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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. 337, No. 6, 2017

3D Conversion Raises Its Image
BACK AROUND 2010, all eyes in Hollywood were on the resurgent phenomenon of 3D - with more and more big-budget films shot on the format generating a hefty box office premium from moviegoers, who readily donned glasses to watch the action. While the fad...
6 Years of True Tales
Over the past six years, the Women's Tales initiative has spawned 14 works by female filmmakers. They are screened during Venice Days, the Venice Film Festival's independently run section modeled on Cannes Directors' Fortnight.The tales - numbered 1...
American Made
American MadeFILM REVIEWDirector: Doug LimanStarring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Caleb Landry JonesThere's a lot going on in "American Made," a hectic, hyperactive true-life tall tale that jumbles Colombian drug smuggling, CIA...
Anything but Politics as Usual
DONALD TRUMP WAS this year's spice of the variety category as 45's implausible, chaotic saga was topic A for most of Emmy's nominees. A gentle tousling of the Donald's hair may have deprived Jimmy Fallon of the slot he'd held for six years. Can the apoliticals...
Artist Choreographs Vision for 'The End'
Times of national strife always provoke soul-searching from artists, with protest music, agitprop filmmaking and bold conceptual art often serving as the most obvious forms of artistic dissent. But what does dance look like in the age of Donald Trump?...
Awards Season Launch on Lido
Even before it kicks off on Aug. 30, the Venice Film Festival has bolstered its growing reputation as a launching pad for awards-season titles.More so than in past editions, a deluge of English-language pics, including new works by Alexander Payne, George...
Aznavour's 'A Giant among Performers'
Charles Aznavour has earned the respect of those who have worked with him across his eight-decade long career, during which the singer-songwriter has written more than 1,400 songs and sold more than 180 million records.British TV producer John Steed...
Charles Aznavour Remembers Yesterday When Piaf Topped Bill
French-Armenian singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour, best known for songs such as "She," "Yesterday When I Was Young" and "For Mama," has been called a Gallic Frank Sinatra, and has been lauded by such fellow performers as Bob Dylan, who considered Aznavour...
Charles Esten
MY FIRST TIME IN VARIETY"I was a musician long before I was an actor. ... When I went to college, I was in a band and continued to write music. ... I'd always been a singer-songwriter on my own, but I knew I wanted to do this little thing called acting....
Counting Up to 'Countdown'
When the NFL's new season kicks off next month, ESPN's flagship football pregame show will have a new look. Gone will be Chris Berman, who hosted "Sunday NFL Countdown" from its inception in 1985. In his place will be 31-yearold Samantha Ponder, a veteran...
Creating an 'Epic' Party Night
IF THERE WAS one guideline Hayma Washington, chairman of the Television Academy, gave Cheryl Cecchetto and her team at Sequoia Prods. regarding the design of this year's Governors Ball, it was that it needs to be epic. It is, after all, an event for...
Devour
EatTasting a Dialogue With the SeasonsChef Dave Beran won't open his Santa Monica restaurant Dialogue until Sept. 5, but reservations are already coming in. Beran says the 22-course tasting menu won't repeat anything from his stints at Chicago temples...
Digs
Lauren Conrad Sells Brentwood Cape CodFormer "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad, now married with a child, listed a Cape Cod-style residence In Brentwood for $4,495,000. She purchased the 4,303-square-foot residence In 2013 for $3,651,375. MARK DAVIDCity...
Down-to-the-Wire Guide to Emmy Music Races
Ranging from master composers (Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard) to pop stars (Chance the Rapper, Common) to the first ever music supervision category, the year's Emmy music nominees show off the breadth of TV tunes. JON BURLINGAMEMusic Composition for...
'Dr. Who' Actress Rents Her Lady of the Lake House
British actress Alex Kingston's comfortably contemporary residence above Lake Hollywood and below the Hollywood sign has come up as a furnished luxury-level lease at a rate of $15,000 per month. The "ER,""Doctor Who" and "Arrow" actress, once wed to...
Emmy Races Too Close to Call?
PONTIFICATING AND prognosticating is the sport of awards season. Sizing up the preferences of Television Academy voters is a game that requires experience, true grit (to survive all of the screenings, panels and receptions) and instinct.But every year,...
Exposure
Imagen AwardsBEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL, BEVERLY HILLS, AUG. 18The ceremony, which celebrates portrayals of Latinos and their culture in film and TV, was hosted by comedian Aida Rodriguez and honored many famous faces, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and his...
Fashion House Helps Femme Filmmakers Tell Their Tales
Fashion and film have long intersected when it comes to glitz and glamour. But the Miu Miu Women's Tales series of shorts, which is an integral component of the Venice Days section at the Venice Film Festival, gives the Prada Group-owned fashion label...
Frenzied News Cycle Challenges Creatives of Late Night Shows
THE PRESIDENCY of Donald J. Trump and his penchant for using his personal Twitter account has led to a political climate where a 24-hour news cycle is often whittled down to a scant six hours or so. For most of the Emmy-nominated variety talk series...
