick Rubin, with whom he founded the seminal hip-hop label Def Jam in the early 1980s. But as a philanthropist, he's forged a partnership that's arguably just as close, and longer lasting,...
Seizing the Chance to Give Back
21ST CENTURY FOXOverview* Key support areas: Creativity and the arts, knowledge and exploration, sports and well-being, diversity, and sustainability.* Dozens of programs at the division level from L.A. to Mumbai.Previous-Year Highlights* To honor the...
'Shark Tank' Star Hoping for a Big Bite on L.A. Home
High-powered Australian businessman, recruitment-industry entrepreneur, and budding film producer Andrew Banks, one of the "Sharks" on the Australian version of the reality-competition program "Shark Tank," has his sumptuously appointed seven-bedroom...
Skiptrace
FILMSkiptraceA peak in Jackie Chan's U.S. movie stardom was "Shanghai Noon," an amiable buddy action-comedy that hung on the odd-couple chemistry between his straight-arrow Chinese emigré hero and Owen Wilson's laconic. Wild West outlaw. It was a pairing...
'SNL' Dominates Category with 6 Host Nominees
THE BIGGEST SHAKEUP in the category was the disqualification of Peter MacNicol (HBO's "Veep") after the noms were announced. Emmy rules dictate that a guest actor must appear in less than half of the season's episodes. He was replaced by Peter Scolari...
Stars Shine on Favored Causes
BIG LOVE ALLIANCEAnthonyWongSinger, Founding Member Big Love Alliance"Big Love Alliance is an advocacy group for LGBTQ sexual minorities. Denise was the first openly gay female artist in Hong Kong, maybe in the greater China region. That encouraged young...
Storm Clouds Dull Upfront Afterglow
THE CURRENT PARADE of second-quarter earnings reports may trigger traumatic memories for media-business CEOs. It was during this period in 2015 that their sector saw a two-day selloff that wiped out $60 billion in their collective market capitalization.One...
Suicide Squad
FILM REVIEWSuicide SquadDirector: David AyerStarring: Will Smith, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Ben AffleckBlame it on Batman, but the DC universe has gotten awfully dark in recent years, especially compared with the candy-colored...
TCAs: Violence, Cash & 'Sesame'
NETFLIX MAKES IT RAINTed Sarandos, chief content officer, signaled that the streaming service would not slow its big-spending ways any time soon."If you're keeping the shows great and people are loving them, why make less?" he said. Though he offered...
The Fox News Just Gets Worse
I've been sick to my stomach ever since news broke last month that former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against her ex-boss, Roger Ailes, and that dozens of' other women, including Megyn Kelly, reported similar stories...
The Zen of Bridge-Building
CELEBRITY ACTIVISM. It's a phrase that rarely fails to raise hackles - and the specter of fashionable attachments to causes that accomplish more for the repute of the celebrity than the cause itself. But for multihyphenate mogul Russell Simmons, recognizing...
Tika Sumpter
'She just spoke her mind and was open to change.'Tika Sumpter's career has ranged from acting in "One Life to Live" and "Gossip Girl" to modeling and appearing in music videos. This month, she co-stars with Parker Sawyers in the film "Southside With...
Tuning in for Beatles, Motown, Dylan Shows
IT'S A TV TRIFECTA.Eight years ago, Australian writer-director-producer Josh Wakely began pitching Sony/ATV, the music publishing company that administers the rights to the songs of the Beatles, on his passion project: an animated children's television...
Women Make Gains among Oscar Voters
WHEN THE MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY addressed criticism of its demographic makeup last month by inviting 683 new members, the big story, it turns out, was the number of women who were asked to join across the organization's various crafts branches.According...
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