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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. 334, No. 4, 2016

ABC Studios Chief Snaps Up a Fixer-Upper
A positively palatial if sadly down-on-its-heels mansion on a busy street in the historic Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, originally built in 1960, has been sold for $5.75 million. The new owner, according to property records: veteran entertainment...
A Big Bet Pays Off
The case for building a Disney theme park in Shanghai is obvious on paper. With a population equivalent to the entire U.S. living within a three-hour drive, the opportunity was simply too big to ignore.But that doesn't mean that the $5.5 billion Shanghai...
A Bold Move Reanimated a Studio
It has been just over a decade since Bob Iger engineered the deal that brought Steve Jobs' Pixar Animation Studios to Disney, negotiating a $7.4 billion stock purchase that raised eyebrows at the time. But it swiftly proved to be the smartest move of...
Allied
FILM REVIEWAlliedDirector: Robert ZemeckisStarring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard"Allied" - starring Brad Pitt, as a U.S. intelligence officer, and Marion Cotillard, as a French Resistance fighter, who team up for a mission during World War II (and fall...
All the World's a Stage
Is Disney Theatrical Productions a major part of Disney? No" says Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of the live-entertainment arm of the company run by Bob Iger. "We're very successful within the realm of theater, but within the giant scale of...
Always a Phenom
Bob Iger made his mark as an executive in the 1980s while working for the legendary Roone Arledge at ABC Sports in New York. Iger was ambitious but not flashy - Arledge took up plenty of the spotlight in the department.But not long after Iger was promoted...
Biz Holds Breath for Box Office Record
IT'S A Hollywood ending few saw coming. Somehow, despite all the naysayers, the fretting over sequel-itis, and a dearth of blue-chip franchises, 2016 is on pace to set a box office record. In order to finish the year on a high note, studios will spend...
Broadcast's 'Too Much TV' Problem
last season, ABC'S "Wicked City" was the first new broadcast show of the fall to be canceled, yanked after just three episodes. This season, no show looks likely to suffer that same disgrace. This fall's disappointments instead appear destined to live...
Bucking the Content Trend
siriusxm probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think about subscription content, yet it's one of the most successful companies in that category.The U.S. satellite radio provider has been able to buck the negative trends faced by other...
Composer Sets Family Tone
KENNETH LONERGAN SAYS there are many ways for a film to incorporate music, but that he favors one in particular. "Counterpoint is usually the way that I like to use it," says the director of "Manchester by the Sea." "It always feels right to have the...
Disney's Fearless Captain
Before the opening of Shanghai Disney last June, Robert Iger sampled every item on every menu throughout the sprawling theme park. When the Walt Disney Co. needed a voice artist to put words in the mouth of Donald Duck for a new animated series, Iger...
Exposure
Saban Community Clinic DinnerTHE BEVERLY HILTON, BEVERLY HILLS, NOV. 14Saban Community Clinic's 40th annual gala honored FX president John Landgraf and Showtime exec VP of corporate communications Trisha Cardoso for their philanthropic work. Host Aisha...
Fences
FILM REVIEWFencesDirector: Denzel WashingtonStarring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis"Fences," the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by August Wilson, was written in 1983 and had its premiere on Broadway in 1987. But the play is set 30 years before that -...
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
TV REVIEWGilmore Girls: A Year in the LifeComedic drama; 4 episodes (all reviewed); Netflix, Fri. Nov. 25Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis BledelPeople go to Luke's Diner for reassuring takes on classics like grilled cheese, pie, and coffee, not for foodie...
Gong Show Goes for the Laugh Track
AMONG THE UNIQUE attributes of the Golden Globes - guests seated at round tables, eating and drinking throughout the show - its category for comedy/musical best picture stands out and offers recognition for films that often don't make the cut when Oscar...
How Golden Can the IFP's Indie Awards Actually Become?
THE IFP GOTHAM AWARDS are on a real golden streak: They honored the same best picture winner as the Academy Awards the past two years - "Spotlight" and "Birdman" - and tipped "The Hurt Locker" before that. They also honored Julianne Moore for her performance...
Inside the Mind of a Maverick
"THE TROUBLE WITH movies today - I think, nobody asked me - is that all of us are in love with film. I would have been much better offif, after I had made my first picture, I had gone back to the theater, from which I came. It's the most expensive mistress...
Jane Goodall Agrees with 'Ivory Game's' Immediate Ban Plan
Helmer Kief Davidson's documentaries have won awards at the Intl. Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Silver Docs, and AFI. His latest, "The Ivory Game," is in the current awards season conversation and Jane Goodall, world-renowned British primatologist,...
Lucasfilm Expands Its Palette
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" dominated the box office last winter by recapturing the spirit of adventure that had been missing from George Lucas' critically derided prequels. The enthusiastic reception helped justify Disney's decision to pony up $4...
