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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. 10, 2016

Ad-Sales Exodus
Veteran network execs step down in drovesWill the last ad-sales chief to leave please turn out the lights?Geri Wang, who has led ad sales for ABC since 2010, has sold everything from "Modern Family" to "Grey's Anatomy" to Madison Avenue perennials looking...
Africa off Ers Big Potential for Streaming Video
When the pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv launched in 2012, the Nairobi-based company was one of the first to recognize the untapped potential of the online market on the continent, which was in the midst of a mobile-phone boom. With thousands of hours...
An Old Master Shows Some New Restraint
As the world changes, so does Almodóvaredro Almodóvar sits in a swank hotel restaurant in Midtown Manhattan decked out in a blazing red sweater, looking a little stunned by the December chill. It's an appropriate fashion choice for the Spanish auteur...
A Plethora of Production Possibilities
As countries try to outdo one another with generous tax rebates and other incentives, production has become more peripatetic. Studios and soundstages everywhere are taking advantage of this increasingly globalized industry. Old facilities are sprucing...
Apocalyptic Now
In a pop culture climate in which zombies abound, it's hard to imagine a time when the undead weren't being unleashed on every available platform. But when the team behind the adaptation of the Japanese video game "Biohazard" started their journey to...
Around the Globe, Theater Blazes New Trail
From two adjoining townhouses on London's Bedford Square, theater mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh is fitting 10 musicals into a globe-spanning, seven-year plan that will land "Les Misérables" in Tokyo and "Mary Poppins" in Dubai. Over on Charing Cross...
Around the World in 186 Packed Pages
It takes a global village to produce a magazine. I want to give a big thank you to all of our great writers, editors, and designers who worked so hard to make our inaugural Variety Global Issue an insightful, comprehensive report chock-full of smart...
Around the World with 'Resident Evil'
From a deserted Las Vegas to a virtual Shibuya, "Resident Evil" has always pushed boundaries as the franchise has taken its show on the road. Onscreen the franchise has been a visual playground, with scenes taking place in Times Square, coastal Alaska,...
A Starry Night for Gala Event
The Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival kicks off on Jan. 2, and that evening will see the Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart. The gala honors several actors and filmmakers throughout the evening. Here, we present a look at some of this year's honorees.'LA...
A Turbocharged TV Market in Latin America
One of the reasons AT&T sees Time Warner as such a good fit has to do with the complementary strengths of the companies' operations south of the U.S. border.AT&T's DirecTV is the largest satellite TV distributor in Latin America by revenue. Time...
Beyond Borders
After a year in which Britain thumbed its nose at the rest of Europe, and Americans elected a man who promised to build a wall on the border, much of the world seems to be turning inward, retreating into a defensive shell. But one thing, at least, is...
Big in Japan
BIG IN JAPAN'Evil' franchise has inspired amusement park rides and restaurantsKnown in its country of origin as "Biohazard" (Baiohazado), the "Resident Evil" film franchise, based on the video game, has been a success of massive proportions in Japan."It's...
Bollywood Breaks Borders
Indian studios have long released their films day-and-date in dozens of countries. The studios' core list of 50 international territories includes North America, Britain, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Australia, and - barring...
Britain Is Booming with Film, TV Productions
Britain's production sector is bursting at the seams, with movies and television shows being shot in every corner of the country. But can the infrastructure and workforce keep pace with the demand?The boom has been fueled by a nearly 10-year-old film...
Catherine Deneuve
MY FIRST TIME IN VARIETY"Someone I've always admired is Marilyn Monroe. She died young but remains one of my favorite actresses. She did comedies, dramas; she was funny, moving, seductive. I found her incredible."A silver-screen icon who has embodied...
Cuba Gets Back in Action as Big Shoots Return
After more than half a century's absence, Hollywood returned to Cuba in 2013, though in a slightly roundabout way. "Papa: Hemingway in Cuba," a film about the American writer, was shot on the island as a CubanCanadian-U.S. co-production, requiring elaborate...