It Must Have Been Love
It's been three years since Kelsea Ballerini became the new young female face of country music with "Love Me Like You Mean It," the first of three consecutive No. 1 singles in the format. Her second album of pop-leaning country, "Unapologetically" (due...
Lost in Translation
The offices of Wink Animation are on the ninth floor of a sleek office tower in Burbank. The conference room affords a sweeping view of the Disney lot and, behind it, the hills of Griffith Park.On a recent morning, all work in the office grinds to a...
Marvel Heroes Sing Different Tunes on TV
Traditionally, when comic-book super-heroes are adapted for the screen, they are accompanied by big orchestras playing heroic themes. Think John Williams'"Superman" theme or Danny Elfman's "Spider-Man" music.For its TV series, however, Marvel has thrown...
Mind the Gap
JULY 31 WAS BLACK WOMEN'S EQUAL Pay Day. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown marked the occasion - which recognizes the additional seven months that a black woman, on average, must work to make as much money as a white man does in a year - by swatting down Twitter...
Musical Mystery Tour Shapes USA's Tense Tale
FOR USA NETWORK'S new murdermystery drama "The Sinner," the question isn't whodunit but why.In the limited series, a young mother, Cora Tannetti, played by Jessica Biel, commits a horrific act of violence but doesn't know what motivates her. A detective,...
Peak Producer
Peak TV has yet to truly peak. In his most recent Television Critics Assn. press tour exec session, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf estimated that 2017 could see as many as 534 new original scripted television series air before the year's end. That would...
Rookies of the Year Take It to the Field
Last year, the Academy Awards offered a stark change of pace in what can sometimes serve as an old boys' network, nominating four Oscar newcomers for the best original score award, with one of those newcomers, "La La Land's" Justin Hurwitz, taking home...
Rooting for the Underdogs on Emmy Night
WHILE EVERY EMMY AWARDS race has its frontrunners (hello, "Veep!"), no nominee can truly be counted out until the official envelopes are opened and the winners' names read on stage Sept. 17. Until then, there are still quite a few underdogs in the mix...
School Helps Students Train for Jobs in VR
virtual reality is everywhere. It's been a constant buzzword of late at film trade shows, film festivals and markets. Yet, unlike the 3D surge of a few years ago, which took over much of filmmaking and still lingers in theaters, VR has yet to make much...
Sevigny Inspired by 'King of Comedy'
Chloe Sevigny has spent her career as an actress working with some of the most idiosyncratic and demanding directors in contemporary cinema;that she would someday try her hand at directing seemed a foregone conclusion, but the way she's set about doing...
She's Having a Ball
THE EMMY AWARDS are not just a night when a select few get celebrated onstage for their individual achievements in television. They are also an opportunity for the entire television industry to reflect on the past year. And that's the mission that drives...
Studio-Exhibitor Impasse Must End
It's been a rough summer for the movie business. Box office to date is down 4% versus last year. Exhibition stocks are getting hammered. And some analysts believe the third quarter of the year could be just as woeful.Given that, the Aug. 18 Bloomberg...
Taking a Seat on the Couch
dick Gregory was just an amazing man. He was a great soldier for a great cause. He did it not just to benefit himself and his career. He lost his comedy for a time because he was such a great soldier.Dick Gregory paved the way for me and for a lot of...
Tales of Women Take a Literal Turn at Venice
"It's always been my intention for Venice Days to not just be a platform for movies, but a place where [people can] think about filmmaking," says Venice Days artistic director Giorgio Gosetti.Accordingly, Women's Tales features a series of frank conversations...
The Coolest Kids in Town
The young guns of Hollywood showed their flair this week; 'Riverdale' star Cole Sprouse was overly ambitious?Outside Lands Music Festival, San Francisco?She somehow makes a mature, elegant dress feel playful and festival-appropriate.XThat said, we can't...
The Day the Clown Died
Jerry Lewis, who died last week at 91, was hardly the first comedian to make people laugh by acting transcendently idiotic. The Marx Brothers took hilarious head-spinning dives into the outer limits of surreal silliness. So did Laurel and Hardy, Abbott...
The Enduring Value of 3D
When I was a kid, I saw "Star Wars" half a dozen times in the theater. After seeing Han Solo steer the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace, the world opened up, and like so many others, I headed to Hollywood with the hope my imagination would take further...
Tracee Ellis Ross: 'This Is Not Just about a Pot Roast'
When "Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical TV series in January, she became the first black woman since Debbie Allen of "Fame" in 1982 to win in that category. Next month, Ross has a second shot...
Tv's Top Producers Talk from the Trenches
MARA BROCK AKIL AND SALIM AKIL"Being Mary Jane"What is one of the best lessons you have learned on the job?Mara Brock Akil: The answers are all in the vision. Our company, in fact, believes in "one vision, many voices."What is your one go-to piece of...
VR's Next Frontier: Europe
THEY'RE ALREADY HOME to two of Europe's most vibrant film industries. Now France and Britain are leading the way in the region in creating VR content.Between them, the two countries have eight of the 22 titles competing in the upcoming Venice Film Festival's...
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