Marvel's Ever-Expanding Universe
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is on one heck of a run. Each of the company's 14 films over the past eight years has opened in first place at the domestic box office, and they've brought in more than $10 billion globally. That success is a boon...
MY FIRST TIME IN VARIETY: Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk"First movies are always the most memorable. Everything is exciting and new. You haven't learned yet not to date your co-stars - always a positive! And also, simultaneously, a negative. I loved it."Alan Tudyk is one of the busiest actors around....
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
THEATER REVIEWNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812Theater: Imperial; 1138 seats; $169 topDirector: Rachel ChavkinStarring: Denée Benton, Josh Groban, Amber Gray"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812," with Josh Groban and Denée Benton in...
New Wave of Asian Cinema
SINGAPOREAN filmmaker Boo Junfeng considers 2016 a very good year. Following a standing ovation for his second feature "Apprentice" after it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival and winning the rising director award at...
Packed with Flavor: Musical or Comedy
GOOD NEWS for our troubled times: music and laughter are making a comeback.In past years, filling out the Golden Globes' musical or comedy categories has required some fast shuffling, and not just in 2015, when designating "The Martian" as a non-drama...
Patriots Day
FILM REVIEWPatriots DayDirector: Peter BergStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. SimmonsAn intense, jittery recreation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the four-day manhunt that followed, "Patriots Day" is the movie CBS Films...
Period Pic Gets Digital Boost
Period Pic Gets Digital BoostVFX artist uses VR tools to help WWII movie 'Allied' look authenticDIRECTOR BOB ZEMECKIS is wellknown for conjured places long gone. He "rebuilt" the World Trade Center for "The Walk" and crafted a "Zelig"-like series of...
Singaporean Cinema Springs Forward
Singapore might be a small country, but it strives to play the leading role in Southeast Asian cinema. With the third edition of the Singapore Media Festival taking place Nov. 23-Dec.9, the ambition will only continue to grow."Being in Singapore, we...
(Sort of) True Tales of the South Pacific
AS STORIES THAT ARE SET in imaginary worlds, most animated movies don't have to worry much about period accuracy or location authenticity. But those concerns were priorities for the creators of Disney's upcoming "Moana," the tale of a teenage girl in...
Stephen McKinley Henderson
'When you're working on a scene, don't get it right, get it true.'Stephen McKinley Henderson stars with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in "Fences" which opens Christmas Day. He and most of the principals - including Washington, who directed the film...
Striving for Perfection
Nothing about Bob Iger's middle-class upbringing in New York, or his years as a television and radio major at Ithaca College, or his long run up the corporate media ladder at ABC and Disney, suggests that he would find a muse in a Tokyo subway station.But...
The Rough Spot: TV
Bob Iger's tenure as CEO of Disney has been nothing less than stellar for investors. But there is an area of concern for Wall Street: the television division.Disney has not significantly expanded its presence in TV under Iger's watch, , as it has in...
Time to Change Kudos Scenario
Academy Awards attention is supposed to help the movie business. But the math isn't adding up.This year, there will be 15 films opening Dec. 21-28. That's more than double the number from 2015. In November and December, 44 films will open, up from 34...
Top Directors Banking on Nostalgia
Mel Gibson, Warren Beatty, and Robert Zemeckis have a trio of films on offer this month that could appeal to Academy voters longing for a throwback vibe.Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" a World War II epic centered on conscientious objector Desmond Doss, feels...
TV Industry: Keep Up the Good Fight
Dear Television Industry: Don't stop now. We've had some time to absorb the fact that Donald Trump is our president-elect. It's hard to imagine that those of you on the front lines are cheered by this fact. It's more likely that most of you - writers,...
TV Races Make Room for New Blood
WHEN IT COMES TO TV, Golden Globe voters like to be ahead of the curve.Arriving mid-way through the traditional TV season, the HFPA is often the first to weigh in on the award worthiness of the networks' big fall launches. The org has also shown an eagerness...
We Got It from Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service
The smart, jazzy hip-hop of A Tribe Called Quest sounds more relevant than ever, thanks to politically charged songs like "We the People" and "The Donald" (actually a tribute to late member Phife Dawg) which can be heard on their new album, "We Got It...
Weta Workshop Makes a Magic Leap into Digital
WITH MORE THAN two dozen films under his belt and three dozen awards, Richard Taylor, the founder and creative director of New Zealand film-props and effects powerhouse Weta Workshop, has managed to keep his company relevant in a world where CGI-heavy...
What about Bob?
When Bob Iger succeeded Michael Eisner as CEO of Disney in 2005, many questioned whether the mild-mannered exec was tough enough to turn around one of the world's biggest entertainment companies - one reeling from a hostile-takeover attempt, a shareholder...
Worldly Content Culture
IN THE CURRENT TV environment, more series aim for global appeal, and that is often echoed in Golden Globe Award nominations that include international stars and series. In part, that reflects the makeup of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., but it's...
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