Devour
WatchAbel Gance's 1927 'Napoléon'A Holy Grail of the silent film era, Abel Gance's "Napoléon" is one of the most impressive epics ever to grace the big screen - and one of the most difficult to see, due to its three-screen format (tinted blue, white,...
Effects Work Drives Bayona's 'A Monster Calls'
Spanish-English partnership brings fantasy novel to the big screenFOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF "The Orphanage" and "The Impossible," Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona began working on adapting Patrick Ness' fantasy novel, "A Monster Calls," about a boy named...
Election Casts Doubt on China Relations
In October, Wang Jianlin, chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group, came to Hollywood to hail the deepening cooperation between the U.S. and China. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Motion Picture Academy, praised him for building "an unprecedented bridge"...
Exposure
'Rogue One' PremierePANTAGES THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, DEC. 10Hollywood greeted the Force with a standing ovation as Disney's Lucasfilm presented "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," with Felicity Jones and Diego Luna in attendance, alongside Walt Disney Co. CEO...
Forward or Fail? the Looks of the Brit Fashion Awards
* Too much is happening up top: the diamond collar, the oversized cap sleeves, the overflowing bosom.* The black zig-zag detail contributes to the chaos.* Adding to its list of oddities, this Gucci gown has one of the most narrow slits to ever grace...
Gael García Bernal: 'We Had a Drink to the End of the 20th Century.'
Gael García Bernal broke onto the scene in such films as Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Amores Perros" and Alfonso Cuarón's "Y Tu Mamá También" At last year's Golden Globes, he was named best lead actor in a comedy or musical TV series for his role as...
Global Crew Forges an American Icon
JAQUELINE KENNEDY WAS cosmopolitan and had a global point of view. And Fox Searchlight's "Jackie" reflects this international perspective: The movie was made by Chilean filmmakers and a French crew, the title character was played by an actress born in...
Globes Noms Show HFPA at Its Most Mercurial
If you're looking to the mercurial tastes of 90 international journalists for clues as to how film and TV professionals will ultimately view the year's releases, this week's Golden Globe nominations announcement did very little to shed light."La La Land"...
Globetrotting Exec Pushes Vice Brand
SHANE SMITH'S passport is running out of pages to stamp.The co-founder and CEO of Vice logged plenty of frequent flier miles this year, given the rapid international expansion of his company, which currently operates in more than 30 countries - a number...
Going into Deeper Dimensions
GOING INTO DEEPER DIMENSIONS'Evil' shifted to 3D storytelling to showcase blood splatters, gunshotsThe "Resident Evil" franchise didn't start out in 3D, but as the stereoscopic format caught on as a box-office driver, the filmmakers behind the franchise...
Hadida Plays a Hand
HADIDA PLAYS A HANDFrench producing giant was key in getting the 'Resident Evil' franchise off the groundSamuel Hadida, the French godfather of the "Resident Evil" film franchise, got on board the project after pulling an all-nighter playing the video...
Hidden Figures
FILM REVIEWHidden FiguresDirector: Theodore MelfiStarring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle MonáeBefore IBM mainframes took over NASA's number-crunching duties, the organization's "computers" wore skirts. While an all-male team of engineers...
Hollywood Outposts Tie Studios to the World
Vin Diesel's passport is getting a workout these days.The action star was in Brazil last month to hawk "XXX: Return of Xander Cage" at the country's edition of Comic-Con. Diesel, recognized the world over for his role in the "Fast and Furious" franchise,...
Hollywood's Role in Reshaping Norms
The 2016 presidential campaign lifted the veil on multiple forms of bigotry. After one of the most sexist and misogynistic campaigns in recent memory, the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president seemed to validate all the demeaning things he said...
How Constantin Conquered Globe
As most everyone knows, "Resident Evil" was born of a video game. Playing it, according to co-producer Robert Kulzer, is "empowering.""You're sitting at the controls and you try to really conquer a new world" Kulzer says. "And the rules at first seem...
