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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. 336, No. 16, 2017

Academy Voters Reward Veterans over Risk-Takers
THE CHALLENGING GOAL of the Emmy Awards is to reflect who we are in this moment, to single out those shows that represent the best of what's being created across all platforms. This year's list of Emmy nominees succeeded in some ways - highlighting risk-taking...
A Growing Web of Possibilities
Sony has long dreamed of having a cinematic universe of Marvel characters.In 2014, the studio planned to have "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" launch a series of spinoff films focused on super-villains such as the Green Goblin, Venom and other members of the...
Alan Ball Takes Flight from Home with Aviary, Gym
It took more than a year, and he was compelled to settle for substantially less than the original asking price of almost $8.5 million, but film and television writer-producer Alan Ball has finally sold his Hollywood Hills compound for a tad more than...
Angel's Influences & Career
Born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakosin 1967, Criss Angel grew up in New York and says he was "always fascinated with magic, like most kids."Says Angel, "I found the ability to do something as a 6-year-old, a trick that adults just didn't understand how...
Anupam Kher
Indian actor Anupam Kher, who plays the Pakistani father to Kumail Nanjiani in the hit film "The Big Sick," has hundreds of film and TV credits, including such Western productions as Netflix's "Sense8" and TWC's "Silver Linings Playbook." Upcoming is...
Camp Reel Stories Gets Girls into Filmmaking
if women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media, will they also be better reflected on-screen?Yes, believes Esther Pearl, who founded Camp Reel Stories five summers ago as a series of filmmaking camps for girls and young women,...
Comedy Opens Doors for Hardwick Empire
When Donald Trump closed down one of his late-night tweet sessions in May by introducing the "covfefe" into the pop-culture lexicon, the internet tripped over itself in a mad scramble to have the first or best reaction of confusion, humor and even justification...
Comic Books Fly on Movies' Cape
In the movies, Batman is a loner with a dark demeanor, Iron Man is a wealthy industrialist and Captain America is a superhero stalwart, using his mighty shield to defend justice. In the comic books, Batman just proposed to Catwoman, Iron Man's armor...
Defender of the Faiths
Composer Tyler Bates is difficult to pigeonhole. At times he's the maestro of fun, lavish symphonic scores such as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies. At other times, he's been the heavily made-up guitarist accompanying Marilyn Manson on worldwide...
Dunkirk
FILM REVIEWDunkirkDirector: Christopher NolanStarring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Mark RylanceSteven Spielberg laid claim to the Normandy beach landing, Clint Eastwood owns Iwo Jima and now, Christopher Nolan has authored...
Epic Records Pivots in Wake of L.A. Reid Scandal
EPIC RECORDS COULD have three albums in the top 5 in the coming days: DJ Khaled's "Grateful," French Montana's "Jungle Rules" and 21 Savage's "Issa." For a record company that lost its CEO in the middle of several major project rollouts, that's no small...
Exposure
'Game of Thrones' PremiereWALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, L.A., JULY 12Celebs such as Jimmy Kimmel and Joe and Nick Jonas attended the premiere, which kicked off with an impressive live orchestra, followed by an arguably more impressive, sprawling party that...
Fox News Risks Conglom's Health
21ST CENTURY FOX has been the leader among the big four broadcast and cable conglomerates in driving growth over the last couple years, with Fox News a large part of the reason for that success. Yet with both management and on-air talent in transition,...
Freshmen Series Bring All the Drama to the Race
It's all about the new kids in town. With reigning champ "Game of Thrones" out of contention (thanks to that mid-July premiere date), freshmen series stormed in to the category, nabbing five of the coveted seven slots.HBO may well have found its successor...
Geoff Emerick
"We were part of the most amazing process, observing songs in the process of creation. And because ... we were listening before the recording began, we could start building ideas about the mood of the songs."If you looked at the music sales charts this...
Girls Trip
FILM REVIEWGirls TripDirector: Malcolm D. LeeStarring: Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen LatifahMove over, Tyler Perry. Let "Girls Trip" director Malcolm D. Lee show you how it's done. In what could easily prove to be the summer's...
Greatness Came Later for Landau
Whenever Martin Landau, who died July 16, showed up in a movie or on a television show, you could count on him to add a spark - of tension, of mordant play - to the proceedings. His face, even in repose, spoke volumes, and what a face it was! In "North...
'Handmaid's' Hails New Era for Hulu
When Margaret Atwood wrote "The Handmaid's Tale" as a bleak novel of a world gone wrong back in 1985, she probably never could have anticipated the chord it would strike with an audience three decades later. But Hulu, which picked up Bruce Miller's adaptation...
