Variety

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. 335, No. 11, 2017

13 Reasons Why
TV REVIEW13 Reasons WhyDrama: 13 episodes (all reviewed); Netflix, Fri. March 31Starring: Katherine Langford, Dylan MinnetteSaying that a TV show will prompt important conversations perhaps doesn't describe it in the most scintillating way; the formulation...
A Change Agent in the Theater Business
ADAM ARON LIKES to hit the ground running. Within two months of taking the top job at AMC Entertainment in January 2016, he had negotiated a $1.1 billion deal to buy Carmike Cinemas, transforming the movie-theater company into the country's biggest exhibitor....
Barris Was Goofy, Not 'Dangerous'
Chuck Barris, the prolific producer who died March 21 at age 87, was a natural-born showman and entrepreneur. He had an irrepressibly raunchy and goofy sense of humor that was on display in his many successful TV series, from "The Dating Game" and "The...
Bringing 'Ghost' to a Live-Action World
TAKING ON A REMAKE can be daunting for a cinematographer, with pressure to honor the original but also to re-create the story and put a personal spin on it. Imagine the angst in taking on a multimedia franchise.Such was the task of cinematographer Jess...
Can Studio71 Take over the World?
WHEN DISNEY LAID off thousands of content creators at its Maker Studios division in February, it sent the clearest signal yet of how troubled the so-called multichannel networks (MCNs) had become. While aggregating billions of digital video views had...
Chips
FILM REVIEWCHIPSDirector: Dax ShepardStarring: Michael Peña, Dax ShepardWe critics often get asked how we can sit through so many bad movies. The answer - apart from the fact that it isn't exactly hard labor - is that even a lot of middling Hollywood...
'CHIPS' Premiere Springs Forward with Floral Prints
xLess eyeliner, and she would've knocked this look out of the park; she looks more woken up than awake.*The cropped sleeves modernize the look, and pairing the top with a floral-print pencil skirt adds a subtle pop of color.*The yellow pumps are a springtime...
Costumes Don't 'Lie' on HBO Murder Mystery Set in the Lap of Luxury
MANY HAVE GUSHED over the enviable real estate featured in HBO's Monterey, Calif.-set miniseries "Big Little Lies." But it's not just expansive ocean views that offer character clues among the social strata in this sophisticated crime tale.Costume designer...
Executive Honorees
CHERYL BOONE ISAACSPioneer of the YearAs the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Boone Isaacs knows about giving out awards. But at CinemaCon, she will be on the receiving end, having being named Pioneer of the Year. The award...
France's Transformer
he says. "I love to test and learn. I like the no-bullshit attitude and the drive to be efficient."The other key strand of Pélisson's career is his longterm professional relationship with Martin Bouygues, CEO of the Bouygues Group, TF1 Group's biggest...
Global Scale Saves Mega-Franchises
there's no shortage of movie franchises in circulation these days, but within their ranks is a more exclusive grouping you might call "mega-franchises": those that have generated seven or more movies. The "X-Men" mega-franchise just successfully yielded...
'Gone' with the Win
Under Gilles Pélisson's management team, the TF1 Group has significantly increased its commitment to TV drama production.The splashy co-production slate includes international series such as the upcoming procedural series "Gone"; the miniseries "Just...
How Pricey Is Too Pricey?
Story by James RaineyMovie patrons are a price-sensitive group, and many can be turned off if they think a show is too expensive or too difficult to attend - tendencies that keep many fans away from theaters, a new survey commissioned by Variety suggests.Still,...
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
How to Transcend a Happy MarriageHow to T ranscend a Happy Marriage Lincoln Center Theater / Mitzi E. Newhouse; 288 seats; $87 top Playwright: Sarah Ruhl Starring: Marisa Tomei, Lena Hall, Robin Weigert, Omar MetwallyThere's a forest outside the picture...
Huge Challenges for Indie Theaters
Leading up to this week's annual gathering of exhibitors at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, I began wondering how the mom-and-pop theaters across the country are able to endure all of the significant changes that are roiling their industry.The operators of the...
LaTanya Richardson Jackson
LaTanya Richardson Jackson's career is about hard work and continuity. Last year, she appeared in "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Public Theatre, a relationship that began in the 1970s. And this month marks the 40th anniversary of her first mention...