It's a New Year. We Have a Hunch
IT HAS BEEN A TURBULENT YEAR of ubermergers, shocking deaths (particularly in the world of music), and executive shakeups. But overshadowing everything was a political overhaul of epic proportion. 2016 will go down in history as the year of Donald Trump,...
La Bella Vita: Tuscany Farms Up for Grabs
Castello di Casóle, a vast, historic estate in the achingly scenic heart of Italy's Tuscany region, near the fabled cities of Florence, Chianti, and Siena, has released a limited number of farm properties for purchase. Prices range from about $5.5 million...
Latin Film Surges despite Currency Hit, Trade Fears
Donald Trump's victory didn't just depress people in Hollywood. It also threatens to depress Hollywood revenue this year from a crucial international market: Latin America.With Trump declaring on the campaign trail that he would tear up the North American...
Meet the Newest Kid on the Kudos Block
JIMMY FALLON has mastered the monologue as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" and now he's ready to put his stamp on the Golden Globes on Jan. 8.It will be the latest in a string of major awards shows to be guided by latenight hosts. ABC is handing the...
Producer with Deep Pockets Stakes a Claim
After a 26-year gestation, "Silence" - Martin Scorsese's passion project about Jesuit missionaries in feudal Japan - is set to hit U.S. theaters Dec. 23. Gastón Pavlovich, the little-known Mexican financier behind the production, is hoping that its arrival...
Resilience in Trying Times
Many in Hollywood are still shocked by Donald Trump's victory, but MPAA chairman Chris Dodd strikes a sanguine tone.Dodd says Trump's rants against the establishment - including Hollywood figures who didn't support him, the cast of "Hamilton," and "Saturday...
Reynolds' Many Roles
MISSISSIPPI GRIND2015 (pictured)"I wish more eyes had gotten on that," says Ryan Reynolds of the poker drama in which he starred opposite Ben Mendelsohn. "I would have jumped in there with anybody, but the fact that I got to have a dance partner like...
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDirector: Gareth EdwardsStarring: Felicity Jones, Diego LunaA short time before the film "Star Wars: A New Hope" took place, in a galaxy far, far away, the rebel heroes featured in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" took the first...
Ryan's Hope
There's something unmistakably cool and oddly charming about an actor People magazine once crowned the world's sexiest man alive playing a comic book antihero whose face looks like someone boiled a potato and smothered it with pasta sauce. But, in a...
Shooting 'The Mummy' in Namibia
By Sean Daniel, producer(as told to Peter Debruge)I was the executive on "Gorillas in the Mist," which we shot in Rwanda and Kenya, and we were in Morocco for both "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns." But this movie is a complete reinvention of the Mummy...
Silence
FILM REVIEWSilenceDirector: Martin ScorseseStarring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Liam NeesonGod reveals himself in mysterious ways. In the history of cinema, there have been many great films about Christian faith: Carl Theodor Dreyer's...
Sony Banking on Big Landing for 'Passengers'
THE GIANT, GLIMMERING whirligig of a space ship at the center of "Passengers" ferries more than 5,000 hibernating humans to a distant planet. But that's not the only precious cargo being carried by Sony's big Christmas movie.The film represents the realization...
Spotlight on Newcomers in Era of Peak TV
BEST SERIES - DRAMAThe Golden Globes love to recognize shiny new things and perhaps no category demonstrates that fact better than drama series. HBO's fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" (2) is the only returning nominee in a category otherwise filled with...
Star
TV REVIEWStarDrama: 12 episodes (3 reviewed); Fox; Special premiere, Weds. Dec. 14, 9 p.m. (Regular premiere, Weds. Jan. 4, 9 p.m.)Starring: Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady"Star has a number of things in common...
Stock Dips as Viacom-CBS Merger Nixed
wall street had hoped for a new romance between Viacom and CBS Corp. Instead, the controlling shareholders in the two companies have chosen a different storyline.National Amusements Inc., the movie-exhibition company controlled by the Redstone family,...
Strictly Ballroom
THEATER REVIEW / U.K.Strictly BallroomTheater: West Yorkshire Playhouse; 1,100 seats; £40($50)topDirector: Drew McOnieStarring: Sam Lips, Gemma Sutton"Strictly Ballroom" started out on stage: Baz Luhrmann's cult movie about competitive dancing was originally...