Host with the Most
From his early days on such shows as MTV's "Singled Out" and "Trashed," a trivia show in which the penalty for wrong answers was the loss of your stuff, to the success of series including Comedy Central's "@midnight" and NBC's "The Wall," Chris Hardwick...
Humor in Honorees
MIKE BIRBIGLIAStandup Comedian of the Year1 Equally acclaimed as an actor ("Orange Is the New Black," "The Fault in Our Stars") and filmmaker ("Sleepwalk With Me," "Don't Think Twice"), Birbiglia is never far from his standup roots. His latest comedy...
Katzenberg's Bold New Plan
For the 20-plus years I have been covering the entertainment business, my exposure to the executives I write about has always come sporadically. That's perfectly understandable considering the busy lives we all lead. But without true quality time, sometimes...
Legend Impacts Rising Comics
Even though Robin Williams was cited by Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival co-founder Andy Nulman as "the one who got away," who, despite decades of pursuing him for a fest slot, never made it to the Montreal comedy gathering, the impact of the...
New Voices Break through in Comedy Field
The comedy field this year might as well be dubbed Rise of the Auteurs. Nominations for Donald Glover, Pamela Adlon, Zach Galifianakis and Aziz Ansari reflect a sea change in the definition of what constitutes a halfhour comedy.The arrival of Glover's...
No Quiet on the Set
It's fairly unusual for a director to ask a composer to write music for his movie even before shooting begins. But it's practically unheard of to play that music on the set while the actors are performing.Yet that's exactly what happened on "Guardians...
Political Chatter Scores for Late-Night Hosts
If late-night hosts were stocks, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee were on the rise this year. Both were nominated in the category after being ignored in 2016, while Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Bill Maher and John Oliver returned for another round of...
Q&a: Duffer Brothers
there's no question Matt and Ross Duffer proudly own their geek credentials - they translated their passion for '80s movies into the Netflix smash hit "Stranger Things," which they created, wrote, directed and executive produced. But the Duffer Brothers...
Q&a: Jeph Loeb
marvel Television has 14 current drama series on TV or in pre-production. That puts it in the same league as Hollywood's major studios - it has two more shows than Sony Pictures Television has. Marvel serves as lead studio on all but two of its shows,...
Q&a: Russo Brothers
Joe and Anthony Russo are Marvel's favorite directors. The brothers have teamed up on four comic-book adventures and have arguably done more than any other filmmakers to shape the trajectory of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.The Russos began their run with...
Romero Was Icon, Friend to Carpenter
Director John Carpenter remembers filmmaker George A. Romero, who died July 16, as a very gentle person who happened to change film history."I first saw 'Night of the Living Dead' when it came out in 1968," Carpenter said. "It gave hope to those of us...
Seeking Answers in Stuntman's Death
A decade ago, John Bernecker was living in New Orleans when he met a stunt coordinator named Phil O'Dell. Then in his early 20s, Bernecker had been practicing "street gymnastics" with a friend. O'Dell invited him to train on a practice facility he had...
Shakeups in Reality Race Reflect Genre's New Style
It's official: Reality TV is no longer the most predictable genre at the Emmys.Last year, the reality competition series category was shaken up for the first time since 2012 when "American Ninja Warrior" made its way into the group of reality veterans,...
Stars (and HBO) Shine in TV Movie Field
The star-studded cast (Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hank Azaria) and the hot-button political story (Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme) made HBO's "The Wizard of Lies" a no-brainer for an Emmy nom. in the category this year. It's prime awards bait:...
Stephen King's 'It' Guy Goes for Gore
"it," Stephen King's sprawling novel about a band of friends confronted with a child-eating clown, is one of the horror master's most terrifying works. Director Andres Muschietti, who first turned heads with 2013's "Mama," has been tasked with turning...
Super Heroes
The nerd takeover of Hollywood is in full swing. Most of the highest-grossing movies or the buzziest shows on cable or streaming involve dragons, superheroes or mystical warriors, all staples of fantasy novels and comic books. As the costumed hordes...
Tackling the Final Frontier of Diversity
amid talk about Hollywood diversity, one group gets consistently overlooked: people with disabilities, who comprise 19% of the U.S. population (57 million). They're seeking more representation behind the camera, and the biggest hurdle is convincing Hollywood...
The Rise of the Black Superhero
When "Luke Cage" exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show's San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, "The world is ready for a bulletproof black man," the crowd erupted in cheers. So did the internet."Right before I said it, I knew what I was...
Visual Effects Extravaganza Finds Room for Live Action
when visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk came on board to oversee imagery for Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," reuniting with the director after a 20-year hiatus, he didn't anticipate the massive amount of concept artwork...
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