Mavens of the Market
CINDY AMBUEHLThe AgencyNotable sales for 2016 included an off-market property in Santa Monica for $7.15 million to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. Sales this year include 1302 Collingwood (Jeff Franklin's property, at $20 million); she represented Franklin...
'Midsomer' Dreams Gripping the Globe
'Midsomer' Dreams Gripping the GlobeQuirky humor, eccentric crimes endear the cozy mystery series to audiences worldwideWhodunnit series "Midsomer Murders," Britain's biggest drama export, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. How has it maintained...
New Times for News
As the countdown to one of the most remarkable French presidential elections enters its final phase, TF1's news coverage of the contest is certain to come under intense scrutiny.The election, with votes being cast on April 23 and another round on May...
Nobodies
TV REVIEWNobodiesComedy: 12 episodes (3 reviewed); TV Land; Wed. March 29, 10 p.m.Starring: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel RamrasThere seems to be no limit to the number of shows comedians can make about themselves, and "Nobodies," which premiered...
Phillipa Soo
"She inspired me to access my inner clown"Juilliard alumna Phillipa Soo is coming off a deep dive into Americana, having originated the role of Elizabeth Schuyler in "Hamilton" and performing "America the Beautiful" before the Super Bowl. She's treading...
Players
Owen GleibermanCinema ScopeA great movie - and the act of seeing it in a theater - is still the gold standard of entertainmentFor most of the 20th century, the paradigm looked like this: The television set was a piece of furniture - a box that sat in...
Post-Production Suite Suddenly Sees the Light
TONY D'AMORE STILL REMEMBERS how hesitant he felt the first time he was shown Dolby Vision, the company's take on the high-dynamic range (HDR) technique used in imaging that yields a greater span of luminosity - closer to what the human eye sees.D'Amore,...
Screen Icons
SOFIA BOUTELLAFemale Star of TomorrowAlgerian stunner Boutella broke through in advertising campaigns for Nike and dancing in music videos and hoofing it on tour with the likes of Madonna and Rihanna. But her big film break came as Gazelle, the assassin...
Spec Homes Built for Showbizzers
Homes built on spec are a hot commodity as demand continues to outstrip supply. The continued upward cost of Southern California's residential real estate attracts entrepreneurs willing to risk capital to construct larger and grander homes that appeal...
Stylish Drinking in the Desert
Palm Springs continues to up its drinking and dining game with the opening of Truss & Twine from the folks who own the adjacent Workshop Kitchen + Bar, one of the first desert meccas of mixology. Cocktails of every era are the focus of the Palm Canyon...
Taking the Tech Steps
TFt's digital strategy took a major turn in February 2016.From 2010 until 2016, the commercial network had mostly focused on developing multi-screen experiences for existing television properties - in short, transferring its pre-existing linear content...
The Film Is the Real Star
STORY BY JENELLE RILEYILLUSTRATION BY OLIVER BARRETTTwenty years ago, Tom Cruise, the hottest star in Hollywood, took a long-defunct TV series and decided to build a franchise. Five films later, with a sixth on the way, the "Mission: Impossible" series...
The Reckoning
Story by Brent Lang **Illustration by Justin MetzThere's ample reason to be fearful. It's been 128 years since Thomas Edison first helped usher in theatrical exhibition with the creation of the Kinetoscope, an early motion picture viewing device. In...
The Singular Magic of the Big Screen
Cinema ScopeThe Singular Magic of the Big ScreenA great movie - and the act of seeing it in a theater - is still the gold standard of entertainmentFor most of the 20th century, the paradigm looked like this: The television set was a piece of furniture...
The Zookeeper's Wife
FILM REVIEWThe Zookeeper's WifeDirector: Niki CaroStarring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel BrühlWhen it came to saving lives during World War II, Oskar Schindler had his factory, Leopold Socha had the Lwów sewers, and Jan and Antonina Zabiñski...
Turner Honcho Channels in on Brentwood Home
Public property records confirm that high-powered entertainment industry executive Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment, splashed out a tetch more than $7.4 million for a snazzy new home in the rustically...
Vertical Horizons
TFl Studio is about to turn one year old. France's largest commercial network launched the vertically integrated film banner in May as a way to consolidate their disparate acquisition, development and multi-platform distribution channels.By centralizing...
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