Taking the Call
CHRIS ALBRECHTPresident and CEO, StarzAlbrecht sees that the boom in TV series shifts dealmaking clout to sellers, and traditional pricing norms get shattered. Amid all the growth, he gets requests from talent asking to lift exclusivity to work elsewhere,...
Tears, Laughter, and Diversity Make for a Strong Cinematic Lineup
BEST PICTURE - DRAMAFor the first time since 2005, major studios were shut out of this year's best picture category, with nominations instead going to films from smaller independent distributors like Summit, Lionsgate and A24. Likewise, the films in...
Television Unbound
"Booming" is the only way to describe the global marketplace for television.Deregulation and the growth of competition from pay TV and upstart OTT providers have ignited the demand for content in markets that not long ago were limited to one or two major...
The 10 Most 'Evil' Moments
Selling everything from common household products to biological weaponry, the all-powerful Umbrella Corporation that looms menacingly in the "Resident Evil" movies has been responsible for some of the most diabolical atrocities known to man. Here are...
The Brains Behind the BBC
Tony Hall is used to dealing with divas - literally. For a dozen years, he ran the Royal Opera House, a cherished but struggling institution plagued by in-fighting and financial ineptitude. Hall re-established the venue as an ambitious, vital force on...
The Film That Never Was
From Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Dune" to Terry Gilliam's "Watchmen" cinema history is filled with a tantalizing array of abandoned projects. And amid these fascinating what-if scenarios, one unrealized film has haunted horror fans for almost two decades:...
The Secrets of a Winning Film Festival
Of the 1,000 or so film reviews Variety publishes annually, roughly two-thirds are written at film festivals - which is why, in 2014, I relocated to Europe for two years. The idea was to live on the international festival circuit, skipping from one "sprocket...
The Sequel Saga of 'Star Wars'
"rogue ONE: A Star Wars Story" is getting a massive global launch this week, rolling out in nearly every international market.Although it's expected to open to more than $130 million in the U.S. and $150 million overseas, the debut will likely trail...
Top Score on the Big Screen
In hindsight, launching the video-game movie subgenre with a dismal comedy about Italian-American plumbers probably wasn't a great idea. The disastrous "Super Mario Bros." which barely resembled its Nintendo source material, almost spelled game over...
Travels with Alice in Zombieland
By the time "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" is released Jan. 17 in the U.S., Milla Jovovich, the star of the franchise, will have been chiseling away at her masterful international action heroine role, Alice, for more than 15 years."I feel like Alice...
Up and Comers
Emerging markets for productionWhile the U.K., Canada, France, and Germany have been racing to lure mid- to big-budget international productions, new shooting locations have appeared with financial and other incentives. Here are key emerging destinations...
Voters Should Cast Net Wide
The film industry has gone global, so Oscar needs to keep up.There are a record 85 films competing in the foreign-language race this year. And many of those contenders are also eligible in other Oscar categories, as long as the film had a commercial...
Well Noted
WELL NOTEDThe music in 'Resident Evil' ranges from moody to heavy metalThe "Resident Evil" franchise has retained a consistent look, tone, primary star, and central creative figurehead over the course of six films. Yet musically, the series has hit a...
What's New to Nosh in Palm Springs Desert
THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NOVEL under the sun in Palm Springs. The event-packed winter season kicks into high gear with the PSIFF gala, followed by festival screenings and meet-and-greets. Recently opened restaurants, bars, and boutique hotels add to...
Why Him?
FILM REVIEWWhy Him?Director: John HamburgStarring: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael KeyJames Franco has, by now, been cast as more flakes, stoners, and benign scoundrels than you can count, and there's a reason:...
World's Best Unspool at PSIFF
World cinema is in focus at the 28th annual Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, running Jan. 2-16 this year. More than 185 films will screen, including 43 of the 85 foreign-language Oscar entries, providing a wide lens into what's being made globally,...
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